Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Real Cider & Perry

CAMRA defines real Cider or Perry as being fermented from the whole juice of fresh pressed apples or pears, without the use of concentrated or chaptalised juices.

The word ‘chaptalised’ as used in the definition refers to a process, similar in principle to high gravity brewing, where the alcohol level in a cider or perry is increased by the addition of sugar to an unnatural level for storage, before it is diluted with water to the desired alcohol content for sale.

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.

CAMRA's full definition for real cider & perry can be downloaded HERE.

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.

For more information on Cider & Perry visit CAMRA's website at where there is an interactive map of all the cider & Perry producers in the UK.