Food & Drink Wednesday, March 23rd

Herefordshire has been busy making the UK's first canned craft cider

Now canned beer has made a comeback, it's cider's turn.

In the village of Much Marcle, Herefordshire, a fifth generation cider-maker has been concocting the UK’s first canned cider. Caple Rd Cider – which comes in a 330ml can, with brash black-and-yellow branding – is a far cry from the cider with ice cubes craze.

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Westons' Caple Rd Dry, Blend No.5 launched last month. Picture:

Westons launched the original Caple Rd Cider last year and has now followed it up with a sibling, Caple Rd Dry, Blend No. 5. The second variant, double-filtered from fresh English apple juice was officially launched at Craft Beer Rising in London at the end of last month.

Sadly you can’t find it in bars and shops around Herefordshire yet, but can buy direct at the Westons Cider Mill Visitor Centre shop in Much Marcle and outside of the county, it’s on sale at Cheltenham’s Wholefood Market, the Birmingham and Bristol branches of Little Waitrose and at

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Taking its name from the road approaching the Westons site, Caple Rd Dry is produced in small batches, matured in oak and stainless steel vats for up to 18 months and carries those sought-after craft characteristics. 

“It’s been designed to challenge cider-drinkers’ palates, in terms of both the liquid and the packaging,” said Guy Lawrence, a fifth generation cider-maker from the Weston family.

“Caple Rd Dry has a mid-straw colour and is double-filtered to give a crisp, dry and powerful finish. Both Caple Rd ciders are slowly fermented for up to 18 months, which is what gives the ciders their highly complex, full-bodied flavours.”


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If you frequent city bars you’ll have seen the growing trend for both craft beer and cider. There’s an audience for ‘premium drinks’ which have a point of difference, traceability of ingredients, and artisanship, and an appetite for tins with brash, colourful packaging.

The canned beer comeback has been helped by the craft beer revolution – and producers, big and small, making sure their nectar is consumed in the best possible condition.

Westons commercial director Geoff Bradman said: “We never anticipated quite how successful it [Caple Rd Cider] would be. Both trade and consumer feedback has been phenomenal, and this has been formally recognised in the various awards the cider won in its first year of launch.”

Those awards include Design and Packaging Supreme Champion at the International Cider Challenge 2015 and a Gold medal for taste at the same awards.

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Caple Rd Cider is available RRP £4/can, 5.2% abv.

Westons Cider is now run by the fourth generation of the Weston family, which has been producing traditional English cider in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle since 1880. It produces Stowford Press, Wyld Wood, Henry Westons, Old Rosie, Mortimer’s Orchard and, now, Caple Rd.

Craft Beer Rising took place on February 26-27 at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. 

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