PRESS RELEASE: Les Dames d'Escoffier - Summerdine 2017


Victoria Summerdine 2017

A Summer Luncheon to Celebrate Women in the Culinary Arts

(Victoria, BC) — Mark Wednesday, August 16th on your calendar for a delicious culinary celebration as Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents Les Dames Summerdine. As part of Les Dames Summerdine, there is a special event happening on Vancouver Island. ‘A Celebration of Women in Hospitality’ will celebrate British Columbia’s Culinary Heroines. Please join us for a very special luncheon being held at the beautiful Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse in Saanichton and catered by Victoria’s popular Spinnakers Gastro Pub. Chef Ali Ryan has created a perfect menu for a summer luncheon, expertly paired with Les Dames BC’s own wines.

Engage with our guest speakers, browse our silent auction offerings and mingle with the leaders and trend setters of our industry. Proceeds will fund scholarships for women seeking training to advance their careers in the food and beverage industry. The ticket price is only $60 and includes lunch, beverages, tax, tips, plus a shuttle to/from downtown Victoria (for the first 30 people).

Guests will depart from downtown Victoria at 11:30 & arrive at Sea Cider for a welcome drink and canapes. Departure from Sea Cider will be at 1:30pm.

Seats go on sale June 19th at and are sure to sell out quickly. Don’t miss your chance to participate in one of the most unique dining experiences of the summer. All funds raised from Summerdine go to support Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter’s Scholarship and Outreach programs.


About Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter
Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of 38 individual chapters across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. The mandate of the BC Chapter is to support the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities. The BC Chapter is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

For information on Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on its various events and programs please visit: Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @LesDamesBC
For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International:


Media Contact
Christine Couvelier
Culinary Concierge
M: 250-589-5845

31 Medals Awarded in Portland Cider Cup Competition


Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie, Executive Director
Northwest Cider Association





Cheers to the Champions!

31 Medals Awarded in Portland International Cider Cup Competition


PORTLAND (June 15, 2017) – The results are in! Eight Pacific Northwest cideries took home gold medals at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association’s 5th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) last night. For the second year running, a cidery from Montana, Western Cider Company, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup-- the Best In Show Award. 

The party, hosted at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas event space, drew 150 cidermakers and cider fans, celebrated ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, the largest cider market in the US for consumption and home to quarter of the country’s cidermakers.  The competition, which was hosted at Square Mile Cider on April 9, increased by 150% this year, growing to over 150 ciders from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and featured 45 experienced industry judges. 

Within the 14 categories sampled, judges found ciders in eight categories worthy of gold medals:

  • Western Cider Co, Montana - McIntosh (Heritage Dry) - Best of Show

  • Montana Ciderworks, Montana - North Fork Traditional (Modern Sweet) - Runner up, Best of Show

  • Square Mile, Oregon - Spur and Vine (Hopped)

  • Square Mile, Oregon - Ginger Pear (Spiced/Herbed)

  • Swift Cider, Oregon - Peach Oak (Wood/Oaked)

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon - Traditions 2015 Riverwood (Modern Dry)

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon - Flight of the Kiwi (Fruit)

  • Eden Valley Orchards, Oregon - Pear House Cider (Modern Perry)

These eight ciders went on to compete in the Best of Show round, in which the head judges from each table found the McIntosh to be the best of the best.

“In our first year of operation, it is truly an honor to receive such recognition from the PICC. From starting the orchard in 2010 - to working on Western Cider for the last two years, this has been a vision that has taken many years to realize. We are grateful to be part of a world-class cider making community and look forward to many years ahead as stewards of great cider.” said Western Cider Co cidermaker and founder Michael Billingsley.

Western Cider Company also won the the Best New Cidery award which carried with it a $500 prize, and awards were given to 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, OR and Montana CiderWorks in Missoula, MT respectively as Large and Small Cideries of the year. Visit for the full list of medalists and past cup winners.

"We're so excited to grow the competition this year and give northwest ciders a chance to be judged by well-trained, knowledgeable judges. Next time you’re in the grocery store, try one of the medalists!” says Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the Northwest Cider Association.

The NWCA board recognizes the importance of unbiased cider evaluation, and the benefits of medals as a marketing tool for member cideries. This competition is held with the utmost regard and judges are asked to score only deserving ciders. A maximum of one gold, one silver and one bronze may be awarded per category. This award system is in contrast to other competitions which award medals based on merit with multiple gold, silver and bronze awards per category.


Cideries of the Year

Large Cidery of the Year    2 Towns Ciderhouse

Small Cidery of the Year    Montana CiderWorks

New Cidery of the Year    Western Cider Company


Gold    2 Towns CiderhouseTraditions 2015 Riverwood, Modern Dry Cider
Gold    Western Cider CompanyMcIntosh, Heritage Dry Cider
Gold    Montana CiderWorksNorth Fork Traditional, English Sweet Cider
Gold    Square Mile Cider CompanyHopped Apple Cider, Hopped Cider
Gold    Square Mile Cider CompanyGinger Pear Apple Cider, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Gold    Swift CiderPeach Oak, Wood/Oaked Cider
Gold    2 Towns CiderhouseFlight Of The Kiwi, Fruit Cider
Gold    EdenVale WineryEden Valley Orchards Pear House Cider, Modern Perry

Silver    North Idaho CiderNorth Idaho Fresh Apple, Modern Dry Cider
Silver    Alter Ego CiderThe Brute, Modern Sweet Cider
Silver    Liberty CiderworksColumbia Crab SV, Heritage Dry Cider
Silver    Montana CiderWorksDarby Pub Cider, Heritage Sweet Cider
Silver    Alpenfire CiderPirate's Plank, English Dry Cider
Silver    Swift CiderGolden Equinox, Hopped Cider
Silver    2 Towns CiderhouseLa Mure, Wild/Non-Sac Cider
Silver    Wards Hard CiderWards Ginger Apple Cider, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Silver    Finnriver Farm & CideryFirebarrel Cider, Wood/Oaked Cider
Silver    Bauman's Cider, Peach Raspberry, Fruit Cider
Silver    Tieton Cider WorksPerry, Modern Perry

Bronze    Scenic Road Cider Co.Nearly Dry, Modern Dry Cider
Bronze    Portland Cider CompanyApple, Modern Sweet Cider
Bronze    Scenic Road Cider Co.Dry, Heritage Dry Cider
Bronze    Liberty CiderworksPorter's Perfection SV, English Dry Cider
Bronze    Tieton Cider WorksWild Washington, English Sweet Cider
Bronze    WildCraft Cider WorksSpring Traditional Keeved, French Cider
Bronze    2 Towns CiderhouseHop & Stalk, Hopped Cider
Bronze    La Familia CiderJamaica - Hibiscus, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Bronze    Apple OutlawHeritage, Wood/Oaked Cider
Bronze    2 Towns CiderhousePrickle Me Pink, Fruit Cider
Bronze    2 Towns Ciderhouse6th Anniversary, Specialty Cider
Bronze    Finnriver Farm & CideryPerry, Modern Perry


About the NWCA
Formed in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association brings cideries and cider lovers together to share knowledge, experience and live the Northwest cider culture. We are a trade organization formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders. We sponsor classes and workshops, and develop cider-themed events, including Oregon Cider Week in June, Washington Cider Week in September, and BC Cider Week in October.

To learn more about the PICC, contact Carolyn Winkler, Chief Competition Coordinator (  
To learn more about the NWCA, contact Emily Ritchie, NWCA Executive Director (

Snakebite Showdown brings NW beer and cider together on June 24th


Snakebite Showdown brings NW beer and cider together on June 24th

Portland Cider Co. Clackamas hosts 13 cideries and breweries to go head-to-head in a collaboration mini-brewfest like no other to end Oregon Cider Week.

June 5, 2017 (Portland, OR) SNAKEBITE SHOWDOWN, the only festival featuring the popular English beer + cider refreshment, Snakebites! Portland Cider Company has partnered together 13 local NW breweries and 13 cideries to create signature Snakebites in an epic Snakebite Showdown during Oregon Cider Week. Held on Saturday, June 24th from 1 - 7 pm, this festival is during the final weekend of Oregon Cider Week and a highlight event of the 11-day celebration dedicated to all things Oregon cider. The fest takes place in the cidery production and warehouse space at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015).  Tickets are available now.

Breweries and cideries will go head-to-head to win the title for Best Snakebite. The event is focused on the ever-growing in popularity blend of beer and cider, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the craft beverage industry here in Portland. Snakebites originally hail from the United Kingdom, where a crisp lager and cider are blended with a 50/50 ratio in a pint glass. The traditional drink has gained a following here in the Northwest where we pride ourselves on all things craft and new in the beverage world. But expect more than the norm at this unique festival.

All 13 snakebites at the festival will be a custom blend crafted by the cider makers and brewers from each company. Some blends you can expect to see include IPAs, Berliner Weisse, beers, fruit ciders and more. Highly anticipated collaborations include: 2 Towns Ciderhouse + Block 15 Brewery, Anthem Cider + Santiam Brewing, Cider Riot + Heater Allen Brewing, Edgefield Cider + Edgefield Brewery, Finnriver Farm & Cidery + Hopworks Ubran Brewing (HUB), Portland Cider Co. + Oregon City Brewing Co., Reveille Ciderworks + Reach Break Brewing, Reverend Nat’s Cider + Coalition Brewing, Schilling Cider + Culmination Brewing, Seattle Cider Company + Coin Toss Brewing Co., Square Mile Cider + Kona Brewing, Swift Cider + Wild Ride Brew, and lastly, Tumalo Cider + Three Creeks Brewing.

Admission includes a souvenir glass and six (6) drink tickets; additional tasting tickets will be available for $2 each. All snakebite blends will be one (1) ticket per four-ounce sample. Cider and beer without mixing will be available to sample or buy in 16 oz. pints from Portland Cider Co. as well.

SNAKEBITE SHOWDOWN is a 21+ years of age event. Food will be available at the Portland Cider Co. Clackamas Taproom. This mini-fest is coordinated by Portland Cider Company and Dave Fleming, veteran Oregon brewer and founder of Fleming Brewing Consultants, LLC.

Pertinent links: Ticketing ($20 online, $25 at the gate.)

About Portland Cider Company:

The Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit


Media Contact:
Helen Lewis
Marketing Director // Cider Propagandist
Portland Cider Company

C: 503-305-0877 | E:

Cider based on English traditions, made with Northwest ingredients. Drink it, it's Good!


Cider Riot! Wins Two Medals at Prestigious Royal Bath and West Show

Oregon Cidery Wins Two Medals at Prestigious Royal Bath and West Show

Cider Riot!'s 1763 Revolutionary West Country Cider won Bronze in the Traditional Cider category, and its Everyday Semi-Dry won Bronze in the New World category at the Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England. The awards were announced live at the show on June 1. The Royal Bath and West Show is the biggest cider competition in the world, and the Show has been held since 1851. Winning an award there is the cider world's equivalent to a brewery winning at World Beer Cup.

 “When I delivered our entries to the Bath and West Showground in April, I thought it was a bit like bringing sand to the beach,” says Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker AbramGoldman-Armstrong. “The West Country is the heartland of great cider, and 1763 is inspired by Somerset farmhouse ciders, so it is very humbling to win this award at the Bath and West Show.”

Made in the tradition of dry West Country ciders, 1763 exhibits the bold tannins and complexity of traditional bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples. Cider Riot! sources its cider apples from Yamhill County’s White Oak Cider and Skurdahl Farms, both of which planted their cider apple orchards in the 1990’s. “Bittersweets and bittersharps are not widely grown in North America,” says Goldman-Armstrong. “So we’re really lucky to be working with Yarlington Mill, Dabinett, Harry Master’s Jersey, and Brown’s apples from these two mature orchards. It gives us the ability to make a nuanced and elegant cider.”

Everyday Semi-Dry, a clean light cider is Cider Riot’s first venture away from strictly dry ciders. “We were shooting for a clean thirst quenching cider,” says Goldman-Armstrong. “To make a cider stand out in the New World category is a real challenge, this award is a testament to our production techniques and Cascadian apple growers.”

Cider Riot! cidermaker Angie Watkins was on hand at the Bath and West Show to receive the award as part of the Northwest Cider Association trip to France and England to study keeving the traditional production method used by the French.

About Cider Riot!:
Cider Riot!® was founded in 2013 in a garage in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood and opened its pub and production facility on 8th and NE Couch in the summer of 2016. Cider Riot! is dedicated to the production of flavorful thirst-quenching ciders. The English style pub features live music, darts, games, tacos from No Que No taco cart, and is open Wednesday-Monday, shut Tuesdays. Cider Riot will host the 2nd Annual Fruit Cider Invitational June 24-25th featuring two dozen fruit ciders.

Media Contact:
Abram Goldman-Armstrong

Seattle Cider Co.'s Berry summer seasonal release!


Seattle Cider Company’s Berry Cider Returns for a Summer Full of Outdoor Adventures & Patio Parties

Tart and refreshing, Pacific Northwest berries give the growing cidery’s summer seasonal an unexpected twist; launches June 1 at The Woods tasting room with limited edition cocktail-inspired infusions


SEATTLE (May 31, 2017) – This Thursday, June 1, marks the return of Seattle Cider Company‘s summer seasonal, Berry! Available in 16-ounce cans, this tart and refreshing cider was created using a delicious blend of Pacific Northwest blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, pulling in all the flavors of the season without the sweetness. Berry takes over for spring seasonal Basil Mint, joining the cidery’s three year round and two limited edition ciders on shelves in 14 states across the country. 

“Our Berry cider tastes tart, fresh and just like the season,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “Summer means hiking, backyard BBQs, boats and getting outdoors - and this cider is always the perfect accompaniment!”   

A semi-dry cider, Seattle Cider’s Berry is crafted with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, the juice from which is added straight into the tank during fermentation. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and subtly sweet on the finish, this cider is both refreshing and full-flavored. Offering a 6.9 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, this deep rosé-color cider is available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles in select markets and on draft, all available at The Woods tasting room beginning June 1. 

In addition to the release of Berry on draft and in cans, guests will be able to enjoy a host of cocktail inspired infusions at The Woods tasting room for the evening, including: Berry Sangria with rosemary, mint and cava, “The Negroni” (Berry infused with rhubarb, orange peel and juniper berries, playing off the classic gin cocktail) and “The Manhattan” (Berry infused with cherry, orange and whiskey soaked oak chips with a touch of Angostura bitters).  

Seattle Cider’s full lineup of offerings breaks 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, Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with real ingredients, never from concentrate and free from artificial flavorings. Seasonal ciders – such as Berry, Pumpkin Spice, Oaked Maple and Basil Mint– are to be released each quarter, offering unique and unexpected flavor profiles geared toward the season. 

Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, California, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas, with growing list of locations available at Tastings, pints and packaged products are also available at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, which shares the space with Two Beers Brewing Co. For more information about Seattle Cider Company, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at

About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, uniquely dry cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings 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 Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate. Seattle Cider products are currently available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Missouri and Colorado. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday - Sunday at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram



PRESS RELEASE: Sea Cider Takes Top Prize At Dan Berger International Cider Awards


Sea Cider Takes Top Prize At Dan Berger International Cider Awards


Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is thrilled to announce that the company’s “Bittersweet” cider has taken home the Sweepstakes Award for best cider at the Second Annual Dan Berger International Cider Competition (DBICC). The traditional beat out nearly 200 other cideries entered into the competition held in Sonoma County, California on May 5th.

The Sweepstakes Award winning Sea Cider Bittersweet is made from a selection of traditional bittersweet cider apples including Dabinett and Yarlington Mills. Off-dry and rich in tannin, the Sea Cider Bittersweet impressed the judges with its rich yet balanced style and a complexity that results from use of well-cultivated traditional cider apples.

The local Vancouver Island producer was ecstatic to also win awards for:
Pippins – Single Variety Cider – SILVER
Prohibition – Wood Aged Cider – SILVER
Wild English - Traditional Cider – Dry – BRONZE

“We were thrilled by the diversity of styles of cider we saw at the competition this second year,” said Tom Wark, director of the DBICC. “No doubt this had much to do with the fact that we had entries from 20 different states and four different countries, which is a testament to the growing popularity of cider in the American marketplace.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Sea Cider winning the nine medals for the nine ciders that the company entered in the 2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) and two medals at the San Diego Craft Beer Awards.

About Dan Berger International Cider Awards

The DBICC strives to raise the visibility of the best ciders sold in the American marketplace. Founded by Dan Berger, the Dean of American wine competitions and directed by Tom Wark, publisher of The Cider Journal, the DBICC accepted entries in 12 categories that were judged by cider and orchard professionals.

About Sea Cider:
Sea Cider is a certified organic cidery and orchard located on the Saanich Peninsula. Situated on 10 acres overlooking Haro Strait, the family-owned company has been producing award-winning ciders since 2007. Sea Cider is available throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as in the states of Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Illinois and California.

Media Contact:
Mike Pepperdine, Sales & Marketing Manager
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
c. 250.589.9809
p. 250.544.4824 ext. 4
f. 250.544.4870

PRESS RELEASE: Seattle Cider Co. launches in SC!


Seattle Cider Company Launches South Carolina May 15

Offering dry craft cider made from fresh pressed Washington apples, Seattle Cider Company partners with Breakthru Beverage for the launch of its 14th state


SEATTLE (May 11, 2017) – Becoming the fourteenth state to carry its products, Seattle Cider Company is pleased to announce a new partnership with Breakthru Beverage to bring Seattle Cider’s unique selection of craft ciders to South Carolina! Known for its collection of dry, flavorful ciders – successfully bridging the gap between beer and wine – Seattle Cider Company ciders are made from 100 percent fresh-pressed Washington apples, gluten free and never from concentrate. Available throughout the state beginning May 15, the growing cidery will offer its entire year round and seasonal lineup of products statewide.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Breakthru Beverage and break into a new region of the country,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Seattle Cider Company. “The demand for dry craft cider continues to grow and it’s exciting to be a part of. Plus, the timing is perfect as the weather begins to warm up in South Carolina!”

“In planning the growth of our craft portfolio in South Carolina, we knew we needed a craft cider and Seattle Cider Company fit the bill, ” added Sean O’Connor, President, Breakthru Beverage South Carolina. “Their dedication to true craft cider and innovation is something we know cider drinkers in South Carolina will appreciate and enjoy.”  

Upon launch in South Carolina with Breakthru Beverage, Seattle Cider Co. products will be available at select restaurants, bars and retail stores statewide. Available in 16-ounce cans and on draft, initial Seattle Cider Co. offerings will include:

Dry: Dry and pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine and under ripe peach hit the palate with no residual sweetness. One of the driest ciders on the market. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can, draft.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of apricot on the palate. 2.6 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can, draft.

Berry: Crafted with locally grown raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, this cider is softly tart at the start, softly sweet on the finish while being both accessible and full-flavored. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 16-ounce can, draft.

To celebrate its South Carolina launch, the Seattle Cider Company team will be hosting tastings and events throughout the area the week of May 15. Keep on eye on Seattle Cider Company social media pages for details on where to find the team and their cider! 

Popular limited edition ciders Three Pepper and Gin Botanical, available in 22oz bottles, will launch in South Carolina in the coming months. Additional ciders – including seasonal ciders Pumpkin Spice, Oaked Maple and Basil Mint – will become available in market as they are released throughout the year.

Seattle Cider Co. products can currently be found in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado, Tennessee and soon, South Carolina, with growing list of locations available at For more information about Seattle Cider, South Carolina launch events and more, follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco). 


Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at


About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, uniquely dry cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings 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 Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday - Sunday at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram


About Breakthru Beverage Group

Breakthru Beverage Group is a leading North American beverage wholesaler driving innovation in the marketplace with a nimble and insightful approach to business. Breakthru is proud to be family-owned and operated, bringing valued expertise to its operations across the U.S. and Canada. The company employs more than 7,000 associates representing a portfolio of premier wine, spirit and beer brands totaling more than $6 billion in annual sales. For more information, visit



PRESS RELEASE: Seattle Cider Co. Releases 2016 Harvest Series Sat, May 6th


Seattle Cider Company Releases 2016 Harvest Series, Highlighting Five Distinct Washington Ciders

Join Seattle Cider Company on Saturday, May 6 for the release of five limited edition harvest ciders, available in new 500ml bottles and on tap!

SEATTLE (March 5, 2017) – Seattle Cider Company is excited to announce the upcoming release of its popular Harvest Series, handcrafted at the cidery each fall and featuring the distinct flavors of Washington-grown fruit. Marking the fourth year for the award-winning series, the Washington Heirloom, Gravenstein Rosé, Perry and City Fruit make their return with a new addition: Winesap Rosé. Scheduled for release this Saturday, May 6 at The Woods tasting room, all five ciders will be available in their new 500ml bottles, as well as on tap with flights, full pours and more!

“Every year this series offers something new and that’s part of the reason we love it,” said Scott Katsma, head cidermaker at Seattle Cider Company. “Between our continued partnership with City Fruit to our growing relationships with Washington orchardists, it highlights everything we love about the Northwest cider industry.”

Pressed during harvest in the fall of 2016, all five ciders have been aged for six months before being bottled this spring. Each featuring its own unique and vibrant flavor profile, bottles are available in limited quantities through the tasting room and select local bottle shops:

Washington Heirloom 2016 (6.5% ABV, 1.25 Brix) - The 2016 Heirloom harvest brought us slightly tannic Cortlands, tart Newtown Pippins and fragrant Winesaps, creating this elegant, modern cider. The flagship of our Harvest Series, this year’s offering is tropical and bursting with notes of citrus.

Gravenstein Rosé 2016 (6.9% ABV, 0.75 Brix) - Early season Gravenstein apples are aged in Mourvédre red wine barrels to create one of our favorite ciders of the harvest. A bouquet of fruity, berry-like aromas shines through in this floral, citrus forward cider.

Winesap Rosé 2016 (6.0% ABV, 1 Brix) - One of Washington’s oldest fruits is showcased in this single-varietal beauty. Aged in Syrah red wine barrels, these small Naches Valley apples are both aromatic and tart, offering a beautiful full-bodied cider with flavors of grapefruit, lemongrass and cedar.

Perry 2016 (5.8% ABV, 2 Brix) - Early and late season pears are cold-fermented, then aged through the winter to foster the delicate floral, fruity character of this cider. Both soft and complex, an earthy aroma and woody funk give way to citrus and a mellow pear sweetness.

City Fruit 2016 (6.3% ABV, 0.5 Brix) - This delicious cider is made in collaboration with City Fruit, a local non-profit dedicated to feeding thousands of local Seattle families. This tart, herbaceous cider features more than 40 varieties of local apples collected from Seattle area trees by City Fruit. Proceeds go directly to City Fruit to support their annual harvest!

Taking place from 1-7pm on Saturday, May 6 at The Woods tasting room (4660 Ohio Ave S), cider enthusiasts can enjoy tasters, pints and more while picking up their Harvest Series bottles for the official release of the Harvest Series. Enjoy 10-ounce pours of Heirloom, Gravenstein Rosé, Perry, City Fruit and Winesap Rosé for $8, or taste all five with our Harvest Series Cider Flight, including five 3-oz taster pours for $14. Additional specialty cider and beer from Two Beers Brewing will also be on tap throughout the day.

The launch of Seattle Cider Company’s Harvest Series will also act as a kickoff event for City Fruit’s Save Seattle’s Apples! campaign. Volunteers from City Fruit – a local non-profit dedicated to feeding thousands of local families through stewarding, harvesting, and donating fruit from Seattle's urban canopy – will be on site to talk about their new fruit tree netting program for private residents, as well as give expert tips on how to protect and harvest fruit growing in your yard. Cider enthusiasts will also be able to try their luck at a real old school apple press!

For more information about Seattle Cider Company, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).


About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, uniquely dry cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings 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 Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate. Seattle Cider products are currently available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Missouri and Colorado. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday - Sunday at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram


PRESS RELEASE: La Familia Cider Officially Launches Cinco de Mayo!


La Familia Cider Officially Launches Cinco de Mayo!

New cider company based in Salem, Oregon, crafting cider blended in the
spirit of Traditional Mexican Aguas Frescas.

May 2, 2017 (Salem, OR) - La Familia Cider, Oregon’s newest cider company and first Latino owned, will officially join the local craft beverage community over the Cinco de Mayo weekend. La Familia will be debuting with three ciders at an official “Launch & Cinco de Mayo Party” at Portland Cider House in SE Portland, along with several other events throughout the weekend. For a full list of events, visit

The “3 amigos” are Tamarindo (Tamarind) at 6.9% ABV, Jamaica (Hibiscus) at 6.9% ABV & Manzana (Apple) at 4.5% ABV.  Inspired by the traditional Mexican Aquas Frescas of their childhood, husband and wife Jose & Shani Gonzalez based their ciders on the recipes of Jose’s mother, a first generation Mexican immigrant to the US.

“We thank God for the opportunity to share, with our whole community, the flavors my family and I grew up with.  They are based on my mother’s recipes, but are a combination of the US craft beverage movement and Mexican heritage,” says Jose Gonzalez, La Familia Co-Founder. “Our cider contains no artificial flavors and uses only 100% Northwest apple juice from the Yakima Valley.”

La Familia Cider has been available for just a few short weeks, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. You can find La Familia ciders at many Salem retailers, including several Mexican restaurants. Soon you will see their bottles at seven Safeways throughout the state. Their mission is to tie together the craft beverage movement with Mexican cuisine and are thrilled by the excitement so far. “We are excited to offer La Familia.  It’s the first craft drink we have carried, they are selling great and customers are asking for it!” said Carlos Pineda, owner of the Keizer based El Patron Mexican Restaurant.

In tribute to their family ties and community, La Familia will donate a portion of their profits to help local families with their immigration fees.  “We are going to do everything we can to help keep families together,” says Jose Gonzalez. “It’s incredibly important to our mission and heritage for us to support in any way we can.”

Maletis Beverage, based in Portland, Oregon, will be distributing all three cider varieties on behalf of La Familia Cider. Tamarindo (Tamarind), Jamaica (Hibiscus) & Manzana (Apple) are all available in 500ml bottles and draft kegs.

About La Familia Cider:

La Familia Cider started in March 2017 by a husband and wife team who wanted to bring their Mexican heritage to the Oregon craft beverage movement. Jose & Shani Gonzalez, second generation Mexican immigrants, took the traditional Mexican Aguas Frescas recipes of their families to craft cider in the Northwest. For more information, visit


Media contact:
JJ Gonzalez
Marketing Director "Mijo"
La Familia Beverage Group
Office: 503-770-0113

PRESS RELEASE: Liberty Ciderworks

Liberty Ciderworks adds ‘destination’ features, celebrates 3rd anniversary

SPOKANE, April 19, 2017 - Downtown business Liberty Ciderworks is marking its third anniversary with new features, helping create a ‘destination’ spot for fans of hard cider. Beginning this month, Liberty’s taproom and production facility will add award-winning ciders from Europe and North America to their offerings, including more than thirty bottled ciders and three guest ciders on draft. 

According to co-owner Austin Dickey, Liberty has always included “cider evangelism” as part of its mission. “We’re proud of our ciders, but we also want to grow appreciation for the flavors and unique characteristics of cidermaking traditions from around the world,” Dickey said. “It just seemed like a natural fit for us to source and stock rare, award-winning ciders for our customers here in Spokane.” 

Most of the ciders tapped or stocked at Liberty are not currently available anywhere else in Spokane, or, according to Dickey, anywhere else in the state outside of the Seattle metro area. In addition to ciders, Liberty will include a guest beer in its draft offerings to better address the range of expectations in the groups that stop in.

To celebrate the new offerings, as well as its third anniversary in business, Liberty is hosting its third-annual “Cider Splash” event on Saturday, April 22, featuring extended hours (1:00 pm to 9:00 pm), discounts and giveaways, plus an appearance by Couple of Chefs food truck.

About Liberty Ciderworks
Founded by two guys who met working for the same architectural office in 1999, Liberty Ciderworks opened in downtown Spokane in 2014. Liberty currently distributes cider in bottles and kegs in Washington and Oregon, and also offers online sales to thirty-seven states. 

Press Contact:
Name:  Rick Hastings
Mobile: 509-499-9191

Tieton Cider Works Releases Spring Seasonal “Lavender Honey Cider”

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Marcus Robert                       
Tieton Cider Works


Tieton Cider Works Releases Spring Seasonal “Lavender Honey Cider”

Pioneering Cider Company Pays Homage to the Spring with Seasonal Offering

Yakima, WA:  Today, Tieton Cider Works, a farm-based craft cider company, announced they have released their spring-seasonal called Lavender Honey Cider.  This is a first in a series of selections that will be part of Tieton Cider Works’ seasonal draft offerings.  Lavender Honey is made with locally sourced honey and whole lavender buds.

On the release of Lavender Honey, Tieton’s Cider Maker Marcus Robert said “This cider really reminds me of Spring.  Everything is starting to come into bloom and the bees are starting to work.  The lavender in this cider is slight but it’s there and the honey gives it a great mouthfeel and balance.  Even though this is the first cider of our seasonal program this year, it could be hard to beat.”

Lavender Honey and the Seasonal Draft Program have been developed in response to Tieton Cider Work’s customer requests.  Not to disappoint, Tieton Cider Works will be releasing these ciders in limited quantity and draft only.  You will be able to find them in select locations in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada.

About Tieton Cider WorksTieton Cider Works is a farm-based craft cider company in Yakima, WA.  Founded in 2008, Tieton Cider Works has focused on producing authentic, handmade ciders sourced from local ingredients.  You can look for or request Tieton Cider Works at your local grocery or pub.


PRESS RELEASE: BC Cider Week Returns from April 28th to May 7th

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Emily Ritchie


Third Annual BC Cider Week taking place this Spring – April 28-May 7th

British Columbia Cider Week returns this year – now in the Spring! Many tastings and events planned throughout BC from April 28th to May 7th.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia – April 3rd, 2017 - The Northwest Cider Association’s (NWCA) third annual BC Cider Week is only 25 days away– happening from April 28th to May 7th. This ten-day craft cider celebration will see many cider events, tastings and festivities anticipated throughout British Columbia.

The official BC Cider Week celebrates the art of craft cider and the upcoming summer season with events spanning the entire province. Tasting events from Kelowna to Vancouver Island include 3 festivals, tap take overs, cider pairing meals, and much more throughout the 10 day event.

Events are posted on the NWCA website and facebook page and more events are registered weekly. Four festivals will highlight local cider:
April 28th : Bacon and Cider Festival in Kelowna.
April 29th : Orchard and the Sea launches it’s first festival called British Columbia Cider Festival at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.
April 30th: SeaCider is bringing back their popular Cider Social on Vancouver Island.
May 6th: Okanagan Craft Cider Festival at BC Tree Fruits in Kelowna

“The BC Cider industry is experiencing a lot of excitement and growth and our Third Annual BC Cider Week celebrates this,” said Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “We are excited to be moving this festival to the spring – kicking off the summer season with many great events throughout BC.”

Watch for more events posted on Facebook: When applicable, tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged, such as for the BC Cider Week Kick-off and Send-off events. Thank you to our sponsors Commercial Logistics, the transport division of Container World and to SIP Northwest.

About Northwest Cider Association:
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Pacific Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 80 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events including Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

Cider Riot! launches new cider in cans

Contact: Abram Goldman-Armstrong | 503-662-8275



Cider Riot! Launches Everyday Semi-Dry Cider in Cans

Hosts Release Party at Mississippi Studios


PORTLAND, Ore. – March 24, 2017 – Portland’s Cider Riot! is proud to present the sessionable apple cider for all day: Everyday Semi-Dry Cider. The first canned offering from Cider Riot! will be available in six packs of 12-ounce cans starting in April.

Apples grown in lush orchards in the shadows of the great Northwest’s Cascade Range are pressed and fermented to create Everyday. The cider’s mild sweetness is balanced by a bright crispness evocative of the first crunchy bite of an apple fresh from the tree.

This New World cider boasts aromas of sliced peach, light tropical fruit, and harvest-ripe apples. The fresh apple flavor – with crisp, refreshing acids and a mild sweetness – is ideal for any time of day. Everyday is gluten free, sulfite free, vegan, unpasteurized, and low in carbohydrates.

With the launch of Everyday, Cider Riot! opens a new chapter, making its ciders more widely available. To celebrate, Cider Riot! is hosting a can release/dance party at Mississippi Studios with Natasha Kmeto and Troubled Youth on April 12 at 8pm. Tickets are $5 and available at


About Cider Riot!

Abram Goldman-Armstrong founded Cider Riot! in his North Tabor neighborhood garage in 2003. Since then, Cider Riot! has won acclaim from cider judges and everyday drinkers alike. In August of 2016, Cider Riot! moved into its new 7,300-square-foot production facility at 807 NE Couch St. Dedicated to producing dry, refreshing ciders, Cider Riot! also boasts a tasting room that’s open Wednesday through Monday from 4pm to 11pm, offering pinball, darts, and the No Q No taco food cart on the spacious outdoor patio. For more information, visit or call 503-662-8275.