All posts by: Jim C

Gregg Wallace visits the biggest cider factory in the world, which produces more than 350 million litres each year. The scale of production blows his mind, as at each turn he’s confronted with huge machinery and incredible processes.

He visits Birchley Farm in Herefordshire, at the heart of cider country, before heading to the mill at Ledbury to help sort the apples. At the factory itself, he learns about the fermentation process and the critical role of yeast, before being shown the vast scale of the bottling process, which sees 833 bottles cleaned and filled every minute.

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A fun and covid safe acitvity is the brand-new Cider Tasting Kits available from Bristol Cider shop. They’ve chosen some of our favourite ciders and created three unique tasting kits for you to discover. Each one comes with a tasting guide to help you make the most of your kit, as well as detailed tasting notes for each cider. They also make great gifts, so why not treat the cider-lover in your life to a professional tasting experience at home. They might even find their new favourite!

If you’re looking for a fun new activity to take your Zoom calls to the next level, why not host a virtual cider tasting? These kits are perfect for bringing families and friends together over a glass (or two) of real, local cider, and our tasting guides make it easy to host a professional and fun tasting. If you’re an employer planning a socially distanced Christmas party, virtual tastings are the perfect way to show your team how grateful you are for their hard work.

For more info visit Bristol Cider Shop.

It’s that time of year again, when cider makers and people wanting their apples to go to good homes contact us to get in touch with us.

If you are donating apples, or in need of more apples please leave your details on the document below.

Add your details here – The Apple Sharing Exchange

Do you have an apple tree but can’t use all your apples? Due to recent demand of people wanting to learn how to make their own cider, we are going to help make this even easier for you.

Please consider sharing your surplus apples and pears with other members of the Real Cider community.

We hope you think this is ethically, socially and environmentally friendly way of managing the free resource of fresh apples we have each year!

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Food labelling has to be very strict, in that the manufacturers have to declare the order of food that is in the item. For allergy, and health reasons being the main factors.

So why can drinks manufacturers create an alcoholic drink and call it a ‘cider’?

When I saw this post on Dowding’s Cider Blog. it got me thinking. It’s only a matter of time before consumers and legislation demands better labelling for cider. Right?

Did you know that the legal minimum apple juice content to qualify as a cider is only 35%?

One of our most popular posts on real cider is Ciders not recognised as being Real.
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What is apple blossom?

The apple tree is a native of Europe, and the Apple blossoms come from April to June. From the fruit, cider is manufactured, and both the fruit and its cider are much used for domestic and medicinal purposes. Apple blossoms have Cherry pink and white petals.

Here is a collection of the best blossom photos that we’ve been sent from various apple tree owners and cider makers around the UK. AS as far as Scotland. Enjoy this magical time of year, and let’s wish for a great season ahead of sunshine and not too much rain!

If you would like to walk in an orchard of a West Country Cider makers – head to Sheppy’s on the 11th of May when they will be having an open day. As well as inviting visitors to sample their latest cider release.

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It wouldn’t be January without a few videos of folk wassailing in cider land.
Wassailing is of course traditional fun to bless the apple orchard and drive away the evil spirits.

At Sandford orchards, they had a fantastic Wassail at their Cider Works, which is perfectly encapsulated in this video below… sound on recommended!

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