Hawkes Cider launches apple pale ale

Hawkes Cider is launching Graff, which it describes as the UK’s first ever co-fermented hybrid of beer and cider to be made by cidermakers.

Graff, which is made on-site at Hawkes’ London cidery, is made by fermenting Braeburn and Bramley apples with a caramelised and malty beer wort. After this American Ale and Sauvignon Blanc yeasts are added to create complexity in the liquid.

Graff will be officially unveiled to the trade on February 22 at Craft Beer Rising. It will also be launched to consumers on February 24 where the producer will offer free cans to the first 100 customers.

Graff was inspired by Hawkes’ Stateside visits to cider makers and brewer friends. The drink is also set to feature in its upcoming collaboration range, where the producer will work with leading UK and global craft brewers in a series of one-off partnerships in Graff style.

The 5.4% abv Graff is available in its taproom on draft and in 33cl cans (rsp: £3.00), and it is also available from Hawkes’ online shop.

Simon Wright, chief Hawker, said: “I am extremely proud to unveil our Graff today, the latest addition to our family. I believe this is a landmark day for cider, and proof of what the industry can achieve when we push ourselves to innovate. The Graff defines the very purpose of Hawkes, which is to challenge ourselves to create industry leading liquids, then take it to the masses. Defining a new genre of cidermaker. 2018 is going to be a hugely exciting year for the whole team at Hawkes, and this is the first step of our mission to save the UK cider market from itself.”

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