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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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