Real cider is a long-established traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples (perry is produced from pears) and is neither carbonated or pasteurised, i.e. Real cider and perry is essentially the fermented juice of the fruit with nothing added and nothing taken away. Click the active link to see a Powerpoint presentation on How to Make Cider.
Our branch area is proud to have a local cider producer, Crazy Dave's Cider based in Holyport making real cider with Berkshire and Somerset apples:
Crazy Dave’s Cider, moved into new premises in Holyport in July 2017 due to the increase in local demand for real cider. When his wife said to him in August 2013, “Dave, get yourself a hobby”, he knew she was right.
Since then, Crazy Dave has moved from his garden shed in 2013, to Berkshire College of Agriculture, Burchett's Green, in 2015 and now into a much larger cider making facility in Holyport in July 2017.
He has steadily increased production from 80 litres in 2013 to 14,500 litres in 2016. He is currently setting up his new facility in order to start bottling his 2016 cider in advance of pressing and producing his 2017 target of 35,000 litres.
Not only does Crazy Dave’s collect local apples on an ‘apples for cider’ basis, he also buys in Somerset cider apples which are not available locally.
From his 2016 harvest, three ciders will be available very soon. The first two being a ‘dry’ and ‘medium’ Eastern Counties style cider made from apples collected from the local area. The third will be his ‘Berkshire Rebel’ – a fuller flavoured, golden, cider produced from blending his ‘bittersweet’ Somerset cider apples and local culinary apples.
His ‘Berkshire Rebel’ has already been on sale at local beer and cider festivals including venues such as The White Hart (Moneyrow Green), The Craufurd Arms (Maidenhead) and The Perseverance (Wraysbury).
We are fortunate in having several pubs in and around our area that regularly serve Real Cider or Perry. These are listed on our Real Cider & Perry Pubs page.