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Ross Cider Festival

Ross Cider festival Accomodation

The Ross Cider Festival is an annual event that takes place in the small village of Peterstow of Ross-on-Wye, located in the heart of the English countryside. The festival celebrates the rich history of cider-making in the region and offers a wide range of locally-produced ciders and perries for attendees to try.

One of the highlights of the Ross Cider Festival is the opportunity to sample a wide range of ciders and perries from local producers. The festival features a variety of traditional and modern cider styles, including dry, medium, and sweet ciders, as well as perries made from pears. In addition to the main cider tent, there are also smaller tents featuring ciders from local microbreweries and artisan producers.

In addition to the cider-tasting, the Ross Cider Festival also offers a range of food options, including traditional English pub grub and a variety of international cuisines. There are also stalls selling local crafts and products, providing a great opportunity for visitors to take home a souvenir of their visit.

Cider Festival tickets are £45 Friday to Sunday.

If you choose to camp, it is just £15 for camping per person, and you are welcome to arrive from Thursday and depart Monday.

Local accommodation is available in Peterstow at Field Cottage for groups of up to 12 people.

If you are bringing a caravan/campervans/motorhome, we charge a small £10 surcharge per vehicle for the festival. This lets us spend the extra time preparing more areas of the farm for your vehicle and reserving those slots.

Overall, the Ross Cider Festival is a fun and festive event that brings together people from all over the region to celebrate the rich history and culture of cider-making. Whether you’re a cider connoisseur or simply looking for a fun day out in the countryside, the Ross Cider Festival is an event that should not be missed.

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Fun Things To Do In Newcastle for Adults

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Just a quick post to say that we have been motioned as one of the best things to do in Newcastle here:

Newcastle is well-known for its independent craft breweries and as a party destination. Take the Newcastle Brewery Tour to sample various styles of Newcastle-brewed beer.

This three-hour tour will take you to three specially chosen brewery tap rooms or craft beer venues to sample the best beer the North East has to offer.

Your expert guide will take you to each of the breweries, teaching you about Newcastle’s brewing history along the way.
All tastings are included in the ticket price and are typically a half or quarter pint.

The tour usually includes the Tyne Bank Brewery, the Full Circle Brewery, and the Brinkburn Street Brewery, but these are subject to change.

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What is the Difference Between Beer and Lager?

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Lager is typically perceived by the general public as a light-colored beer with a low alcohol content that is easy to drink. It is also known as pilsner, helles, Märzen, or simply lager, depending on where you live.

Lager is a misunderstood brew. Lager is a generic term for a variety of bottom-fermenting brews, ranging in colour from dark brown to light blonde and in alcohol content from 0% to 10%.

Here, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the world’s most popular brew: lager.

What is the difference between Lager and Beer?
We receive a lot of questions about this one. There are several types of lagers, but not all beers are lagers. Both refer to beers that are fermented at the bottom of the bottle. Pilsner, helles lager, Dortmunder, bock, and Märzen are all examples of lagers.

Lager vs. Pilsner: what’s the difference?
In fact, Pilsner is a sort of beer, named after the Czech city of Plzen, which is located in central Europe. Pilsners use a different yeast and have a more hop-forward flavour profile than other beers. Pilsners are simply lagers that have been spiced up with additional hops.

Josef Groll, a Bavarian brewer, invented Pilsner in 1842. In order to improve the quality of Czech lager, Groll set out to make an excellent brew. When Groll introduced a particular yeast from Bavaria to Plzen, he created a clear beer that was golden in colour and had a sharp flavour. Pilsener Urquell was so popular that it still exists today. If you’re looking to get a taste of Pilsner, this is a great place to start!

Lager vs Pilsner: Which one is better?
Good pilsners are dry, peppery and hop-forward lagers.
Steamworks’ Craft Lager is an excellent illustration of this. “A harmonious link between the ancient and the new world” is a fitting description of a true pilsner-style beer.

What is the process of brewing lager?
A brewer begins by making wort, a sugar-rich liquid derived from malt and hops, which is then used to brew the beer. The final result is influenced greatly by the wort’s composition. Darker beers tend to have more sugar in their wort, which leads to a higher concentration of alcohol (possibly), and so on. Lager, on the other hand, is fermented at the bottom, whilst ales are fermented at the top.

Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis, the yeast used for lager, is named for Christian Hansen, the brewer.

At the end of the 19th century, he was the one to cultivate this type of yeast that was so clean. Saccharomyces Pastorianus, after Louis Pasteur, is another name for this fungus. A new name for the same yeast. When it comes to growth, it prefers chilly temperatures (8-12 degrees Celsius).

Lager is derived from the German verb lagern, which translates to “to keep or keep in a safe place.” A longer rest period is required after the main fermentation in cold temperatures (about 0 degrees) for bottom fermented beers as opposed to top fermented beers. All of these beers are called lager because of this resting period (or storage) known as lagering.

For the most part, Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis falls between between the top-fermenting brewer’s yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (for Ales) and an unknown yeast strain. Saccharomyces Bayanus was detected in Patagonian nature for the first time by scientists in 2011. The yeast strain that makes up the other half of the cross has now been identified. According to popular belief, a Patagonian Bayanus strain crossed with Cerevisiae in central Europe about 16th century (present-day Austria, southern Germany, and the Czech Republic). The chilly months generated some genuinely great beers thanks to this crossbreed’s ability to survive in these conditions.

Brewers realised that yeast could be “harvested” at the conclusion of fermentation and reused, with a stable end result, despite the lack of knowledge of how yeast works. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that this yeast was discovered.

Lagers with varying levels of darkness and lightness.
Light-colored lagers are the most popular, but dark lagers are also widely available. There are several types of bock beers to choose from. The typical bottom-fermented German bock, Weihenstephaner Korbinian, is a fine choice. A black beer from Bavaria, Dunkel (dark in German) is a malty, sweet brew. German black beer is the darkest and driest variety with roasty flavours. The Czech Republic’s dark lager, erné in Czech, is quite similar to Schwarzbier, which is slightly sweeter.

If you’re looking for a light-colored beer, the Bavarian Helles Lager is your best option. ‘Helles’ is German for ‘pale’. If you’re looking for a light, malty, and refreshing beer, this one is for you. Since its inception, it has been known as the Bavarian equivalent to the popular Pilsner. You want a taste? Hoppebrau Helles or Kurpfalzbräu Helles are two good options.

All you need to know about German beers and dark lagers may be found in this guide.

When Oktoberfest was first held, Märzen was the beer of choice. An amber-colored beer with a slight caramel flavour, it is a full-bodied brew. It’s a good beer, but not quite good enough for an Oktoberfest celebration. This is why they came up with an extra-heavy Fest beer, which is dangerously simple to down. Märzen, on the other hand, is a blond beer that resembles a helles lager in appearance, but is actually Märzen in Austria. It is an amber-colored variation of the helles lager that shares many characteristics with Vienna Lager. With a hint of caramelised malt, it is slightly sweeter and heavier than a helles beer. It’s in between Märzen and helles in terms of style. In the American style, Brooklyn Lager is a nice example: more hops.