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).
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 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 Ale House in Castleton. Other branch pubs selling real cider can be found on the CAMRA What Pub website and filtering the results of your search by ticking the 'real cider available' filter box. There are currently 27 pubs selling real cider and perry in Rochdale, Oldham and Bury.
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.