Grant Hutchison, drummer of acclaimed Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, has channelled his passion for cider alongside his wife Jaye Hutchison, to found Aeble – Scotland’s first ever dedicated cider shop.
“Music has always been a big part of my life” says Aeble co-owner Grant Hutchison “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.”
The new store, located in Anstruther in the East Neuk of Fife is designed to explore the UK’s growing admiration for craft ciders. It will provide customers the opportunity to purchase cider from all around the world including products from Eve’s Cidery, based on an organic, family-owned orchard in upstate New York, as well as the more homegrown orchard flavours of Caledonian Cider Company and Novar Cider, both of which hail from the The Highlands of Scotland.
Aeble’s doors are now open to the public (29th of April) 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.
Jaye Hutchison, co-owner of Aeble commented: “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. The shop has been newly designed and renovated with branding by Ilka, the help of local carpenter, Ben Silk, hand painted signage by Home Slice and a permanent dried flower installation from Under The Pear Tree. We can’t wait to welcome our first customers this bank holiday weekend.”
Alongside the variety of ciders on offer, the store will stock a small selection of wines, greeting cards, and cider pairing classics like Glasgow’s hand-crafted Bare Bones chocolate and a selection of snacks. The store will also feature artist prints inspired by the East Neuk, including a specially commissioned piece of work by artist Emer Tumilty, whose art draws inspiration from the built environment and playful Postmodern design.