Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
So many beer festivals, so little time. Our cider and perry has been (almost) everywhere this weekend, from the cosy environs of our village local the Red Lion, to the vast expanse of canvas and casks at Delapre Abbey, home of the excellent Northampton CAMRA Beer Festival. I can't be everywhere though, much as I'd like to, so the Newark CAMRA Beer Festival got the dubious benefit of my custom on Friday.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Another Bank Holiday weekend means another rash of Beer & Cider Festivals. We've been busy barrelling and boxing up for three events over the final weekend of May:
- Northampton CAMRA Beer Festival (26th - 28th May) in the grounds of Delapre Abbey is always a very popular event. The cider bar gets through a huge amount of real cider and perry, Northampton folk seem to have a taste for the stuff. I'm hoping that recent CAMRA national award winner Virtual Orchard will have sent some of their Hard Core Cider for us to try, and I'm also looking forward to trying the new season Eve's Cider from Kettering. We'll be sending a batch of our Rockingham Forest Cider, and a slightly drier Blakeney Red Perry than the one currently doing the rounds.
- We'll be using the excellent Torkard Cider Courier Service to deliver to this years Newark CAMRA Beer Festival (27th - 29th May), for which we thank Ray & Gail. I'm hoping to visit Newark for this years event, so we'll be looking out for Hucknalls finest, plus plenty of other good stuff. More of that Blakeney Red Perry will be going to Newark, along with a box of Red Kite Cider, our Yarlington Mill single varietal.
- Legendary Leicestershire ale house the Cow & Plough, have taken delivery of a small box of Blakeney Red Perry for their annual Booze & Blues Festival (26th - 28th May). A small box is not likely to last very long, so get it while you can.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
We've just had confirmation of an order for cider and perry from the Shoulder of Mutton in nearby Weldon village, ready for their 1st Beer Festival & Ale Trail over the weekend of the 14th /15th of May. In addition to our own, we'll be supplying a Blakeney Red Perry and a Browns Apple Cider from our friends at Ross Cider & Perry in Herefordshire. More details below:
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
I've been to one or two really good cider pubs recently. By which I mean good pubs which also sell a decent range of really good quality ciders and perries. Of course cider of sorts is available in every pub, usually the cold, fizzy, low juice content stuff which does a job (I call them 'Thirst Extinguishers'), but can't compete for depth of flavour with the genuine, pure juice, craft ciders and perries made by smaller producers such as ourselves.
Monday, 2 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Wherever there's a well stocked cider bar, you're sure to find the Rockingham Forest Cider Picking & Panking Team in situ. Such was the case at this years Swan & Rushes Cider & Cheese Festival. Whilst I loitered on the fun side of the bar, our compact harvesting team Paul & Sue, gamely volunteered to help out at the sharp end, pouring, serving, and offering their expertise to customers throughout the Saturday session (whether they wanted it or not).