Saturday, 5 April 2014

Shiny new website for 146 Cider Company...

The new 146 Cider website has been launched. Feel free to have a look... its fresher (and better) than the old one.

www.146cider.co.uk

Once you start to travel down the website thingy it becomes a job in its own right to keep things up to date and fresh. I do have some advice about launching a website though (from hard experience). Don't treat it like you would launching a boat. In my case, it was a bottle of traditional method cider. All I can say is that, firstly, bottles are harder than computer screens and, secondly, cider and computer gubbins don't mix as well as I had anticipated!

I hope you like the new site:-)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Another win at Winchester for Eastern Delight...

I really love this cider thing. There is always a chance to meet new people and there is always an excuse to have fun. The 2014 Winchester Ale and Cider Festival was just - and working on the bar was a great deal of fun.

And because of this, it is even more satisfying that 146 Cider was awarded the Gold Medal, for the second time, for Eastern Delight. And to make things even better, the Medium cider (yeah, its simply called medium) won the Silver Medal... so a 1st and a 2nd for the local cider.

I will update with suitably crowing photos of the awards when I get them, but needless to say my head is quite large at the moment:-) And excellent way to start 2014!!



In other news...

It is also worth letting you know that 146 Cider can now be found in draught at Ebeneezers pub in Hythe... and in bottle form at the Butchers Hook micropub in Bitterne Triangle. I will get them onto the website as soon as I have a second.

I really hope it goes well at these pubs as I would love to have a couple of regular local pubs that I could point people to. I am not especially paranoid, but previously I did get the feeling that I had a 'shadow' when trying to get in to any pub in Southampton... it seemed I would supply and then, oddly, a 'certain' company who appear to rebadge ciders would come in a lot cheaper. Lets hope their local salesperson has matured a little and leaves enough space for more than one cider company - after all, its not as if they make the stuff (possibly) - and selling cider shouldn't be [puns relating to other company cider pun names removed]

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

146 Cider Outlook for 2014...

It has been a bit of a hit and miss affair with this blog over the last 12 months. I have caught up with the news for 2013 and now look to 2014 with enthusiasm for what is in store... and it is all cider related:-)

Last season, I pressed pretty much the same amount of juice as 2012. This wasn't intentional - I wanted to continue to grow the company. However, a few things conspired to ensure that the most sensible thing to do was to stay below the HMRC exemption limit. I am glad I did too if for nothing else but my sanity!

So, the good news is that there is Hampshire Heritage for 2014. And, there is about the same amount of Eastern Delight too. There is not going to be any Wild West though. With all the timings and troubles of the previous season (none of which cidery) I couldn't get hold of the varieties I wanted to make Wild West with any kind of similarity to previous years. So I abandoned it for the time being and instead have focused on two varieties: Kingston Black and Michelin. More specifically, a new 50/50 blend of Kingston Black and Michelin. Once I have tasted it I will let you know what it is like, although I am pretty certain it is going to be a very nice indeed.

The other 'new thing' for 146 is a perry. Don't get any hopes up - I have no idea what varieties went in to it and am not assuming anything about it. The pears are from an unused pear orchard simply called 'Old Pear' and not even the owners know what varieties are planted. So, I took an 'experimental' ton of pears and have made 700 litres to try it out. Can't hurt eh:-)


I will post more about the blends and feed additional information through the website (which is slowly being redeveloped). However, this is going to be an interesting year!!