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Richards Cider wins Herts Cider of the Year Award

Written by Brian Page

Double Success for Richards’ Cider, ‘Wonky Donkey’, winning Herts Cider of the Year Award and comes second in the regional competition.

The judging of the Hertfordshire Cider of the Year 2018 took place at the Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival in June last year. Overcoming tough opposition, the title was snatched by Essendon cider maker Terry Richards for his ‘Wonky Donkey’; a beautiful dry cider produced from Hertfordshire apples. This achievement was celebrated with the award of a certificate at the Woodman, Wild Hill on the 11th September. The award was handed over by North Herts CAMRA branch chairman, Gill Richardson, when the ‘Wonky Donkey’ was thoroughly tested and approved by many attendees, myself included. When available, ‘Wonky Donkey’ may be found at the Woodman, Wild Hill.

Later in the year in October, at the Norwich Beer and Cider Festival, ‘Wonky Donkey’ leapt into the big time when it was judged second in the East Anglia Cider of the Year 2018 competition. The award for this mighty achievement was presented by East Anglia regional director, Andrea Briers, at the Great British Beer Festival Winter, in Norwich on 19th February this year. Terry said; “It’s amazing to get the two Awards for such a small Cider maker, we are punching way above our weight for the amount we produce.” Well done Terry.

Photo (left to right) – Tom Richards, Gill Richardson Branch Chair North Herts CAMRA, Terry Richards from Richards Real Cider Wild Hill Hertfordshire. Award for Champion Cider Hertfordshire 2018.

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