Haselor, Alcester, Warwickshire, United-Kingdom
Hogan’s Cider is one of a new breed of artisan cider maker that has placed itself firmly on the cider map with a fresh and distinctive approach to the age-old tradition of cider making.
Produced on a farm in the Malvern Hills, Hogan’s cider is made from the juice of freshly pressed cider apples grown in the Three Counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
This majestic setting is in a part of the world renowned for its cider heritage, so the perfect place to turn simple ingredients provided by nature into a delicious, thirst-quenching drink.
What they do is source fruit in the Autumn from lots of apple orchards in the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. They wash the apples thoroughly and then mill them to a fine pulp, close to the consistency of porridge. The pulp is then pressed between two continuous belts to squeeze out the juice. They expect to get over a pint of juice from each kilo of apples (a kilo is around 2 1/4 pounds).
The next stage is a slow and cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks - up to as long as four months. During this time yeast converts the sugar in the apple juice to alcohol. They then pump what is now a very young cider out of the tanks and remove the sediment, made up largely of dead yeast cells, from the base of the tanks, thoroughly cleaning and sterilising them before pumping the cider back in. The cider then goes through a period of maturation for several months.
After maturation they blend the ciders to the required style, prior to packaging for sale in bottle or as draught. What they are trying to achieve during the blending process is a good balance between alcohol strength, tannins, acidity and sweetness.
Perry production follows the same process except for washing the fruit - perry pears are more dense than water and so sink in a water bath. However perry pears seldom need washing as they are hand harvested.
HOGAN’S MEDIUM BOTTLED CIDER AWARDS
2014 ~ Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition ~ Gold Medal
2013 ~ Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition ~ Silver Medal
2013 ~ Royal Bath & West Show ~ 1st Place
2013 ~ Royal Bath & West Show ~ Reserve Supreme Champion Cider
2013 ~ International Cider Challenge, (Medium Cider Category) ~ Silver
2013 ~ International Cider Challenge, (Design & Packaging) ~ Bronze
2013 ~ Three Counties Cider and Perry Competition People’s Choice ~ 1st Place
2013 ~ Three Counties Cider and Perry Competition ~ 3rd Place
Do visit their web site : http://www.hoganscider.co.uk/
Waitrose price £2.15 C.A.Rookes price £2.00 - why pay more?
ABV 5.4% volume 50cl bottle
DRINKING AT HOME? FREE LOCAL DELIVERY
PER BOTTLE £2.00 (inc VAT)