Scots perry scoops silver

A Dumfries & Galloway cider and perry maker has become the first Scottish firm to win a trophy at CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championship.

Mooseheid Perry, by Langholm-based Waulkmill Cider, picked up a silver award in the perry category in the final of this year’s competition, which took place at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival.

Chris Harrison, who set up Waulkmill Cider in 2010 and produces ciders and perries using predominantly Scottish heritage varieties of apples and pears, said the award win has “taken a while to sink in”.

“The CAMRA Cider and Perry Championships are the top cider and perry awards in the UK, and I didn’t for a minute expect a Scottish drink to rank so highly,” he said. “I’m absolutely delighted that Mooseheid Perry found favour with the judges. While being unique in that it uses Scottish grown and native varieties of pear; its production method and the spirit of the drink is very much that of a traditional perry, and that has been reflected in the kind words of the judges.”