Suffolk: Aspall Premier Cru cider among the winners at the Quality Drink Awards

SUFFOLK cider maker Aspall has added another award to its collection.

The firm, based at Aspall, near Debenham, took first prize in the cider category at the Quality Drink Awards for 2011 with its Aspall Premier Cru variety.

Premier Cru was chosen by the judges from a shortlist of four, which also included Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Suffolk Cyder, which Aspall makes for the supermarket group, and two entries from Westons Cider of Herefordshire.

Aspall commercial director Geoff Bradman said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award, especially given the high level and calibre of other cider brands to have entered the awards.”

The win adds to Aspall Premier Cru’s portfolio of more than a dozen accolades, which include the World’s Best Cider title in each of the last two years.

Bartrams Brewery from Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds narrowly missed out on matching Aspall’s achievement at the Quality Drink Awards. Its Comrade Bill Bartram’s Egalitarian Anti-Imperalist Soviet Stout was one of three nominations in the category for Speciality Beers, which was won by the St Austell Brewery from Cornwall.