Real cider and perry

Mike Robinson, Branch Cider representative writes: Real cider is a long established traditional drink, which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated nor pasteurised. Traditional cider consists simply of apple juice, which has been allowed to ferment. Modern mass produced ciders are normally served very cold, are pasteurised, and are fizzy because of the extra carbon dioxide put into them during manufacture. There are a tremendous number of flavours and aromas in real cider depending on the types of apples used, in what proportions of each variety of apple the producers choose to blend and where the fruit is grown in Britain. If you have not tried traditional cider before you will be pleasantly surprised.

Perry is made in exactly the same way as cider is from apples, but perry is from pears and like most cider apples, perry pears are grown specifically for perry production. Most traditional ciders and perries are blends of different varieties, but a number of single variety (SV) ciders and perries are made using just one type of apple or pear, like Kingston Black(apple) or Blakeney Red (pear).


Nominate the 2017 ROB Camra Cider Pub of the Year

Nominations for the 2017 Branch Cider Pub of the Year are to be sent to Mike Robinson, Branch Cider Rep, at moc.loa@ybborekimj. Any pub or club nominated should both sell cider and perry all or most of the year and should ideally promote its sale in one or more ways. Nominations need to be received on or before the date of the January Branch Meeting 3rd January 2017. It is also hoped to organise a cider tasting course at the forthcoming Manchester Beer & Cider Festival in January. The festival is also host to the CAMRA North of England Cider & Perry Competition on Friday 20th January when the best cider and perry in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, North East England and Isle of Man will be chosen. Volunteers willing to take part in blind tastings to help choose the winners at the event are welcome and should let Mike Robinson know as soon as possible.

Trackside, Bury, the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2016.

Following a request for nominations which ended earlier in the year, the Trackside in Bury town centre was again chosen as the branch cider pub of the year 2016. The award is given to the pub that best encourages and promotes the sale of traditional cider and perry throughout the year. The presentation of the award will be made by branch members shortly.

Trackside, as the Branch Cider pub of the year, is currently being judged against the winners from the other CAMRA branches in the region for the award of Greater Manchester Cider Pub of the Year.

Bolton: The Brewery Bar, Moreton Mill, Hampson Street, Horwich, BL6 7JH;

High Peak & North East Cheshire: Harewood Arms, 2 Market Street, Broadbottom, SK14 6AX;

North Manchester: Crown & Kettle, 2 Oldham Road, Manchester, M4 5FE;

Rochdale,Oldham & Bury: Trackside, Bolton Street Station, Bury;

South East Lancashire; NO ENTRY RECEIVED

Stockport & South Manchester: Railway (Portwood), 1 Avenue Street, Stockport, SK1 2BZ;

Trafford & Hulme: Font Bar, 115-117 Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9PG;

Wigan: Wigan Central, Arch No. 1, Queen Street, Wigan, WN3 4DY.

The overall winner for Greater Manchester for 2016 will be announced at the Greater Manchester Cider and Perry Festival which is being held at Copper Face Jacks Bar within the Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester in June this year (see above).

The judging for the 2016 Branch Cider Pub of the Year has finished and branch members are currently engaged in judging for the Greater Manchester winner.

The popularity of real cider and perry is rising as more people discover how deliciously mellow and aromatic the flavours of naturally produced cider can be, and CAMRA campaigns to raise the profile of real cider and perry as well as real ale. Traditional cider and perry can be sold by gravity from a polybarrel or from a 'bag in box' from behind the bar, however some pubs sell it by hand pump straight from the cellar. So why not make the change from drinking cold fizzy bland tasting cider and perry to the real thing?

Locally, traditional cider and perry is regularly on sale at the Ashton Arms and the Up Steps Inn in Oldham town centre, the Railway at Greenfield, the Baum, the Flying Horse and the Regal Moon in Rochdale town centre, the Red Lion in Littleborough, the Robert Peel and Trackside in Bury, the Hare and Hounds at Holcolme Brook, the Lamb in Tottington and the Ramsbottom Tap in Ramsbottom. Most Wetherspoon pubs throughout the branch area also have a selection of traditional cider and perry on sale. The latest pub selling real cider is the new branch micro pub, the Old Post Office in Castleton

Go and visit one of the above pubs and discover what you have been missing all these years. You will be pleasantly surprised.

If you know of any other pubs in the ROB branch area selling traditional cider or perry on a regular basis please let Mike Robinson, The Branch Cider Representative know so he can visit them to present them with CAMRA "Real Cider sold here" window sticker and posters.