Frightened Rabbit drummer opens Scotland's first cider shop in Fife village
Frightened Rabbit drummer Grant Hutchison has laid down his drum sticks and turned the tap on for his love of cider with wife Jaye Hutchison, to found Scotland’s first cider shop, Aeble.
Located in Anstruther, the store is dedicated to exploring the UK’s rapidly growing love of innovative craft ciders. It will stock makers from around the world including Eve’s Cidery, based on an organic, family owned orchard in up state New York, as well as the more homegrown orchard flavours of Caledonian Cider Company and Novar Cider, both made in the Highlands.
Aeble’s doors open on Thursday, offering cider lovers and visitors to Anstruther a chance to tap into the extensive range of cider curated by Grant and Jaye. With bespoke tasting experiences and a cider growler refilling service, Aeble provides a unique and personal experience to get up close and start or expand your cider journey.
Grant, co-owner of Aeble, commented: “Music has always been a big part of my life, but after the band ended I turned my hand to my other passion – cider. I set up my own company, re;stalk, sourcing, selling and distributing ciders, and really Aeble was born from this passion.
"I wanted to create a space where people can enjoy good cider in its own right, where it isn’t just considered an alternative to beer or presented in a multitude of sickly sweet flavours. Aeble is a space where people can learn about cider’s potential, its production process, and its multifaceted flavour profiles.
"My goal has always been to help put fine cider on the same playing field as fine wine or craft beer.”
Jaye, co-owner of Aeble, added: “There’s nothing really like Aeble in Scotland there’s no dedicated shop to cider. Scotland is known for its whisky, gin and beers but when it comes to cider, it tends to be neglected.
“Grant and I wanted to create a community driven space, where locals to the East Neuk had craft cider on their doorstep, but also somewhere niche that would attract people from around the country. We can’t wait to welcome our first customers this bank holiday weekend.”