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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PRESS RELEASE: Montana Cider Week Celebrates Montana Craft Ciders & Orchards

 

Contact: Lee McAlpine, President
BudWood.org
Phone: (406) 360-5078
Email: mtcw@wildblue.net

First Annual Montana Cider Week Celebrates Montana Craft Ciders
 and Cider Orchards Across the State


Tastings, tours, pairing and events promoting Montana Made hard ciders, September 25th - October 1st.

HAMILTON, Montana, September 15, 2016 – Join local cidermakers, orchardists and cider enthusiasts for the first annual Montana Cider Week September 25th through October 1st. The celebration kicks off Sunday with the Fork to Farm bicycle tour organized by BikeWalkBitterroot.org and MSU Extension. During the week there will be cider & cheese tasting Wednesday at Backroad Cider in Hamilton and Montana CiderWorks will team up with Blue Joint Chef, Mike Campbell for a cider & food pairing at “Last Friday’s” in Darby. Montana Cider Week concludes on Saturday October 1st with Liquid Apple Night sponsored by the Ravalli County Museum where you can sample Made-in-Montana and Rocky Mountain regional ciders.

For more information about the events mentioned above see the following resources or find us on Facebook:

Farm to Fork Tour, Sunday 9/25 (BikeWalkBitterroot.org and msuextension.org) WEBSITE

Cider & Cheese Tasting, Wed 9/28 from 5-8pm (Backroad Cider98 Marcus Street, Hamilton) WEBSITE

Last Friday’s in Darby; Cider & Food PairingFriday 9/30 from 5-8 pm (Montana CiderWorks and Little Blue Joint restaurant) – Darby City Park, Main Street Darby.
Little Blue Joint Facebook Page
Montana Cider Works Facebook Page, and
Last Friday's in Darby Facebook Page

Liquid Apple Night, Saturday 10/1 from 5-9pm, Legion Park2nd Street, Hamilton. WEBSITE

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PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cider Co. Passionfruit Bottle Release & Refreshed Packaging

Portland Cider Company Introduces Passion Fruit Bottle with a Refreshed Look for 22oz Bottles

September 13, 2016 (Portland, OR) Portland Cider Company announces the release of Passion Fruit cider, available year-round in 22oz bottles, while also debuting a refreshed packaging design. Tropically aromatic and bursting with bright green apple and floral flavors, this Passion Fruit cider is a one of a kind. Its bitter-tart passion fruit finish will leave you puckering for more! With 6.7% ABV and fragrant floral passionfruit notes this cider pairs beautifully with spicy-sweet items, such as fish tacos with mango salsa, yellow curry and Chinese food.

The release of this new cider provided Portland Cider Company the perfect opportunity to introduce a package refresh to their entire 22oz bottle line-up. Updated packing for Kinda Dry, Sorta Sweet and Pearfect Perry is hitting shelves over the next couple of weeks.

Our goal for the new labels was to reflect the heritage and quality of our cider, with an eye-catching and inviting look,” says Portland Cider Company Owner Lynda Parrish. “We put our cider in these new clear bottles, instead of the brown bottles, so you can see the beautiful, amber color of our cider inside.”

Inspired by the Norman Rockwell illustrations, the label design includes depictions of the fruits used in the cider - namely authentic Northwest apples. The new Passion Fruit bottle features a beautiful passionfruit flower, with its bright purple and green colors

popping off the label. With a bold white-washed wood background, colorful apple and flower imagery, plus new clear bottles, Portland Cider Company hopes the new bottles will “pop” on the shelves.

As craft cider grows in popularity, picking from the shelves at the local grocery store gets harder and harder. The new bottles are much more impactful and distinctive,” says Lynda. “And they portray who Portland Cider Company is as a cidery - bold and innovative, but also fun and traditional.”

Kinda Dry, Sorta Sweet and Pearfect Perry are available now in the new redesigned packaging, hitting chain, convenience, and bottle shop stores over the next several weeks within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution area.

The brand-new Passion Fruit cider bottle will launch at Belmont Station September 22, 5-7pm, at the official Passion Fruit Bottle Release Party. Cider fans can then find Passion Fruit bottles at select retailers within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution area or either taproom (Hawthorne-Portland or Clackamas).

Media Contact: Helen Lewis (503) 305-0877 helen@portlandcider.com

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: Prost! & Portland Cider Company Celebrate Washington Cider Week

Prost! & Portland Cider Company Celebrate Washington Cider Week

Bringing together two great cities, along with German Beer & NW Cider

September 7, 2016 (Portland, OR) – Prost! & Portland Cider Company have partnered together to deliver a variety of cider events for Washington Cider Week, September 8-18, in the Seattle area. Whether partying at Feierabend after Seattle Cider Summit, making custom snakebite blends, or simply bobbing for apples, everyone will find a way to celebrate cider with both brands during this epic week.  

“We’re excited to be working with a restaurant group that has so much history here in Seattle,” says Lynda Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Company. “I think we’ve been able to create some creative and fun ways to tie in German beer with cider, along with tying our two great cities together.”

Mya Rohrbach, Prost! German pubs Chief Operations Officer, states “While we are known for our great selection of German biers, we have cider options too because of its huge popularity.  Teaming up with Portland Cider Company has been a great idea since they make such delicious cider, and besides our four pubs here in Seattle, we have two German bars in Portland.  We are truly looking forward to participating in Washington Cider Week.”  

Portland Cider Company’s flagship Apple cans will be available at all three participating locations: Feierabend, West Seattle Prost!, and Die Bierstube. Limited and seasonal release draft ciders from Portland Cider Company will be on-tap at each location too, coinciding with 3 special cider-centric events and available all Washington Cider Week. Dates and details follow: 

Saturday, Sept. 10 – Seattle Cider Summit After-Party at Feierabend (5-8pm)

To kick-off the Prost! & Portland Cider Co. celebration, festivities begin at the Cider Summit After Party at Feirabend. A mere 8 blocks from the festival grounds, the restaurant is the perfect option for food and continued fun. Portland Cider Company will have Cherry Perry on-tap at Feierabend until it runs out, the Fruit Challenge cider exclusively made for the Cider Summit. Swag giveaways and free cider tastings will also be featured.  More information can be found at the Facebook event page.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Portland Cider Company Tastings at West Seattle Prost! (6-8pm)

West Seattle Prost! will host Portland Cider Company staff for a special “Cider Tasting” experience, including a "Bobbing for Apples (cider cans that is)" game for 25 cents! Hop’ Rageous & a seasonal cider will be available all cider week, in addition to Apple cans. More information can be found at the Facebook event page.

Saturday, Sept. 17 – “Snakebite & Cider” Showcase at Die Bierstube (6-9pm)

The largest event of the series, Die Bierstube will have 4 Portland Cider Company ciders available, including seasonal cider Straw-Perry and flagships Kinda Dry, Passion Fruit & Apple cans. All featured ciders will have suggested “Snakebite” combos – beer and cider blends in the traditional English custom. Swag giveaways and free cider tastings will also be featured. More information can be found at the Facebook event page.

 

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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Media Contact:

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

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

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PRESS RELEASE: Finnriver Special Farmcrafted Releases for Cider Week

Finnriver Releases New Sour Cider, 'Pomona’s Nectar’ — Thursday September 7th at Chuck’s Hop Shop, Seattle, WA

Finnriver Farm & Cidery, located on the Olympic Peninsula, is set to release several special cider projects to celebrate the 6th annual Washington Cider Week from 9/8-9/18 2016.

Finnriver will release the latest in our farmcrafted sour series— Pomona’s Nectar—  on Thursday, September 7th at Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117 at 5pm.  Pomona’s Nectar (6.5% abv) is a creative cider variation inspired by Belgian fermentation traditions that continues Finnriver’s exploration into the roots and fruits of ‘sour' culture.  Fermented with organic apples and spiced up with the addition of organic nectarines from Tonnemaker Hill Farms in the Yakima Valley and organic white, green and black pepper.  Lacto, Pedio and Bret worked their magic from early June to August and then the cider was bottle conditioned. The result contains the bitter twang of the nectarine and pepper on the out-breath, balanced by a strong bacterial acidity.

Chuck’s Hop Shop , a.k.a The Land of a Thousand Beers, is a pair of Seattle bottle shops that have been proudly serving in the Greenwood and Central District neighborhoods since 2010. Each locations houses hundreds of bottled beers, ciders, wines and mead from all over the world. Chuck’s 85th boasts 41taps and Chuck’s CD has 50.  Each location has an outdoor patio, is family and dog friendly and a full schedule of rotating food trucks. Pomona’s Nectar will be exclusively on tap at both Chuck's locations, to be enjoyed by the glass or part of a flight along with other Finnriver ciders. Limited bottles available at both location as well. If you plan on attending Cider Summit Seattle you will find this limited release being poured at the Finnriver table as well.

Additional special releases making an appearance in Seattle for Cider Week include the ‘crew selection’ Peachwood, Traditional Dry, Golden Russet, AppleBlueberry, and a range of our traditionally-inspired and contemporary ciders.  To learn more about what’s pouring where, you can

Check out the list of Cider Week events at: http://www.nwcider.com/cider-events/

Finnriver Cidery was founded in 2008 by partners Eric Jorgensen and Keith and Crystie Kisler.  The roots of the cidery began in friendship and farmland and now, with several thousand heirloom cider trees in the ground, farming and fermenting continue side by side on 80 acres of protected Chimacum Valley soils, on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. Finnriver farmcrafts a diverse line-up of  award-wining contemporary and traditional ciders and seeks to reconnect people to the land that sustains us. Finnriver’s orchard is certified organic and certified salmon safe and the cidery is also a Certified B Corporation. Finnriver’s Cider Garden and Tasting room are open year round at 124 Center Road, Chimacum WA 98325.

For more information, contact:
Krishna Kiger
events@finnriverfarm.com
Washington Outreach Coordinator
Finnriver Farm & Cidery

206-853-3955

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Three Ways with Skillet and Seattle Cider Co.

CIDER THREE WAYS WITH SKILLET AND SEATTLE CIDER COMPANY

Seattle brands team up to deliver apple excellence for Washington Cider Week and beyond  

L-R: The Apple Pie cocktail marries Seattle Cider Dry, house-infused cinnamon rye whiskey, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Lazzaroni amaretto and simple syrup; grilled pineapple salad with Seattle Cider Co. Citrus Hard Cider vinaigrette; goodness from the grill will be prepared and paired with Seattle Cider at the Backyard BBQ Series offered Fridays, September 16 through October 7, 2016.

 

SEATTLE – August 23, 2016 – Seattle Cider Company and Skillet will join forces to deliver a variety of cider goodness kicking off for Washington Cider Week, September 8-18, and lasting through the month. From cider cocktails and tap takeovers to cider soaked menus from the grill, these cider and culinary masterminds will deliver all things apple in a variety of events and offerings.

“We’ve had so much fun working with Seattle Cider Company to develop these delicious pairings and menus,” said Skillet President Jon Severson. “The team can’t wait to share the tasty results of this collaboration.”

“Skillet has brought our ciders to life in a brand new and exciting way,” said Caitlin Braam, president of Seattle Cider Company. “It’s the perfect partnership as we lead into an exciting week of Washington cider celebration.” 

Creative cider cocktails, tap takeovers and a four-week series of cider-infused meals from the grill will be offered throughout the month of September. Dates and details follow:

Beginning September 8, Cider Cocktails will be found at three Skillet locations, including The Regrade, Capitol Hill and Ballard: Big Bertha features Seattle Cider Berry, rum, Campari, maraschino liqueur, lime, simple syrup, $9; Cobbler marries Seattle Cider Berry with brown sugar brandy and a brown sugar rim, $9; Giada combines Seattle Cider Dry, vodka, grapefruit, vanilla simple syrup and cardamom bitters, $9; Apple Pie mixes Seattle Cider Dry, house-infused cinnamon rye whiskey, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Lazzaroni amaretto and simple syrup, $10.

Two Tap Takeovers. Cider lovers will find two Seattle Cider varieties on draft, including Seattle Cider Dry and Berry at all four Skillet locations beginning September 8, including The Armory, Regrade, Ballard and Capitol Hill. 

Skillet’s Backyard Barbeque featuring Seattle Cider Company. Taking place four consecutive Fridays and kicking off September 16 at Skillet Ballard, Chef Nick Novello will take to the grill with two rotating cider infused menus. The first three course meal features a grilled pineapple salad with Seattle Cider Co. Citrus Hard Cider vinaigrette, a 28-day dry aged bone-in NY strip and grilled peaches with whipped black pepper mascarpone, Seattle Cider Co. Semi Sweet Hard Cider reduction and candied basil. The pre-fixe menu is $37 per person with optional cider pairings featuring Seattle Cider’s Dry, Berry and Washington Heirloom for an additional $14. More cider menus from the grill will be offered September 23 in Ballard and September 30 and October 7 in Capitol Hill.

Find full menus, dates, locations and reservation information at www.skilletfood.com/blog/washington-cider-week-2016.  

About Skillet
Skillet is a Seattle-based brand that redefines modern American food: approachable, upscale and prepared with classic technique, using local and seasonal ingredients. Skillet includes four restaurants and a line of food products that includes Skillet’s signature line of bacon jams and condiments; and the original Skillet Street Food trucks that hit the streets and cater weddings, corporate or community events. More information, menus and locations are detailed at www.skilletstreetfood.com or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter (@SkilletStfood), Instagram and Pinterest.


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. Seattle Cider products are currently available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Missouri and Colorado. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday - Sunday at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Skillet
Erin Osborne
erin@erinposborne.com
206-948-6059
and
Lori Meyers
lori@blueskycommunicationsnw.com
206-915-7384

PRESS RELEASE: Drink Outside the Grape Competition Announces Winners

For Immediate Release

 

August 12, 2016

 

FIRST “DRINK OUTSIDE THE GRAPE” COMPETITION ANNOUNCES MEDALS, BEST OF CATEGORY WINNERS

 

Charlottesville, VA--The first "Drink Outside the Grape" competition with just under 100 entries took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, resulting in 76 medals for fruit wines, meads, ciders and fruit brandies. 

The 98 entries came from 11 U.S. states, two provinces of Canada, and Austria.

Best of Category awards were: Satek Winery's Autumn Classic (apple), Double Gold and Best Fruit Wine; Carlos Creek Winery, Apple Hopper, gold and Best Cider; Castle Hill Cider, 1764, Double Gold and Best Fortified; Finger Lakes Distilling, Cherry Liqueur, Double Gold and Best Distilled Fruit.

Seattle Cider Company won four medals in the event including a  gold medal for their varietal (gravenstein) rose cider: 

Seattle Cider CompanyGravenstein Rosé $14 22oz Gold

Seattle Cider CompanyGin Botanical $14 22oz Silver

Seattle Cider CompanyDry $11 16oz Bronze

Seattle Cider CompanyBasil Mint $11 16oz Bronze

"Beverages in these categories are often misunderstood or not given the same respect as is given to traditional table wines," explains Richard Leahy, Competition Chair and Conference Manager of the Eastern Winery Exposition. "Drink Outside the Grape gives fruit wine, mead, cider and fruit brandies a place where they can be judged fairly without being compared to traditional grape-based table wines."

There were no gold medals in the mead class but there was a five-way tie in high silver medals: Charm City Meadworks, Basil Lemongrass; Blacksnake Meadery,"Sweet Virginia"; Hermit Woods Winery, "2015 Sap Mead"; and two meads from Pairie Bee Meadery in Saskatchewan, "Haskap Haven" and "Strawberry Splash."

Leahy pointed out that about half of all entries were dry to off-dry, showing that it's a stereotype to think of these beverages as sweet or unsophisticated. 

"I'm impressed with the quality and creativity shown in these beverages," says Leahy. "For example, there's '1764', a fortified sweet apple cider that won a double gold and Best Fortified, and a melomel (fruit wine/mead blend) from Saskatchewan made from the haskap berry, of which I hadn't heard until now."

 

Complete medal results are available at www.drinkoutsidethegrape.com.

 

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Washington Governor Inslee formally proclaimed September 8-18th Washington Cider Week!

Statewide celebrations offer more than 100 events to taste the glorious golden beverage  

 

OLYMPIA, WA - Governor Jay Inslee has formally proclaimed September 8-18th Washington Cider Week, further acknowledging the apple state sits at the center of the country's fastest-growing beverage.  Cider will be flowing throughout the region during the 10-day celebration from Seattle to Spokane, Pullman to Wenatchee, and Yakima to Tacoma.

 

“We’re so excited for the sixth annual Washington Cider Week! We have more cidermakers than ever before, supported by Washingtonians all over who want to drink locally by drinking straight from the orchard. This year’s cider week will be better than ever with over 100 events happening in 10 days,” said Emily Ritchie, Northwest Cider Association’s (NWCA) Executive Director.

Founded in 2010, the association has grown from 10 to over 80 members, and Cider Week’s events have exploded from a handful to hundreds. Washington Cider Week started six years ago as a way to introduce more people to cider. Now, “it's a week of celebration by those who love cider and who want to introduce their friends to this fabulous beverage,” said Colin Schilling of Schilling Cider in Seattle.

 

Northwest cidermakers, known for their creative innovation and commitment to quality, are getting well-deserved recognition from around the world. This summer, cidermakers from all over the northwest medaled in the Portland International Cider Cup by the NWCA, the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, and the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards by Seattle Cider Company, further demonstrating this pursuit of excellence.

 

This year's Washington Cider Week events range from the simple to the significant.  For example, the kickoff event will be the Seattle Cider Summit with over 150 ciders to try at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn on September 9th and 10th. There will also be dinner pairing menus, tap take overs, swag giveaways, a cider can cornhole tournament, new snakebite combinations to try, and much more. “After all," Ritchie remarks, "if a cider culture doesn’t bloom in the Northwest, where will it happen?”  

 

Washington is one of seven states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Colorado and Virginia. Plus, British Columbia’s cider week is in mid October.  This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association and Ryan’s Hood River Juice Company. For an updated list of Washington Cider Week events visit our events page here.

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Riot! Opens Pub and Production Facility

 
 

Cider Riot! is proud to announce the opening of its 7300 square foot production facility and 49 seat pub at 8th and NE Couch, just off lower East Burnside St. on Thursday, August 11th. After three years producing cider in founder Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s detached garage in the North Tabor neighborhood, the acclaimed urban cidery has moved down Burnside in order to expand production and offer a tasting room and pub experience to its customers.

The pub features six Cider Riot! ciders on tap and four guest taps, which will be split between beer and cider.

“We’re elated to be able to share our ciders directly with our customers,” says Cider Riot! founder Abram Goldman-Armstrong. “The pub will allow us to showcase our limited release and small batch ciders, along with the core lineup and beers and ciders from some of our favorite local producers.”

The pub boasts a spacious patio with additional seating and our resident food cart, Ramy’s Lamb Shack, featuring local organic lamb kebabs, gyros, and falafel with vegan and gluten free options.

The pub and patio are kid friendly until 7pm. Cider Riot’s lease prohibits pets and smoking from the premises including the patio.
“We’re very happy to be walking distance from a half-rack of breweries and distilleries,” says Goldman-Armstrong. The cidery is located across the street from Burnside Brewing and within a fifteen minutes walk from a dozen more.

Saturday August 13
th the cidery hosts the KBOO book and record sale, a benefit for the neighborhood’s KBOO Community Radio Station, located just across Burnside on 8th Avenue. The book and record sale will take place from noon until 7pm.

The Cider Riot! Public House will be open Thursday & Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-6pm.

For more information or to arrange a media tour visit www.ciderriot.com

Winners of the Portland International Cider Cup Announced

Cheers to the Champions!

Seventeen Northwest Cideries Earn Awards In Portland International Cider Cup Competition

PORTLAND (July 29, 2016) – The results are in! Seven Pacific Northwest cideries took home gold medals after the Northwest Cider Association’s 4th Annual Portland International Cider Competition (PICC) Awards Party last night. Montana Ciderworks took home the competition’s highest honor -- the Best In Show Award.  

The competition celebrates ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, the largest cider market in the US for consumption as well as having a quarter of the country’s cidermakers.  This year, the competition entries almost doubled, growing to over 100 ciders from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and featured 32 experienced industry judges. 

 

Within the 13 categories sampled, judges found ciders in seven categories worthy of gold medals:

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon - Riverwood 2013 (Modern Dry Cider)
  • Bull Run Cider, Oregon - Strawberry Fields (Fruit Cider)
  • Cider Riot!, Oregon - 1763 (English Dry Cider)
  • Elk Horn Brewery and Cider House, Oregon - Bourbon Barrel Wild Cider (Wood/Oaked Cider)
  • Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Washington - Perry (Modern Perry)
  • Montana Ciderworks, Montana - Darby Pub Cider (Modern Sweet Cider)
  • Square Mile Cider, Oregon - Spur and Vine (Hopped Cider)

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

“It’s an honor for our cider to be selected from among so many excellent ciders made here in the northwest. I make cider in a small town in Montana. I’m grateful to be part of the Northwest Cider Association and be part of the larger cider community,” said Lee McAlpine of Montana Ciderworks.

The cup’s runner up, Abram Goldman-Armstrong from Cider Riot! said, "We're very proud to see our 1763 recognized in this strong competition. We pick and press every apple that goes into this cider, from the fragrant Yarlington Mills, to the bitter Dabinetts. 1763 is our tribute to the West Country ciders in England which prompted the populous to rise up in the cider riots of 1763. Viva la cider revolution!"

Awards were also given to 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, OR and Apple Outlaw in Applegate, OR respectively as Large and Small Cideries of the year. Visit nwcider.com for the full list of medalists and past cup winners.  The party was generously hosted by Square Mile Cider at Widmer Brothers Brewing.

"We're so excited to grow the competition this year and give northwest ciders a chance to be judged by well-trained, knowledgeable judges, who not only rank what they are tasting, but give valuable feedback to cidermakers in the notes. Next time you’re in the grocery store, try one of the medalists!” says Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the Northwest Cider Association.

 

Silver medals were awarded to:
^5 Cider, OR - Strawbasauras Hop (Hopped Cider)
2 Towns Ciderhouse, OR - 2 Thorns (Fruit Cider)
Apple Outlaw, OR - Ginger Bite (Spiced/Herbed Cider)
Apple Outlaw, OR - Heritage Rye Barrel Aged (Wood/Oaked Cider)
Apple Outlaw, OR - Wickson (Heritage Dry Cider)
Hopworks Urban Cidery, OR - HUB Hard Cider (Modern Dry Cider)
Snowdrift Cider, WA - Seckel Perry (Modern Perry)
Twisted Hills Craft Cider, BC - Kingston's Twist (Heritage Sweet Cider) 


Bronze medals were awarded to:
Carlton Cyderworks, OR - Citizen (English Sweet)
Faustino Estate, BC - Faustino Apple Plum (Fruit Cider)
Faustino Estate, BC - Faustino Dry Apple (Modern Dry Cider)
Finnriver Cidery, WA - Oak and Apple (Wood/Oaked Cider)
Hopworks Urban Cidery, OR - Professor Plum (Spiced/Herbed Cider)
Liberty Ciderworks, WA - Porter's Perfection Single Varietal (English Dry Cider)
Montana Ciderworks, MT - North Fork Traditional (Heritage Sweet Cider)
Snowdrift Cider, WA - Red (Modern Sweet)
Twisted Hills Craft Cider, BC - Calville's Winter (Modern Sweet)
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, OR - Wandering Aengus Golden Russet (Heritage Dry)
WildCraft Cider Works, OR - Elderberry Perry (Modern Perry)


Past cup winners include:
2015 -  Left Field Cider's Pear Cider (Logan Lake, BC)
2014 - Apple Bandit, now Apple Outlaw, for their Original Cider (Applegate, OR)
2013 - Merridale Ciderworks for their Cyser (Cobble Hill, BC)

To learn more about the PICC and the Awards Party, contact Carolyn Winkler, PICC Chief Competition Coordinator (carolyn@revnats.com).   To learn more about the NWCA, contact Emily Ritchie, NWCA Executive Director (emily@nwcider.com).

Portland International Cider Cup Awards Party

Twenty five cideries from four states and Canada participated in the fourth annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) on June 19; winner to be presented with the cup and other medalists announced at the first ever Awards Party for this competition.

PORTLAND (July 11, 2016) – A little over a month after the PICC which was held during Oregon Cider Week, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) is pleased to announce the first ever PICC Awards Party on Thursday, July 28, hosted by Square Mile Cider at Widmer Brothers Brewing, from 5:30-8:00. Tickets are sold out for this event.


With over 100 ciders broken up into 13 categories, cider experts selected eleven bronzes, eight silvers, and seven golds as well as a runner up and Best of Show cider -- the maker of which gets to take home the cup and display it until the 2017 competition.  Judges included a combination of experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals and other commercial cidermakers from across the Northwest.

Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the NWCA says, "We are excited to take over a competition as well regarded as the PICC.  With a minimum of four judges per panel, the cideries who enter receive a great amount of professional level feedback from respected peers in the cider industry.  Additionally, the winning cideries are given a great marketing tool in that they are recognized as some of the best ciders in the Northwest."

Cideries participating in this year's PICC were:

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Apple Outlaw
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Bauman's Cider Company
Bull Run Cider
Carlton Cyderworks
Cider Riot
Elk Horn Brewery
Faustino Estate Cidery
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Hedgerow Cidery
Hopworks Urban Cidery
Incline Cider Company
Liberty Ciderworks
Locust Cider
Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Montana Ciderworks
Portland Cider Co.
Rogue
Schilling Cider Company
Snowdrift Cider Co.
Square Mile Cider
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
WildCraft Cider Works

Of these cideries, the 7 gold medal winning ciders will be featured at the Awards Party.  Additionally, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (who as the host of this year's event did not enter any ciders in the competition) will be preparing a special cider cocktail for the event with the help of Darlene Hayes, PICC judge and author of Cider Cocktails - Another Bite of the Apple.  Tickets are sold out. More information about the party can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1120026351390546/

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To learn more about the PICC and the Awards Party, contact Carolyn Winkler, PICC Chief Competition Coordinator (carolyn@revnats.com).   To learn more about the NWCA, contact Emily Ritchie, NWCA Executive Director (emily@nwcider.com).

Cider Summit Seattle Returns to South Lake Union for 7th Annual Event

ADVANCE PURCHASE TICKETS ON-SALE FOR CIDER SUMMIT SEATTLE

Seattle’s Largest Cider Tasting Festival Returns to South Lake Union for 7th Annual Event

Seattle, WA (July 5, 2016) - Cider Summit is pleased to announce that advance purchase tickets to attend Cider Summit Seattle are now on sale.  The seventh annual event will be held Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2016 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn at 101 Westlake Avenue N.  Cider Summit Seattle celebrates local, regional and international artisanal ciders and cidermakers.  Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market

As in years past, Cider Summit will feature leading cidermakers, including dozens from the Pacific Northwest and ciders from at least five states and five countries.  Cidermakers and importers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the tastings poured into the commemorative festival glassware.  Several of the cidermakers will be participating in the second annual Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge.  These cidermakers will create pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Product’s puree and the attendees will vote on their favorites.  Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event on Saturday. 

The event will also feature specially paired food selections that will be available for purchase from vendors including Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider and other small bites.  There will be a “Dog Lounge” hosted by Seattle Humane which will provide dogs and owners an opportunity to refresh and socialize.  This year’s event will also feature a range of cider cocktails and special appearances and music programming from KEXP

“This is a milestone event for us,” noted event co-founder, Alan Shapiro.  “This will be the 20th festival we’ve produced in our series across four cities.  It all started in Seattle in 2010 with a small gathering of cider lovers.  We look forward to welcoming both the area’s cider lovers and cider curious to our most diverse selection of ciders ever for our 7th annual in our hometown.”

General admission advance purchase tickets are now on sale for $30 exclusively online at https://cidersummit.boldtypetickets.com/.  Beginning August 1, general admission tickets will be $35 in advance online or at selected event sponsor locations and $40 at the door.  VIP tickets are available for $45, exclusively online, and include four extra tasting tickets and exclusive early access to the event between 2pm-3pm on Friday.  Designated driver tickets will be available for $5 at the door only and include a bottle of water.  This event is strictly 21 & over - no exceptions.

Cider Summit is committed to working with several community and non-profit organizations.  This year’s event beneficiaries include The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Northwest Cider Association, and Seattle Humane

For more information please visit CiderSummit.com, facebook.com/CiderSummit or follow us on Twitter @CiderSummit.

For more information contact: alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com, 206.465.1550.

PRESS RELEASE: Summer Cider Day 2016

Port Townsend, Wash. – (July 5, 2016) – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces details for its sixth annual Summer Cider Day taking place Saturday, August 6 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.  With more than 60 ciders to try, music, and gourmet gluten-free fare from Sirens Pub, this family friendly event showcases some of the top cideries from Washington and Oregon.

“Cider keeps growing in popularity as the inventiveness and creativity of our local cideries gets better and better,” said Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “This is one of the largest cider tasting events in Washington State and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region.”               

Summer Cider Day’s participating cideries include: Alpenfire Cider, Eaglemount Cider and Finnriver Farm and Cidery (Port Townsend); Nashi Orchards (Vashon Island); Liberty Ciderworks (Spokane); Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider (Seattle); Snowdrift Cider and Pear UP (East Wenatchee); Spire Mountain Cider and Whitewood Cider (Olympia); Tieton Ciderworks (Tieton) and Locust Cider (Woodinville) from Washington. Wandering Aengus (Salem), 2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis), Bull Run Cider, and, New West, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (Portland) will showcase Oregon’s finest.

Summer Cider Day tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include admission for one, 8 tasting tickets, and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass. Additional taste tickets, fare from Sirens Pub, and bottles of most of the featured ciders will be available for purchase. The Northwest Maritime Center is located at 431 Water Street in Port Townsend. Event tickets and event details are available at www.nwcider.com.

Port Townsend is accessible by ferry from Seattle or Victoria and by car via Highway 101 from Olympia and Portland. For directions, ferry schedules, lodging and visitor information visit enjoypt.com. Summer Cider Day is sponsored by FruitSmart, Seattle Cider Co, Capitol Cider, G & D Chillers, and Cider Summit Seattle.

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 close to 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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Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie
NWCA Executive Director
Emily@nwcider.com

Northwest Cider talks Oregon Cider Week on Portland Beer Podcast

We had fun recording this podcast with Steven Shomler last weekend. Thanks so much to Portland Beer Podcast for getting the word out about Oregon Cider Week and some of our newest cidermakers! Take a look at the NWCA to find a full list of events still to come for Oregon Cider Week.

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Catch up with more episodes from Steven and the Portland Beer Podcast on Soundcloud, or stalk them on social media at Facebook, and Twitter.

Alpenfire Cider Wins Competition

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Cider Competition Announces Top Awards

New Dan Berger International Cider Competition Attracts More than 200 Entries — Washington Cider Takes Top Sweepstakes Award

We were extremely pleased with support and excitement for this first-year cider competition but even more impressive was the great diversity of craft ciders the judges evaluated and their very high quality.

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A cidery from Washington state was the big winner at the first-ever Dan Berger’s International Cider Competition, held in May in Santa Rosa California. Staged in conjunction with Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition, the cider competition drew more than 200 entrants from more than 60 cideries from around the globe.

“We were extremely pleased with support and excitement for this first-year cider competition,” noted Dan Berger, the competition’s organizer. “But even more impressive was the great diversity of craft ciders the judges evaluated and their very high quality.”

Washington State's Alpenfire Cidery Takes Top Award of Competition

The “Sweepstakes Award” for Best Overall Cider of the Competition was awarded to the Alpenfire Glow Rose´ Cider. Located in Washington State, the Alpenfire cidery produces this spectacular cider from the Hidden Rose apple, a unique variety that possesses red flesh and produces a richly pink colored cider.

Among the standout cideries at the competition were Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Michigan, which was awarded three gold medals, more than any other cidery. Additionally, Vermont’s Eden Specialty Ciders was awarded two Chairman’s Awards (unanimous gold medal votes).

“No one was surprised when it was revealed that both Uncle John’s Cider Mill and Eden Specialty Ciders accumulated multiple top awards,” said Tom Wark, one of the coordinators of the competition and publisher of The Cider Journal. “Both these cideries are trailblazers and leaders in the U.S. craft cider world and have been inspirations for newer cideries across the country for their beautifully rendered ciders.”

The Best of Class Awards at Dan Berger’s International Cider Competition included:

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST TRADITIONAL DRY CIDER:
Eve’s Cidery Albee Hill Still & Dry (New York)

BEST TRADITIONAL SWEET CIDER:
Sea Cider Bittersweet (British Columbia)

BEST COMMON DRY CIDER:
Uncle John’s Cider Mill Original Cider (Michigan)

CHAIRMANS AWARD/BEST COMMON SWEET CIDER:
Cider Boys First Press (Wisconsin)

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST FRUIT CIDER:
Foxcraft Hard Cider Cranberry (California)

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST HERBED/HOPPED/SPICED CIDER:
Reverend Nat’s Revival Hard Cider (Oregon)

SWEEPSTAKES AWARD/CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST SINGLE VARIETY CIDER:
Alpenfire Glow Rose´ Cider (Washington State)

BEST PERRY:
Flatbed Cider Company Pear Cider (Washington State)

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST OTHER CIDER:
Common Cider Company Blackberry Sangria (California)

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST WOOD AGED CIDER:
Eden Specialty Cider 2007 Falstaff (Vermont)

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD/BEST DESSERT/ICE CIDER:
Eden Specialty Cider Honeycrisp

Of the 215 Ciders entered into the competition, 17 received Gold Medals, 50 received Silver Medals and 59 received Bronze Medals. Ten ciders received the Chairman’s Award for receiving unanimous gold medal scores by all judges.

The judges at the competition included cider authors Ben Watson and Darlene Hayes; K&L Wine Merchant Cider Buyer Jim Boyce, Cider Journal Publisher Tom Wark, Tilted Shed Ciderworks owner Ellen Cavalli and Certified Cicerone Mike Reis.

The cider competition is part of Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition. Dan Berger is the dean of American wine competitions having organized competitive evaluations of wine (and now cider) for more than 35 years.

A complete list of awards is available at http://www.dbiwc.com
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PRESS RELEASE: Ciders, Meads & Music on Orcas Island, July 23

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www.orcasislandciderfest.org

Ciders, Meads & Music on Orcas Island, July 23

It’s that time again! For the sixth year in a row, Orcas Island will host its annual Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Eastsound Village Green in Eastsound, WA – a major fundraiser for its Farm to School Program.

The Orcas Island Festival was one of the first to celebrate Northwest ciders and meads with its first festival in 2010. This year it expects more than 700 visitors sampling ciders and meads from nineteen well-known and new producers offering tastes of 70+ varieties of ciders and meads.  Adults 21 and over may enter the tasting tent for as little as $10 that includes admission, tastes and a commemorative tasting glass.  Hand-made Orcas Island Growlers and other ciderfest-related items will be on sale as well as bottles of ciders you have tasted for take-home.

Music all day - Orcas Island’s own Dustbunnies; and singer/songwriter from Seattle, Isaiah Dominguez, will be returning to entertain the crowd from the Village Green Stage with musical strains from Celtic to soft rock. The big white tasting tent will be perched alongside the Farmers Market that will be in full swing offering produce, flowers, food and crafts.  Restaurants will be pairing ciders with entrees, and other cider-related activities will be occurring on the Island leading up to and during the Festival.

Check it all out at our Website and Facebook to stay informed.