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

Ciders/Perries: 22 ciders/perries will be available

Ciders

ALLENS – Mikes Eltham Gold (SE London) – Med Dry – 6.0% – Locally produced (by one of our cider bar volunteers), made from apples from two gardens in nearby Eltham

BROOMFIELD (Kent) – Med – 7.0% – A Family owned, traditionally run apple orchard using equipment dating back to the 1950’s/60’s. Use 30 types of native English apple, some with magical names including “Peasgood-Nonsuch” and “Warner King”. The cider is made from culinary and eating apples and has a light clear colour and crisp flavour.

CASTLE (Kent) – Med Swt & Med Dry – 7.5% – Very popular at our festivals. A clear and easily drinkable cider from Chiddingstone. Set up in 1987 and only uses Kentish apples.

DOUBLE VISION (Kent) – Dry – 7.4% – Unfiltered cider using Kentish apples. Good apple character, nicely dry and tart with light tannins.

DOVE SYKE (Lancashire) – Med – 6.0% – Started in 2011. From Clitheroe in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley, using Lancashire apples.

DREYMANS – Golden Squirrel (W Sussex) – Dry – 6.4% – From Chichester, a new cider from their own unique shoreline orchard. All their ciders are natural and unfiltered. Non-pasteurised with no additives.

KENTISH PIP – (Kent) – Med Dry – TBC – A new producer from Canterbury that was very popular at last year’s festival. The family farm has a magnificent thatched barn with a cider bar!

KINGSWOOD (Kent) – Med – TBC – New producer from Canterbury. Delicious cider with tannic tones.

LONDON GLIDER (NE London) – Med & Med Dry – 7.5% – London’s main producer, founded in 2010 in Woodford Green. They source unwanted fruit from local back gardens and turn it into cider.

MILLWHITES (Somerset) – Made from apples free from pesticides & chemicals, grown in their orchards in Somerset, fermented and matured in oak barrels. This cider contains no sulphites.

Hedge Layer – Med – 4.8% – A light and refreshing cider. Lovely rounded, medium flavour. A real thirst quencher.

Rioja Cask – 6.7% – Aged in red wine barrels, a full flavoured cider with hints of wood tannin. For the connoisseur.

ONE TREE HILL CIDER (SE London)
Herne Hill Mix – Med – 5.0%
Fairlawn Blend – Med Sweet – 5.0%

Locally made by the Cider Bar manager with help from volunteers on an apple pressing day on One Tree Hill Allotments, using unwanted apples. Herne Hill Mix has cider apples sourced from a garden in Herne Hill.
Since small amounts are made, strictly one third per customer. This is the only festival with these ciders.

SEIDR O SIR (Mid Wales) – Dry – 6.8% – Founded in 2000. Makers of traditional cider and a limited amount of perry using 100% fruit, mainly sourced from their own or other orchards in Radnorshire. Entirely natural fermentation with absolutely no additives.

SHERSTON (Wiltshire) – Med – TBC – From the village of Sherston, located on the south east fringes of the Cotswolds. They grow 9 traditional varieties of vintage quality apples and produce chemical free ciders.
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VENTONS CYDERS (Devon) – Med – TBC – Ventons’ methods are as traditional as they get! Hand-picked, vintage cider apples are crushed and pressed a ton at a time through straw on a traditional oak twin-screw press, then fermented and matured in oak barrels to produce a clear and clean natural cider.

WILKINS (Somerset) – Dry – 6.0% – Founded in 1917 and since 1966 run by Roger Wilkins, a well known character who has appeared numerous times on TV. A pilgrimage to the farm overlooking Westhay Moor Valley is a must for cider lovers. A fairly dry cider, but not in an overpowering way. There is a slight bitterness and tang to it and just a genuine cider taste.

Perries

GWYNTYDDRAIG Two Trees (Glamorgan) – 6.0% – Started in 2001, only makes cider/perry using traditional methods and getting a good number of awards.
A pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate.

HARTLAND (Gloucestershire) – 5.8% – This small family operation was started by the late Ray Hartland, a local farmer at Flat Farm on the outskirts of Staunton. This award-winning perry is rich and tasty with flavours of pear, wood, spices, mild yeast and some white wine-like notes along with mild sweetness.

HECKS (Somerset) – 6.5% – A gorgeous, smooth, quite sweet perry with dessert apples/pears and vanilla flavours. Has an attractive fruit-purée character. Very more-ish.

NEWTON COURT (Herefordshire) – 7.5% – Started in 2000, they make Perry using traditional methods from organic orchards, and have won many awards.

RAGLAN MILL (Monmouthshire) – TBC – Ambitious new family-run project including a cider house. They are planting a museum orchard of two trees of each variety of Welsh cider apple and perry pear tree.

Food: Hot & cold food available

Entertainment: TBC

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