The Oldfields Story

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Sometimes we are asked for a bit more detail about Oldfields Orchard Ciders. As we mentioned briefly on the 'meet the team' page, our splendid ciders are made by the award-winning team at Hobsons Brewery and Geoff Thompson at Oldfields at Frith Common in Worcestershire.

Geoff's family have been at Oldfields since the 1960s, at a time when the Teme Valley near Tenbury Wells was a famous fruit and hop growing area. Geoff has been growing hops since 1978 and supplying them to nearby Hobsons Brewery for almost 20 years. Until autumn 2013 all Geoff's cider was made for home consumption!

Once the decision had been made to team up with Hobsons and make a commercial cider, the Lambswick Drinks Company was set up and a cider press and fermentation tanks were purchased and installed in a purpose built pressings room at Oldfields Farm.

In September 2013 our first press took place. We used Discovery eating apples. Intended as a trial, this first press astounded us with a light, crisp cider, very different to a full bodied traditional cider. 

Geoff selected Dabinett, Harry Masters Jersey and Yarlington Mill apples, all high quality bittersweet cider apples grown in the local orchards for our first 'proper' cider. Eight pressings took place and were fermented in stainless steel tanks for fresh, clean flavours. We like to think of ourselves in the mould of an Aussie winemaker, using modern techniques to get full, ripe fruit and new and interesting flavours.

We launched our keg cider in 2015 with just a handful of local pubs initially and our cider can now be found in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Unusually for an atisan cider maker, we have our own top of the range keg washer and filler so we are able to ensure our cider is in perfect condition when it goes to the pubs and bars. It is fantastic not having to use contractors as it gives us complete control.

All our apples are therefore not only grown on and around our farm, pressed, freshly fermented and blended on the farm and our cider is bottled and kegged on site too, meaning we have a truly local product in every way.

 

 

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