Real cider is made from 100% apple juice – with no additional gasses. Andrea Briers, a long time CAMRA member discusses the advances made over the last few years.
DISCOVER REAL CIDER AND PERRY
When I moved to England in the late 80’s I was taken to my first beer festival. At the time I didn’t drink beer
so I found myself at the cider bar and it was a revelation. Having spent years drinking the standard fizzy
cider that was available in pubs I discovered a drink that tasted of apples and you could taste the flavours
coming through from the fruit. I also discovered the variety of drinks that were available.
I quickly learnt that very few pubs sold real cider and that the only place that I could guarantee being able to
find it was at the larger CAMRA beer festivals so I joined to find out where the festivals were and started
travelling to those which were easy to get to.
Thankfully we now live in a very different world. We have seen the number of cider producers increase in
recent years so many areas now have a cider producer somewhere nearby. Most beer festivals now sell
real cider and perry, with even the smaller ones having a small selection. There are also a lot more pubs
with at least one available and many stocking a good range.
If you search for pubs that sell real cider in your county on the Whatpub website, you are given a choice of
pubs. It is even possible to arrange cider crawls of larger towns and cities.
May is one of CAMRA’s cider campaigning months so, now that it is easier to find in pubs and at beer
festivals, why not take the opportunity to try some real cider or perry and discover the variety of flavours
that you can find in these drinks.