What we’re up to in October: Cider Season

Cider season.

We’ve decided it’s time to make a concerted effort to get our heads round cider which is why we’re declaring it the drink for us in October.

We reached this deci­sion at The Orchard, one of Bristol’s best cider pubs with a long menu of exam­ples of farm­house scrumpy.

It frus­trates us to be pre­sent­ed with so much choice and have so lit­tle clue.

We order almost at ran­dom and some­times it pays off, some­times it doesn’t.

So, that’s our aim for the next few weeks: to try dif­fer­ent mak­ers, dif­fer­ent styles, and form some Opin­ions.

We could read books – and maybe we will dip into the odd one – but this isn’t about hunt­ing down world clas­sics, it’s about know­ing which of the prod­ucts we’re like­ly to encounter in Bris­tol and around are worth order­ing twice.

By way of a base­line, we’re going to make an effort to try and think about some of the big brands, too.

It also gives us a great excuse to vis­it or revis­it all of Bris­tol’s cider pubs and under­stand bet­ter their tra­di­tions, rit­u­als and his­to­ry.

And who knows, we might even final­ly try a tin of Natch.

5 thoughts on “What we’re up to in October: Cider Season”

  1. If you can get to wring­ton walled gar­den on Sat­ur­day they have a com­mu­ni­ty cider press­ing day with the on site cider pro­duc­er bar­ley wood orchard. Def­i­nite­ly worth try­ing to get to one of the many apple days this month to get a feel for things

  2. I have always found the cider from Rich’s cider decent (I’m sure some­one will shout me down!) but Rich’s medi­um is always a good option for my first pint of cider.

    The Avon Pack­et has the full range of fizzy cider [on the assump­tion that “we’re going to make an effort to try and think about some of the big brands, too.” means fizzy] Thatch­ers Gold, Dry, Haze, Black­thorn dry and Natch on draught!! There’s nor­mal­ly so much good beer on in Bris­tol I don’t often touch the cider unless I real­ly fan­cy one, but there are some good cider pubs around Bath/North Som­er­set.

  3. will you have time for per­ry too? My favourite of the 2 orchard bev­er­ages. Only a few cider­mak­ers pro­duce it, it’s nev­er a great com­mer­cial suc­cess, and so it is often a labour of love. A more con­sis­tent indi­ca­tor of qual­i­ty on a list of unknown pro­duc­ers. If you fin­ish the month deter­mined to inves­ti­gate fur­ther, Susan­nah Forbes’ Cider Insid­er is very valu­able. And don’t neglect snakebite. Sure­ly the ulti­mate beer mix, and over­due a “craft” revival

  4. You should read a book. Cider doesn’t take that long to get your hands around, but it’s a mis­take to take beer brain into the endeav­or. When I start­ed writ­ing about cider, I had to go through repro­gram­ming to rid myself of hid­den assump­tions. If you’re going to spend a month on it, spend­ing an hour thumb­ing through a book isn’t an oner­ous task. Pete Brown is a good place to start.

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