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.
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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:
Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Portland Cider Co.
Schilling Cider Company
Snowdrift Cider Co.
Square Mile Cider
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
WildCraft Cider Works
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Bauman's Cider Company
Bull Run Cider
Elk Horn Brewery
Faustino Estate Cidery
Finnriver Farm & 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 http://picc2016awardsparty.bpt.me. More information about the party can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120026351390546/