Archive for April, 2014

St. Ives Clodgy Cloudy Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: St. Ives
Cider Name: Clodgy Cloudy Cider
Region: Cornwall
ABV: 6.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Lightly chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Rustic Apples/Lightly sweet
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

From: St. Ives
Date: 29/04/14

It’s been a while, but I am finally back on the cider reviewing wagon and raring to go full steam ahead. The last few weeks have been filled with cider adventures/tours, moving house and still being stuck without broadband at home. How BT can’t sort that out within 6 weeks of moving in is beyond me, but that’s a rant for another day! Luckily I’ve managed to tether the laptop to the phone (but shh don’t tell Three, as I’m not meant to!) and can finally sort out some reviews. Up first on the backlog of reviews is the Clodgy Cloudy Cider from St. Ives

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3rd-4th May – Town Hall Beer & Cider Festival 2014 (Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire) Preview

Address: The Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, HX7 7BY (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 3rd May: 12pm-8pm (£3.50*)
Sun 4th May: 12pm-6pm (£3.50*)

* = Includes a glass and a disloyalty card (visit all the stands, get a stamp at each and enter your card into the prize draw)

Tickets: Available on the door.

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1st-3rd May – 1st Kidbrooke CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2014 (London) Preview

Address: Charlton Park Rugby Club, 60 Broad Walk, London, SE3 8NB (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 1st May: 12pm-10:30pm (£2)
Fri 2nd May: 12pm-10:30pm (£2)
Sat 3rd May: 12pm-10:30pm (£2)

Concessions: £1 entrance for CAMRA card carrying members.

Tickets: Available on the door

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Austria Cider Trip Review

Visit Date: 12th-13th April 2004

Austrian OrchardsWhen you traditionally think of Austria, you think of things such as Mozart, skiing or even Arnold Schwarzenegger…but do you think of cider/perry? Well, until a few months ago I never even known there was a cider or perry culture there. Thankfully I’ve since discovered the World’s Best Cider book by Bill Bradshaw & Pete Brown and that has opened my eyes up to cider culture from around the world. Anyway, after reading the book I didn’t think I’d have a chance to visit there so soon as I did. Earlier this month, out of the blue, I got an email from Wine & Partners (Drinks PR company in Austria) inviting me over for a visit to the Salon des Mostes festival held in the Mostviertel (cider quarter) region in Lower Austria. I pondered on the idea of visiting for a while and then just thought sod it and went and did it! Flights and hotel was booked and off I went for another trip into the unknown.

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19th April – CRATE v The Cider Box: Cider Fest 2014 (Hackney Wick, London) Preview

Address: The Brewshed, Unit 14a Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 19th April: 1pm-1am (Free)

Tickets: N/A

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8th-10th May – 14th Banbury CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2014 (Banbury, Oxfordshire) Preview

Address: TA Centre, Oxford Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9AN (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 8th May: 5pm-11pm (£1)
Fri 9th May: 12pm-5pm (£2) & 5pm-12am (£4)
Sat 10th May: 11am-5pm (£3) & 5pm-11pm (£1)

Tickets: Available on the door.

Concessions: CAMRA members free entry at all time with a valid card.

Festival Glass: £2 (Refundable)

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4th-5th May – The Big Apple Blossomtime Festival 2014 (Herefordshire) Preview

Address: Multiple locations around Herefordshire (Website)

Event Information:

For an afternoon, a day or a full weekend – the Big Apple is a special opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and excellent eating apples. This is the 25th anniversary of the occasion when our award winning communities in these parishes first put together a collection of small rural events to enable you to share with us in our tradition of apple growing and cider making.

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