Cider Rite of Spring 2017
12:00 pm12:00

Cider Rite of Spring 2017

  • The Evergreen

The Northwest Cider Association presents Cider Rite of Spring, held at the Evergreen in Portland, Oregon on March 25th, 2017-Named the best NW cider festival by SIP Northwest Magazine.

Cider Rite of Spring is a celebration of the blossoming Northwest Cider industry— an annual cider tasting event welcoming the return of Spring, featuring nearly 100 unique ciders served by 30 different cidermakers and cidery representatives in beautifully renovated historic event space, the Evergreen in SE Portland.

Participating cideries include: ^5 Cider, 1859 Cider Co., 2 Towns Cider House, 7Bev Corp., Alter Ego Cider, Baird & Dewar Farmhouse, Bandon Rain, Bauman's Cider, Bull Run Cider, Cider Riot!, Dragon's Head Cider, Elk Horn Brewery & Cider House, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Locust Cider, McMenamins Edgefield, New West Cider, Pear UP, Portland Cider Co., Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Runcible Cider Co., Schilling Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Snowdrift Cider Co., Spire Mountain Ciders, Square Mile Cider, Steelhead Cider, Swift Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Tumalo Cider Co., Wandering Aengus, and Woodbox Cider.

Named The Best NW Cider Festival By SIP Northwest Magazine, we're excited for Cider Rite Of Spring 2017, presented by Square Mile Cider, FruitSmart, Valley Processing, Vintners Logistics, Whole Foods, and Portland Cider Co. Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a glass and tasting tickets. Food will be available for purchase from Wasabi Sushi! A pop-up retail store will give attendees the chance to buy their favorite ciders from the event to take home.  Doors will open at 12pm for all!


Presented By:

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2017 Portland International Cider Cup
12:00 am00:00

2017 Portland International Cider Cup

  • Widmer Brewing

Portland International Cider Cup

This competition was founded in 2013 by Nat West, Mark Crowder of (noncommercial) Rainbarrel Cider, and Abram Goldman-Armstorng of Cider Riot!, with early assistance from Nick Gunn of Wandering Aengus and Dave White of Whitewood Cider. The NWCA took over the running of this competition in 2016. The board recognized the importance of unbiased cider evaluation, and the benefits of medals as a marketing tool for member cideries.

Why is the competition called the Portland International Cider Cup if you’re only accepting ciders from the Pacific Northwest?
The planning committee tossed around a few ideas for names including Cascadia and Pacific Northwest. We didn’t like Pacific Northwest because it’s our northwest but Canada’s southwest and Japan’s northeast. And we decided early on to limit entries to those cideries within the bounds of the Northwest Cider Association, so calling it the Portland Cider Cup excluded British Canadian cideries, so the name stuck as PICC.

Why are you only accepting ciders from the commercial producers within the bounds of the Northwest Cider Association?
First off, we don’t want a huge number of entries since we are not professional cider competition organizers. GLINTCAP does an excellent job with their very large competition and we don’t have the man/womanpower to handle 400+ entries. Additionally, we didn’t want to take a severe stand with regards to geographic bounds. And finally, we feel that there is a true cider culture developing in the Pacific Northwest and want to highlight this region’s love of cider, which is currently experiencing the largest growth of the cider market in the US.

Cidermakers, CLICK HERE to enter your cider.

A big thank you to our sponsors:

BC Cider Week
May 6

BC Cider Week

  • British Columbia Canada

This year we are changing to a springtime event and organizers are putting together some fantastic BC cider adventures.

Here is a taste of what we are currently working on:

Sunday, April 30th: A Cider Social hosted by Sea Cider in Victoria

Saturday, April 29th: BC Cider Week in YVR (host TBD)

Saturday, May 6th: BC Cider Week hosted by BC Tree Fruits Cider in Kelowna

STAY TUNED as details roll in...... We will have an event calendar just for BCCW as we get closer to the dates.

Thank you to our sponsors:

6th Annual Oregon Cider Week
Jun 25

6th Annual Oregon Cider Week

We are pleased to announce the 6th annual Oregon Cider Week!

If you are an NWCA member and would like to get involved, please get in touch!

Here's just a few ideas of what members throughout Oregon can do to get involved:

  • Meet the Cidermaker
  • Tap Takeovers
  • Cidery tours
  • Cider and Food Pairing
  • Cider and Cheese/Ice Cream/Dessert/whatever pairing
  • Cider Brunch
  • Cider and Yoga
  • Limited Release
  • Bike Rides
  • Collaboration cider release party
  • History and or science of cider

....Or get creative and come up with your own way to celebrate Oregon Cider Week!


NWCA would like to thank Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Flextank USA for sponsoring OCW.

7th Annual Washington Cider Week
Sep 17

7th Annual Washington Cider Week

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The Northwest Cider Association Announces It's Seventh Annual Washington Cider Week.

The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the seventh annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day craft cider celebration. Cider Week kicks off on September 7th.  Get ready for this 10 day bevy of beverages from the simple to the significant; from dinner pairing menus to tap take overs, and much more. Washington is one of seven states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week, joining California, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia. British Columbia has a Cider Week each spring. 

Cidermakers in Washington have plenty to celebrate and be proud of. Many of our region's cidermakers are gaining national recognition, not to mention receiving numerous national and international awards for their Northwest cider and perry.

Year after year 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. 

We expect over 100 separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout Washington state. Reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the Seattle Cider Summit and cidermaker dinners.

Want to get involved?
Have an idea for a fantastic WACW cider event?

CiderCON 2017
Feb 10

CiderCON 2017

  • Hilton

Don't miss the one and only Cider Conference, brought to you by the United States Association of Cider Makers.

CiderCon was created to affect positive changes in cidermaking, cider fruit production, the cider market and cider regulations. It's an opportunity for the cider community to gather, share ideas, collaborate and learn. CiderCon allows cider producers to meet their industry colleagues to exchange ideas on best practices, innovations and trends. The discussions that take place at CiderCon provide a foundation of strength and diversity for the industry.



Carlton Cyderworks Harvest Release Party
Nov 26

Carlton Cyderworks Harvest Release Party

  • Carlton Cyderworks

Join us in wine country as we will release 3 new ciders and pour 4 favorites. Each paired perfectly with light fare. Fun for the whole family, including non-alcoholic cider! Live music and a retail shop to take home your favorite ciders.

WEBSITE | Twitter: Carltoncyder

Alter Ego Cider Tasting Room Grand Opening and Celebration!
4:00 pm16:00

Alter Ego Cider Tasting Room Grand Opening and Celebration!

  • Alter Ego Cider @ Urban Crush

We Won!!! We're #1!

Alter Ego's "The Brute" Cider has been named the #1 BEST Modern Apple Cider in the Pacific Northwest. This is a huge accolade for us! After two years as a draft only cidery, this bottling of The Brute was our first product in bottle, and it took first place!

Please come celebrate our win with us at our new Portland "home" at Urban Crush! We will be pouring our two bottled ciders: The Brute and The Guardian Angel. Both ciders will be available for sale by the bottle or by the case. Stock up on this award winning cider for your holiday table or gifts! Special discounts on half case or case purchases.

Join us on Thursday November 17th from 4 - 7pm at Urban Crush. If you can't make it on the 17th, please stop by our tasting room during normal operating hours.

Read about our big win here:

City Fruit's 6th Annual Cider Taste
6:00 pm18:00

City Fruit's 6th Annual Cider Taste

  • AXIS Pioneer Square

Join City Fruit on November 10th for the 6th Annual Cider Taste at AXIS Pioneer Square! The region's premiere cider event features:

10 Washington Cideries - Alpenfire Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Snowdrift Cider Co., Finnriver Cidery, Whitewood Cider Co., Dragon's Head Cider, Schilling Hard Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Nashi Orchards, and Woodinville Ciderworks

5 Outstanding Seattle Chefs - Lisa Dupar (Pomegranate Bistro), Renee Erickson (The Whale Wins), Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata), Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita), and Rachel Yang (Revel)

Plus - Photo Booth * Cider Cocktails * Fill the Pie! Opportunity * Cider Store

Help us celebrate another record-breaking harvest season and keep this work to fight hunger and build community going in 2017.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | Twitter: cityfruit

OSU Portland Craft Cidery Startup Workshop
8:00 am08:00

OSU Portland Craft Cidery Startup Workshop

  • Widmer Brothers Brewing

Taught by seasoned cider industry practitioners from Wandering Aengus, Seattle Cider and more, the Oregon State University Craft Cidery Startup workshop will walk you through the essentials of business planning, understanding market feasibility, ingredient sourcing and equipment, local and national regulations, distribution and marketing. You’ll gain entrepreneurial insight from exclusive access to local cidery founders through presentations and field trips that would be possible nowhere other than Oregon. Coffee and lunch are provided each day of the class.


Dec 10

PSU's Craft Beverage Business Management Course

(100% Online; 5-Weeks)

PSU's Business of Craft Brewing Certificate guides students through the process of writing an investor-ready business plan for either a brewery, cidery, or distillery, and this second course in the program covers specific aspects of craft beverage businesses from an operations and supply-chain perspective.

From employee management, to the 3-tier distribution system, and sustainability implementation, students work to align their operations with their missions. Participants are introduced to brewery, cidery, meadery, and distillery production and operations, as well as the interface between production and tasting room or restaurant. All students create a three-year operating plan for their concept and further develop their business plans by adding capital investments to the variable costs previously covered to end up with a simplified Profit and Loss Statement.

Content Highlights:
Operations planning, inventory, and forecasting
Fixed and variable costs
Profit and Loss Statements
Appropriate capacity for their business
Determining ROI for improvement projects
How to implement a basic quality control program
Strategy for purchasing and storing materials and managing packaging
The interactions of pub, food, and direct sales

Prerequisites: BB401: Basic Business for Craft Beverages

Technical Requirements:
Reliable internet
Microsoft Excel and a basic understanding of how to use it
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Ability to view YouTube and Vimeo videos

Cost: $699

Event Phone: (503) 719-7657


Woodblock Cider Fest & Street Fair
12:00 pm12:00

Woodblock Cider Fest & Street Fair

  • Cider Bite (Keen Parking Lot)

The Woodblock Cider Fest is a premier cider tasting event in the Pearl District. The majority of the participating cideries are from the Northwest.

Current Cideries in attendance:
Alter Ego Cider
Anthem Cider
Atlas Cider
Baird and Dewar
Bauman's Cider Co.
Carlton Cyderworks
Elemental Hard Cider
Finnriver Cidery
Incline Cider Co.
Jester & Judge Cider
Locust Cider
Swift Cider
Wangering Aengus Cider


Schuchart's Movember Brewfest
5:00 pm17:00

Schuchart's Movember Brewfest

  • Flatstick Pub (Pioneer Square)

This year’s Movember fundraiser event will feature exclusive batches prepared by twelve local brewers and five cideries. Each participating brewer/cidery has been challenged to incorporate one unique flavor, ranging from fennel and hibiscus to cayenne and cactus into one of their beer or cider offerings. Tickets are $10 at the door on the night of the event, and participating brewers contribute $1 of each pint sold directly to the Movember Foundation. In addition, Flat Stick Pub, the event host, will match each pint with an additional $1 contribution.

Guests will also have a chance to hear from local University of Washington doctors whose medical research is directly supported by the funds raised by the Movember Foundation.


BC Cider Week
Oct 22

BC Cider Week

BC Cider Week 2016 is October 15-22. Cideries from across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest will be gathering this harvest season to celebrate the art of craft cider, beginning with an opening event at Sea Cider on October 16th. The week will be filled with cider fun and close out at Scenic Road Cider with an event called Appelooza in Kelowna.

PDX City of Cider
Oct 15

PDX City of Cider

  • Portland Expo Center

Designed to be held in the original, funky wooden exhibit hall at the Portland Expo Center on October 14 & 15, 2016 this event will feature a wide variety of Oregon cideries pouring their most popular ciders, as well as a handful of Oregon craft beer and wine vendors and dozens of other vendors and live music throughout the event.


Oct 9

Bauman's Cider Festival

  • Bauman’s Century Farm Cider

A total of four Bauman’s ciders will be on tap for sampling, including one for families and kids that is non-alcoholic. Bauman’s Cider has in a short time become extremely popular locally, and is now served in over 50 establishments. “My Great-Grandpa Stephen began making hard cider on the farm over 100 years ago and we are thrilled to see the Willamette Valley blossom into such a vibrant community of orchardists, cider makers and cider drinkers!” said Christine, Owner and Head Cider Maker at Bauman’s Century Farm Cider.

Harvest Festival is Open September 24 through October 31, 2016

Mon - Fri: 9am to 6pm*
Sat: 9am to 6pm
Sun: 9am to 5pm

Tasting Fee:
There is a $5 initial tasting fee that includes a commemorative glass and 4 tasting tickets. Additional tickets will be $1 each or 25 for $20. Note: The tasting fee does not include the $5 admission into the Harvest Festival.

Participating Cideries:
Bull Run Cider; 1895; Wandering Aengus; The Oregon/Washington Cider Collective; Woodbox Cider; Wildcraft; Bauman’s Cider; Baird & Dewar Farmhouse Cider; Roshambo Art Farm; Swift Cider; Two Towns Cider

Visit the event's WEBSITE for more info or read the PRESS RELEASE here.

3rd Annual CIDER SWIG ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival
Sep 25

3rd Annual CIDER SWIG ~ the Greater Peninsula Cider Festival

  • Sehmel Homestead Park

The 3rd annual Greater Peninsula Cider Festival (a/k/a CIDER SWIG) celebration returns to Gig Harbor with over 80 ciders to sip, 5 live bands on two stages, award winning fare, the 1st annual Apple Pie Contest, bigger and better Kids Apple Zone, and more!

Come get your swig on from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 24th at the beautiful 98-acre Sehmel Homestead Park - the perfect setting to take in the last days of summer with family and friends, sit back and listen to music, launch some apples and have some serious cider sippin fun!

The 3rd annual Cider Swig is looking like another great day with 80+ regional ciders and a apple cider whiskey to boot. And, as always, we will include both sampling and sales (for off premises consumption).

And, remember the Cider Swig is an accessible and family-fun event. The Kids Apple Zone will have a variety of games and activities for those under 21, and a drop-off for children under 12. There will be cider-centric arts, demonstrations/talks/tips, and more by area experts, as well as works by area artists in the Cider Swig Gallery.

Gig Harbor is located in the beautiful South Puget Sound, along State Route 16, about 6 miles from its origin at I-5, over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge…. about 10 minutes from Tacoma, 45 minutes from Seattle, and an easy drive from the Olympic Peninsula!

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | Twitter: GreaterGig

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Craft Brew Smackdown

  • Historic Downtown Albany

The Greater Albany Rotary Club, Historic Carousel and the Albany Downtown Association invite you to join us for the Craft Brew Smackdown taking place on Septembeer 16th, 2016 from 3pm to 8pm. The Craft Brew Smackdown brings breweries, cider houses and distilleries into historic downtown Albany small business storefronts so that the public can "taste" beer and cider and visit with local business owners.

Tickets are $20 for a tasting glass and ten tasting tickets; you will be able to buy additional tickets along the beer route. You will be able to purchase advance tickets at the Albany Visitors Association at 110 E 3rd St two weeks before the event. On the day of the event, you will be able to purchase tickets and get your mug and map at the Albany Visitors Association at the corner of 3rd & Lyon. You will need to provide proof of age at time of purchase.

The Downtown Trolley will be traveling the route and you can catch it - for FREE! - to take to your next tasting destination. Towards the end of the evening, the Downtown Trolley will be taking participants - for FREE!!! - to Calapooia Brewing Company and Deluxe Brewing for the two Smackdown After Partys!

This event is presented by the Greater Albany Rotary Club as a fundraiser for The Greater Albany Rotary Club, The Albany Historic Carousel & Museum and the Albany Downtown Association.


Cider Summit Seattle
Sep 10

Cider Summit Seattle

Seattle’s Largest Cider Tasting Festival Returns to South Lake Union for 7th Annual Event

The seventh annual event will be held Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2016 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn at 101 Westlake Avenue N.  Cider Summit Seattle celebrates local, regional and international artisanal ciders and cidermakers.  Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market

As in years past, Cider Summit will feature leading cidermakers, including dozens from the Pacific Northwest and ciders from at least five states and five countries.  Cidermakers and importers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the tastings poured into the commemorative festival glassware.  Several of the cidermakers will be participating in the second annual Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge.  These cidermakers will create pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Product’s puree and the attendees will vote on their favorites.  Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event on Saturday.

The event will also feature specially paired food selections that will be available for purchase from vendors including Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider and other small bites.  There will be a “Dog Lounge” hosted by Seattle Humane which will provide dogs and owners an opportunity to refresh and socialize.  This year’s event will also feature a range of cider cocktails and special appearances and music programming from KEXP.

“This is a milestone event for us,” noted event co-founder, Alan Shapiro.  “This will be the 20th festival we’ve produced in our series across four cities.  It all started in Seattle in 2010 with a small gathering of cider lovers.  We look forward to welcoming both the area’s cider lovers and cider curious to our most diverse selection of ciders ever for our 7th annual in our hometown.”

General admission advance purchase tickets are now on sale for $30 exclusively online at  Beginning August 1, general admission tickets will be $35 in advance online or at selected event sponsor locations and $40 at the door.  VIP tickets are available for $45, exclusively online, and include four extra tasting tickets and exclusive early access to the event between 2pm-3pm on Friday.  Designated driver tickets will be available for $5 at the door only and include a bottle of water.  This event is strictly 21 & over - no exceptions.

 Cider Summit is committed to working with several community and non-profit organizations.  This year’s event beneficiaries include The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Northwest Cider Association, and Seattle Humane

Event dates and times: Friday, September 9th 3pm - 8pm
(VIP Session at 2pm, last pour: 7:45),
& Saturday, September 10th Noon - 5pm (last pour: 4:45).

For more information please visit, or follow us on Twitter @CiderSummit.


For more information contact:, 206.465.1550.

The Sixth Annual Washington Cider Week
Sep 18

The Sixth Annual Washington Cider Week

The Northwest Cider Association Announces It's Sixth Annual Washington Cider Week.

SEATTLE, WA—The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the sixth annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day craft cider celebration. Cider Week kicks off on September 8th, and on the 9th and 10th theSeattle Cider Summit kicks the party into gear at South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn in Seattle.  Get ready for this 10 day bevy of beverages from the simple to the significant; from dinner pairing menus, tap take overs, a cider can cornhole tournament, new snakebite (cider and beer combos) recipes, and much more. Washington is one of seven states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia. British Columbia Cider Week is not far away either, in mid October.  

It's official! Washington Governor Jay Inslee formally proclaimed September 8-18th Washington Cider Week! Cidermakers in Washington have plenty to celebrate and be proud of. Many of our region's cidermakers are gaining national recognition, not to mention receiving numerous national and internationalawards for their Northwest cider and perry.

Year after year 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. 

We expect over 100 separate activities and special menu items are planned throughout Washington state. Reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the Seattle Cider Summit and cidermaker dinners.

3:00 pm15:00

Sausage and Cider Fest

  • Covington Community Park

If you love sausage and you love hard cider, then you must attend the 2nd Annual Sausage and Cider Fest! Attendees will get to sip ciders and snack on sausage while enjoying live music and participating in lawn games on the grounds of Covington Community Park (17649 SE 240th St, Covington).

Not a cider-lover? Don't worry! If you are tagging along, some beer and wine will be available, too. We encourage drinking responsibly and coming with a designated driver, as this event is 21 and over. DDs can enjoy the festival with a discounted ticket price of $15 (available for purchase at the door for DDs accompanying a general admission or VIP ticket holder) and still enjoy the food, music, and games with you!

Cider-makers are invited to participate in the festival with no booth fees and we reimburse you for the wholesale cost of beverage poured. If you are interested, send an email to admin@sausageandciderfest for a form and details.

WEBSITE | Facebook

Aug 12

Business of Craft Cider Workshop Held at Boise State University

  • Boise State University Meridian Center

Boise State University is conducting a week long workshop on the "Business of Craft Cider."

The Business of Craft Cider program at Boise State University introduces students to the rapidly growing craft cider business. This is a highly interactive course taught by experienced cider makers and other experts actively involved in the business of craft cider. Students will experience a working orchard and cidery, recipe and fermentation processes, strategic planning, and the sourcing needs required to start-up and run a successful cidery.

At the conclusion of this course, you will:

  • Recognize current trends and opportunities in the cider market and related supply chain
  • Know the basics of recipe development and product sourcing
  • Know the basics of the fermentation process
  • Know the planning process required to open a cidery 
  • Know the permitting and licensing process required to open a cidery
  • Be familiar with how to equip an emerging cidery using local and other sources
  • Be acquainted with the marketing and distribution needs for a successful start-up cidery

The course fee is $1200


Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend
12:00 pm12:00

Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend

  • Northwest Maritime Center

Join us for the 6th Annual NWCA Summer Cider Day held in Port Townsend, WA at the Northwest Maritime Center, a beautiful indoor venue over looking the sound. This is a large cider tasting event featuring a diverse array of craft local and regional hard ciders.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. You get 8 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. Some of the best ciders you can anywhere, food for available purchase and even a cider shop so you take home the bottles and cans you love.

VIP hour from 11:00 a.m. to noon.


The Cidermakers

Schilling Cider
Snowdrift Cider Co.
Spire Mountain Ciders
Pear UP (formerly NV Cider)
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
Seattle Cider Co.
Tieton Cider Works
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Whitewood Cider

2 Towns Ciderhouse
Alpenfire Cider
Bull Run Cider
Eaglemount Wine & Cider
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Liberty Ciderworks
Locust Cider
Nashi Orchards
New West Cider


Menu and food by Sirens Waterfront Gastropub

Sirens House Salad - organic greens with a honey balsamic vinagerette topped with dried cranberries, candied pecans, oranges and gorgonzola crumbles … $5
Pairing - light and dry delicate cider or perry

Rustic Tomato and Asiago Tart, served with organic green salad … 6 pairing - dry cidre/sidra or bottle conditioned Pulled Pork Sliders with Apple Chutney and Brie, served with organic green salad … $7
Pairing - bitter or sour cider with a light sweet finish, or even a ginger cider

Rosemary Chicken Sliders with Avocado and Arugala, served with organic green salad … $7 pairing - buttery, full bodied cider or semi sweet Large Prawn Skewer with Fresh Mango Salsa over Rice … $9
Pairing - crisp, sweet or fruity cider

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers topped in Chimichurri over Rice … 9 pairing - Robust, dry acidic cider Cider Love Cupcakes- Apple Cider Spice gluten free cake filled with a cider caramel and topped with a brown butter cream cheese frosting … $4

Aug 5

Cider and Perry Academy - A Foundation at OSU

  • Oregon State University

Great cider requires art, science and even a little bit of history.

Taught by an OSU Fermentation Science expert, this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of cider making as well as the various styles of cider and the history and traditions behind the modern cider industry. Spend five days learning the fundamental techniques of cider making in Oregon State University’s pilot brewery in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The course will consist of lectures, hands-on work and sensory analysis.

Event Phone: (541) 737-4197


2016 Portland International Cider Cup Awards Party!
5:30 pm17:30

2016 Portland International Cider Cup Awards Party!

  • Widmer Brewing Company

Held in the Widmer Brother's private Great Room, join us to find out who makes the best cider in the NW! Twenty five cideries from four states and Canada participated in the Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) on June 19 during Oregon Cider Week. The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) is pleased to announce the first ever PICC Awards Party, hosted by Square Mile Cider. The event will sell out, so buy your tickets now.

Enjoy samples of the 7 gold medal winning ciders, a cider cocktail from Reverend Nat's, a no host bar and appetizers (including gluten free options) created by chef Brian Cannarozzi of Widmer Brothers Brewing. All 26 medalists will be revealed at this event, as well as Small and Large Cideries of the year, and the runner up and the Best of Show winner who will be given the cup to take home to their cidery to display until the 2017 competition.

With over 100 ciders broken up into 13 categories this year, cider experts selected eleven bronzes, eight silvers, and seven golds as well as a runner up and Best of Show cider -- the maker of which gets to take home the cup and display it until the 2017 competition.

For updates and to let us know you are coming join us on Facebook!

Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the NWCA says, "We are excited to take over a competition as well regarded as the PICC.  With a minimum of four judges per panel, the cideries who enter receive a great amount of professional level feedback from respected peers in the cider industry.  Additionally, the winning cideries are given a great marketing tool in that they are recognized as some of the best ciders in the Northwest."

Cideries participating in this year's PICC were:

Liberty Ciderworks
Locust Cider
Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Montana Ciderworks
Portland Cider Co.
Schilling Cider Company
Snowdrift Cider Co.
Square Mile Cider
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
WildCraft Cider Works

^5 Cider
Apple Outlaw
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Bauman's Cider Company
Bull Run Cider
Carlton Cyderworks
Cider Riot
Elk Horn Brewery
Faustino Estate Cidery
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Hedgerow Cidery
Hopworks Urban Cidery
Incline Cider Company

Of these cideries, the 7 gold medal winning ciders will be featured at the Awards Party.  Additionally, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (who as the host of this year's event did not enter any ciders in the competition) will be preparing a special cider cocktail for the event with the help of Darlene Hayes, PICC judge and author of Cider Cocktails - Another Bite of the Apple. 

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase for $18 at  More information about the party can be found here:

Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival
11:00 am11:00

Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival

  • Village Green

Join us for the 6th annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival benefiting our Farm to Cafeteria Program.

An awesome variety of hard cider and mead producers from California to Canada will be pouring samples and selling bottles to take home. There will be music and fermentation demos at the festival and food pairings at local restaurants and bars. 

Summer is a fantastic time to visit Orcas so plan your visit soon.

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Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Tasting Festival

  • The Woods

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce its third annual cider competition and all-day cider festival taking place June 25, 2016 in Seattle.

PNWCA is comprised of a one-day private judging, followed by an all-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more 145 ciders from 38 cideries submitted for the competition in 2015, the number is expected to rise this year thanks to the remarkable growth of cideries seen throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Canada.

The festival is open to the public and featuring an estimated 30+ ciders on tap throughout the day, this exciting new event gives Seattle-area cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada.

For the festival, we have a great lineup of specialty ciders from over 25 different cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

On tap (with more to be confirmed):
Bauman's Cider Company - Logan Berry, Clyde's Dry Cider
Wandering Aengus – Bloom, Bittersweet
Ward's Hard Cider - Ward's Hard Cider
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse - Prohibition, Bramble Bubbly, Wild English
Blackfin Hard Cider - Pacific Peach
Grizzly Ciderworks - Pomnivore
Carlton Cyderworks - Imperial Asian Pear Cider, Citizen
2 Towns Ciderhouse - Bad Apple, Made Marion
Ole Swede LLC - Blueberry Cider, Sour Cherry Perry
#6 Cider Co. - Pomegranate
NV Cider - Watermelon Pear, Hoppin’ Pear
Seattle Cider Company –Gravenstein Rosé
Locust Cider - Elder & Oak
Portland Cider – StrawPerry, Kinda Dry
Apple Outlaw - Thompson Creek- Heritage Barrel Aged , Black Berry Bounty
Tieton - Sparkling Perry, Cranberry
Spire Mountain Cider - Crisp and Dry, Dry Hopped Apple
Finnriver - Lavendar Black Current, PearWood
Hub Cider - Hub Hard Cider, CranPerry
Phillippi Ciderhouse and Distillery - Snow Dance Fortified Cider
Schilling Cider - Grapefruit and Chill, Ginger
Longdrop Cider Co. - Over Yonder
Ciderhead - Quice Ciderhead

The Woods will be open Saturday, June 25 from 12-7pm for the event, with food, including gluten-free options available from Bread & Circuses, located within their tasting room. Tickets are now available online through Brown Paper Tickets.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door
Admission includes a PNWCA tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens, each good for a 4-ounce pour, of any of the 30+ Northwest ciders on tap


Cider Riot!'s Fruit Cider Invitational
Jun 25

Cider Riot!'s Fruit Cider Invitational

  • Cider Riot!

Join us for the inaugural event on the Cider Riot!® patio as we celebrate the bounty of trees, bushes and vines from Oregon and beyond. We’ve hand-picked some of our favorite ciders that go one step beyond the apple from our own cellar and from some of our favorite Oregon cidermakers,  The Fruit Cider Invitational is a two day event held June 24th and 25th at the new Cider Riot patio located at 807 NE Couch. The invitational is open to everyone 21 and up to attend and runs from 4:00-8:00 pm on Friday and 2:00-8:00 on Saturday.
“It’s true that all cider starts with apples, but we wanted to celebrate the diversity and creativity of ciders being crafted with other fruits,” said Cider Riot! owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong. “From lowly strawberries to lofty lemons, we’ll have it all.”
Kebabs and gyros from Ramy’s Lamb Shack, Cider Riot’s resident foodcart, will be available throughout the invitational. Live acoustic bluegrass will be provided on Saturday from Licklog Dispute.
From Cider Riot!:
Oregon Hardy Kiwi Cider
Fragraria Corundum (Saphir Hops and Strawberries)
Chaos de Tejas Blood Orange Amarillo Hopped Cider
Lemmy’s Summer Camp Meyer Lemon Cider
And several extremely limited cask conditioned ciders
Limited one-off ciders from our friends at:
Portland Cider, Reverend Nats, Baird and Dewar, ^5 Cider, Apple Outlaw, Anthem Cider, Swift Cider, Bushwhacker Cider, New West Cider, and 2Towns Ciderhouse.
Cider Riot! Is a small-scale cidery located in founder Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s North Tabor garage, dedicated to producing flavorful refreshing craft and artisan ciders. Cider Riot! Has risen to prominence in the NW cider scene and is currently in the process of building a production facility and tasting room at 8th and NE Couch, just off East Burnside. The tasting room is slated to open in August, and the Fruit Cider Invitational marks the first event in the patio at the cidery’s new home, and is easily accessible via bicycle, bus, and streetcar.

When: June 24th 4-8pm, June 25th 2-8pm
How much: Admission is free, $2 tasting tickets will be available for purchase, a 4oz taste is 1 ticket, a full glass is 3 tickets.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | Twitter: ciderriot

7:00 pm19:00

OMSI After Dark Ciderfest

  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or taste how an extra 10% cacao can make a difference in chocolate.

All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!

OMSI After Dark + Ciderfest admission: $30/non-members, $20/OMSI Members and $10/OMSI After Dark Members. Admission includes OMSI After Dark admission, souvenir juice glass and 8 tasting tokens.

OMSI After Dark Only admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI members, and FREE for OMSI After Dark Members. Admission includes OMSI After Dark only, tasting not included.

Grow your cider know-how at OMSI After Dark. Drink up at our 3rd annual Ciderfest as we toast the history, tradition and science that goes into crafting cider.  


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   425-466-8722

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Sponsored by:

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

NABC is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Jun 18

Cider Summit Portland

  • Fields Neighborhood Park

Region's Largest Cider Festival Returns to the Pearl

What: 6th annual Cider Summit Portland, featuring over 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics.

When: Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18. Admission times vary on each day, so please VISIT THE WEBISTE for exact times.

Available tickets: Exclusive VIP admission from 2pm-3pm on Friday, session continues through 8pm. VIP tickets are sold exclusively online.  General admission starts at 3pm Friday and continues through 8pm.  Saturday admission is from 12pm-5pm.  Re-entry allowed next day & anytime during sessions with event glass and wristband (worn on wrist).  PLEASE NOTE: last pour is 10 minutes prior to the close of each session.

Ticket cost: $30-$45 (plus service charges where applicable) depending on type of ticket purchased and when ticket is purchased.