MISSOULA, Mont. - Back for its second year, Montana Cider Week will celebrate Montana made hard ciders with events across the state, October 1-7, 2017. From Bozeman to Billings and Missoula to Hamilton, this week-long event will highlight all Montana cideries with apple pressings, tap takeovers, cider dinners, harvest parties and a cider festival. This follows last year’s inaugural Montana Cider Week in which over 500 Montanans participated in celebrating the state’s growing craft cider industry.
This year, the week will kick-off at 11am on Sunday October 1st at Western Cider’s tasting room with a Harvest Party featuring a brunch with cider cocktails, cider pressing, food truck, live music and a special release fall cider. Throughout the week, participants in Missoula, Bozeman, Stevensville and Billings will have the opportunity to taste award winning ciders from Montana cideries including Montana CiderWorks, Lockhorn Hard Cider, Western Cider Co., Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill, Backroad Cider and betterRoot Cider at participating tasting rooms, bars and restaurants.
The week will conclude on October 7th with the Bitterroot’s favorite Liquid Apple Night featuring five Montana cideries pouring cider in support of the Ravalli County Museum. This final celebration will take place from 5pm-9pm at Legion Park on 2nd and Bedford in Hamilton, MT. Tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Museum.
“All of these events are a great way to support craft hard cider and Montana’s apple heritage,” says Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the Northwest Cider Association. “We are excited to have Montana participating again this year demonstrating the strong support for this vibrant and growing industry.”
For more information about Montana Cider Week and event details go to https://www.facebook.com/MTCiderWeek.