Little is known of the enigmatic Dr Pilkington and less has been written. Some say he won his famous apple orchard in a card game, others say he drank with famous bushrangers, then ran off with their women. Clattering into town with his covered wagon and trademark theatrical flair, Dr Pilkington would sell by day and fly by night. In the watering holes of the wild frontier he is recalled as a mad genius, master distiller and the very best kind of scoundrel.


Dr Pilkington's Miracle Cider earned its name by whisper and word of mouth. Tilt your ear just right and you'll hear the countless tales of quirky and unusual troubles made right by this sparkling tonic. Ordinary folk afflicted with curly hair, left-handedness, cats, and worse, will swear they've been cured right there at the bar. If the tales are to believed, there is something truly special in each handcrafted batch. 


Made with only the freshest apples, from the sun-dappled orchards of South Australia, Dr Pilkington's is best served over ice. The trained eye will note a light straw colour, while the palate delights in the crisp, true apple flavours. With its perfectly balanced carbonation and refined acid balance, Dr Pilkington's Miracle Cider is full of promise. It is ours to decide whether the man himself was full of something else altogether. 

The Shout Team

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