Autumn is approaching rapidly, and you know what that means… no, not scarves and hats and all that boring knitted stuff, we mean giant steins of alcohol, tasty sausages and leather trousers of course! Thistly is going to be the draught cider of Oktoberfest in its London (19th-22nd Sep, 26th-29th Sep), Glasgow (17th-20th, 24th-27th Oct) and Edinburgh (9th-13th Oct) events. Last year alone, the Munich event attracted 6.5 million guests who ate (tasty fact alert!) 500,000 roast chickens and 100 oxen, and sold out 6 months in advance. The UK events are heading the same way with tickets selling like hot pretzels, so if you can’t get to Munich, pop on a dirndl and head along to the only official Oktoberfest outside Bavaria where you can fill up on your favourite Thistly and some schlachtschussi. Hope to see you there, prost!
In other news, the Great Taste Awards 2013 have been announced, and Thistly Cross is a double award winner! Our Original 7.2% cider in both Sparkling and Still varieties wowed the judges in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme, described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world. Original Still was singled out as an officially outstanding product, and our Original Sparkling was classified as ‘virtually faultless’. Both now join our other Thistly Cross Great Taste winners, Traditional, Strawberry and Elderflower. Original is one of our most popular varieties so it’s a nice pat on the back especially as the awards involved over 400 judges and blind tasting of an incredible 10,000-plus products.
So now we’re catching our breath after a busy Summer weaving our cider magic to slake thirsts near and far by supplying (and attending) loads of outlets, festivals and events, including the Insider Festival, Cider Summit in Seattle, BBC Proms in Glasgow and many more. We began craft collaborations with Tempest Brewery, producing a limited edition Snakebite & Black; its retro goodness has been going down a storm. And now as we head into apple harvest time, we’re shining the seasonally appropriate spotlight on our vintage CAMRA-endorsed Jaggy Thistle which is perfect for the slight Autumn chill that’s creeping in. Made with local apples, it offers a satisfying and impressive 7.4% ABV, and is also perfect served half-in-half with our Original 7.2%, giving a combined medium dry finish. And remember, if you’re local to East Lothian with an unloved apple orchard or just too many apples, Thistly wants to know; anything over 10kg gets something delicious in return. Contact details on the website. Here’s to a creative, productive and cosy Autumn!