12th-14th June – Hitchin CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2014 (Hitchin, Hertfordshire) Preview

Address: Hitchin Rugby Football Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1XL (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 12th June: 5pm-11pm (£2.50)
Fri 13th June: 12pm-11pm (£2.50)
Sat 14th June: 12pm-11pm (£2.50)

Tickets: Available on the door

Concessions: CAMRA, EBCU, Round Table members & OAPs FREE.

Ciders/Perries: TBC.

Last year 18 different ciders/perries were available, which was as follows:

Producer Beverage ABV Notes
Apple Cottage FTJ 6.7 This cider is made from local orchards around Baldock using a variety of apples, there are no chemical additives in our products. Slow fermentation keeps all the natural flavours to this fruity cider, smooth, sweet with plenty of flavour, a popular favourite with many of our local customers. It has also had a trip to the Great British Beer Festival 2011 & 2012.
Apple Cottage Ginger Whinger New for 2013! Probably involves some ginger?
Cornish Orchards Farmhouse Cider 4.8 This scrumptious, premium farm cider is rich in fruity aromas and ripe apple flavour. The autumnal windfall apples are our inspiration for this delicious, mellow cider.
Gwatkin Blakeney Red 7.5 A medium sweet, full bodied perry. The Blakeney Red pear takes its name from the parish of Blakeney on the outskirts of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, where it still grows today.
Gwynt y Ddraig Dog Dancer 6.5 Produced from bittersweet cider apples blended with a true sharp cider apple, it is a light straw coloured cider with a medium dry, smooth, crisp, slightly sharp characteristic.
Gwynt y Ddraig Farmhouse Pyder 6 An out of the ordinary blend of apple and pear juice fermented and matured in wood.
Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze 4.5 A new cider in our range, fruity, apply aroma, well balanced finish. A light and very easy to drink medium cider.
Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees 4.5 A pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate.
Hecks Kingston Black 7 A single varietal cider made from the Kingston Black apple.
Millwhites Rioja Cask 6.7 Our driest cider. Aged in red wine barrels this is a full flavoured cider with hints of wood tannin. A cider for the connoisseur.
Millwhites Rum Cask 7.5 A premium cider aged in barrels from the Jamaican Rum Company. This cider was Champion Cider of East Anglia in 2009.
Perry’s Vintage Sweet 6 Our vintage cider ciders are blended from the very best cider apples from the autumn harvest before being left to mature in vintage port and sherry barrels for at least 12 months.
Pookhill New Season 6
Sheppy’s Farmhouse Cider 6 Made from a variety of home grown apples fermented in wood.
Springfield Wobbly Munk 7.8 A richly fruity medium cider.
Swallowfields Painted Lady 6 Made from 100% real Herefordshire Blakeney Red perry pears with a delicate nose and a full lingering fruity pear palate.
Swallowfields Wonky Donkey 6.2 Sedimented cider with real bits of apple
Wiscombe Suicider 8 A rum-casked offering; “It’s bin the ruin of many a young man…”

Food: Food will be available.

Chef Martin Burke with his excellent scotch eggs, pork pies, and popular vegetarian food will be back.

NowNow Food will be back with their flavourful South African food selection.

The HRFC will be running a BBQ with traditional and vegetarian options.

As always the “Olive Lady” will be in attendance with a variety of tasty beer snacks.

Entertainment: TBC


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