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Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

Book Review: World’s Best Cider

13th January 2014

Cyder House

There are shelves full of books about wine and wine makers, beer and brewers but until now the world of cider has lacked its own thoughtful, intelligent and inspiring tome.

World’s Best Cider is the first book to showcase the world of cider, from its origins as a thirst-quencher for farm workers to its present as a rival to champagne.

Well-respected beer writer, Pete Brown, and freelance photographer, writer, and cider ambassador, Bill Bradshaw have travelled the world from sidrerías of Asturias, Spain and other traditional European cider heartlands, Normandy, and the West Country to the new world of New England and Quebec where cider is being reinvented.

That cider is the world’s most misunderstood drink is Pete’s and Bill’s premise for the book. On their travels they discovered that the world’s great cider cultures are inward looking and don’t compare what they are doing to the rest of the world, or in some cases even believe that cider is drunk anywhere else in the world.

A German cider-maker that Bill met on his travels refused to believe that Britain drinks more cider than the rest of the world!

The book describes over 200 ciders in detail from Canada to Argentina, New Zealand and Russia and profiles some of the passionate makers behind the drinks, including Aspall’s own Henry & Barry Chevallier Guild. The personalities of the makers and drinkers are all bought to live by Bill’s brilliant photography.

Great reading for any cider enthusiast or armchair traveller - now I just want to follow in their footsteps to taste and experience cider cultures around the world!

World’s Best Cider is draft by Jacqui Small and is available to buy widely including Amazon of course, or to hear more from Bill listen to the podcast of the BBC Food Programme from October 2013: Cider: Britain’s Most Misunderstood Drink.

A German cider-maker that Bill met on his travels refused to believe that Britain drinks more cider than the rest of the world!