Hi, I'm Crispin, a craft cider maker in Exeter, South Devon. I'm spearheading a resurgence in Exeter's neglected apple varieties and orchards. For many years now I've helped run engaging community projects supporting local orchards. Now I'm cranking it up a notch (literally) handcrafting Proper Westcountry Cider, on small scale equipment, exclusively from the distinctive apples of this region.
I like traditional organic orchards, the hidden neglected ones with the old forgotten varieties.
Since I personally hand pick my apples, I'm able to select the best fruit at the peak of ripeness. I whisk bootloads down the Devon lanes in my little van. I manually grade, store and clean 'em myself.
I don't like waste and so anything that doesn't make the grade goes for composting. I used to feed the pressed apple pomace to the cattle, but these days I use it in my compost making - which helps me grow even better fruit.
The unadulterated juice is fermented slowly over the Winter in an old cob built apple store (cider barn). I prefer not to fine, microfilter, carbonate or pasteurise my cider for a more authentic genuine taste of Devon. No concentrates, sweeteners or preservatives; rather pure juice cider with natural living yeasts.
I have developed my own method of bottle conditioning (like Real Ale), which adds a natural light sparkle. It does however require a teaspoon of sugar, like the Traditional and Champagne Method, which I hope purists will forgive. With a little care during storage and dispense, really exceptional cider results.
We don't generally get much feedback from customers
but the fact that your cider has sold out so quickly
and that people are returning to buy it again tells us that it's a hit.
- Scrattings Craft Cider Bottle Shop, Sept'19
Yours was most popular; it's all gone, but we've still half a box of the other.
Dad wants some more for the weekend, even though we've got other leftovers. - Ella,
The Real Food Store, Exeter (Central Station)
I have a modest little van and will personally supply good pubs, licensed retail outlets, festivals and events. Being proper cider, from local apples, everything's seasonal and it's not a supermarket-shelf type of operation - you have to think ahead, ask me what I've got coming on.
I do 2 gallon (16pt, 9 litre) and 5 gallon (40pt, 23 litre) returnable polypins (plastic tapped barrel) as well as Bag-in-box in 10 and 20 litres. I also do 50cl and 75cl bottles (clean empties bought back on next order).
Please contact me on the email above (top right) to let me know your requirements. I'm quite flexible and will customise products/delivery specifically for you (providing it's worth doing).
The upfront flavour is lovely... Followed by your trademark complexity - Jamie Weeks on Cove Oct'19
The landlords tested it and it's beautiful!! Pop in and try one... or 7
- The Arcade on Pirate Bay Sept'19
Just a quick note to let you know that the
has been very well received here...
Sincere thanks for such a well-made cider. - Rod Marsh, Director,
National Collection of Cider & Perry, 2019
A mixed apple base has produced a light, easy drinking cider, clean acidity bringing a freshness of taste.
- CAMRA, Festival of Winter Ales 2019
That's more like it! A lot going on in this: great balance of fruit and acidity, soft tannins, a touch medicinal but really smooth and easy drinking. Dry cider done properly - Andy May
@CiderSleuth on Crow Vortex (bottled)
The Aflame went down extremely easily but was a little too tart for our normal tastes.
The Bounty was mellow, fruity and very easy going. It got better as the bottle went on as well.
The Gypsy Hill was the best of the lot - a really full bodied flavour, well balanced with good hit of tannins thrown in.
- Scrattings Craft Cider Shop
Thanks for your amazing cider and juice and support at the weekend - Anne-Marie Culhane,
FLOW: A river orchard on the EXE
Class in a glass - Simon Bates,
Killerton Apple & Cider Festival
Its epic. Proper. Cider sold really well.
- The Arcade, South Street, Exeter
Your cider sold out first.
- Park Life Heavitree, Beer Tent
Your ciders lush crispin! Smokey and not too dry. Really one of the nicest ive had! Thanks again!
- Lou Duds, Mums Workshop
© 2019 Crispin Adams trading as Crispin's Cider, Licensed to Sell & Supply Alcohol