Addicted to the apple-y stuff? Can’t stop sipping scrumpy? Join fellow cider lovers who are uniting for The Stable’s very first Cider of the Year Awards. We got the deets on the sweet new comp
The Stable, self-proclaimed cathedral to cider and artisan pizza, has launched the nifty new awards in cooperation with Crafty Nectar, The Cider Box and its very own Cider Ambassador, Ciderologist Gabe Cook (pictured, left).
Sweet! What’s the story so far?
Celebrating the abundance of brilliant bevvies across the nation, the competition launched earlier this month when the country’s top cidermakers entered their super sippables for consideration in the first round.
Grrreat. How do I get involved?
Once the entries are judged and whittled down to a shortlist of 10 by cider experts, they’ll be on sale in all of The Stable’s locations for around six months, giving customers the chance to conduct a thoroughly good tasting and vote for their fave.
When is the winner announced? What’s the prize?
Votes will be gathered ready for the grand final on September 14, when the winning cider will be crowned Cider of the Month for October, and win a much-coveted spot on all The Stable’s cider experiences for a year.
This sounds like a big deal. I bet the folks at The Stable are excited.
They certainly are. David Gough (pictured, right), operations director for The Stable, said: ‘I can’t wait to see this competition unfold when the shortlisted ciders hit The Stable’s restaurants in the second round. That’s what makes these awards unique – they aren’t just decided by a board of judges but by our customers too, whose opinions we value dearly. During the judging period, we’re expecting to serve over 500,000 pints of cider – so this is going to be a huge competition.’
That’s a whole heap of fermented goodness, so make sure you’re prepped and ready for some serious cider sampling when the shortlist is announced.
It's the time of year to shout orations to the orchards and pour accolades on the apples. We had a chat with cider master Dave at The Stable in Exeter to find out what went down at this year's wassail