About Red Stone Craft
Never a man to let anything go to waste, Stephan started experimenting with making liqueurs out of cherries not fit for market sales but were still delicious and juicy. Since that day, we’ve added apricot, berry, apple and quince to the range. These are all fruits are found in abundance in our area. We’ve added coffee to the range, given that we have the fabulous Highland Coffee Roastery right here in Clarens, and also Hazelnut, since we roast nuts for our Clarens Brewery Hazelnut infused ale.
Our pure fruit ciders were born out of a love for cider following a trip to France, and the need to use all the apples in our orchard. We got our hands on a rudimentary fruit mill and balloon press from Italy and did some fabulous (and some truly terrible) trails. A belated thanks to all our friends and family for their endurance!
The classic apple cider was our first; it took us 3 years to get to the right product which we launched in 2005. Feeling confident that we were onto something great, we imported an industrial apple press from Austria just as a reward. And what a reward that has been - we currently press 3000 litres per day, 100 days of the year.
Other fruit flavours quickly captured the imagination of Stephan, and cherry cider, berry cider and pineapple cider were quickly added to the range. He is currently working on an apricot cider….
All the ciders are pure fruit, preservative and additive free. Bottles need to be refrigerated and can last for 2 months.
Red Stone GIN
Red Stone GIN 43% ALC/ VOL
Our Red Stone Craft Gin is an authentic Orchard to Bottle gin. First we harvest, crush and ferment apples nurtured in our own orchard a stone’s throw from our distillery. After fermentation we put the cider through a double purity distillation process which gives Apple Schnapps of a superior quality. We infuse this schnapps with a unique selection of imported herbs and botanicals, juniper being the base. This rich, smooth, flavoured infusion is once again distilled in our beautiful, specially designed Gin still where we collect only the highest quality, most balanced runnings.
This crystal clear botanical gin, with it’s refreshing bouquet of fruit and juniper, melts over the tongue with a slight sweetness of fruit and berries, ending with the balanced yet complex earthy tranquillity and warmth of alcohol. Enjoy with a high quality Tonic or Bitter Lemon. Garnish with lemon to enhance the fruitiness, or cucumber to explore the earthy tones.
GIN & Tonic
Red Stone Classic Gin & Tonic 5% ALC/VOL
With such a fabulous apple press, we wanted to offer something special to the non-alcohol drinkers and little ones who visit our brew-pub and started offering fresh carbonated apple juice. People responded very well and today we have added cherry (of course!) and pineapple, both a blend with apple.
These juices are pure fruit juices, preservative and additive free. Bottles need to be refrigerated and can last for 2 months.
Find Our Products
- 1. Catch us with our cider at SA On Tap, 22 October 2016, PTA Botanical Gardens. Check out www.saontap.co.za
- 2. Visit the first Gin+Tonic Festival in Pretoria on 5 November at 012 Central. Check out https://web.facebook.com/ginandtonicfestival/
- 3. And of course the annual Clarens Craft Beer Festival 24 & 25 Feb 2017, www.clarenscraftbeerfest.com