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:

^5 Cider
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).