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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.

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.

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.

Click 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.

  • Addlestones
  • Aspall
  • Brothers
  • Bulmers
  • Diamond White
  • Dry Blackthorn
  • Gaymer's
  • Jacques
  • K Cider
  • Kopparberg
  • Magners
  • Merrydown
  • Rekorderlig
  • Samuel Smith's
  • Saxon
  • Scrumpy Jack
  • St Helier
  • Stowford Press
  • Strongbow
  • Taunton
  • Thatchers Gold
  • Woodpecker
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