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Thatchers Unveils Unique Three-in-One Typeface

Thatchers Cider has launched its new “3-in-1 Fusion”, which is now available to restaurant operators.

The company said it was a first for the cider industry and is offering the bar the choice of three premium infused fruit flavored ciders in one font.

With one font dispensing three ciders, from a keg and on one line, the Fusion 3-in-1 font is said to use less cellar and bar space than three separate lines, which means less maintenance, less more space and more choices.

“This is world-class innovation – a first for Thatchers and a first for the industry,” said Martin Thatcher, fourth generation at independent cider maker Somerset. “We are introducing a unique dispensing system that will add to the consumer experience at the bar.”

When pouring, the police infuse a micro measure of the selected fruit flavor into a pint of Thatchers premium apple cider, creating one of three freshly blended ciders. As the cider is distributed across the font, it provides a unique sensory experience of flavor and aroma.

The flavors available are Thatchers Cloudy Lemon, which is appearing on-trade for the first time, Thatchers Dark Berry and another new variation in Thatchers Blood Orange.

Thatchers Commercial Director Rob Sandall said: “This is a stunning innovation that brings together the biggest flavor trends in food and bar drink in one font.

“With half of all fruit ciders in commerce sold on draft, this pioneering technology with Fusion Font opens up a whole new theater at the bar, allowing operators to exploit new opportunities and provide drinkers with exciting experiences. , such as cider cocktails.”

Krombacher deploys cans of pilsner in pubs

German beer brand Krombacher has launched its Pils variant in 330ml cans especially for pubs and the wider trade ahead of spring and summer.

The independent family business has been producing beer exclusively in the small town of Krombach in the Siegerland hills of Westfalia in central Germany since 1803.

Krombacher UK & Ireland Sales and Marketing Director Stephan Kofler said: “Our Pilsners have become a mainstay of quality food establishments and major retailers, so with the growing can trend, it was right that we were rolling out this new SKU (stock keeping unit).

“The desire for our authentic, natural and full-flavoured beers from retailers, pubs, restaurants, hotels and especially consumers continues to grow and we are confident that this thirst for quality and genuine German provenance will only increase. as 2022 heats up. at the top.”

Krombacher Pils is a 4.8% ABV golden beer “with a beautifully balanced aroma between hops and malt,” according to the company. It is available immediately through Manchester-based importer and distributor Morgenrot in cases of 24 with a list price of £27.18.

The business recorded its most successful year in the UK in 2021, having launched more than 30 years ago in 1990. Its sales volume increased by 30% both on and off trade compared to figures of 2020. Even compared to pre-Covid 2019 figures, 2021 sales still represent growth of just under 10%.

Krombacher now has over 300 pull-down valves in service in the UK.

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The Black Sheep Brewery celebrates 30 years with a seasonal beer calendar

Yorkshire-based Black Sheep Brewery has released its annual 2022 draft beer calendar, detailing the limited edition beers that will be launched each month.

This year marks the brewery’s 30th anniversary, and to commemorate the milestone, Black Sheep has chosen a mix of classic British ales and modern craft styles as part of its 2022 limited editions.

The brewery has also opted to bring back fan favorites such as Velo and Blitzen while Pathmaker – a beer inspired by founder and original “black sheep” Paul Theakston – also makes a return.

Others on the calendar include Finisher, an English Pale Ale brewed to support England’s bid to regain the Six Nations rugby championship, for February.

West Coast IPA Adventurer will mark June as a hop-laden beer from the California hills and October will see Astronomer, a rich chocolate porter brewed using a blend of flavorful dark and chocolate malts, ready for dark autumn nights .

Charlene Lyons, Managing Director of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We’ve worked hard to develop a series of seasonal beers on tap that we think our customers will love, and which perfectly encapsulate both the time of year and the Black Sheep philosophy.

Black Sheep’s seasonal cask ales will be available to trade customers at pubs across the country. The release of the seasonal calendar marks the first of a number of activities the brewery has planned to celebrate its 30th anniversary, with further events and campaigns to be announced shortly.

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Sandford Orchards partners with Darts Farm to launch rosé cider

Devon-based Sandford Orchards has launched Katja Rosé Cider (8% ABV) in conjunction with Darts Farm.

The skin contact sparkling rosé cider is made from the Katja dessert apple with Rondo grapes from Darts Farm’s Pebblebed Vineyard and will be available nationwide from early February in 750ml bottles with an RRP from £10.40.

Sandford Orchards Chief Cider Producer Barny Butterfield said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response we have received to the original Katja which we launched last year. This encouraged us to create Katja Rosé, a sumptuous sparkling cider produced according to the Martinotti method and inspired by fresh Proseccos from Venice.

“It has also been an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate with our great friends at Darts Farm. The Rondo grapes used to create the wonderful pink shade of Katja Rosé were grown at Darts Farm’s Pebblebed Vineyard, just outside Exeter We are delighted to now be able to call Darts Farm our second home, with the recent unveiling of our new small batch cider house there.

Katja Rosé is said to be a fresh, fruity cider that tastes of sun-ripened cherries and peaches with hints of apple blossom and cotton candy, balanced with the tannins of wineskins. The addition of the Rondo grapes imparts winey notes and an unmistakable dewy finish to the cider. Sandfords said it retains the fresh drinkability of a Katja cider, but with added fruit and smooth complexity.

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Inginious Gin launches a concentrated spirit

Distillery Inginious Gin has launched a concentrated gin spirit that allows pubs to serve smaller measures but still at a strength of 43% ABV.

Formulated in collaboration with spirits experts at Sloemotion Distillery in North Yorkshire, Inginious Gin has 10x the flavor concentration, meaning you only need a small amount to create the perfect serve.

Developed to pair perfectly with an alcohol-free blender such as tonic, this distillate is packed with botanicals such as juniper, coriander and a citrusy blend of lemongrass, grapefruit and lime.

A 5ml serving, compared to the standard 50ml double serving of gin, diluted with 150ml of an alcohol-free mixer such as Tonic is considered the perfect combination, yielding just 0.2 units of alcohol per serving. A 5ml measuring spoon has also been designed and comes with each.

Inginious founder Simon Liddle said: “Over the past two years I have sought to reduce my alcohol consumption for health reasons. After struggling to find a great tasting, low alcohol gin, I set out to create a concentrated gin product like no other. In an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding low-alcohol drinks, Inginious Gin ensures that forgoing more traditional gins is a surprisingly simple choice.

Inginious Gin has an RRP of £26 for a 20cl bottle.

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