Oct
25
10:00 am10:00

Fall Fruit Show

  • Cedar Valley Grange Hall

Seattle Tree Fruit Society presents their Fall Fruit Show

The day includes apple sales, cider pressing, heritage apple tasting, tool sharpening, Rubus tasting, and insect and disease information.

Admission is $10.

Visit their website for more information.

City Fruit's 4th Annual Cider Taste
Nov
6
5:00 pm17:00

City Fruit's 4th Annual Cider Taste

  • Palace Ballroom

City Fruit’s 4th Annual Cider Taste is bigger and better than ever! Join us November 6th at Palace Ballroom for a celebration of our 2014 harvest, including tastes from 10 Pacific Northwest cideries and a City Fruit Marketplace featuring glassybaby, Stumbling Goat jam, cookbooks, and more. All proceeds go directly to benefit the 2015 harvest which provides fresh, local fruit for over 50 food access programs in the Puget Sound area.

Dec
6
9:00 am09:00

Workshop: Business of Making Hard Cider

Business of Making Hard Cider

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU - Northwest Washington Research& Extension Center, and the Northwest Cider Association will present a one-day cider making business development workshop for new or existing operations. Industry professionals will provide information about production, economics, business plans, risk management and marketing that will provide assistance to both the veteran and the aspiring cider maker. The goal of this workshop is to help maximize cidery business performance.

Classes will include:

  • Cidery Investment and Operating Costs
  • Buying Apples/Cider from the Producer

Fee: $95. Lunch and guided tasting of local ciders & cheeses included. Class is limited to 40 attendees. 

 

Exact date in December TBA. More details coming soon.

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Dec
15
Dec 19

Course: Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice

Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice

A two-part course, with optional NACM certification*.  Part one may be taken separately, with or without the certification.  The class is typically held in conjunction with the Introduction to Cider Fruit Orchard Management workshop on a Saturday preceding or following the Cider course.  The course is suitable for beginners, new businesses and existing producers (large & small-scale) alike.  An additional registration fee of $145.00 is payable for those wishing to enter for the NACM Certification in Cider & Perry Appreciation. This additional fee includes a complimentary copy of the official textbook: Out of the Orchard – Into the Glass.

*NACM certification: Students may opt to receive a certificate in cider production from the National Association of Cider Makers, based in the UK.  The NACM Certificate in Cider & Perry Appreciation is the only formal cider industry specific qualification available in the world.  Certification can be a useful marketing and promotional tool for the aspiring cider professional.  More information about the NABC can be found on their website: http://cideruk.com/nacm 

Part 1: An Understanding of Cider & Perry:
Including extensive sensory analysis of cider & perry, this section aims to enable the participant to:

  • Develop a broad appreciation of the main types and styles of cider and perry, along with an understanding of the cider industry;
  • Gain an outline knowledge and unerstanding of the main principles and practices involved in making cider & perry;
  • Explore ways in which to encourage the positive  & responsible development of the industry & its products.

Part 2: Practical Production of Cider & Perry:
Including hands-on practical production and laboratory work, this part aims to provide:

  • A thorough grounding in the main methods and processes of cider and perry production; 
  • A wealth of knowledge, insight and technical know-how, drawn from many years of practical experience;
  • The skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for the production of quality cider and perry

The tutor:
Peter Mitchell-a highly qualified and internationally recognized expert in cider and perry making and tasting, leads the class. With over 30 years of practical experience, he is a professional trainer, a UK and USA cider competition judge and an award-winning producer in his own right.

 Options:

  • Full course (Part 1 & 2): $999 (includes Orchard Management: Cider Fruit Production  class
  • Full course with NACM certification*: $1,144
  • Part 1 only: $395
  • Part 1 with NACM certification*: $540 

Class size is limited to 20 attendees.   Lunch, beverages, snacks and course materials are included with all options.

Link to course here

The course is full, but some spots are available for part I. We have a waiting list and we also have our dates for 2015. Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability. 360-336-3727 or alicia@agbizcenter.org.

We also have cider workshops in October, 2014. Please contact NABC for more details.

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Cider Rite of Spring 2015
Mar
21
12:00 pm12:00

Cider Rite of Spring 2015

  • Tiffany Center

Presented by
The Northwest Cider Association

Meet the hottest cidermakers in the Northwest and taste what's new!

Live music and food, plus cider store so you may take your favorites home.

$30 at the door, $25 in advance
NWCA members $20 in advance

Fee includes keepsake tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Jun
19
Jun 28

Oregon Cider Week 2015

Join us for the
Fourth Annual Oregon Cider Week!

Celebrate the Northwest’s most exciting craft beverage revolution with tastings, tap take-overs, cider dinners, and more. Dozens of separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout the state of Oregon.

Sponsored by the Northwest Cider Association and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazine

Aug
8
12:00 pm12:00

Summer Cider Day 2015

  • Northwest Maritime Center

Meet the best of the Northwest at the fifth annual cider festival!

There will be live music and food, plus a cider store so you may take your favorites home.

$30 at the door, $25 in advance
NWCA members $20 in advance

Fee includes keepsake NWCA tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.

This is a Family Friendly event!

For Tickets Click Here

Sep
11
Sep 20

Fourth Annual Washington Cider Week 2015

Celebrate Washington's beloved apple and the most exciting beverage at over 100 events across the state, from tap take overs, tasting flights, food pairings, cidermaker dinners and more. Sponsored by Northwest Cider Association and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazines


Finnriver Celebrates World Apple Day with Music, Morris Dancers & Merriment on the Farm
Oct
12
12:00 pm12:00

Finnriver Celebrates World Apple Day with Music, Morris Dancers & Merriment on the Farm

  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, WA, invites the community to a free, family-friendly celebration of World Apple Day on Sunday, October 12th. This annual event features live music, country dancers, apple identification, apple treats and more.  New this year is a community Square Dance at 4:30 and the 'world premier' of a new short animation about Finnriver cider by local animator and filmmaker Andrea Love.  The 90 second film features wool figurines and a series of hand drawn images explaining the our cidermaking process.

The line-up of World Apple Day activities includes:

  12:30 Sound & Fury Morris Dancers

  1:00 Live music with the Twins and the Easily Persuaded

1:00 Apple Orchard Tours at Finnriver Orchard

  1:30 Screening of Andrea Love short animated film:

'Finnriver Cider: Farmcrafted with Love'

  2:00 Morris Country Dancers

  2:30-4:30 'Village Idiots' live old time music

 3:00 Apple Orchard Tour at Finnriver orchard

3:15-3:20 screening of animated film

4:30-6:00 Square Dance with the Apple Day Band

 Throughout the day:

Apple ID with Lori Brakken and North Olympic Fruit Club

Apple Art & Games

Caramel Apples by Elevated Candy Co

Woodfire Pizza with Dented Buoy

Tea and Coffee

Apple hand pies locally baked fresh from CRUST

Tasting Room open 12-5 for hard cider tastings

 Hot Cider

This event also celebrates our Calling All Apples Campaign, a community apple harvest that invites folks to bring apples to the farm for Finnriver to ferment.

Two years ago, Finnriver began the "Calling All Apples" capmagin and collected over 2,000 pounds of local apples, which we fermented into a hard cider with a community mission -- 10 cents of every bottle sold goes to the local Food Bank Association. For the third season, Finnriver is inviting folks from across the North Olympic Peninsula to bring their  backyard apples to Finnriver as donations to our Farmstead Cider Project. Some apples are just too bitter, bruised or bizarre to eat, but these extra earthy varieties can make a wonderful hard cider full of complexity and character.  We cannot accept heavily bruised or battered fruit. Starting October 1, people can bring their apples to Finnriver and add them to the big bin by the barn, or they can de dropped off in bins at the following locations in Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene.

Chimacum Corner Farmstand

Quilcene Village Store

Discovery Bay Store

PT Food COOP

Nash's Farm store

Renaissance Cafe in Port Angeles

World Apple Day was initiated by the British community organization Common Ground in 1990 to help promote "local distinctiveness" and honor the unique apple and orchard heritage of different places.  The event has since been continued by people organizing hundreds of local events. “Common Ground has used the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity we should not let slip away. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness...” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Day)

The first Apple Day was on October 21, 1990 in Covent GardenLondon.

Finnriver seeks to bring this tradition to the Olympic Peninsula and invites the public to enjoy a day of entertainment and education on the farm. Overall, our goal is to create a great community event that celebrates the season of autumn, our local agricultural heritage and our regional apple abundance.  Finnriver co-owner Crystie Kisler says, “Part of the Finnriver mission is to welcome people onto this land and offer positive experiences of life on the small family farm.  The apple is a classic and beloved Washington fruit that we are happy to honor since it is adored in so many forms.”

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Oct
11
10:00 am10:00

Vashon Ciderfest 2014

CELEBRATE ALL THINGS CIDER AT CIDERFEST!

Cider has deep roots in American history. In colonial times, hard cider was by far the most popular alcoholic beverage, far more than whiskey, wine, or beer. Apple orchards were planted throughout the states, not for eating but for making cider. Many small farms grew cider apples and produced cider, sometimes supplementing farm worker wages with the fermented product.
 

Why cider lost popularity in the US is up for scholarly debate, but as more people look to eat local, support sustainable agriculture and help small farms grow artisan crafted local ciders are growing in popularity. Vashon is home to many small farms, specialty orchards and talented cider makers. Even the casual gardener has apple and pear trees growing in their yards and probably has a cider press in the garage.

 

Join us on Saturday October 11th for Vashon’s CiderFest as the Vashon community celebrates of all things cider!


The day will be filled with fun events, exhibits and treats for all ages.  Some of the planned activities are:

FRESH CIDER PRESSING! at Saturday Farmers Market 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Village Green, Vashon Town Center south of Bank Rd.
The Vashon Island Fruit Club will be at the Village Green pressing apples and offering tastings of cider, you can also purchase fresh cider, homemade apple crisps, and apple trees. Also featured will be a Kid's Cider Press! 

 

FIRE & RESCUE OPEN HOUSE! 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fire Station 55 at 10020 SW Bank Rd.
Stop by Vashon Island Fire and Rescue will have their Annual Family Open House at Fire Station 55. Stop by to visit with local Fire & Rescue staff, enjoy, hotdogs, bouncy houses, fire trucks, an, air lift demonstration and other fun activities. 

 

NASHI ORCHARDS ORCHARD TOUR! 1:00 PM
25407 Wax Orchard Road SW
Take a tour of Nashi Orchards to see what makes their Perry so special.
Tour starts at 1:00 PM sharp.

 

DRAGON'S HEAD ORCHARD TOUR! 2:00 PM 
18201 107th Ave SW
Tour the orchards of Vashon's own Dragon's Head Cider! Tour starts at 2:00 PM.

 

VIGA LOCAL CIDER TASTING! 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Seattle Distilling 19429 Vashon Highway SW
Sample Vashon grown and crafted ciders from Dragon's Head, Irvine's Vintage and Nashi Orchards at The CiderFest Cider Tasting hosted by Vashon Island Growers Association and located at Seattle Distilling. There will also be fresh cider snow cones, food, music and other fun activities for kids and adults!

 

WINE TASTING & WINE CLUB PICK UP PARTY & PALOUSE WINERY Noon to 5:00 PM 
12431 Vashon Highway SW
Check out the wines made by Vashon's Palouse Winery during their quarterly Wine Club pick up party. 

 

CIDER STOMP DANCE! at OPEN SPACE for ARTS & COMMUNITY 7:00 PM to 9:00PM.
18870 103rd Ave SW
Get your dance on at Open Space for Arts and Community! Dance lessons start at 7:00 so you will have sweet moves by 7:15!

Look for CIDERFEST SPECIALS at local restaurants, galleries and stores!

Oct
11
10:00 am10:00

NW Ciderfest Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association

2014 marks the inaugural year for the NW CIDERFEST benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Located at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, OR, this fun-filled event celebrates all things autumn. Sample ciders from over 20 different NW vendors, cheese and food pairings, enjoy live music, family fun activities including pony rides and apple pie eating contest. Shop for cider in the cider store.

Tickets on sale: Family Pass $10, General Admission $25 and VIP Admission $75. Learn more and buy tickets now at www.nwciderfest.org

The NW Cider Association and the local chapter of the MDA have partnered to offer this fun filled event celebrating all things autumn.

For more information contact cking@mdausa.org or 503 223 3177.  

Oct
11
9:00 am09:00

Home Cider Making Class at Finnriver Farm & Cidery

  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Introduction to Home Hard Cider Making

This workshop provides a history and overview of hard cider styles and production, and instruction in basic principles of apple selection, pressing, fermentation, aging and bottling. Aside from getting a "behind the scenes" glimpse into Finnriver Farm's cider making facility, students will press apples and take home a 1 gallon jug of fermenting hard cider at the end of the day.  Students are welcome to bring their own apples (15 pounds minimum) or purchase from Finnriver. Students must be 21 years and older to participate.

Join us in learning skills based on "hand to hand" instruction that is practical, experiential and inspiring. Our courses and the talented instructors reflect our mission to preserve and restore the skills, traditions and arts of rural living.

Ages- Adult :: $130 + 15 material fee

Instructor Andrew Byers

Click here to register

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Cider Swig - the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival
Sep
27
12:00 pm12:00

Cider Swig - the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival

  • Sehmel Homestead Park

50 regional (hard) ciders highlight the festival!

Cideries presenting include: Alpenfire, Dragon's Head, Finnriver, Nashi Orchards, ReFinnriver Cidery, Whitewood Cider Co., Dragon's Head Cider, Schilling Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Snowdrift Cider Co., Alpenfire Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Nashi Orchards, The Methow Valley Ciderhouse (confirmed to date)

The CIDER SWIG stage will have live music all day:

12-1pm: Spare Thyme (twin fiddles)
1-2pm: Lobo Del Mar (Celtic-Bluegrass-Flamenco fusion)
2-3pm: The Early Birds (American folk, rock, soul guitar)
3-4pm: Budapest West (High-energy World fusion)
4-5pm: Billy Farmer (Classic Americana)

Select food pairings by area restaurants ($5 small and $10 large). Cideries will also have available ciders for sale, to take home, during the event. 

ADMISSION: 

- $25 advance online (through 9/15)
- $32 at gate (**only 200 "at gate" tickets**).
- $10 designated driver. 

Tickets available @ www.ciderswig.eventbrite.com

Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Sales on first come-first-served basis limited to 1,400.

Ticket includes: 5 drink tokens, festival glass, and access to music, food, activities, and more. Additional tokens available at festival. ID required to enter the cider area. Under 21 free entry.

The event is presented by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's Parks and Environment Core Area Board. 

Proceeds will support environmental conservation and education, and other initiatives of the Foundation’s Parks & Environment CAB, which include maintaining and expanding parks, trails and natural areas of the greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas.

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Sep
19
8:30 am08:30

Course: Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year - Fall Orcharding

Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year

Guiding students throughout the production year with in-depth discussions and demonstrations of orcharding techniques needed on a seasonal basis.

Fee: Four-part series-$330. Orcharding section only (3 classes)-$250.  Individual classes-$95 each. All classes include beverages and lunch.
Date/ Time:        (See individual classes for details).
Location:             Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA

In this series of one-day workshops, we will cover the intricacies of apple and pear orcharding, providing students with information crucial to becoming a successful commercial producer. Training covers everything from evaluating the business plan, to starting an orchard, choosing plant material, orchard maintenance, and equipment needed.  Enterprise Feasibility kicks off the year, followed by Orcharding courses spread out over three seasons.

 

The Orcharding section of this four-part series is led by fruit production expert Gary Moulton.  Gary worked in the Fruit Horticulture department of the Washington State University - Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center from 1980 to 2010.   In 1991 he took over the management, direction, and leadership of the Fruit Research program. He holds a Master’s Degree from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pomology/Fruit Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. These courses are listed in the Events Calendar under Cider and Perry Orcharding Through the Year.

 

Fall Orcharding

Date/Time: September 19, 2014.  8:30 AM to 4:30PM.
Location: Skagit Valley Gardens (Mount Vernon, WA).

This workshop will explain orchard layout based on rootstock performance, guide students to choose the best varieties for particular markets, determine correct spacing, and cover factors affecting fruit production yields. Students will get an overview of routine tasks for fall orcharding, including calculating fertilizer needs and using equipment to apply them, preparing for Winter, the do’s and don’ts of scion wood, and the surprisingly tricky task of working with a nursery to order grafted trees.  Topics:

• Orchard Layout
• Soil Testing & Amendments
• Rootstock Selection for fruit varieties
• Fall Clean-Up & Pest Control
• How to Collect & Store Scion Wood
• Working with the Nursery

 

These courses are very popular and advanced reservations fill quickly.  Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability and registration. 360-336-3727

For more information go to http://www.agbizcenter.org

 

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An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting
Sep
5
6:00 pm18:00

An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting

  • Saraveza

Its now back to school time and Finnriver Farm & Cidery is bringing their “An Apple for Teacher Cider Tasting” to Saraveza on Friday, September 5th. Taking place from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Finnriver will be offering complimentary samples of their craft ciders, award-winning port style apple wine and healthy bites of organic, local apples.

An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting as part of their Annual Back to School Cider Showcase. Limited release Seasonal Ciders from Finnriver will be available on draft for the event along with bottles for carryout. Fresh, raw apples will be sliced to taste, showcasing culinary varieties sometimes used in cider making. Attendees are encouraged to learn a bit about culinary and cider fruit, explore a variety of flavors, tastes and generally enjoy the bounty of the fermented and unfermented apples.

 

 

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The evening’s featured Ciders & Wine include the following.

Farmstead Cider
Farmstead Cider is the product of a community collaboration. Each Fall, Finnriver invites neighbors across the north Olympic Peninsula to bring their bruised, bitter or bizarre backyard apples in honor of World Apple Day. This charismatic collection of fruit is then fermented. The result is a semi-sweet, unfiltered, frontier-style cider with rustic origins and a juicy apple character. Farmstead then returns the good will of the community as Finnriver allocates 1o cents on every bottle sale of this blend to local food banks. 6.5% abv (in bottle)

Forest Ginger Cider
Forest Ginger Cider, a Fall seasonal blend in the Elijah K. Swan Botanical line tastes like a walk through the orchard and in the woods. A crisp cider with a bright apple core, earthy resinous notes and the warmth of crushed ginger root for a hint of heat. Made from a base of organic Washington and heirloom apples with fir tips harvested from the forest at Finnriver and organic ginger. 6.5% abv (on draft & in bottle)

Lavender Black Currant
Lavender Black Currant Cider celebrates the botanical bounty and beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Savor the lingering tastes of summer with this special limited release cider, also from the Elijah K. Swan Botanical line. A refreshing purple-hued sparkling cider featuring the organic Washington apple fermented and blended with the sweet and tart delights of black currant. Add to that the delicate floral notes of organic Sequim lavender, sourced from Purple Haze farm, and you have a delicious taste of the summer season. 6.5% abv (draft & bottle)

“Elijah K. Swan” Ciders are named after the good folks who sold us the farm (Lige & Kay Christian) and who first planted apple trees here, as well as for the trumpeter swans that overwinter in the valley. This cider is a tribute to them and to those big white birds who remind us that earth is still wild.

Port-Style Apple Wine
Port-Style Apple Wine or Spirited Apple Wine is a richer, dessert offering. The wholesome apple may surprise you with the sultry side revealed in this sumptuous apple wine, handcrafted on Finnriver’s Olympic Peninsula family farm. After fermenting the fruit, the tantalizing sweetness of the apples is captured by fortifying with custom-distilled apple brandy. May it bring you warmth and good cheer! 18.5% abv (in bottle)

DOUBLE GOLD, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, WA, Seattle Wine Awards, 2013
GOLD, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, 2013
BRONZE, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, 2011

 

Sep
5
Sep 6

Northwest Cider Summit

  • South Lake Union Discovery Center

One of the most diverse PNW cider tasting events of the year!

The fourth annual Northwest Cider Summit attracts artisanal cidermakers from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia,  California, Michigan, England, France and Spain. Come taste your way to new cider discoveries while meeting the cidermakers themselves! 

 

Follow the link for ticketing and more details.

Washington Cider Week 2014
Sep
4
Sep 14

Washington Cider Week 2014

  • Washington State United States

2014 WASHINGTON CIDER WEEK!

September 4th - 14th. Check out the event line up!

Cidermakers Announce the Third Annual Washington Cider WeekCelebrate the state’s most exciting beverage with more than 75 activities, September 4-14

SEATTLE, WA—The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day craft cider celebration. Cider Week Washington kicks off on September 4th, and on the 5th the Northwest Cider Summit kicks the party into gear at South Lake Union in Seattle.  Followed by a week long of tasting events. Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia. Fourteen cideries from Washington are participating in this year’s events. 

E.Z. Orchards to Host Farm to Fork Dinner Alfresco in Their Orchards
Aug
2
5:30 pm17:30

E.Z. Orchards to Host Farm to Fork Dinner Alfresco in Their Orchards

  • E Z Orchards Farm Market

 

August 2nd, 2014  5:30pm  E.Z. Orchards Farm Market, Corner of Cordon Rd and Hazel Green Rd

A Summer’s Bounty themed meal prepared by Chef Daryl Gossack of Loustic, Salem, Oregon.   

Enjoy a family-style, gourmet dinner with six courses highlighting farm fresh, local produce and gourmet products from the Willamette Valley, paired with 6 wines and cidres.  Cost is $80 per person, includes wine, and cidres.

For more info: http://www.ezorchards.com/farm-market/farm-to-fork-dinner-events/

Savor South Sound
Aug
1
Aug 2

Savor South Sound

  • Thurston County Fairgrounds

Check out Savor South Sound at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Northwest Cider members Reverend Nat's and Whitewood Cider will be present and pouring.


Enjoy locally crafted beer, wine, and hard cider from Fish Tale Ales, Whitewood Cider, Madsen Family Cellars, Stottle Winery, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Kastellan Brauerei (Friday only), Vino Aquino Winery, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Dicks Brewing, Stinas Cellars, Bateaux Cellars, Hoodsport Winery, NoLi Brewhouse, and NW Mountain Winery.

5pm - 10pm, Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2
Fair Entry $7.00, Savor South Sound Entry $10.00 
Ticket includes commemorative glass and 2 tastes

Bring your Market Sale bid number Saturday between 5-6pm for $3.00 off entry fee.

Contact Becca at savorsouthsound@gmail.com.

Check out their Facebook page for more info

Capitol Cider daily specials benefit Green Plate Special
Jul
27
6:30 pm18:30

Capitol Cider daily specials benefit Green Plate Special

  • Capito Cider

Capitol Cider daily specials and July 31 event to benefit Green Plate Special

Capitol Cider will have daily food and cider specials in the month of July to benefit the youth gardening and cooking nonprofit Green Plate Special. The $6 gluten-free food specials will be made using produce from Green Plate Special's teaching garden, located in Rainier Valley. Capitol Cider is partnering with Methow Valley based Sixknot Cider, which will produce a special handcrafted cider infused with herbs from the Green Plate Special garden. $4 of every purchase of the daily special or cider will benefit youth gardening and cooking programs at Green Plate Special.

The month-long fundraiser will culminate with a celebration on July 31 from 6-9 pm in the downstairs bar of Capitol Cider. The event will feature live music by the John Sinclair Jr. Ensemble, and a drawing for a box of produce from the Green Plate Special garden and a Sixknot Cider gift package. Tickets for the drawing will be given to all who purchase food and cider specials in the month of July, as well as on the evening of July 31. The 21 and over event is open to the public, no RSVP necessary.

Capitol Cider is located on Capitol Hill at 818 East Pike Street. http://www.capitolcider.com/

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About Green Plate Special
Founded in 2011, Green Plate Special's mission is to inspire and empower middle school youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together.  Green Plate Special's teaching garden is located in Rainier Valley, and this summer they will complete an on-site kitchen classroom. http://greenplatespecial.org/

About Sixknot Cider
Our farm and cidery rest on the banks of the Methow River near Twisp, Washington. We only press certified organic Washington apples, selected from our trees and other local orchards. We do not add sulfites, preservatives or sugars.To retain the flavors often lost in processing, we do not filter. Our cidermaking is kith and kin to the natural wine movement - organic practices in the orchard and minimal intervention in the ciderhouse. http://sixknotcider.com/

Jun
23
8:00 am08:00

Portland International Cider Cup

  • Reverend Nat's Hard Cider

Attention cidermakers! Here is a great opportunity to find out where your cider stands among other PNW greats!

The Portland International Cider Cup is a competition for commercial cider producers in the Pacific Northwest. You must have a production license to participate. Only ciders are allowed entry, as categories are developed for the cider market specifically. NWCA members receive a discount on their entry fee!

 

Date and time for this year's competition has yet to be announced. Stay tuned!

 

Please follow the link below for entry qualifications and specifics.

Jun
20
Jun 21

Northwest Cider Summit Portland

  • Portland, Oregon USA
We believe we’ve created a unique event. We have found a great home in the South Waterfront neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders. Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.
— Alan Shapiro, SBS Imports, cidersummitnw.com

Cider Summit Portland Celebrates Fourth Year with Move to the Pearl 
Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Expands to The Fields Neighborhood Park

Time and Date:

Friday June 21st from 3 - 8
Saturday June 22nd from 12 to 6

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR.  The fourth annual event will take place Friday, June 20 from 2p-8p and Saturday, June 21 from 12n-6p.  Cider Summit is expanding to the new Fields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th/Overton in the Pearl District.  The event is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.

This will be the eleventh Cider Summit produced by SBS &Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and most recently Berkeley.  This year’s event will feature over 120 ciders from producers around the country and around the world. 

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions in a souvenir festival glass.  In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature the DoveLewis/Unleashed by Petco Dog Lounge, expanded food selections from World Foods & St. Honore Boulangerie, special dessert pairing from Smitten Truffles and Fifty Licks Ice Cream, and a range of musical performances produced in conjunction with new event beneficiary, Cascade Blues Association.

The popular Brewvana Brewery Tours shuttle will run a continuous loop from SE Portland to the Park and Cider Summit also encourages use of the Portland Streetcar to the event

 “We believe we’ve created a unique event,” noted Ian Roberts of SBC.  “Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”

“We appreciate the generous support the South Waterfront community provided for our first three events,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “However thanks to the great reception of the Portland cider community we simply outgrew the space.  We look forward to a long and successful partnership at our new home in the Pearl.”

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger ticketsUmpqua Bank Pearl District branch, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops.  Admission includes a tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. 

New for 2014 is a special VIP ticket available for $35.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available – exclusively online via the event website.

Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  THE EVENT IS 21 & OVER ONLY.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds.  For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit www.cidersummit.com.

The third annual Cider Summit NW in Portland will be a summer treat you won't want to miss! This two-day event features live music, a "dog-lounge", bicycle valet, food, and glass tasting-ware! Come out and try the latest creations from PNW cidermakers. After sampling, an on-site store offers you the chance to purchase bottles from your favorite cideries.

Oregon Cider Week
Jun
20
Jun 29

Oregon Cider Week

The Northwest Cider Association presents Oregon Cider Week

2014 Oregon Cider Week is coming!

June 20-29, 2014.

Cidermakers Announce the Third Annual Oregon Cider WeekCelebrate the Northwest’s most exciting beverage with tastings, tap take-overs, cider dinners, and more. June 20-29, 2014.

The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Oregon Cider Week, a 10-day celebration of craft cider.

Cidermakers in the Northwest have a lot to celebrate. Several of regional cideries have won national and international awards for their traditional dry ciders and perrys, while new blends featuring black currants, hops, lavender and quince are giving cider fans plenty of unusual flavors to enjoy. Nationally, cider continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the beverage market. Hard cider, crafted from apples with the same careful attention that wine is developed from grapes, is naturally gluten-free, and makes use of fruit varieties that date back hundreds of years. 

Dozens of separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout the state of Oregon. Reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the Northwest Cider Summit and cidermaker dinners.


Jun
6
Jun 8

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards

  • 4700 Ohio Ave. S

There will be a collection of Pacific Northwest ciders with a private judging hosted by Capitol Cider, followed by a 3-day event with a "People's Choice" cider.

This event will be held at The Woods (Seattle Cider/Two Beers Brewery Tasting room) and Capitol Cider. Tickets can be purchased for each day of the festival for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Admission includes a 13-ounce PNWCA tulip glass and 8 tasting tokens, each good for a 5-ounce pour – or a 10-ounce pour for two tokens – of any of the 25+ Northwest ciders on tap. We'll also have some great food trucks, a People's Choice cider award and more

 

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at: http://pnwca.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information, visit www.pnwca.com or email register@pnwca.com. Be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events, including award announcements, tap additions and more.

Event Phone: (253) 365-3780

The Portland Fruit Beer Festival
Jun
3
9:00 pm21:00

The Portland Fruit Beer Festival

  • Burnside Brewing (Parking Lot)

The Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 7th & 8th) reveals the 25+ strong list of extremely rare beers that will rotate on four at a time until they run out. These beers, mostly in 5-10 gallon small kegs represent vintage, small batch, barrel-aged and one-off brews painstakingly culled by the organizers and are always a popular addition to the regular 25 beers/breweries announced. Note some of these kegs will be tapped at specific times during the fest and those are noted in red parenthesis next to the beer.

This All-Ages Fest features both beers and ciders many created just for this event and using fruits from Strawberry's and Pears to more exotic Mayme fruit and Cherimoya. The styles of the beers range from light tart wheats to barrel-aged sour beers and even Mango and Grape infused IPA's. On site food vendors and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Bunk Sandwiches, Pulehu Pizza and Burnside Brewing Co.
 

Advanced General Admission tickets are now available online or at the pub at Burnside Brewing or you can get tickets at the gates. The festival will be held at 7th & E. Burnside in Portland in both the Burnside Brewing parking lot and on a shut down E. 7th street with outside seating, tents, and over 50 different beers pouring over the 2 day fest. A $20 entry package includes a beautiful screen printed 16oz glass and 12 drink tickets good for 3oz pours of most beers with some more expensive beers at 2 or 3 tickets a pour, full pint pours also available. 

Thanks to our sponsors Maletis Beverage, Oregon Fruit Products, Willamette Week and Backdraught PDX. 

 

Rare & Rotating Fruit Beer List:

10 Barrel: Cucumber Crush - Cucumber Berliner-Weisse created for the 2013 Fruit Beer Fest. Gold Medal Winner at the 2014 World Beer Cup.

Breakside: Brett Rouge

Breakside: Beaujolais avec Brett - Strong sour ale fermented with wild yeasts and Oregon­ grown Gamay grapes.

Breakside: Apollo & Dionysus - Cellar Reserve Beer; Not Usually Available to the Public. Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Saison w Sichuan Peppercorn

Burnside Brewing: Coconut/Lime Kolsch - Lime Kolsch blended with Thai Coconut water

Burnside Brewing: Cartel Michelada - Cartel Vienna Lager blended with salt, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, secret ingredient and black pepper (Tapping 11am Saturday 6/7)

Burnside Brewing: 2012 Red Light District - Imperial Stout with Belgian Chocolate, Strawberries and aged in local Rum barrels.

De Garde: Blueberry Bu Weisse (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)

De Garde: Blackberry Bu Weisse

Deschutes: Abbey Framboise - Raspberry infused belgian-style Abbey ale.

Double Mountain: Lyle Ryder - Bloody Mary/Red Beer! (Tapping 11am Sunday 6/8)

Elysian: Squeeze Box Berry Imperial IPA - 8.1% Abv Double IPA with 42lbs each of raspberry, boysenberry, and blackberry purée. (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)

Elysian: Yuzu Belgian-Style Golden - Belgian Golden with citrusy sweet Yuzu juice.

Flat Tail: Habanero Apricot Wild

Hopworks: Raspberry/Chocolate Army of Darkness - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Organic Raspberries and Cacao

Hopworks: Raspberry Triple - Belgian-style Tripel with Raspberries added.

Lompoc: Cherry Christmas - Barrel-Aged winter ale with Cherries.

McMenamins: Pavol’s Bublanina - Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter Aged on Cherries (Edgefield Brewery) ABV: 7.61   

New Belgium: Guava Nectarine La Folie - one-off single 5 gallon oak firkin.

New Belgium: Cascara Quad - An ale brewed with Date, Coffee and cherries added

New Belgium: Dieu Du Ciel - An ale brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus

Oakshire: Hermanne 1882 - Belgian-style ale with Muller Thurgau grapes aged in Pinot Barrels with Brettanomyces.

Thai Me Up Brewing: Chchchchc-Cherry Bomb - Silver Medal Winner at 2012 GABF and 2014 World Beer Cup from Wyoming. (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)

Upright/Bushwhacker: Ebony & Ivory - Upright Brewing’s Gose infused with white truffles blended with a cider from Bushwhacker infused with black truffles. (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)

 

Cask/Pins:

Alameda: Blackberry Black Bear XX Stout  - Award winning Export stout with Blackberries added in the cask.

Cider Riot: Hedgerow Fruits - Special for the fruit beer fest (a nod to one of Michael Jacksons favourite beer descriptors). It will be a dry cider made with blackcurrants and Italian plums. (Tapped at 3pm Saturday 6/7 by the brewer)

Perry Tasting, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association
Jun
1
1:00 pm13:00

Perry Tasting, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association

  • The Beer Junction
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As part of fundraising for the American Lung Associations, Climb for Clean Air program I am hosting a tasting of perries that I brought back from England recently. Some of the bottles will be of significant interest to perry makers since many are single varietals and as far as I know none are commercially available in the Northwest. 

The bottles that will be included in the event are as follows:
2012, Gregg's Pit Blakeney Red SV
Oliver's Oldfield Dry Perry
Butford Organics Aurora Premier Crus
Ross on Wye Moorcroft Blend Dry Perry
2012, Once Upon a Tree, Priggles Perry
Dunkertons Organic Perry
Severn Cider, Medium Sparkling Perry
Ross on Wye, Gin Pear SV, Dry
Ross on Wye, Thorn Pear SV, Dry
Ross on Wye, Flakey Bark Pear SV, Dry

 

Event details on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/745342288819762/

Learn to Evaluate Cider like a Pro
May
18
3:00 pm15:00

Learn to Evaluate Cider like a Pro

  • Nat’s Cidery and Public Taproom

May 18th, 3pm to 6pm, $15 Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets or at Reverend Nat’s Cidery and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Cider Riot! founder and BJCP National Judge Abram Goldman-Armstrong walks you through tasting, evaluation, and judging of various styles of cider. Learn the difference between styles of English and American ciders by tasting through classic examples. Acquire a familiarity with cider defects and off flavors, and the characteristics that go into making world-class cider. The class will be geared for everyone from the novice to experienced cider drinkers. The cost of the class covers samples of cider and style description sheets. We will provide palate cleansing crackers but no dinner.

Oregon native Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been making cider since 1995, passed the Beer Judge Certification Exam at the National level at age 21 and has judged at numerous amateur and professional beer and cider competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival, Mondial de la Biere in Montreal, British Columbia Beer Awards, American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, Heart of Cascadia, Fall Classic, Widmer Collaborator, and the Portland International Cider Cup. Abram is the editor of Northwest Brewing News, his articles appear regularly in such publications as Ale Street News, and American Brewer. He took his passion for cider to the professional level in 2013, opening Cider Riot! an urban cidery dedicated to the production of flavorful and refreshing dry ciders. 

Portland's largest cidery, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider has a mission to create dry and off-dry hard ciders in a wide range of styles from traditional and hard-to-drink to modern and highly quaffable using heirloom apples and other carefully chosen ingredients, all reflecting the historical position of hard cider in America and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.

May
17
8:30 am08:30

Course: Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year - Late Spring/Summer Orcharding

 

Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year

Guiding students throughout the production year with in-depth discussions and demonstrations of orcharding techniques needed on a seasonal basis.

Fee: Four-part series-$330. Orcharding section only (3 classes)-$250.  Individual classes-$95 each. All classes include beverages and lunch.
Date/ Time:        (See individual classes for details).
Location:             Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA

In this series of one-day workshops, we will cover the intricacies of apple and pear orcharding, providing students with information crucial to becoming a successful commercial producer. Training covers everything from evaluating the business plan, to starting an orchard, choosing plant material, orchard maintenance, and equipment needed.

The Orcharding section of this four-part series is led by fruit production expert Gary Moulton.  Gary worked in the Fruit Horticulture department of the Washington State University - Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center from 1980 to 2010.   In 1991 he took over the management, direction, and leadership of the Fruit Research program. He holds a Master’s Degree from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pomology/Fruit Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.

 

Late Spring/ Summer Orcharding

Date/ Time: May 17, 2014.  8:30 AM to 4:30PM.

It’s spring! Temperatures warm, buds break and the orchard comes back to life. Learn the importance of thinning- a technique used to maintain a consistent annual crop. Growth starts to speed up at this time of year:  learn how to keep trees in good form. Winter isn’t the only time to propagate trees –participants will learn how summer budding is accomplished using actively growing wood.   Ascertaining when apples are ripe for harvest will also be covered, as well as the latest on mechanical harvesting- a potential labor-saving device for cider apple growers.   Topics:

• Thinning
• Pest Control (monitoring & execution)
• Summer Pruning & Training
• Summer Budding
• Harvest Measures & Indices
• Soil Testing/Foliar Testing
• Mechanized Harvesting for Cider Apples

These courses are very popular and advanced reservations fill quickly.  Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability and registration. 360-336-3727.

For more information, go to http://www.agbizcenter.org

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