2 Towns Ciderhouse Announces Cider Master Reserve Series with Release of Batch No. 01 - Barrel Select Blend

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Contact:
Beth Larsen
beth@2TownsCiderhouse.com
Cell: (541) 286-5417
Office: (541) 207-3915

 

Corvallis, Ore., May 14, 2015–This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases the first installment of its Cider Master Reserve Series. Inspired by the rich history of cidermaking, the Cider Master Reserve Series holds nothing back, utilizing rare heirloom cider fruit from the Pacific Northwest to create ciders that pioneer beyond the modern palate.

Batch No. 01 is a 6.9% ABV traditional English-style cider made with a blend of the finest locally-sourced heirloom cider apples, including Ashmead’s Kernal, Bramley’s Seedling, Chisel Jersey and Newtown Pippen. Aging in a variety of select vintage casks lends depth and uncommon character to this bold, dry cider.

“We always say we want to push the bounds of what cider can be, and our Cider Master Reserve Series, allows us to do exactly that in a way that melds tradition and innovation,” said Dave Takush, head cidermaker for 2 Towns Ciderhouse. “Batch No. 01 brings back that rustic pioneer flavor, while also relying on the 2 Towns commitment to using some of the best cider making standards in the business.”

Batch 01 of the Cider Master Reserve Series will be available as supplies last in 750 ml bottles. The Cider Master Reserve cider will be available in very limited quantities in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, the Chicago area, parts of Nevada and Minnesota. Less than 300 cases of Cider Master Reserve, Batch No. 01 were bottled.


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 www.2townsciderhouse.com for more information.


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Cider Summit Portland - June 19-20

Cider Summit Portland Celebrates 5th Anniversary!
Region's Largest Cider Festival Returns to the Pearl

(Portland, OR)  May 11, 2015   SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR.  The fifth annual event will take place Friday, June 19 from 2p-8p and Saturday, June 20 from 12n-6p.  Cider Summit will be returning to its new home in the Pearl District - The Fields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th/Overton.  The event is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.

This will be the 15th Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and most recently San Francisco.  This year's event will feature over 150 ciders from producers around the country and around the world including regional favorites and international classics.  The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions in a special 5th anniversary souvenir festival glass.

A brand new feature at the 2015 event will be the Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products.  Several of our participating cideries will produce pilot batches specifically for the event.  Consumers will vote for their favorite during the festival with the winner of the first annual Fruit Cider Challenge announced on Monday, June 22.

In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature the DoveLewis/Unleashed by Petco Dog Lounge, expanded food selections from World Foods, Road Dog Sausage and others.  The Jim Miller festival stage will once again feature some of Portland's most legendary performers produced in conjunction with event beneficiary, Cascade Blues Association.  For those seeking public transportation the Portland Streetcar stops within one block of the event.

"We believe we've created a unique event," noted Ian Roberts of SBC.  "Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious."

"We are thrilled with our move to The Pearl," added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  "We are grateful for the area's cider community ongoing support as we work together to make this the region's signature cider event."
 

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets,  and onsite at both World Foods locations, Bushwhacker Cider, Umpqua Bank Pearl District branch, and at many of the area's leading bottle shops.  Admission includes a 5th anniversary souvenir tasting glass, 8 tasting tickets, and a $1 donation to the event beneficiary pool.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.

A special VIP ticket is available for $40.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available - exclusively online via the event website.

Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  THE EVENT IS 21 & OVER ONLY.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds.  For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit the producers page.

Cider Summit Portland benefits Northwest Cider Association, The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, and the Cascade Blues Association.

Cider Summit NW is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors, Oregon Fruit Products, The Portland Westin Hotel, Umpqua Bank, KNRK 94/7 Alternative Portland, Portland Mercury, Maletis Beverage, and Portland Streetcar.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro - SBS Imports
206.527.4191
alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com

 

@CiderSummit

Locust Cider Delivers Kegs by Bicycle

Contact Jason Spears
Telephone 646-783-9267
Email jason@locustcider.com
Website www.locustcider.com
@LocustCider


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2015

NEW WOODINVILLE HARD CIDER COMPANY DELIVERS KEGS BY BICYCLE

Locust Cider announces its proud sponsorship of the Marymoor Velodrome and prepares to open its tasting room and cidery to the public.

Woodinville, WA, May 4, 2015Locust Cider, a new hard cider company in Woodinville, WA, will be hand delivering the first keg off the line to Redmond, WA Marymoor Velodrome. By bicycle. The cider will be sold in the Velodrome beer garden every Friday night during racing, beginning on May 8.

“We are honored to be associated with a great non-profit organization like the Marymoor Velodrome,” Jason Spears, founder of Locust Cider. “Our mission is to make great cider accessible to the masses, and they are doing the same thing with track racing. Not only do they run a very professional and safe racing series, but their support of children’s programs and learning programs is exceptional.”

Why deliver by bike?

“I love bike racing, and I’m a racer too. Or at least I pretend to be. Besides, it just seems appropriate.” Jason Spears.

Locust Cider is a hard cider company based in Woodinville, WA. We began production at our Woodinville cidery in April of 2015 and will open a public tap room on the site of the cidery in June. And beginning immediately we will be launching in retail stores, bars, and restaurants in the Seattle area.

Our mission is to make great cider accessible to the masses. We believe that everyone deserves the best every day, and we work hard to make our ciders premium without the premium price.

Locust was founded by two brothers looking for a cider they could drink without puckering but still afford to drink regularly. We spent 2 years developing the perfect combination of yeast selection, temperature control, aging and blending to develop the most drinkable cider you’ll find.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jason Spears at 646-783-9267 or email at jason@locustcider.com.

Seattle Cider Company Expands Limited Edition ‘Harvest Series’ in 2015 with Launch Party on May 2

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Seattle Cider Company Expands Limited Edition ‘Harvest Series’ in 2015 with Launch Party on May 2

Gravenstein Rosé and Perry join Washington Heirloom as part of the growing cideries ‘Harvest Series,’ pressed in-house in limited quantities 


SEATTLE (April 28, 2015) – Seattle Cider Company is excited to announce the release and expansion of its limited edition ‘Harvest Series.’ Introduced last year with the release of the award-winning Washington Heirloom, this year’s Harvest Series will also feature limited releases of the growing cidery’s Gravenstein Rose and Perry. Handcrafted at the cidery each fall, Seattle Cider Company cidermakers carefully press, ferment, and mature the ciders in the Harvest Series to feature the distinct aromas and flavors of Washington-grown fruit. With a launch party scheduled at The Woods tasting room on May 2, these limited edition ciders will be available on shelves throughout the greater Seattle area beginning May 4. 

“This distinctive series allows our cidermaking team the chance to push the limits, and experiment with some of Washington’s most unique apple and pear varieties,” said Brent Miles, head cidermaker at Seattle Cider Company. “These ciders offer flavor profiles unique to the area with blends that make for some truly magnificent cider.” 

Available in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft, the Harvest Series lineup includes:

Washington Heirloom, $14 (6.6% ABV; 1.2 Brix): The 2014 Heirloom blend places acidity front and center, featuring Washington-grown Newtown Pippin, Gravenstein, and Espopus Spitzenberg in addition to ten varieties of wild-fermented French and English cider apples grown at the Washington State University’s Extension Campus in Mount Vernon, WA. Cases Produced: 350; $14

Gravenstein Rosé, $14 (6.9% ABV; 1.4 Brix): For this full-bodied, aromatic and slightly tannic cider, floral early-season Gravensteins are fermented, then aged in Petit Verdot barrels from neighbor winery, Crucible Wines. Cases Produced: 75

Perry, $12 (5.4% ABV; 4 Brix): Seckel, Starkrimson and Forelle pears combine to form a woodsy, acidic semi-sweet perry with notes of brandy and candied pears. Cases Produced: 65

Join the cidermaker and Seattle Cider Company team on Saturday, May 2 at The Woods tasting room (4700 Ohio Ave S) for the official release party of the Harvest Series. Happening from 1-7pm, cider enthusiasts can enjoy tasters, pints and more while picking up their Harvest Series bottles. Also available on tap, enjoy 10-ounce pours of Heirloom & Gravenstein Rosé for $8, and Perry for $6, or taste all three with our Harvest Series Cider Flight, including three taster pours for $10. Additional specialty ciders – including a Bourbon Cyser, Brandy Cyser and Washington Heirloom 2013 – and beer from Two Beers Brewing will also be on tap throughout the day.

Naturally gluten free and never from concentrate, all Seattle Cider Company products are made with 100 percent fresh-pressed Washington-grown apples and pears. Find Seattle Cider Company products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, California, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (seattleciderco). 

Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com

About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch 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, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Seattle Cider products are currently available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Texas, California and Illinois. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday - Sunday at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Spokane Cider Company Wins International Honors

Local cidery receives top honors at international competition

(04-22-15) – Liberty Ciderworks, based in downtown Spokane, received numerous awards including four Silver Medals, a Gold Medal and “Best in Class” honors at the recent Great Lakes International Cider and Perry (GLINTCAP) event. GLINTCAP, held annually in Grand Rapids Michigan, is the world’s largest cider competition.

The top award was given to the firm’s ‘Stonewall’ cider, a product aged in Dry FlyTM whiskey barrels. The category in which Stonewall was entered featured 193 entries, with Liberty’s cider placing first. Across all commercial categories, only three ciders earned a “Best in Class” distinction among 480 total entries from around the globe.

“We were floored when we saw the results for Stonewall,” said Rick Hastings, co-owner and head cidermaker at Liberty. “We’ve had great feedback from customers and our peers, but this is about as big an honor as anyone gets in the cider business. It’s a big-league win for us, for our growers, and for our friends at Dry Fly Distillery.”

The firm’s Silver Medals were won with its Kingston Black SV, a single-varietal cider made with fruit from Steury Orchards in Potlatch, Idaho; Macintosh SV, another single-varietal made with fruit gathered at Bishop Orchards in Garfield, Washington; its dry-hopped ‘Turncoat’ cider, and its unique, port-style Manchurian Crabapple cider.

Hard cider is the fastest-growing segment in today’s beverage industry, with sales over the past few years rising at a 70% annual pace. Membership in the Northwest Cider Association, an industry group promoting small-scale cideries across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, has gone from 18 to 56 cideries in the last 18 months, with many more in the planning stage.

Liberty Ciderworks products are currently sold statewide, with all production taking place in its small downtown Spokane facility.

For more information on Liberty Ciderworks or on GLINTCAP, visit the company’s page on Facebook at /LibertyCider, navigate to http://glintcap.org, or contact either of the firm’s owners below.

Contacts:

Liberty Ciderworks
Rick Hastings, Owner, Cidermaker 164 S. Washington, Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201
Voice: 509-499-9191 rick@libertycider.com

Austin Dickey, Owner, Business Manager 164 S. Washington, Suite 300
Spokane, WA 99201
Voice: 509-599-3783 austin@libertycider.com

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

Media Contact:
Sherrye Wyatt    
Northwest Cider Association
sherrye@nwcider.com    
 

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 www.nwcider.com, 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 sherrye@nwcider.com.

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 www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

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


 

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Contact: Sherrye Wyatt
sherrye@nwcider.com

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 www.nwcider.com beginning May 1.

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

 
 

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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 PNWCA.com 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 PNWCA.com 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 www.pnwca.com/enteryourcider. Intent to participate is due April 29, with cider samples needed by May 20.

For more information, visit www.pnwca.com or email register@pnwca.com. 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 sherrye@nwcider.com or Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com. All other PNWCA-related inquires should be sent to register@pnwca.com.

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 PNWCA.com, or following PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Media Contacts:
Sherrye Wyatt
Northwest Cider Association
sherrye@nwcider.com

Caitlin Braam
Seattle Cider Company
caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com
 

Cider Riot! Limited Releases and Events for CBC Week

PORTLAND, Oregon  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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. www.ciderriot.com

Media Contact: Abram Goldman-Armstrong ciderriot@gmail.com 503.662.8275

REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER PRESENTS 2ND ANNUAL HOPPED CIDER FEST

REVEREND NAT’S HARD CIDER PRESENTS 2ND ANNUAL HOPPED CIDER FEST

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.

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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.

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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

PORTLAND, OREGON - March 18th, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 ciderriot@gmail.com

*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: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/49142

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

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Media Contact:
Jim Bonomo
203-887-4419
jim@revnats.com

REV. NAT'S HARD CIDER PRESENTS THE RED FLESHTIVAL - FEBRUARY 14th, 2015, 3-10PM.

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 revnats.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Rite of Spring Announces Date and Lineup

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Contact: Sherrye Wyatt  (360) 929-9924 sherrye@nwcider.com

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 nwcider.com.