Sunday, November 25, 2012

A very local drop

Our town now has its own cider!

As it says on the label, Frank's Summer Apple Cider and Summer Pear Cider are not made from concentrate but from fruit grown at Woodside orchard only a few kilometres down the road from us. Both ciders won medals at the 2012 Australian Cider Awards.

Apart from the fact that it tastes great, I love the whole idea of this. Franklin Cider Company's joint MD Naomie is a sixth generation fruit grower on the property that has been owned by her family since 1836. She has teamed up with Tasmanian vigneron Julian Alcorso on this new venture. I hope it's a success for them.

Many people will have had their first taste of Frank's cider at this weekend's Beerfest in Hobart, but it will be officially launched at the Taste Festival in Hobart, 28 December - 3 January. We've already had a few occasions to sample both the apple cider and the perry, at the recent 100th birthday celebrations of the Palais Theatre here in Franklin and at the last monthly classic movie night, also at the Palais. I also picked up a couple of bottles at the local bottle shop in Huonville this weekend. Some of the 9/11 bottle shops are stocking it, or you can order directly via their (temporary) web site. Find out more on their Facebook page here.

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