Cider And Perry Beer Recipes

Cider and perry is a category of beverages made from the fermented sugars of apples and/or pears and other ingredients. BJCP styles include standard cider and perry (common cider, English cider, French cider, common perry, traditional perry) and specialty cider and perry (New England cider, fruit cider, applewine and other specialty cider/perry).

Fruit Cider

Sour Cherry Cider

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France has produced hard cider (as distinguished from unfermented juice, or sweet cider) for hundreds of years, though for much of that time the drink was reserved for the wealthy. Around the 16th, century producers began adding water to their "apple wine." Though this practice diluted the flavors, it lowered the price and made the beverage more widely available. And here we are, in modern day, and homebrewers across the world are producing their own ciders, whether traditional French-style or their own take on the crisp, flavorful beverage.

This recipe adds a whole other flavor dimension to the tart sweetness of traditional apple ciders with the addition of cherries. It was originally featured in "Cider Tasting Notes and Food Suggestions" by Thomas J. Walsh in the March/April 1999 issue of Zymurgy.

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Common Cider

Westside Traditional

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Jeff Carlson of Grand Rapids, MI, member of the PrimeTime Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #32: Standard Cider & Perry during the 2017 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Minneapolis, MN. Carlson’s Standard Cider & Perry was chosen as the best among 85 entries in the category. Read More

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New England Cider

Bobbing for Medals

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Michael Wilcox of Wichita, KS, member of the Kansas City Bier Meisters, won a gold medal in Category #33: Specialty Cider & Perry during the 2017 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Minneapolis, MN with the help of Amy Satterlund. Wilcox’s Specialty Cider & Perry was chosen as the best among 134 entries in the category and helped earn the Cidermaker of the Year title. Read More

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Common Perry

“Heather’s Perry” Standard Perry

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Edward Walkowski of Northern Abington Township, PA and member of Scranton Brewers Guild won a gold medal in Category #30: Standard Cider & Perry during the 2016 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore, MD. Walkowski’s New World sparkling perry with fresh Bartlett pears was chosen as the best among 102 entries in the category.

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Other Specialty Cider/Perry

“Westside Sweet Heat” Specialty Cider

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Jeff Carlson of Grand Rapids, MI won a gold medal in Category #31: Specialty Cider & Perry during the 2016 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore, MD. Carlson's specialty New World cider was chosen as the best among 128 entries in the category.

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Common Perry

Bartlett Perry

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Edward Walkowski of N. Abington Twp., PA won a gold medal in Category #27: Standard Cider and Perry during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI. Walkowski’s Standard Cider and Perry was chosen as the best among 110 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2014 NHC Cidermaker of the Year title. Read More

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Cider and Perry

Northern Lights

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Tavish Sullivan of Bothell, WA, member of the Greater Everett Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #27: Standard Cider and Perry during the 2013 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Philadelphia, PA with the help of Laura Sullivan. Sullivan’s Standard Cider and Perry was chosen as the best among 103 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2013 NHC Cidermakers of the Year title. Read More

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Cider and Perry

Jalapeño Cider

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Donald Boyle of Colonia, NJ, member of the Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society, won a gold medal in Category #28: Specialty Cider and Perry during the 2013 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Philadelphia, PA with the help of Stephen Boyle. Boyle’s Specialty Cider and Perry was chosen as the best among 96 final round entries in the category. Read More

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Cider and Perry

Simple Perry

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Bob Capshew presents this recipe in his article "Perry: The Other Cider" on page 41 of the Nov./Dec. 2001 Zymurgy magazine. For more detailed information on the history and production of perry, AHA members can instantly access this issue via the eZymurgy online archive. As Bob Capshew highlights, pears and apples are cousins in the pomme family, and both are used to make a fermented beverage, but have experienced different popularity throughout history up to modern times. The delicious elixer that is fermented pear juice, better known as perry, has not seen the following cider has had in the past, but don't let that make you wary of perry. Traditionally, perry is stronger than cider and was sipped on for special occasions in similar fashion to champagnes or liquers, as opposed to apple cider which was consumed in a more "sessionable" fashion. Depending on the pear juice you aquire (and the amount of sugar you add to manipulate the gravity), this recipe can produce a strong, traditional perry or a more cider-like, sessionable perry. Read More

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