It’s not just about real ale – we’re on the side of real cider and perry too

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MOST peo­ple know the main pur­pose of CAMRA is to pro­mote real ale, but many don’t re­alise that the Cam­paign also sup­ports real cider and real perry, writes Neville Grundy.

Real cider is a long-es­tab­lished tra­di­tional drink which is pro­duced nat­u­rally from ap­ples and is nei­ther car­bon­ated or pas­teurised.

It is in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to that which faced real ale more than 30 years ago, with the num­ber of out­lets di­min­ish­ing, even in the West Coun­try.

Perry is made in a sim­i­lar way to cider but with pears, and is not to be con­fused with pear cider, which isn’t real and is usu­ally just a keg cider with pear flavour­ing.

It is in an even more en­dan­gered sit­u­a­tion than cider and is some­times only avail­able di­rectly from the pro­ducer.

Many well-known ciders in the UK are not pro­duced nat­u­rally from ap­ples, but are cold, fizzy keg prod­ucts which have been pro­duced ar­ti­fi­cially.

As a re­sult of the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing real cider, CAMRA set up a ded­i­cated cider and perry com­mit­tee which is tasked with in­form­ing con­sumers about the choice of real cider and perry avail­able and en­cour­ag­ing pro­duc­ers to con­tinue pro­duc­tion.

In or­der to help peo­ple iden­tify good lo­cal cider pubs, CAMRA has de­vel­oped a “Real Cider Sold Here” win­dow sticker for pubs which reg­u­larly sell real cider.

Each pub is checked out by one of CAMRA’s cider co­or­di­na­tors to con­firm that real cider is be­ing served.

To date there are over 780 pubs awarded the ac­cred­i­ta­tion win­dow sticker.

CAMRA en­cour­ages pubs to stock at least one real cider or perry, prefer­ably from a lo­cal stock­ist.

There are now cider pro­duc­ers all round the coun­try, not just in the tra­di­tional cider coun­ties of Devon, Som­er­set and Here­ford­shire.

You can find more info on cider and perry on the CAMRA na­tional web­site: www.camra.org.uk.

To find lo­cal pubs sell­ing real cider and perry (as well as real ale), go to the What Pub web­site: what­pub.com.

The South­port and West Lancs CAMRA web­site is at www.south­port. camra.org.uk. Some pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles are at: tinyurl.com/vis-pubs.

More than 780 pubs have been awarded the CAMRA real cider sticker

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