Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts new NW Ciderfest

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Contact: Colleen King-Showalter

Phone: 503.223.3177

E-mail: cking@mdausa.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts new NW Ciderfest, Oct. 11

Community is invited to new annual fundraiser in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square

PORTLAND, ORE. XX Sept., 2014---The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is hosting a new annual fundraiser to take place

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, from 10am to 8pm in downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse

Square. NW Ciderfest will feature 20 Northwest cideries, cider store, food trucks, mixology

showcase, music with headliners 3 Leg Torso and a bevy of family friendly events in the

Umpqua Bank Pioneer Orchard. There will also be a pumpkin arts and crafts center, and a pie

eating.

"This is a new, community wide event that will help us continue to fund healthcare services

and support to more than 2,400 individuals with muscular dystrophy, as well as four local

clinics, support groups and research grants," said Colleen King-Showalter, Director of Business

Tickets can be purchased online and are available at three levels: the V.I.P. admission is $75

for age 21 and over, and includes 20 cider tasting tickets and admission to V.I.P. area featuring

reserve ciders, cocktails and a souvenir glass; general admission at $25 for age 21 and over,

which includes 10 cider tastings tickets for and a souvenir cup; and $10.00 family fun admission

for 5 events, such as pony rides and carnival games.

Event partners include the Northwest Cider Assocation, Fuller Events, Phototainment, PDX

Pedicabs and the Reverend Nat's Hard Cider. In addition to Umpqua Bank, major sponsors

include Fred Meyer, Miller Nash, Dreambuilders Custom Homes, Pemco Insurance, Fox12

Oregon and KINK 101.9 Radio. For more event information and a list of all sponsors, visit http://

www.nwciderfest.org and on Facebook at NWCiderfest.

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated

to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy,

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding

worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care

services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight

back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at

facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Seasonal Nice & Naughty Spiced Hard Cider

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Contact:

Beth Larsen

beth@2TownsCiderhouse.com

Cell: (541) 286-5417

Office: (541) 207-3915

Nice & Naughty Imperial Spiced Cider Warms Up This Fall as

2 Towns Cider Seasonal Release

Infused with whole Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Clove, Nice & Naughty Spices up the 2 Towns Ciderhouse Lineup

Corvallis, Ore., - October 2, 2014 – This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases Nice & Naughty to heat up cool fall days and cold nights. Spiced with whole cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, this cider is a seamless transition to the harvest season, with flavors reminiscent of baked apple and pumpkin pie spice. Made with a touch of local honey, it’ll have you reminiscing about grandma’s pie, cooling on the kitchen table. 

At 10.5% with a balanced finish, Nice & Naughty is an adult answer to those seeking out the season’s signature flavors, without overwhelming sweetness.

This year’s release of Nice & Naughty comes earlier than years past. “We are excited to release the Nice & Naughty this year right as the fall weather moves in and nature’s colors start to change,” said Dave Takush, head cidermaker. “You may be too old to trick or treat, but you’re never too old for Nice & Naughty. “

As always, 2 Towns Ciderhouse uses fresh-pressed 100% Northwest Apples, no added sugars, and never uses artificial essences or flavorings.  Instead, the Ciderhouse allows the fruit to speak for itself. Nice & Naughty will be available in the 2 Towns Tap Room Starting October 2nd  and to distributors on October 6th in bottles, and 1/6 bbls and 1/2 bbl kegs.  This seasonal cider will be available throughout Oregon, Washington and California.

For more information on this and other new releases, visit https://www.facebook.com/2townsciderhouse or www.2townsciderhouse.com.

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.

Beth Larsen

Public Relations & Tap Room Manager

2 Towns Ciderhouse/Traditions Ciderworks

33930 SE Eastgate Circle

Corvallis,OR 97333

Main: 541-207-3915

Cell: 541-286-5417

beth@2townsciderhouse.com

www.2townsciderhouse.com

Tap Room Hours:

Sun, Mon, Tues & Wed from noon-6pm

Thur, Fri & Sat from noon-8pm

Rogue to the Core PRESS RELEASE

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ROGUE TO THE CORE

NEWPORT, OR, SEPTEMBER 23rd 2014 – Rogue Ales & Spirits has released two new craft ciders made from ingredients grown on Rogue Farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Fruit Salad Cider: Fruit Salad Cider is inspired by Oregon’s rich fruit bounty. It’s packed with cherries and plums grown on Rogue’s own farm in Tygh Valley, Oregon, in addition to apples, pears, marionberries, peaches and apricots grown on rich Oregon soil. Fruit Salad Cider is a true taste of the terroir of Oregon.

7 Hop Cider: 7 Hop Cider is created with all seven varieties of aroma hops grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. All seven are used to dry hop Rogue’s signature blend of heirloom and Newtown Pippin apple juice, resulting in a crisp, dry cider crafted with a proprietary palate of ingredients.

“We started crafting cider because we have the story of our Rogue Farms to share,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

“From ground to glass, Rogue Cider uses ingredients we grow on our two Oregon farms in Independence and Tygh Valley. We don’t just grow hops and malting barley- we’re growing fruit like cherries and plums so that you can taste the difference. Cider isn’t a trend for us; it’s another chance to share our ‘Grow Your Own’ Revolution.”

Rogue Cider 22oz serigraphed bottles are currently available for purchase at all Rogue Ales Public Houses and on rogue.com. Bottles and draft will be available in select markets nationwide beginning December 2014.

Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,400 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states and 48 countries.

Contact Brett for more information or to obtain digital photos: 2320 OSU Drive, Newport OR 97365

Ph: (503) 241-3800 / Fax: (503) 241-3780 / BRETT@ROGUE.COM

Schilling Cider House To Open September 6, 2014

News For Immediate Release
Contact Niki Parrish
(206) 420-7088
ciderhouse@schillingcider.com

Schilling Cider opening Cider House near famed Fremont Bridge

SEATTLE, WA - Friday, August 22, 2014 – Schilling Cider is pleased to announce the grand opening of Schilling Cider House in Seattle neighborhood Fremont on Saturday, September 6th.
Located at 708 N. 34th St., Schilling Cider House will offer 32 draft ciders — available as tasting flights, pints, or growlers — and 250 packaged ciders, to drink on site (no corkage fee) or take (unopened) to go.

“We will only be carrying ciders made without artificial flavors or other non-craft ingredients,” cofounder Colin Schilling said. “In addition to a great selection of craft ciders, all draft ciders will be tested to provide information drinkers won’t find elsewhere.”

This information, to include residual sugar, titratable acid, and pH, will be displayed on a menu board much like breweries display IBU information currently.

In conjunction with WA Cider Week, Schilling Cider House will host tastings and offer giveaways,
including free growlers for the first 1000 purchasers of growler fills.


Tasting schedule for the week:

Sunday, September 8
11am-1pm Half Pint Spanish Cider Portfolio
2-4pm Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
5-7pm Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Monday, September 9
5-7pm Eden Cider Tasting

Tuesday, September 10
5-7pm Dragon’s Head Tasting !

About Schilling Cider
Seattle-based Schilling Cider, whose tagline “your apple a day just got interesting” drives them to create ever-evolving cider flavors, is committed to sustainability through the use of highly-recyclable materials and local ingredients. Their ciders are distributed in British Columbia, CA, ID, MN, OR, VA, WA, Washington, DC, WV. For more, follow at FB.com/schillingcider or check out SchillingCider.com.

Governor Inslee Proclaims September 4-14 Washington Cider Week

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

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Governor Inslee Proclaims September 4-14 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 4-14 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.

 

“Three years ago when the idea of Washington Cider Week was in its infancy, we could not have imagined the support the cider industry would receive so quickly," said Sharon Campbell, owner of Tieton Cider Works and the driving force behind establishing the Northwest Cider Association and Cider Weeks in both Washington and Oregon. "A proclamation by the governor was way beyond our dreams!”

 

Founded in 2010, the association has grown from 10 to 50 members, and Cider Week’s events have exploded from a handful to hundreds. Washington Cider Week started four 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 Campbell.

 

Northwest cidermakers, known for their creative innovation and commitment to quality, are getting well-deserved recognition from around the world. This spring they earned a collective 80 medals, placing in every category, at the Ninth Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.  Recently two new cider competitions were launched by Northwest cidermakers themselves, the Portland International Cider Cup by Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, 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 eve of cider week marks the launch of Cidercraft Magazine, the first glossy, consumer publication in the United States solely devoted to the timeless beverage.  Campbell is not surprised that historic events such as this are happening in Washington, where cider is quickly moving to the mainstream. “After all," she remarks, "If a cider culture doesn’t happen in the Northwest, where will it happen?”  

 

Additional events include cider and apple pie paired with two opportunities to meet renowned food writer Rowan Jacobsen during the  release of his new book Apples of Uncommon Character (Yakima, at Gilbert Cellars on Sept. 4; Sept. 5 at Seattle's Town Hall).  Some daily highlights in Seattle are cider cocktails, food pairings, and cider flights at Boka Restaurant and Bar, 30 taps featuring only Northwest ciders at Capitol Cider  and samplings at PCC Natural Markets throughout Puget Sound. The Cider Summit Seattle on Sept. 5-6 is followed by the grand opening of a new cider pub by Schilling featuring over 30 cider taps in Fremont on Sept. 6. A very special chef's dinner is planned every night at the Salish Lodge and Spa, debuting their new honey cider, in addition to local ciders expertly paired with special courses.

 

Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia.  This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association and Northwest Travel Magazine. For an updated list of Washington  Cider Week events visit http://www.nwcider.com/washington-cider-week-events-cal/

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Seattle Cider Company Partners with Wirtz Beverage Amidst Cider Comeback

Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition brings its uniquely dry ciders to Illinois

Chicago, IL – Seattle Cider Company and Wirtz Beverage have announced a new partnership to bring Seattle Cider’s unique selection of craft ciders to Illinois, beginning August 15. Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider is known for its handcrafted collection of flavorful ciders while Wirtz Beverage is regarded as a leading wholesale distributor of beer, wine and spirits. The agreement between the two company’s comes as alcoholic cider sales continue to boom across the U.S. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Wirtz Beverage to bring a new type of cider to the cider lovers of Illinois,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “You’ll taste something different when you try our ciders. We’ve created flavorful, small-batch ciders with limited sweetness using all natural ingredients and fresh pressed Washington apples, making for a truly unique product.” 

Established in August 2013 by Joel VandenBrink, Seattle Cider’s products break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Made from a custom blend of local apples and flavorful additions – such as fresh berries, peppers and more – Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never made from concentrate. Their unique taste has earned Seattle Cider a number of awards and accolades including gold and silver medals in the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards, in addition to many loyal drinkers. Currently, the in-demand, naturally gluten-free ciders are available in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. 

“Cider is experiencing a major comeback and it’s very exciting to see,” said Jeff Roth, VP Alliance Craft Beer Division at Wirtz Beverage Illinois. “It bridges the gap between beer and wine, so it’s no wonder cider is popular amongst many drinkers. Seattle Cider is putting out some really innovative things and really doing their part to bolster the category as well as consumer options.”

As sales continue to climb, industry predications expect cider will soon claim 3-5 percent of overall beer sales. Last year in the U.S., alcoholic cider was a nearly $1.32 billion industry. When Seattle Cider launches in Illinois with Wirtz Beverage, it will be available statewide at restaurants, bars and retail stores with a variety of products available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft, including:

Dry: One of the driest ciders on the market, the golden glow of the unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose. Pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine, under ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of bergamot orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of citrus and cinnamon on the palate. 3 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

PNW Berry: This summer seasonal cider is crafted with locally-grown raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and softly sweet on the finish, it’s a cider that is both refreshing and full-flavored. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Pumpkin Spice: This semi-sweet cider is copper in color and perfect for cooler weather as the cidery’s fall seasonal. Fermented with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season's favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin. 3 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Three Pepper: A small-batch, limited-edition cider, the Three Pepper features an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños. Paired with a unique flavor profile, it combines the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, giving this cider a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish. 3.2 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Wirtz Beverage Illinois will support the launch of the Seattle Cider portfolio with activations in the on- and off-premise, including samplings, trainings and events.

 

About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Available in 16-ounce cans, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Seattle. Seattle Cider is also available on tap in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday - Saturday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

About Wirtz Beverage Illinois

Wirtz Beverage Illinois is the state’s most established alcohol beverage distributor with operations statewide serving premium wine, spirits and craft beer brands. The family-owned and operated company is an affiliate of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the nation’s leading alcohol beverage distributors. With nearly $2 billion in annual sales and 2,500 employees, Wirtz Beverage Group has interests in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Canada.  To learn more about Wirtz Beverage, visit its website at www.WirtzBev.com

Find the message in the bottle to win – Merridale winners!

For Immediate Release

Vancouver Island, Cobble Hill (July 14, 2014)

After 25 years as craft cider makers on Vancouver Island, Merridale is celebrating with a new look and new products. And they are doing it in the most imaginative way using social media!  When asked about the campaign, marketing assistant Ryan Watson said, “It’s all about our new release, Monarch, and our new look labels which will soon be seen on all of our cider products.” “We wanted to engage our Merridale followers by giving them something fun and rewarding,” said Jess Howard, manager at Merridale, “so we created a treasure hunt for our loyal Merridale fans.” 

The contest, lasting throughout the summer, challenges Vancouver Islanders to get outside, and find one of the 25 special Monarch cider bottles, hidden at various points of interest from Victoria to Nanaimo.

While some of the hiding spots are quite well-known, others are a little more unusual. Take, for example, the clue to bottle number 5 - If Protection Island is in your view, you must be near a raised canoe. Chris Rivers was the finder of this bottle, hidden near a public art piece called the Squamish Canoe on Nanaimo’s waterfront. "As an avid explorer - and Merridale fan - it was a chance to get out and play adventurer in my own town,” said Chris of his experience. “And  when I found the bottle, it was a moment of genuine joy. What a great idea for a contest!" 

While other bottles have proven a little harder to find, the clues have been no less imaginative, which can be seen by following their twitter feed @merridalecider, or Instagram at merridaleciderworks. Searchers should keep their eyes peeled for a glass bottle with the new Merridale label on it. Finders of bottles instantly win a growler at the Merridale Farm with a gift certificate for use in their store. But if a picture is taken where the bottle is found, finders are entered to win one of three grand prizes- tickets Brewery and the Beast (now sold out), Rifflandia Music Festival, or a romantic Merridale get-away (includes Sunday pizza night with live music and an overnight stay in their yurt).  Not bad odds when the maximum number in the draw will only be 25!

When asked about the name of the new product, Janet Docherty, co-owner of merridale, replied, “It seemed appropriate to call our new cider Monarch.  We are one the oldest craft producer in BC making organic cider from true cider apples.  Monarch is dry, full of bubbles, and embraces our philosophy. Although our look has changed, our methods have not. We stay true to the core.”

Visit Merridale at the farm (1230 Merridale Road Cobble Hill), or ask for it by name at your favourite pub, restaurant, or local liquor store.

 

For more information contact Janet Docherty at 250-743-4293, or 250-920-9453.

Portland International Cider Cup Results Released

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Media contact: Nat West, nat@reverendnatshardcider.com503-567-2221

Portland International Cider Cup Results Released

Portland, OR – June 30, 2014 – The second annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC), sponsored by Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, announced the winner of the cup and medalists. Held on June 22, 2014, the day was huge success with 53 entries among 16 cider producers.

The Cup went to newcomer Apple Bandit for their Apple Bandit Original, which achieved a gold medal in the Common Sweet Cider category. The runner-up was Finnriver Black Currant Cider, gold medal winner in the Fruit Cider category. The following ciders also won gold medals in their respective categories: Blue Mountain Estate Winesap (Common Dry), Rogue Pink Gin Cider, (Wood/Oaked) and Bull Run Pear Wine (Specialty).

“On behalf of the PICC Planning Committee we couldn’t be happier with the event. Last year, Merridale’s Cyser won the Cup, which is a universally acclaimed cider. This year, newcomer Apple Bandit won the Cup, which is very exciting, and should prove to be a boon to this start-up cidery from Southern Oregon,” said Nat West, founder of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider.

The non-Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) competition is for commercial producers only, and is open to ciders produced in the Pacific Northwest within the geographic bounds delineated by the Northwest Cider association. Judges are a combination of experienced BJCP judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals and commercial cidermakers.

Please see the website for a complete list of all medal winners: http://reverendnatshardcider.com/picc/.

Oregon Cider Week 2014 #orciderweek

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

Cidermakers Announce Third Annual Oregon Cider Week Toast the state’s most exciting beverage at more than 30 activities, June 20-29 

PORTLAND, OR -- Oregon is developing a thirst for cider, the fastest growing segment in the beverage industry. Cider will take center stage during Oregon Cider Week, a celebration of all things cider, June 20-29. This week posters, buttons and coasters showcasing Oregon Cider

Week are turning up throughout the state. The first weekend kicks off with the Cider Summit, followed by the International Cider Cup, both in Portland. Then cider fans can explore events throughout the week ranging from cider-themed dinners to tap takeovers, creative cocktail trails, cider flights and more. Some of the daily highlights in Portland are cider tastings and flights at Hotel deLuxe, cider ice creams at Fifty Licks, and unique cider desserts and cider flights at St. Honoré Boulangerie. A special cider tasting is planned during the week at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as is part of the popular “OMSI After Dark” series. 

Oregon is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year, joining California, Michigan, New York, Washington, Virginia, Ontario. This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) and Northwest Travel Magazine. For an updated list of Oregon Cider 

Week events visit http://www.nwcider.com/oregon-cider-week-events/.

Upcoming Oregon Cider Week Events

Tickets Now On Sale for First Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Three-Day Cider Festival!

25+ ciders to be on tap at three-day cider festival at The Woods in Seattle

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SEATTLE (May 19, 2014) – Save the date and get your tickets now for the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Festival (PNWCA)! Just three weeks away, cider lovers can secure their spot at the three-day cider festival beginning today through Brown Paper Tickets (http://pnwca.brownpapertickets.com/). Taking place Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, tickets can be purchased for each day of the festival for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Admission includes a 13-ounce PNWCA tulip glass and 8 tasting tokens, each good for a 5-ounce pour – or a 10-ounce pour for two tokens – of any of the 25+ Northwest ciders on tap. Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Capitol Cider, Uber and the Washington Beer Blog, craft enthusiasts won’t want to miss out this first-of-its-kind festival celebrating PNWCA competition winners and the Pacific Northwest’s growing cider industry with three days of amazing cider, food trucks, music and more.

“This is our chance to celebrate the truly amazing ciders being produced in the Northwest,” Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company and committee member for the PNWCA. “Unlike many of the cider competitions and festivals, PNWCA is focused solely on those cideries located in Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. With 27 cideries submitting 103 ciders for the competition, mixed with the awesome list of ciders featured on tap for the festival, it’s a true showing of the strength and growth this industry is seeing.”

Ciders scheduled to be on tap throughout the festival weekend include:

2 Towns Ciderhouse - The Bad Apple

Alpenfire Cider - Oaked
Bull Run Cider - Bramble Berry
Blue Mountain Cider - Oregonian
D's Wicked Cider - Baked Apple
Finnriver Cidery - Honey
Finnriver Cidery - Honey Meadow Botanical
Grizzly Ciderworks - Hop Claw
Liberty Ciderworks - New World
Methow Valley Ciderhouse - Honey Bear
Niegel Vintners - Formula 37
Portland Cider Co. - Hop'Rageous
Portland Cider Co. - Pearfect Perry
Red Tank Cider - Happy
Red Tank Cider - CHOPS
Schilling Cider Company - Ginger
Seattle Cider Company - Semi Sweet
Seattle Cider Company - Dry
Seattle Cider Company - Gin Botanical
Seattle Cider Company - Three Pepper
Seattle Cider Company - PNW Berry
Snowdrift Cider Co. - Nebula Red
Tieton Cider Works - TBD
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks - Blind Tiger
Wandering Aegnus Ciderworks - Wickson 
Whiskey Barrel Cider - Dam Hard Cider

 

The Woods – the tasting room for Seattle Cider Company, located at 4700 Ohio S in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood – will be open for the PNWCA Cider Festival on Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm for the event. Food will be available for purchase from popular gluten-free food truck Contigo on Friday and Saturday, as well as Where Ya at Matt on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door ($35), but space for the event is limited and is expected to sell out, so those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance ($30). Additional tokens will be available for purchase at the event. As part of the festival, each ticket purchased will be accompanied by a voting slip. The cider with the most votes at the end of the festival will be awarded the People Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 9. Please note this is a 21+ event.

For more information, visit www.pnwca.com or email register@pnwca.com. Be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events, including award announcements, tap additions and more.

All media related inquires should be sent to Caitlin Braam at caitlin@caitlinbraam.com. All other PNWCA-related inquires should be sent to register@pnwca.com.

About PNWCA
Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) 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 25 cideries participating and 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 and Canada. 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. Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets today.

Nashi Orchards Celebrates the Opening of their Winery and Perry Release

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Contact:
Cheryl Lubbert, Nashi Orchards

206-910-3939
NashiOrchards@gmail.com
 


Nashi Orchards Celebrates the Opening of their Winery and Release of their
First Asian Pear Perry

Vashon Island, WA, April 17, 2014 -- Nashi Orchards, located on beautiful Vashon
Island near Seattle, opens their winery with the release of their of Chojuro Blend Asian Pear
Perry. After years of cultivating their Asian pear orchard and fine-tuning their wine making
skills, owners Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert, decided to share their passion
for fine handcrafted Perry.

Perry, made for centuries in England and France, is similar to hard apple cider; but
perry is fermented from pears. Asian Pears, also known as nashi, are native to Japan and other Asian countries and are crisp, sweet and juicy. There are numerous cultivars of Asian pear including Chojuro, featured in the Chojuro Blend. This Asian pear variety is known for its
distinctive rum flavor and honey-orange color skin. Jim and Cheryl’s fruit is only harvested at the peak of ripeness and fermentation is carefully controlled to preserve the natural flavor and sweetness of the fruit. No additional sugars or flavorings are added to mask the delicate, nuanced flavor of the Nashi Orchards Asian Pear Perry.

"Nashi Orchards’ Chojuro Blend has a floral aroma, is lightly effervescent and exhibits
flavors of bright summer fruit and pear and has a clean, refreshing finish," said Jim Gerlach,
co-owner and Perrymaker. "We work very hard to manage our soil and the conditions of our trees to be sure to embody the essence of flavor from the land in every
blend and in every bottle."

Nashi Orchards’ Perry is unfiltered, unpasteurized and gluten-free. Consummate
foodies, Jim and Cheryl suggest the Perry be served as an aperitif or with Northwest oysters,
halibut or poultry. Available in Washington state, Nashi Orchards Perry can be purchased directly from the Orchard or on Vashon Island at Minglement, Vashon Thriftway and Express Cuisine and in Seattle at Full Throttle Bottle, Leschi Market, Beer Junction, Bottle House and Marjorie Restaurant.

Jim Gerlach, a registered landscape architect, has a passion for plants, his orchard, their dogs, sheep and, of course, wine-making. By understanding the optimal way to support the trees in producing the most flavorful fruit, he is able to produce the highest
quality and most flavorful Perry.

About Nashi Orchards
The Nashi Orchards winery is located on Vashon Island near Seattle, where it is a part of a growing community of committed producers of artisanal foods, wines and spirits. The orchard was established in the early 1980s when its original owners transplanted the most promising Asian pear varieties from a trial orchard. New owners, Jim Gerlach and Cheryl Lubbert have completed significant renovations over the last few years to increase the health and productivity of the trees. Nashi Orchards LLC was formally established in 2011 and approved as a bonded winery in the fall of 2013. Join Nashi Orchards in their passionate pursuit of delicious libations with a private orchard tour and tasting by appointment. Contact us with retail or wholesale requests at 206-463-0358 and follow us on Facebook, Nashi Orchards or on Twitter @Nashi_Orchards.
 

An Impressive 27 Cideries Sign Up to Participate in First Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards

Cideries from four states to participate in private judging and competition; 20+ ciders to be on tap at three-day public cider festival at The Woods tasting room

 

SEATTLE (April 23, 2014) – A little over one month away from its first annual cider competition and festival, Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce an exciting list of participating cideries and ciders! Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Washington Beer Blog and Capitol Cider, a total of 27 cideries from four states – including Washington, Oregon, Montana and Vancouver, B.C. – will be participating in the PNWCA’s private judging and competition, taking place June 5 at Seattle’s Capitol Cider Bar. With a total of 103 ciders broken up into 10 distinct categories, judges from throughout the Pacific Northwest will participate in a moderated tasting and judging process before awarding medals. In the three days following, June 6-8, cider lovers will have the chance to enjoy more than 25 ciders on tap at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, as we celebrate competition winners and the Pacific Northwest’s growing cider industry.

“We are beyond thrilled at the response we’ve received the first year of this competition,” Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company and committee member for the PNWCA. “It proves how strong the local cider industry is and what an impact it’s continuing to make. In addition to awarding medals for top ciders, we hope the three-day cider festival will help showcase how truly unique Pacific Northwest cideries and their ciders are.”

Cideries participating in the PNWCA’s first annual competition include:

 

2 Towns Ciderhouse

Alpenfire Cider

Bull Run Cider

Blue Mountain Cider

Cascadia Ciderworks

Cider Riot

D's Wicked Cider

Dragon’s Head Cider

Finnegan Cider

Finnriver Cidery

Grizzly Ciderworks

Liberty Ciderworks

Methow Valley Ciderhouse

Montana Ciderworks

Niegel Vintners

Portland Cider Company

Red Tank Cider

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Schilling Cider Company

Sea Cider Ciderhouse

Seattle Cider Company

Snowdrift Cider Company

Tieton Cider Works

Tod Creek Craft Cider

Traditions Ciderworks

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

Whiskey Barrel Cider

Of these cideries, at least 20 will be featuring a cider on tap at the PNWCA cider festival taking place at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods (4700 Ohio Ave S), Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8. Open to the public, this festival will feature more than 25 ciders on tap, giving Seattle-area cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. As part of the festival, each cider or tasting flight 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 9 via PNWCA.com and PNWCA social media.

The Woods will be open for the PNWCA Cider Festival on Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm for the event, with food available from popular food truck Contigo on Friday and Saturday, as well as Where Ya at Matt on Saturday and Sunday. Tastings flights and pints will be available. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event.

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 Caitlin Braam at caitlin@caitlinbraam.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 25 cideries participating and 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 and Canada. 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.

Merridale Cider Wins Best of Class, Gold, & Silver

VANCOUVER ISLAND CRAFT CIDER MAKER WIN BEST OF CLASS, GOLD, AND SILVER AT INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

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Merridale Ciderworks from Cobble Hill, B.C. has consistently won awards for its craft ciders made from the apples they grow in the Cowichan Valley. Now, that high standard has been recognized for the brandies they make. At the American Distilling Association 8th Annual competition, Merridale Artisan Distillery brandies were awarded Best in Class, Gold and Silver against competition from all over North America.


Merridale Stair’s Pear Brandy was judged Best of Class – Certified Craft Distilled Spirits in the Brandy category. The pear brandy was also awarded a Gold medal in the Aged Brandy Category. This brandy is made from BC Bartlett pears distilled in 2007 and aged in new French Oak barrels for more than 6 years. “We think this is North America’s oldest barrel aged pear brandy. Each sip reminds you of biting into a fresh pear just picked from the tree, followed by that smooth warmth of a fine brandy” says Rick Pipes, the head distiller. “This is such a special recognition after waiting so long to release this first batch of pear brandy”.


Laurent Lafuente, one of Canada’s few master blenders, joined our team a few years ago and has been instrumental in helping us to continually push ourselves to greater heights. “We are extremely blessed with dedicated people in the cellar and distillery. The passion and skill of our team is one of our strengths” boasts Pipes.


Merridale Cowichan Cider Brandy was also recognized in the Aged Apple Brandy Category with a Silver Medal. This cider brandy has been aged in new French Oak Barrels since 2007. It is the first brandy released by Merridale. Co-owner Janet Docherty exclaims “it is so exciting to receive such prestigious awards for our first two releases of aged brandy. We have waited more than 6 years for these to be ready for release and we are thrilled with the result. Customers that have had the opportunity to try these brandies have noted the complex flavours that linger after each sip – perfect at the end of the meal or an evening drink.”


Merridale Ciderworks Corp. has been producing all natural apple ciders in Cobble Hill since 1989 and started making craft spirits in 2007. In June 2013 Merridale was accredited by the Province as BC’s first Craft Distillery under the new rules. All of Merridale’s cider and spirits are made from 100% BC grown fruits, fermented and distilled on the farm without the addition of sulfites. Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes have owned Merridale since 2000.


The apples used in Merridale’s 6 different ciders are predominantly grown in their orchard in the Cowichan Valley without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The apples are vintage varieties of cider apples originally grown in England and France for their superior cider characteristics.>>
Merridale is open to the public for complimentary tours and tastings from their farm at 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, B.C. and their ciders and spirits are available at fine pubs, beer & wine stores, and restaurants on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.


For more information, please visit our web site atwww.merridalecider.com, or contact Janet Docherty at 250-743-4293, or 250-920-9453.

 

Merridale Ciderworks Corp.
PO Box 358, 1230 Merridale Road
Cobble Hill, British Columbia V0R 1L0
Canada

CIDERCRAFT, North America’s First Cider Print Publication, Launches Spring 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Ackerman
206-467-4578
publisher@cidercraftmag.com

 

CIDERCRAFT, NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST CIDER PRINT PUBLICATION, LAUNCHES SPRING 2014

 

Seattle, WA (April 8, 2014) - From Sip Ventures, the privately owned and operated publisher behind the award-winning regional beverage publication Sip Northwest, comes CIDERCRAFT—the first North American magazine dedicated to cider. CIDERCRAFT devotes itself to shining a light on the evolution and resurgence of one of the oldest beverages on the continent, bringing both education and appreciation of the drink to the thirsty people.

 

With circulation for the inaugural issue commencing at 25,000, the bi-annual CIDERCRAFT magazine will profile the artisans behind the craft, while exploring the regions andorchards, meeting the movers and shakers of the industry, listing original cocktail recipes from nationally renowned bar-chefs, recommend pairings with cider-friendly cuisine and aid as a connection between the consumer and cider producers.

 

“I am immensely grateful for the editorial team of international cider writers and experts we have enlisted for this first issue,” said Erin James, CIDERCRAFT editor-in-chief. Contributors include “World's Best Ciders” authors Bill Bradshaw and Pete Brown, along with international cider aficionado Rowan Jacobsen and many more talented cider wordsmiths. “The response we’ve had from food and beverage writers has been very inspiring,” James said. “We knew we could acquire a stellar set of professionals.”

 

The favorable reaction wasn’t just from passionate drink writers, but from North American cider producers as well. "Cider is in a state of incredible growth right now, however, few people really know what cider is all about or the diversity the craft of cider represents,” James Kohn, co-owner of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks in Salem, Ore., said. “CIDERCRAFT will be huge for the burgeoning cider industry because it will show cider for what it really is—a diverse and legitimate drink."

 

Vermont Hard Cider COO/CFO Dan Rowell, who sits on the United States Association of Cider Makers board of directors with Kohn, echoed the same sentiment. “The cider category is growing quick and pulling drinkers from beer, wine and spirits alike,” Rowell said. “Interest in cider is rising, which leads to the desire for knowledge and a thirst for trying new cider styles. Having a publication focused on delivering the story of cider and of the many great cider makers across the country will drive greater interest and growth in the cider category.”

For advertising opportunities, contact Kristin Ackerman at publisher@cidercraftmag.com. For editorial questions, contact Erin James at editor@cidercraftmag.com. To subscribe visit www.cidercraftmag.comCIDERCRAFT is published by Sip Ventures, 1700 7th Avenue, Suite 116 #378, Seattle, Washington, 98101. CIDERCRAFT can be found online at www.cidercraftmag.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Northwest Ciders Show Well at the 9th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)

Northwest cidermakers earned 80 medals, placing in every category, at the Ninth Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), held March 22-23 in Michigan.

Gold Medals (10 Medals)

2 Towns Ciderhouse, Corvalis, OR.
Serious Scrump (Applewine), Traditions Ciderworks 2011 Riverwood Brut Jonagold Cider (Common), Traditions Ciderworks 2012 Pommeau (Pommeau);

Alpenfire Orchards, Port Townsend, WA
Organic Pirate’s Plank Bone Dry (English)

Carlton Cyderworks, McMinnville, OR.
Asian Pear (Fruit);

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Chimicum, WA.
Golden Russett & Granny Smith (Common);

Liberty Ciderworks, Spokane, WA.
English Style (Wood Aged)

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Portland, OR.
Revival Dry (Common)

Snowdrift Cider Company, East Wenatchee, WA.
Semi-Dry (New England)

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Salem, OR.
Wickson (Common).

 

Silver Medals

2 Towns Ciderhouse, Corvalis, OR, 50 Mile (New World), BrightCider (New World), Made Marion (Fruit), Ginja Ninja (Specialty Cider and Perry), Hop & Stalk (Specialty Cider and Perry), Nice & Naughty (Specialty Cider and Perry), The Bad Apple (Specialty Cider and Perry), Traditions 2012 Amity Rose (Wood Aged)

Atlas Cider Company, Bend, OR.
Hard Apricot (Fruit), Hard Blackberry (Fruit)

Bull Run Cider, Forest Grove, OR.
Creekside Cranberry Perry (Specialty Cider and Perry), Gravenstein SV (New World);

Carlton Cyderworks, McMinnville, OR.
Auld Lang Spice (Specialty Cider and Perry);

Eaglemount Wine and Cider, Port Townsend, WA.
Ginger (Specialty Cider and Perry)

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Chimacum, WA.
Honey Mead Botanical (Specialty Cider and Perry)

Liberty Ciderworks, Spokane, WA.
Jonathan SV (Wood Aged), New World (Wood Aged)

Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop, WA.
Honey Bear (Cyser), Eagle Screaching Scrumpy (New World), Howling Wolf (Wood Aged)

Montana CiderWorks
Darby Pub Cider (New World)

Portland Cider Company, Oregon City, OR.
Hop’Rageous (Specialty Cider and Perry), Sorta Sweet (New World)

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Portland, OR.
Hallelujah Hopricot (Specialty Cider and Perry)

Sea Cider Farm and Cider House, Saanichton, B.C.
Kings & Spies (New England), Pippins (New England), Prohibition (Specialty Cider and Perry);

Snowdrift Cider Company, East Wenatchee, WA.
Cidermaker’s Reserve (Specialty Cider and Perry); Cliffbreaks (New World) and Dry (English)

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Salem, OR.
Anthem Blind Tiger Bourbon Barrel Aged (Specialty Cider and Perry), Oak Dried Cider (Wood Aged)

Westcott Bay Cider/San Juan Island Distilling, Roche Harbor, WA.
Westcott Bay Traditional Dry (English), Medium Sweet (English)

Whitewood Cider Company, Olympia, WA.
Northland Traditional Blend (New World), Old Fangled (New World), South Sounder (New World).

 

Bronze Medals

2 Towns Ciderhouse, Corvalis, OR.
Bourbon Honey Special Sauce (Specialty Cider and Perry), Cherried Away (Fruit), Rhubarbarian (Fruit), Traditions Ciderworks 2011 Amity Rose Bittersweet (English), Traditions Ciderworks 2012 Bourbon Barrel Cider, Traditions Ciderworks 2011 Thomas Paine (English), Traditions Ciderworks 2011 Pommeau (Pommeau);

Atlas Cider Company, Bend, OR.
Hard POM Cherry Cider (Fruit),

Alpenfire Orchards, Port Townsend, WA.
Spark! (New World), Organic Ember Bitter Sweet (French);

Bull Run Cider, Forest Grove, OR.
Pear Wine (Ice Cider), Powerhouse Dry (English);

Carlton Cyderworks, McMinnville, OR.
Citizen, (New World)

Eaglemount Wine and Cider, Port Townsend, WA.
Apple Mead (Cyser), Homestead Cider (New World);

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Chimacum, WA.
Pommeau (Pommeau), Solstice Saffron Seasonal Botanical (Specialty Cider and Perry);

Portland Cider Company, Oregon City, OR.
Kinda Dry (New World);

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Portland, OR.
Revelation Newtown Pippin (New World), Lorrie’s Gold (English);

Snowdrift Cider Company, East Wenatchee, WA.
Winter Red (Specialty Cider and Perry)

Tieton Cider Works, Tieton, WA.
Wind (Pommeau)

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Salem, OR.
Anthem (New World), Anthem Cherry (Fruit), Anthem Hops (Specialty Cider and Perry), Bloom (New World), Pinot Barrel Aged (Specialty Cider and Perry).

Westcott Bay Cider/San Juan Island Distilling, Roche Harbor, WA.
Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry (English), Westcott Bay Pommeau (Pommeau)

 

2 Northwest non-commercial cidermakers won eight medals were Mark Crowder, Portland, OR (three silver for Dolgo Crabapple , Jonagold, and Taylor’s Gold Perry, plus one bronze for Golden Perfection); and Mike Mettler, Chelan, WA (two silver for Conspiracy and North Cascade Sparkle, plus two bronze for Lakeside Blend and New Old Stock).



 

Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Madie Murray - 360-376-3371 - gomadie@gmail.com

www.orcasislandciderfest.org

www.facebook.com/orcasislandciderfest

 

Fourth Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival, May 10

Northwest hard cider and mead producers including Shilling, Seattle Cider, Finnriver, Wescott Bay, Sky River, Alpenfire, Blue Mountain, Honey Moon, Reverend Nat’s, Tieton Cider Works, Honeyrun, 2 Towns, Bull Run and more will be gathering together under the tasting tent on the Eastsound Village Green on Orcas Island celebrating the fourth annual Cider and Mead Festival Saturday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to taste a multitude of Northwest ciders and meads for an admission fee based on the desired number of tastes starting at just $5, proceeds of which benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program.  Three local bands: the Dustbunnies, Crow Valley Family Band and Andonimus Sessions, will be entertaining the throng alongside the Farmers Market and festival tent all during the day.  The Farmers Market will be in full swing offering produce, flowers, foods and crafts.  

All week prior to the event, Northwest cider and mead makers will have food pairings and products featured at various Orcas Island restaurants and Island lodging facilities will be offering special rates for this event.  It’s a great weekend to spend on Orcas Island!

Cider Rite of Spring PRESS RELEASE

Swing into a Tasty Spring at Portland Cider Festival, April 26th.

Portland already has bragging rights as the nation's hotbed for craft beer, but now it is racing to claim the title as Cider City. Cideries are opening up across the state of Oregon with more than 30 expected to be online by the end of 2015. Nineteen cider makers from the throughout the Northwest will be at Portland's newest tasting event, Cider Rite of Spring, April 26 from 12 noon to 5 PM at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St.

Cideries from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia sampling their latest creations will be:  2 Towns, Alpenfire Cider, Blue Mountain Cider, Bull Run Cider, Carlton Cyderworks, Cider Riot, Dragon's Head, Finnriver Cider,  McMenamins, Portland Cider Company, Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Schilling Cider, Sea Cider, Seattle Cider Company, Snowdrift Cider Company, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus, and Whitewood Cider Company.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 either at Brown Paper Tickets or Reverend Nat's Cidery and Public Tap Room, 1813 N. E. 2nd Ave. in Portland. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door for $30.

Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a tasting glass, and tasting tickets. Food will be available for purchase. Also, a cider store will give everyone the chance to buy hard cider for future enjoyment.  Buckwheat will provide musical entertainment. Headline sponsors are FruitSmart and Saxco International. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Cider Association. To learn more visit http://www.nwcider.com.

Announcing the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards, First Annual Cider Competition and Tasting Festival

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Private judging and competition combined with a three-day tasting festival, hosted at Seattle Cider Company; more than 25 ciders on tap from 20+ cideries

SEATTLE (March 13, 2014) – Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce its first annual cider competition and public tasting event, taking place  June 5 - 8, 2014! Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Washington Beer Blog and Capitol Cider, PNWCA 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, PNWCA is intended to raise awareness for the amazing ciders being produced in the area and is an event not to be missed.  

“The Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming the cider capitol of the world and this is only the beginning,” Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Committee and committee member for the PNWCA. “Cider was such a forgotten beverage, but it’s making a comeback in a big way thanks to the amazing work our local Northwest cideries are accomplishing. This event helps recognize that hard work while also allowing the public to enjoy a truly unique collection of limited addition ciders in one central location.”

The private judging will take place on Thursday, June 5 at Capitol Cider in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Moderated by Washington Beer Blog Editor Kendall Jones, judging will be comprised of 10 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 Friday, June 6 at PNWCA.com and via PNWCA social media.

As a compliment to the private judging, a three-day festival will be held Friday, June 6 - Sunday, June 8 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 25 ciders on tap, giving Seattle-area cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. Additionally, as part of the festival, each cider or tasting flight 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 9 via PNWCA.com and PNWCA social media.

The Woods will be open Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm for the event, with food available from popular food truck Where Ya at Matt all three days. Tastings flights and pints will be available. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event.

Cideries interested in participating must be members of the Northwest Cider Association, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada. 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 7, with cider samples needed by May 9.

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 Caitlin Braam at caitlin@caitlinbraam.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 and Canada. 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.

Bull Run Cider with Northwest Vine Time - 2/22/14

Galen Williams (left) and Pete Mulligan (right) from Bull Run Cider.

Galen Williams (left) and Pete Mulligan (right) from Bull Run Cider.

Northwest Vine Time breaks into the cider category with the Northwest Cider Association's own Bull Run Cider

NW Vine Time 2/22/14

Brian broadcasts from the comforts of our Portland studio this weekend, welcoming two of the pioneers in the Oregon cider industry and tasting through their unique offerings.

 

Part 1

Cider is the next big thing, and the Northwest is poised to be the center of the growing US cider industry.  For the first time, the radio show features cider.  Pete Mulligan and Galen Williams, owners of Bull Run Cider in Forest Grove, OR explain the cider revolution.

Part 2

Pete Mulligan and Galen Williams, owners of Bull Run Cider in Forest Grove, OR explain the Cider Act, federal legislation which will help the Northwest cider industry.  Also learn about the growing industry including heirloom apples, the key raw materials needed to make great ciders.

 

Part 3

Craft cider is a change of pace from beer and wine and it’s a historic time in the Northwest cider industry.  Taste through a line up with Bull Run Cider from Forest Grove, OR with owners Galen Williams and Pete Mulligan.  They also grow 60 different varieties of cider apples and perry pears.

Part 4

Educating consumers about cider is key to growing the category.  Bull Run Cider owners Pete Mulligan and Galen Williams of Forest Grove, OR talk about the opportunities to grow the industry.

 

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