Harry’s Somerset Cider is relatively new on the greater Cider scene. Originally a dairy farm with cider orchard, supplying Apple’s to the now log defunct Taunton Cider Co, the family have switched their day job from dairy farmers to cider makers producing the usual range of ‘Dry, Medium and Sweet’ ciders.
Harry’s Original cider is their ‘Dry’ offering. It has a golden colour, more typical of the larger market medium-dry ciders with a fruity apple aroma and a fine champagne fizz. The taste is sweet apples with a dry finish. Certainly more dry tasting than most bottled dry ciders but not as dry as a traditional farmhouse dry.
They do produce a traditional Harry’s farmhouse range, so it would be interesting to try their Farmhouse Dry
If you want the usual mass produced lagers, Just Ales is not for you and you will be directed to a pub around the corner. Just Ales, located in England’s smallest city – Wells Somerset, is what it says on the label, it just sells real ales, oh and a few local farmhouse ciders. It has up to seven real ales selected by Pete and Andy, based upon their knowledge of available real ales and may be some recommended.
Look out if you are visiting, you could just walk past, without realising it is there, unless you are greeted at the door as we were. As well as real ales and farmhouse ciders, bottled ales including the odd Trappist ale from Belgium; you can have a tea or coffee for the nominated driver. The food menu includes – pickled eggs, crisps, pork scratchings, or a ‘top of the range Somerset’ Barbers 1833 Cheddar cheese bowl. A speciality is a pint and a homemade pork pie. This is not a pub if you want to sit with a meal, it is for those who want to try a real ale or 2 and talk beer etc.
The ales may be local, such as Milk Street Brewery in Frome, or may be from the West or Wales or further afield. On our second visit we sat with Andy and his dog and a couple of local Wilkins cider connoisseurs, and chatted about bourbon whiskeys, whilst nibbling on some of the great Cheddar cheese.
This is a pleasant golden cider, with nice Apple aromas. The taste is good and clean with a little sweetness. Whilst this is a cider at the drier end of the taste range, it is not dry like a farmhouse dry cider.
Had a good evening at The Quarterdeck in Wells, with a display of Orchard Pig Cider from West Bradley near Glastonbury.
Had a good chat about ciders and brewing and a taster of Orchard Pig Truffler, their bottled dry cider. With a strong apple aroma, this cider is a very pleasant dry cider with a sweeter follow-on. Learned their medium sweet Reveller will be on draught at The Reeds Arms in Burnham-on-Sea. Look forward to trying their other ciders.