Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation


  • WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center 16650 Washington 536 Mount Vernon, WA, 98273 United States

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