Summerwood Community Garden has been running since 2009. In their first year they held a small Apple Day & a fair amount of apples were pressed. The team found they were left with quite a few litres of freshly pressed juice.
Naturally they decided to turn it into cider & Blue Barrel Cider was born.
Blue Barrel is a social enterprise the profits of which support the day to day activities of the garden
For the first few years Blue Barrel used bike powered scratters to mill its apples & although it has come along way since then it hasn't lost it's authencity & still presses all 7000l by hand using a traditional rack & cloth press.
In 2014 Blue Barrel won bronze in it's first CAMRA competition
2015 Silver award for Perry & Bronze for bottled cider
2016 Gold award for Draught cider & Silver award for the bottled cider
2017 Gold award for Perry.
Emma and Leo, husband and wife team and coordinators of the Summerwood Garden Project, who both have a passion for cider.
Working as a cider team, they pick and press the apples together with the help of the volunteers from Summerwood Community Garden.
Leo's job is fine tuning and blending the juices to create the final Blue Barrel product.
Emma's responsible for selling getting it out there, so if you need to place an order she's the one to contact.