8th-12th July – 38th Derby City Charter CAMRA Summer Beer & Cider Festival 2015 (Derby, Derbyshire) Preview

Address: Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3AH (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Wed 8th July: 5:30pm-11pm (£3)
Thu 9th July: 11am-5:30pm (£2) & 5:30pm-11pm (£5)
Fri 10th July: 11:30am-5:30pm (£2) & 5:30pm-11pm (£6)
Sat 11th July: 11.30am-5:30pm (£3) & 5:30pm-11pm (£6)
Sun 12th July: 12pm-2pm (Free)

Tickets: Advance tickets are now on sale through the Derby Live website.

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


Ashover Summer Fruits Ashover, Derbyshire 5.5% Med Sweet
A light, refreshing cider burting with mixed fruit flavours.

Barbourne Worcester 6.0% Medium
A small scale cider maker operating from a garage near Worcester Race Track.

Bartestree Bartestree, Herefordshire 6.5% Med Dry
A craft cider maker, highly respected in the cider world.

Biddenden Bushels Ashford, Kent 6.0% Med Sweet
A clear, very pale fruity cider evoking the orchards of Kent.

Border Orchards Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 7.0% Med Dry
A small, craft Herefordshire cider maker using fruit from ancient orchards.

Chant West Pennard, Somerset 6.0% Dry
Formerly Naish, Somerset farm cider as it was 50 years ago, untouched by progress.

Crossmans Hewish, Somerset 6.0% Med Sweet
A long-standing traditional cider maker with several mature orchards.

Double Vision Cherry Maidstone, Kent 7.4% Med Sweet
A fruit flavoured version of a festival regular cider.

Green Valley Strawberry Clyst St. George, Devon 4.0% Med Sweet
A large, well established cider experimenting with fruit flavours.

Gwatkins Stoke Red Abbey Dore, Herefordshire 7.5% Sweet
A single apple variety, pale brown in colour and very sweet.

Gwynt y Ddraig Haymaker Pontypridd, Glamorgan 6.5% Medium
A straw coloured full-flavoured cider from Wales’s largest cider maker.

Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury Street, Somerset 6.5% Med Sweet
A single apple variety cider, pinkish in colour and delicate in taste.

Hurst View Jibber Jabber Ivesty Bank, Staffordshire 6.0% Medium
A relative newcomer to the cider scene using a blend of local and cider fruit.

Mays Much Marcle, Herefordshire 6.0% Med Sweet
An easy drinking cider from a Merchant Banker turned Cider Maker.

Newton Court Leominster, Herefordshire 7.0% Sweet
A pale coloured, full-flavoured cider. Made from locally grown organic fruit.

Oakfield Farm Stanley Common, Derbyshire 5.6% Med Sweet
Cider made entirely from local fruit and sold in the farm shop.

Olivers Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire 6.7% Med Dry
A mid brown cider made on a Herefordshire sheep farm.

Orgasmic White Jersey Letton, Herefordshire 6.0% Medium
A single apple variety cider from a relative newcomer to the cider scene.

Parsons Choice West Lyng, Somerset 6.0% Med Sweet
A traditional Somerset farm cider, made entirely from their own fruit.

Ralphs New Radnor, Mid Males 7.0% Med Sweet
An upland farmer on the Welsh border using his own and Herefordshire fruit.

Rich Watchfield, Somerset 6.0% Sweet
A clear, easy drinking cider from one of Somerset’s major producers.

Rosies Triple D Wrexham, North Wales 6.5% Medium
A pale brown full-flavoured cider with a long, satisfying aftertaste.

Ross Cider & Perry Co. Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 6.5% Med Dry
A well-balanced blend of cider varieties grown at Broome Farm.

Scropton Doris Stokes Scropton, Derbyshire 6.3% Medium
A tasty, satisfying cider from a local cider maker.

Sheppys Bradford-on-Tone, Somerset 6.0% Med Sweet
A pale, fruity, easy-drinking cider from a large Somerset producer.

Slackjaw Yellow Snow Kilburn, Derbyshire 6.5% Medium
A very small local producer who has built his own mill and press.

? Eastwood, Nottinghamshire 6.0% Medium
A very new to the scene cider maker using local fruit. A festival first.

Springfield Red Dragon Llangovan, Monmouthshire 7.1% Medium
A reddish-brown, full flavoured cider with a long aftertaste.

Thatchers Cheddar Valley Sandford, Somerset 6.0% Med Sweet
Deep orange / red colour, from one of the biggest cider makers in the country.

Three Cats Morley, Derbyshire 6.7% Sweet
Pale, sweet and with a slight sparkle, made with culinary apples.

Westcroft Janets Jungle Juice Brent Knoll, Somerset 6.0% Medium
A classic and highly popular traditional Somerset farm cider.

Winkleigh Sams Winkleigh, Devon 7.5% Medium
A clear, easy drinking cider from one of Devon’s major producers.

Woodthorpe Hall Ruby Suzie Woodthorpe, Derbyshire 8.4% Medium
Powerful flavour and a long aftertaste from a small North Derbyshire cider maker.


Barbourne Blakeney Red Worcester 6.0% Medium
A single variety perry with a long, smooth aftertaste.

Broadoak Clutton, Somerset 7.5% Sweet
A smooth, sweet and highly quaffable and ever-popular perry.

Butford Farm Bodenham, Herefordshire 6.0% Medium
A traditional Herefordshire perry, deep gold in colour and full flavoured.

Celtic Marches Crackling Rosie Bishops Frome, Herefordshire 4.5% Med Sweet
A lower strength perry, extremely smooth and quaffable.

Double Vision Impaired Vision Maidstone, Kent 7.4% Med Sweet
A very pale, easy drinking and deceptively strong perry.

Gwatkins Abbey Dore, Herefordshire 7.0% Med Sweet
A pale, slightly sparkling perry from one of the characters of the cider scene.

Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees Pontypridd, Glamorgan 4.5% Med Sweet
A pale and delicate perry, ideal for those who wish for something a little weaker.

Hecks Blakeney Red Street, Somerset 6.0% Medium
A classic single variety perry with a deep, fruity flavour.

Newton Court Winnals Longdon Leominster, Herefordshire 5.3% Med Sweet
A smooth, single variety perry. Made from locally grown organic fruit.

Olivers Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire 6.0% Med Dry
A crisp, clean, perry with plenty of flavour and a long finish.

Raglan Cider Mill Snowy Owl Raglan, Monmouthshire 6.0% Medium
A fruity perry with considerable depth of flavour.

Ross Cider Co. Peterstow, Herefordshire 6.0% Med Dry
A full-flavoured, well balanced perry from one of Herefordshire’s leading producers.

Snailsbank Halmonds Frome, Herefordshire 5.0% Med Sweet
A pale easy drinking perry. New to the festival.

Westons Much Marcle, Herefordshire 4.5% Med Sweet
A clear, refreshing perry from the largest perry maker in the country.

Food: Pizza – sold from the back of a van, Merry Berry chooclates, Morton’s cheese stall, Pipers crisps, currys from Patel’s catering and a hot burger/sausage stand.

Entertainment: The following entertainment will be available

Wednesday 8th July

The Ockbrook Big Band are renowned as the most entertaining big band in the midlands. The lucky crowd will enjoy the best swing music from the 1920s, some modern jazz and the unique sound of dance bands in the 30s & 40s. To add to the visual presentation the band will be dressed in US air force military uniforms in the style of the great Glen Miller orchestra “not to be missed”.

The RIPLEY MORRIS MEN will also be strutting their stuff with a colourful display of Cotswold stick whacking dances.

Thursday 9th July

Aistaguca (eyes-ta-gucha) bring a totally different sound to the festival tonight. This 6 piece outfit play Balkan music based around gypsy wedding style, this is highly interactive and is performed as a show on every level with songs like Hava nagila remember the film Borat? Much of the music is included in the session sets. Trubaci music incorporates high energy rhythms. AISTAGUCA is now well and truly on the folk dance underground throughout the UK

HARRIET at only 20 years old singer song writer Harriet McDonald captured the attention of the music world. With an acoustic guitar, her confident stage presence, powerful & meaningful delivery of both cover and her own arrangement’s you see her talent shine through. Rarely does a solo artist make it to appear at the City Charter beer festival this one is not to be missed. Starting at 8pm.

Friday 10th July

The Modern Affair a handpicked band of muscians come smartly turned out and business like, they boast of 100 years collectively of gigging in the Midlands. The music takes you back to the mod culture days of scooter’s, and the Quadraphenia days of Brighton’s swinging 60s. Songs from Spencer Davis, Small Faces, early Beatles and Stones among many more. Get ready for a high octane night of entertainment.

The INCREDIBLE SKANK BROTHERS are a 6 piece playing the best of Ska music (developed from Calypso and Reggae) the accent on the upbeat gives rise to the Skank dance would be skankers can learn from keeping an eye on lead vocalist Andy. This rather infectious music will soon get the audience bouncing. Plenty of titles from Bad Manners and of course Madness

Saturday 11th July

The UK Chicago Blues this band, a tribute to the Blues Brothers, are on a mission and never fail to please an audiance. An all singing, all dancing show withy all the songs from the Blues Brothers film; Everybody Needs Somebody, Gimme some loving, Rawhide, Minnie the Moocha. So join in and enjoy.

3Eyed Fox kick off the evening at 8pm this folk fiddle band are very popular throughout the East Midlands the genre is folk rock with influences from the Ukraine’s, Flogging Molly and the Levellers.


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    Peter Lynxs said,

    Great Information, helped me plan some outings for this year. The list of ciders and perries helped me show off to some of my friends, thanks for that!

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