The finest ciders from all over the world are landing in Bristol in late June. The Cider Salon (22 – 24 June) is a weekend of events across the city set to change perceptions by demonstrating that cider can exude all of the grace and elegance of fine wine and all of the character, attitude and bravado of craft beer. The main event takes place Saturday (23 June) afternoon, 3.30-5.30pm at The Old Market Assembly, with an array of other activities before and after. Come and be part of history as Bristol asserts its claim to be the UK’s City of Cider.

Trabanco

Image - Trabanco

We’ve got the lowdown on five things not to miss out on….

Hawkes @ The Stable (22 June)

Pioneers of Craft Cider in London, Hawkes have been making waves in the cider world to such an extent that they have now received serious investment from none other than Brewdog – now there’s an endorsement! Join the Hawkes crew as they open some unique and special drinks at The Stable, on Bristol’s glorious harbourside, including Graff - a co-ferment of beer and cider. 

Trabanco @ The Old Market Assembly (23 June)

Cider doesn’t just belong to these shores and Spain is a nation that can demonstrate 2,000 years’ worth of cider-making heritage. Trabanco is native to the northern coastal regions of Asturias, a region that boasts the greatest amount of cider drunk per capita of anywhere in the world (even more than Bristol). Seek out this bold, traditional offering and witness these Spanish masters pouring their ciders from a great height, a highly skilled art known as ‘throwing’. 

Samuel espichando cider throwing

Image - Samuel Espichando

Gospel Green @ The Old Market Assembly (23 June)

The Champagne method of creating a natural sparkle in a drink was actually first undertaken on the English/Welsh border with - guess what - cider! So really it should be called the Forest of Dean Method… Luckily, some people are continuing the tradition of making naturally sparkling cider and Gospel Green from Hampshire will be on hand to pour some of their fabulous, just-launched Brut Vintage 2016.

Gospel Green

Pilton @ The Old Market Assembly (23 June)

Somerset is regarded by many as being one of the epicentres of the cider-making universe, but one producer from this heartland region is doing things slightly differently. Martin Berkeley, from Pilton Cider in Shepton Mallet, is an exponent of the ancient art of ‘keeving’.  This highly skilled technique creates a naturally sweeter cider, with a delicacy and light fizz – scrumpy it is not!

Oliver’s x Angry Orchard @ Dela (24 June)

UK meets USA at this unique event which provides the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge trans-Atlantic cider scene from two of its leading innovators - special guest Ryan Burk, from Angry Orchard's New York Innovation Cider House, and Herefordshire cider wizard, Tom Oliver.  There will be a range of ciders to taste, including collaborative projects and limited releases. And all of this is accompanied by a menu of exquisitely fresh and flavoursome offerings from the Dela kitchen.  A perfect way to round off a weekend of cider, food and fun.

Further information and tickets available from: http://www.cidersalon.co.uk/

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