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Good news among the bush fires for cidermaker

There was good news for the owners of Hillbilly Cider in among the stress of the bush fire disaster in the Blue Mountains with the 12 month old company picking up a silver medal in the “medium Perry class” at the Australian Cider Awards. Shane and Tessa McLaughlin, owners of Hillbilly were not able to be […]


First whisky barrel aged cider for australia released

Sam Reid Willie Smiths Organic Cider has teamed up with Lark Distillery to release a limited edition Australian-first cider, aged in whisky barrels. The secret project is a riff on the barrel-aging trend that has recently exploded in the craft beer sector, with the cider being the first of its kind in Australia, according to […]


Australian cider awards launched for 2013

Cider Australia has announced details of the Australian Cider Awards, which will be held in Orange, NSW on Wednesday, 9 October 2013. The event will kick-off a weekend of cider celebrations, with Australia’s biggest cider festival being planned for Saturday and Sunday at Sydney’s iconic Hotel Steyne in Manly. The awards will cover 14 categories […]


Zeffer cider blows across the ditch

By Bec Cotton Australian distributor, Better Beer Imports, has added New Zealand’s Zeffer cider to its portfolio, which joins a range of breweries chosen to combat the perceived lack of quality international lagers available in most venues. Zeffer Brewing Co. hails from popular foodie destination, Matakana, a small town in the northernmost part of New […]


Golden axe takes it to the next level

By Bec Cotton. Northdown Craft Beer Movement has recently added the first cider to its once exclusively craft beer portfolio. Northdown distributes a selection of some of the best breweries from Australia and internationally and the addition of Golden Axe Cider marks the end of a three-year search for a cider to complement their portfolio. […]


Cider australia annual awards launched

Entries are now open for the 2013 Australian Cider Awards, to be held in Orange, NSW, on Wednesday 9 October. There are 14 award categories for cider and Perry makers from across the country to enter, with 150-plus entires expected fro the 2013 event. This year’s entries will be judged by US cider expert Gary […]

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Rebello deal with westons world brands for national distribution

Boutique cider producers Rebello has reached agreement with Westons World Brands to distribute its Cheeky Rascal Ciders and other products.Based on the Mornington Peninsula, the winery and cider producer launched Cheeky Rascal onto the market roughly two years ago, seeing high levels of growth since their trial run of 1,000 litres sold out before production […]

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Willie smiths apple museum development at forefront of new tasmanian cider trail

Andrew and Ian Smith. Photo Ali Nasseri   New kid on the Tassie cider scene, Willie Smith’s Organic Cider, is investing in a piece of Tasmania’s tourism industry, buying the Apple Museum in the Huon Valley. Less than a year after launching their purpose-built organic cidery, the business has bought the adjacent property, planning to transform […]


Tooheys adds pear to 5 seeds repertoire

Winter is certainly the new season for the rapidly expanding cider category, with Pear Ciders set to give their apple-based cousins a run for their money. Tooheys’ range of ciders is following the trend with 5 Seed Crushed Pear soon to hit shelves around the country. The cider, made with Packham pear juice, is compared […]

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James squire crushing on pears

According to James Squire, craft cider is currently the fasting growing category within a fast growing category. As such, the brand has decided to add to their already popular Orchard Crush range – they released an Apple Cider in 2012 – with a traditional-style Perry or Pear Cider. Master Brewer and Founder, Chuck Hahn, says […]

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Cub snags kopparberg

The biggest cider brand in the world, Kopparberg, has moved its Australian distribution over to CUB as part of a broader deal with SABMiller, effective 1 October 2013. The deal will adds to CUB’s already impressive cider portfolio which includes well-know brands such as Bulmers, Mercury, Strongbow and Dirty Granny (Matilda Bay).Currently distributed by Woolworths, […]