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Bears squad visit Thatchers Cider

With the new season just around the corner, Thatchers Cider was delighted to welcome the Bristol Bears rugby squad and Director of Rugby Pat Lam, to Myrtle Farm to see how the Official Cider of Ashton Gate stadium and the Bristol Bears is crafted.

The family Somerset cidermaker features on the Bristol Bears home and away shirts and its ciders are the fan staple of any home match, so it was the perfect opportunity to strengthen Thatchers’ relationship with the squad and invite them to learn about their local cider.

During their visit, the Bears got to see every step of Thatchers’ cidermaking process from milling the apples straight from the orchards to packaging the cider on the state-of-the-art canning line as well as the generations of expertise that are poured into every bottle of Thatchers Cider.

From Thatchers ‘family favourites’, Gold, Haze and Rosé that are served at Ashton Gate Stadium to the small-batch Cider Barn collection that have become local treasures, the Bears got to hear about how each of the different ciders are made. They toured the orchards as well as having their own cider tasting.  

Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cidermaker was with them during the tour, and said,” It’s fantastic to see the Bristol Bears at Myrtle Farm - our own home stadium! We’ve been great supporters of theirs, as they have been to us and we had a really interesting afternoon showing the Bears how our ciders are crafted and sharing our passion for cidermaking with them.”

“We’ve had a great relationship with the Bears for a number of years now and we wish them all the best for what is sure to be an exciting season ahead.”