Festival cider and perry list and tasting notes 2018

Volunteers serving on the cider stall at last year's beer and cider festival.

Volunteers serving on the cider stall at last year’s beer and cider festival.

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 23-25 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.

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!

Read our beer list and tasting notes here

Read more about the festival here

Key:
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. WPCS Gold winner 2018.

Pigswill   6.25%                         S
Award winning sweet Welsh Cider, blend of Browns, Ellis bitter and Dabinett cider apples. WPCS Bronze winner 2018.

Treehugger   6.4%                     M
Subtle blend of freshly prepared local cider apples. WPCS Silver winner 2018.

AMPLEFORTH ABBEY: Yorkshire

Cider 6.6%                                   M/D
Award winning cider blended from over 40 varieties of dessert, cooking and eating apples hand-picked by Benedictine monks.

ARTISAN CIDER: Herefordshire

Talking Horse 5%                          M
Crafted Herefordshire cider made using the best traditional methods with a contemporary twist. A medium, crisp cider bursting with real apple flavour and a fresh finish to excite the palate.

BIG NOSE & BEARDY: East Sussex

Oast Toast 6.7%                            M
A mix of Cox and Bramley with a touch of Red Gloss from the orchards of Oast Fruit Farm. Pressed on the last glorious sun-filled day of autumn, perhaps there’s a hint of that in the sweet tangy finish.

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.

DORSET STAR : Dorset

First Press 5.5%                           D
Dry farmhouse scrumpy blended from 7 different apple varieties

Stargazer 5.5%                                 M
Medium blend of bittersweet apples for easy drinking

Sunset 5.5%                                   S
Dan Green has managed the star-shaped orchard at Chalmington since 2013 and makes cider with 7 different apple varieties

DOUBLE VISION: Kent

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

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.

GREEN VALLEY : Devon

Rum Tiddly Tum 7.5%                   D
Beautifully dry, full bodied vintage cider with warming dark rum notes

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.

GWYNT Y DDRAIG: Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd

Black Dragon cider 7.2%                   M/D
This cider now has quite a following amongst the most discerning cider drinkers and rightly so. It is rich and full bodied with a fresh fruity aroma.

Celtic Warrior cider 5.5%                    S
This warrior of a cider is sweet but mighty on flavour. The result is a cider with a full depth of colour and a mature yet smooth finish.

Dog Dancer cider 6.5%                      M/D
It is a light straw coloured medium cider with a nice refreshing crispiness to it.

Fiery fox cider 6.5%                           M
Golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour.

Haymaker cider 6.5%                         M
A fruity medium cider bursting with the flavour of apples. A true farmhouse cider with a smooth finish.

Happy Daze cider 4.5%                      M
Who can resist a light, bright, fruity glass of Happy Daze? It’s a smooth and fresh tasting cider which makes it easy drinking.

Pyder 6%                                            M
An out of the ordinary blend of apple and pear juice blended to tantalise your taste buds.

Welsh Warrior cider 6%                    M
A mighty medium cider. Like a warrior, it is strong, powerful and proudly Welsh. This cider has good depth of colour and a rounded, balanced flavour.

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 and Champion Perry of Britain 2015.

HALLETS CIDER: Crumlin, Caerphilly                                  

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

Hallets Rum cider 5.6%                    M/S
Special edition aged in rum casks and blended with this year’s juice

National Treasure cider 5%             S
Sweet cider with delicate fruit flavour.

Px Sherry cider 6%                               M
Special edition finished in sherry barrels.

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

LLANBLETHIAN ORCHARDS: Vale of Glamorgan

Mayday cider 6%                                     S
A sharp, very sweet cider with good apple flavour which is very popular on the festival circuit.

Sunshine cider 6%                   M
A fruity medium cider with a pleasant appley sharpness balanced with a smooth sweetness.

Treacle Pudding  7%                    M/D
A dark in colour cider expressing a rich, complex taste with hints of caramel. Made from traditional bittersweet cider apples blended with black treacle prior to fermentation to give a rich cider with hints of caramel and pudding. Finished in oak to give mocha and vanilla notes.

MIDDLE FARM: E Sussex

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

NEMPNETT: Somerset

Pigglets Choice Cider 7.2%               M
Deep dark colour and very full oaky body.

PALMERS UPLAND CIDER : Newport

Cheeky Jackdaw      5.5%                   S
A full bodied sweet cyder with a tannic bite.

Chartist               7%                M/D
A medium dry strong cyder aged in American white oak Rioja barrels. It has oaky vanilla notes with hints of dark berries from the red wine and a spicy finish. Named after John Frost the Chartist who led a 10,000 strong march past the top of our street to liberate a fellow Chartist imprisoned at Westgate Hotel, Newport.

Farmhouse Perry      6.5%                S
Multi award winning farmhouse perry made with a single variety unknown Perry Pear found in Monnow Valley. It is naturally sweet with a very soft mouth feel and has hints of sugar barley and citrus fruit.

SNAILSBANK : Herefordshire

Appley Dappley   5.2%                                S
Sweet, lively cider that blends traditional bittersweet apples with a contemporary Russett apple to make a light, refreshing quaffable cider.

Tumbledown 5.2%                                       M
Dabinett and Michelin apples are blended here to present a very interesting medium cider. A strong appley character is pepped up with a touch of sweetness.

Very Perry 5%                                                  M
A fruity medium perry with a complex yet balanced flavour made from Stinking Bishop Perry pears.

SPRINGFIELD : Monmouth

Wobbly Munk 7.8%                     M
Crisp, fresh, fruity and full bodied.

STOCKMOOR CIDER: Herefordshire

Gilly 7%                                     M
Gilly is a seedling variety developed at East Malling research centre as an early ripening apple. It is bitter sharp with floral flavours and crisp bite. Aged two years in oak casks it has a distinct bright character, light straw colour and lemony flavour.

Laughing Stock 6.5%               S
A blend of two and three year old, oak cask matured, bitter sweet and sharp apples gives a full balanced cider with a rich base, an oaky middle and a crisp top.

Yarlington Mill 6.5%                S
A one year old, oak aged, full bitter sweet traditional cider rich orange in colour with a full fruity flavor

THIRSTY FARMER : Nottingham

Blackcurrant 4%                         M
Sweet and juicy blackcurrants are blended with traditional cider to create a refreshing, thirst quenching drink with a depth of colour and a light floral aroma.

Lemonade & Lime 4%               M
Traditional cider mixed with a flavoursome blend of sweet, citrus lemons and aromatic limes to create a wonderfully refreshing and thirst quenching cider.

Mango 4%                                     M
The exotic taste of mango is fused with traditional cider to produce the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity.  

Orange & Pineapple 4%            M

Juicy sweet oranges, exotic pineapples, crisp refreshing cider apples are bursting through this cider. 

Strawberry 4%                             M
Traditional cider combined with delicious strawberries to create a craft cider with a hint of summer. Golden in colour with a slight red hue, this cider has a gentle soft fruit aroma, that delivers a delicate sweetness.

TUTTS CLUMP: Berkshire

Jazz 5.5%                                         M/D
Single variety Kent grown Jazz apple made by hand in the old fashioned way.

Perry 6%                                           M/D
Medium dry fermented pear juice.

WESTCROFT: Somerset

Janets Jungle Juice 6%               M/D
CAMRA cider of the year 2007 and 2015.

WORLEY: Somerset

Beatnik Billy cider   6%                 M/D
A real classic, beautifully balanced prize-winning Devon cider.

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