One person who probably would not appreciate Wobblejuice is Jah Wobble, the dub bassist who rose to fame as the bass player for John Lydon’s post Sex Pistols’ band Public Image Ltd. Jah (born John Wardle) gave up his hard-drinking life back in 1986. After spending some years working for London Underground he returned to the music scene and has made a number of interesting records which embrace dub, world music and electronica. Pour yourself a delicious glass of Wobblejuice Perry, which I think would go well with a Chinese pork dish whilst listening to PIL perform their first single, ‘Public Image’ which got to No 9 in the UK singles chart back in 1980.
Perry is a traditional drink found mainly in the Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Hereford areas. It is not the same as Pear Cider which is apple cider with added pear flavour but a completely different drink made entirely of pears. Wobblejuice is made of Perry pears and dessert pears which are crushed, filtered and left to naturally ferment and mature over the winter months. The result is a pale straw coloured drink with an apple and pears aroma. It has a very clean, dry, fruity pear flavour and is very refreshing. This is a very deceptive drink which does not taste particularly alcoholic and would slip down very easily on a summer’s day.
Perry is recognised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as a craft product made in small quantities from pears with no additives. There were 11 types of Perry on offer at the last CAMRA Great British Beer Festival which is held in August each year. Perry is sometimes sold at beer festivals or in pubs which specialise in cider. Some larger supermarkets and bottle shops may also sell the odd bottle of real Perry alongside craft ciders. Otherwise, it can be hard to find outside of the Cotswolds area. Perry ranges in strength from 5% – 8% abv. and has a wide range of flavours depending upon the type of pears used in its production.
Clive’s Fruit Farm is located at Upton on Severn, Worcestershire and was founded in 1917. They were pioneers of the Pick Your Own (PYO) fruit and grow strawberries, cherries, plums, apple and pears. They also make apple and pear juice as well as cider and Perry. They have a farm shop and café. If you cannot make it to Upon on Severn they will send you a case of 12 big 75cl bottles of real cider and Perry for a very reasonable £33 (inc. post).