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We are set for a week of fine weather this week and this weekend is a Bank Holiday which will offer the chance to try some of our award winning cider at a few local events.

The famous White Horse Beer festival in Hedgerley is on from Friday and we will be appearing there.

We will also be on show at two other local beer festivals over the weekend at the Barleycorn in Cippenham and at Bracknell Rugby Club.

Three good events in Berks & Bucks to choose from and enjoy some cider in the sunshine!

One doesn’t like to blow one’s own trumpet but 2017 has got off to a good start for us!

At the Camra National Cider competition held at Reading Beer & Cider Festival we did rather well.

Our Autumn Gold won the South Of England award in 2014 and again in 2016, this year we did even better and won the Silver Medal in the national competition!

Next year we will be back again to try for the elusive Gold Medal but to be honest it’s a real buzz for an Eastern counties cider maker to be competing on the same stage as the West Country legends.

The picture is of the award ceremony which was held at Salt Hill Towers last weekend with me being presented by Chris Rouse of Camra’s APPLE committee and who is a stalwart of the Eastern counties cider fraternity.

Wassail!

Congrats Greg (1)

Great result for Salt Hill Cider at Reading Beer & Cider Festival this weekend; after winning two regional awards in previous years this year we came second in the national awards! Well chuffed to win the silver against such strong competition.

The picture is me with two other Berkshire producers; Cider Niks and Crazy Dave’s

Reading Beer FestSalt Hill Cider will be available at Reading Beer & Cider Festival from Thursday this week.

We will have 3 of our ciders available including the current CAMRA South Of England champion, Autumn Gold.

This is a great event for cider fans with more than 100 to choose from and the national cider judging will also take place to decide the champion for 2017.

If anyone wants to try some Salt Hill and have a natter about all things cider I will be there all day on Thursday.

Wassail

On Saturday 13th may 2017 we will be presented with our  CAMRA  South Of England cider award.

To celebrate this we will be holding an event at our premises in Slough , from 3pm until 7pm we will be giving tasters of the full range of our ciders and you can meet all the crew and see the production equipment and also we will have a bar available and food throughout.

Please join us for this celebration event; for further information please contact

Greg Davies on 01753 823918 or 07941583554

Email godavies@hotmail.co.uk

 

Website www.salthillcider.wordpress.com

Next week is the spring Equinox! Say goodbye to winter and celebrate with a few pints of real cider!

From this weekend anyone who will be in Reading can enjoy some Salt Hill Cider at two venues of distinction; the Castle Tap pub will have some Urban Fox available and we are very pleased that we will also be available at the best music venue in Reading.

South Street which has recently re-opened after a refurbishment will have Salt Hill Cider available in the bar from this Saturday. A great little venue that specialises in low-fi , diy punk noise and will now have some local cider that compliments the glorious raw sounds on offer!

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Another winter survived and hopefully spring will  bring warm and not too wet weather over the coming months.

The orchards that have been dormant over the long winter months will now be showing signs of life and May brings the most important time for cider makers, blossom time.

With a little luck the delicate apple blossoms will not be damaged by hard frosts or heavy rains and the bees and other winged insects will have done their job ensuring there will be apples on the trees come the autumn.

May and June sees the new season cider at it’s peak of condition, the juice is fully fermented by the start of the year but a few more months are needed to mature and develop to full flavour.

Salt Hill Cider will be at Reading again this year to defend our South Of England regional award which we won in 2016, it would be great to win the overall national award one year but this is unlikely as the winner usually comes from the traditional Western counties with their more widely popular “scrumpy” style ciders.

The warmer weather of spring and summer give a real boost to the demand for cider and perry but alas the market is mainly saturated with concentrate fruit based drinks with their tell-tale 4% ABV , shit “ciders” that contain all sorts of ingredients but not much apple juice!

Fruit flavoured ciders are very popular these days and many of these are basically alchopops with apple concentrate mixed with fruit flavoured squash and plenty of water.

I have been asked many times if I produce any flavoured ciders and have decided that for 2017 we will have two new additions to the Salt Hill Cider range on offer.

We will be making a ginger real cider and also a raspberry cider; both will be 5% ABV and both will be a blend of new season cider with real ginger and real raspberries respectively.

These ciders along with our more traditional 100% apple offerings will be available at discerning pubs and festivals around the area throughout the year and also available in bottles directly.

For  cider fans or anyone interested in sampling these ciders and  ciders from various other producers, Salt Hill Cider will be holding a mini-festival in  and open day in Slough on Saturday 20th May.

The full range of our ciders will be available to taste or buy along with ciders from some of my favourite producers.

Advanced booking is essential for this event so for more details contact me on 01753 823918 or email godavies@hotmail.co.uk

Wassail!