Somerset craft cider maker Worleys has a bold new look and a new 33cl line for its sparkling, packaged ciders!
Red Hen is now available in a 33cl format as well as the original 50cl bottles. A medium-dry cider that pairs well with many different dishes, the new smaller size has been produced for restaurants and bars who are looking to offer customers a quality authentic cider that’s easy-drinking, and not overly sweet. Red Hen has won many awards over the years, including Great Taste 1-star for 2016 & 2017 plus Champion Cider at Taste of the West for 2015 and 2017.
“We think the redesigned bottles better reflect our premium cider, with the new amber bottles planting Worleys firmly in the craft sector,” says founder and cider maker Neil Worley. “We’ve kept the colour and icons that made Worleys recognisable, but introduced a new logo with a nod to the beautiful Mendip Hills that surround us. 'Provenance’ and ‘terroir’ are prized terms in quality food and drink, and real cider is perfect as a modern product made from natural, English ingredients. Being able to demonstrate this kind of provenance will go a long way to satisfying consumer demand for honestly sourced ingredients,” says Neil.
The entire Worleys range is both Gluten-free and Vegan. The ciders are made with full juice from vintage cider apples that are sourced from some of the finest orchards in the heart of Somerset. The other bottles in the 50cl format are Harvest Moon and Beatnik Billy, each with their own distinctive characteristics. Beatnik Billy is a Medium-sweet cider made from a blend of sharp fruit, perfectly balanced with just enough sweetness. Harvest Moon is a distinctive Medium cider with bags of character and a hint of sherbet and citrus.
Worleys are looking for distribution for their packaged ciders and welcome trade enquiries for wholesale orders (both on-trade and off-trade). Their sparkling bottles are currently available in the Bath, Bristol and Somerset area; on sale through their website and are exported to countries such as the Netherlands, USA and Hong Kong. Worleys draught cider is available to the on-trade through distribution channels throughout England and Wales and the Scottish Lowlands. It is also available to buy direct from the premises and through the Worleys website.
Worleys press cider apples at their base in Dean, near Shepton Mallet, then allow the juice to ferment and mature for at least six months using wild yeast fermentations. “We’ve always thought that making cider is more like making wine than beer,” says founder and cider maker Neil Worley. This long fermentation period allows layers of flavour to develop resulting in outstanding ciders that are very different from mass produced products. “We focus on quality and authenticity, and take great care to present our ciders in an attractive way with distinctive branding that stands out.”
Neil Worley is a respected English cider maker who is a recognised authority on wild yeast fermentations. He has been guest speaker at Cider Con in the USA, and has made many appearances on TV and radio speaking about the English cider industry and the subjects that surround it.