The Stable, the cathedral to cider and gourmet pizza, is excited to announce the launch of its first ever Cider of the Year Awards, in cooperation with Crafty Nectar, Cider Box and its very own Cider Ambassador, Gabe Cook. The competition will run throughout the year and will be judged by cider experts and customers at The Stable’s 17 locations.
The awards started earlier this month when The Stable invited cider makers from across the country to enter their ciders in to the first round. These entries will be judged and shortlisted by cider experts from Crafty Nectar, Cider Box and The Stable. The 10 shortlisted ciders will then be on sale in all The Stable locations for approximately six months and, during this time, will be voted on by its customers.
Votes will be gathered and counted on 1 September, with the top five ciders going through to the final. The final round of judging will take place on Friday 14 at a yet to be disclosed location. The winning cider will then be The Stable’s Cider of the Month for October 2018 and will have a place on all of the restaurants’ Cider Experiences for a year.
David Gough, Operations Director for The Stable, said: “I can’t wait to see this competition unfold. Getting the ball rolling by sending out the invitations for the first round was very exciting. Entries are certainly not restricted to these invitees and I highly encourage other cider makers to enter – both British and international. I’m looking forward to serving the shortlisted ciders in The Stable’s restaurants in the second round. That’s what makes these awards unique – they aren’t just decided by a board of judges, but our customers too, whose opinions we value dearly. During the judging period, we’re expecting to serve over 500,000 pints of cider – so this is going to be a huge competition.”