Cider & Perry Months
May and October are Cider & Perry Months!
CAMRA supports and campaigns for cider and perry throughout the year, and we spotlight it with celebrations in October and May.
Why May and October?
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. Cider and perry production from the previous year reaches maturity in May and can start being enjoyed so it’s also a time for celebration of the fruits of cider makers labour!
October is an equally busy time in the cider makers calendar, when fruit is harvested, milled, pressed and stored for fermentation and cider and perry production is in full flow.
This October, CAMRA is holding its first ever Perry Month.
CAMRA’s championing of cider and perry over the last 50 years has been credited with playing a significant role in keeping perry alive and now the Campaign is going further to promote this traditional drink.
Lovers of cider and perry will have a chance to be part of bringing a world first publication to bookshelves with an October KickStarter campaign to support ‘Perry: A Drinkers Guide’ – slated for publication by Adam Wells and CAMRA Books in 2024.
Drinks writer, presenter and founder-editor of Cider Review, Adam Wells is a key voice in the cider scene, and his work will represent the first time a book about perry has been published for consumers, rather than a technical audience.
Despite falling out of fashion in recent years, perry is making a comeback with producers creating both new and traditional perries to great acclaim. CAMRA will be celebrating the perry renaissance, the environmental value of ancient pear trees, releasing new online content, celebrating the work of key producers and campaigners in the cider and perry world, and highlighting some of the most exciting events throughout the month. Some tastings and events will need to be booked in advance so make sure to look ahead to avoid disappointment! You can join the celebrations on social media too, just use #PerryMonth, or find us using the buttons below.
Happy Perry Month! This October is CAMRA’s first ever Perry Month celebration, but what is perry? Join our friends at the Burum Collective for a quick explainer.
It wouldn’t be Perry Month without a way to take your perry knowledge to the next level! Check out the exclusive offers and goodies available with the launch of CAMRA Books Kickstarter for Perry: A Drinker’s Guide – the worlds first consumer guide to perry!
This is a great time to join the campaign and see everything CAMRA membership has to offer! We’ll even have brand new content, available only to our members, published throughout October on our award-winning Learn & Discover platform. Click the link to join now!
Is perry the elixir of life? We can’t go that far, but we can suggest that you head over to our friends at the Hartpury Heritage Trust to read about the myths and reality of the perry pear.
There are cider and perry celebrations taking place up and down the UK as fruit ripens, and production begins. Why not head to one of the biggest as Hereford is taken over by the city’s annual AppleFest? Click to find out more!
Tax isn’t always the most interesting subject in the world but it has a big impact on what kinds of drinks are available to us as consumers. Read about how CAMRA is campaigning to improve quality and choice.
Double up with a two-part story this weekend, and learn about how easily perry heritage can be lost. Head to Cider Review and join Barry Masterson as he tells the story of the Swiss Tree Murder.
Find events near you
CAMRA branches, cider and perry makers, pubs, museums, and social clubs all run events to celebrate cider and perry throughout October.
You can see events that have already been submitted on our Events Map. If we’ve missed an event taking place near you that celebrates cider and perry this October, then let us know about it using the form on the events page and we’ll add it to the listings!
CAMRA campaigns for real cider and perry throughout the rest of the year too! Head over to our ‘Promoting real cider and perry page’ to find out more.
If you’re a CAMRA member and you’d like to celebrate Perry Month, and support the publication of Perry: A Drinkers Guide in your branch area, then you can find a Campaigns Pack with everything you need to get started over in our Members Area.