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Finding real cider and perry.

Well-kept cider and perry should be served with good disclosure of its ingredients and description of its style and flavours.

Like any artisan product, a real cider or perry requires special handling and storage to ensure it is consumed at its best and should always be served fault free. Many are best stored cool.

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Three tips for finding real cider and perry

No.1 Talk to the people behind the bar.

Talk to the people behind the bar. They may have extensive knowledge about the cider or perry on offer. They will advise whether it is a crisp and fresh cider which is best drunk chilled or if is a tannic cider with some astringency which is best drunk at room temperature and therefore left to warm in your glass for a couple of minutes.

Don’t let the odd blank look or negative experience dissuade you from persevering, it’ll help you identify the best places to seek out real cider and perry. An increasing amount of training is being provided in the hospitality industry about cider and perry, and you will soon learn where those places are.

No.2 Talk to the cider and perry makers! If you’re lucky enough to live near or have access to a great cidery, ask them to recommend which pubs they think take the best care of their hard work. You can’t get a higher recommendation than from the people behind your favourites. Visit the orchards and the producers. Follow our Cider Tourism map to find the best producers locally or with a trip for you to visit. Cider Tourism – CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale

No.3 Learn some of the language of cider and perry. Many cider producers now identify ‘Not from concentrate’ on their labels. Those described as ‘keg conditioned’ , ‘bottle conditioned’ or ‘bottle fermented’ are indications of ‘live’ real ciders and perries. 

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Questions you can ask
Provenance

  • What apple or pear variety/varieties is it made from?
  • Where were they grown?
  • In which year were they harvested and pressed?
  • Who is the producer?

Labelling transparency 

If its sweet, how did it get sweet?

  • by natural processes and the craft of the maker?
  • or by the addition of sugar, sweetener or juice?

If its fizzy, how did it get fizzy?

  • by natural traditional process?
  • or by the addition of artificial carbonation.

Help from CAMRA

Online tools, books, resources, accreditation and quality assurance schemes designed to help you locate and enjoy real cider and perry.

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WhatPub

The Campaign for Real Ale’s online pub guide. Pubs featured on WhatPub have been independently added and updated by thousands of CAMRA volunteers and features a filter for ‘There’s the ‘Real Cider available’ in the search function. 

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The Good Beer Guide

The Campaign for Real Ale’s bestselling guidebook The Good Beer Guide is the ‘definitive’ guidebook to help you discover good pubs that serve real cider and perry across the UK.

Since 1974 CAMRA has produced a completely independent regional guide to the best pubs covering the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland with listings based entirely on evaluation by CAMRA volunteers.

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Real cider sold here

Real cider sold here is an initiative that promotes pubs stocking real cider and perry. CAMRA celebrates real cider and perry and works to highlight the pubs that serve them. Cider lovers can easily identify pubs that serve real cider or perry by keeping an eye out for our window sticker.

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Cider & Perry Awards

The awards CAMRA runs to find the best cider, perry in Britain and the pubs serving them.

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