Archive for January, 2012

22nd-24th March – 2nd CAMRA MOSI (Manchester) Real Ale & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 22nd March: 5pm-10:30pm (£5)
Fri 23rd March: 5pm-10:30pm (£5)
Sat 24th March: 12pm-10:30pm (£5)

Concessions: CAMRA members £4 on production of valid membership card.

Tickets: Available on the door.

Ciders/Perries: The following ciders/perries will be available:


Producer Cider


Broadoak Moonshine


Bristol Port




Old Bristolian


Gwynt Y Ddraig Happy Daze


Black Dragon


Dog Dancer


Fiery Fox


Farmhouse Scrumpy




Farmhouse Dry


Hecks Brown’s 6.5 Medium/Sweet
Portwine Of Glastonbury 6.5 Medium/Sweet
Kingston Black 6.5 Medium/Sweet
Morgan’s Sweet 6.5 Sweet
Yarlington Mill 6.5 Medium/Dry


Producer Cider ABV Taste
Broadoak Perry


Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees


Hecks Blakeney Red



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16th-17th March – 2nd Winchester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 16th March: 11:30am-4:30pm (£5) & 6:30pm-11pm (£10) SOLD OUT
Sat 17th March: 11:30am-4:30pm (£5) SOLD OUT & 6:30pm-11pm (£10) SOLD OUT

Tickets: Advance tickets are recommended as this sold out last year. For more details on how to buy tickets then Click here

Ciders/Perries: The following ciders/perries will be available:

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15th-17th March – 15th Bristol CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Brunel’s Old Station, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 15th March: 7pm-11pm (£10*)
Fri 16th March: 11:30am-4pm (£10*) SOLD OUT & 7pm-11pm (£10*) SOLD OUT
Sat 17th March: 11:30am-4pm (£10*) SOLD OUT & 7pm-11pm (£9*)

* Includes £5 of tokens

Tickets: Tickets go on sale to CAMRA members on Sunday 5 February at the COMMERCIAL ROOMS in Corn Street, Bristol from 11am until 2pm.

Tickets will only be sold to card-carrying CAMRA members at this session. There is a maximum of two tickets for each valid CAMRA card presented for the Friday evening and Saturday lunchtime sessions of the beer festival. The limit on ticket purchases for the Thursday evening, Friday lunchtime and Saturday evening sessions is four tickets for each valid CAMRA card presented. Anyone who signs up to join CAMRA on the day will also be able to purchase festival tickets.

On Sunday 19 February tickets go on sale at the OLD FISH MARKET in Baldwin Street, Bristol from 11am to 2pm.

Tickets will be on sale to everyone (including CAMRA members) at this session up to a maximum of four tickets per person.

Simultaneous ticket sales sessions will take place with the same rules at OFF THE RAILS at Weston-super-Mare train station on both 5th and 19th February.

Tickets will not be held back, so once they have sold out they really are all gone. If there are any tickets remaining after these sessions they will be put on general sale at the SEVEN STARS in Thomas Lane, Bristol from Wednesday 22nd February.

All ticket prices include £5 worth of beer festival tokens, which customers will receive on entry enabling them to go straight to the bar. Also included is a festival programme and a commemorative pint glass, marked for third- and half-pint measures, and this year sponsored by Cotswold Spring Brewery.

Please bring the correct cash to the ticket sales sessions as we will not be able to accept cheques or credit cards. Ticket details and prices are as follows.

Ciders/Perries: The cider/perry list is as follows:

Producer Cider/Perry
Ben Crossman Sweet
Ben Crossman Tremletts Bitter
Border Orchards
Burrow Hill Medium
Burrow Hill Sweet
Carey Organics
Gwatkin Kingston Black
Gwatkin Yarlington Mill
Gwatkin Stoke Red
Gwatkin Perry
Hartlands Sweet
Hecks Perry
Hecks Kingston Black
Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury
Henrys Cider
Olivers Dabinet
Olivers Perry
Meare Medium
Naish Cider
Newton Perry
Newton Cider
Parson Choice
Perry Brothers
Richs Sweet
Richs Legbender
Ross on Wye
Ross on Wye Perry
Sheppys Sweet
Solway Cider
Solway Perry
Springherne Cider
Springherne Perry
Swallowfields Perry
Westcroft Janets Jungle Juice
Westcroft Med\Dry
Wilkins Medium
Wilkins Dry

Entertainment: TBC

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9th-10th March – Hitchin (Hertfordshire) CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Hitchin Town Hall, Brand St, Hitchin, SG5 1HX (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 9th March: 12pm-11pm (£2.50)
Sat 10th March: 11am-11pm (£2.50)

Tickets: Available on the door

Concessions: Round Table, CAMRA, ERCU and OAPs free

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8th-10th March – 22nd Sussex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 4AH (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 8th March: 5pm-11pm (£4)
Fri 9th March: 11am-3pm (£2) & 5pm-11pm (£7 – SOLD OUT)
Sat 10th March: 11am-3pm (£4) & 5pm-10pm (£6 – or £3 with valid NUS card)

Concessions: Card carrying CAMRA members will receive beer tokens worth £2 from the CAMRA membership stand. Holders of a valid NUS card get Saturday evening tickets at half price, when purchasing tickets in person at the Brighton Box Office or at the door.

Tickets: Advance tickets highly recommended. More details click here

Ciders/Perries: 36 ciders (split into 8 dry, 5 medium dry, 15 medium, 3 medium sweet and 5 sweet), 14 perries and 1 cider perry that are currently pencilled in for the start of the 2012 festival.

Dry Ciders

BIDDENDEN VINEYARD cider, Kent, 8.0%
JB CIDER, West Sussex, 7.5%
MARSHALL’S JOLLY DRY, East Sussex, 7.2%
NEWTONS varietal cider, Herefordshire, 6.0%
OUT OF THE ORCHARD cider, Gloucestershire, 6.5%
ROSIE’S ‘Triple ‘D’ cider, Clwyd, 7.2%
TROGGI seidr, Monmouthsire, 6.2%
VIRTUAL ORCHARD Hardcore, Buckinghamshire

Medium/Dry Ciders

ASHRIDGE cider, Devon, 6.5%
GWYNT Y DDRAIG ‘Black Dragon’ cider, Glamorgan, 7.2%
GWYNT Y DDRAIG ‘Happy Daze’ cider, Glamorgan, 4.5%
HECKS varietal cider, Somerset, 7.0%
WEST CROFT ‘Janet’sJungleJuice’ cider, Somerset, 6.5%

Medium Ciders

BURROW HILL cider, Somerset, 6.0%
EAST STOUR cider, Kent, 5.9%
GWATKINS varietal cider, Herefordshire, 7.5%
GWYNT Y DDRAIG ‘Haymaker’ cider, Glamorgan, 6.5%
JB CIDER, West Sussex, 7.5%
NEW FOREST ‘Snakecatcher’ cider, Hampshire, 7.0%
OAKWOOD Organic cider, East Sussex, 5.5%
POOKHILL ‘Cidre Nouveau’ 2011, East Sussex, 6.0%
PORTSLADE Wildthing, West Sussex, 7.2%
RICH’S cider, Somerset, 6.0%
SEDLESCOMBE cider, East Sussex, 6.5%
SPRINGFIELD ‘Red Dragon’ cider, Monmouthshire, 7.2%
TUTTS CLUMP Traditional Farmhouse cider, Berkshire, 6.0%
UNCLE STOAT’S Handcrafted Sussex cider, West Sussex, 6.0%
WOBBLEGATE cider, West Sussex, 6.0%

Medium/Sweet Ciders

CHIDDINGSTONE cider, Kent, 7.5%
GRAYS cider, Devon, 6.5%
HECKS varietal cider, Somerset, 6.5%

Sweet Ciders

CROSSMANS Prime Farmhouse cider, Somerset, 6.0%
HANCOCKS cider, Devon, 6.0%
SEVERN SIDER cider, Gloucestershire, 6.3%
SHEPPYS cider, Somerset, 6.0%
WILKINS Farmhouse cider, Somerset, 6.0%


BROADOAK ‘Premium’ perry, Somerset, 7.5%
BUTFORD FARM Organic perry, Herefordshire, 5.0%
DOUBLEVISION ‘Impeared Vision’ perry, Kent, 7.4%
GREGG’S PIT perry, Herefordshire, 5.5%
GWATKINS ‘Squeal Pig’ perry, Herefordshire, 4.5%
GWYNT Y DDRAIG ‘Two Trees’ perry, Glamorgan, 4.5%
HECKS Red Pear perry, Somerset, 6.0%
NEWTONS Autumn Harvest, Herefordshire, 5.0%
OAKWOOD perry, East Sussex, 5.0%
OLIVERS varietal perry
RAGLAN CIDER MILL Barn Owl perry, Monmouthshire, 5.6%
ROSS-ON-WYE perry, Herefordshire, 6.0%
SEVERN SIDER perry, Gloucestershire, 6.4%
TROGGI perai, Monmouthshire, 7.1%

Cider Perry

LITTLE RED ROOSTER cider perry, East Sussex, 8.4%

Food: TBC

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