MBFPoster2_700x495Well the weather so far this summer has been the usual pattern of searing heat quickly followed by monsoon rains and grey skies! This makes planning events and beer festivals tricky and many of the festivals Salt Hill Cider has been at have been affected by the ever changing climate.
This weekend from Friday to Sunday is the Slough, Windsor And Maidenhead CAMRA beer and cider Festival which is held at the football club in York Road in Maidenhead. This promises to be a great event with loads of great beers, ciders and perries as well as live bands and a freindly match on Saturday between Maidenhead and Slough.
Salt Hill Cider will be be available throughout with our Urban Fox- dry , Merry England – medium and also the only appearance this year of our Autumn Gold- medium sweet which won the regional competition at the national CAMRA cider competition back in May.
This cider is slightly lower in alcohol at a mere 5% abv so usually proves popular with those who want to drink cider but don’t want to be home in bed before the sun goes down!
Myself and Keith Smith will be working the cider bar most of the weekend and hope to meet as many cider fans as we can.
Salt Hill Cider will also be available this week at The Jolly Farmer in Cookham Dean and at Binghams Brewery near Twyford.

The cider list for the SWM Beer Fest is;


Kintbury, Berkshire

Dab Hand [6.0%]
A blend of Dabinett and Michelin cider apples grown in an orchard near Ledbury in Herefordshire.
Kingston Black [6.0%]
Made from Kingston Black apples grown in Herefordshire and Dorset.
Ten Years After [6.0%]
A blended cider to celebrate 10 years of Ciderniks’ cidermaking and also in memory of Alvin Lee (1944-2013), one of the greatest blues-rock guitarists.


Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Rum Cask [7.5%]
Aged in barrels from the Jamaican Rum Company.
Scrumpy [6.5%]
Ancient apple variety with a vibrant apple aroma, dry oaky taste and slightly sparkling on initial pour.
Apples & Pears [5.0%]
A refreshing blend of our scrumpy cider and the juice of fresh pressed pears.
Hedge Layer [4.8%]
Light and refreshing.
Blackberry Blush [6.5%]
Late summer blend of our scrumpy sider and the juice of hand picked blackberries.

Oliver’s Cider & Perry

Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire


Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire


Salt Hill Cider

Slough, Berkshire

Urban Fox [6.2%]
Organic 100% juice made from Berkshire apples with no additives.
Merry England [6.2%]
Cider which is naturally sweetened with English sugar.
Autumn Gold [5.0%]
Award winning cider made from Berkshire apples.

Side-R (Glebe Farm)

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Blackcurrant [6.0%]
Cider flavoured with natural Blackcurrant concentrate.
Medium [6.5%]
Made from Cambridgeshire grown, dessert and cooking varieties of apples.
Dry [6.5%]
Made from Cambridgeshire grown, dessert and cooking varieties of apples.
Strawberry [6.0%]
Cider flavoured with natural Strawberry concentrate.

Virtual Orchard

Old Wolverton, Bucks

Side Effects [6.0%]
Blended from eating and cooking apples to give a delicately flavoured cider.
Saxon Aelle [5.5%]
This is a fruity cider with a real tang. Made from 5 early varieties of apple. Aelle was the first king of the South Saxons and, with his three sons, famously did battle with the Britons and won.
Hard Core [7.0%]
A mix of culinary and dessert apples from private orchards, many of which are heritage varieties no longer available on the high street.
Hogs Head [6.0%]
Light cider blending the rich acidity of the classic Bramley apple with the delicate sweetness and flavour of the contemporary Gala apple.

Woodley Sider House

Woodley, Berkshire

Six Point Three [6.3%]
Natural cider with no added ingredients, sourced from Woodley and Purley-on-Thames apples.
“18” [5.4%]
Made solely from apples from Emmer Green. Named ’18’ after the owner that the apples were sourced from.
Woodley Wobbler [6.0%]
Berkshire Apples.


Milton Keynes, Bucks

“7” [7.0%]
Traditional ‘West Country’ style cider produced from 7 varieties of cider apple.

Cider List is subject to change without notice.

Maidenhead Beer Festival 2014 – 18th to 20