Whose cider you on in Bridgetown?

Photo: Steve de Vroom

If you visit Bridgetown, (that would be the town with a bridge across the Blackwood river) in the south-west tall timber country of Western Australia, you must visit the Cidery located just 1.5km from the centre of town at 43 Gifford Road. Their motto is; “Life is Short – Drink the Best”.

The Cidery proudly recognises the contribution of the early pioneer families to establishing a world renowned apple industry in Western Australia, centred at Bridgetown. Many of these pioneers and their daily work is featured in the extensive historical photographic display at The Cidery along with the tools they used in producing “the best apples in the world”.

Photo: Steve de Vroom

This strong apple tradition of the area is being continued with the development locally of the world famous Pink Lady apple, bred in the 1970s by John Cripps, in the nearby town of Manjimup.

The Cidery was created by Pat & Elizabeth Corrigan, John & Liz Lucey and Peter & Linda Vowles, who had been friends for a number of years. They decided to develop their various interests in cider, juices and the apple history of Bridgetown, into an opportunity to work together. Their aim was to ensure that The Cidery produced something unique to offer to locals and tourists, yet was firmly centred on Bridgetown’s past.

Photo: Steve de Vroom

When I entered the Cidery I was greeted warmly by Ingrid, who explained about their range of juices and ciders and how they were produced without added sugar or preservatives. I was then treated to a tasting starting with the extra dry Scrumpy and working along towards the sweeter varieties. I left with a selection of my favourites… Bitter-Sweet and Scrumpy.

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