Portland Cider Company Celebrates Two Anniversaries this Spring

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Portland Cider Company Celebrates Two Anniversaries this Spring
Portland Cider Co. turns 4 years old this March, Portland Cider House celebrates 2 years

February 16, 2017 (Portland, OR) – Portland Cider Company announces two anniversary celebrations this Spring. First, Portland Cider Company’s 4 Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 11am - 11pm. This celebration will happen at Portland Cider Co.’s new taproom and cidery in Clackamas, 8925 SE Jannsen Road, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015. This event is free to attend and open to the public; full details at the Facebook Event Page.

Portland Cider Co.’s 4 Year Anniversary Party will be a family-friendly event until 8pm, kicking off with a 5K Cider Run in partnership with Oregon Brewery Running Series at 11am. Benefiting Oregon Wild, this 5K Cider Run will start and end at Portland Cider’s Clackamas Taproom + Cidery, with live music and raffles following the race. Registration is $30 per person; registration is available online.

Other festivities for the 4 Year Anniversary Party will include:

  • Two special cider releases, including a Throwback Cider, which was a fan favorite in Portland Cider’s 2nd year, Bourbonator, a bourbon barrel aged dry cider, and an aged kriek-style cider made with Oregon cherries called The Queens Kriek.
  • Celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day, which happens to be March 11th. Fun facts about the history of the apple in the United States will be featured in a kids activity area, featuring large games and coloring activities.
  • Live Music by local musicians Laryssa Birdseye and Shane Brown, 4 - 7pm.
  • A special food menu from Portland Cider Co. all-day and guest food truck 808 Grinds, 4 - 7pm.
  • Live screen printing for special 4 Year Anniversary tees from Tour Print and live painting from Marco Serido.

Second, Portland Cider Company’s Hawthorne-Portland location, Portland Cider House, is celebrating its second year on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11am - 11pm. The Portland Cider House Turns 2! party will happen at Portland Cider House on Hawthorne, 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214. This event will be a celebration of all things Northwest cider, just like what Portland Cider House was founded to be about. It’s free to attend and open to the public; full details at the Facebook Event Page.

Cider-centric activities throughout the day at Portland Cider House include:

  • Learn all about cider at Cider 101, led by owner Jeff Parrish, 11am - 12pm.
  • Meet cider makers and industry folks at the Meet the Makers Social, featuring 6 NW Cideries, 4 - 6pm.
  • Rotating cider sampling from local, guest cideries, every 1 ½ hours between 11am – 11pm, with an emphasis on new or micro-cideries.
  • Portland Cider House will have some fan favorites on-tap, including 3 limited release "Throwback" ciders from Portland Cider Co. & 14-18 Guest Cider taps featuring "best sellers" from the last 2 years.

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 www.PortlandCider.com.

 

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Seattle Cider Company’s Popular Basil Mint Returns for Spring

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 Seattle Cider Company’s Popular Basil Mint Returns for Spring

Pleasantly tart and refreshing cider features 200 pounds of fresh basil and mint per batch; available now through May in cans and on draft

 

SEATTLE (February 15, 2017) – This week, Seattle Cider Company celebrates the fast approaching return of spring and its most popular seasonal, Basil Mint! Quickly becoming one of Seattle Cider Company’s fan favorites, this herb-infused cider is light, refreshing, and slightly tart, made with an impressive 100 pounds each of fresh basil and mint per batch. Available at The Woods tasting room beginning this Thursday, February 16, Basil Mint will be hitting shelves and taps across the country over the next month. 

“Our seasonal line of ciders was created to capture the true flavors of real ingredients and Basil Mint delivers with the perfect balance of infusion and apple,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Seattle Cider Company. “Whether you’re hiking, waiting out the winter weather or making cider cocktails at home, this cider fits just about any occasion.”

Offering 6.9 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, Seattle Cider Company’s spring seasonal begins with a base of 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, accompanied by 100 pounds of fresh basil and 100 pounds of fresh mint. Muddled on site, the basil and mint are then added directly to the cider during fermentation, creating an off-dry cider that starts savory and floral, perfectly complemented by a tart, clean finish. Offering an aroma and initial flavor of basil, this cider finishes with just a hint of mint.

Basil Mint, available through May, will be followed by Berry, Pumpkin Spice and Oaked Maple, each released with the season and all available in 16-ounce cans. These delicious ciders can be found on shelves and on draft throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, California, Nevada, Denver, CO and Austin, TX. The seasonal can joins the cidery’s two year round ciders – Dry and Semi Sweet, available in 16-ounce cans – and two limited ciders, Three Pepper and Gin Botanical, available in 22-ounce bottles. 

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 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, Seattle Cider Company products are handcrafted with real ingredients, never from concentrate and free from artificial flavorings. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco), or visit seattlecidercompany.com

Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com. Establishments interested in carrying Seattle Cider Company products are encouraged to send inquires to info@seattlecidercompany.com

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 and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful craft cider, Seattle Cider’s 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’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 and 22-ounce bottles, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Austin, TX. Seattle Cider is also available on tap, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle, open weekly Tuesday - Sunday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

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Unique Hard Ciders Featured at Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour

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Unique Hard Ciders Featured at

Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour

Two Delicious Weekends – Feb. 11 & 12 and 18, 19, 20

 

Feb. 3, 2017 – A new micro industry has been growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, complementing the region’s artisan wineries and offering consumers an interesting alternative libation – hand-crafted hard cider. This year, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association is turning the spotlight on its member cideries, renaming its popular annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour. Visitors can sample Hot Lamb’s Wool Cider, Raspberry Hopped Cider, Rhubarb Cider and more while also sipping new wine releases, all paired with sweet and savory chocolate delights.

The self-guided tour will take place over two weekends, Feb. 11 & 12, and 18, 19, 20 (President’s Day holiday). Nine wineries and cideries located from Chimacum to Port Angeles will open their doors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and treat tour-goers to a most indulgent experience!

But it’s not only about food and drink. Lots of fun is to be had on tour! At Alpenfire Cider in Port Townsend, find a tag on a tree and win something special! Visitors are invited to help plant a new cider orchard at Eaglemount Wine & Cider, also in Port Townsend. Some lucky tour-goers will have the chance to bottle their own Ruby Dessert Wine under the tutelage of Winemaker Greg Vogtritter at Olympic Cellars in Port Angeles. There will be an art exhibit in the Marrowstone Winery gallery, and seats for sipping and savoring in front of a blazing fire on the patio at Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles. Several wineries will offer special VIP tastings enabling visitors to better refine their palates, and a great way to wrap-up a delicious day of tasting is to catch the post-tour live music at Wind Rose Cellars or Finnriver Farm & Cidery.

Tour tickets are $40.00 online and include wine, cider and chocolate tastings at all nine venues, plus a commemorative wine glass. Tickets purchased at the door of participating venues are $45.00. Independently, each winery/cidery charges a $10.00 per person tasting fee. For additional information, visit www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org.

Tour-goers who have their ticket stamped at all nine venues will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine themed gift basket. The gift basket winner along with a second and third place winner will receive two tickets to the NW Wine and Cheese Tour in May.

Following is a rundown of all that awaits visitors at each winery/cidery.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s weekend to delight your senses with a taste of our special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine. We will share our farm-crafted ciders and wines alongside samples of locally-crafted truffles featuring Finnriver flavors from Elevated Candy Company, and Port Townsend Chocolate Company miniature dark chocolate cups. Enjoy a small glass of Elevated’s sipping chocolate to warm the heart. Sugar Hill Confections will also be on hand with a sampling of their lovingly-made fudges and other delectable selections. Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons we welcome La Crepe de Quimper with Brittany style crepes, and Saturdays we offer our local Bratwurst Special.  Live music Saturday evenings from 5:30-8:30 in our heated outdoor pavilion. Sharing the love at Finnriver!

Marrowstone Vineyards, located on Marrowstone Island,  will be releasing three new red wines for the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour, a 2013 Cabernet-Franc, the Dirty Red Blend (50% Syrah, 50% Tempranillo), and our much anticipated showcase wine, the 2015 Malbec, made with grapes from Two Coyote Vineyard. These amazing new red wines along with our flavorful, dry white wines, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, will be paired individually with an exquisite variety of chocolate from Lynn LeMaster of the Port Townsend Chocolate Co.  We also have all new art displayed in the tasting room and the gallery, to go along with our views from the deck.

In Port Townsend, come visit FairWinds Winery’s Pirate’s Den during the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour! Arrgh - no grog here, only award-winning wines! Taste our current releases as well as our Platinum award-winning Lemberger! FairWinds will have its seven current releases available for your enjoyment along with a couple of “special” pours. Sample the chocolate fountain with a range of “dippers” from salty pretzels to sweet strawberries. Slip out of your wine tasting self and into your pirate persona for a selfie. Participate in a simple, but fun game to win a taste from the barrel of the next cabernet to be bottled. Just remember--whatever happens at FairWinds Winery—goes on Facebook! Wine, chocolate and pirates - oh yeah!

At Alpenfire Cider, also in Port Townsend, help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at our Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our trees, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb's Wool Cider. Find an apple tag on a tree and see what you win, maybe a free tasting or 50 percent off a case of cider! Choklatude will serve samples of their amazing and delicious brewing cacao. Along with cider favorites old and new we will be serving chocolate covered apple caramels and molé bites. See you soon!

Eaglemount Wine & Cider, Port Townsend, is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. We will pair our artisan wines, ciders and fruit meads with Jim's delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles and caramel sauce. Eaglemount will also feature an array of colorful ciders and wines that will bring out your Valentine's spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine and more! We will release our Petit Verdot in honor of the season, as well as Honey Pear Mead, and might have another surprise or two up our sleeves. We will also be planting our new cider orchard during parts of the event and welcome participants to jump in and help with orchard planning, soil preparation, planting bare root trees, pruning and more! 

In Sequim, Wind Rose Cellars is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne's Chocolates. She'll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines this tour: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter's Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend), 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo. We'll pair three of our wines with Yvonne's chocolates hoping to delight and test your senses. We'll also have our VIP bar for an additional tasting fee, where you can talk with the winemaker about his passion and winemaking process. Join us for live music both weekends. Friday, Feb. 10 "Bread and Gravy" (rock/blues), Saturday, Feb. 11 "Malcolm Clark Trio" (Blues), Friday, Feb. 17 "Me and the Boys" (Bluegrass/newgrass) and Saturday, Feb. 18 "Craig Buhler Trio" (West Coast jazz). Music show is from 7-9pm each night. 

Port Angeles’ Olympic Cellars will feature new releases of our dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White is made from locally-grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend from our Madeleine Angevine wine. Our brand new Sailing Moon Rose’ is made from locally-grown Regent grapes. This wine tastes of fresh berries with a lovely acid/sweet balance. Join us in the cellar where nibbles of mild cheeses and decadent spreads will enhance your tasting. Also, “We Do Fudge” of Sequim will be on-site pairing the perfect fudge flavors with our wines. Winemaker Greg will be on hand to help the adventurous among our guests bottle a 750 ml bottle of Ruby Dessert Wine for $40.00. This very special activity will be limited based on crowd size and demand. As always, Olympic Cellars will have a variety of red and white wines open from which you may to choose to taste. Wine discounts will be available both weekends.

Camaraderie Cellars, also in Port Angeles, is celebrating history. This is our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot. There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. We bring back favorite savory chocolate tastes by firing up the wood-fired oven for the Cocoa Spiced Pulled Pork, serving the delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti. Cozy up to the blazing fire on the patio and share Camaraderie wine memories. Special anniversary pricing for this event: 25% off all wine purchases. Roll the dice to win a special gift!

As the rain gauge fills and the cabin fever spikes, the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour is the cure for the Northwest winter blues. Harbinger Winery , Port Angeles, will be once again showcasing some newly released red wines paired with “off-the-radar” chocolate. Try the Triple-C cookie that was designed to complement a myriad of wines and conquer small countries. Or, our gold medal Barbera coupled with a layering of chocolate flavors that will make the most cynical heart throb…Experience what roses and Rose’ may have in common besides color and beauty. And why on earth would anyone put pop rocks into chocolate?? Find all these answers and maybe even the meaning of happiness during the Wine, Cider, and Chocolate event! For the more daring souls we are again hosting the VIP reserve wine and aphrodisiac chocolate experience behind the velvet curtains in the Kitty Kat Lounge. Sample our Gold and Double-Platinum offerings while being seduced by Theo’s Chocolates and hand-made delectables. Also being sampled for the event is Port Townsend Brewing’s Chocolate Porter, a full-bodied beer offering visions of dancing cupids after just one glass! Our doors are open and we look forward to your visit.

 

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Schilling Cider House New Female Cider Maker and Sour Barrel Program for Portland

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SCHILLING CIDER HOUSE ANNOUNCES A NEW SPECIALTY SOUR BARREL PROGRAM AND CIDER MAKER FOR PORTLAND. 

“The sour barrel program is something I’m really looking foward to, and I’m even more excited to showcase cider in a way that’s never been done before.” ~Jennie Dorsey

Portland, OR - February 7, 2017 - With its record crushing number of rotating draft handles of craft only hard cider and its sizable international bottle selection, the Schilling Cider House is notorious for being an educational, yet casual, destination for cider makers and cider lovers alike. This spring, with the launch of their second location in the Goat Blocks district of Portland, Oregon, the Schilling Cider House will be adding a micro production of specialty sour barrels, handcrafted by one of only a few female cider makers in the Northwest, Jennie Dorsey.

Jennie began her cider journey over ten years ago in England where she worked part time at a local pub while attending beauty school. She recalls her first pint of English cider with perfect clarity; it was “funky, frothy, thick, but still fruity, it was everything I liked in wine but ramped up. It was full of flavor and complexity but was as approachable as beer.” Jennie spent the next couple of years traveling Europe and educating herself on all things cider and the nuances that each culture brought to the fermented fruit. By the time Jennie returned to the States, she knew cider was her path.

For nearly three years, Jennie has worked as a regional sales manager for Schilling Cider and is one of the founding members of the Pomme Boots Society, an organization designed for women who work in the cider industry. This spring, she will be transitioning to the roll of Oregon Cider Maker and Regional Operations Manager.

When talking about all the new things happening at the Portland location, Jennie says, “The sour barrel program is something I am really looking forward to, and I’m even more excited to showcase cider in a way that’s never been done before.”

Patrons of the Schilling Cider House in Portland will be able to sample the cider sour barrel creations from a small, designated firken at the bar. Jennie says, “the goal of the sour barrel program isn’t to make a profit, it’s to be used as a tool educate cider drinkers and further develop the cider palate.”

The Schilling Cider House Portland is on track to open spring of 2017 at 930 SW 10th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97214. All ciders and food options are 100% gluten-free.

For more information please email nicole@schillingcider.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Finnriver Collaborates with Cider Summit on Saison Cider Release

Press Release: Finnriver Collaborates with Cider Summit on Saison Cider Release

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, producing premium craft cider on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state since 2008, is pleased to partner with the Cider Summit festivals to release a special collaboration cider in celebration of their annual cider tasting events.  This limited edition ’Saison style’ cider will be featured at each of the four annual Cider Summits in 2017, in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. 

According to Cider Summit founder Alan Shapiro, "A mere handful of years ago artisanal cider was barely on the radar of discerning beverage consumers across the U.S.  In an effort to highlight this emerging category, Cider Summit was born in 2010 in Seattle.  Over the next several years the event expanded to four cities across the country and has introduced thousands of new consumers to these artfully crafted beverages.

Finnriver is proud to have been among the earliest supporters of Cider Summit, and together we have designed this new cider to accompany the Cider Summit festivals and to highlight the ongoing renaissance of craft cider in the US.

The Cider Summit collaboration release is a Saison/Farmhouse style cider made from a select blend of Washington Certified Organic apples fermented with a Saison ale yeast at high temperature to bring out the tropical and spice notes of the yeast.

According to Finnriver cidermaker Andrew Byers: This cider is a wonderful opportunity to showcase an influential yeast strain and to continue the exploration of cider styles. To compliment the nose and build the mid-palate structure of this Saison-style cider we dunked a sachet of dried fruit and select spices— melding the wild spice notes of a classic saison with the delicious versatility of Washington state organic apple juice. 

This cider joins hundreds of other traditional and innovative ciders available at the Cider Summit events, representing over 100 producers from around the world, and attracting thousands of cider drinkers to immerse themselves in the cider experience.

Finnriver farms and ferments on 80 certified organic acres in the Chimacum Valley, south of Port Townsend Washington, and is Certified Salmon Safe and a Certified B Corporation.  Finnriver is committed to wise land stewardship through organic agriculture, farmland conservation, habitat restoration, community outreach and education.  Their organic orchard and Cider Garden tasting room are open daily, year-round, with weekend food and live music events, and their farmcrafted ciders are distributed in 12 states across the west coast and midwest.

The Cider Summit special collaboration release will be available at 2017 Cider Summit festivals and at select accounts in each Summit city.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cider Company Announces 2017 Seasonal Bottles with Release of Pineapple Cider

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Portland Cider Company Announces 2017 Seasonal Bottles with Release of Pineapple Cider
Four seasonal 22oz bottle releases are scheduled for the 1st time by Portland Cider in 2017

January 30, 2017 (Portland, OR) – Portland Cider Company announces the release of 22oz seasonal bottles for the first time in 2017, starting with their new Pineapple cider. Like a sun filled day cruising down the Valley Isle, this pineapple cider brings a tropical oasis to your mouth. Sweetened with 100% fresh pressed pineapple juice, this seasonal cider calls for a little paper umbrella. With a semi-sweet finish, this 6% ABV fruit cider pairs beautifully with barbacoa pork quesadillas, Asian chicken salad and, of course, traditional Hawaiian foods like mac salad and Kahlua pork.

 
“We use whole pineapples that we squeeze fresh, right here in the back of our cidery in Clackamas. It makes the entire building smell like this incredible tropical oasis for a couple of days – we love it,” says Deron Davenport, head cider maker at Portland Cider Company. “There are no artificial flavorings or concentrates used here, keeping the flavor of the pineapple delicate and delicious.”

Other Seasonal 22oz Bottle Releases for 2017 include:

  • Strawberry: Our award-winning 100% pear juice Perry, blended with Oregon strawberries to create a delicate and delightful cider; available June – August 2017.
  • Pumpkin Spice: A combination of the perfect Fall flavors of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Allspice, and Ginger, with our NW apple cider base; available September – November 2017.
  • Cranberry: A fan favorite, our cranberry cider is fermented with fresh Oregon cranberries and a hint of orange peel; available November 2017 – January 2018.

To kick-off the Seasonal Bottle Line-up, the Pineapple bottle will launch Friday, February 3, at the official Pineapple Bottle Release Party & Winter Luau held at both Portland Cider Company taprooms (Hawthorne-Portland or Clackamas). Portland Cider fans can then find Pineapple bottles at select retailers within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution area or either taproom (Hawthorne-Portland or Clackamas). Portland Cider Co. is currently distributed in the states of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the Los Angeles area of California.

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 www.PortlandCider.com.

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Portland Cider Company
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PRESS RELEASE: BC Cider Week now happening this spring!

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 – January 30, 2017 - The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces the third annual BC Cider Week, now taking place in the Spring – 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.

This year, the official BC Cider Week will now take place earlier to help celebrate the art of craft cider and the upcoming summer season. Watch for tasting events from Kelowna to Vancouver Island, including tap take overs, cider pairing meals, and much more throughout the 10 day event.

 “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 events posted on Facebook: facebook.com/bcciderweek. 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 sponsor, Commercial Logistics, the transport division of Container World.

 

Photos, logos, press release, and more can all be found in Dropbox at this link.

 

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 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 Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).    

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cider Co. Releases Sangria Cider

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Portland Cider Company Releases New
Fruit-Forward Sangria Cider in Bottles

Seven fruit juices combine for your new favorite fruit punch, for grown-ups

January 10, 2016 (Portland, OR) – Portland Cider Company announces the release of Sangria cider, the newest addition to their year-round 22oz bottle line-up. A blend of seven different fruits, including the juices of orange, strawberry, pear, passion fruit, elderberry, and lime, combined with Portland Cider Company’s award-winning Sorta Sweet cider made from 100% Northwest apples. With a semi-sweet finish, this 5.5% ABV fruit cider pairs beautifully with herb crusted grilled chicken, strawberry spring salads and creamy risottos.

The release of this new cider comes after several requests from Portland Cider Co. fans for a more fruity, sweet cider option. After lots of trial and error, Owner, Jeff Parrish and head cider maker, Deron Davenport, created something they are proud to put the Portland Cider Co. name on.

“This cider is a slight deviation from what we normally make,” says Owner Lynda Parrish. “So, we spent a lot of time and energy into creating a cider that met our standards of quality, while meeting the requests we were getting from our customers.”

Portland Cider Company’s Sangria cider is fruit-forward, coming across almost like a fruit punch. Which makes it perfect for both die-hard cider fans, and those new to cider who are looking for a familiar choice.

The brand-new Sangria cider bottle will launch Friday, January 13, at the official Sangria Bottle Release Party at Portland Cider House on Hawthorne. Cider fans can then find Sangria bottles at select retailers within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution area or either taproom (Hawthorne-Portland or Clackamas). Portland Cider Co. is currently distributed in the states of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the Los Angeles area of California.

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 www.PortlandCider.com.

 

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Marketing Director // Cider Propagandist
Portland Cider Company
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Fish Brewing (Producers of Spire Mountain Cider) Announces 3rd Location in Tacoma

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Fish Brewing Co (Producers of Spire Mountain Cider) Announces Third Location in Tacoma WA

 

Olympia, WA – December 27, 2016 – Fish Brewing Company has announced today that it will open a new Pub & Eatery on the Grand Plaza at The Shops at Point Ruston in Tacoma, WA. Craft beer fans can expect the same commitment to quality and relentless innovation the company has embodied since 1992.

President Sal Leone notes, “It’s an exciting time here at Fish Brewing Co. With a long-standing history of showcasing our products with quality food at our award winning pub in Olympia, we are excited about bringing this experience to Tacoma.  Point Ruston is becoming one of the area’s premier mixed-use destination showcasing quality restaurants, a variety of retailers, a cinema and a future hotel convention center on the shores of the Puget Sound. This new location is a perfect opportunity for Fish to expand our great tasting craft beverages and food experience to one of Tacoma’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

The restaurant will be approximately 6,900 square feet with a seating capacity of 360 guests including a second story terrace and outdoor seating. It will feature a similar menu as the Olympia Fish Tale Brewpub including award-winning handcrafted beers from Fish Tale Ale, Leavenworth Biers and Spire Mountain Ciders as well as six wine taps featuring Piccola Cellars and a selection of fine spirits. Construction is in process, and the new Pub & Eatery is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

“This is a great opportunity for Fish Brewing and we are excited to be in the heart of Tacoma.” said Matt Lisowski, Executive Vice President of Fish Brewing Co. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect with the community of Point Ruston and release our newest beer, Ruston Way IPA, debuting in our new Pub & Eatery. We are excited to bring the message of Fish Brewing to Point Ruston, and continue to develop our award winning craft beverages in the Pacific Northwest. 

The Fish Brewing Pub & Eatery will be Fish Brewing’s third location. Fish continues to operate their original location in Olympia, WA, Fish Tale BrewPub, which was recently awarded Best Brewpub in Western Washington, and Fish Brewing Taproom in Woodinville, WA, located just north of the Hollywood School house in the heart of Woodinville wine country.

 

About Fish Brewing Company

Founded in 1993, Fish Brewing Company is owned by over 400 beer drinking consumers, who pooled their resources to build a landmark brewery in Olympia, WA, which is known for its quality water and artesian wells. Fish Brewing uses when possible locally sourced Washington ingredients. Fish Brewing produces hand-crafted beers and ciders under our three core brands: Fish Tale Ales, Leavenworth Biers, and Spire Mountain Cider, which can be found in 20 states and internationally, both in bottles and on draft. Fish Brewing produces award winning spirits under the brand name Vitis, which are available throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fish Brewing operates a full service an award winning pub in Olympia, WA, which was featured on the Food Networks show Diners, Drive-in & Dives, and a new taproom in Woodinville, WA. Fish Brewing believes that fresh beer and cider, fine food, and enduring friendships are what life in the Great Pacific Northwest is all about. For more information visit www.fishbrewing.com.

 

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Patti Youngbluth
Marketing Manager
Fish Brewing Company
Office: 425.485.2437 x104
Cell: 425.422.0966
pyoungbluth@fishbrewing.com
fishbrewing.com

PRESS RELEASE: 10 NW Cidermakers to Travel to Europe for Educational Mission

 

Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie
Northwest Cider Association
emily@nwcider.com
503-887-8960

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ten Northwest Cidermakers Selected to Travel to Europe to Expand Knowledge of Old World Techniques

SEATTLE (December 19, 2016) – Ten cidermakers from the Northwest Cider Association were selected to travel to England and France for an educational mission in spring 2017. Supported by a specialty crop grant from the Washington Department of Agriculture, to increase the competitiveness of ciders made in the northwest, these skilled cidermakers will dive deep into one complicated technique called keeving.

Ten members of the Northwest Cider Association were selected:

  • Seattle Cider Company
  • Steelhead Cider
  • Tieton Cider Works
  • Pear Up
  • Liberty Ciderworks
  • Finnriver Farm & Cidery
  • Cider Riot!
  • Bauman’s Cider
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse
  • Bull Run Cider

The group will spend 12 days in May visiting fellow cidermakers in Normandy, Brittany, and western England, learning about traditional apple varieties, and discovering new techniques to make natural cider.

“We’re very fortunate that WSDA believes in our growing cider industry and supports this trip so we can increase the variety of cider styles made here” said NWCA executive director Emily Ritchie.

Keeved cider is a traditional French and sometimes English method of making cider that results in a naturally sweet and sparkling cider. The process takes a while (often months) as many of the nutrients and yeast are removed from the apple juice as the pectin layer rises to the top of the tank. The process is long and slow, at low temperatures, and finishes with a natural sweetness and self carbonates.  

Cidermakers selected for this educational trip are required to pay approximately half the cost of their travel. They have also committed to sharing their knowledge widely around the northwest upon their return, teaching colleagues throughout the region. As part of the project, the NWCA will also invite keeving experts from Europe to visit Washington state to teach keeving in the fall of 2017.

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 Cider Rite of Spring (3/25/17 in Portland), BC Cider Week in late April, Oregon Cider Week in June, and Washington Cider Week in September.

To learn more about the NWCA, contact Emily Ritchie, NWCA Executive Director (emily@nwcider.com).

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REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER RELEASES 16.6% NATURALLY-PRODUCED “WOODEN HELLFIRE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact:
Nat West, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
nat@revnats.com
971-277-9417

 

REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER RELEASES 16.6% NATURALLY-PRODUCED “WOODEN HELLFIRE”

Likely the highest ABV ever achieved in a cider without the addition of external sugars.

 

Portland, OR – December 15, 2016

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider continues to produce ciders that no one else will make with the debut of their newest cider, “Wooden Hellfire,” a 16.6% ABV monster produced only with fresh apple juice and yeast, and left to age for over a year in Kentucky-sourced used bourbon barrels.

“The cider was conceived as a response to the fledgling ‘ice cider’ style,” says the founder and head cidermaker, Reverend Nat West. In this cider style, largely produced in Quebec, apples are typically left on the tree until they freeze, thus cryo-concentrating the natural juice until it achieves a very high starting sugar level. These high natural sugars allow the production of a naturally sweet and high alcohol cider that has no other ingredients added to increase the ABV such as fruit juice concentrates, sugar or distilled spirits.

“But I never much liked the perfume-y and syrupy profile of ice ciders very much,” continues West. “So I wondered what would happen if I boiled the hell out of juice rather than freezing it.” In July of 2015, West worked with a local Portland brewery (“They’re a big brewery and don't want to go on-record with this project”) to boil fresh apple juice for 18 hours, reducing the overall volume by two thirds. This “pyro- concentrated” apple juice was, “thick and viscous, about 29 brix, full of caramelized burnt sugars with tons of cooked apple and molasses flavors. It was right then that I realized I was making more of a barleywine kindred than a riff on ice cider.”

West brought the juice back to his cidery and fermented it with a Belgian saison strain, “going for some Belgian quad aromas to play with what remained of the apples,” he said. Fermentation completed in about 60 days at which time the cider was racked into freshly-dumped Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels where it rested

for over a year before being bottled exclusively for the Tent Show Bottle Club, Reverend Nat’s rare-cider membership group. 38 cases will be released on Sunday December 18th, 2016, at the group’s monthly cider release. Any remaining bottles will go on sale on Tuesday December 20th in Reverend Nat’s Public Taproom. An extremely small number of flavored variants were made as well including cherry- chipotle and coffee-cacao.

 

About Reverend Nat's Hard Cider:

Reverend Nat is a single-minded cider evangelist and craft beer revolutionary who searches the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make. Founder Nat West started making cider at home in 2004 and opened Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in September of 2011. With unique products like the multiple-fermented Revival, dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot and quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic, we are making cider in the creative spirit of beer geeks. To learn more, check out the website at reverendnatshardcider.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter @revnatscider.

 

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NWCA Releases State of the NW Cider Industry Report


Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie
Northwest Cider Association
emily@nwcider.com
503-887-8960

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State of the NW Cider Industry

Northwest Cider Association Releases 2016 Report

PORTLAND (December 12, 2016) – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) released their 2016 State of the Northwest Cider Industry report today. The only cider association in the US to have such a report in this burgeoning industry, this is the second year of completion. Topics reported on include size of cideries, cider batch sizes, revenues generated, distribution, and more.

In early 2015, the Northwest Cider Association introduced the 2015 State of the NW Cider Industry report. The goal of the initial report was to work towards compiling data from prior year production to generate an annual report for the industry. This year, the 2016 State of the NW Cider Industry report is an even more robust dataset based on industry’s 2015 operations.

“We are very proud of the innovative work our members do and this report highlights the progressive nature of the cider industry here in the northwest,” said NWCA executive director Emily Ritchie.

Respondents were from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia, with the majority of responses from Oregon and Washington. Fifty four percent of respondents were small, making under 20,000 gallons in 2015. Fifty one percent of respondents grew their own fruit. The average cost per gallon of heirloom apple juice was between $5.07 and $7.00 per gallon; in contrast to the Prior Survey when the average cost was between $2.50 and $10.00.  For more details, both the 2016 and 2015 reports may be found on the NWCA website, under the “About” tab.

This report was prepared for NWCA by Frank, Rimerman + Co with assistance from Portland State University, Irvine & Co, and Finnriver Farm & Cidery.

Visit the NWCA website to learn more and join the association. Nwcider.com

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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 Cider Rite of Spring (3/25/17 in Portland), BC Cider Week in April, Oregon Cider Week in June, and Washington Cider Week in September.

To learn more about the NWCA, contact Emily Ritchie, NWCA Executive Director (emily@nwcider.com).

 

PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cider Co. Releases Union Jack Limited Release!

MEDIA CONTACT:
Helen Lewis
Marketing Director // Cider Propagandist
Portland Cider Company
C: 503-305-0877 | E: helen@portlandcider.com

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland Cider Company Releases Union Jack Limited Release Cider

New bottled still cider made of NW-grown cider apples and aged for 1 year

December 1, 2016 (Portland, OR) – Portland Cider Company announces the release of Union Jack, a limited release cider available in 750ml bottles at Portland Cider Co. taprooms and select stores throughout the Portland metro area. Union Jack is a truly authentic English cider made from traditional cider apples grown here in Oregon, cold fermented over months and aged for over a year. This still, dry cider is a balanced, complex array of fruit flavors with soft tannins that compliment, and not over power, giving it a rich body and dry finish.

“Union Jack is the best representation of the mission of Portland Cider Company – combining the tradition of English cider making with quality NW ingredients,” says Jeff Parrish, Owner of Portland Cider Co.

This very limited release cider will be available once a year, with a new batch already in production for 2017. Head cider maker Deron Davenport says “the aging process for Union Jack adds to the complexity of the flavors, while balancing the tannins for a beautiful cider that highlights the glorious cider apple fruit.” 

To celebrate the release of this cider, along with three other specialty or limited release ciders, Portland Cider Company is hosting a Holiday Wassail Party at their Clackamas Cidery + Taproom on Friday, December 2, from 6-11pm.

Other ciders released at the Holiday Wassail Party include:

  • Holiday Juniper, a seasonal cider made for the Holiday Ale Festival featuring Oregon juniper berries and red plums
  • Imperial Winter Spice, a spin on a classic Portland Cider Co. seasonal made exclusively for the Wassail Party; and
  • ‘Oregon Wild’ Community Cider, the final product of our PDX Community Apple Collection.

The ‘Oregon Wild’ Community Cider will be available exclusively at both Portland Cider Co. taprooms starting Saturday, December 3. This delicious semi-sweet cider is made entirely of Portland Community backyard apples. 100% of the net proceeds are donated to Oregon Wild for every pint or growler fill sold, as part of Portland Cider Company’s partnership with the Oregon Brewshed Alliance.

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 www.PortlandCider.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: Carlton Cyderworks Premium Cider Release & Orchard Release Party

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2016

Contact: Keenan Bailey 971-241-9682 keenan@carltoncyderworks.com

 

 

 

Carlton Cyderworks
Premium Cider Release & Orchard Release Party

 

McMinnville, Or - As the 2016 apple harvest draws to a close, Carlton Cyderworks is proud to announce the release of three premium ciders, available to the public for the first time Thanksgiving weekend. A special release party will be held on November 25th & 26th, at Carlton Cyderwork’s newest orchard, located at 17530 NE McDougal Road, Dayton, Oregon.

“We are incredibly excited to share our new premium ciders, and to celebrate this release with our first ever orchard party. As cider consumption has grown, we have seen the demand from cider drinkers for more complex and refined ciders. We hope to impress such cider aficionados with our new premium ciders and perries” said Keenan Bailey, CEO of Carlton Cyderworks.

A 50/50 blend of Dolgo Crab apples and heirloom Gravensteins, Summer Set is a wonderfully tart cider full of character and zest. A wild fermentation adds further depth and charm.

An homage to the storied cider regions of Asturias and the Basque Country of Northern Spain, Sidra Natural offers tangy, sharp, acetic notes, along with a full tannic body and mouthfeel.

The first completely dry perry produced by Carlton Cyderworks, Asian Pear allows cider drinkers to experience a unique fruit unadulterated by other fruits or flavors. Hosui, 20th Century, and Shinsheiki, Asian pear varieties were sourced from a nearly wild orchard in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley.

These premium ciders will be available through Carlton Cyderworks in 750 mL bottles.

The orchard release party will be held November 25th & 26th, and will be open 12pm - 6pm each day. Families are welcome, and in total seven unique craft ciders will be available to taste. Food pairings and non-alcoholic fresh pressed spiced cider will be at hand. More information, along with the option to purchase tickets in advance at a discounted rate, can be found at www.carltoncyderworks.com/orchardparty

PRESS RELEASE: 2nd Annual BC Cider Week Oct 15-22

 

SECOND ANNUAL BC CIDER WEEK TO TAKE PLACE OCT 15-22

British Columbia Cider Week returns this fall with a kick-off event set for October 16th at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse; closing event at Scenic Road Cider October 22nd

Vancouver Island, British Columbia – September 26, 2016 - The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces the second annual BC Cider Week, an eight day craft cider celebration with many cider events, tastings and festivities anticipated throughout British Columbia.

The official BC Cider Week kick-off event takes place Sunday, October 16 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse on Vancouver Island (2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd. Saanichton).

This tasting-style event with local food purveyors and live music will present a variety of Northwest ciders, particularly BC makers. Tickets are available to the public and will include six cider tasting tickets, live entertainment with Adrian Chalifour from Towers & Trees and a chance to try dozens of delicious craft ciders!

“We have seen truly amazing growth in British Columbia’s cider industry, with some really innovative styles and products,” said Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Cider lovers throughout the Northwest won’t want to miss these festivities andthe chance to meet the makers of truly premium products.”

Throughout the week you'll find a wide range of tasting events at 11 cideries and dozens of other venues including Vancouver’s first cider bar, Orchard and the Sea. The week will close out with a big finish at Scenic Road Cider Co in Kelowna (770 Packinghouse Rd) on October 22nd from 2 to 5 pm. Cidermakers from across BC will be in attendance to provide tastings of their ciders. Tasting tickets can be purchased at the event. Watch the calendar at www.nwcider.com as events are added. When applicable, tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the BC Cider Week Kick-off and cidermaker dinners.

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 70 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 Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

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Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie
emily@nwcider.com
503-887-8960

PRESS RELEASE: Bauman's Cider Fest Oct 8th & 9th

For Immediate Release
For Further Information Contact:
Jim Beriault, (503) 740-4869 cell Beriault Marketing + Media Jim@BMM.Media (email)

Bauman Harvest Festival launches new Cider event!

Come to the farm on October 8th & 9th for a Cider Festival and Competition

Gervais, Ore. – Move over wine because Oregon will soon be known for producing exceptional ciders as well! The Bauman Family is starting a new annual Cider Festival to coincide with their popular Harvest Festival. “We want this to be an opportunity to showcase to Oregon and our visitors from around the Northwest that there are some amazing Cideries producing some of the best Hard Ciders that you can find anywhere,” stated Brian Bauman, owner and operator of Bauman’s Harvest Festival.

The Bauman’s will be hosting 10 local cider producers onsite at the farm on October 8thand 9th. On Friday evening prior to the opening of the festival, local cider experts will be on hand to award medals to the top ciders. In addition, every festival attendee will be asked to vote for their favorite cider.

Not to be outdone, the Bauman Family, spearheaded by Christine (Bauman) Walter, launched their own cider back in March of this year! A total of four Bauman’s ciders will be on tap for sampling, including one for families and kids that is non-alcoholic. Bauman’s Cider has in a short time become extremely popular locally, and is now served in over 50 establishments. “My Great-Grandpa Stephen began making hard cider on the farm over 100 years ago and we are thrilled to see the Willamette Valley blossom into such a vibrant community of orchardists, cider makers and cider drinkers!” said Christine, Owner and Head Cider Maker at Bauman’s Century Farm Cider.

Tasting Fee

  • There is a $5 initial tasting fee that includes a commemorative glass and 4 tasting tickets. Additional tickets will be $1 each or 25 for $20.

  • Note: The tasting fee does not include the $5 admission into the Harvest Festival.

    Participating Cideries

    Bull Run Cider; 1895; Wandering Aengus; The Oregon/Washington Cider Collective; Woodbox Cider; Wildcraft; Bauman’s Cider; Baird & Dewar Farmhouse Cider; Roshambo Art Farm; Swift Cider; Two Towns Cider

    Location:

    12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE Gervais, OR 97026

    Find them: www.BaumansHF.com

    Phone: (503) 792-3524

    Directions: Take I-5 South to the Woodburn Exit 271. Take a left off of the freeway and go about 2 miles to Hwy 99E. Take a right on to Hwy 99E (at the Safeway) and travel about 3 miles to Howell Prairie Road. (Bauman signs on Hwy 99E before and at Howell Prairie). Travel down Howell Prairie Road about 1/2 mile. First farm on the right.

PRESS RELEASE: Seattle Cider Co. Merge with French Cooperative

Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing Announce Merger with French Farmer-Run Cooperative

Merger with France’s largest cider producer allows for expansion to international markets and increased production for the fast growing companies

 

SEATTLE (September 27, 2016) – Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing have announced a merger with French farmer-run cooperative Agrial. The two Seattle based companies – which share the same leadership team and have seen immense growth over the past few years – will continue to operate independently in Seattle, while merging with the leading French cider producer.

The merger and further partnership will help Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing grow through Agrial’s international distribution network, gaining access to developing craft beer and cider communities around the world. It will also allow for needed capital expansion projects for the growing brewery and the cidery. Additionally, the partnership provides Agrial with the opportunity to gain access to the American craft cider and beer market, as well as distribute a selection of its French cidre brand, Louis Raison, to the US.  

“The amazing growth and expansion we’ve seen over the past three years has taken us by surprise, and as I looked at where I wanted to take Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing into the future, I knew we would need a partner to be able to achieve our long term goals,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing. “Agrial has impressed me with their belief in our mission and vision, and even more so with their desire to support Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing Co. as we continue to grow our brands the way we have in the past.”

Through the partnership, Seattle Cider Company, Two Beers Brewing and Agrial remain dedicated to product quality, as well as maintaining the culture and dedication to craft built by Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing. Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing will continue to operate independently in Seattle, maintaining control of the day-to-day operations. Joel VandenBrink, founder of both companies, will remain as CEO. Leadership, staff, brewers, cidermakers, distributors and most importantly, the beer and cider people have come to know and love from the two companies will also remain the same.

“Seattle Cider Company has changed the face of cider in the United States in the past three years and it’s been exciting to watch. We’re thrilled to now be a part of it, and watch the companies continue to push the boundaries of cider and beer in the US and beyond. We feel strongly about the success of these brands, and share the same vision and mindset Joel has set forth for the companies,” added Franck Malinowski, the historical CEO of Agrial’s beverage division.

Seattle Cider Company, which celebrated three years in August, has quickly grown to become Washington’s largest cidery, seeing an expected production of 21,000 barrels in 2016. Now available in 12 states, it continues to push the boundaries of craft cider. Two Beers Brewing, nearing its ninth anniversary in November, continues to grow as one of Seattle’s beloved craft breweries, expecting to reach 8,000 barrels in 2016.

Famous for traditional French cidre, as well as a variety of brands valuing farmer developed products, Agrial is the number one cidre producer and seller in France. One of its missions is to support entrepreneurs transforming apples into value-added beverages and apples products. Owned by a large community of growers, Agrial offers more than 100 years of experience, a dedicated quality and innovation team, and distribution connections in more than 30 countries.

Cascadia Capital is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company in the transaction, while Miller Nash is serving as legal counsel.

For more information about the joint venture and thoughts from Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company, visit the company’s blog at seattlecidercompany.com and twobeersbrewing.com

 

About Seattle Cider Company®
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company was founded in 2013 as the 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. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).  

About Two Beers Brewing Co. ®
Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces more than 14 unique beers including year rounds, seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its SoDo-based brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9 pm, Friday from 1-10pm, Saturdays from 1-10pm & Sundays from 1-6pm. Select brews can also be found in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

About AGRIAL
AGRIAL it is one of the leading French agricultural and food-processing cooperative groups. Its beverage division also produces and sells other types of apple-related products such as cider, apple juice, vinegar. A major player in agricultural production in its area, AGRIAL as a cooperative aims to create sustainable added value for its members by providing, on a day-to-day basis, technical, economic and environmental support for its members on their holdings.

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