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"New for 2018 - visit the Cider Barn, all of the ciders in one location right in the heart of the festival"

Extract from Steve Westby Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival Organiser

"Nottingham's Indoor/Outdoor Beer Festival!

Yes, you read that right, our beer festival is again this year mostly outside. It is at the Motorpoint Arena, but this is the Arena as you will have never seen it before. It is true that some of the bars will be on the ice (covered and insulated!), but this area leads directly to the outside Backstage beer Garden, where one of two stages will be located.

There are in fact two large outdoor areas, the Backstage Beer Garden, with brewery bars, food and other stalls and live music, and the Bolero Square village which also offers bars, stalls and live music! Both with areas where you are free to smoke or vape if you so wish.

We also have a Cider Barn, just off the ice, in another area you will not have seen before. This will offer our usual large selection of ciders and perries plus seating."

The Cider Barn

The Cider Barn

Unlike in previous years at the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival, the temporary move to the Motorpoint Arena has necessitated a new single area be used, with all of the cider and perry located in one spot. So for the next couple of years at the Arena, the cider and perry bars will be housed inside the large area directly adjacent to and leading from the main floor of the Arena - so all of the 2018 cider and perry will be in one convenient single location. Look for the large "The Cider Barn" banner and come right in. There will be an area for tables and seating in The Cider Barn too.

As usual we will have our unique East Midlands Cider Bar which this year will feature a record 26 cider makers from within the East Midlands CAMRA Region featuring around 65 different ciders and perries. Wednesday afternoon will see the judging for the winners of the East Midlands CAMRA Cider Championship with those walking away with the rosettes announced late in the afternoon. The Gold winners in the cider & perry competitions will go on to represent our Region in the National Cider & Perry Competition held in Reading in 2019.

This year we have tried to source more Single Variety ciders & perries so that the true taste and flavour of the individual varieties of cider apple or perry pear can be explored and experienced. A big fuss is made of hop varieties and single-hop beers - so why not ciders? Expect to find some interesting ciders made from old varieties of cider apples with such exotic and evocative names as "Slack-ma-Girdle", "Hangdown", "Broxwood Foxwhelp" & "Crimson King" to name just a few. Perry is often in very short supply, but we have been able to source more this year including Single Variety perry made from old perry pears with names such as "Hendre Huffcap", "Putloe Pucker", "Brandy" & "Rock". We also have the best blended cider and perry from craft makers situated in the North, South, East & West of the United Kingdom - including our always popular Welsh Cider & Perry Bar.

Remember too that all of our Cider Bar Managers and many of the Cider Bar volunteers are cider makers in their own right as well as cider drinkers, so they will be very happy and able to answer your questions, and help guide you to a cider or perry that suits your palate best.

The Cider Team

*Update* :

- We have 69 different styles of cider & perry from 25 Local (within 35 miles) and East Midlands producers from within the East Midlands CAMRA Region
- There are 20 makers of cider & perry (seidr & perai) from Wales supplying us with 63 different styles of cider & perry
- There are 154 different styles of cider & perry from other makers across the UK
- The total number of different styles of cider & perry to be featured at this year's NRHBCF is 286
- Total number of cider makers supplying NRHBCF18 = 108

The Cider Lists are here!

The latest 2018 Cider & Perry Lists are now available by following these links to view and download in : .pdf format | Word | Excel |Please note we reserve the right to initiate minor tweaks/changes prior to the opening of the Festival which will be reflected in the documents on this page. We thank you for your patience and indulgence.

Please note that all of the cider & perry we stock is both vegan & vegetarian friendly and gluten free!

Provisional 2018 List of Cider Makers & Suppliers of Ciders & Perries to the Festival (subject to minor changes) here

CAMRA East Midlands Cider Championships 2018

We've been asked by Luke Bettison as East Midlands CAMRA Regional Cider Coordinator to officially publish the full results of the 2018 East Midlands Cider Championships:

Gold to the new kids on the block of Sneinton Cider Co.

Gold to the new kids on the block of Sneinton Cider Co.

Draught Cider -
Gold: Sneinton Cider Co. "C.W.A.B."
Silver: Three Cats Cider "Medium Cider"
Bronze: Oakfield Farm "Taste of the Orchard"
Draught Perry -
Gold: Blue Barrel Cider "Cropwell Perry"
Bottled Cider -
Gold: Oakfield Farm "Taste of the Orchard"
Silver: Blue Barrel Cider "Sherwood Blend"
Bronze: Skidbrooke Cider "General Ludd Medium"

Gold in Draught Perry & Silver in Bottled Cider to Blue Barrel Cider.

Gold in Draught Perry & Silver in Bottled Cider to Blue Barrel Cider.

Images & Captions of the Cider Championships 2018 provided by and courtesy and © of Ray Blockley

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