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Deep in the heart of the beautiful village of Branscombe, nestles the multi award winning Branscombe Vale Brewery. The brewery was founded in 1992, within the barns of The National Trust owned property, Great Seaside Farm by Paul Dimond and the late Graham Luxton. Today the brewery is under the watchful eye of Head Brewer Paul, Brewery Manager Alistair Smith and a small team of hard working quality control experts! It produces some of the finest well balanced real ales in the West Country. This is not just us blowing our own trumpet, Summa This winning Gold in the best bitter category at Siba Southwest beer competition in 2016, and ‘Mild’ featuring on the champions stillage at the London based Great British Beer Festival on numerous occasions. The brewery also markets two locally produced cyders blended specially for us. Wicked Weasel is 4.7% and lightly sparkling, and Pip is a 5% clear filtered scrumpy.
In 2010 we invested in our own bottling plant. 4 beers are bottled regularly and can be found in all of the best local independent shops and farm shops.
We have extensive experience of running outside bars from small weddings right through to events for several thousand people. Paul is committee chairman of Tuckers Maltings beer festival (the largest beer festival of West Country Ales). Look out for us at The Devon County Show, Axminster Festival, Honiton’s Sausage and Cyder festival and Torbays Festival of Steam.
Why not check out our Brewery Video, which can be found on our website www.branscombevalebrewery.co.uk It really gives you a good idea what what we’re all about.
Ventons Devon Cider
We are a small family business producing up to 1500 gallons of award winning 100% natural apple cider each year. Our artisan approach places more emphasis on quality rather than quantity, always striving to make the best rather than the most. Using only natural yeast from the apples, every barrel tells its own story.
Our methods are as traditional as they get! Every weekend in October and November, friends and family turn out in all weathers to hand pick our unsprayed vintage cider apples which are bagged, crushed and pressed a ton at a time through straw on our traditional oak twin screw press, then fermented and matured in Oak barrels to produce a clear and clean natural cider, which is complex in flavour and aroma, full bodied and fruity with a subtle acid bite.
Our natural keeved cider is a dark, crystal clear, Normandy style sweet cider, containing only natural fructose sugars from the apples themselves. Available in its prime from spring to early summer.
The bulk of what we do is taken straight from the oak in draught form and is served in 5 gallon poly-barrels or 5 / 10 / 20 litre bag in boxes to retain freshness, ideal for parties, pubs and festivals. We also make a limited amount of 500ml bottle conditioned cider.
Enjoy this traditional Devon Cider and appreciate it for what it is, a product of nature derived from nothing but 100% Devon apples. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information or would like to try our straw pressed Devon cider.
We also produce natural apple cider vinegar and cider apple tree packs if you would like to plant your own cider orchard.
Since March 2012, Norcotts Cider has been turning tastebuds upside down wherever it goes. Created using a unique recipe developed by Cider Supremo Chris Norcott, Norcotts Ciders come in both traditional Apple and Pear varieties along with the more unusual fruit cider flavours of Elderflower, Cranberry and the very special Raspberry & Orange. While many fruit ciders are overly sweet with hints of saccharine, the Norcotts range is consistently refreshing and light with no unpleasant aftertaste.
Norcotts Cider are based in Honiton, Devon and only use locally sourced ingredients from around the West Country – the home of real cider. Each flavour uses only natural colours and flavourings with no artificial sweeteners. The result is something truly unique and astonishing – which 3 Taste of the West 2013 awards prove, along with the scores of positive comments we have received from tasters around the UK.
Based on a farm in South Somerset, we sit amongst 160 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill, a famous Somerset landmark with a single sycamore on top that looks out across the Somerset Levels.The farm has been pressing cider for the past 150 years and distilling the cider into Somerset Cider Brandy since 1989.
The first written records of Cider Brandy in England go back to 1678. The revival of the art of distilling Cider Brandy was led by the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, eventually being granted a licence in 1989. This is the first cider distilling licence in recorded history. We now have a PGI-Protected Geographical Indication making Somerset Cider Brandy legal again in Europe and giving us an “appellation contrôlée”.
Silly Cow Cider
Prize Winning Cider from Whimple. The Home of some of the best Ciders ever made!
Remember ‘Whiteways Cyder?’ Courtneys of Whimple are making Traditional Cider from the very same Apple Trees in Whimple. With 100% REAL, UNSPRAYED fruit (no concentrates) picked, pressed by the Family and made into delicious Traditional Devon Cider within their Orchard.
*Even their Lovely Old Orchard gets prizes!! * Runner up, 2017 Royal Bath and West Show ‘Best Orchards‘ First Prize in the ‘NACM Orchard Photo Competition’.
Good Game supports local producers. We have our own pigs at a farm on the Powderham Estate and we also buy pigs from friends who have native breed pigs locally. Our game is either shot by us or local Devon folk we know. We buy sundries and kit from from MK Ingredients in Devon who are a local family business. Where possible we get spices from one of the Devon producers or a small specialist importer who has direct contact with growers and can ensure quality levels.
We are true artisans and very proud of what we do. Our mission is to make the best tasting game and cured meat in the world. We have a long way to go to beat the likes of Iberico but the journey has started.