With summer well and truly underway this year’s cider has been proving popular and has been enjoyed at pubs and beer & cider festivals around the local area . So far this year Salt Hill Cider has appeared at events at CAMRA’s festival at Reading in May and will be at all the other local festivals including Ealing in July , Windsor in August and Ascot in September . Also this year a new cider festival is being launched by Windsor Race Course which will be on August 23rd at which Salt Hill Cider will have a trade stand and I will be able to supply direct to the thirsty punters ! Pubs around the local area have been more difficult to gain a regular place for my cider as  many of them are tied to breweries who refuse to give their pubs any freedom of choice or insist that they must stock lower price lower quality products from the bigger players such as Westons or Thatchers . As with most things in life , you get what you pay for ! A couple of pubs who are more discerning and do regularly stock Salt Hill Cider are The Bird In Hand at Knowle Hill and also The Bell at Waltham St Lawrence both are great pubs in Berkshire and both are within a couple of miles of where the apples used to make the cider come from so pretty good on the food miles front ! I will be continuing to try to get the cider into pubs and festivals within roughly a  15 mile radius of my Slough base . If you would like to see Salt Hill Cider in your local do please ask them if it might be possible to get some in . The apples are forming and developing on the trees now and within a couple of months the whole process will begin again . I will spend the autumn picking fruit and pressing out the juice ready for next year’s cider , hopefully this year will bring a good crop of apples . Whatever the Autumn  brings I can guarantee one thing , this year and every year to come there will be no compromise on the quality of Salt Hill Cider . The cider will remain 100% fresh pressed juice with no additives of any kind ! Wassail .