Get fruity with cider and perry month

Southport Visiter - - Camra Column -

IN AD­DI­TION to real ale, Camra pro­motes real cider and real perry, and this year we cel­e­brate 30 years of cider and perry cam­paign­ing, writes Joanne Grif­fith, branch cider rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

From cham­pi­onships to Pub of the Year com­pe­ti­tions and be­yond, we strive to in­crease aware­ness of these tra­di­tional nat­u­ral bev­er­ages and en­cour­age pubs to stock them, as well as sup­port­ing cider and perry mak­ers how­ever we can.

Real cider is made from fer­mented ap­ple juice, tra­di­tion­ally with noth­ing added or taken away, with no ar­ti­fi­cial flavour­ings or car­bon­a­tion.

Some­times other fruits are added to cre­ate some in­ter­est­ing nat­u­ral flavours.

Perry is made ex­actly the same way as cider, ex­cept pears are fer­mented in­stead of ap­ples.

If a cider has un­fer­mented pear juice added to it, it would be a pearflavoured cider, how­ever if a cider and a perry are mixed, it makes a pi­der.

We aim to pro­mote cider and perry all year round, but we use May and Oc­to­ber as par­tic­u­lar fo­cal points as they are sig­nif­i­cant to the pro­duc­tion process.

May is when the fruit trees are in full bloom and the pre­vi­ous year’s batch has ma­tured ready for con­sump­tion.

Un­like real ale, which can be brewed at any time of year, real cider and perry can only be made when the fruit is ready, which is gen­er­ally be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber, so pro­duc­tion is usu­ally in full swing dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

This month, we have a num­ber of cider and perry re­lated events lined up for you.

Here are some lo­cal events to cel­e­brate Cider & Perry Month:

The Guest House, Union Street, South­port is run­ning a trial of cider which, if pop­u­lar, will fea­ture per­ma­nently along­side the pub’s good range of real ales.

The Grasshop­per, San­don Road, Hill­side, will be hold­ing a cider and perry tast­ing event on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, you are in­vited to join our rail-based walk around some of the lo­cal pubs that serve real cider or perry.

Meet at the Beer Sta­tion near Fresh­field sta­tion at mid­day.

We’ll leave at 1pm to visit other lo­cal pubs, catch the train to Hill­side, and fin­ish in pubs near South­port sta­tion.

The next South­port and West Lancs Camra meet­ing is at the Guest House, Union Street, at 8pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10.

In­ter­ested non-mem­bers wel­come.

Our beer fes­ti­val will run from Oc­to­ber 25-27: thirsty drinkers can buy tick­ets from the lo­cal Camra web­site: www.south­port.camra. org.uk.

Was­sail!

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