JP Cider produces small batches of traditional scrumpy style cider that is fermented from traditional cider apples and unusual heritage varieties in the heart of Worcestershire. The cider is produced in the orchard where all the apples are grown.

Photo: Apple juice from our cider apple orchard stacked and ready to go into the shed. This is how we started! The cider took over our verandah for a while but now all the cider is brewed on site at the orchard.

We have always been interested in home brewing so when a local lady suggested that we could help ourselves to the fruit if we looked after her late husband's cider apple orchard we couldn't resist the offer. It was a bit of a tall order so we got together with like minded friends and soon had the orchard looking tidy. The orchard is situated between Redditch and Bromsgrove and grows thirty three varieties of apples and pears. Some of the apples are of less heard of heritage varieties.

JP Cider is not available to buy online due to licensing laws, although that may change, however keep an eye on our events as we are able to sell our cider at certain food festivals. Bottles are available to purchase from Biddles convenience store and the Attic Brew Co has our cider on tap behind the bar.(when not Covid-19 restricted) and in their Online Shop.


Photo: Pip Taylor and Lee Jennings at the 2016 CAMRA Bromsgrove Beer and Cider Festival where JP Cider came joint 1st. In 2018 JP Cider came first place in the cider and perry section as voted by the public. There were were 62 varieties to choose from. 

Our cider is now fermented in 110 litre food grade barrels and each batch is slightly different depending on the varieties used. All cider is brewed using the wild yeasts that are found on the apples and in the air of the pressing barn. This sometimes imparts a slightly earthy, sometimes spicy flavour. These ciders are true fera fermentum "scrumpy". The "Press Club" produces just over 1,000 litres per year. We have resisted brewing in oak barrels; we prefer the fresher, apple flavour, of cider which can sometimes be masked when brewed in oak barrels, especially if brewed in old whisky barrels. There is no water supply in the orchard so we carefully hand sellect windfalls or pank onto tarpaulins. No water is added to the juice.

Photo: Far left are the main apple of our orchard which is the Black Dabinet. This is probably the main choice for British cider makers. Below the Dabinets are some of our Brown's apples which make a good blend with the Dabinets. We do have a small number of Michelin which are the yellow skinned variety. The variety of trees we have are: 1 Major, 1 Somerset Redstreak, I Tremlett's Bitter, 3 Tom Putt, 4 Michelin, 17 Katy, 19 Brown's and 27 Black Dabinets.

We also have an orchard of 36 heritage varieties with wonderful names such as Sops of Wine, Pitmarston Pineapple, Chiver's Delight, Peasgood Nonsuch, Lady Sudeley etc. Our press is hand made using a 15 ton bottle jack which presses upwards.

Shropshire sheep

In May 2020 it was decided to reduce the amount of time-consuming mowing and the use of fuel by introducing a breed of sheep, the Shropshire, that is known not to be destructive in tree plantations. After some research we discovered that a farmer, Harvey Clay, has been keeping Shropshires successfully in her cider apple orchard near Monkhide, Herefordshire, for a number of years now. We contacted her and borrowed three ewes for the summer. They soon got stuck into the luscious grass!

Thanks to our friends at Rough Hill Rare Breeds for the loan of the trailer and Liz Jennings for the photos.

5% of all direct sales of JP Cider and any donations received will be donated to Prostate Cancer Research UK in memory of a man I did not have the privilege to meet, Ric Nash. He built the barns and planted the orchard that I help to maintain but he didn't live to see it to fruition.