Cider Industry Continues To Claim Its Stake in Washington as Senate Approves HB 1179

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Sherrye Wyatt    
Northwest Cider Association    

Cider Industry Continues To Claim Its Stake in Washington as Senate Approves HB 1179

Cider under 7% ABV to no longer be assessed eight cents per gallon by Washington State Wine; new two cent assessment to be used directly for cider marketing efforts

SEATTLE (April 14, 2015) - Washington state lawmakers passed HB 1179, legislation which exempts cider from the current Washington State Wine assessment, making way for cidermakers to apply their own assessment, allocated for the marketing of Washington state cider. With production exploding by a rate of 85% in the past two years, cider has quickly become the country’s fastest growing beverage segment, pulling it into a category all its own. This change in assessments will allow the NWCA to focus on marketing efforts on growing the industry, representing and promoting all styles of cider produced in Washington state.

 “This is a step forward for cidermakers and the Northwest Cider Association’s mission to move cider into its own category,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Building upon the strength and tradition of Washington state apples, cidermakers see a unique opportunity to clearly distinguish cider as a premium beverage, to celebrate many cider styles and approaches, and to promote the Northwest as a world class cider region."

Currently, Washington State Wine collects an assessment of eight cents per gallon on all wine and fruit wine, including cider. In January 2015, cidermakers introduced legislation to remove the assessment from Washington cider, currently defined as a maximum of 7% ABV. With the passing of this legislation, fermented alcoholic cider under 7% ABV will now be assessed two cents per gallon, paid directly to the NWCA. Cider produced above 7% ABV will continue to be assessed eight cents per gallon by Washington State Wine, and will not pay an additional two cents per gallon to the NWCA.

Comprised of participating members of the NWCA, a new marketing committee has been charged with determining how the marketing budget will be used. Initial efforts to include (but not limited to):

  • Education: Further awareness and knowledge of cider on a consumer and industry level through strategic tastings, print materials and event production.
  • Advertising: Build and execute a strategic advertising campaign to raise awareness, promote and embrace the diversity of cider offerings throughout Washington state.
  • Trade Shows: Provide opportunities for Washington cideries to showcase their products to buyers on local, regional and national levels.
  • Training: Implement a cider training and education program geared toward local bars, restaurants and retail establishments interested in carrying cider and/or expanding their selection.

“We appreciate all Washington State Wine does to promote and support cider,” added Wyatt. “With cider’s continued growth as its own category, separating our assessments made the most sense, but we look forward to continuing to work together to promote Washington-made beverages and agriculture as a whole.”

The new legislation will go into effect 90 days after Governor Jay Inslee signs it into law. Assessments will be managed and collected by the NWCA Board of Directors. While the Association represents cideries in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia, the assessment and corresponding marketing efforts would apply only to Washington NWCA member cideries.

For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

Media interested in additional information, photos or tasting notes are encouraged to contact Sherrye Wyatt at

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 60 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia  For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).



PRESS RELEASE: Cider Weeks Planned in Oregon, Washington and BC


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Contact: Sherrye Wyatt

Cider Weeks Planned in Oregon, Washington and BC
Toast the Northwest's most exciting beverage at hundreds of cider events

The Northwest is developing a thirst for cider and so the Northwest Cider Association has added a third Cider Week this year. Cidermakers will take center stage during celebrations of all things cider in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Celebrations include a week of tastings, tap takeovers, happy hours, themed dinners, cocktail trails, cider flights and more.

Now it in its fourth year, Oregon Cider Week kicks off with Cider Summit Portland and runs June 18-28.  The fifth annual Washington Cider Week is September 10-20, and follows the Cider Summit Seattle. The very first BC Cider Week is set for October 17-25 and will open with a new festival planned for Vancouver, BC.

"The purpose of Cider Weeks is to rally around cider and generate excitement  by offering a wide variety of cool and creative ways to experience it," said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. "Events range from chocolate and cheese pairings to apple poetry or cider ice cream to formal multi-course cidermaker dinners."

This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazine.  For an updated list of Cider Week events visit beginning May 1.

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Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Announces Second Annual Cider Competition and Tasting Festival



Private judging and competition hosted by Northwest Cider Association, combined with a one-day tasting festival with 30+ ciders on tap!

SEATTLE (April 13, 2015) – Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce the second annual cider competition and public tasting event, taking place June 5 & 6, 2015! Presented by the Northwest Cider Association, sponsored by Seattle Cider Company and Capitol Cider, PNWCA is comprised of a private judging and competition, followed by one-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 40 cideries participating and 30+ ciders on tap, PNWCA is intended to raise awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout the region and offer an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider.   

“The Pacific Northwest has proven to be one of the most up-and-coming cider regions in the world,” said Sherrye Wyatt, director of the Northwest Cider Association. “As the industry continues to grow and change, its important to recognize cidermakers for their amazing work. The PNWCA does just that and we look forward to growing the competition for years to come.”

The private judging will take place on Friday, June 5 at Capitol Cider in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Judging will be comprised of 14 cider categories, developed by the PNWCA planning committee. Each cider will be judged on attributes including clarity, aroma, mouthfeel and overall impression. In addition to awards for each individual category, the gold medal winner of each category will go on to compete in a “Best in Show” judging round. Winners of the private judging will be announced the morning of Saturday, June 6 at and via PNWCA social media.

“While we enjoyed getting the PNWCA up and running, we’re thrilled to turn over the judging to the Northwest Cider Association this year,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “Comprised of leaders from our local industry, they will do a phenomenal job helping grow the PNWCA into one of the leading cider competitions in the industry and across the country.”

As a complement to the private judging, a one-day festival will be held Saturday, June 6 at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S). Open to the public, this festival will feature an estimated 30+ ciders on tap, giving cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Additionally, as part of the festival, each ticket purchased will be accompanied by a voting slip, allowing for one vote per purchase. The cider with the most votes at the end of the festival will be awarded the People Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 8 via and PNWCA social media.

The Woods will be open Saturday, June 6 from 1-10pm for the event, with food available from popular food truck Bread & Circuses. Tickets will be available online through Brown Paper Tickets beginning May 1 for $20, or $25 at the door. Each ticket receives tokens for eight 5-ounce pours, with additional tokens available for purchase. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event to share their ciders and information about their cideries. Additional festival details, including a list of ciders to be poured, will be released as the date nears.

Cideries interested in participating must be members of the Northwest Cider Association, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. For more information on registration, fees, sample submission and more, cideries are encouraged to visit Intent to participate is due April 29, with cider samples needed by May 20.

For more information, visit or email Also, be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events!
All media related inquires should be sent to Sherrye Wyatt at or Caitlin Braam at All other PNWCA-related inquires should be sent to

About PNWCA Pacific Northwest Cider Awards 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 20 cideries participating and nearly 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, Idaho and British Columbia. 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.

Media Contacts:
Sherrye Wyatt
Northwest Cider Association

Caitlin Braam
Seattle Cider Company

Cider Riot! Limited Releases and Events for CBC Week


Cider Riot! unveils limited edition collaboration ciders during The Craft Brewers Conference April 15-18th in Portland. With CBC in town, the focus is clearly on Oregon’s unsurpassed brewing industry, but the region’s cidermakers are leading the cider resurgence just as Cascadian brewers did in the craft beer revolution over the last 30 years. In Portland cider is 4.3% of the beer market, to celebrate the juice of the apple, Cider Riot! is taking part in three not to miss events next week during the conference and releasing a series of limited edition ciders on draught.

Ciderkin release and Cidermakers’ Social
Wednesday April 15th, 4-9pm Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave
In 2013 Cider Riot! teamed up with Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider to produce a ciderkin from the bittersweet cider apples used in its 1763 reserve line. It was so well received that the two cideries decided to make ciderkin again in 2014. Much like a small beer in brewing, ciderkin involves rehydrating and fermenting pressed out apple pomace, yielding a beverage with 2.5%-3% abv. Fermented with natural yeasts from the apple skins, ciderkin is funky and slightly tart, with a nice tannic balance from the bittersweet cider apples. In addition to ciderkin cidermakers from around the region will be pouring their ciders and there to talk about them.

Snakebite Ale + Cider + Punk Rock
Thurs. April 16th, Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave, Portland Doors 7.30pm $10 (free w/CBC badge until 9pm Join Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Cider Riot!, Gigantic Brewing Company and Micro-brasserie Trou de Diable for a night of punk rock and limited release beers and ciders, with Northwest punk pioneers D.O.A., Local anarcho punks Defiance (original 1995 lineup), Dance Laury Dance from Quebec, Audio Visceral from Ontario and DJ Erock spinning classic punk vinyl. Gigantic, Beau’s and Cider Riot! teamed up to bring you Snakebite, a Kölsch-style ale with cider and blackcurrant. Cider Riot! and Beau’s combined forces on Tractor Punx bog myrtle cider. Bog myrtle, (aka sweet gale) was used in beers and meads before the advent of hops, and until the 1950’s in Scandinavia. Using bog myrtle wildcrafted from the bogs of Eastern Ontario, Tractor Punx has an inviting cherry bark and vanilla aroma with a hint of tannin from the bog myrtle.

The Champoeg Series at Hopped Cider Festival
Saturday April 18th 2-10pm, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave
Cider Riot! presents the Champoeg Series. A series of limited edition unfiltered dry ciders made with organically grown hops from Pat Leavy's Oregon Hophouse outside of Butteville, near Champoeg, the site of the first organized government in the Oregon Country. Pat’s grandfather began growing hops on the farm in the 1920’s. The first certified organic hop grower in Oregon, Pat Leavy began breeding his own hops, in order to develop varieties uniquely suited to organic agriculture in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Cider Riot! is happy to promote organic agriculture and has made a selection of limited edition ciders with some of Pat’s experimental hops.
Everybody Pogo™ our year-round hoppy cider, floral and spicy hop flavor from a classic English hop variety, one of the original varieties Pat Leavy began growing organically. Ready for your eager thirst™
Cidre de François Xavier Matthieu- a dry cider made with Leavy's X-17 experimental hop, which lends its fruity tropical notes to the cider. This cider is dedicated to F.X. Matthieu, a Québécois revolutionary, and one of the original founders of the Republic of Oregon at Champoeg in 1843.
Experimental Hop A109-9- Classic Oregon hop flavors and aromas abound, dank, resinous, piney and a hint citrusy, this hop dominates the cider.
Experimental Hop BuFa-1- Juicy blackcurrant aroma from the hops, with blackberry leaf herbacious character define this unfiltered cider.

Cider Riot! is a small-scale urban cidery located in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood, dedicated to the production of flavorful dry ciders. Founded in 2013, Cider Riot! ciders may now be found at better bottleshops throughout Cascadia.

Media Contact: Abram Goldman-Armstrong 503.662.8275



Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider is pleased to announce the return of the Hopped Cider Festival to their Cidery & Public Taproom in northeast Portland. The second annual event will take place Saturday, April 18from 12 PM to 10 PM, the day immediately following the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Portland. New this year is an expansion of the festival into the street adjoining the public taproom.

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Grand opening of Forest Grove cidermaker's new tap room set for April 3

Grand opening of Forest Grove cidermaker's new tap room set for April 3

Bull Run Cider, the award-winning cidery based in Forest Grove, Oregon, announced today the April 3rd grand opening of their new public tap room. Located across the street from Pacific University at 2225 Cedar Street in Forest Grove, the tap room will offer 17 taps of Northwest cider and select local beers. 

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Seattle Cider Company Unveils ‘Basil Mint’ as New Spring Seasonal Cider

 Seattle Cider Company Unveils ‘Basil Mint’ as New Spring Seasonal Cider

As the weather in Seattle takes an early turn toward spring, Seattle Cider Company is thrilled to announce the release of its new spring seasonal, Basil Mint. Available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft, this light, refreshing, and slightly tart cider is made with an impressive 118 pounds of fresh basil and mint per batch, making it the perfect accompaniment to the change in season. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Passage of CIDER Act in Senate Finance Committee

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The United States Association of Cider Makers Announces Passage of CIDER Act in Senate Finance Committee

The federal legislation aimed at assisting the growth of the industry now awaits action on Senate floor.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM), the national trade association of the cider industry, is pleased to announce that the CIDER Act, federal legislation aimed at assisting the growth of hard cider in the United States, has passed the Senate Finance Committee and is now awaiting action on the Senate floor. This is the first step in bringing reform to the existing laws governing the making of hard cider, which are outdated and hindering American competition in this industry.

"On behalf of entire United States cider industry, I want to thank Senator Schumer (D-NY) for his persistence in bringing the CIDER Act for an initial vote in the Senate Finance Committee. With the support of Finance Chairman Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR), the CIDER Act was reported from committee with unanimous support, and I am hopeful that we will see continued movement on the legislation in the near future," said USACM President Mike Beck. "The changes in the federal tax code that would be made by the CIDER Act really are a response to the market, and would help this industry grow and create jobs and economic development," he stated.

With the bill having passed the Finance Committee, "The CIDER Act has now cleared a major hurdle, and I will not stop pushing until this legislation has come to a full floor vote and received the President's signature," said Senator Schumer. "Right now, federal tax laws make it extremely costly to produce, market and sell hard cider products, thereby preventing apple growers and cider producers in New York and across the country from fully benefiting from the stable income that comes with this product. There is incredible economic potential here that we must tap into. That is why I have not stopped fighting to pass the CIDER Act, which would finally update the definition of hard cider in the tax code by ensuring all products can be labeled and taxed for what they actually are, all while increasing growers' and producers' ability to compete both at home and overseas."

The CIDER Act would amend the section of the Internal Revenue Code (26 USC Section 5041) to allow hard cider makers increased flexibility in their final product without the possibility of facing increased tax liability. Specifically, the legislation would (1) increase the carbonation level for cider, thereby meeting consumer expectations, (2) include pears in the definition of "hard cider," and (3) align the alcohol-content standard for cider with the natural sugar content of applies. The legislative changes made by the CIDER Act would ensure that cider is taxed consistently.

"Our industry is growing, and it is imperative that Congress recognize the need for these changes to ensure continued expansion. I look forward to working with the Senate and the House to send the CIDER Act to the President for signature sometime this year," concluded Beck.


The USACM is an organization of cider and perry producers in the United States. It gathers and shares information about cider production, cider regulations, and cider apple growing, to help members improve their operations, raise awareness, and advance cider in the market. The organization was founded in February, 2013 at "CiderCon," the third annual gathering of Cider Makers from across the US.


PRESS RELEASE: Washington Based Tieton Cider Works Unveils New Lables in March 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Washington Based Tieton Cider Works Unveils New Lables in March 2015

This month, Tieton Cider Works will unveil a new package design.  The Washington State based, family owned company has been creating craft cider for 6 years and currently produces 13 different offerings.  The new label design is targeted toward developing a strong sense of terrior – or “Tieton”, located in the heart of the Yakima Valley.  Tieton’s new look will begin shipping to distributor partners in February and become available to restaurants and retailers in early March.

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PRESS RELEASE: Cider Riot! Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Plastic Paddy Irish Style Dry Cider


Cider Riot! makes some serious ciders from rare cider apples. We also like to have fun. Plastic Paddy is a fun-loving easy drinking cider released in honor of the 2-litres of Irish cider that Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong enjoyed so much as a student at University College Cork.

American dessert apples lack the characteristic tannins of European cider apples. In order to replicate the flavor profile of a dry Irish cider, we use Barry’s Gold Blend tea from County Cork to infuse the cider with just enough tannins to balance the natural acids of the Hood River and Yakima grown dessert apples used to make it.

Plastic Paddy is packaged in the traditional 2-liter Irish flagon, making it the perfect package for picnics and the old Cork tradition of gatting (drinking in parks)*. A flagon is the perfect size to share with friends and family, translating to 67 ounces, or just larger than a growler, a two-liter holds 4.2 US pints. Plastic Paddy is released in February for Paddy’s Day, and is available through the end of May in flagons. Limited draught will be available at select Portland pubs in March.

Cider Riot! is an urban cidery located in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood just off East Burnside Street, dedicated to the production of refreshing dry ciders. Cider Riot! was founded in 2013 by Abram Goldman-Armstrong, after 18 years as a home cidermaker and home brewer. Cider Riot!’s dry ciders are currently available on draft, and 500ml glass bottles in Oregon and British Columbia.

For more information Call Abram Goldman-Armstrong at 503-662-8275, or email

*Cider Riot! reminds cider lovers that Portland Parks require a picnic permit in order to consume alcohol in a park. Permit applications are available from:

PRESS RELEASE: Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Presents the Red Fleshtival


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Jim Bonomo


Portland, OR - February 9, 2015 - Reverend Nat's Hard Cider will host a special event as a cider-themed supplement to both Zwickelmania and Valentine's Day this Saturday, February 14th from 3-10pm at the Rev. Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom.

The Red Fleshtival, brainchild of Nat West, is a unique cider event that assembles some of the rarest hard ciders available in the United States. Red- and pink-fleshed apples are coveted, expensive, and often hard-to-find. Ciders made from such apples are even more obscure, but they've managed to assemble six different varieties in one place for this special event. Featured will be limited edition red-flesh ciders from Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Snowdrift, Alpenfire, Uncle John's, West County Cider, and more. The ciders will be available in a special, one-day-only taster flight.

"Red flesh ciders are unique because they are rich in anthocyanins.", said West. "This compound, usually found in red and purple fruits, adds an extra dimension of flavor and level of complexity in a straight apple cider that is almost impossible to achieve using conventional apples." West created two single varietal ciders using Mountain Rose apples and Siberian Red Crabapples specially for the event. "[The Siberian Red cider] tastes and smells like the inside of a raspberry jelly donut. It's mind-blowing."

The Red Fleshtival takes place at Reverend Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, February 14th from 3:00PM - 10:00PM. The ciders will be available while supplies last.

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 deeply complex yet subtly familiar Revival, dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot, and quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic, we are making cider in the creative spirit of beer geeks. Learn more at

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Rite of Spring Announces Date and Lineup

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Contact: Sherrye Wyatt  (360) 929-9924

Portland's largest hometown hard cider festival, Cider Rite of Spring, announces date and lineup with more than 25 cidermakers on tap

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.

Hard 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: 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Apple Outlaw, Atlas Cider Company, Alpenfire, Alter Ego, Blue Mountain, Bull Run Cider, Carlton Cyderworks, Cider Riot!, D's Wicked Hard Cider, Dragon's Head, E.Z. Orchards, Far Afield Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Hedgerow Cidery, McMenamins, New West, Portland Cider Company, Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Rogue, Schilling Cider, Sea Cider, Seattle Cider Company, Square Mile, Spire Mountain Cider, Swift Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus, and Whitewood Cider Company.  

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 $30 at the door.  

Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Food will be available for purchase. Live musical entertainment by bluegrass band Buckwheat 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: 33 Books, Atlas Cider, Cider Riot!, Edible Portland Magazine, 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

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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