Archive for April, 2011

May 2011 Events

27th April-1st May – 17th Reading CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival – King’s Meadow, Reading, RG1 8BN (Review)

28th April-1st May – Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival – The Courtyard, Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3NZ

29th April-2nd May – Swan and Rushes (Leicester) Cider & Cheese Festival – Swan & Rushes, 19 Infirmary Square, Leicester, LE1 5WR

1st May – Cider with Sophie @ The Albion (Bristol) – The Albion, Boyces Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4AA

4th May – Cider Tasting/Launch Evening With Mates Cider @ The Rummer – The Rummer Hotel, All Saints Lane, Bristol, BS1 1JH (Review)

13th-14th May – Rail Ale and Cider Festival – Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2PR

14th-15th May – Gower Heritage Centre Welsh Cheese & Cider Festival – Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH

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2nd-4th June – Southampton CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival Preview

Address: Southampton Guildhall, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7LP (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 2nd June: 6:30pm-11pm (£4)
Fri 3rd June: 11:30am-4pm (FREE*) & 6:30pm-11pm (£8)
Sat 4th June: 11:30am-4pm (£6) & 6:30pm-11pm (£7)

* = Commemorative pint or half-pint glass included in price except Friday Lunchtime where there is a £3 deposit

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Wilkins Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Wilkins
Cider Name: Dry
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull golden
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

For anyone who knows real cider, they will have heard of Wilkins. Roger Wilkins has been making cider since he was a kid, taking over the family business from his grandfather in 1969. The cider is made at his family farm in Mudgley and he insists on only using natural cider apples and no added sugar or water. That’s how cider should be made in my opinion.

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The Orchard Inn (Bristol) Review

Address: The Orchard Inn, 12 Hanover Place, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 6XT

Draught

Ben Crossmans (Dry)
Countryman (Sweet)
Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze
Hecks Perry
Moles Black Rat
Parson’s Choice (Dry)
Richs Farmhouse (Sweet/Medium/Dry)
Richs Legbender
Severncider (Medium/Dry)
Severncider Perry (Dry)
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Traditional
Ticknum Tipple
Westcroft Janets Jungle Juice (Medium/Dry)
Wilkins (Sweet/Medium/Dry)

Past Draught Ciders/Perries

Bath Ales Bounders
Cornish Orchards Perry (Medium)
Norton Wood Dry
Tricky Cider (Sweet/Medium/Dry)

Bottles

Thatchers Katy

Review

When my friend recently brought up The Orchard in conversation, I just had to go down and see it again. It’s a little like an old friend for me, that isn’t quite local enough I can easily walk to visit, but I feel guilty I don’t see enough of because they are so close. Luckily as my other half is a perennial taxi user, it wasn’t to be the usual long journey to the other side of the river, but a nice short taxi ride.
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Westons Old Rosie Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Westons
Cider Name: Old Rosie
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 7.3%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull straw
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

This is probably one of the only ciders I know that is named after a steam engine. I suppose it’s as good a thing as anything to name a cider after, especially as there is some damn right odd names out there. Old Rosie was probably the first cider that got me hooked. Back then I didn’t realise how good cider could possibly be, especially as I was used to the likes of Strongbow and Blackthorn. I had a drink of this and well the rest is history as they say.

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Mates Ravens Roost Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Mates
Cider Name: Ravens Roost
Region: Wiltshire
ABV: 5.5%
Taste: Dry
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review:

While in the heart of Wiltshire, on my stay in Cricklade at The Red Lion, what better to do than try some of the local cider on offer? Wiltshire is not traditionally a cider producing county, that title would go to it’s neighbour Somerset, but there are 3 producers in the area. They are Little Thornham Cider, a’Beckett’s & Mates. As the first 2 were not available in the pub, then the choice was simple, it was going to be Mates. They had bottles of their Ravens Roost chilled in the fridge, which was perfect as it was a hot summers day and I needed something to refresh me.

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The Red Lion (Cricklade) Review

Address: The Red Lion, 74 High Street, Cricklade, Wiltshire, SN6 6DD

Draught

Lilleys Apples and Pears
Lilleys Fire Dancer
Westons Stowford Press

Bottles

Mates Ravens Roost

Review

When my other half books a weekend away, a couple of thoughts always run through my head. Will there be anywhere to watch the football? Will there be any cider? We went off to the rural town Cricklade for the weekend with those thoughts firmly in my head and went to stay at the Red Lion.
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