Archive for August, 2011

Scropton Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Scropton
Cider Name: Cider
Region: Derbyshire
ABV: 6.2%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Golden yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

Next on my cider journey, where I’m trying as many new ciders as possible, brought me to Derbyshire and a producer called Scropton. This was another cider which had an interesting sounding name, but in fact is just named after a small village in Derbyshire. Drinking all this cider sure does increase my geographical knowledge of the country. Why couldn’t they teach us this at school?!

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New Forest Kingston Black (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: New Forest
Cider Name: Kingston Black (SV)
Region: Hampshire
ABV: 7%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple/Ethanol
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

After a not so brilliant Gillow Tom Putt cider, I went in search of the 2nd bar at GBBF to try something different. I glanced over the list and saw that there was a New Forest cider there. Having heard good things about them (they won 2 awards at the Bath & West Show 2011) I was drawn towards it like a moth to a flame. Then it struck me what it said on the barrel…another SV (single variety) cider. I was debating whether to do it or not after the previous one, but I thought I’d give it a shot, as I had nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

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25th-27th August – The Swansea Bay CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2011 Preview

Address: Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea, SA1 4PE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 25th August: 5pm-11pm (£5*)
Fri 26th August: 12pm-11pm (£5*)
Sat 27th August: 12pm-11pm (£5*)

* = Admission includes glass and programme.

Concessions: £3 entry for card-carrying CAMRA members

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Gillow Tom Putt (SV) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Gillow
Cider Name: Tom Putt (SV)
Region: Herefordshire
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple/Ethanol
Colour: Golden/Yellow
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

I’m not really a huge fan of a lot of SV (single variety) ciders usually, so I was a little sceptical and wary when I tried this. I thought I’d give it a go anyway, especially as I hadn’t heard of a Tom Putt apple before that day (apparently it is named after Reverend Tom Putt from Trent, Somerset, back in the 18th century). Will it succeed like the Dabinett/Yarlington Mill does for me, or fail like so many others have?

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17th-18th September – The Apple (Bristol) 5th Birthday Cider Festival 2011 Preview

Address: The Apple, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 17th September: 12pm-12am (Free)
Sun 18th September: 12pm-10:30pm (Free)

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26th-29th August – The Royal Standard (Upwey, Weymouth) Sausage & Cider Festival 2011 Preview

Address: The Royal Standard, 700 Dorchester Road, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5LA (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 26th August: 12pm-1am (Free)
Sat 27th August: 12pm-12am (Free)
Sun 28th August: 12pm-11pm (Free)
Mon 29th August: 12pm-11pm (Free)

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Hartland Perry Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Hartland
Perry Name: Perry
Region: Gloucestershire
ABV: 5.8%
Taste: Medium
Served: Half-pint at room temperature
Smell: Pear/Ethanol
Colour: Dull straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Still

Review:

My first perry at the Great British Beer Festival had to be something new and different to me. Having already tried a Hecks and Gwynt y Ddraig perry before, I decided to opt for a Hartland Perry. With it being part of the Three Counties for perry, then it had to be good right?

Based up in Gloucestershire, the Hartland family have been making cider and perry since the 1950s. This first started off on Flat farm near Staunton, but they had to move in 1994 to their current location of a farm in Tirley Villa due to a dispute with the council (more detailed story is here).

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