Nationally, as a general principle, we will align our May campaigning with Key Campaign 3 (encourage more people to try a range of real ales, cider and perries), and our October campaigning with Key Campaign 4 (raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly). Although branches can decide what theme they adopt for cider and perry campaigning in October, our suggestion is that pubs are promoted in some way during this campaign.
October also includes Apple Day (21st October) which was launched in 1990 by Common Ground (http://commonground.org.uk). It is the time when cider producers are pressing their apples so is an ideal opportunity to see how real cider and perry is made
Liverpool and Districts has a variety of pubs selling Cider. For a complete list see our Cider Outlets Page. We also have a Cider Map for you to complete your own Cider pub crawl.
When I moved to England in the late 80’s I was taken to my first beer festival. At the time I didn't drink beer so I found myself at the cider bar and it was a revelation. Having spent years drinking the standard fizzy cider that was available in pubs I discovered a drink that tasted of apples and you could taste the flavours coming through from the fruit. I also discovered the variety of drinks that were available. I quickly learnt that very few pubs sold real cider and that the only place that I could guarantee being able to find it was at the larger CAMRA beer festivals so I joined to find out where the festivals were and started travelling to those which were easy to get to.
Thankfully we now live in a very different world. We have seen the number of cider producers increase in recent years so many areas now have a cider producer somewhere nearby. Most beer festivals now sell real cider and perry, with even the smaller ones having a small selection. There are also a lot more pubs with at least one available and many stocking a good range. If you search for pubs that sell real cider in your county on the Whatpub website, you are given a choice of pubs. It is even possible to arrange cider crawls of larger towns and cities.
May is one of CAMRA’s cider campaigning months so, now that it is easier to find in pubs and at beer festivals, why not take the opportunity to try some real cider or perry and discover the variety of flavours that you can find in these drinks.
Perry is identical to cider with the exception that it is made from pears not apples.
Under the definition of "real cider" as prescribed by CAMRA "Pear-Cider" cannot exist. However if a product contains both percentages of "real cider" and "real perry" then under CAMRA's definition that product is called "Pider".
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