2017 cider and perry list and tasting notes

We have got 54 of the UK’s finest ciders and perries all lined up for you to try at the Swansea Bay Beer and Cider Festival from 24-26 August at the Brangwyn Hall.

Jo Bennett of the Pilot of Mumbles and her team on the cider bar have scoured the land to bring you the best tipples to be tasted.

The popularity of the cider bar at the annual festival has grown in recent years and this year’s choices aim to satisfy the discerning palates of Swansea’s real cider drinkers.

You can read all about this year’s festival here

Please note, ciders and perrys are subject to alteration at the last minute. Ciders are also subject to availability and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

S – sweet, M/S – medium sweet, M – medium, M/D – medium dry, D – dry.


AFAL Y GRAIG : Cwmafan

Oakey Dokey     6.5%    M/D
Oak whisky barrel matured cider from Welsh cider apples. WPCS Gold winner 2017

Pigswill   6.25%    S
Award-winning sweet Welsh cider, blend of Browns, Ellis bitter and Dabinett cider apples

Treehugger   6.4%    M/S
Subtle blend of freshly prepared local cider apples

BLACK RAT: Somerset

Cider 4.7%      D
Dry, smooth, clean, fruity, full of flavour

Perry 5.2%     M
Medium traditional farmhouse perry from locally sourced pears


Kingston Black 6.5%       M/D
Medium dry. Winner 2015 CAMRA South of England

CJS: Monmouth

Wench cider 5.5%      M
Proper stuff and jolly nice farm scrumpy!


Cider 6.5%       M
CAMRA cider of the year 2017 – the taste of real farmhouse scrumpy


Elderflower perry 5.3%      M
English summer in a glass

Impeared Vision Perry 7.4%      M
Hazy yellow, tasty med/sweet pear with dry finish, seriously quaffable, silky smooth


Elderflower 4%     M
Medium cider carefully blended with elderflower extract, floral and clean

Raspberry and Rhubarb 4%    M
Medium cider perfectly balanced with raspberry juice and rhubarb extract

GOWER HERITAGE: Parkmill, Swansea

Mill Cider 8%       M/S
Golden colour, with apple aroma, earthy fresh fruit flavour, slight acidic finish

Flower Power 7.4%     M/S
This fruity cider is based on the mill cider above, but with elderflower added.


Perry Vintage 2016   7%    MD
Very rare due to tiny production (Aylton Red, Blakeney Red, Greggs Pitt)

GWATKINS: Hereford

Stoke Red cider 7.5%     S
Well bodied with a good flavour, a good apple that takes its time fermenting, making the cider late to mature. Sumptuous, succulent, full bodied

Yarlington Mill cider 7%     M

Smooth and rich with a spirit aroma and taste that resonates with the taste buds to surprise. Champion of Britain CAMRA 2009

GWYNT-Y-DDRAIG: Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd

Black Dragon cider 7.2%        M/D
Matured in oak barrels, rich in body and colour

Celtic Warrior cider 5.5%       S
Golden colour, apple nose, medium sweet honey/apple taste

Dog Dancer cider 6.5%           M/D
Bittersweet apples blended with sharp apples, smooth, crisp

Farmhouse Scrumpy 5.5%      M
Golden colour, apple aroma, slightly sweetish fruity flavor

Fiery fox cider 6.5%     M
Golden cider, fresh crisp sharpness

Haymaker cider 6.5%        M
Flavours are sweet apple with hints of caramel, some barnyard notes

Happy Daze cider 4.5%        M
A light fruity aroma with a balanced finish

Pyder 6%       M
Blend of apples and pear juice matured in wood

Welsh Warrior cider 6%     M
An oak aged cider, with a fruity taste and mild acidity, produced in aid of the Welsh Warrior foundation

Two Trees Perry 4.5%       M
A pale, fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the palate, CAMRA’s 2013 silver award

HALLETS CIDER: Crumlin, Caerphilly                               

Hallets Oak cider 5.6%     M
Oak conditioned, in Lowland whisky barrels

Hallets Rum cider 5.6%      M/S
Rum conditioned

Hallets Heartbreaker cider 7%         D
Full fruit flavour finishing with a delicate sharpness

National Treasure cider 5%        S
Sweet cider with delicate fruit flavor

Px Sherry cider 6%       M
Finished in sherry barrels

Perry 4.5%        M/S
Classic rich perry made with Blakeney Red Pears from a single orchard

HAND MADE: Chippenham

Crazy Diamond 6.8%        M/S
Medium sweet blend of finest bittersweet cider fruit

Fire Starter cider 6%        M/D
Soft zingy and refreshing blend of last year’s pressings, reflecting youthful fruitiness and fragrant nature of early season ciders


Mayday cider 6%      S
A sharp, sweet cider with good apple flavour – apple pie in a glass!

Summer Funshine cider 6%     M
A balanced medium cider. Good tannic notes and a sharp appley bite


Little Red Rooster Pyder 8.4%    M
Orange colour, woody apple/pear aroma, apple/pear tart taste

NEMPNETT: Somerset

Piglets Choice Perry 6.8%         M
Easy drinking perry, hints of citrus with a lovely dry finish CAMRA perry of the year 2017


Chilli Cider  6.5%        M
Medium cider infused with twilight chillies and sweet peppers for a pleasant afterglow

NAPTON CIDERY : Warwickshire

Pig in Pulp  7.2%     M/D
Medium dry unique blend with a smooth taste and complex finish


Cheeky Jackdaw    6%    S
Full bodied Welsh sweet cider with a tannic bite

Chubb Fuddler    6.5%     M
Medium golden cider

Farmhouse Perry      6.5%    S
Grapefruity taste with floral aromas

Rubber Chicken    7%     M/D
Eclectic mix of more than 15 apple varieties, bags of tannin but also fresh fruity notes. 2012 winner Royal B&W

PILTON : Somerset

Pilton Keeved      5.5%     M/D
Medium dry naturally sweetened cider blended from five local orchards

Pilton Dry       6%      D
Traditional dry cider from orchards around the parish of Pilton


Clan MacFannie Irn Bru     4%    S
Sweet and completely different. Fermented with Irn Bru so slightly orange!

Moosheid Perry     5%     M/S
Medium sweet, very easy drinking and smooth. CAMRA champion Scotland

WESTCROFT : Somerset

Janet’s Jungle Juice      6%     M/D
CAMRA cider 2007 and 2015. Legendary, full bodied tasty medium dry cider


Apples and Pears    5%    M
Medium sweet pyder with a hint of elderflower

Toffee Apple     4%      M/S
Medium sweet and light


Coachbuilder Black Cherry    4%    M/S
Medium sweet real juice cider using natural flavourings and extracts

Coachbuilder Passion Fruit     4%     M/S
Medium sweet real juice cider using natural flavourings and extracts

List compiled by Jo Bennett.

The cider bar at the Brangwyn Hall.

The cider bar at the Brangwyn Hall.

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