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I was going to start out by saying sorry I’ve not been around doing cider reviews for a while now, with thinking it was only a year or so. Turns out more like 2 and half years! Ouch! I guess they can say that life has got in the way of doing this hobby of mine. In that time life went a bit off the rails with a long term relationship ending and now onto better things in a new relationship (she likes cider too, which is a bonus!) and buying my own house. Though the big thing getting in the way is work and the lack of free time. Add into the mix a bit of a healthier lifestyle, DIY on the house and you don’t get much free time at all. How some people do it I don’t know!

Anyway, all of that is what has happened and time to get this blog back up and running again in some shape or form and revive the hobby once again. Not to the same level as before, as I think that’s where my enjoyment left in feeling it was all about publishing content and I am not really a writer either; I’m just a man with an opinion! It’s time to get the blog back to what it was intended for all those 9 years ago when I started it, which is to make it a record of what cider I like/dislike, where is good to drink cider and just information mainly that I would find useful. I guess you can say I am making this blog more about what I want to look back on and not what I think other people might want to see. I’ve for too long always thought about what other people may think and that has to change.

So what’s changing you ask? Well here’s a start for 10….

Cider Reviews – I’m going to keep these short and sweet again and more to the point. It may not always be the most descriptive but I’m going to use it more of a notepad for myself to keep track on what I like/dislike in the cider world. If a producer wants me to put some background info on them, then more than happy to. Though I’m thinking of opening up a different section of the site for background info on cider makers to keep it separate and easier to find. Maybe a Q&A section of such, as per below.

Cider Producer Q&A – Thinking of setting this up just so I can keep producer information in one place. Just need to think of a list of  questions first.

Cider Events – I’m not going to actively search these out. I wasted far too much time in the past trying to find this out and the amount of events organisers who couldn’t even send me/advertise a cider list or similar was shockingly high. If you have an event that wants listing then fill out the details here and I will get it on the site. If your cider/perry list is predominantly “fruit cider”, then this site isn’t for you. I want to promote real cider on this site.

Cider Pubs/Bars/Restaurants – This is what I have mainly been doing the past year or so, though never really publicised it. I like to know where is good for a pint/bottle of cider/perry. If you have any suggestions then let me know and I’ll go check it out. Below is how the map currently looks but will sort out a page on the site in due course. Zoom out to show more than just Bristol too.

Apple Core = No Real Cider/Perry

Bronze Apple = 1-5 Real Ciders/Perries

Silver Apple = 6-10 Real Ciders/Perries

Gold Apple = 11+ Real Ciders/Perries

Cider Recipes – I may dabble in this occasionally. Like the cider reviews, will be short and sweet and to the point and not done like some swanky food critic. If you know anything simple(ish) that is worth a go then give me a shout. I am not a great cook, but I can follow a recipe and always have an opinion on my food.

 

So yes I’m back and will hopefully put up a new cider review soon and update other parts of it where I can. Just need to make myself a bit of time from now on (where I can) and let this get back to what where it should be. It’s good to be back cider world!

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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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Asturias Cider Trip Review

ASTURIAN CIDER BARS
HOW TO POUR AN ASTURIAN CIDER
ASTURIAN CIDER FARMS
ASTURIAN CIDER MAKING PROCESS
III INTERNATIONAL HALL OF GALA CIDER JUDGING
III INTERNATIONAL HALL OF GALA CIDER DINNER/PRESENTATION
III INTERNATIONAL HALL OF GALA CIDER FAYRE
ASTURIAN CIDER CULTURE
ASTURIAN CIDER FACTS/TRADITIONS
OVERALL OPINION OF ASTURIAN CIDER

Whilst on my last trip to Frankfurt, Germany, I was speaking to Edu (Cider Guerrilla) about cider from around the world and he mentioned that I really should try and see his homeland, Asturias, as it had a wonderful and very passionate cider scene. At the time I was really intrigued about it, especially as I remember at the International Craft Cider Festival in 2011 about one of the guys there having a very different cider pouring technique. Time went by and the conversation had completely left my mind.

Suddenly, a few months later, and out of the blue I get an invite from Edu saying that La Sidra magazine/website wanted me to come visit their III International Hall of Gala Cider event and let them show me about the Asturian cider scene and how things are done over there. To top it all off they also wanted me to help judge their cider event and they were inviting me to the III International Hall of Gala Ciders Dinner, which was being cooked for by a 2 star Michelin chef. At this point I was thinking to myself “What’s the catch?”. I pondered over it and then just told myself to just go for it. I then gladly accepted the invite, booked my flight and set off to the airport in pursuit of cider on 17th October!

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FOR SALE: Large early Victorian Single Screw Cider Press (Exbourne, Devon)

Item for sale: Large early Victorian Single Screw Cider Press

Location: Exbourne, Devon

Contact details: Phone Brady 01837 851 291 / Email HollinshedBrady@hotmail.com

Details: This early Victorian single screw press  has been out of use for a few years, and is in store, dissembled, in Exbourne near Okehampton.  It comprises a very heavy single, rising, cast iron screw with quick-turn wheel, holed boss for winding pole, and ratchet. Massive rustic bottom beam, and top beam renewed. Dish & top plate useable if lined with plywood and polythene; requires new pressing beam (which can be supplied – or allowance made) .  Dimensions: Plan.. Dish 81 inches front to back plus spout x Base beam 85 inches long forming the o.a. width;  Stands about 12 feet high, plus, when the screw is raised, a further 38 inches.  So not suitable for the house or garage!  Best bid over £300 (probably little over scrap value).  Can assist with loading. Phone Brady 01837 851 291.

The parts that are missing are:
A]  The pressing beam. I can get one made if you want the extra weight to take away!
B]  The restraining plates, long strips of iron (4 off) have been laid on the ground in my orchard and I am having a job to find them.  they are easy enough to replace, though at an expense.  However, I am hopeful that some more digging around will reveal them.

Both these items are adjustable in the price.

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