I went to university in Bristol, so let me tell you that I’ve drunk a lot of cider in my time. I’ve had more nights that I can’t remember than I can remember at The Apple and the less said about my attempt at the Cori Tap challenge (which involves drinking 10 half-pints of The Coronation Tap’s lethally strong cider) the better. One of the problems of drinking so much cider at such a young age is that I sort of ruined it for myself.
It took me years to be able to even think of a cider without immediately getting sick-making flashbacks to the soundtrack of ‘Danza Kuduro’. Now, I’m finally at a place where I can appreciate cider again. Not the crap, overly sweet stuff you’ll get at most chain pubs but the funky, cloudy craft ciders being produced all across the UK. The British cider scene is one of the strongest – and most diverse – in the entire world. Choosing all of my favourite producers was difficult but I’ve narrowed this list down to 10 of the best craft ciders and cideries knocking about. From Welsh Mountain grog to Kentish Pip’s punchy perries, these are just a handful of the cider makers you should have on your radar; the ones that Boggis, Bunce, and Bean would go absolutely mad for.