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.
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