Delegate Profile

Tom Oliver

Job TitleDirector & Owner

Company NameOliver's Cider and Perry Ltd.


Renowned as one of the world’s greatest cidermakers, Tom Oliver is as much a visionary as a custodian of the traditions of the past. Born and raised on the family farm in Herefordshire, the last twenty years have seen him split his time between sound – mixing and managing for Scotland’s favourite brothers, The Proclaimers – and cider and perry. 

Alongside a trophy cabinet fit to burst – this year alone has seen Tom win Champion Cidermaker at the Hereford International Cider Competition and Champion Perrymaker at the Royal Bath & West – sits a creative mind, intent on letting the apple – or pear speak – with as little intervention as possible. Ferments are all ambient by wild yeasts, blending is done solely on the palate, and key is the joy and pleasure of cider both for refreshment and complexity as well as an accompaniment to the finest of foods.

An inspiration and mentor to many the world over, in recent years Tom has been fascinated by co-ferments, working with some like minded brewers to create some stunning hybrid drinks.

"My two jobs have given me an inspiring insight into the world of cider and an overview that blends the traditions and heritage of the West Country of the UK with the energy and inventiveness found in the USA and all around the world,” he says. “There has never been so much worldwide energy poured into cider. It is up to all of us to build and populate the cider pyramid with great cider so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Conference Sessions

  • Journey to the Edge of the Beer & Cider Universe

    02 Jul 2019, 11:30 - 12:15, Beer & Cider Hub

    Fresh from Centre Stage at Glastonbury, Cider Ambassador Tom Oliver joins Jonny Mills, co-founder of Mills Brewing, Britain’s top-rated brewery on Untappd, in c...

    • Language: English
  • Beer v Cider Smackdown

    02 Jul 2019, 13:30 - 14:15, Chef's Table

    With a year’s break since their last gargantuan tustle, Beer and Cider Ambassadors Mitch Adams and Tom Oliver are back in serious training for the food match of...

    • Language: English