Some people donate blood. Others give the change in their wallet to charity. And then there are those who donate apples. Yep, apples.
Hawkes is a London-based company who make cider with apples grown and donated by people living in London and other urban places, which they blend and bottle to create a crisp concoction that’s being launched at Craft Beer Rising this week. According to the makers, who take inspiration from the street hawkers who used to stroll around Victorian London selling apples, Urban Orchard craft cider is ‘smooth and harmonious in body, complex and rich in texture with a crisp, wine-like finish.’ Plus, because they never know what varieties of apple they’re going to receive, every batch they make is unique.
What do you get for giving them your fruit? A personalised bottle of the beverage it makes. Plus, a feeling of sweet satisfaction for supporting a company that gives back to the community groups who donate with new apple trees that they can plant, ensuring future generations have the opportunity to sit in a park and get drunk on fermented apples just like we did.
Hawkes is opening a new cider house in Forest Gate, E7 later this year, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, if you’ve got more apples than you can handle, forget about making a pie and donate them right here instead. Unless your name is Adam. No one wants Adam’s apples in their cider.
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By Alex Plim