Cider company expansion to meet demand

Thistly Cross Cider has moved into a new cider shed as demand for their ciders continues to grow
Thistly Cross Cider has moved into a new cider shed as demand for their ciders continues to grow

After their most successful year so far Thistly Cross Cider is opening a new cidershed which will increase their capacity sevenfold.

Most of the large supermarkets now sell Thistly Cross Cider and to deal with the extra demand for their products the company is expanding into West Barns village, a mile down the road from their headquarters, expanding the storage and production areas and adding three new chiller tanks to increase capacity.

“I’m thrilled that Thistly is opening our new cidershed,” said Peter Stuart, head cidermaker.

“We’ve had such a big demand for our cider this year and it’s fantastic to know we’re going to continue to be able to meet this.”

The new premises will allow Thistly Cross to meet increasing demand for their craft cider both inside and outside the UK, whilst still maintaining the small batch nature of their production.

“We still care very much about making a high quality product made from good ingredients,” Peter added. “Small batch cidermaking is at the core of Thistly’s philosophy.”

The move took place at the start of the year, with production now continuing at the new premises, where the buildings date back to the 1700s. East Lothian is home to some of the oldest farm steadings in the world and, back in 1798, the site was used to produce scotch whisky and, later, as a brewery and maltings.

Now Thistly Cross are slowly rebuilding West Barns steading, with plans to add a pressing room and tasting room, in addition to the fermentation and blending rooms already in operation.

“It’s fantastic to be able to add to the strong tradition of alcohol production in the heart of East Lothian, and our new location is steeped in heritage,” Peter said.

“We can’t wait to contribute to the area’s rich history.

“When it comes to booze, Scotland is the best brand in the world and Thistly is heading that way with cider!”