Mon 19 Feb 2018 21:07

Fetch The Drinks is a specialist craft cider wholesaler and distributor based in Bournemouth. We are at the core of the craft cider business and are probably the largest and most specialist craft cider supplier in the country.  We work with more than 80 artisan independent cider producers from all over England, Scotland and Wales, many of whom are making their cider by hand using traditional methods and with at least 80% apple juice (many 'commercial' ciders contain only 35% apple juice!).  We stock over 300 different real traditional craft ciders which are available in either 20 litre Bag in Boxes, kegs or cases of 12 bottles. We supply the trade direct or we offer the general public retail sales (we bring the orchard to your doorstep!  And also do a great range in local beers!) with a courier delivery service through our website www.fetchthedrinks.com

On having met James Croker and Jacqui Rock in the summer of 2017 we were really taken with Bournemouth RFC's plans, aspirations and targets for this season and the future. As we shared many core values (particularly relating to apples and cider of course!) we felt it was important to support them with sponsorship this year, just as we at Fetch The Drinks support many local, small and independent Dorset and Hampshire cider makers.

Fetch The Drinks was set up by Sean McFetrich who grew up in Bournemouth and played in the Colts and senior XV in the days when Bournemouth RFC were based at Kinson Park. On completing his studies at Bournemouth University Sean worked in the hospitality and tourism industries before joining the RAF and completing 16 years service. He then worked at Ampleforth Abbey and College as the Director of Commercial Operations which is where his interest in cider began as one of the monks made fantastic cider but wasn't really sure about the commercial/business side of things or how to get it to market. Sean transformed the Ampleforth Cider brand, making it a profitable enterprise with a long-term sound commercial footing with an improved and more efficient production and distribution process and, consequently, listings in Tesco and Booths. After 6 years there Sean decided to move back to Bournemouth with his family and in Jan 2014 set up Fetch The Drinks on the simple premise that people from the South would like to drink and acess Yorkshire cider whilst those up North would like to try the wonderful range of Dorset ciders!

Sean also runs the Fetch The Drinks Cider Shack. Based in Southbourne this is probably the most exclusive bar on the South Coast!  A cosy wooden chalet/cider shack and only open when booked in advance (book viacheers@fetchthedrinks.com or 07815 581481) for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 16 people.  They offer a unique opportunity to sample flights (paddle boards) of real traditional craft ciders from all over the country and local bottled beers from around Dorset and Hampshire.  A unique opportunity not to be missed!

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