Archive for May, 2011

24th-25th June – 1st Greater Manchester CAMRA Cider & Perry Festival Preview

Address: Copper Face Jacks, Palace Hotel, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 24th June: 12pm-10:30pm (£2)
Sat 25th June: 12pm-10:30pm (£2)

Concessions: CAMRA members enter for only £1

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Virtual Orchard Hard Core Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Virtual Orchard
Cider Name: Hard Core
Region: Buckinghamshire
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium
Served: Chilled half-pint
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Well what can I say about Virtual Orchard? They are probably the only cider/perry producer in Buckinghamshire and the current gold winner in the cider of the year championships, with their ‘Hard Core’ cider. Though, when I tried this cider, they were just another unknown cider producer and thus I didn’t just choose to drink it because it was a ‘winner’.

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The Golden Guinea (Bristol) Review

Address: The Golden Guinea, 19 Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6SX

Draught

Blackbeard Cider
Kingstone Press
Westons Old Rosie

Bottles

Thatchers Gold (Can)
Thatchers Katy
Westons Organic

Review

With the latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film now on our screens featuring a Bristolian pirate, Blackbeard, what better way to celebrate this than to go to the pub that apparently Blackbeard drank in.

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28th-29th May -1st Beckenham (Kent) CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival Preview

Address: Beckenham Rugby Club, Balmoral Ave, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3RD (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 28th May: 11am-11pm (Free)
Sun 29th May: 11am-9pm or until drinks run out (Free)

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Moores Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Moores
Perry Name: Perry
Region: Gloucestershire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Sweet
Served: Chilled half-pint
Smell: Fruity
Colour: Very light straw
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

As I was at a cider and perry festival, then it would be rude to not try perry whilst I was there! I can’t say I am the biggest perry fan, as cider is what i crave, but I do like perry once in a while to mix things up a bit. There wasn’t a huge choice to choose from, but of the ones I hadn’t had before, I opted for the Moores perry. I had never heard of Moores perry before, despite being localish to me (based in Gloucestershire), and I still don’t know too much about them now either as I can’t find anything on the internet about them. Does anyone have any more information on them?

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2nd-6th June – The Green Man Cheese & Cider Festival Preview

Address: The Green Man, 21 Alfred Place, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8HD (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 2nd June: 4pm-11pm (FREE)
Fri 3rd June: 12pm-12am (FREE)
Sat 4th June: 12pm-12am (FREE)
Sun 5th June: 12pm-10:30pm (FREE)
Mon 6th June: 4pm-11pm (FREE)

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2nd-4th June – 25th Stockport CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival Preview

Address: Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 2nd June: 5:30pm-11pm (£2)
Fri 3rd June: 11:30am-3:30pm (Free) & 5:30pm-11pm (£5)
Sat 4th June: 11:30am-4pm (£2) & 6:30pm-11pm (£3)

Concessions: CAMRA members get free entry at all times (Membership cards must be shown).

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