PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cider Co. Releases Sangria Cider

For Immediate Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Portland Cider Company:

The Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit www.PortlandCider.com.

 

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Media Contact:

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

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Fish Brewing (Producers of Spire Mountain Cider) Announces 3rd Location in Tacoma

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Patti Youngbluth
Fish Brewing Company
425-485-2437, x111
pyoungbluth@fishbrewing.com

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Fish Brewing Company

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

 

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Patti Youngbluth
Marketing Manager
Fish Brewing Company
Office: 425.485.2437 x104
Cell: 425.422.0966
pyoungbluth@fishbrewing.com
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PRESS RELEASE: 10 NW Cidermakers to Travel to Europe for Educational Mission

 

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

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

Ten members of the Northwest Cider Association were selected:

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

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

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

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

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

About the NWCA
Formed in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association brings cideries and cider lovers together to share knowledge, experience and live the Northwest cider culture. We are a trade organization formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders. We sponsor classes and workshops, and develop cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring (3/25/17 in Portland), BC Cider Week in late April, Oregon Cider Week in June, and Washington Cider Week in September.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Portland, OR – December 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Reverend Nat's Hard Cider:

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

 

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NWCA Releases State of the NW Cider Industry Report


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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State of the NW Cider Industry

Northwest Cider Association Releases 2016 Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the NWCA
Formed in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association brings cideries and cider lovers together to share knowledge, experience and live the Northwest cider culture. We are a trade organization formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders. We sponsor classes and workshops, and develop cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring (3/25/17 in Portland), BC Cider Week in April, Oregon Cider Week in June, and Washington Cider Week in September.

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland Cider Company Releases Union Jack Limited Release Cider

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

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

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

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

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

Other ciders released at the Holiday Wassail Party include:

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

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

About Portland Cider Company:

The Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit www.PortlandCider.com.

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

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2016

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

 

 

 

Carlton Cyderworks
Premium Cider Release & Orchard Release Party

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Northwest Cider Association:

Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

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

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

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

Bauman Harvest Festival launches new Cider event!

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

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

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

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

Tasting Fee

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

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

    Participating Cideries

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

    Location:

    12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE Gervais, OR 97026

    Find them: www.BaumansHF.com

    Phone: (503) 792-3524

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

PRESS RELEASE: Seattle Cider Co. Merge with French Cooperative

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Seattle Cider Company®
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company was founded in 2013 as the city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, uniquely dry cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).  

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

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

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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

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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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