PRESS RELEASE: Drink Outside the Grape Competition Announces Winners

For Immediate Release

 

August 12, 2016

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Seattle Cider CompanyGravenstein Rosé $14 22oz Gold

Seattle Cider CompanyGin Botanical $14 22oz Silver

Seattle Cider CompanyDry $11 16oz Bronze

Seattle Cider CompanyBasil Mint $11 16oz Bronze

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Riot! Opens Pub and Production Facility

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners of the Portland International Cider Cup Announced

Cheers to the Champions!

Seventeen Northwest Cideries Earn Awards In Portland International Cider Cup Competition

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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


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

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

Portland International Cider Cup Awards Party

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

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


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

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

Cideries participating in this year's PICC were:

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

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

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

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

ADVANCE PURCHASE TICKETS ON-SALE FOR CIDER SUMMIT SEATTLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRESS RELEASE: Summer Cider Day 2016

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

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

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

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

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

About Northwest Cider Association:
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing close to 80 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).


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

Northwest Cider talks Oregon Cider Week on Portland Beer Podcast

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

Bull Run Ciderbullruncider.com

^5 Cider5cider.com

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

Alpenfire Cider Wins Competition

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Cider Competition Announces Top Awards

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

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

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) June 07, 2016

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

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

Washington State's Alpenfire Cidery Takes Top Award of Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For immediate release
Contact:
Madie Murray • 360-376-3371 • gomadie@gmail.com
www.orcasislandciderfest.org

Ciders, Meads & Music on Orcas Island, July 23

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

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

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

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

 

PRESS RELEASE: Oregon Cider Week in Japan and Oregon

OREGON CIDER WEEK WILL BE CELEBRATED IN JAPAN AND OREGON

Event activities are designed to showcase and celebrate craft cider

PORTLAND – (June 6, 2016) – The Northwest Cider Association announces the first Oregon Cider Week to be celebrated in Japan and Oregon at the same time. During the week of June 18-25, 2016, cider makers, chefs, and shops selling craft cider across Japan and Oregon will feature this refreshing craft beverage.

In Japan, more than 60 restaurants, pubs, and retailers from Sapporo to Okinawa will participate in Oregon Cider Week, too. Oregon craft ciders currently available in Japan will be highlighted along with special brands shipped from Oregon specifically for this celebration.

In Oregon, events will extend over 10 days. In its fifth year, Oregon Cider Week includes many fun and educational activities including product showcases, happy hours, special menus at popular restaurants, a cider bike tour, a history and science talk and the Cider Summit in Portland with over 150 ciders available for tasting.

For more details on Oregon Cider Week in Oregon please CLICK HERE

For more information about Oregon Cider Week in Japan, CLICK HERE

About Northwest Cider Association:
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing close to 80 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and now Japan. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie
Executive Director
Emily@nwcider.com

 
 

Press Release: Cider Summit Cider List & Event Programming

CIDER SUMMIT PORTLAND ANNOUNCES CIDER LIST AND EVENT PROGRAMMING

Nearly 200 Ciders Expected along with Mead and Cider Cocktails

 

Portland, OR (June 8, 2016) - Cider Summit is pleased to announce the final lineup of ciders and programming details for the area’s largest cider tasting festival taking place on June 17-18.  The Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl will be transformed into a cider lover’s paradise, with nearly 200 ciders available, and for the first time at the event a selection of meads and cider cocktails as well. 

 

Among the 200 selections are over 150 from Oregon & Washington along with ciders from New York, Michigan, California.  International selections include benchmark styles from England, France, Spain and others.  24 fruit ciders have been created for the 2nd annual Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge - with the winner determined by consumer ballot.

 

Other event highlights include:

 

·         Food available for purchase from World Foods, Streetcar Bistro and a number of snack vendors.

·         Dog Lounge, hosted by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital where dogs & pet owners can recharge & refresh.

·         Live music produced in conjunction with event beneficiary, Cascade Blues Association featuring notable Portland musicians including Norman Sylvester, Ellen Whyte, and Andy Stokes.

·         Cider Summit Event Store featuring bottles-to-go and an array of event merchandise.

 

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

https://cidersummit.boldtypetickets.com/

 

For those seeking to utilize public transportation, Cider Summit recommends the Portland Streetcar which stops 1 block from the event entrance.  There will also be a complimentary shuttle, courtesy of Rogue and The Green Dragon, with multiple stops in SE Portland.  Please visit the event directions page for further information.  Cider Summit has also partnered with UBER to offer a $20-value free ride for new users using the code CIDERSUMMIT16.

 

Cider Summit is committed to working with several community and non-profit organizations.  This year’s event beneficiaries include Cascade Blues Association, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Northwest Cider Association, and the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.  Cider Summit PDX is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider, along with supporting sponsors including Oregon Fruit Products, Krave Jerky, Hood River Juice, Umpqua Bank, The Westin Portland, and Maletis Beverage.

 

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

 

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

 

PRESS RELEASE: CINA to Support Cider Industry

 
 

For Immediate Release

Date: May 27, 2016

For more information contact:

Nick Gunn, Board Chair

Cider Institute of North America

 

Cider Institute of North America Created to Support Industry Sustainability

In recognition of the need and demand for training and development of cider production skills in North America, the industry is launching a new organization, the Cider Institute of North America (CINA).

This initiative is designed to build on and, ultimately, take over from the training provided in North America since 2003 by Mitchell F&D Limited's Cider & Perry Academy (CPAC). CPAC is a UK based training organization specializing in cider and perry production. The initial focus of CINA will be to develop and provide training from foundation skills through to that of a master cider maker.

To drive this initiative, the new organization will include members of the North American cider industry working in partnership with CPAC. Courses will be offered by multiple universities in North America. CINA will also facilitate other mechanisms for the development of cider making skills and technology development and transfer.

"We are pleased to be creating a new institution that will assist in the evolution of the North American cider industry," according to Nick Gunn, CINA’s Board Chair and co-owner of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks of Salem, Oregon. "Peter Mitchell has been an invaluable source of knowledge for North American cidermakers. We plan to utilize this new organization to build upon his knowledge for the future of the rapidly growing cider industry."

CINA’s Board of Directors includes a broad representation of the North American industry – small and large cider makers and geographical diversity. The committee also includes University representation. CINA is in the process of applying for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Phone: 541-913-5373 Nick@wanderingaengus.com

Oregon Cider Week Kicks Off Thursday, June 16th

OREGON CIDER WEEK KICKS OFF THURSDAY, JUNE 16 WITH TASTINGS, TAP TAKEOVERS, AND MORE

Fifth annual event series designed to educate and celebrate all things cider around the state and beyond


PORTLAND – (May 9, 2016) – The Northwest Cider Association announces the fifth annual Oregon Cider Week, coming up June 16-26. This 10-day celebration invites everyone from cider makers to chefs to showcase Northwest cider in a variety of special events, featured menus, happy hours, tap takeovers and more.  This year Oregon Cider Week is also being celebrated in Japan, through the efforts of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Oregon Cider Week’s largest event provides a chance to sample more than 150 selections from around the world at Cider Summit Portland on June 17-18, followed by a bevy of beverage bashes ranging from educational “how-to” workshops at OMSI to a cider bike tour around Portland. More details and a full list of events with more being added daily is available at www.nwcider.com.

About Northwest Cider Association:
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 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 on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact:
Emily Ritchie
Executive Director
Emily@nwcider.com

 
 

PRESS RELEASE: 2 Towns Releases Seasonal Hop & Stalk, Made With Citra Hops & Crimson Red Rhubarb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Beth Larsen

beth@2TownsCiderhouse.com

Cell: (541) 286-5417

Office: (541) 207-3915

 

2 Towns Releases Seasonal Imperial Hop & Stalk Featuring Northwest Grown Citra Hops

 

 

Corvallis, Ore. May 11, 2016 –2 Towns Ciderhouse announces the release of seasonal Imperial Hop & Stalk this week. Hop & Stalk  features an outrageous amount of Citra hops, locally grown Crimson Red rhubarb, and fresh-pressed Northwest apples. With 8% ABV and fragrant  floral passionfruit notes this cider stands up to bold Indian curry, fiery Mexican dishes, and even complements a subtle home-churned vanilla ice cream.

 

“Hop & Stalk  is a big cider made from Northwest hops and apples, and rhubarb grown right in our backyard,” said Dave Takush, head cidermaker. “It’s best enjoyed fresh,” he suggested.  “We’ve made this cider specifically as one of our seasonal offerings to ensure that it’s always consumed during its peak.”

 

Hop & Stalk will be available to distributors from May through August in 500 ml  bottles and  ⅙ BBL  and ½ BBL kegs throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, the Chicago area,  and parts of Nevada and Minnesota.

 

About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

At 2 Towns Ciderhouse we believe that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right. Starting with the highest quality whole ingredients from local farms, we take no shortcuts in crafting our ciders. We never add any sugar, concentrates or artificial flavors, and instead use slow, cold fermentation methods to allow the fruit to speak for itself. As a family-owned company, we are committed to the growth of our team and enrichment of our communities. We take pride in producing true Northwest craft cider. For more information on 2 Towns Ciderhouse, visit www.2townsciderhouse.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Spire Mountain Ciders Releases Crisp & Dry Apple Cider

For Immediate Release

 

Contact:

Patti Youngbluth

Fish Brewing Company

425-485-2437, x111

pyoungbluth@fishbrewing.com

 

Spire Mountain Ciders Releases Crisp & Dry Apple Cider

 

Olympia, WA - In the tradition of quality and excellence, American’s oldest cidery Spire Mountain Cider, is pleased to announce the release of their latest product, Crisp & Dry Apple Cider.

 

“The hard cider industry has seen incredible growth over the past several years, and drinkers are embracing it as a refreshing alternative to beer or wine. As drinkers continue to rediscover the American cider tradition, they are interested in trying ciders with more complexity.  We think our new Crisp & Dry cider fits that need perfectly” says Sal Leone, President of Fish Brewing Co.

 

The Crisp & Dry Apple Cider is a semi-dry crisp cider with hints of green apples and acidic tartness, with a refreshing soft sparkling finish.  This cider comes in at 5% ABV and is the perfect drink to pair with crème brule and fresh berries or a smooth brie cheese.

 

Crisp & Dry Apple Cider will be available year-around to all of our distributor partners in 6-pack bottles, 22oz bottles, 1/6 bbl & 1/2 bbl kegs, and will be available in 16oz cans in the summer 2016. 

 

Spire Mountain’s year round and seasonal offerings highlight the natural flavors of Washington apples. Naturally gluten free and made from 100 percent locally sourced fresh pressed Washington apples, Spire Mountain products are handcrafted with real ingredients and never from concentrate.  Look for Spire Mountain Ciders at a retailer near you.

 

 

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 also 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 operates a full service 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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