We are so busy at Brady's Lookout Cider. Spring has sprung (our first apple blossom has shown its glory) and both the vineyard and the orchard are starting to look a treat. Never mind the massive amount of grass - the four legged lawn mowers (sheep) are struggling to keep up. Good thing our sheep have had a few lambs!
The cider mill development is progressing even further. This shot (above) is from Tamar Ridge Estate (our next door neighbours). You can see our top orchard that has been planted and it also gives a great view of the cider mill. Not too long now and we will have the roof on.
We have also had some wonderful help from family repairing our main bridge across to the orchard. It is fantastic and will mean we can now begin again to take machinery over the creek for the orchard work. Thanks to our super family for all their help.
All of this and we have almost completed the finishing touches for the 2016 vintage. Looking forward to this one. Enjoy the Spring and daylight savings!
We are thrilled to be recognised as a finalist in the Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees 2017 Business Excellence Awards. There are some absolutely amazing businesses around Launceston that have been recognised as finalists for their efforts and we are proud to be amongst the mix.
The Launceston Chamber of Commerce received a record amount of entries this year and after being listed as a finalist, we are now off to the final judging!
You can see all the finalists here lcc.asn.au/client-assets/LCC%20MR%20BEA%20Award%20Finalists%20250817.pdf.
We are finalists in two categories Emerging Start-Up (sponsored by The Van Diemen Project) and AgriBusiness (Sponsored by CGU). We congratulate all the finalists including those in our categories:
Brady's Lookout Cider
Tasmanian Butter Co.
Van Diemen Luxury Craft
The Launceston Health Hub
Brady's Lookout Cider
TP Jones & Co
Hot Tin Roof
Finally after significant work, we now have the walls core filled for the cider mill development. As Barney the cider mill dog looks on, the cement truck and crane were moving into place to commence the fill. www.instagram.com/p/BVaqT0jht_9/?taken-by=bradys_lookout_cider.
Now, we are scheduled to work on drainage and roof preparation. Although it will not look like a lot is happening, there is further foundation work for the roof and also waterproofing - particularly in the underground cellar piece.
In amongst all this, we are still quietly working away in the heritage orchard. The sheep are busy strip grazing the rows (our trusty lawn mowers) and we are also just about to mulch and prune.
We have also finalised our press for the 2017 vintage and this year's pressing has been a mix of challenges but also exciting. We are set to have a new style to our range in late 2017 and a heritage apple methode traditionelle cider for our 2018 vintage.
Over the coming months we will look to disgorge our 2017 vintage ready for sale. So stay tuned for the new vintage in late 2017 - it will be worth waiting for.
It is never a dull moment here!
Why is it so hard to sing the positive song of how good things could be if we chose a more sustainable way of going about our lives? (Sarah Parkin)
At Brady's Lookout Cider, we are approaching the developments on our property as sustainable as possible. We like to think we are positive deviants and are looking to balance more than the balance sheet! Through our actions on the property, we will quietly highlight the positive on turning things around so that it can effectively meet the challenges of the future. We know we won't get it right straight away, but continuing to learn and surrounding ourselves with great people can make a difference.
Sara Parkin is one of the great thinkers on sustainable perspectives. Like Sara, we are focussed on outcomes for the future. On our property these include:
As an example of what we are doing, with our cider mill development we are recycling or reusing as much of the materials as possible. So far we have recycled 90 per cent as compared to most building sites at less than 20 per cent.
Yes, we have embed emissions with our development with the use of cement in our foundations. However, we are calculating our emissions with the development of our own emissions tracker to ensure we remain carbon emissions neutral or positive.
We are maintaining nature wildlife corridors on the property so that we maintain the diversity of flora and fauna, including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Green and Gold Frog, Tasmanian Devil and Ring Tail Possums who wander on the property from time to time.
We have planted 80 different cultivars of heritage fruit trees to grow awareness of the amazing fruits out there that most people just don't get to enjoy any more.
So, as our property develops, we will share the positive things with you. From 2018, you will be able to come onto the property and experience first hand what we are doing as our cider mill and orchard will be open to the public.
Its been a challenging time developing our new heritage orchard.
From June 2016 due to the rainy weather, we have had significant issues with delay in site preparation. This meant that by late October 2016, we were unable to even out the tree mounds as we could not get any machinery on-site. So, this saw us dig by MANUAL LABOUR over 400 holes by the old fashioned method (shovel) and plant trees that had been held in cold storage until then. Wonderful friends helped us plant and mulch our heritage trees. Thanks Belinda, Giselle, Marcus, Suzi, Sandy and Reny.
Fast forward to December and January and after drying out of the land, we could get a digger on to the orchard site to commence the irrigation development. Again, with the wonderful help of family and friends, we have been able to connect all the irrigation to both the top and bottom orchard - a mammoth effort.
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE....juggling the orchard establishment AND the cider mill development! People do wonder whether we sleep!
Thanks must go to:
Our irrigation helpers: Sylvia and Steve Devlin, Erika Cox, Debra Mansfield, Rachael Mansfield and Belinda Hazell who have helped in hot sunny weather with the irrigation.
Our cider mill developers: Graeme Brown, Tim Reed, Jamie Warburton, Ash Towns
YOU ARE ALL BRILLIANT.
Now...we watch the trees and the cider mill grow....
Mid January 2017
It has been a busy few weeks at Rosevears and our development is turning heads! The rocks have proved a challenge with its dolerite volcanic remnants. These rocks will be brilliant for some retaining walls! So with the joy of removing these and relocating them to be used for later, it has taken longer to emerge with the foundations for the slab.
We are almost at the stage where we will be working on placing the reinforcement for the major concrete pour. Talking of pour....the rain is proving a nice challenge and we are set for more this weekend. Our newly planted is loving the rain, but not the development site!
In late November 2016 after 18 months of talking to architects, engineers, surveyors, every other consultant you can think of and our local Government, we have finally received our 'go' for our new cider mill and agri-tourism development.
This picture on the left is the site of the new cider mill BEFORE we commence.
This little 'baby' (picture on left) has now arrived to start excavation. We are using the natural slope to develop our cellar part of the operation. It requires removal of quite a bit of stone and dirt.
For those of you travelling along the West Tamar Highway, you will start to see things happening.
We look forward to sharing how the development unfolds as we progress.
The next best thing to do with cider (apart from drinking it) is to cook with it!
Our wonder friends at Sylvia's Kitchen have developed some wonderful recipes using our sparkling style ciders. Why not try these french and spanish influenced dishes. They are divine! Click here for your free recipe
Brady’s Lookout Cider receives Awards at 2016 Australian Cider Awards
Brady’s Lookout Cider from the Tamar Valley has received an equal Best in Class (Method Traditional Cider (disgorged) for its Premium Cuvee Cider at the 2016 Cider Australia Awards.
Presented at the Awards dinner on 7 October 2016 in Melbourne, the Australian Cider Awards are in their sixth year and are a recognition of the diversity and quality of ciders. With over 200 products from Australia, the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and New Zealand each of the 10 categories was hotly contested.
Speaking on the win, cidermaker Chris Brown said that it was gratifying for the Premium Cuvee Cider to be recognised as equal best in class. Also pleasing was the silver medal for the Wild Cuvee Cider that was also entered in the same class.
“As far as we are aware, we are the only cider house in Australia that devotes 100 per cent of our production to the methode traditionelle or sparkling style ciders and this makes us unique in the Australian market” said Chris Brown.
Chris said that “it was fantastic to see other Tasmanian cider’s from Willie Smith’s, Spreyton Cider and Pagan Cider also receive honours at the event”. Willie Smith’s French Blend Limited Release received the top prize.
Brady’s Lookout Cider is made from 100 per cent Tasmanian apples with the process taking up to 15 months from the initial press until finally it is ready for sale. “It is a complex process and mirrors the way that champagne is made” said Chris Brown.
Brady’s Lookout Cider is based in the prestigious sparking wine region of Rosevears in the Tamar Valley Tasmania. Chris and Caroline Brown have recently established a heritage orchard with over 80 cultivars on the property. Over time, these fruits will be used to blend new styles of their Cuvee methode traditionalle ciders.
Brady's Lookout Cider
Like the convict, we are on the run, so here you will find out more about what we are up to.
I purchased your cider last fortnight. Loved it so much, can I purchase two cases!