A really useful post, with some beautiful images, about cider vats and how they’re made and maintained. Came in very handy for a section of #LittleSomerby #Book2!
Many a Cider Drinker has probably dream of spending day of two in a 120.000 pint vat of Thatchers.
But the skilled craftsman pictured here are the master coopers who are ensuring the cider makers gigantic 150 year old oak vats remain in top condition for maturing it’s Somerset cider
Alistair Simm, on top of the 150 year old Oak Vats
I spent a couple of hours with cooper Alastair Simm and his team, depending deep into the vats and getting a rarely seen view from the inside. The 11 30ft tall vats each hold 120.000 pints, but occasionally they do need to be left empty so they are able to receive some expert care to keep them in top condition.
Alastair Simms, Britain’s only master cooper and owner of White Rose Cooperage is entrusted with the upkeep of the vats at Thatchers headquarters Myrtle, at Myrtle Farm, Sandford.
Kean Hiscock depends into…
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