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31st May, 2019

A cider produced by Ryan Burke at the renowned Angry Orchard cidery in New York State, USA, has taken top honours in this year’s Bath and West International Cider Competition.

But it is a cider which has a distinct flavour of Somerset, in more ways than one.  Chief judge of the competition, Gabe Cook, describes “Bittersteve”, as it is named, as “a classic West Country bittersweet cider”. 

The explanation for that is that the apples from which it was made came from a New Hampshire grower called Steve Wood.  And Mr Wood paid an extended visit to the West Country back in the 1980s, meeting many of Somerset’s leading cider-makers and becoming in the process a huge fan of bittersweet apple-based ciders.

“Bittersteve’ was one of five Angry Orchard Ciders awarded Gold in the international competition, the others being ‘Baldwin’, New Down Pippin’, ‘Sopernatural’ and ‘Wooden Sleeper’.  Golds were also won by Urban Tree Fan Cider from Georgia in the USA, Cydr Chyliczki from Poland and Sidra Trabanco O Lagar de Camin, a sparkling cider from Asturias in Spain.


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