PRESS RELEASE: Cider Rite of Spring Announces Date and Lineup

For Immediate Release   

Contact: Sherrye Wyatt  (360) 929-9924

Portland's largest hometown hard cider festival, Cider Rite of Spring, announces date and lineup

The second annual Cider Rite of Spring, Portland's largest hometown cider festival, will take place on March 21, 2015, from 12pm- 5pm. The festival will once again be held at The Tiffany Center, located at 1410 SW Morrison Street in Portland, Oregon. More than 20 Northwest cidermakers will be represented at the Cider Rite of Spring.

Cider is hot. In fact it's the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry. At the Cider Rite of Spring, the Northwest Cider Association's official cider tasting festival, consumers will be able to learn first hand from local cidermakers about their ciders.

Confirmed cideries from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia include: Atlas Cider Company, Bull Run Cider, Cider Riot!, Dragon's Head, E.Z. Orchards, Finnegan, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Hedgerow Cidery, New West, Portland Cider Company, Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Rogue, Schilling Cider, Sea Cider, Seattle Cider Company, Square Mile, Spire, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus, and Whitewood Cider Company.  More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 at Brown Paper Tickets , Reverend Nat's Cidery and Public Tap Room, 1813 N. E. 2nd Ave. in Portland, and Portland Cider’s tasting room, 275 Beavercreek Road, in Oregon City.  Tickets are also available at the door for $30.  
Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Food will be available for purchase and live musical entertainment is planned. An on-site pop-up retail store will give attendees the chance to buy their favorite ciders from the event to take home.  Current sponsors include: FruitSmart, Saxco International, Portland Cider Company, Finnriver Cidery and Reverend Nat's Hard Cider. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Cider Association. To learn more visit

PRESS RELEASE: Finnriver Wins Good Food Award



Friday, January 9, 2015

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum Washington, was one of three recipients of the 2015 GOOD FOOD AWARDS in their inaugural cider category at last night’s gala award ceremony at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  Finnriver’s Black Currant Cider, fermented from Washington organic apples, was their winning entry.  The other two winners were Eden Ice Cider’s Heirloom Blend from Vermont and Shacksbury’s The 1840, also from Vermont.  Finalists included ciders from Blue Mountain and Wandering Aengus in Oregon. 

According the Good Food Awards, ‘The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.’

Finnriver co-founder Crystie Kisler and Finnriver cider ambassador Jana Daisy-Ensign were at the ceremony to receive the award and Kisler was invited on stage to offer remarks on the growing cider revival across the country: 

“In a remarkable resurgence, hard cider is the fastest growing category in the US beverage market and a revived cider culture is taking root across the country.  This renaissance includes a great range of producers making cider in all manner of ways from the ancient to the innovative. A fermented apple, it turns out, can become many things depending on the variety and the method-- from the sweet and sumptuous to the tart and tannic.  Today's cider finalists at the Good Food awards represent this range of approaches and tastes, and their submissions celebrate the versatility of this fantastic fruit as well as the wide geographic reach of the blossoming American cider community-- from my colleagues at Blue Mountain and Wandering Aengus in Oregon to Eden and Shacksbury in Vermont.  Some cideries are reinvigorating old traditions, re-planting historic cider apples, and rediscovering age old pleasures, while some are fermenting with a fresh twist and blending with bold new ideas. At Finnriver, we are very grateful to the cidermasters who've come before and helped mentor a new generation of cidermakers and lovers.  At its best, we hope our cider offers an honorable and joyful taste of earth's good fruits and that it connects folks back to life on the land—reminding us to be grateful and to take care.”

Finnriver co-owners Keith & Crystie Kisler and Eric Jorgensen, along with the Finnriver crew, farm and ferment organically on 80 protected acres in Chimacum, along a restored salmon stream on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  They are committed to handcrafting both traditional and innovative ciders with apples from organic and homestead Washington orchards. Finnriver ciders pay a tribute to old hard cider styles but also offer an approachable, fresh perspective on the possibilities of the fermented apple.  Finnriver Farm is certified salmon safe and pursues wise land stewardship through organic agriculture, land conservation, habitat restoration, community education and seasonal celebration. Finnriver ciders are farmcrafted in small batches and are available in the following regions: WA, OR, California, Northern Idaho, AZ, NV, Illinois, Texas, Alberta and BC.

According the Good Food Awards, ‘We host an annual Awards Ceremony and Marketplace in San Francisco to honor the Good Food Award recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities. In its fifth year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in 11 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and our newest category, honey. Awards will be given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the US. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.’

Full list of winners here:

For downloadable Finnriver marketing materials, logos, photos and press links:

Contact Crystie Kisler at or 360-821-9836 for more information.

Want to see what we do and why? 

Here are two short Finnriver films we hope you enjoy!

Taste Life on the Land 
Farmcrafted with Love

PRESS RELEASE: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Brings "Damn Fine Cider" to Alaska, Idaho and Nevada in 2015!


Beth Larsen
Cell: (541) 286-5417
Office: (541) 207-3915



2 Towns Ciderhouse Launches Alaska, Idaho and Nevada Distribution January 2015


Corvallis, Ore., – December 19, 2014 – 2 Towns Ciderhouse is happy to announce that it is partnering with Hayden Beverage of Idaho, K&L Beverage Company of Alaska and Capital Beverages of Nevada. Starting January, Damn Fine Cider will be available in all three states. 


“We are excited to further round out our coverage in the West and to be able to offer our ciders in Alaska, Idaho and Nevada,” said Lee Larsen, 2 Towns Ciderhouse CEO. “Hayden, K&L and Capital Beverages are high caliber distribution companies that appreciate true craft.  We are very excited to create these new partnerships and share our style of innovative craft ciders that do not currently exist in those markets.”


Hayden covers the entire state of Idaho, K&L covers all of Alaska and Capital Beverages covers Carson, Churchill, and Washoe parts of Douglas and Lyon counties in the state of Nevada. Initially 2 Towns Ciderhouse flagship, the Brightcider and Imperial flagship, the Bad Apple, will be available in all three markets, with seasonal and limited release ciders expected to join later in the year. Brightcider will be available in 500ml bottles, 12oz cans, as well as 1/6bbl and 1/2 bbl kegs. Bad Apple will be available in 500ml bottles, and 1/6bbl and 1/2bbl kegs. 2 Towns Ciderhouse Ciders are also available Oregon, Washington, most of California and in the Minneapolis area.


About Hayden Beverage Company, Idaho

Since its founding upon the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930’s, Hayden has grown to become Idaho’s largest and most professional distributor of beer, wine, and premium non-alcoholic beverages. In the ever-demanding beverage industry, Hayden depends on the strength of its brands and its employees’ relationships, work ethic, knowledge, and creativity to maintain our competitive advantage. For more information, please visit


K&L Distributors, Alaska

K&L Distributors is proud to be Alaska’s premier distributor of the highest quality beers and wines available. Its portfolio includes a large variety of craft, import, and premium brands to our Alaskan customers. Its sales team is Cicerone and Wine Spectator trained to best serve its customers. For more information, please visit

Capital Beverages of Nevada

Capital Beverages is headquartered in Carson City Nevada and covers portions of the western part of the state. Capital Beverages covers Carson, Churchill, Washoe and parts of Douglas and Lyon counties in the state of Nevada.


About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 Towns Ciderhouse produces craft hard apple cider in Corvallis, Oregon. Founded in 2010 by three friends living in the two towns of Eugene and Corvallis, OR, 2 Towns Ciderhouse strives to bring craft hard apple cider back to the people.  2 Towns Ciderhouse is proud to be a part of the resurgence of America’s first craft beverage of choice. In 2012 we began planting our own cider apple orchard, and since the beginning we've been committed to supporting local apple growers by insisting on using the finest fresh-pressed 100% NW apples. We never take shortcuts in the cider-making process—and never add sugar or essence flavorings—but instead let the fresh, naturally fermented ingredients speak for themselves. Please visit for more information.





Beth Larsen

Public Relations & Tap Room Manager
2 Towns Ciderhouse/Traditions Ciderworks

33930 SE Eastgate Circle

Corvallis,OR 97333

Main: 541-207-3915
Cell: 541-286-5417

Tap Room Hours:

Sun, Mon, Tues & Wed from noon-6pm

Thur, Fri & Sat from noon-8pm


PRESS RELEASE: Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Releases 'Revival'


Media Contact:
Jim Bonomo


Portland, OR - December 1, 2014 - Reverend Nat's Hard Cider is about to unveil Revival, a new year-round cider available on draft and in 500ml bottles. Revival, available starting December 1, reimagines the concept of American hard cider with complexity and layers of tropical fruit alongside a crisp, solid apple base. Revival is made with a dessert blend of apples, is comprised of multiple blended fermentations, and uses Mexican Piloncillo Negro for depth of flavor.

"I don't like to drink sweet ciders, so I don't make them" said Nat West, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider's founder. Revival greets the cider drinker with exotic pineapple, guava, and peach flavors from the unique yeast blend. "It gives a perception of sweetness, while maintaining an semi-dry character and rich complexity," says West. Revival is made using only the highest quality apples from Washington state and fully fermented piloncillo from Michoacan, Mexico.

Revival is filtered brilliant, clocks in at 6% ABV, and is naturally gluten-free. Release events will be held in the near future at Portland, OR-area taprooms. Check our Facebook page for announcements. Revival will be available where better beers and ciders are sold throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Southern California, and Alaska.

About Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
At Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, we search the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make. Founder Nat West has been making cider at home since 2004 and opened Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in September of 2011. With unique flagship products like the dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot and quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic, we are making cider in the creative spirit of beer geeks. Learn more at

Use above contact info for inquiries or image requests.

Cider Summit Chicago Returns to Navy Pier

Third Annual Cider Summit Chicago Returns to Navy Pier

Region’s Largest Cider Tasting Expands to Grand Ballroom


November 16, 2014   SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.  Cider Summit Chicago is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot and will once again benefit The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association and Heartland Alliance.


The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions.  Cider Summit will feature over 120 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain.  The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.


Tickets are $30 and will be sold online only via  Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass, 8 tasting tickets and a $1 donation to Heartland Alliance.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.  Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water.  A separate ticket is required for each session.  The event is 21 and over only.   A sell-out is expected, so please purchase in advance.


“Chicago-area cider enthusiasts have really embraced our event” noted event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “Our expansion to the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom will enable us to accommodate an even larger audience and offer an increased range of ciders for both cider lovers and the cider curious.”


For those seeking to utilize public transportation, Chicago Brew Bus will provide shuttle service starting at 10:30am between the Blue Line Grand stop, Red Line Grand-State stop, and Navy Pier throughout the day.  CTA buses also run directly to Navy Pier.  Onsite parking is available in the Navy Pier garages.


Cider Summit is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot, along with supporting sponsors The Northman Cider Bar, Hotel Palomar, Chicago Brew Bus, and Louis Glunz Beers.  Media support is provided by Chicago Reader and WBEZ Public Radio.  More information is available at:



For more information contact:

Alan Shapiro

SBS Imports / Cider Summit

PRESS RELEASE: Distribution Agreement with Apple Outlaw

For Immediate Release:

October 20, 2014


Christopher Barnes chrisb@pointblankdistributing

Point Blank Distributing announced distribution agreement with Apple Outlaw

Point Blank Distributing announced today a new distribution agreement with Apple Outlaw of Applegate, Oregon. Point Blank Distributing will begin distributing Apple Outlaws ciders throughout their Oregon markets in Portland, Eugene, & Bend.

Apple Outlaw sought to increase their reach into the rest of Oregon after a short time distributing their own product in Portland. Apple Outlaw takes a land to consumer approach, growing many of the apples used in their own cider. With growing success in Southern Oregon, they decided the time was ripe to bring their fantastic ciders to the rest of the state. With offerings in 22oz Bottles, 1/2BBL & 1/6BBL kegs; Apple Outlaw is bringing farm fresh hard ciders to the people of Oregon in a variety of ways.

With everyday flavors such as their Original, Rabid Dry, & Ginger Bite; Apple Outlaw brings great ciders to the market while using organic farming practices and good land stewardship. Encouraging biodiversity while practicing good water conservation, Apple Outlaw takes their responsibility to the planet seriously. Not only do they take care of their environment, but they also take care of their community donating at least 1,000 pounds of apples to the Josephine County Food Bank every year.

Point Blank Distributing is Oregons leading distributor of local, craft, import, and specialty beers & ciders. Fielding a dedicated and educated team of beer and cider enthusiasts, Point Blank Distributing brings quality service and great tasting products to the people of Oregon.

Founded by Blair Smith and Marcey Kelley, Apple Outlaw started with the love of an apple orchard. Today, theyre making great tasting and ethically made ciders from Southern Oregon.

More information on Apple Outlaw can be found at

Fly’n South Limited Release from 2 Towns Ciderhouse Glutted with Gooseberries


Beth Larsen
Cell: (541) 286-5417
Office: (541) 207-3915


Fly’n South from 2 Towns Ciderhouse Glutted with Gooseberries for a Tart Limited Release
Apples and Gooseberries Pair up for Most Recent Release, Available for a Limited Time Only


Corvallis, Ore., - October 31, 2014 – 2 Towns is excited to announce the recent release of Fly’n South, an apple and Gooseberry cider.  This cider is the fourth installment of the 2 Towns Ciderhouse Limited Release line. Fly’n South follows the Limited Release model of unconventional ingredients paired together to create unexpected and tantalizing tastes.


Fly’n South boasts locally grown whole Oregon gooseberries, fermented with 100% fresh pressed Northwest apples. Paired perfectly with  pasta carbonara, rich lobster risotto & potato pancakes, Fly’n South is dry, tart and perfect for the long haul.


As always, 2 Town Ciderhouse uses fresh-pressed 100% Northwest Apples, no added sugars, and never uses artificial essences or flavorings.  Instead, the Ciderhouse allows the fruit to speak for itself. Fly’n South is now available in the tap room, and to distributors in bottles, and 1/6 bbls and 1/2 bbl kegs. Less than 1000 cases were bottled this week for distribution in Oregon, Washington, California and Minnesota.


2 Towns Ciderhouse is committed to pushing the bounds of what cider can be, while also honoring tradition. To continue its interest in the unexpected and daring 2 Towns created the Limited Release line of ciders in 2013, beginning with the Hop & Stalk and followed by Cidre Muscato & Cot 'n the Act.


For more information on this and other new releases, visit or


About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 Towns Ciderhouse produces craft hard apple cider in Corvallis, Oregon. Founded in 2010 by three friends living in the two towns of Eugene and Corvallis, OR, 2 Towns Ciderhouse strives to bring craft hard apple cider back to the people.  2 Towns Ciderhouse is proud to be a part of the resurgence of America’s first craft beverage of choice. In 2012 we began planting our own cider apple orchard, and since the beginning we've been committed to supporting local apple growers by insisting on using the finest fresh-pressed 100% NW apples. We never take shortcuts in the cider-making process—and never add sugar or essence flavorings—but instead let the fresh, naturally fermented ingredients speak for themselves.


Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts new NW Ciderfest


Contact: Colleen King-Showalter

Phone: 503.223.3177


Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts new NW Ciderfest, Oct. 11

Community is invited to new annual fundraiser in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square

PORTLAND, ORE. XX Sept., 2014---The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is hosting a new annual fundraiser to take place

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, from 10am to 8pm in downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse

Square. NW Ciderfest will feature 20 Northwest cideries, cider store, food trucks, mixology

showcase, music with headliners 3 Leg Torso and a bevy of family friendly events in the

Umpqua Bank Pioneer Orchard. There will also be a pumpkin arts and crafts center, and a pie


"This is a new, community wide event that will help us continue to fund healthcare services

and support to more than 2,400 individuals with muscular dystrophy, as well as four local

clinics, support groups and research grants," said Colleen King-Showalter, Director of Business

Tickets can be purchased online and are available at three levels: the V.I.P. admission is $75

for age 21 and over, and includes 20 cider tasting tickets and admission to V.I.P. area featuring

reserve ciders, cocktails and a souvenir glass; general admission at $25 for age 21 and over,

which includes 10 cider tastings tickets for and a souvenir cup; and $10.00 family fun admission

for 5 events, such as pony rides and carnival games.

Event partners include the Northwest Cider Assocation, Fuller Events, Phototainment, PDX

Pedicabs and the Reverend Nat's Hard Cider. In addition to Umpqua Bank, major sponsors

include Fred Meyer, Miller Nash, Dreambuilders Custom Homes, Pemco Insurance, Fox12

Oregon and KINK 101.9 Radio. For more event information and a list of all sponsors, visit http:// and on Facebook at NWCiderfest.


The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated

to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy,

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding

worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care

services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight

back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit and follow us at and @MDAnews.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Seasonal Nice & Naughty Spiced Hard Cider



Beth Larsen

Cell: (541) 286-5417

Office: (541) 207-3915

Nice & Naughty Imperial Spiced Cider Warms Up This Fall as

2 Towns Cider Seasonal Release

Infused with whole Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove, Nice & Naughty Spices up the 2 Towns Ciderhouse Lineup

Corvallis, Ore., - October 2, 2014 – This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases Nice & Naughty to heat up cool fall days and cold nights. Spiced with whole cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, this cider is a seamless transition to the harvest season, with flavors reminiscent of baked apple and pumpkin pie spice. Made with a touch of local honey, it’ll have you reminiscing about grandma’s pie, cooling on the kitchen table. 

At 10.5% with a balanced finish, Nice & Naughty is an adult answer to those seeking out the season’s signature flavors, without overwhelming sweetness.

This year’s release of Nice & Naughty comes earlier than years past. “We are excited to release the Nice & Naughty this year right as the fall weather moves in and nature’s colors start to change,” said Dave Takush, head cidermaker. “You may be too old to trick or treat, but you’re never too old for Nice & Naughty. “

As always, 2 Towns Ciderhouse uses fresh-pressed 100% Northwest Apples, no added sugars, and never uses artificial essences or flavorings.  Instead, the Ciderhouse allows the fruit to speak for itself. Nice & Naughty will be available in the 2 Towns Tap Room Starting October 2nd  and to distributors on October 6th in bottles, and 1/6 bbls and 1/2 bbl kegs.  This seasonal cider will be available throughout Oregon, Washington and California.

For more information on this and other new releases, visit or

About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 Towns Ciderhouse produces craft hard apple cider in Corvallis, Oregon. Founded in 2010 by three friends living in the two towns of Eugene and Corvallis, OR, 2 Towns Ciderhouse strives to bring craft hard apple cider back to the people.  2 Towns Ciderhouse is proud to be a part of the resurgence of America’s first craft beverage of choice. In 2012 we began planting our own cider apple orchard, and since the beginning we've been committed to supporting local apple growers by insisting on using the finest fresh-pressed 100% NW apples. We never take shortcuts in the cider-making process—and never add sugar or essence flavorings—but instead let the fresh, naturally fermented ingredients speak for themselves.

Beth Larsen

Public Relations & Tap Room Manager

2 Towns Ciderhouse/Traditions Ciderworks

33930 SE Eastgate Circle

Corvallis,OR 97333

Main: 541-207-3915

Cell: 541-286-5417

Tap Room Hours:

Sun, Mon, Tues & Wed from noon-6pm

Thur, Fri & Sat from noon-8pm

Evening Magazine tours Tieton Cider Works

Tieton, Wash -- It's crush time near Yakima and there's not a grape in sight. Plenty of apples though.

Tieton Cider Works doesn't just press apples into liquid gold -- this place grows them as well. Craig Campbell is a third generation Yakima farmer, who's been growing apples organically for 25 years.

Read and see more here

Rogue to the Core PRESS RELEASE



NEWPORT, OR, SEPTEMBER 23rd 2014 – Rogue Ales & Spirits has released two new craft ciders made from ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Fruit Salad Cider: Fruit Salad Cider is inspired by Oregon’s rich fruit bounty. It’s packed with cherries and plums grown on Rogue’s own farm in Tygh Valley, Oregon, in addition to apples, pears, marionberries, peaches and apricots grown on rich Oregon soil. Fruit Salad Cider is a true taste of the terroir of Oregon.

7 Hop Cider: 7 Hop Cider is created with all seven varieties of aroma hops grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. All seven are used to dry hop Rogue’s signature blend of heirloom and Newtown Pippin apple juice, resulting in a crisp, dry cider crafted with a proprietary palate of ingredients.

“We started crafting cider because we have the story of our Rogue Farms to share,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

“From ground to glass, Rogue Cider uses ingredients we grow on our two Oregon farms in Independence and Tygh Valley. We don’t just grow hops and malting barley- we’re growing fruit like cherries and plums so that you can taste the difference. Cider isn’t a trend for us; it’s another chance to share our ‘Grow Your Own’ Revolution.”

Rogue Cider 22oz serigraphed bottles are currently available for purchase at all Rogue Ales Public Houses and on Bottles and draft will be available in select markets nationwide beginning December 2014.

Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,400 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states and 48 countries.

Contact Brett for more information or to obtain digital photos: 2320 OSU Drive, Newport OR 97365

Ph: (503) 241-3800 / Fax: (503) 241-3780 / BRETT@ROGUE.COM

Schilling Cider House To Open September 6, 2014

News For Immediate Release
Contact Niki Parrish
(206) 420-7088

Schilling Cider opening Cider House near famed Fremont Bridge

SEATTLE, WA - Friday, August 22, 2014 – Schilling Cider is pleased to announce the grand opening of Schilling Cider House in Seattle neighborhood Fremont on Saturday, September 6th.
Located at 708 N. 34th St., Schilling Cider House will offer 32 draft ciders — available as tasting flights, pints, or growlers — and 250 packaged ciders, to drink on site (no corkage fee) or take (unopened) to go.

“We will only be carrying ciders made without artificial flavors or other non-craft ingredients,” cofounder Colin Schilling said. “In addition to a great selection of craft ciders, all draft ciders will be tested to provide information drinkers won’t find elsewhere.”

This information, to include residual sugar, titratable acid, and pH, will be displayed on a menu board much like breweries display IBU information currently.

In conjunction with WA Cider Week, Schilling Cider House will host tastings and offer giveaways,
including free growlers for the first 1000 purchasers of growler fills.

Tasting schedule for the week:

Sunday, September 8
11am-1pm Half Pint Spanish Cider Portfolio
2-4pm Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
5-7pm Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Monday, September 9
5-7pm Eden Cider Tasting

Tuesday, September 10
5-7pm Dragon’s Head Tasting !

About Schilling Cider
Seattle-based Schilling Cider, whose tagline “your apple a day just got interesting” drives them to create ever-evolving cider flavors, is committed to sustainability through the use of highly-recyclable materials and local ingredients. Their ciders are distributed in British Columbia, CA, ID, MN, OR, VA, WA, Washington, DC, WV. For more, follow at or check out

Governor Inslee Proclaims September 4-14 Washington Cider Week

Contact: Sherrye Wyatt
(360) 929-9924


Governor Inslee Proclaims September 4-14 Washington Cider Week

Statewide celebrations offer more than 100 events to taste the glorious golden beverage.

OLYMPIA, WA - Governor Jay Inslee has formally proclaimed September 4-14 Washington Cider Week, further acknowledging the apple state sits at the center of the country's fastest-growing beverage.  Cider will be flowing throughout the region during the 10-day celebration from Seattle to Spokane, Pullman to Wenatchee, and Yakima to Tacoma.


“Three years ago when the idea of Washington Cider Week was in its infancy, we could not have imagined the support the cider industry would receive so quickly," said Sharon Campbell, owner of Tieton Cider Works and the driving force behind establishing the Northwest Cider Association and Cider Weeks in both Washington and Oregon. "A proclamation by the governor was way beyond our dreams!”


Founded in 2010, the association has grown from 10 to 50 members, and Cider Week’s events have exploded from a handful to hundreds. Washington Cider Week started four years ago as a way to introduce more people to cider. "Now it's a week of celebration by those who love cider  and who want to introduce their friends to this fabulous beverage,” said Campbell.


Northwest cidermakers, known for their creative innovation and commitment to quality, are getting well-deserved recognition from around the world. This spring they earned a collective 80 medals, placing in every category, at the Ninth Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.  Recently two new cider competitions were launched by Northwest cidermakers themselves, the Portland International Cider Cup by Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, and the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards by Seattle Cider Company, further demonstrating this pursuit of excellence.


This year's Washington Cider Week events range from the simple to the significant.  For example, the eve of cider week marks the launch of Cidercraft Magazine, the first glossy, consumer publication in the United States solely devoted to the timeless beverage.  Campbell is not surprised that historic events such as this are happening in Washington, where cider is quickly moving to the mainstream. “After all," she remarks, "If a cider culture doesn’t happen in the Northwest, where will it happen?”  


Additional events include cider and apple pie paired with two opportunities to meet renowned food writer Rowan Jacobsen during the  release of his new book Apples of Uncommon Character (Yakima, at Gilbert Cellars on Sept. 4; Sept. 5 at Seattle's Town Hall).  Some daily highlights in Seattle are cider cocktails, food pairings, and cider flights at Boka Restaurant and Bar, 30 taps featuring only Northwest ciders at Capitol Cider  and samplings at PCC Natural Markets throughout Puget Sound. The Cider Summit Seattle on Sept. 5-6 is followed by the grand opening of a new cider pub by Schilling featuring over 30 cider taps in Fremont on Sept. 6. A very special chef's dinner is planned every night at the Salish Lodge and Spa, debuting their new honey cider, in addition to local ciders expertly paired with special courses.


Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia.  This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association and Northwest Travel Magazine. For an updated list of Washington  Cider Week events visit

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Seattle Cider Company Partners with Wirtz Beverage Amidst Cider Comeback

Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition brings its uniquely dry ciders to Illinois

Chicago, IL – Seattle Cider Company and Wirtz Beverage have announced a new partnership to bring Seattle Cider’s unique selection of craft ciders to Illinois, beginning August 15. Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider is known for its handcrafted collection of flavorful ciders while Wirtz Beverage is regarded as a leading wholesale distributor of beer, wine and spirits. The agreement between the two company’s comes as alcoholic cider sales continue to boom across the U.S. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Wirtz Beverage to bring a new type of cider to the cider lovers of Illinois,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “You’ll taste something different when you try our ciders. We’ve created flavorful, small-batch ciders with limited sweetness using all natural ingredients and fresh pressed Washington apples, making for a truly unique product.” 

Established in August 2013 by Joel VandenBrink, Seattle Cider’s products break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Made from a custom blend of local apples and flavorful additions – such as fresh berries, peppers and more – Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never made from concentrate. Their unique taste has earned Seattle Cider a number of awards and accolades including gold and silver medals in the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards, in addition to many loyal drinkers. Currently, the in-demand, naturally gluten-free ciders are available in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. 

“Cider is experiencing a major comeback and it’s very exciting to see,” said Jeff Roth, VP Alliance Craft Beer Division at Wirtz Beverage Illinois. “It bridges the gap between beer and wine, so it’s no wonder cider is popular amongst many drinkers. Seattle Cider is putting out some really innovative things and really doing their part to bolster the category as well as consumer options.”

As sales continue to climb, industry predications expect cider will soon claim 3-5 percent of overall beer sales. Last year in the U.S., alcoholic cider was a nearly $1.32 billion industry. When Seattle Cider launches in Illinois with Wirtz Beverage, it will be available statewide at restaurants, bars and retail stores with a variety of products available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft, including:

Dry: One of the driest ciders on the market, the golden glow of the unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose. Pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine, under ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of bergamot orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of citrus and cinnamon on the palate. 3 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

PNW Berry: This summer seasonal cider is crafted with locally-grown raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and softly sweet on the finish, it’s a cider that is both refreshing and full-flavored. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Pumpkin Spice: This semi-sweet cider is copper in color and perfect for cooler weather as the cidery’s fall seasonal. Fermented with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season's favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin. 3 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Three Pepper: A small-batch, limited-edition cider, the Three Pepper features an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños. Paired with a unique flavor profile, it combines the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, giving this cider a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish. 3.2 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Wirtz Beverage Illinois will support the launch of the Seattle Cider portfolio with activations in the on- and off-premise, including samplings, trainings and events.


About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Available in 16-ounce cans, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Seattle. Seattle Cider is also available on tap in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday - Saturday. For more information, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


About Wirtz Beverage Illinois

Wirtz Beverage Illinois is the state’s most established alcohol beverage distributor with operations statewide serving premium wine, spirits and craft beer brands. The family-owned and operated company is an affiliate of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the nation’s leading alcohol beverage distributors. With nearly $2 billion in annual sales and 2,500 employees, Wirtz Beverage Group has interests in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Canada.  To learn more about Wirtz Beverage, visit its website at

Find the message in the bottle to win – Merridale winners!

For Immediate Release

Vancouver Island, Cobble Hill (July 14, 2014)

After 25 years as craft cider makers on Vancouver Island, Merridale is celebrating with a new look and new products. And they are doing it in the most imaginative way using social media!  When asked about the campaign, marketing assistant Ryan Watson said, “It’s all about our new release, Monarch, and our new look labels which will soon be seen on all of our cider products.” “We wanted to engage our Merridale followers by giving them something fun and rewarding,” said Jess Howard, manager at Merridale, “so we created a treasure hunt for our loyal Merridale fans.” 

The contest, lasting throughout the summer, challenges Vancouver Islanders to get outside, and find one of the 25 special Monarch cider bottles, hidden at various points of interest from Victoria to Nanaimo.

While some of the hiding spots are quite well-known, others are a little more unusual. Take, for example, the clue to bottle number 5 - If Protection Island is in your view, you must be near a raised canoe. Chris Rivers was the finder of this bottle, hidden near a public art piece called the Squamish Canoe on Nanaimo’s waterfront. "As an avid explorer - and Merridale fan - it was a chance to get out and play adventurer in my own town,” said Chris of his experience. “And  when I found the bottle, it was a moment of genuine joy. What a great idea for a contest!" 

While other bottles have proven a little harder to find, the clues have been no less imaginative, which can be seen by following their twitter feed @merridalecider, or Instagram at merridaleciderworks. Searchers should keep their eyes peeled for a glass bottle with the new Merridale label on it. Finders of bottles instantly win a growler at the Merridale Farm with a gift certificate for use in their store. But if a picture is taken where the bottle is found, finders are entered to win one of three grand prizes- tickets Brewery and the Beast (now sold out), Rifflandia Music Festival, or a romantic Merridale get-away (includes Sunday pizza night with live music and an overnight stay in their yurt).  Not bad odds when the maximum number in the draw will only be 25!

When asked about the name of the new product, Janet Docherty, co-owner of merridale, replied, “It seemed appropriate to call our new cider Monarch.  We are one the oldest craft producer in BC making organic cider from true cider apples.  Monarch is dry, full of bubbles, and embraces our philosophy. Although our look has changed, our methods have not. We stay true to the core.”

Visit Merridale at the farm (1230 Merridale Road Cobble Hill), or ask for it by name at your favourite pub, restaurant, or local liquor store.


For more information contact Janet Docherty at 250-743-4293, or 250-920-9453.

Portland International Cider Cup Results Released

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Media contact: Nat West, nat@reverendnatshardcider.com503-567-2221

Portland International Cider Cup Results Released

Portland, OR – June 30, 2014 – The second annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC), sponsored by Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, announced the winner of the cup and medalists. Held on June 22, 2014, the day was huge success with 53 entries among 16 cider producers.

The Cup went to newcomer Apple Bandit for their Apple Bandit Original, which achieved a gold medal in the Common Sweet Cider category. The runner-up was Finnriver Black Currant Cider, gold medal winner in the Fruit Cider category. The following ciders also won gold medals in their respective categories: Blue Mountain Estate Winesap (Common Dry), Rogue Pink Gin Cider, (Wood/Oaked) and Bull Run Pear Wine (Specialty).

“On behalf of the PICC Planning Committee we couldn’t be happier with the event. Last year, Merridale’s Cyser won the Cup, which is a universally acclaimed cider. This year, newcomer Apple Bandit won the Cup, which is very exciting, and should prove to be a boon to this start-up cidery from Southern Oregon,” said Nat West, founder of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider.

The non-Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) competition is for commercial producers only, and is open to ciders produced in the Pacific Northwest within the geographic bounds delineated by the Northwest Cider association. Judges are a combination of experienced BJCP judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals and commercial cidermakers.

Please see the website for a complete list of all medal winners:

Oregon Cider Week 2014 #orciderweek


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Cidermakers Announce Third Annual Oregon Cider Week Toast the state’s most exciting beverage at more than 30 activities, June 20-29 

PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon is developing a thirst for cider, the fastest growing segment in the beverage industry. Cider will take center stage during Oregon Cider Week, a celebration of all things cider, June 20-29. This week posters, buttons and coasters showcasing Oregon Cider

Week are turning up throughout the state. The first weekend kicks off with the Cider Summit, followed by the International Cider Cup, both in Portland. Then cider fans can explore events throughout the week ranging from cider-themed dinners to tap takeovers, creative cocktail trails, cider flights and more. Some of the daily highlights in Portland are cider tastings and flights at Hotel deLuxe, cider ice creams at Fifty Licks, and unique cider desserts and cider flights at St. Honoré Boulangerie. A special cider tasting is planned during the week at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as is part of the popular “OMSI After Dark” series. 

Oregon is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Washington, Virginia, Ontario. This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) and Northwest Travel Magazine. For an updated list of Oregon Cider 

Week events visit

Upcoming Oregon Cider Week Events

Tickets Now On Sale for First Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Three-Day Cider Festival!

25+ ciders to be on tap at three-day cider festival at The Woods in Seattle


SEATTLE (May 19, 2014) – Save the date and get your tickets now for the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Festival (PNWCA)! Just three weeks away, cider lovers can secure their spot at the three-day cider festival beginning today through Brown Paper Tickets ( Taking place Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, tickets can be purchased for each day of the festival for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Admission includes a 13-ounce PNWCA tulip glass and 8 tasting tokens, each good for a 5-ounce pour – or a 10-ounce pour for two tokens – of any of the 25+ Northwest ciders on tap. Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Capitol Cider, Uber and the Washington Beer Blog, craft enthusiasts won’t want to miss out this first-of-its-kind festival celebrating PNWCA competition winners and the Pacific Northwest’s growing cider industry with three days of amazing cider, food trucks, music and more.

“This is our chance to celebrate the truly amazing ciders being produced in the Northwest,” Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company and committee member for the PNWCA. “Unlike many of the cider competitions and festivals, PNWCA is focused solely on those cideries located in Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. With 27 cideries submitting 103 ciders for the competition, mixed with the awesome list of ciders featured on tap for the festival, it’s a true showing of the strength and growth this industry is seeing.”

Ciders scheduled to be on tap throughout the festival weekend include:

2 Towns Ciderhouse - The Bad Apple

Alpenfire Cider - Oaked
Bull Run Cider - Bramble Berry
Blue Mountain Cider - Oregonian
D's Wicked Cider - Baked Apple
Finnriver Cidery - Honey
Finnriver Cidery - Honey Meadow Botanical
Grizzly Ciderworks - Hop Claw
Liberty Ciderworks - New World
Methow Valley Ciderhouse - Honey Bear
Niegel Vintners - Formula 37
Portland Cider Co. - Hop'Rageous
Portland Cider Co. - Pearfect Perry
Red Tank Cider - Happy
Red Tank Cider - CHOPS
Schilling Cider Company - Ginger
Seattle Cider Company - Semi Sweet
Seattle Cider Company - Dry
Seattle Cider Company - Gin Botanical
Seattle Cider Company - Three Pepper
Seattle Cider Company - PNW Berry
Snowdrift Cider Co. - Nebula Red
Tieton Cider Works - TBD
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks - Blind Tiger
Wandering Aegnus Ciderworks - Wickson 
Whiskey Barrel Cider - Dam Hard Cider


The Woods – the tasting room for Seattle Cider Company, located at 4700 Ohio S in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood – will be open for the PNWCA Cider Festival on Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm for the event. Food will be available for purchase from popular gluten-free food truck Contigo on Friday and Saturday, as well as Where Ya at Matt on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door ($35), but space for the event is limited and is expected to sell out, so those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance ($30). Additional tokens will be available for purchase at the event. As part of the festival, each ticket purchased will be accompanied by a voting slip. The cider with the most votes at the end of the festival will be awarded the People Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 9. Please note this is a 21+ event.

For more information, visit or email Be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events, including award announcements, tap additions and more.

All media related inquires should be sent to Caitlin Braam at All other PNWCA-related inquires should be sent to

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is comprised of a one-day private judging, followed by a three-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 25 cideries participating and 25 ciders on tap, the PNWCA and its corresponding events were created with the intention of raising awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. Through the PNWCA, we hope to continue to raise awareness for the unique and spectacular ciders being produced while helping to make them more accessible to the public. Cider lovers and producers are encouraged to learn more by visiting, or following PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter. Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets today.

Nashi Orchards Celebrates the Opening of their Winery and Perry Release


Cheryl Lubbert, Nashi Orchards


Nashi Orchards Celebrates the Opening of their Winery and Release of their
First Asian Pear Perry

Vashon Island, WA, April 17, 2014 -- Nashi Orchards, located on beautiful Vashon
Island near Seattle, opens their winery with the release of their of Chojuro Blend Asian Pear
Perry. After years of cultivating their Asian pear orchard and fine-tuning their wine making
skills, owners Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert, decided to share their passion
for fine handcrafted Perry.

Perry, made for centuries in England and France, is similar to hard apple cider; but
perry is fermented from pears. Asian Pears, also known as nashi, are native to Japan and other Asian countries and are crisp, sweet and juicy. There are numerous cultivars of Asian pear including Chojuro, featured in the Chojuro Blend. This Asian pear variety is known for its
distinctive rum flavor and honey-orange color skin. Jim and Cheryl’s fruit is only harvested at the peak of ripeness and fermentation is carefully controlled to preserve the natural flavor and sweetness of the fruit. No additional sugars or flavorings are added to mask the delicate, nuanced flavor of the Nashi Orchards Asian Pear Perry.

"Nashi Orchards’ Chojuro Blend has a floral aroma, is lightly effervescent and exhibits
flavors of bright summer fruit and pear and has a clean, refreshing finish," said Jim Gerlach,
co-owner and Perrymaker. "We work very hard to manage our soil and the conditions of our trees to be sure to embody the essence of flavor from the land in every
blend and in every bottle."

Nashi Orchards’ Perry is unfiltered, unpasteurized and gluten-free. Consummate
foodies, Jim and Cheryl suggest the Perry be served as an aperitif or with Northwest oysters,
halibut or poultry. Available in Washington state, Nashi Orchards Perry can be purchased directly from the Orchard or on Vashon Island at Minglement, Vashon Thriftway and Express Cuisine and in Seattle at Full Throttle Bottle, Leschi Market, Beer Junction, Bottle House and Marjorie Restaurant.

Jim Gerlach, a registered landscape architect, has a passion for plants, his orchard, their dogs, sheep and, of course, wine-making. By understanding the optimal way to support the trees in producing the most flavorful fruit, he is able to produce the highest
quality and most flavorful Perry.

About Nashi Orchards
The Nashi Orchards winery is located on Vashon Island near Seattle, where it is a part of a growing community of committed producers of artisanal foods, wines and spirits. The orchard was established in the early 1980s when its original owners transplanted the most promising Asian pear varieties from a trial orchard. New owners, Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert have completed significant renovations over the last few years to increase the health and productivity of the trees. Nashi Orchards LLC was formally established in 2011 and approved as a bonded winery in the fall of 2013. Join Nashi Orchards in their passionate pursuit of delicious libations with a private orchard tour and tasting by appointment. Contact us with retail or wholesale requests at 206-463-0358 and follow us on Facebook, Nashi Orchards or on Twitter @Nashi_Orchards.