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Buy Locally Sourced

Craft cider makers share a common aim – a desire for a natural product that benefits the environment, involving locally grown produce with a clear provenance and low food miles. To have a close connection to the local environment and its traditions, and a preservation of something of the past amid our increasingly modernised lives.

And local produce tastes good. As a nation we’ve become used to getting oranges from California, asparagus from Peru. It’s genuinely unusual for people to experience a world class, locally sourced product. It’s time to change that.

So much of our food and drink is transported around the world, clocking up so-called 'food miles', that it has become a significant source of CO2 pollution, one of the gases that cause climate change. Even when produce is grown in the UK, the big supermarkets transport it around the country to be processed and packaged before it reaches the customer.

We grow amazing apples here in the UK, let’s celebrate that.

Buy Essex apples and drink Essex cider. Buy The Big Bear Cider. A taste of Essex.

Are Fruit Flavoured Ciders Actually Cider?

Real cider is made using 100% pure juice from fresh apples. The natural yeasts from the apples ferment causing the apples to produce CO2 and alcohol, the cider is then allowed to mature. That’s it.

For a drink to be called cider it must be made of at least 35 per cent apple juice, but the move toward flavoured or fruit cider – including strawberry and passion fruit – sees large commercial brewers using more flavourings and sugars and water to make up the other 65%.

Fruit ciders on average contain a third more calories than a traditional pint of cider, due mainly to the amount of added sugar.

If commercial cider makers had to list ingredients on the back of the bottle or can, the list would be long…

So, the big question is; are flavoured ciders, really cider?

You decide.

The Big Bear - 100% Apples 100% Essex

A Big Bear Thank You

We’d like to thank our supporters and all those of you who have pledged, for your support, enthusiasm during our campaign. We really appreciate your belief in The Big Bear.

Although our campaign didn’t make its’ target, we’ve learnt a lot, made great friends and contacts, and are determined to succeed and build a dynamic, sound, business.

We’d love to tell you ‘I told you so!’

We’ll be back, and see you for a pint very soon.

Thank you again.

The Big Bear Team

The Drinks Scene Development

None of us could have imagined how much the entire drinks scene would change and develop.

You walked into a pub and the offer was a pint of lager, dry white wine, or a Gordons and tonic; bitter lemon if you were less racy. How times have changed!

Hundreds of types of gin, thousands of craft beers, vodka in all colours, rum in all flavours. The industry and the offering is now completely un-recognisable. This shift has happened in the last 10 years

The Craft beer sector now has over 2,000 breweries in the UK. The choice is brilliant, if a little overwhelming.

If you were one of the early adopters of craft beer or someone who invested early in this market and did really well, you will see why The Big Bear is a great investment opportunity.

If you missed out on craft beers, don’t do it second time round! Here’s your chance to be in at the beginning of something huge.

The craft cider revolution!

We’ve seen it happen with craft beers and spirits, and it will happen with craft cider.

We think craft cider will be the next big thing, so join us and be part of our success.

Mark