Get fruity with cider and perry month
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.