New product named after old timer

Aspall's cyder maker for over 50 years

The latest new product to launch by Aspall has been named in tribute to Aspall’s cyder maker of over 50 years, Harry Sparrow. During his time Harry experimented with numerous tannic astringent cyders, using the many bittersweet apples grown at Aspall. He captivated the family and staff with his stories of the war and of when he met Lord Kitchener, a regular visitor to the Hall and cousin to JB Chevallier. Harry even used to test the cyder using his Kitchener head shaped mug. He was a remarkable man who dedicated many years to his craft.

Harry Sparrow Classic English Cyder contains 4.6% ABV and has a clear mid golden-yellow colour and a medium to full-bodied palate. It is available on tap and in 500ml bottles across the Adnams pub estate along with a select number of Fullers pubs and will be available in other premium on-trade outlets in the near future. No pint of Aspall could be without its branded glass, and to ensure you can enjoy and savour the cyder, we’ve also provided exclusive Aspall Harry Sparrow pint glasses.

Harry Sparrow is the the 9th addition to the Aspall family, with the rest of the range available to purchase at major supermarkets, local stores and farm shops as well as our online shop.

Christmas in a glass

Aspall has been producing cyder at the same site in Debenham, Suffolk, since 1728 and it is now run by the eight generation of the Chevallier family, who continue to ensure that quality is never compromised and that the company continue to produce multi-award winning products. Our cyders are made using artisan methods and natural ingredients to produce the best quality products, and with our many award wins over the years, we’re sure Harry Sparrow will be no exception. The official launch of Harry has arrived as we re-launch Aspall Mulled Cyder for the winter. Having recently received several awards this year alone, Mulled will be available throughout pubs during the winter months.

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Limited edition labels by renowned artists

Earlier this year Aspall collaborated with two artists who were exhibiting at SNAP at the Aldeburgh Festival.

This is the first time that Aspall has worked with SNAP to produce five limited edition artist bottles to mark the occasion, using images by internationally renowned artists Glenn Brown and Ryan Gander as labels. Only 300 of each of the 5 artist bottles were available and there are still a limited amount left.

Four have been designed using paintings by Glenn Brown – (from left to right) The Guilty Hand,  XXX,  Stardust and Youth, Beautiful Youth

Ryan Gander created a black and white image Speak Easy 1989 Aston Ernest - also used for this year’s SNAP poster (below)


You can still get your hands on these limited edition bottles, perhaps a great Christmas present for an avid Aspall Fan. Each priced at £6.50 per bottle or an exclusive offer of each of the 5 bottles and an Imperial Cyder are priced at £34 (plus postage and packaging if ordering directly from Aspall) Postage and packaging is £6 for up to 6 bottles. For orders of more than 6 bottles please enquire when ordering for the additional cost of postage.Speak Easy 1989 Aston Ernest – also used for this year’s SNAP poster -  is the fifth label.

To order, please call Aspall on 01728 860510. Payment by credit card or debit card will be taken over the phone. For further information please email info@aspall.co.uk

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Stuck for something to do in August and September?

If you’re at a loose end over the coming weekends, Aspall are going to be at a number of festivals and events. We’ll see you there! 

Adnams East of England food and drink Festival at Newmarket racecourses

24th and 25th August 2012

Aspall will be at this year’s food and drink festival where you’ll have the chance to sample all our products and take advantage of our deal of 6 cyders for £10 with a free Aspall bottle bag. This year the festival promises to bring a mouth-watering selection of products made by companies base in the East of England. Located in the Paddock Marque which is accessible to Premier and Grandstand and Paddock customers entry to the festival also includes free racing. It’s not often you’ll get a chance to have a pint of Aspall watching the races at Newmarket, so well worth a visit. To book tickets, visit:

http://www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk/concerts/2012-concert-dates/summer-saturdays-live/saturday-25th-august-steps/

Lodestar Festival – a fantastic family festival

31st – 2nd September, Lode nr Cambridge

Lodestar, now in to its fourth year, is fast becoming the place to be for a fantastic family friendly festival for the east of England area and Aspall is delighted to be available on tap again this year. Along with a great music line-up over the 3 days, there is a brilliant range of entertainment to suit all ages. Take a look at the website for the acts and how to buy tickets http://www.lodestarfestival.com or follow on twitter @lodestarfest

Carfest – double the excitement

Carfest has two exciting festivals over the summer. The brainchild of Chris Evans, a car fanatic, you’ll find Carfest South in Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire on the 25th  – 26th August and if you’re more northern based, you’ll find it happening in Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on the 8th  – 9th September. Not only for car enthusiasts, there’s something for all the family with incredible music acts as well as an amazing line up of food and drink plus Carfest is also raising money for Children in Need.

A refreshing bottle of Aspall Draught Suffolk Cyder

Of course it wouldn’t be the same without a bottle of your favourite tipple being available whilst taking in the phenomal entertainment. We’ve been around longer than the vintage cars but our Draught Suffolk Cyder is still wonderfully refreshing.

http://www.carfest.org/

 

 

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

29th – 30th September

The Old Cyder House at Aspall

Aspall is delighted to be a sponsor again this year at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, a celebration of the abundance of good local food and drink to be found in Suffolk. The Baby Barn, (a small marquee based on our original Old Cyder House) will be in the main courtyard serving Draught and Blush on tap and bottles of cyder to go. You’ll also find us in the food hall where you can sample our vinegars and apple juice. Why not take advantage of our deal of 6 cyders for £10.

Along with the incredible cooking demonstrations from local chefs on the stages, Henry Chevallier Guild will be running two cyder tutored tastings across the two days at 3.30 – 4.30 on the 29th and 12.30 until 1:30 on the 30th. All workshops can be booked in advance online at www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk.

Along with the festival, why not take the opportunity to visit an exhibition of photographic portraits celebrating the Suffolk food and drink scene.  Aspall were honoured to be asked to be involved with The Eighth Generation of Cyder Makers, Barry and Henry Chevallier Guild featuring in the gallery of portraits by Paul Dixon, the incredibly talented local photographer. ‘Made in Suffolk’ will be exhibited at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival at Snape Maltings from 28th September until 5th October.

http://www.pauldixonpictures.co.uk/portraits/01.html

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Festivals and events in July

Secret Garden Party – 19th – 22nd July

We are once again going to be at the Secret Garden Party this week, 19th – 22nd July.

This is the sixth time that Draught Suffolk Cyder will have been available to festival goers and we’re delighted to be part of such a creative and fascinating occasion. The Aspall Cyder Barn will be there again, a solid oak framed marquee replica of our original cyder house from 1728 which still stands to this day. So come in and sample a bit of cyder whilst you take in the surroundings of what is always an engaging but relaxing and friendly community.

Congratulations to our twitter winners who entered our competition to win tickets this year.

For further information visit www.secretgardenparty.com

Essex Food and Drink Festival 21st and 22nd July

The medieval Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree are the setting for this year’s festival, a glamorous food festival celebrating nature’s bounty and local produce this weekend and Aspall will be in attendance there with our full range of cyders, vinegars and apple juice available to buy. It’s also a chance to sample the delectable English lager, Suffolk Blonde. Celebrity chefs Jean Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli and Gino D’Acampo are among the long list of chefs demonstrating their cookery on the Rangemaster Chefs on Stage The organisers are inviting you to ‘Spend a complete day in foodie heaven’ with the Colchester oysters, regional wines and beers and a gourmet food court.

The festival is open from 10 – 5pm. Visit the website of the festival for further details www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/foodfestival

Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival – 28th and 29th July

Why not join Jimmy at his hugely popular Sausage and Beer festival over the last weekend in July.  We’ll be there and it couldn’t get any more British than having bangers and beer or even a lovely Aspall Cyder. With sausage making demonstrations, live music and plenty of entertainment for the children, take a look at the website for how to buy tickets in advance. http://jimmysfarm.com/products-page/event-tickets/

But it’s not only beer that’s great with sausages, Aspall is a fantastic addition to pork dishes, whether as an accompaniment or ingredient. Why not consider a pork recipe from the Aspall family recipe book.

 

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A perfect partnership

This year has seen a first for Aspall Cyder as being the exclusive cider on offer at The Royal Albert Hall, the prestigious and world famous London venue.  Two of our award winning products, Perronelle’s Blush and Draught Suffolk cyder are available along with a great range of other drinks, light snacks and sandwiches throughout all 13 bars within the breathtaking  venue.

The world renowned stage is an iconic British venue that was built in the 1800’s to promote an understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences.  Aspall, with its range of premium cyders and rich history,  is the perfect compliment to the Hall’s brand and heritage.

Home of the Proms, the Hall has played host to a fantastic and diverse range of international artists and events  including an incredible number of legends of rock and pop such as The Who, Arctic Monkeys, Sting, Noel Gallagher, Suede and Jools Holland. It also seen the frequent return of Cirque du Soleil, the Aegon Masters Tennis and of course the hugely popular Proms series.

Take a look at their website www.royalalberthall.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/royalalberthall  to see what’s going on, and don’t forget your glass of cyder for the interval!

 

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