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Tuesday 7 July 2015

2015 Cider Festival at JD Wetherspoon pubs - Babington Arms and the Standing Order, Derby & ALL Wetherspoon pubs from 10th to 26th July 2015

The Summer Cider Festival at the Babington Arms and the Standing Order in Derby runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 26th July 2015. And all JD Wetherspoon pubs across the UK !

This festival is always popular and its so good to see this pub chain promoting Ciders and Perries. This year they are offering the biggest selection ever so plenty of choice for those new to cider.

This dedicated Cider festival starts during Derby's CAMRA summer Beer Festival.

If you want to know where your local Wetherspoons pub is then I recommend their free App for iPhone. It locates your nearest pub and shows you on a map, complete with opening times and pub info. Get it here : Wetherspoons Pub Finder app for iPhone.

The 2015 Wetherspoons Cider Festival.

The Cider and Perry List for the 2015 JD Wetherspoon Summer Cider Festival

Good to see Rich’s Cider Legbender Cider in the list, this was a very nice cider that I had this year at Stockport Beer and Cider Festival and also Manchester Cider Festival.

They have upto 30 different ciders to taste this year as follows

1. Hazy Daisy 3.9% ABV Worcestershire
Hogan’s Cider
This medium-sweet, easy-drinking cider has an abundance of apple fruit aromas and flavours,
with a hint of citrus and berry, delicately balanced alongside apple sweetness.

2. Marmalade Cider 3.9% ABV Somerset
Orchard Pig
Somerset meets Spain for breakfast, with Seville oranges – have with toast and butter.

3. Blush Cider 4.0% ABV Cornwall
Cornish Orchards
This fruity, well-balanced cider has a subtle aroma of fresh raspberries and
a crisp dessert-apple flavour. It’s a fabulous alternative to rosé wine.

4. Sheppy’s Cider with Blackberry & Elderflower 4.0% ABV Somerset
A fine blend of crisp cider and added blackberry juice and elderflower gives
this cider a unique floral aroma and fruity flavour.

5. Raspberry & Pomegranate Fruit Cider 4.0% ABV Leicestershire
The Bottle Kicking Cider Company
This cider is a light summer sunset, with delicate wild raspberries.
Its sweet apple and raspberries lead to a subtle pomegranate finish.

6. Somerset Fruit Forager 4.0% ABV Somerset
The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill
This is a medium-dry West Country still fruit cider, with a subtle taste of blended blackberry,
strawberry, cherry and apple – to give a slightly hazy and rusty-red liquid.

7. Old Rosie Cloudy Cider with Rhubarb 4.0% ABV Herefordshire
This cloudy cider enjoys the refreshing infusion of rhubarb and is
light pink in appearance. It is medium sweet, yet with a tart finish.

8. Painted Lady Perry 5.0% ABV Worcestershire
Barbourne Perry Co
This is a refreshing drink, made only from the juice of freshly pressed
Worcestershire perry pears. It is medium sweet to the taste, light and fruity,
with some pleasing citrus notes.

9. Pear Cider 5.0% ABV Cornwall
Cornish Orchards
This refreshing, delicate, medium-dry cider has a lovely, soft sparkle,
with gentle pear tones and a crisp, dessert-apple finish. It is created with
beautiful English conference pears and is a fabulous alternative to white wine
or served chilled over ice – a wonderful long drink.

10.Apple & Pears 5.0% ABV Hampshire
Mr Whitehead’s Cider Company
Overall, this cider is medium sweet, with the natural sweetness of pears married
to the dryness of West Country traditional cider apples – a refreshing combination,
with light elderflower notes.

11. Dorset Dabinett 5.0% ABV Dorset
Purbeck Cider Company
This is a full-bodied, medium, single-variety cider, full of fruity aromas, with a rich,
balanced taste.

12.The Collaborators 5.0% ABV Devon & Normandy
Sandford Orchards & La Ferme de Billy
This classic Normandy light and fruity cider is married with a bright crisp Devon
draught cider – a complex and amazingly tasty meeting of two countries’ ciders.

13.Tempted? Special Reserve 5.7% ABV Co. Antrim
DJ’s juice and cider
This year’s Tempted? cider for this festival is based on this cider-maker’s 2014
award-winning Tempted? Special Reserve Cider. Matured bittersweet cider gives
this a full-bodied, but rounded, depth of flavour. It is medium dry on the palate,
with the addition of our specially blended sweetening juice giving a mellow finish,
showcasing quality Irish apples.

14.Crimson King Cider 6.0% ABV Worcestershire
Barbourne Cider Co
This is a traditional, medium-dry, cloudy cider, made from bittersweet cider apples,
picked and pressed in Worcestershire. It has a lovely soft tannin finish and is
medium to dry in taste.

15.Rutland Cider 6.0% ABV Lincolnshire
Using traditional artisan skills, our pure 100% juice develops into a still, clear,
distinctively crisp cider, with a fresh apple flavour.

16.Doctor’s Orders 6.0% ABV Devon
Green Valley Cyder
This traditional bittersweet Devon cider is medium sweet, full bodied and very satisfying.

17.Summer Breeze 6.0% ABV Mid Glamorgan
This cider is light golden-medium straw in colour, produced from a blend of bittersweet and
sharp apples, giving a fresh, fruity apple aroma. It is a smooth, easy-drinking cider.

18.Welsh Gold champion Perry 6.0% ABV Mid Glamorgan
This is a rich and fruity medium perry.

19.Glastonbury Gold cider 6.0% ABV Somerset
The apples which produce this refreshing, full-bodied, medium-sweet cider
are grown in orchards nestled beneath the famous Glastonbury Tor.

20.Mary Maud’s Medium Cider 6.0% ABV Devon
Packed with bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples, this tannic Devon cider
is deep in taste and long on flavour.

21. Black Rat Cider 6.0% ABV Somerset
This dry, sparkling cider is produced in the West Country, with cider apples,
giving a clean apple bite.

22.Legbender Cider 6.0% ABV Somerset
Rich’s Cider
This is a thirst-quenching sweet cider, with a fresh apple aroma.
However, don’t be fooled – this could make you go weak at the knees!

23.Somerset Redstreak Cider 6.1% ABV Somerset
This is made from specially selected redstreak apples, grown exclusively in the
cider-maker’s own orchards. Before being naturally fermented for up to four months, the
slow fermentation allows this cider to retain more of the apples’ delicate flavours. This is
a wonderfully refreshing, crisp, medium cider, with a full apple taste and lingering finish.

24.Big Apple 6.4% ABV Somerset
Crafted from flavoursome bittersweet cider apples, such as tremletts and redstreak,
this cider has a depth and strong character.

25.Whisky Cask Cider 6.9% ABV East Lothian
Thistly Cross
This offers all the flavour of the cask, while keeping its light, fruity aspect. Its initial gentle
whisky flavour (from the oak of a Glen Moray whisky cask) intermingles with a subtle,
medium-dry flavour, giving way to the distinctive full-bodied, honey flavour of the oak
cask, with final finishing overtones of whisky.

26.Cloudy Cornish Scrumpy 7.0% ABV Cornwall
Seven varieties of apples are blended to create this powerful Cornish scrumpy.
Cloudy in appearance, this is popular with ‘proper’ cider-drinkers.

27.Waddlegoose Lane, King Harry 7.4% ABV Suffolk
Dark straw to mid yellow in colour, this has a complex floral, fruity aroma of real
cider apples, with a hint of cedar wood. With its uncarbonated, medium-full palate,
it is sweetish, with refreshing balancing acidity. The persistent flavour offers
a pleasing soft astringency in the finish.

28.Pencombe Lane 7.4% ABV Herefordshire
Snails Bank
Rich in colour and flavour, this cider (exclusive to Wetherspoon) is medium dry
and bursting with apples.

29.Barrel Aged Cider 7.4% ABV East Lothian
Thistly Cross
This is a specialist select reserve of barrel-aged ciders, blending hand-picked Bourbon
and rum barrels from around the world to create a rich, aromatic amber cider.
Its smooth, mellow palate is a combination of the full-bodied caramel of the rum barrel
and the dried fruit and spicy oak of the Bourbon.

30.The General 8.4% ABV Devon
Sandford Orchards
A smoking blunderbuss of a cider, this spirit-aged and casked Devon cider
is off dry, with deep wood and brandy notes.

Other Ciders available at Weatherspoons pubs during the Cider Festival :
Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime
4.0% ABV 500ml Bottl e
Kopparberg Pear or Summer Fruits
4.5% ABV 500ml Bottl e
Magners 4.5% ABV 568ml Bottle
Stowford Press 4.5% ABV Pint or Thatchers Gold 4.8% ABV Pint
Strongbow 4.5% ABV Pint
Brothers Cider – Strawberry 4.0% ABV 500ml Bottle and Toffee Apple 4.0% ABV 500ml Bottle
Black Dragon 7.2% ABV
Old Rosie 7.3% ABV
Wyld Wood Organic Cider 6.0% ABV
Marcle Hill 5.0% ABV
Henry Westons Country Perry 4.5% ABV
Cider Twist Raspberry 4.0% ABV
Cornish Orchards – Vintage 7.2% ABV
Devon Scrumpy 6.0% ABV
Cheddar Valley 6.0% ABV
Welsh Gold Perry 6.0% ABV
Pear-Shaped 7.0% ABV
Strawberry cider 4.0% ABV


Want more info on these Derby pubs ?...
The Babington Arms, Derby.
The Standing Order, Derby.

Have a look at the Babington Arms in 360 :
Google Streetview of the Babington Arms pub.

You will probably be very interested in my post here :
How to buy a box of Cider for home (35 pints!)

This Cider Festival will take place at all JD Wetherspoon pubs not just the Derby pubs.
If you are a fan of real ciders and live in Derby then its worth paying a visit to the New Zealand Arms pub as they have a dedicated cider bar!


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