We are Spotty Dog Cider, and from making cider for ourselves on our small smallholding outside Wadebridge, we started commercial production (albeit very small) in 2014, when we were quickly overwhelmed at the demand for our small stock of bottles and bag in boxed cider. The name came from our Cocker Spaniel Lily, who is indeed a cider loving spotty dog! Lorraine is the cider maker and apple grower and John is the technical support. Together we make a good team, although we don't always agree on which cider is the best - dry or medium, still or bottle conditioned. You can read more about Spotty Dog Cider here.
We own or manage over 100 apples trees locally, and offer a Reward Scheme where we take surplus local apples and in return give people some cider. Everyone likes this - no more apples rotting on the ground, and lovely local cider from unsprayed trees. The spent pomace is collected on pressing day and used as animal feed - they like it too! We also hope to buy locally produced apples to help the local producers, so if you have a lot of trees - get in touch.
WE HAVE JUST BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR A CORNWALL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD. Obviously this is brilliant news for us as sustainability is really a big part of what we do. We'll keep you up to date but the awards ceremony is on December 4th, so fingers crossed.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE?
This summer we created a bespoke cider production area invested in new fermentation vessels, stainless steel workstations and pumping equipment. We want to grow a bit bigger so we can supply at least 3 local pubs with our cider (after all, they supported us when we were small), and produce enough bottled cider for locals, holiday makers, and for stocking holiday houses and caravan sites. We want to maintain our high standards but remain a local producer, so we need more funds to do this.
Over the last year Lorraine has invested all her savings in this project - buying stainless steel prep tables, building storage areas, and new equipment including a pump and aseptic storage. Now we have a bit of a cash flow situation. The cider is there - maturing quietly away, but.....
We'd like to raise an initial £2000 to be spent on a crown capping bottling system and pasteurising equipment. This will ensure that we can bottle to a high and safe standard(we value our customers), and we'd like to invest a bit in packaging too.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Have a look at the great rewards we have up for grabs, AND PLEDGE, and more importantly, be part of something local, delicious and fun! We know money is tight, but we think there are some cool present ideas and something for nearly everyone. We'd really LOVE it if you can LIKE our facebook page too, and SHARE what we are doing with your friends. THANKS!