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The Arran Brewery has started its first commercial cider production at its Loch Earn brewery site in St Fillans, Perthshire.
Scheduled to be available for sale in February 2020, the first 1,000 litre batch has been produced and once blended with local Perthshire fruit, will be sold as dry, sweet and fruit ciders available in cask, bag in box, bottle and flagon.
Gerald Michaluk, managing director of Arran Brewery said: ‘I am very happy to see the site starting to take shape, a lot later than I would have liked, but with our first cider started I am confident we can get this project on track and launch our first ciders in 2020. I was a little worried this morning as the ground was covered in a thick layer of snow, however, I am assured the low temperatures will make for a very fine cider.’
The site has a 3,500 litre capacity and full-scale production is expected to begin next spring.