Archive for February, 2012

13th-14th April – Rothwell (Yorkshire) Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Rothwell Parish Church Hall, Church Street, Woodlesford, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS26 0QL (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 13th April: 6pm-10:30pm (£5*)
Sat 14th April: 12pm-10pm (£5*)

* = Includes souvenir glass, programme & free 1st half pint.

Tickets: Available on the door.

Ciders/Perries: 8 ciders/perries will be available.

Producer Cider / Perry
BroadoakClutton Hill, Bristol CIDER – Moonshine ABV 7.5%Brian Blunt has been producing cider & perry for over 25 years & he is now one of the country’s largest independent producers. Broadoak Moonshine is a crisp & clear cider with a very fruity flavour.
West Croft CiderBrent Knoll, Highbridge CIDER – Janet’s Jungle Juice ABV 6.5%Produced by cider maker John Harris in Somerset. This medium dry cider is well rounded & fruity with a deep texture & flavour. It is a fantastic starting point for inexperienced cider drinkers as it is so very easy drinking.
Gwynt-y-DdraigPontypridd, Wales CIDER – Gwynt Y Ddraig – Black Dragon ABV 7.0%This special reserve cider has been h& crafted exclusively from cider apples grown by traditional methods in ageing orchards. Matured in oak barrels this cider is rich in colour, body & flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.
Sanford OrchardsSanford, Devon CIDER – Shaky Bridge ABV 6.0%A still, clear cider, crisp & well balanced. A moderate, bitter sweet cider with plenty of dry apple on the pallet
BroadoakClutton Hill, Bristol PERRY – Broadoak Perry ABV 7.5%Broadoak Perry is one of his best known drinks, taste it & you can see why. This is a smooth delicately sweet drink which is a firm favourite with many. Broadoak Perry was a CAMRA gold award winner 2009.
Newton CourtLeominster, Herefordshire PERRY – Newton Court Perry ABV 5.0%Newton’s perry is made by father & son team Tom & Paul Stephens. Their first batch was made in autumn 2000. Newton’s perry is rather dry with a tangy finish.
HecksStreet, Somerset PERRY – Hendre Huffcap Perry ABV 6.5%Established in 1896 Hecks make over 20 differing ciders & perrys. Hendre Huffcap was the 2002 Perry of the Year & you can see why with its strong pear flavour & full bodied texture.
Gwynt-y-DdraigPontypridd, Wales PERRY – Gwynt Y Ddraig – Two Trees Perry ABV 4.5%This oak aged, Welsh perry is quite clear, has a caramel nose & a dry finish.

It is very lively & easy to drink.

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7th-10th March – Leicester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Charotar Patidar Samaj Hall, Bay Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 3AE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Wed 7th March: 5pm-11pm (£2.50)
Thu 8th March: 11am-11pm (Free before 3pm/£2.50 after 3pm)
Fri 9th March: 11am-11pm (£2.50 before 3pm/£3.50 after 3pm)
Sat 10th March: 11am-10pm (£2.50 before 3pm/Free after 3pm)

Tickets: Available on the door.

Concessions: Free admission all periods upon showing a valid CAMRA membership card.

Festival glass: The festival glass will be available in half pint goblet and tankards marked at 1/3 and 1/2 pint measure and pint straight, lined at 1/2 and pint, oversized and priced at £2.50. This is refundable when you have finished as long as the glass is not damaged.

Ciders/Perries: 35 ciders/perries will be available.

CIDER
Ben Crossman, Hewish, Somerset
Bottle Kicking Cider Company, Hallaton, Leics
Bridge Farm, Yeovil, Somerset
Brook Farm, Wigmore,Herefs
Burrow Hill,Martock, Somerset
Chant,West Pennard, Somerset
Charnwood Cider, Leics
Ermie & Gerties, Langport, Somerset
Farmer Fear,Leics
Gwynt Y Ddraig, Glamorgan
Hecks, Street, Somerset
Naish, West Pennard, Somerset
Olivers, Ocle Pychard, Herefs
Orchard Pig, West Bradley, Somerset
Parson’s Choice, West Lyng, Somerset
Perrys, Dowlish Wake, Somerset
Rich’s, Highbridge, Somerset
Rockingham Forest. Middleton, Northants
Scropton Cider, Scropton, Derbys
Sheppey’s, Bradford on Tone, Somerset
Torkard Cider, Hucknall, Notts
Tricky, Churchstanton, Somerset
West Croft, Burnham on Sea, Somerset
PERRY
Bridge Farm, Yeovil, Somerset
Brook Farm, Wigmore,Herefs
Chant,West Pennard, Somerset
Gwatkins, Abbey Dore, Herefs
Gwynt Y Ddraig, Glamorgan
Hecks, Street, Somerset
Olivers, Ocle Pychard, Herefs
Rockingham Forest. Middleton, Northants
Torkard Cider, Hucknall, Notts

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29th February-3rd March – 20th Rotherham (Yorkshire) Real Ale & Music Festival 2012 Preview

Address: MAGNA Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Wed 29th February: 6pm-11pm (£8 Advance/£10 on door)
Thu 1st March: 6pm-11pm (£8 Advance/£10 on door)
Fri 2nd March: 6pm-11pm (£10 Advance/£12 on door)
Sat 3rd March: 12pm-11pm (£8 Advance/£10 on door)

Tickets: Advance tickets can be bought online here. Tickets are also now available at the following places:

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5th-8th April – 11th Egham (Surrey) CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival 2012 Preview

Address: Egham United Services Club, 111 Spring Rise, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9PE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 5th April: 11am-11pm (£5)
Fri 6th April: 11am-12am (£5)
Sat 7th April: 11am-12am (£5)
Sun 8th April: 11am-11pm (£5)

All above fees include a £2 refundable deposit for festival glass. £1 discount on above prices for CIU & CAMRA card carrying members and guests of EUSC Club members. EUSC Club members enter free, but are urged to put a deposit down on a festival glass.

Tickets: Available on the door

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Troggi Seidr (Dry) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Troggi
Cider Name: Seidr (Dry)
Region: Monmouthshire
ABV: 7.1%
Taste: Dry
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Apple
Colour: Dull straw
Clarity: Slightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review:

It’s been a while since my last review, but back to my wonderful cider journey at the Euston Cider Tap. The next cider to tempt me was the Troggi Seidr (Cider), which was the not the first time I have come across them (as I sampled them at the International Craft Cider Festival), but it was the first time I had seen it on home soil so to speak.

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