Tiny Rebel first collaborated with Warwickshire-based Hogan’s back in 2014, releasing a 5.5% ABV hard cider called Rocksteady, and has now decided to broaden the available range to two ciders and a perry.
The first is a red cider called Protanopia, named after the form of red/green colourblindness that both Tiny Rebel co-founders Bradley Cummings and Gareth Williams possess.
Pressed green apples result in a red tinted cider, thanks to the oxidation of tannins, and the pumpclip design is inspired by the Ishihara test that is used to detect this form of colourblindness.
Sour cider and beers
The second is a 6% soured cider named after the classic song by Dizzee Rascal, Fix Up Look Sharp. The cider reflects the brewery’s interest in souring following on from sour beers such as Frambuzi, Cherry Bomb and Mojito Sour.
Described as “the perfect balance of sweet and sharp, funky and fresh” with crisp, sweet apple flavours complemented by a sharp tang, it is designed to be refreshing yet different.
The sharpness and clean apple flavours are amplified by low temperature and light carbonation, with this cider available in keg only.
Completing the range is Peariscope, a 4.8% ABV medium sweet perry with mildly floral honey notes and a clean juicy finish. The brewery describes it as “easily sinkable, with a deep juicy flavour”.
Talent and ingenuity
Tiny Rebel's Cummings said: “We’ve always had an interest in cider and partnering with Hogan’s first time round was a fascinating experience. Nearly four years on from our first cider launch, there’s more we’ve learned and more we’ve wanted to try, so we have chosen to release a range of very different products.”
Allen Hogan of Hogan’s added: “Hogan’s have been working with Tiny Rebel for nearly four years. We share an enthusiasm for exploring what’s achievable when you use the best ingredients and some talent coupled with brave ingenuity. These two ciders and perry are examples of that endeavour.”
The three drinks will be available from today (7 December) at Tiny Rebel bars and for trade and wholesale customers from next week.
At last month’s Brewers Congress in London, Tiny Rebel's Williams launched an impassioned defence of cask beer, insisting the product has been devalued by new businesses selling the product too cheaply to UK pubs.