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Cider & Perry Months

May & October are Cider and Perry Months!

CAMRA supports and campaigns for cider and perry throughout the year, and we spotlight it with celebrations twice a year. These are in October and May, during which time our local branches organise cider and perry events across the country.

Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider and perry is generally a seasonal product and can only be made when the fruit is ripe. Production is tied to a natural cycle of the apple and perry pear trees found in orchards around the country.

The month of May was chosen because it is when the orchards come into bloom and fruit begins to set which will then be harvested. It is when cider and perry production in the previous year reaches maturity and can start being enjoyed. It is also a time for celebration of the fruits of cider makers labour!

October is equally an extremely busy time for cider makers when production is in full flow and fruit is being harvested, milled, pressed and stored for fermentation.

Happy #CiderMonth!

This May we’re celebrating growth. This time of year sees the growth of apple blossom in orchards across the UK, but the cider industry is growing too! 

With pandemic restrictions broadly lifted across the UK, we’re able to come together and hold events this May, and CAMRA has put together a map so you can find a cider and perry event near you. Submit your own event using the form below or check out the listings here. Some tasting and events will need to be booked in advance so make sure to look ahead to avoid disappointment!

You can also follow along with the timeline to find out how cider producers are creating innovative new products while preserving traditional production methods, read a host of new and exclusive CAMRA Learn & Discover content, and take part in a Cider and Perry Month campaign. 

Join in on social media too, just use #CiderMonth, or find us using the buttons below.

May 1-7

Happy Cider and Perry Month! Kick May off by checking out Big Apple’s Blossomtime celebration.

It’s the start of CAMRA’s Summer of Pub campaign today. Enjoy the best of both worlds by heading to your local for a pint of real cider or perry – check out the cider filter on our WhatPub site to find a cider pub near you.

We’ll have exlusive content and benefits available just for CAMRA members all throughout May, meaning Cider Month is a great time to join the Campaign.

Did you know that cider currently only needs to contains 35% juice? See how CAMRA is campagining to increase this minimum.

We’re asking real cider producers to join calls for Government to increase the minimum juice content required for cider – click to see the open letter.

Join Bill Bradshaw over on CAMRA Learn & Discover for part 3 of his ‘Bringing Cider to the table’ series

#RealCiderIsGrowing this time of year as orchards start to bloom. Find out more with the National Trust’s annual Blossom Watch or check out #BlossomWatch on Twitter.

May 8-14

 

Real cider and perry starts in the orchard! Find out more about how cider is made with this piece from the CAMRA Learn & Discover archives.

Once you’re out of the orchard it’s time to press that all important juice! See how it’s done with CAMRA Learn & Discover.

Tickets are now available to join St Helen’s CAMRA on their trip to Dunham Press Cider on 14 May. Join them for an orchard tour, cider tasting and pizza!

Find the UK’s most comprehensive list of producers on our ‘Promoting Cider and Perry’ page so you can celebrate Cider Month by enjoying a real cider or perry and supporting your local producers.

Want to see your favourite cider producers work recognised? Nominations for CAMRA’s Pomona award – given for outstanding achievement, commitment, or contribution to the promotion of real cider or perry – are now open.

Did you know that CAMRA members get exclusive discounts for everything from holidays to tech to cider courses? Check out an exclusive offer from the Fine Cider Company

Fancy taking an orchard tour to see how #RealCiderIsGrowing for yourself? Our cider tourism map is the perfect place to start.

 

May 15-21

Put together the perfect picnic for that cider tour with this guide from Alison Taffs on pairing food and cider.

The cider industry is growing too, with new producers making innovative fruit and flavoured products. Check out this piece from Ciderologist and CAMRA Campaigner of the Year, Gabe Cook to learn more.

CAMRA members, make the most of your membership with this offer from the Crafty Nectar Beer and Cider Academy.

If you’re in Manchester, you can put your exclusive offer to use straight away and join Ciderologist and CAMRA Campaigner of the Year, Gabe Cook for his cider foundation course today.

We’ve got a brand new guide to cider varietals coming tomorrow, so today is the perfect time to brush up on the basics and learn what a varietal is! Join Rachel Hendry in the Learn & Discover archives to find out more.

Head over to CAMRA Learn & Discover today, to take a deep dive into cider varietals with wine and cider writer, Rachel Hendry.

Why not head to Brockhampton today, to celebrate the launch of the new orchards, with music, talks and much more from the National Trust

May 22-28

 

Susannah Mansfield takes a deep dive into cider faults with CAMRA Learn & Discover today. Click the button to find out more

Get to know the people behind the products and meet some of the cider producers who have joined calls to increase ciders minimum juice content.

Want to know more about Cider styles? CAMRA members can join drinks educator and pommelier Jane Peyton for a deep dive into Knowing Cider Styles.

Meet another producer who has joined calls to increase the minimum juice content for cider tax.

If you’re down South you can join the first ever meeting of our friends at the London Cider and Perry Club. They’ll be tasting cider with four local makers and tickets are available now.

Watch landlady and certified pommelier Susannah Mansfield’s guide to cider quality from the Learn & Discover archives

Want to take your cider knowledge to the next level? We’ve got you covered! Modern British Cider by Gabe Cook – Ciderologist and CAMRA Campaigner of the Year – is the definitive guide to cider and the cider industry, available now from CAMRA books

 

May 29-31

 

Cider producers can still add their names to our open letter calling for tax reform to support real cider. Meet another maker today

There’s still time to make your nomination for the Pomona Award and recognise your favourite cider campaigner! Click to see how.

That’s it for May Cider and Perry Month but we’ll be back for another celebration in October. Don’t forget you can find your local cider and perry producers all year round with our cider map!

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CAMRA branches run events to celebrate cider and perry throughout May.

You can see events that have already been submitted on our Events Map. If there’s an event taking place near you that celebrates Cider and Perry this May, then let us know about it using the form below and we’ll add it to the map!

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