Some pub cider drinkers think that the fizzy,
inert (pasteurised), yellow ciders found in most pubs are the real thing.
This is not the case.
Real cider is as different from keg cider as chalk is to cheese.
Real cider and perry are traditional British drinks and should not be
confused with poor imitations.
WHAT IS REAL CIDER?
Basically REAL cider is NATURAL cider - the fermented juice of the apple,
with nothing added and nothing taken away.
Originally all cider fitted that description, but today about 90% of cider
is artificially carbonated, pasteurised, served under gas pressure and
is known as keg. Most of today's keg cider is made from apple concentrate
rather than real apples, some of which can be imported from almost anywhere.
Keg cider is usually filtered and may also contain any of a long list
of additives and colourings. Ugghhh!
Perry is a drink so difficult to find that most people don't even know
of its existence.
This drink is made exactly the same way as cider is from apples, perry
is from perry pears.
SERVING REAL CIDER
Depending on facilities and turnover in the licences premises, real
cider is usually served from a polythene "polycask" or similar
container on or behind the bar.
here to visit CAMRA's Cider and Perry Web Pages
Ciders not recognised as being Real
Below is a list of the most common ciders that CAMRA does not recognise as being real:
Please note that this list is not necessarily complete.