Hawkes Announces Return of Limited-Edition Bermondsey Barrels for On-Trade Ahead of World Whisky Day
Hawkes’ small-batch whisky barrel-aged cider available for exclusive partners
London’s first urban cidery, Hawkes, announces the return of its small-batch whisky barrel-aged cider, Bermondsey Barrels, in time for World Whisky Day this 20 May.
Last produced in 2021, Hawkes has just fifty 30l kegs of this delicious amber nectar. Any partners wishing to be a part of the very special limited-edition launch should order their kegs now.
The Bermondsey Barrels amber-hued cider is aged in vintage Bourbon whisky barrels and left to breathe and absorb the deep, rich Bourbon tones. The blend offers a decadent waft of vanilla and toasted marshmallows on the nose, tempting in the bold flavours of apple pie, biting oaky tannins, and a touch of bitter lemon from the apple itself.
With an ABV of 7.5%, this barrel-aged cider is a cider like no other.
Elliot Allison, general manager of Hawkes, says: “For our first barrel-aged cider since 2021, we knew we wanted to create something special.
“We’ve used a mix of bold tannic type Dabinett cider apples, combined with fresh fill Kentucky Bourbon Barrels from a certain bovine mascoted distillery to age this wonderfully rich cider.
“It’s not often that we make cider for contemplation, but you can bet we’ll be having a quiet moment to ourselves with a half of this barrel-aged banger.”
Hawkes, turns unloved, ‘wonky’, or surplus apples into delicious real-apple cider and is on a mission to dispel the misconceptions around cider by injecting personality to the product and modernising the offering.
For more information on Bermondsey Barrels, or to become an exclusive partner, contact the team at [email protected].
Founded in 2013, Bermondsey-based Hawkes is London’s first urban cidery, turning unloved, ‘wonky’, or surplus apples, which are too big or small for the shelves but perfect for juicing, into delicious real-apple cider.
Using only natural ingredients and never apple concentrate, Hawkes currently produces three core real-apple ciders: The vibrant, fresh and bright, Urban Orchard (4.5% ABV); juicy, sharp and lush, Dead & Berried (4.0% ABV); and tropical, zingy and offbeat, Pineapple Punch (4.0% ABV).
Hawkes collaborates annually with The Orchard Project – the only national charity dedicated to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards – to collect surplus orchard apples, allowing the cidery to turn vast amounts of otherwise waste fruit into planet-friendly cider every autumn. In addition to stocks from The Orchard Project, Hawkes’ Apple Donors initiative brings in donations from all over the UK. In 2021 alone, the annual apple drive saw the cidery save over 130,000 – or 12 tonnes – of apples from going to waste.
Hawkes was acquired by craft beer giant, BrewDog, in 2018. It is available to enjoy by the pint or can in all BrewDog bars nationally, in a number of Independent London pubs and pub groups around the UK, and at Hawkes’ Bermondsey-based railway arch Cidery & Taproom. You can also enjoy Hawkes in your own home; Pineapple Punch and Dead & Berried are stocked in 150 Sainsbury’s stores across London and key UK cities, and packs of all Hawkes’ core ciders are available to buy via the Hawkes online shop wearehawkes.com