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Hallets Cider

Hallets Cider

WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND HALLETS CIDER?

I have always been interested in brewing and cider making, though it had always been purely a hobby. When my brother and I were younger, we’d brew beer in our garage and invite our friends around on the weekend to sample our creations. Then in 2002, my friend and I started producing cider, again, as a hobby, but soon won the Bath and West Pewterer’s Cup for our cider. When my wife, Ann, and I bought the farm here in Crumlin, we had no idea what we would do with it, so we took some time to work that out. Shiitake mushrooms were one of our ideas and we did successfully grow them on logs. However, cider won in the end!

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER CIDER MAKERS?

At Hallets, we believe in producing beautifully simple cider. We have not yielded to the trend of adding syrups and berries to our cider. Instead, we have taken a more grown up approach and dedicate the care and attention that is needed to blend a fine cider worthy of acclaim from some of the most respected critics, and our ever growing following of loyal customers.

WHAT IS THE SECRET BEHIND YOUR DELICIOUS RECIPE?

Here at Blaengawney Farm we have taken the old traditional methods of cider making from fresh cider apples and applied a new philosophy to our production, stealing a few techniques from wine makers along the way. I was one of the first cider makers in the UK to borrow techniques from the winemaking industry. You are just as likely to find ciders ageing in ancient oak barrels in our mill, alongside large wine fermenters made from stainless steel. And it is this blend of the old and the new that creates the unique, wonderful flavours of our cider.

WHICH 3 WORDS WOULD BEST DESCRIBE HALLETS?

Beautifully simple cider

Hallets Cider's Signature Dish

We love our delicious faggots recipe, using our very own cider to create a distinct, memorable jus. As an added bonus, there's always a little cider left to enjoy!

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Hallets Cider

“We love cider, and we’re particularly fond of Hallets. They’ve taken traditional cider making and added a few winemakers’ tricks along the way. A fresh, crisp drink, it’s a must for any cider enthusiast.”

We planted an orchard on our farm in South Wales, when cider making was but a hobby. Now, the expertise and art of real cider making has taken us to award winning levels. Situated 1000ft above sea level, the apples that make our cider offer a complex and subtle taste, with a crystal clearness akin to that of a fine white wine. It’s all additive free, pure apples and deliciousness.

Hallets is a family run cider making business based at Blaengawney Farm, overlooking the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. We were one of the first cider makers in the UK to borrow techniques from the wine making industry, and it’s this departure from tradition that gives Hallets its distinctly clear and bright range of flavours. Several of our products are aged in oak barrels, which infuse the cider with flavour enhancing turpines, tannins and vanillins. We have invested heavily in...[more]

Hallets is a family run cider making business based at Blaengawney Farm, overlooking the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. We were one of the first cider makers in the UK to borrow techniques from the wine making industry, and it’s this departure from tradition that gives Hallets its distinctly clear and bright range of flavours. Several of our products are aged in oak barrels, which infuse the cider with flavour enhancing turpines, tannins and vanillins.

We have invested heavily in state of the art processing equipment, putting great time and care into building a plant tailored to our specific production methods. This allows Andy and fellow cider maker Andrew  to remain true to the craft ethos of continual development. And although we are only a small family run outfit, Hallets has established itself as one of Wales’ premium small-scale producers and a true front-runner in the wider craft cider movement.

 

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ANDY HALLETT, FARMER, ENGINEER, CIDER MAKER

"I’M AN ENGINEER, AND MADE A LOT OF THE EQUIPMENT WE USE TO MAKE OUR CIDER UNIQUE"

ANDY HALLETT, FARMER, ENGINEER, CIDER MAKER

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