Join Finnriver Farm & Cidery for an Autumn day on the Olympic Peninsula to learn how to make your own hard cider! This workshop provides a history and overview of hard cider styles and production, and instruction in basic principles of apple selection, pressing, fermentation, aging and bottling.
City Fruit’s 4th Annual Cider Taste is bigger and better than ever! Join us November 6th at Palace Ballroom for a celebration of our 2014 harvest, including tastes from 10 Pacific Northwest cideries and a City Fruit Marketplace featuring glassybaby, Stumbling Goat jam, cookbooks, and more. All proceeds go directly to benefit the 2015 harvest which provides fresh, local fruit for over 50 food access programs in the Puget Sound area.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, WA, invites the community to a free, family-friendly celebration of World Apple Day on Sunday, October 12th. This annual event features live music, country dancers, apple identification, apple treats and more. New this year is a community Square Dance at 4:30 and the 'world premier' of a new short animation about Finnriver cider by local animator and filmmaker Andrea Love. The 90 second film features wool figurines and a series of hand drawn images explaining the our cidermaking process.
The line-up of World Apple Day activities includes:
12:30 Sound & Fury Morris Dancers
1:00 Live music with the Twins and the Easily Persuaded
1:00 Apple Orchard Tours at Finnriver Orchard
1:30 Screening of Andrea Love short animated film:
'Finnriver Cider: Farmcrafted with Love'
2:00 Morris Country Dancers
2:30-4:30 'Village Idiots' live old time music
3:00 Apple Orchard Tour at Finnriver orchard
3:15-3:20 screening of animated film
4:30-6:00 Square Dance with the Apple Day Band
Throughout the day:
Apple ID with Lori Brakken and North Olympic Fruit Club
Apple Art & Games
Caramel Apples by Elevated Candy Co
Woodfire Pizza with Dented Buoy
Tea and Coffee
Apple hand pies locally baked fresh from CRUST
Tasting Room open 12-5 for hard cider tastings
This event also celebrates our Calling All Apples Campaign, a community apple harvest that invites folks to bring apples to the farm for Finnriver to ferment.
Two years ago, Finnriver began the "Calling All Apples" capmagin and collected over 2,000 pounds of local apples, which we fermented into a hard cider with a community mission -- 10 cents of every bottle sold goes to the local Food Bank Association. For the third season, Finnriver is inviting folks from across the North Olympic Peninsula to bring their backyard apples to Finnriver as donations to our Farmstead Cider Project. Some apples are just too bitter, bruised or bizarre to eat, but these extra earthy varieties can make a wonderful hard cider full of complexity and character. We cannot accept heavily bruised or battered fruit. Starting October 1, people can bring their apples to Finnriver and add them to the big bin by the barn, or they can de dropped off in bins at the following locations in Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene.
Chimacum Corner Farmstand
Quilcene Village Store
Discovery Bay Store
PT Food COOP
Nash's Farm store
Renaissance Cafe in Port Angeles
World Apple Day was initiated by the British community organization Common Ground in 1990 to help promote "local distinctiveness" and honor the unique apple and orchard heritage of different places. The event has since been continued by people organizing hundreds of local events. “Common Ground has used the apple as a symbol of the physical, cultural and genetic diversity we should not let slip away. In linking particular apples with their place of origin, they hope that orchards will be recognized and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness...” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Day)
Finnriver seeks to bring this tradition to the Olympic Peninsula and invites the public to enjoy a day of entertainment and education on the farm. Overall, our goal is to create a great community event that celebrates the season of autumn, our local agricultural heritage and our regional apple abundance. Finnriver co-owner Crystie Kisler says, “Part of the Finnriver mission is to welcome people onto this land and offer positive experiences of life on the small family farm. The apple is a classic and beloved Washington fruit that we are happy to honor since it is adored in so many forms.”
CELEBRATE ALL THINGS CIDER AT CIDERFEST!
Cider has deep roots in American history. In colonial times, hard cider was by far the most popular alcoholic beverage, far more than whiskey, wine, or beer. Apple orchards were planted throughout the states, not for eating but for making cider. Many small farms grew cider apples and produced cider, sometimes supplementing farm worker wages with the fermented product.
Why cider lost popularity in the US is up for scholarly debate, but as more people look to eat local, support sustainable agriculture and help small farms grow artisan crafted local ciders are growing in popularity. Vashon is home to many small farms, specialty orchards and talented cider makers. Even the casual gardener has apple and pear trees growing in their yards and probably has a cider press in the garage.
Join us on Saturday October 11th for Vashon’s CiderFest as the Vashon community celebrates of all things cider!
The day will be filled with fun events, exhibits and treats for all ages. Some of the planned activities are:
FRESH CIDER PRESSING! at Saturday Farmers Market 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Village Green, Vashon Town Center south of Bank Rd.
The Vashon Island Fruit Club will be at the Village Green pressing apples and offering tastings of cider, you can also purchase fresh cider, homemade apple crisps, and apple trees. Also featured will be a Kid's Cider Press!
FIRE & RESCUE OPEN HOUSE! 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fire Station 55 at 10020 SW Bank Rd.
Stop by Vashon Island Fire and Rescue will have their Annual Family Open House at Fire Station 55. Stop by to visit with local Fire & Rescue staff, enjoy, hotdogs, bouncy houses, fire trucks, an, air lift demonstration and other fun activities.
NASHI ORCHARDS ORCHARD TOUR! 1:00 PM
25407 Wax Orchard Road SW
Take a tour of Nashi Orchards to see what makes their Perry so special.
Tour starts at 1:00 PM sharp.
DRAGON'S HEAD ORCHARD TOUR! 2:00 PM
18201 107th Ave SW
Tour the orchards of Vashon's own Dragon's Head Cider! Tour starts at 2:00 PM.
VIGA LOCAL CIDER TASTING! 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Seattle Distilling 19429 Vashon Highway SW
Sample Vashon grown and crafted ciders from Dragon's Head, Irvine's Vintage and Nashi Orchards at The CiderFest Cider Tasting hosted by Vashon Island Growers Association and located at Seattle Distilling. There will also be fresh cider snow cones, food, music and other fun activities for kids and adults!
WINE TASTING & WINE CLUB PICK UP PARTY & PALOUSE WINERY Noon to 5:00 PM
12431 Vashon Highway SW
Check out the wines made by Vashon's Palouse Winery during their quarterly Wine Club pick up party.
CIDER STOMP DANCE! at OPEN SPACE for ARTS & COMMUNITY 7:00 PM to 9:00PM.
18870 103rd Ave SW
Get your dance on at Open Space for Arts and Community! Dance lessons start at 7:00 so you will have sweet moves by 7:15!
Look for CIDERFEST SPECIALS at local restaurants, galleries and stores!
50 regional (hard) ciders highlight the festival!
Cideries presenting include: Alpenfire, Dragon's Head, Finnriver, Nashi Orchards, ReFinnriver Cidery, Whitewood Cider Co., Dragon's Head Cider, Schilling Cider, Seattle Cider Co., Snowdrift Cider Co., Alpenfire Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Nashi Orchards, The Methow Valley Ciderhouse (confirmed to date)
The CIDER SWIG stage will have live music all day:
12-1pm: Spare Thyme (twin fiddles)
1-2pm: Lobo Del Mar (Celtic-Bluegrass-Flamenco fusion)
2-3pm: The Early Birds (American folk, rock, soul guitar)
3-4pm: Budapest West (High-energy World fusion)
4-5pm: Billy Farmer (Classic Americana)
Select food pairings by area restaurants ($5 small and $10 large). Cideries will also have available ciders for sale, to take home, during the event.
- $25 advance online (through 9/15)
- $32 at gate (**only 200 "at gate" tickets**).
- $10 designated driver.
Tickets available @ www.ciderswig.eventbrite.com
Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Sales on first come-first-served basis limited to 1,400.
Ticket includes: 5 drink tokens, festival glass, and access to music, food, activities, and more. Additional tokens available at festival. ID required to enter the cider area. Under 21 free entry.
The event is presented by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's Parks and Environment Core Area Board.
Proceeds will support environmental conservation and education, and other initiatives of the Foundation’s Parks & Environment CAB, which include maintaining and expanding parks, trails and natural areas of the greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas.
Its now back to school time and Finnriver Farm & Cidery is bringing their “An Apple for Teacher Cider Tasting” to Saraveza on Friday, September 5th. Taking place from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Finnriver will be offering complimentary samples of their craft ciders, award-winning port style apple wine and healthy bites of organic, local apples.
An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting as part of their Annual Back to School Cider Showcase. Limited release Seasonal Ciders from Finnriver will be available on draft for the event along with bottles for carryout. Fresh, raw apples will be sliced to taste, showcasing culinary varieties sometimes used in cider making. Attendees are encouraged to learn a bit about culinary and cider fruit, explore a variety of flavors, tastes and generally enjoy the bounty of the fermented and unfermented apples.
The evening’s featured Ciders & Wine include the following.
Farmstead Cider is the product of a community collaboration. Each Fall, Finnriver invites neighbors across the north Olympic Peninsula to bring their bruised, bitter or bizarre backyard apples in honor of World Apple Day. This charismatic collection of fruit is then fermented. The result is a semi-sweet, unfiltered, frontier-style cider with rustic origins and a juicy apple character. Farmstead then returns the good will of the community as Finnriver allocates 1o cents on every bottle sale of this blend to local food banks. 6.5% abv (in bottle)
Forest Ginger Cider
Forest Ginger Cider, a Fall seasonal blend in the Elijah K. Swan Botanical line tastes like a walk through the orchard and in the woods. A crisp cider with a bright apple core, earthy resinous notes and the warmth of crushed ginger root for a hint of heat. Made from a base of organic Washington and heirloom apples with fir tips harvested from the forest at Finnriver and organic ginger. 6.5% abv (on draft & in bottle)
Lavender Black Currant
Lavender Black Currant Cider celebrates the botanical bounty and beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Savor the lingering tastes of summer with this special limited release cider, also from the Elijah K. Swan Botanical line. A refreshing purple-hued sparkling cider featuring the organic Washington apple fermented and blended with the sweet and tart delights of black currant. Add to that the delicate floral notes of organic Sequim lavender, sourced from Purple Haze farm, and you have a delicious taste of the summer season. 6.5% abv (draft & bottle)
“Elijah K. Swan” Ciders are named after the good folks who sold us the farm (Lige & Kay Christian) and who first planted apple trees here, as well as for the trumpeter swans that overwinter in the valley. This cider is a tribute to them and to those big white birds who remind us that earth is still wild.
Port-Style Apple Wine
Port-Style Apple Wine or Spirited Apple Wine is a richer, dessert offering. The wholesome apple may surprise you with the sultry side revealed in this sumptuous apple wine, handcrafted on Finnriver’s Olympic Peninsula family farm. After fermenting the fruit, the tantalizing sweetness of the apples is captured by fortifying with custom-distilled apple brandy. May it bring you warmth and good cheer! 18.5% abv (in bottle)
DOUBLE GOLD, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, WA, Seattle Wine Awards, 2013
GOLD, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, 2013
BRONZE, Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine, Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, 2011
2014 WASHINGTON CIDER WEEK!
September 4th - 14th. Check out the event line up!
Cidermakers Announce the Third Annual Washington Cider Week. Celebrate the state’s most exciting beverage with more than 75 activities, September 4-14
SEATTLE, WA—The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day craft cider celebration. Cider Week Washington kicks off on September 4th, and on the 5th the Northwest Cider Summit kicks the party into gear at South Lake Union in Seattle. Followed by a week long of tasting events. Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia. Fourteen cideries from Washington are participating in this year’s events.
August 2nd, 2014 5:30pm E.Z. Orchards Farm Market, Corner of Cordon Rd and Hazel Green Rd
A Summer’s Bounty themed meal prepared by Chef Daryl Gossack of Loustic, Salem, Oregon.
Enjoy a family-style, gourmet dinner with six courses highlighting farm fresh, local produce and gourmet products from the Willamette Valley, paired with 6 wines and cidres. Cost is $80 per person, includes wine, and cidres.
Check out Savor South Sound at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Northwest Cider members Reverend Nat's and Whitewood Cider will be present and pouring.
Enjoy locally crafted beer, wine, and hard cider from Fish Tale Ales, Whitewood Cider, Madsen Family Cellars, Stottle Winery, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Kastellan Brauerei (Friday only), Vino Aquino Winery, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Dicks Brewing, Stinas Cellars, Bateaux Cellars, Hoodsport Winery, NoLi Brewhouse, and NW Mountain Winery.
5pm - 10pm, Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2
Fair Entry $7.00, Savor South Sound Entry $10.00
Ticket includes commemorative glass and 2 tastes
Bring your Market Sale bid number Saturday between 5-6pm for $3.00 off entry fee.
Contact Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capitol Cider daily specials and July 31 event to benefit Green Plate Special
Capitol Cider will have daily food and cider specials in the month of July to benefit the youth gardening and cooking nonprofit Green Plate Special. The $6 gluten-free food specials will be made using produce from Green Plate Special's teaching garden, located in Rainier Valley. Capitol Cider is partnering with Methow Valley based Sixknot Cider, which will produce a special handcrafted cider infused with herbs from the Green Plate Special garden. $4 of every purchase of the daily special or cider will benefit youth gardening and cooking programs at Green Plate Special.
The month-long fundraiser will culminate with a celebration on July 31 from 6-9 pm in the downstairs bar of Capitol Cider. The event will feature live music by the John Sinclair Jr. Ensemble, and a drawing for a box of produce from the Green Plate Special garden and a Sixknot Cider gift package. Tickets for the drawing will be given to all who purchase food and cider specials in the month of July, as well as on the evening of July 31. The 21 and over event is open to the public, no RSVP necessary.
About Green Plate Special
Founded in 2011, Green Plate Special's mission is to inspire and empower middle school youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together. Green Plate Special's teaching garden is located in Rainier Valley, and this summer they will complete an on-site kitchen classroom. http://greenplatespecial.org/
About Sixknot Cider
Our farm and cidery rest on the banks of the Methow River near Twisp, Washington. We only press certified organic Washington apples, selected from our trees and other local orchards. We do not add sulfites, preservatives or sugars.To retain the flavors often lost in processing, we do not filter. Our cidermaking is kith and kin to the natural wine movement - organic practices in the orchard and minimal intervention in the ciderhouse. http://sixknotcider.com/
The Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 7th & 8th) reveals the 25+ strong list of extremely rare beers that will rotate on four at a time until they run out. These beers, mostly in 5-10 gallon small kegs represent vintage, small batch, barrel-aged and one-off brews painstakingly culled by the organizers and are always a popular addition to the regular 25 beers/breweries announced. Note some of these kegs will be tapped at specific times during the fest and those are noted in red parenthesis next to the beer.
This All-Ages Fest features both beers and ciders many created just for this event and using fruits from Strawberry's and Pears to more exotic Mayme fruit and Cherimoya. The styles of the beers range from light tart wheats to barrel-aged sour beers and even Mango and Grape infused IPA's. On site food vendors and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Bunk Sandwiches, Pulehu Pizza and Burnside Brewing Co.
Advanced General Admission tickets are now available online or at the pub at Burnside Brewing or you can get tickets at the gates. The festival will be held at 7th & E. Burnside in Portland in both the Burnside Brewing parking lot and on a shut down E. 7th street with outside seating, tents, and over 50 different beers pouring over the 2 day fest. A $20 entry package includes a beautiful screen printed 16oz glass and 12 drink tickets good for 3oz pours of most beers with some more expensive beers at 2 or 3 tickets a pour, full pint pours also available.
Thanks to our sponsors Maletis Beverage, Oregon Fruit Products, Willamette Week and Backdraught PDX.
Rare & Rotating Fruit Beer List:
10 Barrel: Cucumber Crush - Cucumber Berliner-Weisse created for the 2013 Fruit Beer Fest. Gold Medal Winner at the 2014 World Beer Cup.
Breakside: Brett Rouge
Breakside: Beaujolais avec Brett - Strong sour ale fermented with wild yeasts and Oregon grown Gamay grapes.
Breakside: Apollo & Dionysus - Cellar Reserve Beer; Not Usually Available to the Public. Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Saison w Sichuan Peppercorn
Burnside Brewing: Coconut/Lime Kolsch - Lime Kolsch blended with Thai Coconut water
Burnside Brewing: Cartel Michelada - Cartel Vienna Lager blended with salt, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, secret ingredient and black pepper (Tapping 11am Saturday 6/7)
Burnside Brewing: 2012 Red Light District - Imperial Stout with Belgian Chocolate, Strawberries and aged in local Rum barrels.
De Garde: Blueberry Bu Weisse (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)
De Garde: Blackberry Bu Weisse
Deschutes: Abbey Framboise - Raspberry infused belgian-style Abbey ale.
Double Mountain: Lyle Ryder - Bloody Mary/Red Beer! (Tapping 11am Sunday 6/8)
Elysian: Squeeze Box Berry Imperial IPA - 8.1% Abv Double IPA with 42lbs each of raspberry, boysenberry, and blackberry purée. (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)
Elysian: Yuzu Belgian-Style Golden - Belgian Golden with citrusy sweet Yuzu juice.
Flat Tail: Habanero Apricot Wild
Hopworks: Raspberry/Chocolate Army of Darkness - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Organic Raspberries and Cacao
Hopworks: Raspberry Triple - Belgian-style Tripel with Raspberries added.
Lompoc: Cherry Christmas - Barrel-Aged winter ale with Cherries.
McMenamins: Pavol’s Bublanina - Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter Aged on Cherries (Edgefield Brewery) ABV: 7.61
New Belgium: Guava Nectarine La Folie - one-off single 5 gallon oak firkin.
New Belgium: Cascara Quad - An ale brewed with Date, Coffee and cherries added
New Belgium: Dieu Du Ciel - An ale brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus
Oakshire: Hermanne 1882 - Belgian-style ale with Muller Thurgau grapes aged in Pinot Barrels with Brettanomyces.
Thai Me Up Brewing: Chchchchc-Cherry Bomb - Silver Medal Winner at 2012 GABF and 2014 World Beer Cup from Wyoming. (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)
Upright/Bushwhacker: Ebony & Ivory - Upright Brewing’s Gose infused with white truffles blended with a cider from Bushwhacker infused with black truffles. (Tapping 4pm Friday VIP session)
Alameda: Blackberry Black Bear XX Stout - Award winning Export stout with Blackberries added in the cask.
Cider Riot: Hedgerow Fruits - Special for the fruit beer fest (a nod to one of Michael Jacksons favourite beer descriptors). It will be a dry cider made with blackcurrants and Italian plums. (Tapped at 3pm Saturday 6/7 by the brewer)
As part of fundraising for the American Lung Associations, Climb for Clean Air program I am hosting a tasting of perries that I brought back from England recently. Some of the bottles will be of significant interest to perry makers since many are single varietals and as far as I know none are commercially available in the Northwest.
The bottles that will be included in the event are as follows:
2012, Gregg's Pit Blakeney Red SV
Oliver's Oldfield Dry Perry
Butford Organics Aurora Premier Crus
Ross on Wye Moorcroft Blend Dry Perry
2012, Once Upon a Tree, Priggles Perry
Dunkertons Organic Perry
Severn Cider, Medium Sparkling Perry
Ross on Wye, Gin Pear SV, Dry
Ross on Wye, Thorn Pear SV, Dry
Ross on Wye, Flakey Bark Pear SV, Dry
Event details on Facebook:
May 18th, 3pm to 6pm, $15 Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets or at Reverend Nat’s Cidery and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Cider Riot! founder and BJCP National Judge Abram Goldman-Armstrong walks you through tasting, evaluation, and judging of various styles of cider. Learn the difference between styles of English and American ciders by tasting through classic examples. Acquire a familiarity with cider defects and off flavors, and the characteristics that go into making world-class cider. The class will be geared for everyone from the novice to experienced cider drinkers. The cost of the class covers samples of cider and style description sheets. We will provide palate cleansing crackers but no dinner.
Oregon native Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been making cider since 1995, passed the Beer Judge Certification Exam at the National level at age 21 and has judged at numerous amateur and professional beer and cider competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival, Mondial de la Biere in Montreal, British Columbia Beer Awards, American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, Heart of Cascadia, Fall Classic, Widmer Collaborator, and the Portland International Cider Cup. Abram is the editor of Northwest Brewing News, his articles appear regularly in such publications as Ale Street News, and American Brewer. He took his passion for cider to the professional level in 2013, opening Cider Riot! an urban cidery dedicated to the production of flavorful and refreshing dry ciders.
Portland's largest cidery, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider has a mission to create dry and off-dry hard ciders in a wide range of styles from traditional and hard-to-drink to modern and highly quaffable using heirloom apples and other carefully chosen ingredients, all reflecting the historical position of hard cider in America and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Reverend Nat is back it. This time he is has gone and organized the first ever (at least to our knowledge) Hopped Cider Festival. The day and date is Saturday March 29th, the location is none other than his own urban cidery located in the Portland's Rose Quarter.
Hopped ciders have become a phenomenon in themselves and often help bridge the gap between beers and craft ciders even more. This is sure to be a spectacle to behold as Reverend Nat's told the Northwest Cider Association that "This is surely be the largest collection of hopped ciders ever assembled." So far Nat and crew have procured 16 hopped ciders and the number is sure to climb by event time. Attendees also will receive a Reverend Nat's Hopped Cider Festival tasting glass.
Cider Riot! makes some serious ciders, from rare cider apples grown specifically from heirloom trees. We also like to have fun. Plastic Paddy is a fun-loving easy drinking cider released in honor of the 2-litres of Irish cider that Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong enjoyed so much as a student at University College Cork.
American dessert apples lack the characteristic tannins of European cider apples, so in order to replicate the flavor profile of a dry Irish cider, we use Barry’s Gold Blend tea from County Cork to infuse the cider with just enough tannins to balance the natural acids of the Hood River dessert apples used to make it.
Plastic Paddy is packaged in the traditional 2-liter Irish flagon, making it the perfect package for picnics and the old Cork tradition of gatting (drinking in parks)*. A flagon is the perfect size to share with friends and family, translating to 67 ounces, or just larger than a growler, a two-liter holds 4.2 US pints.
Plastic Paddy is released for Paddy’s Day, and will be available through March and April.
Cider Riot! is an urban cidery located in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood just off East Burnside Street, dedicated to the production of refreshing dry ciders. Cider Riot! was founded in 2013 by Abram Goldman-Armstrong, after 18 years as a home cidermaker and home brewer. Abram has collaborated with several craft breweries to create such well-known beers as Widmer Brothers Green and Gold Kölsch, and Hopworks Secession. Cider Riot!’s dry ciders are currently available on draft, and 500ml glass bottles will be available in April.
Abe will be at Bushwhacker pouring samples from bottle of Plastic Paddy and Bushwhacker will have both Plastic Paddy and Cider Riot's first release Everybody Pogo on draft. Bottles of Plastic Paddy will be available to go.
Cider Riot! Releases Plastic Paddy Irish Style Dry Cider
Sunday March 16, 3-6pm.
1212 SE Powell Blvd.