Best Cider producers

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Best Cider producers

Joined: April 2nd, 2017, 7:46 pm

May 14th, 2017, 1:47 pm #1

This section of the forum isn't getting much love so I thought i'd kick us off.

For my money the two best cider producers in the UK right now are Kentish Pip and Hallets (Wales). In particular Hallets Rum Cask is superb.
Both produce mainly clear ciders at between 5% and 6 % abv. We have the full range of each at the pub and they are selling well.
I do however have a soft spot for a proper strong chewy scrumpy. Any recommendations on that front?
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Joined: November 5th, 2016, 9:31 pm

May 14th, 2017, 5:10 pm #2

I've not been big on Ciders, but when I've weakened I've always been keen on Kenny Cramps Double Vision.
"Everybody's got to believe in something, I believe I'll have another beer." W.C.Fields.
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Joined: November 6th, 2016, 1:26 am

May 14th, 2017, 6:14 pm #3

Kieran,
The only cider I've drunk any amount of is Wilkins from (appropriately) Mudgeley in Somerset.
On quite regular weekends staying with friends in Bristol, who never needed much of an excuse to throw a party, I usually brought a polypin back home on the train from Temple Meads.
http://wilkinscider.com/
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Joined: November 6th, 2016, 1:26 am

July 22nd, 2017, 4:26 am #4

Kieran Lyons wrote:This section of the forum isn't getting much love so I thought i'd kick us off.

For my money the two best cider producers in the UK right now are Kentish Pip and Hallets (Wales). In particular Hallets Rum Cask is superb.
Both produce mainly clear ciders at between 5% and 6 % abv. We have the full range of each at the pub and they are selling well.
I do however have a soft spot for a proper strong chewy scrumpy. Any recommendations on that front?
Kieran,
It probably wouldn’t be too far across from Leicester for you to attend the Cider Trail that West Midlands CAMRA is organising along the railway line between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury on Saturday 5th August.
The organisers point out that real ale is also available at all of the venues.
With starting in the Moon Under Water and ending in the Great Western, both Wolverhampton, seventeen pubs should make for a Proper Day Out
The itinerary is ;
9.25am train from Birmingham for Shrewsbury, 9.43am from Wolverhampton
10.25am – Shrewbury Hotel (Wetherspoons)
11.10am – Monty's Tower
11.50am – Coach and Horses
12.30pm – Admiral Benbow
1.10pm – Three Fishes ( Beer Drinkers can meet us here if they wish ( 12.05pm or 12.25pm from Brum, 12.25pm or 12.43pm from Wolverhampton - Amanda Hignett will be leading from Wolverhampton )
1.45pm – Salopian Bar
2.33pm – Train to Wellington Arrive 2.45pm
2.50pm – Pheasant
3.20pm - ( try also ) Wrekin Inn
4pm Train to Oakengates Arrive 4.05pm
4.10pm – Take your pick, Crown, Fighting Cocks, Station
5.05pm Train to Shifnal Arrive 5.13pm
5.20pm – Plough
5.50pm - (try also) White Hart
6.13pm Train to Albrighton Arrive 6.21pm
6.23pm – Platform Ale House
7.21pm – Train to Codsall Arrive 7.26pm
7.28pm – Codsall Station
8.27pm – Train to Wolverhampton or Birmingham, arrive 8.36pm Wolverhampton
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Joined: March 6th, 2018, 5:56 pm

March 7th, 2018, 11:42 am #5

There are several cider producers in Berkshire. Rod Holmes (W Berks CAMRA) and Warwick Heskins (Catherine Wheel, Newbury) organised a cider event at the pub when most of them turned up - see photo (from Ullage - winter 2017).
cidermakers.jpg Nick Edwards (Ciderniks) mainly produces dry ciders. Tim Wale (Tutts Clump) has just sold his old press (gone to Cambridge I think) and got a belt press which allows about 4 times as many apples to be processed per day. Permitted sweetener is added to some ciders and distribution includes Co-Op and local Waitrose. To keep up to date with the Berkshire cider scene follow Rod @WBCAMRAcider on Twitter [url=http:// https://twitter.com/WBCAMRAcider] https://twitter.com/WBCAMRAcider [/url]
Tim Thomas
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