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Low Alcohol Cider

Posted On 19th Jan 2021   Posted By Pete

We've got a new range of Low Alcohol Cider to fight off those January blues!

They are all proper cider from proper cider makers but they've just had the alcohol taken out :) That means that you still get the flavour of proper West Country cider but can still get stuff done.... You're welcome!

We've found 3 so far and have got some more on the way. We'd love to hear your feedback on your favourite!

Bristol Cider Shop is 10

Posted On 1st Dec 2020   Posted By Pete

Today is Bristol Cider Shop’s tenth birthday!

It seem like a lifetime ago that we opened the doors for the first time and, looking back, we didn’know anything about running a shop and to be honest we didn’t know that much about cider! But we had a lot of fun :) Since then, we’ve stocked hundreds of ciders, served thousands of customers and sold over a million pints. It’s been an amazing adventure and we’re grateful for everyone that’s been part of the journey.

We’ve been lucky enough to be part of two very special communities. Christmas Steps is one of the oldest parts of Bristol and Wapping Wharf one of the newest but they’re very similar in many respects because they’re full of people who care passionately about what they do. We feel very lucky to have called both places home and we miss hanging out in each others shops, putting the world to rights and tasting cider!

We’ve now started a new phase of the business focusing online and have really enjoyed adapting to the challenges and opportunities it brings. We’ve obviously missed seeing our customers but it has proved to be a good move and has confirmed our theory that we’re better suited to being online. We’ve got some big plans for next year and are looking forward to sharing them with you in the spring.

Things have changed a bit over the years but the one thing that has never changed is that we only sell proper cider. Every time we visit a cidermaker we’re reminded why we do it – because proper cider is made out of love for the product not a desire to make money. It makes it a joy to represent them and we feel very lucky to work in an industry that we feel so proud of. We hope we can do it for another 10 years.

Cheers!

Advent Calendar Update

Posted On 24th Nov 2020   Posted By Pete

We thought that everyone needed a bit of cheering up this year so we've put together a cider advent calendar! It contains 24x 330ml bottles of award-winning cider from the very best producers in the West Country.

Just open the window to reveal a different cider every day. Each bottle is 330ml so is (almost) guilt free but they are all proper cider strength (5-7% ABV) so are sure to give you a rosy nose!

We will start sending them out at the beginning of November but please note that we only have a limited number this year so please order early to avoid disappointment...

Cider Advent Calendar

Cider Tasting Kits

Posted On 15th Nov 2020   Posted By Pete

Our brand-new Cider Tasting Kits are now available. We’ve chosen our 10 favourite ciders and created three unique tasting kits for you to discover. Each one comes with a tasting guide to help you make the most of your kit, and well as detailed tasting notes for each cider. They also make great gifts, so why not treat the cider-lover in your life to a professional tasting experience at home. You never know, they might even find their new favourite!

Introduction to Cider

Our Introduction to Cider tasting kit contains five of our best-selling ciders. It’s a great starting point for those who want to explore local craft cider, and features some of the best producers in the South West. Enjoy classic Scrumpy from Rich’s Cider, Dunkertons’ crisp Black Fox, Harry’s single-variety Dabinett, Worley’s light and fresh Beatnik Billy, and Sweet Cheeks fruit cider from Cotswold Cider Company. The kit also includes a Bristol Cider Shop tasting glass.

Connoisseur Collection

The Connoisseur Collection tasting kit is designed for those with a prior knowledge of real cider who are looking to try some more unusual varieties. It’s also great for those who enjoyed the Introduction to Cider kit and want to continue their real cider journey! Try a sparkling Perry’s Puffin, a whiskey infused Headless Man from Ross-on-Wye Cider, a prized Kingston Black from Hecks, an elegant Pilton, and a real Perry from the world-class Oliver’s. Plus, you’ll also receive a miniature bottle of Julian Temperley’s famous Somerset Cider Brandy.

Complete Cider Tasting

Dive deep into the world of real South West cider with the Complete Cider Tasting. This tasting kit includes all ten of our favourite ciders, plus a miniature bottle of Somerset Cider Brandy and a Bristol Cider Shop tasting glass.

Virtual Tastings

If you’re looking for a fun new activity to take your Zoom calls to the next level, why not host a virtual cider tasting? Our kits are perfect for bringing families and friends together over a glass (or two) of real, local cider. Our tasting guides make it easy to host a professional and fun tasting. If you’re an employer planning a socially distanced Christmas party, virtual tastings are the perfect way to show your team how grateful you are for their hard work. Just order a kit for each recipient and let the good times roll.

Herefordsire Perry

Posted On 14th Nov 2020   Posted By Pete

We’ve been out and about visiting some of our favourite Herefordshire producers, and a number of them have been making perry. Perry is the often misunderstood cousin of cider, made from perry pears. These are similar to cider apples in that they are full of tannin and acidity. Perry pear juice is very pale in colour and smells amazing! It ferments into a delicate but distinctive drink which is akin to a fine white wine.

Perry is mostly made in the Three Counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and legend has it that true perry pears can only be grown within sight of May Hill. Perry trees can grow up to 100ft tall and live for up to 100 years. Perry is notoriously difficult to make and is often described as a black art! If you haven't tried a proper perry then you're missing out. Three of our favourite producers are Oliver's, Newtons and Ross on Wye.

We’ve been out and about visiting some of our favourite producers, and a number of them have also been making perry. Perry is the often misunderstood cousin of cider, made from perry pears. These are similar to cider apples in that they are also full of tannin and acidity. Perry juice is very pale in colour and smells amazing! It ferments into a delicate but distinctive drink which is like a fine white wine.
Perry is mostly made in the Three Counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and legend has it that true perry pears can only be grown within sight of May Hill. Perry pear trees can grow up to 100ft tall and live for up to 100 years.
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Oliver's Cider and Perry Ltd.
Pet Nat Perry, a naturally-sparkling, juicy perry with a citrus zing! http://ow.ly/oxN550C0A8r