Real cider & perry is most commonly served direct from a plastic cask on the back bar of a pub. Some producers, most significantly Westons' use a "bag in box" system similar to that used for some wines which will also be served from the back bar. Some pubs do serve real cider or perry from a handpump similar to real ale.
However, cider and perry drinkers have to be aware that some pubs use a handpump to serve artificially produced ciders, deceiving the drinker into thinking they are getting a real product. The worst offenders at this practice in Addlestones who even produce their own handpumps. Addlestones is not a traditionally produced cider, being manufactured from imported apple concentrate. Chorlton's The Bar serves Addlestones on misleading handpump. Other non-real ciders often seen on handpump include Weston's Old Rosie & some Thatchers brands. Often despite the handpump, these are served from keg's under gas pressure.
Below is a list of the most common ciders that CAMRA does not recognise as being real:
Please note that this list is not necessarily complete.
The most common reasons a cider or perry is not considered to be real are that it is carbonated, pasteurised, micro-filtered, or concentrate juice has been used.
- Ashton Press
- Diamond White
- Dry Blackthorn
- K Cider
- Samuel Smith's
- Saxon Farm
- Scrumpy Jack
- St Helier
- Stowford Press
- Thatchers Gold
- Thistly Cross Cider
- Westons Ice
- 'any cider with fruit flavour added'