Celebrating cider

It was a coincidence that I found an old T-shirt the other day promoting CAMRA’s First Cider & Perry Exhibition, which I organised in 1990. Although CAMRA has continued to support real cider (and perry) through its APPLE committee and its many beer festivals, not least South East London’s annual one day cider festival, cider awareness still remains low. It was therefore with some interest that I went along to the launch of a free magazine about cider at Hawkes Cidery and Taproom in Bermondsey.

The presentation

The brains behind the magazine are Bill Bradshaw, Pete Brown, Gabe Cook and Susanna Forbes, who cover all aspects of cider from writing, photographing, judging and producing it. The magazine is full ranging, covering UK and Overseas ciders, draught and bottled, single variety and blended ciders, keg and real ones. However, the thing the magazine is consistent about (and CAMRA has been campaigning on) is the sorry state of UK legislation that allows a drink to be called a cider even if it contains only 35% juice. This explains the name of the magazine, Full Juice, and the publication is all about promoting quality.

The magazine is quarterly and is being distributed to pubs, bars and farm shops. If you’d like to find out about cider, this isn’t a bad place to start. There is no website but you can follow them on Facebook. We wish them well.
Christine Cryne