Skidbrooke Cyder Co.
Skidbrooke Cyder Co. is a producer of real cider and mead wines based near Louth in Lincolnshire.
Like many other producers, Skidbrooke began making cider to try and use up our surplus apples. Several years later and they are producing 1500 gallons. They say they "produce real Lincolnshire cider from locally sourced apples" using "all types of fruits - cookers, eaters, crab apples and some cider apples".
The reason for less cider apples is explained as being becasue... "...the Eastern counties cider was traditionally made from culinary and desert apples whereas in the West country cider apples are used. This local cider tends to be fruitier, more like an apple wine, with a full deep flavour. Another advantage over the West country cider is the lower tannin level which is easier on the head."
Modern machinery is used to processs their cider, but with traditional methods, producing an authentic English drink. Before milling and pressing the apples are checked by hand, then they are then milled. The pulp then goes to be pressed in wooden twin bedded press and later pumped into 2100 litre vats where it ferments naturally with the wild yeasts.
The product is as natural as possible, containing no added water, yeasts, flavourings or artificial sweetners. The cider ferments through the cold winter months. It is racked off at least once to ensure the end product is clear and untainted. Some of the cider is pumped in oak barrels and left to mature.
Products are not pasteurised or carbonated.
They produce several different types of cider including...
- Dry - a dry full flavoured farmhouse style cider.
- Vintage - a premium cider, aged in oak barrels for a more sophisticated mellow character.
The above are available in 10 litre boxes, 4 pint flagons and 500ml bottles.
- Address: Guy and Kate Williams, The Grange, Skidbrooke, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 7DH.
- Tel: (01507) 339368.
- Email: Skidbrookecyder@tiscali.co.uk