22 September 2016

End of the Road festival 2016 ciders

I have been visiting the End of the Road festival at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset every year since 2007. The quality and variety of beer and cider on offer has been improving over the years.
Most of the bars at the festival are run by The Really Good Bar Co.. In 2016, most of the festival bars, like the Black Crow, near the Woods stage served draught Symonds cider and local ciders.
Every year, the Somerset Cider bus brings Burrow Hill cider and is parked in the Tipi area near the campfire and the Tipi stage.
This is the best place to find hot spiced cider before sitting by the campfire or enjoying live music from the Tipi stage or some dance records in the smaller marquee tent next to the cider bus.
The hot spiced cider is served in doubled cardboard cups for extra insulation and strength.
Big Thief - Tipe stage
In 2016, the late night music to go with this warming cider was provided by Big Thief from Brooklyn featuring Adrianne Lenker (Friday) and The Big Moon from London (Saturday).
2015 - Bob Chaplin - Copse House Cider
Copse House Cider from Sandley, Dorset was available at the festival in 2015 and I met Bob Chaplin the cidermaker at a tasting event in the Bear Tavern then.
In 2016, boxes of Copse House Landshire medium cider were available at several of the festival bars including the bar at the back of the Tipi stage tent.
Seratones - Tipi stage
I was lucky to enjoy Copse House Landshire cider with the last Tipi Stage Surprise Show acts of the night from Weaves from Toronto (Friday) and Seratones from Shreveport (Saturday).

For more details of music at End of the Road festival 2016 - see my Tumblr blog eotr2016
For details of beer at the featival - see blog post End of the Road festival 2016 beer bars

Chris of Really Good Bar Co writes:
I think we have one of the best cider selections at a music festival, all tip top and possibly the best 3 cider makers in the country, but thats just me and I would say that. Bob at Copse House and the Temperleys at Burrow Hill are cider legends and Bill at Cranborne Chase is the young kid on the block making waves and winning lots of awards with his excellent cider.
Bill (Cranborne Chase Cider) - End of the Road festival 2014 (photo from @reallygoodbars Facebook page)
You should mention Bill at Cranborne Chase Cider, he makes it a few miles down the road from the festival. It is great oak conditioned real cider, very tasty. Check his facebook page for details as he won some awards in Somerset this summer.

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