Friday, 28 March 2008

Mansfield Beer & Cider Festival

Our friends in the north, Ray & Gail of Mansfield CAMRA, have sent us the latest cider bar list for the Mansfield Beer & Cider Festival (10th - 13th April). Eagle-eyed viewers may spot our own cider in amongst the embarrassment of riches, as well as Ray & Gail's own award-winning Torkard 57. This is the last barrel of the batch we sent to the Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival earlier this month, so if you enjoyed it there, you'll probably enjoy it at Mansfield. This is a cider bar worth travelling for, run by people with huge enthusiasm for, and a great knowledge of 'real' cider and perry. I've heard that Ray and Gail are running out of wall-space for all the awards they've racked up recently, so in the spirit of repaying all their hard work, maybe it's time to give another East Midlands cidermaker a chance. Just a thought!



Orchard’s Dabinett SV (Medium) 7.0% - High quality craft ciders from the Wye Valley
Gwatkin Yarlington Mill SV Cider (Med/swt) 7.5% - Traditional farm ciders
Whin Hill Brown’s Apple SV Cider (Sweet) 6.5% - A real pink cider! No added colours here!
Whin Hill Draught Cider (Medium) 6.5% - From Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk
Rockingham Forest Cider (Dry) 6.5% - Small-scale pure juice craft cider maker
Hucknall Cider Co. Torkard 57 Cider (Med/dry) 6.5% - Award-winning pure juice craft cider maker
Ben Crossman Home Orchard Cider (Med/dry) 7.0% - Traditional farm cider from a small orchard
Hecks Glastonbury Port Wine SV Cider (Med) 6.5% - Award-winning champion cider makers
Parson’s Choice Draught Cider (Dry) 6.5% - Clean tasting pure juice cider
Rich Legbender Cider (Med) 6.0% - Easy drinking, “appley” cider


Gwynt y Ddraig
Black Dragon (Med) 7.0% - Award-winning champion cider makers
CJ’s Draught Cider (Med) 7.0% - Pure-juice farm cider
Springfield Old Barn (Med/dry) 7.5% - Up and coming Welsh cider maker
Springfield Red Dragon (Med) 7.0% - Based in Llangovan
Troggi Cider (Med/dry) 7.0% - Award-winning cider and perry maker



Newton Court Winnals Longden & Blakeney Red (Med/dry) 7.0% - A blend of two traditional perry pears
Oliver’s Draught Perry (Med/dry) 7.0% - Award-winning high quality producer
Day’s Cottage Blakeney Red SV Perry (Med) 7.0% - Single-variety perry


Troggi Draught Perry (Med/dry) 7.0% - Award-winning cider and perry maker

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