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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.

  • Addlestones
  • Aspall
  • Ashton Press
  • Brothers
  • Bulmers
  • Diamond White
  • Dry Blackthorn
  • Gaymer's
  • Jacques
  • K Cider
  • Kopparberg
  • Magners
  • Merrydown
  • Rattler
  • Rekorderlig
  • Samuel Smith's
  • Saxon
  • Saxon Farm
  • Scrumpy Jack
  • St Helier
  • Stowford Press
  • Strongbow
  • Taunton
  • Thatchers Gold
  • Thistly Cross Cider
  • Westons Ice
  • Woodpecker
  • 'any cider with fruit flavour added'