¡Sidra! ¡Sidra! ¡Sidra!
May
27
4:00 pm16:00

¡Sidra! ¡Sidra! ¡Sidra!

  • Reverend Nat's Cidery and Public Taproom

Sidra is the Spanish word for cider. And I love sidra! It's tart, sour, funky, deeply complex, and unlike any other ciders. Some call it "graduate-level" cider, and I don't disagree! I love it so much that I decided to make a cider inspired by my favorite Spanish ones, and I call it SIDRA BRAVO.

On May 27th, I'll be releasing this cider to the world, and in celebration, I've collected five US-made Spanish-inspired ciders and five Spanish-made (specifically Asturias) sidras for you to enjoy. American ciders are from me (Portland), Blackduck Cidery (Finger Lakes NY), Tilted Shed Ciderworks (Sebastopal CA), Finnriver (Olympic Peninsula WA), MillStone Cellars (Maryland). Compare these with five straight-from-Asturias Spanish ciders offered by Jim from Ciders of Spain for a tasty, educational event.

I've also partnered with World Foods to offer Spanish-inspired small bites (pintxos) to pair with all the ciders. Bring a friend! Spend all evening! See you soon!

$25 for a glass and seven tasting tokens. No advance purchase, just show up, but don't be late because I might run out of cider!

21+ only

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | Twitter: revnatscider

 OSU Craft Cidery Startup Workshop
Jun
11
Jun 15

OSU Craft Cidery Startup Workshop

  • Widmer Brothers

Along with the rise of micro breweries and distilleries, cider is experiencing growing popularity and the cider industry is seeing increased demand for more flavors and styles of cider. Changing laws and regulations around the United States have made small cideries a feasible option and the cider market is ready for fresh and innovative home recipes.

If you are dreaming of opening your own cidery, join the Craft Cidery Startup Workshop to learn the logistics of starting your own craft cider business!

Taught by seasoned cider industry practitioners, the workshop will walk you through the basics of: business planning, understanding market feasibility, ingredient sourcing and equipment, local and national regulations, raising capital, 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 Portland.

Presented by Oregon State University - Professional and Continuing Education

WEBSITE

6th Annual Oregon Cider Week
Jun
15
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.

2017 Portland International Cider Cup Awards Party
Jun
15
Jun 16

2017 Portland International Cider Cup Awards Party

  • Portland Cider Co.

This party will celebrate not only the industry and NW cidermakers, but also the unveiling of the winners of the the 5th annual Portland International Cider Cup, which was held on Sunday, April 9.  Over 160 ciders were judged by 45 judges, and gold medals were awarded in 8 of the 14 categories. Come dressed to impress, as the trophy for best dressed will switch hands, along with the Cup which spent the last year in Darby, MT with 2016 winner, Montana Ciderworks. This is one of the only cider awards ceremonies in the nation, exclusive to only 200 invites, including industry, media and civic leaders.

More info on the awards categories can be found here.

The party will be held at Portland Cider Company's Clackamas location; tickets will be available to purchase in early May.

 

 

NWCA Member Meeting
Jun
16
9:00 am09:00

NWCA Member Meeting

  • New West Cidery

Come network with your colleagues, hear about the 5 year strategic plan for the association, learn about our recent keeving trip to France and England, and how you can maximize your membership benefits! This meeting will be held 2 miles from Cider Summit PDX. If you're pouring, setup is at noon so you'll have ample time to get there. Light refreshments will be provided.

This meeting is for current, dues-paying NWCA members. Please RSVP so we can be sure to provide enough room and food.

Many thanks to our meeting sponsors:

 
 
Cider Summit Portland
Jun
16
Jun 17

Cider Summit Portland

  • The Fields Neighborhood Park

Region's Largest Cider Festival Returns to the Pearl

The 7th annual Cider Summit Portland features over 150 ciders & cider cocktails including regional favorites and international classics.

When: Friday, June 16th 3pm - 8pm
(VIP Session at 2pm, last pour: 7:45),
& Saturday, June 17th Noon - 5pm (last pour: 4:45).

VIP tickets are available online only and include a souvenir tasting glass, exclusive entry from 2pm-3pm on Friday and 10 tasting tickets. $35* if purchased before June 1, 2017, $40* if purchased after.  Limited quantity available.

General admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 6 tasting tickets.  $25* if purchased before June 1, 2017, $30* if purchased before June 16, 2017, $35 at the gate.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER: @CiderSummit

OSU Cider and Perry Production - A Foundation
Jul
17
Jul 21

OSU Cider and Perry Production - A Foundation

  • Oregon State University - Wiegand Hall

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.

Students will gain:
• 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

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

Presented by Oregon State University - Professional and Continuing Education

WEBSITE

 Sausage and Cider Fest
Aug
19
3:00 pm15:00

Sausage and Cider Fest

  • Covington Community Park

If you love sausage and you love hard cider, then this is the event for you!

Attendees will get to sip ciders and sample sausage while enjoying live music and participating in lawn games on the grounds of Covington's newest park - 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!

**We are currently accepting cider vendors! Visit our website for an application - space is free and we reimburse at the wholesale cost.

Tickets:
General Admission - $35 ($40 at the door)
- Includes souvenir tasting cup, access from 4-7 p.m., 10 cider tastes, and sausage samples. (Souvenir cups and sausage samples are while supplies last for those who purchase tickets at the door.)

VIP Admission - $50 (not available at the door)
- Includes souvenir tasting cup, access from 3-7 p.m., 20 cider tastes, sausage samples, VIP goodie bag (while supplies last) and more!

Designated Driver - $15 (available at the door only)
- Access anytime from 3-7 p.m., access to free non-alcoholic beverages and sausage samples (while supplies last). **These tickets will be available at the door for designated drivers (ages 21+) accompanying a paid general admission or VIP ticket holder.**

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

*Additional cider tastes may be purchased for 3 for $5 during the event.
*Sausage samples are included with your ticket.
*Other sausage-related food items are available for purchase from on-site vendors.
*The souvenir version of the tasting cups and sausage samples are while supplies last for those who purchase tickets at the door.

Sausage and Cider Fest is organized by the Covington Kiwanis Club and sponsored by the City of Covington. Proceeds support the service projects and charities supported by the Covington Kiwanis including The Eliminate Project, Children's Cancer Project, Covington Youth Athletics, Community Events, and more.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

7th Annual Washington Cider Week
Sep
7
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?

 Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation
Oct
9
Oct 13

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

  • WSU Mount Vernon NWREC
 

This five-day course located in Washington's Skagit Valley provides students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. The curriculum includes information regarding cider culture, production, and business. Students of this course will participate in hands-on sensory demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and blending trials.

The course involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures, workshops, and cider tastings that include:
- A detailed step-by-step guide to cider and perry production
- An understanding of the chemistry and microbiology behind cider and perry
- Practical training in the key skills of cider production and methods of laboratory analysis
- Introduction to sensory analysis of cider and perry
- Experienced guest lecturers

Optional Certification
For an additional $300, students may choose to register for the CINA Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production. Registration for the certification is separate from the Cider and Perry Production workshop.The exam will be given the morning of Friday October 13th

Certification includes:
- Passing a 90-minute exam that includes 20 multiple choice questions and 15 short-answer questions
- A portfolio of 6 organoleptic (sensory) tasting evaluations to demonstrate a broad knowledge of cider and perry styles and characteristics (this portfolio will be prepared throughout the course)
- Registration for the exam can be found here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2948680
 

Registration Fee: $1550 includes official manual, workshop notes, cider and perry tastings, laboratory instructions/supplies, lunch, coffee/tea. Registration is non-refundable after 12 hours of purchase. Cancellations may receive a credit for a course at a later date.

For more information or questions, contact Bri Ewing at bri.ewing@wsu.edu or visit cider.wsu.edu.

 

Cornell University Cider & Perry Production Class
Nov
6
Nov 10

Cornell University Cider & Perry Production Class

Registration is now open, for the November 6 -10, 2017
Cider & Perry Production - Science & Practice

Please read the requirements below:

This ‘master’ class, tutored by Peter Mitchell, builds on Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation and aims to cover, in depth, the following key aspects of cider & perry production:

• Meeting consumer requirements
• Management of cider & perry production as biotechnology – its microbiology & chemistry
• Selection, application & management of production processes & technologies
• The flavor of cider & perry and sensory evaluation of the products concerned
• Quality Assurance and Quality Control of cider & perry production

Class Content
• Production & Planning Control
• Biotechnology of Cider Production
• Fermentation & Maturation
• Production Processes & Technologies
• Sensory Analysis for Cider & Perry Production
• Alternative Techniques & Adding Value
• Practical Work: A practical project is include in the class, involving production planning, product development & blending,
laboratory analysis, cost analysis and the application of sensory evaluation techniques

Participants will receive
• Expert tuition, training, practical methods and a wide ranging advice & guidance
• A detailed reference manual & workshop notes
• Documented instructions for laboratory analysis
• A comprehensive electronic Technical Manual, which includes proforma documents and spreadsheets for use in cider & perry production.

Course fee includes technical manual, lab supplies, meals & beverages.

Prerequisites for attendance
• Basic knowledge & understanding about cider & methods of its production
• Understanding of the principles of microbiology, chemistry & biochemistry
• Previous training in and/or experience of basic laboratory techniques (e.g. titrations)
• Letter of recommendation from established cidermaker

The fee for this course is $2,000.00This includes instruction, all course materials, and lunches.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY AND FOR MORE INFO

CINA's Cider & Perry Production - Science & Practice
Nov
27
Dec 1

CINA's Cider & Perry Production - Science & Practice

  • WSU NWREC

Tutored by Peter Mitchell, this 'master class’ for the Cider Institute of North America (CINA), builds on the ”Foundation” program and aims to cover, in depth, the following key aspects of cider & perry production:

• Meeting consumer requirements.
• Management of cider & perry production as biotechnology – its microbiology & biochemistry.
• Selection, application & management of production processes & technologies.
• The flavor of cider & perry and sensory evaluation of the products concerned.
• Quality Assurance and Quality Control of cider & perry production.

Class Content
• Production & Planning Control
• Biotechnology of Cider Production
• Fermentation & Maturation
• Production Processes & Technologies
• Sensory Analysis for Cider & Perry Production
• Alternative Techniques & Adding Value
• Practical Work: A practical project is include in the class, involving production planning, product development & blending, laboratory analysis, cost analysis and the application of sensory evaluation techniques

Participants will receive
• Expert tuition, training, practical methods and a wide ranging advice & guidance
• A detailed reference manual & workshop notes
• Documented instructions for laboratory analysis
• A comprehensive electronic Technical Manual, which includes proforma documents and spreadsheets for use in cider & perry production.

Prerequisites for attendance
• Basic knowledge & understanding about cider & methods of its production
• An understanding of the principles of microbiology, chemistry & biochemistry
• Previous training in and/or experience of basic laboratory techniques (e.g. titrations)

If you have not already attended an introductory cider production class such as the CINA Foundation program or Cider & Perry Production - Principles & Practice, then a letter of recommendation from an established cider maker or other suitable person should be included in support of your registration.


Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation by November 5: $215.00.

Cancellation Nov 6 or thereafter - if we cannot find someone to fill the vacant position in the class, then the fee is nonrefundable in full. If a replacement registrant can be found, the cancellation fee will remain $215.00.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


3rd Annual BC Cider Week
Apr
28
May 7

3rd Annual BC Cider Week

  • British Columbia Canada

The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces the third annual BC Cider Week, now taking place in the Spring. This ten day craft cider celebration will see many cider events, tastings and festivities anticipated throughout British Columbia.

Read the Press Release HERE

Watch for events posted on our BCCW Events Calendar and on Facebook.

When applicable, tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged, such as for the BC Cider Week Kick-off and Send-off events.

Thank you to our sponsor, Commercial Logistics, the transport division of Container World.

 

Want to host an event for BCCW? Enter the details through our Event Submission Form.

Cider and Perry Production - A Foundation Course at Brock University
Apr
24
Apr 28

Cider and Perry Production - A Foundation Course at Brock University

The Cider and Perry Production foundation course will cover all aspects including ingredient sourcing, quality control and the economics of cider making.  The hands-on program uses lectures, lab work, workshops and tastings to give learners a step-by-step guide to production.

Registration Deadline: Thursday April 13, 2017
Price: $1,500

Visit the website for full details and registration.

 

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation
Apr
24
Apr 28

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

  • WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center

Derived from the popular series taught by Peter Mitchell, this five-day course located in Washington’s Skagit Valley provides students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. The curriculum includes information regarding cider culture, production, and business. Students of this course will participate in hands-on sensory demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and blending trials.

Students will gain:
• A broad appreciation of the main styles of cider and 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 and understanding of the main principles and processes of cider and perry production
• Training in the practical skills necessary to produce quality cider and perry

The five-day course involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures, workshops, and cider tastings that include:
• A detailed step-by-step guide to cider and perry production
• An understanding of the chemistry and microbiology behind cider and perry
• Practical training in the key skills of cider production and methods of laboratory analysis
• Introduction to sensory analysis of cider and perry
• Information on the business of cider, taught by Marcus Robert of Tieton Cider Works

Optional Certification
• For an additional $350, students may choose to register for the CINA Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production
• The exam will be given the morning of Friday April 28th
Certification includes:
• Passing a 90-minute exam that includes 20 multiple choice questions and 15 short-answer questions
• A portfolio of 6 organoleptic (sensory) tasting evaluations to demonstrate a broad knowledge of cider and perry styles and characteristics (students will create this portfolio during the course)

For more information, contact:
Bri Ewing
(360) 416-5208
bri.ewing@wsu.edu

 Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest
Apr
22
12:00 pm12:00

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest

  • Mt. Defiance Cold Storage

Now in its fourth year, this family-friendly festival celebrates Hood River Valley’s booming hard cider scene, giving seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from the Northwest’s top cideries. More than 20 cideries will be participating, with more than 40 ciders on tap.

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
 

 

2017 Portland International Cider Cup
Apr
9
8:00 am08:00

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:

 
 
 
 
April Sours Bring May Flowers at Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Apr
1
Apr 2

April Sours Bring May Flowers at Finnriver Farm & Cidery

  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Finnriver Farm & Cidery, in Chimacum on the Olympic Peninsula, is hosting a Cider Sale and Sour event this weekend.  Along with case and bottle sales, we are also putting all of our sour ferments on tap and featuring rare bottles for sale too. 

We host live music Saturday night and Sunday afternoon this weekend, along with our bratwurst plate on Saturday and the crepe cart on Sunday.  A lovely way to spend a Spring weekend…especially for lovers of sour beer and cider.

 

Hophouse Ciderfest
Apr
1
12:00 am00:00

Hophouse Ciderfest

  • 15th Avenue Hophouse

Hophouse Ciderfest is an outdoor cider festival held rain or shine in our tented parking lot.

Come meet and talk with all the local cidermakers including a few brand-new Oregon cideries that started production within the last year or two. Almost all our ciders are from the Northwest, and we have rare and yet-to-be released ciders from many vendors, who will be on hand pouring their own cider.

This year we've got ciders from Runcible (new), Incline, New West, Pear Up, Tumalo (new), Portland Cider, Reverend Nat's, Swift, Doc's Draft, HiWheel Fizzy Wines, Red Tank, FinnRiver, Ace, 2 Towns, Schilling, Locust, Bull Run, Wildcraft, Farmhouse, Bauman's, Woodbox (new), La Familia (new), Baird and Dewar Farmhouse, and more!

Advance purchase is $20 and includes a glass and 8 tokens, or $25 for a glass and 16 tokens.
21+ only.

WEBSITE | TICKETS

Cider Rite of Spring 2017
Mar
25
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., 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, Green Zebra Grocery, 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!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Presented By:

 
 
 
 
Mar
19
10:00 am10:00

Home Orchard Society Fruit Propagation Fair

  • Clackamas County Fairgrounds

The Home Orchard Society Hosts the 42nd Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!

This event will be held in the main pavilion at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. You’ll find hundreds of varieties of free scions and cuttings. If you graft this is paradise. Or you can choose custom grafting by experts for only $5. Come join the fun of growing good fruit at home!

Free with your admission are:

· Hundreds of varieties of apple, pear, cherry, plum and persimmon
scions. Arrive early for the best selection.
· Cuttings of grapes, kiwis, and figs to root!
· HOS experts to answer your fruit growing questions!
· Door prizes!

For sale are:

· Rootstocks and plants
· Mason bee supplies
· Custom grafting by experienced grafters
· Books and literature about growing fruit
· Local honey from Raw Oregon Honey
· Plants from One Green World

Make-A-Tree orders will be ready for pick up at the Fruit Propagation Fair.

Admission:

– $5 for members (family $10)

– $7 for non-members (family $12)

– Free if you join HOS at this show!

For more information go to: www.homeorchardsociety.org

About Home Orchard Society:
Home Orchard Society promotes the science, culture and pleasure of growing fruit at home via educational outreach and assistance. Home Orchard Society serves the Pacific NW community and beyond by providing accessible resources and hosting learning events for fruit growers of all skill levels. Home Orchard Society endeavors to preserve disappearing heirloom fruit varieties, perpetuating the history, culture and heritage of the Pacific NW’s 19th and 20th century pioneer orchards

CiderCON 2017
Feb
7
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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

VISIT USACM'S WEBSITE

Carlton Cyderworks Harvest Release Party
Nov
25
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!
Nov
17
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. https://urbancrushwine.net/tasting-wine-bar/

Read about our big win here:
https://sipnorthwest.com/2016-best-of-the-northwest/

City Fruit's 6th Annual Cider Taste
Nov
10
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
Nov
7
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.

WEBSITE

Nov
7
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

Website: www.pdx.edu/cepe/craft-beverage-business-management

Woodblock Cider Fest & Street Fair
Oct
22
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

WEBSITE

Schuchart's Movember Brewfest
Oct
19
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.

WEBSITE

BC Cider Week
Oct
15
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
14
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.

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Oct
8
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

Hours:
Weekdays
Mon - Fri: 9am to 6pm*
Weekend
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
24
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

Sep
16
3:00 pm15:00

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.

WEBSITE

Cider Summit Seattle
Sep
9
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 https://cidersummit.boldtypetickets.com/.  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 CiderSummit.com, facebook.com/CiderSummit or follow us on Twitter @CiderSummit.

 

For more information contact: alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com, 206.465.1550.

The Sixth Annual Washington Cider Week
Sep
8
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.

Aug
20
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
8
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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER