CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships 2010 in Reading featured 24 ciders and 24 perries, selected from different regions of the UK.

The ciders and perries are assessed on factors such as aroma, flavour, overall balance and finish by a judging panel consisting of publicans, drinks writers and CAMRA members.

Delighted at the news of the cider competition, Barnaby Butterfield of Sandford Orchards cider, said:

‘I’m staggered, as we’ve been making cider by artisan methods for many years, and we always endeavour to use old fashioned methods. It’s having this recognition that makes all the hard work worth it – I’m totally gobsmacked!’

On hearing the results of the perry competition, Dereck Hartland of
Hartlands, said:

‘It’s wonderful news, and to say I’m delighted is an understatement. I can retire a happy man and it’s the highlight of my year!’

Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry committee chairman, praised
the quality of this year’s entrants. She said:

‘The competition today brought out a wide range of tastes and aromas, and was a real showcase for the craft cider and perry industry. CAMRA just hopes that any future Government puts in place measures that will protect this historic industry, and ensure these award winning producers are able to continue producing such quality.’

Cider

  1. GOLD – Sandford Orchards, Cider (Crediton, Devon)
  2. SILVER – Gwynt y Ddraig, Black Dragon (Llantwit Fardre, South Wales)
  3. BRONZE – Pickled Pig, Porker’s Snout (Stretham, Cambridgeshire)

Perry

  1. GOLD – Hartlands, Farmhouse Perry (Tirley, Gloucestershire)
  2. SILVER – Rathays, Brandy (Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire)
  3. BRONZE – Ralph’s, Old Badland Perry (New Radnor, Powys)

View previous years winners of ciders and perries –  www.real-cider.co.uk/ciders-and-perries-of-the-year

  • bombadilo

    think someone's got a bit confused here.
    the above results are from the putley big apple competition not reading.
    and they've spelt my name wrong again !
    its Palmers Upland Cyder.
    remember proper cyder is spelt with a Y !