11:00 am11:00

Cider Summit Chicago

  • Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Cider Summit Chicago is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot and will once again benefit The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association and Heartland Alliance.

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions. Cider Summit will feature over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.

For tickets and event information, please visit cidersummitnw.com/chicagoeventinfo

Cider Rite of Spring 2016
12:00 pm12:00

Cider Rite of Spring 2016

  • Tiffany Center

Named the best NW cider festival by SIP Northwest Magazine, The Northwest Cider Association presents Cider Rite of Spring, held at the Tiffany Center in Portland, Oregon on March 19th, 2016. We will hold a VIP hour beginning at 11 a.m. - 12 noon (for sponsors,  NWCA members, media and special guests). The public event begins at 12 noon and ends at 5 p.m.  This is a fundraiser for NWCA and another opportunity to educate the public, as well as to promote and sell cider.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

Jun 24

Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation

  • Columbia Gorge Community College

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the mail skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is THE class to attend!

Introduction & Class Goals
Peter Mitchell (Cider & Perry Academy, UK), one of the world’s leading authorities in cider production, NABC aims to provide:
• A broad appreciation of the main styles of cider & perry, along with an understanding of the Cider Industry -  including its historical development, its current position in the alcoholic drinks market and its future development
• Knowledge & understanding of the main principles & processes of cider and perry production
• Training in the practical skills necessary for the production of quality cider & perry
Additional class instruction by Marcus Robert, GM Tieton CiderWorks will cover cidery business analysis, sales & marketing, as well as tax law

The five day class involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures & workshops & cider tasting:
• A detailed step-by-step guide to cider & perry production
• An essential grounding in the chemistry & microbiology of cider & perry
• Practical training in the key skills of cider production and in the main methods of laboratory analysis
• Sensory analysis of cider & perry
• Cidery business analysis, financials, sales & marketing, tax

Registration fee includes detailed reference manual & workshop notes, documented instructions for laboratory analysis, lunch and beverages.  Full payment due at time of registration. Sorry, we are unable to hold spots for payment at a later date. Class strictly limited to 26 attendees.

Contact Information:    Karen Mauden, NABC      Karen@agbizcenter.org   425-466-8722

In collaboration with:


Sponsored by:

This program is funded in part by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

NABC is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

8:00 pm20:00

Skimmity Hitchers Live at Cider Riot!

  • 807 Northeast Couch Street Portland, OR, 97232 United States

Cider Riot! Celebrates New Production Facility with Skimmity Hitchers Live from England

Special limited edition ciders from Cider Riot! and select local producers including EZ Orchards, Wandering Aengus, Reverend Nat’s, and Portland Cider. Montiel’s Cocina will be providing tamales and tacos.

Entry is $5 at the door, free with CiderCON badge, 21+

For more information:
read the press release | ciderriot.com | skimmityhitchers.com

Call or email Abram Goldman-Armstrong ciderriot@gmail.com 503-730-5597.

Enter the Dragon. NWCA's Pre CiderCon Cider Reception TRADE EVENT
6:00 pm18:00

Enter the Dragon. NWCA's Pre CiderCon Cider Reception TRADE EVENT

  • Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

The Northwest Cider Association welcomes cidermakers and cider professionals from around North America and around the world for CiderCon with a warm up event you won't forget. 24 NWCA members specially selected a terrific list of their own wares offering attendees access to a dreamy cider line up that will be hard to top at this conference. 

This is unfortunately strictly a Trade Event. ONLY CiderCon Attendees and NWCA Members may attend. Pick up an invite at Registration Tuesday or we can look up your name at the door.

Event priced 10oz cider tap and bottles pours. Taco Bar and Pork Sliders generously provided by Saalfeld Griggs PC & Global Stainless Systems 

Special cider selections from the following NWCA Members

2 Towns Cider (OR)
Alpenfire Cider (WA)
Alter Ego (OR)
Apple Outlaw (OR)
Cider Riot (OR)
Dragon's Head Cider (WA)
EZ Orchards (OR)
Finnriver Cider (WA)
Grizzly Ciderworks (WA)
Nashi Orchards (WA)
Neigel Vintner (WA)
New West Cider (OR)

Portland Cider (OR)
Red Tank Cider (OR)
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (OR)
Rogue Cider (OR)
Schilling Cider (WA)
Seattle Cider (WA)
Snowdrift Cider Co. (WA)
Square Mile Cider (OR)
Swift Cider (OR)
Tieton Cider Works (WA)
Wandering Aengus (OR)
Whitewood Cider Co. (WA)


4:00 pm16:00

The EastBurn Presents: 2nd Annual Ciderfest

  • The Eastburn

This event promotes the amazing ciders being produced in the Pacific Northwest and benefits Toys For Tots.

Entry fee is $10, which gives you 5 tasting tokens. Patrons will also receive an Eastburn Ciderfest glass. Additional tokens will also be available for purchase at the door. Patron's who bring in donations will receive 5 EXTRA TOKENS per toy donated.

We will have live music upstairs in the dining room and a DJ in the Tap Room and a raffle.


Nov 14

McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

  • Willamalane Center

A two-day celebration of the season's finest ciders and craft beers, the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival will feature 150 different brews on Friday November 13- Saturday November 14. Cost is only $15 at the door and allows entrance for both days, a festival glass and two initial tasting tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 each. Presale tickets are only $12 and include an extra token. Available at www.mccbf.com.

The McKenzie After 5 Rotary and Springfield Rotary, with the help of Courtyard by Marriott are presenting this 4th annual festival. Doors open at 5 pm on Friday. In addition to delicious beverages, there will be food for purchase and great music.

On Saturday doors open at noon and families and children are welcome until 5pm. While Mom and Dad taste their way around the festival there will be puppets, face painting, balloon animals and real animals to entertain the kids. Football fans can enjoy their beverage while watching one of 4 televisions set up for the games. Musical entertainment will again be offered in the evening. Closing at 11pm.

The event is a fundraiser for the local non-profit organizations "Bags of Love" and the "Willamalane Foundation" in addition to other projects sponsored by each of the sponsoring Rotary Clubs.

Are you a home cider or beer brewer? Participate in the 2nd Homebrew Contest. All information, rules, dropoffs, and entry form are available on our website, mccbf.com

Hope to see you there.

Website | Facebook

6:30 pm18:30

City Fruit 5th Annual Cider Taste

  • Pike Place Atrium

City Fruit’s 5th Annual Cider Taste fundraiser will be held on Thursday, November 12th between 6:30 and 9:00 PM at the Pike Place Atrium Kitchen (1433 First Avenue). Tickets are limited, and must be purchased online at the link above.

All tickets include one event passport, souvenir glass, tastes from ten Northwest cidermakers, and five small plates plus one amuse bouche from local chefs. Participating cideries include Alpenfire Organic Hard Cidery, Dragonhead Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Grizzly Ciderworks, Nashi Orchards, Seattle Cider Co., Schilling Cider, Snowdrift Cider, Tieton Cider Works, and Whitewood Cider Co.

For the first time, this year’s event will feature six outstanding chefs including Ethan Stowell, Jerry Traunfeld, Thierry Rautureau, Daisley Gordon, John Sundstrom, and Erik Jackson who will create original small plate pairings to accompany the ciders. The evening will also feature a live auction and the chance to bid on cider-themed prizes and unique local experiences.

All event proceeds will benefit the 2016 harvest, which brings fresh, local fruit to over 50 meal programs and food banks across the city.

Website | Facebook | Twitter: cityfruit

8:15 am08:15

Business of Making Hard Cider Work Shop

  • Skagit Farmers Supply (Main Office)

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

The class will be held in the Skagit Farmers Supply main office conference room.  Access is through the rear of the building.  Parking is available in the front or rear lots, or on the street.

Fee includes beverages and lunch.

NABC Network members receive a 10% discount on registration. Please contact the NABC office for the discount code.

NABC would like to thank our collaborators:

8:30 am08:30

Cider & Perry Orcharding

  • Quincy Fire Station

The Northwest Cider Association/NWCA offers a workshop tailor made for Cider & Perry Orchardists. Orchardists and their crews are encouraged to attend this workshop. This is a “first ever” for Eastern Washington!

Gary Moulton, Pomologist and experienced Cider & Perry Orchardist will present on critical issues of growing these specialty fruits.

This will be practical, hands on workshop with part of the day spent in the orchard.  Be certain to dress for the weather!

· Cider & Perry Varietals
· Soil Fertility & Amendments
· Planning, Planting & Orchard Layout
· Pest Control
· Grafting
· Pruning, Training & Fruit Thinning

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fee: $95 – includes beverages & lunch
Paid online through registration link/NABC

Registration: www.agbizcenter.org

Questions/Contact: Karen Mauden
Karen@agbizcenter.org    425-466-8722


Oct 25

BC Cider Week

Cider is hot! This week kicks off with the first craft cider festival at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Then sample a wide variety of great Northwest ciders throughout the region served up in a wide variety of cool and creative ways, Get out and explore tap takeovers, cider dinners, food and cider pairings, cider flights and cocktails featuring cider and spirits. Stay tuned for a detailed events calendar this summer!



Oct 11

Cider Fest 2015 - A Harvest Celebration

  • Orondo Cider Works

A year’s worth of care and prayer now brings us to the harvest—a time of great excitement and joy as the crop is gathered. Truly a time for celebrating with friends and kin! Please join us for the fun. Live Music, Kids activities, Bin Train Orchard tours, Pumpkin Patch, BBQ, Cider Tasting, Apple Slingshot and more. Our cider tasting is presented by Orondo Community Scholarships. They use the funds raised to support local students in pursuit of college educations. You can help a good cause as you learn more about some of the wonderful ciders from our area.

Event Phone: (509) 784-1029

Sharon Podlich


Cider Swig - 2nd Annual Greater Peninsula Cider Festival
12:00 pm12:00

Cider Swig - 2nd Annual Greater Peninsula Cider Festival

  • Greater Gig Harbor Foundation


Following on a tremendous inaugural event in 2014, the CIDER SWIG returns to Gig Harbor on National Public Lands Day 2015.

Last year, over 1,200 joined the CIDER SWIG for a fun-filled afternoon of cider sipping, noshing delectable eats, taking in live music, cider-centric arts, "apple launching", and great fun in the Kids Apple Zone!

Coming into our second year of the CIDER SWIG we have over 50 regional ciders lined up to date! Many are NWCA members - including Tieton Cider Works.

Again, select food pairings will be provided by local restaurants / food trucks and cideries will have presented ciders for sale, under the Cider Tent, to take home.

The Cider Swig Stage will be ALIVE - giving you a chance to "get your swig on" throughout the day!

$28 - ONLINE (TO 9/15)
$32 - LATE ONLINE (THRU 9/25)
$35 - AT GATE (9/26 @ GATE - *LIMITED)

*Ticket sales limited to 1,400. Advance ticket purchase encouraged.

Ticket price includes: 5 drink tokens, commemorative festival glass, and access to music, food, Cider Talk/Demonstration tent, 'Apple Launch Challenge', cider press demonstrations, and other activities. Additional tokens available at festival.

ID is required to enter the Cider Garden. Under 21 free entry (no Cider Garden access).

This is an accessible and family-fun event. The Kids Apple Zone will have a variety of games and activities for those under 21, cider demonstrations/talks/tips and more by area experts, and a drop-off for children under 12. Accessible pathways will be present to ensure all can participate in this community event.

Proceeds go to support environmental conservation, education, and local initiatives that include maintaining and expanding area parks and trails, and protecting agricultural and natural lands, and our greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsula region watershed.

Cidery/Cidermaker Application available on line at: www.gigharborfoundation.org/cider-swig or send us an email @ ciderswig@gigharborfoundation.org.

gigharborfoundation.org/cider-swig | Facebook

Introduction to Home Hard Cider Making at Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Sep 27

Introduction to Home Hard Cider Making at Finnriver Farm & Cidery

  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Join Finnriver Farm & Cidery for an Autumn day on the Olympic Peninsula to learn how to make your own hard cider! 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.

4:00 pm16:00

Harvest Moon Festival: Cider, Brews & Blues

  • Skagit Riverwalk Park

A celebration of the harvest, featuring blues music and local craft beers and ciders. Enjoy an autumn evening on our beautiful new Riverwalk Park plaza, with the magic Skagit River as a backdrop for wonderful music, food, and libations! Put on by the Mount Vernon Downtown Association.

Event phone: (360) 336-3801

Website | Facebook

10:00 am10:00

Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest

  • Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest is a day of fun, family entertainment that truly celebrates our valley's incredible harvest season. Located on Wenatchee Avenue between Yakima and First Streets, Taste of the Harvest will feature numerous family friendly activities, food and artisan vendors, harvest market vendors, and a beer and wine garden put on by NCW Wine Country. Cider will be featured both at the event itself, and at local establishments such as Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery, and Badger Mountain Brewery.

Presented by The Wenatchee Downtown Association. Located on Wenatchee Avenue between Yakima and First Streets, Wenatchee, WA.

Contact: Robert Edgar
Event Phone: (509) 662-0059

Website: www.wendowntown.org/events/taste-of-the-harvest


6:00 pm18:00

Organic Beer, Cider and Chocolate Tasting

  • Elliott Bay Public House and Brewery

In celebration of Washington Organic Week, Tilth Producers of Washington is hosting an evening of of exquisite culinary pairings by craft breweries, cideries and chocolate producers. Join our organic community as we raise our glasses to Washington’s flourishing organic food movement. Cheers! Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. Call (206) 632-7506 for more information.

Website | Facebook

3:00 pm15:00

Cider Fete

  • Bottlehouse

Cider fans, here's your chance to sample new brews or old standbys poured by the folks who make them as we salute Northwest Cider and the culmination of Washington Cider Week in Bottlehouse's garden and patio.

Participating cideries include: Alpenfire Cider, Dragon's Head Cider, Elemental Cider, Finnriver, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Snowdrift Cider Company, Schilling Cider, Tieton Cider Works and Whitewood Cider Co.

Ticket includes admission, live music and 10 tasting tickets. Enjoy special menu items and cheesemonger pairings, as well as our full menu.

$25 in advance
$30 at the door

email info@bottlehouseseattle.com for ticket purchases

Event Phone: (206) 708-7164


Twitter | Facebook

Sep 20

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

9:00 am09:00

Apple Festival

  • Federal Way Farmers Market


Event Phone: (253) 261-0207

www.federalwayfarmersmarket.com | Facebook

4:00 pm16:00

Sausage and Cider Fest

  • Covington Community Park

Sausage and cider? What's not to love?!?! You better come hungry because you will get the chance to taste delectable sausage, foods made with sausage, and other goodies during the Sausage and Cider Fest. Cider-lovers will get to sample hard ciders from around the Northwest. Bringing a non-cider fan with you? Don't worry, there will be craft beer and wine available to taste from local breweries and wineries, too. The main stage will feature live musical performances during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back, relax and enjoy the music, after getting their fill of sausage and cider first, of course!

Organized by the Covington Kiwanis Club

Event Phone: (253) 480-2402

Website: www.sausageandciderfest.com

Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/sausageandciderfest

10:00 am10:00

Cider Breakfast in the Orchard

  • Alpenfire

Following Port Townsend's Summer Cider Day, join a dozen cidermakers and 20 other cider enthusiasts at Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider’s Cider Breakfast in the Orchard on Sunday, August 9, at 10 a.m.

Alpenfire’s owners, Steve and Nancy Bishop, will serve a Ploughman's-style breakfast in the orchard with fare similar to what one might enjoy in traditional European cider country. The menu includes pork and apple bangers, local cheeses, cured meats, Pane de Amore breads toasted on the grill, sautéed potatoes, peppers and onions, cider baked beans, pickled eggs and piles of fresh fruit. You’ll be accompanied by a dozen or more cidermakers, many of whom have camped out in the orchard the night before (a four year Summer Cider Day tradition). The feast will be accompanied by pomosas (mimosas made with cider) and tastings of each cidermakers’ favorite ciders.

Tickets are $20 and available through Brown Paper Tickets. Orchard is located at 220 Pocket Lane, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Cheers and hope to see you there!

Summer Cider Day 2015
12:00 pm12:00

Summer Cider Day 2015

  • Northwest Maritime Center


Fifth annual celebration returns to scenic North Puget Sound with 60 ciders to sip, live music from award-winning duo and gourmet fare

Summer Cider Day welcomes 17 cideries for a day of tasting and merriment on the Port Townsend Waterfront

Port Townsend, Wash. – (June 30, 2015) – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces details for its fifth annual Summer Cider Day taking place Saturday, August 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. With more than 60 ciders to try, music from the dynamic, award-winning bluegrass band, the Whiskey Minstrels, and gourmet gluten-free fare from Sirens Pub, this family friendly event showcases some of the top cideries from Washington, Oregon and Montana.

“It’s been really exciting to see Summer Cider Day grow and evolve year over year as cider continues to gain in popularity,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “This is one of the largest cider tasting events in Washington state and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region.”

Summer Cider Day’s participating cideries and ciders:

ALPENFIRE CIDER, Port Townsend, Washington
alpenfirecider.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: Pirate’s Plank, Spark!, Dungeness

DRAGON’S HEAD CIDER, Vashon Island, Washington
dragonsheadcider.com Facebook.com
Manchurian Cider, Wild Fermented Cider, Pippin Cider, Traditional Cider

E.Z. ORCHARDS CIDRE, Salem, Oregon
ezorchards.com Facebook
Serving: Cidre Dry, Poire, Roman Beauty Cider, Cidre Semi Dry

EAGLEMOUNT WINE & CIDER, Port Townsend, Washington
eaglemountwinery.com Facebook
Serving: Homestead Dry, Ginger Cider, Raspberry Ginger, Rhubarb Cider

FINNRIVER FARM & CIDERY, Chimacum, Washington
finnriver.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: Perry, Spirited Blackberry Wine, Apple Abbey, Lavender Black Currant

LIBERTY CIDERWORKS, Spokane, Washington
libertycider.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: McIntosh SV, Turncoat, Stonewall, English Style

LOCUST CIDER, Woodinville, Washington
Serving: Original Dry, Green Tea Infused, Dark Sweet Cherry

Serving: North Fork Traditional, Darby Pub Cider, Small Batch - McIntosh

NASHI ORCHARDS, Vashon Island, Washington
NashiOrchards.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: Chojuro Perry Flora Perry, Issho Ni Cider

NEIGEL VINTERS, East Wenatchee, Washington
NeigelVintners.com Facebook
Serving:  Hoppin’ Pear, Pear Essentials, Ginger Pear, Pearfect Pie

NEW WEST CIDER, Portland, Oregon
Serving: Tart Cherry, Hopped Cider

reverendnatshardcider.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: The Passion, ¡Tepache!, Revival Hard Apple, Hallelujah Hopricot

SCHILLING CIDER, Seattle, Washington
schillingcider.com  Twitter Facebook
Serving: Hopped Cider., Ginger Cider, Grapefruit Cider

SEA CIDER, Saanichton, British Columbia
seacider.ca Twitter Facebook
Serving: Prohibition, Perry, Bramble Bubbly, Pippins

SNOWDRIFT CIDER CO., East Wenatchee, Washington
snowdriftcider.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: Red, Perry, Dry

SPIRE MOUNTAIN CIDERS, Olympia, Washington
Serving: Dark & Dry, Sparkling Pear, Red Apple

SQUARE MILE CIDER, Portland, Oregon
squaremilecider.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: Spur & Vine Hopped Cider, Square Mile Original

TIETON CIDER WORKS, Yakima, Washington
tietonciderworks.com Twitter
Serving: Wild Washington Apple, Apricot, Rambling Route

Serving: Bloom, Dry, Golden Russet, Wanderlust

WHITEWOOD CIDER CO., Olympia, Washington
whitewoodcider.com Twitter Facebook
Serving: Old Fangled Heirloom, Gravenstein, Kingston Black Barrel Aged, Summer Switchel Cider

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include admission for one, 10 tasting tickets, and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass. Additional taste tickets, fare from Sirens Pub, and bottles of most of the featured ciders will be available for purchase. The Northwest Maritime Center is located at 431 Water Street in Port Townsend. Event tickets and event details are available at www.nwcider.com.

Port Townsend is accessible by ferry from Seattle or Victoria and by car via Highway 101 from Olympia and Portland. For directions, ferry schedules, lodging and visitor information visit enjoypt.com. Summer Cider Day is sponsored by Cameron Nursery, FruitSmart, G & D Chillers, Ryan's Juice and Capitol Cider.

About Northwest Cider Association

Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

Fee includes keepsake NWCA tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.

This is a Family Friendly event!

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