On hearing of success, Charles Roberts of Pickled Pig Cider said "I am delighted to win such a prestigious award and to see East Anglian ciders firmly back on the map with the help of CAMRA. At Pickled Pig we are passionate about using natural and traditional methods to make quality ciders from locally grown fruit. I am grateful to Ben, Mick and my family for all their help and to Stuart for his excellent fruit."
Second place was awarded to Hereward Brewery of Ely. Michael Czarnobaj of Hereward Brewery has been producing cider since 2002, also using a blend of locally grown eating, cooking and crab apples.
A single variety cider, Yarlington Mill, produced by Cassels of Great Shelford came third. Cassels Cider is a well established producer who sells into the city's licensed trade. The prize winning cider, which was fermented in rum casks, was made using one type of apple variety, Yarlington Mill.
Andrea Briers, CAMRA's Regional Cider Co-ordinator for East Anglia said, "This competition has aroused great interest and we were delighted to discover how many different bottled conditioned ciders were produced throughout East Anglia. The standard of entries was very high and the Cambridgeshire producers fought off some very strong competition. I would like to thank Cambridge Beer Festival for hosting these awards."