Thistly Peter Does USA 2015

US Tap handles arrived! edPhew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of months at Thistly, so perfect time to catch up with Peter who is currently on his travels spreading the word about our cider in the good ole US of A! These are exciting times across the pond for us, with two huge containers crossing the Atlantic right now, filled to capacity with Whisky Cask, Real Ginger and 6.2% Traditional ciders. And to accompany them we’ve been crafting some truly bespoke wooden tap handles. Lovingly made by hand for an authentic ‘cask’ feel and look, Whisky Cask badges are now proudly attached.

Bushwacker 2 ed txtTime for the obligatory thumbs-up at America’s original cider pub, Bushwhacker in Portland, Brooklyn. Bushwhacker produce their own traditional ciders and sell a huge variety of local, national and international hard ciders. We were lucky enough to be involved with a ‘Meet The Maker’ event with our good friend and associate Bruce Wright of JK Scrumpy, and it was great to meet so many fantastic US cider fans – thanks Jeff!

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The Highland Stillhouse also gave us a terrific welcome, thanks Mick and Tammy. And we’re looking forward to welcoming you to Scotland when you visit. The pub has a soft spot for all things Scottish, so we were certainly made to feel at home.

Peter also spent some quality time with Brewsters Fine Foods where they planned an amazing cider-matched dinner, and Cannon Beach Hardware (which is rather affectionately called Screw & Brew); well why wouldn’t you want a hardware store that combines with a PUB?!

Canon beach time capsule edWhy didn’t we think of that? They have a fab time capsule built into the wall featuring a historic Thistly bottle label which is fading beautifully with time.

And fun movie fan fact – Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach is where the Goonies emerged on to the beach from the pirate cave!

Canon Beach 2 (goonies!) ed


Great place, and a great visit – thanks to Ryan, Kimi and both Daves.

A visit to the famous Voodoo Doughnuts was also on the cards, in fact it was deemed a necessity… Its extraordinary menu really deserves a second look. Oh be still our doughnut-loving hearts.

Voodoo Donuts combined

Thanks to everyone for the amazing goodwill Peter (and Thistly!) has found in the USA – we #ciderlove you too.

Thistly’s official export crew will be continuing to tag-team their way across the States during 2015, so we want to hear from you if you’re over there. In April, we’ll be heading to Oregon, Washington, San Francisco/California along with a much-anticipated Thistly Cross Cider launch in Texas, so get in touch and let us know what YOU want to see in America from Thistly Cross Cider!


Thistly Cross Cider Meets Audio Soup

A weekend of cider, summery vibes and facepaint…

What do you get if you cross a field in East Lothian with one thousand and something fancy dress wearing, face paint adorned festival-goers basking in the summer sun with enough Thistly Cross Cider to quench a small, thirsty army? The answer – Audio Soup.

We love small festivals, especially boutique festivals that just so happen to pop up on our doorstep which is why we jumped at the chance to cart along litres of delicious cider, as well as donating 80,000 litres of drinking water, to make sure the weekend and its family of party-hungry revellers never ran dry.

A best kept secret but set to become a regular feature on Scotland’s festival circuit, Audio Soup combines picturesque scenery, summery good time vibes and lashings of live music that transcend genre and – dare we say it – even sanity.

Back for their second year, the lovely people at Audio Soup succeeded in turning a bog standard field just outside Garvald into a mesmerising playground for the senses complete with wooden Stonehenge, Indian market stalls, thumping wubhut and bouncing main stage.

And with the Audio Soup campsite springing up early on Friday afternoon, this three day festival featured round the clock shenanigans, cider tasting, soup slurping and the odd bit of mud, just for old times’ sake!

So, with a cup of red, ginger or elderflower Thistly in hand, the rest of the weekend was spent peppered with appearances from a sterling line-up of bands – Dub Mafia, Bombskare and Mr Woodnote to name but a few as well as plenty of home grown talent.

Big love to the Audio Soup crew for having us along, we’re already prepping the apples for next year.

In the meantime, the crazy festival train doesn’t stop there. We’re in the process of gearing up for this weekend’s antics in the big blue shed at Belhaven Fruit Farm – a night of 3 awesome cover bands: The BlackBeez, Hurricane Jack and The Jammy Devils.

Covers include Kasbian, White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, T-Rex, Creedance Clearwater Revival and many more.

Tickets are just £10 which includes a FREE pint of Thistly or double spirit before 9pm.

Doors from 7.30pm, bar until 1 – find out more here

Drop by, say hi and enjoy a cider with us as we celebrate one of the last nights of summer.

But for now, peace, love and cider x

Photo credits – Steven Ingle @ Iris Photography