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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Real Cider Guide

What is Real Cider?
Real cider is a long-established traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasteurised. However real cider is in a similar situation to that which faced real ale some 30 years ago with the number of outlets for real cider diminishing, even in the West Country. The situation with perry (which is made from pears) is even worse, as it is rarely available away from the farm gate. It is unfortunate that many of the most well known ciders in the UK are cold, fizzy keg products which have been produced artificially rather than naturally.

It is well worth you tracking down some real ciders and perries and more and more people are discovering for themselves how deliciously mellow, aromatic and intoxicating the flavours of naturally produced real cider can be.

As a result of the difficulties facing real cider, CAMRA set up a cider and perry committee within CAMRA to inform consumers about the choice of real cider and perry available and to encourage the producers to continue production.
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Birmingham Branch Real Cider & Perry Pubs

  • Birmingham
    • Attic Brew Co Telephone(0121) 824 9900 29B Mary Vale Road Birmingham B30 2DA

      On-site taproom for Attic Brewery, founded in 2018. A large industrial unit with plenty of seating indoors and out, but can get busy at weekends. In 2023, they started brewing cask beer and at least one handpull is available. This is complemented by a wall of keg fonts featuring their own and guest beers. Card payment only. Street food vendor changes weekly (usually only available Fri and Sat).

    • Birmingham Brewing Company Taproom Telephone(0121) 724 0399 Unit 15 Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road Birmingham B30 2PF

      Craft beer brewery and tap on Stirchley Trading Estate. The tap is open Thursday to Sunday, serving up to four cask beers and four kegs, including one low/no option. Also serves locally made ciders, as well as wines, spirits and soft drinks. Food is available at weekends from a changing lineup of street food vendors. A large outdoor seating area is available during summer months.

    • Canalside Cafe Telephone(0121) 248 7979 35 Worcester Bar, Gas Street Birmingham B1 2JU

      Adjacent to Gas Street Basin, a major mooring point for canal boats. The pub is full of history and was the fictional home of the character Stan Harvey of Crossroads fame. It is a nice, cosy, intimate pub. There are also a range of bottled beers and cider for sale.

    • Hop & Scotch Telephone(0121) 679 8807 9 Institute Rd, Birmingham Birmingham B14 7EG

      One room micropub situated just off of King's Heath High Street. Emphasis is on convivial conversation and drinking, for regulars, locals and visitors alike. Five cask beers usually local from the likes of Green Duck, Kinver, Malvern Hills, Hobsons & Infinity. A mixture of local & national craft beer, a cider and a German beer, on keg/keykeg, available across 10 taps. Also sells bottled and canned ales. Beers available displayed on a chalk board to the left of the bar. Various seating areas and styles available. Can get busy in the evenings with a varied age range. Food is crisps and nuts. Dog friendly and dog snacks available.

    • Hop Garden Telephone(0121) 427 7904 19 Metchley Lane Birmingham B17 0HT

      Small and cosy, just off the main High Street. The pub is serious about craft beer – to the point of rarely stocking many mainstream products. It serves five real ales from small and local breweries, three craft beers and four traditional ciders. There is also an interesting selection of bottled beers. The décor is original and eclectic. Outside there is heated seating for 82 people.

    • Jewellers Arms Telephone(0121) 269 4110 23 Hockley Street Birmingham B18 6BW

      A cosy pub, acquired by Black Country Ales in late 2017. It has eight real ales and two ciders. Gets busy in the evenings. No separate bar as the pub is now all open plan. There is a real fire at one end of the pub, perfect for cold winter nights. A function room is available upstairs.

    • Post Office Vaults Telephone(0121) 643 7354 84 New Street Birmingham B2 4BA

      A subterranean pub, situated close to New Street Station and accessed by a single red door on New Street near Victoria Square or from the rear on Pinfold Street. They serve six real ales, a selection of ciders, a large selection of foreign bottled beers, and a range of cans and bottles. A destination pub for foreign beer enthusiasts. Food isn't served but customers are welcome to bring their own. Cutlery can be provided. There is free to play bar billiards.

    • Prince of Wales Telephone(0121) 269 4125 84 Cambridge Street Birmingham B1 2NP

      A well-loved pub that continues to thrive after a sympathetic refurbishment by Black Country Ales in 2022. This single room pub is a welcome oasis for the community, close to Centenary Square, the ICC , NIA and the Rep Theatre. Expect the usual BCA beers plus up to seven guests. Freshly-made cobs and pasties are on offer. Quiz night is fortnightly on Tuesday. An interesting display of old views of Birmingham adorn the walls.

    • RedBeer'd 1891 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 3DJ

      Micropub in a converted shop, over two floors. Conveniently located for Kings Norton railway station. Serving two cask hand pulls and up to 10 keg taps. Beers are often from local breweries such as Fownes Halton Turner and Leviathan. They also serve up to four ciders or perries from Hogans and Oliver's.

      Comfier seating is available on the ground floor, while upstairs are chairs and barrels. Toilet is located upstairs. Dogs welcome and encouraged. Third and half pints available. Card payment only. Drinkers can bring outside food.

    • Rock & Roll Brewhouse Telephone07922 554181 19 Hall St Birmingham B18 6BS

      A quirky brewery taproom well worth checking out on the first floor above the brewery, in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Three real ales are available, all brewed on-site and vegan. There is a focus on a love of music, with memorabilia adorning the walls, books available to read and live music at the weekends. When live music isn't being performed a set list of vinyls are played, often themed around music news that week. Check social media for details. Can get busy when bands are playing. Last orders are 30 minutes before closing time (which is strictly adhered to!).

    • Spotted Dog Telephone(0121) 772 3822 104 Warwick Street Birmingham B12 0NH

      A multi-roomed traditional pub of Irish character, old fashioned & family owned since 1985. Rugby & Irish Sports are shown on large screen TVs. Features an extensive covered patio garden and smoking area with heaters, large real fireplace, barbeque, projection screen and eclectic adornments. Hand pulls are split over the two bar areas, so make sure you move around to see the full range.

      Traditional Irish music nights on alternate Mondays, Jazz nights on Tuesdays. Home of Na Madrai Golf Society and the Digbeth O'lympics.

      Can be busy when Birmingham City play at home. There is a £5 minimum for card payments.

    • White Horse Telephone(0121) 608 7641 2 York Street Birmingham B17 0HG

      Small, friendly, traditional community pub just off Harborne High Street. Serves beers from Ostlers brewery, based at the back of the pub, as well as guests on up to six hand pulls. A two-room pub, the smaller room has four rotating craft beers on keykeg (occasionally keg) from Ostlers and other small breweries. Check what is available in real time via the beer board on their website. There is also a gig guide showing upcoming artists for Saturday night live music. There are TVs throughout the pub showing sport (Sky, TNT and Amazon).

    • Wildcat Tap Telephone(0121) 213 2623 1381-1383 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 2JR

      The Wildcat Tap is an independent pub on the Pershore Road in Stirchley, Birmingham. This bar is much changed from the original Wildcat from just down the road and is spacious for a micro pub with adequate seating although does get busy at weekends with a mixed aged group clientele. Beer range of cask and keg is adventurous and interesting, with up to four cask beers on handpump and eight craft keg lines, complemented by a selection of bottled craft beers, gin, whisky and soft drinks. A vast array of tabletop games available to play.

      Convenient for buses 27, 45, and 47 and close to Bournville train station