PRESS RELEASE: Cider Summit Seattle

Cider Summit Seattle Celebrates 6 Years!

Region’s Largest Cider Festival Returns to South Lake Union

July 21, 2015 - SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of the Cider Summit Festival to Seattle, WA.  The sixth annual event will be Friday, September 11th from 3p-8p and Saturday, September 12th from 12n-6p.  Cider Summit will once again be at The South Lake Union Discovery Center near Westlake & Denny in downtown Seattle.  The event is presented by Whole Foods Market

This will be the 16th Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Each event features 150+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Michigan, New Hampshire, England, France, Spain and others.

“We’ve been very pleased with the growth of our event in Seattle,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts.  “We believe we have added some nice features and a unique cider selection that will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions.  In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature live music, specially paired food selections from Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider and others.  A returning popular feature is the Cider Summit “dog lounge” water station benefitting Seattle Humane. New for 2015 is a Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by CiderCraft Magazine and Capitol Cider, with a special appearance from author Darlene Hayes.

“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders.  Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets, all Seattle Metro Area Whole Foods Market locations, Capitol Cider, Umpqua Bank South Lake Union and selected bottle shops. Admission includes a souvenir glass and 8 tasting tickets.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.  Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  The event is 21 and over only.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds. 

A special VIP ticket is available for $40.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available – exclusively online via the event website. Cider Summit benefits Northwest Cider Association, The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, and Seattle Humane.

Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market.  Supporting sponsors include Capitol Cider, Oregon Fruit Products Company, Umpqua Bank, Click Wholesale Distributing, Ryan's Juice, with media support from The Stranger, KEXP, and Cidercraft Magazine.

For more information contact:

Alan Shapiro - SBS Imports
206.527.4191     
alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com



SAVOR SUMMER CIDER DAY IN PORT TOWNSEND

SAVOR SUMMER CIDER DAY IN PORT TOWNSEND

Fifth annual celebration returns to scenic North Puget Sound with 60 ciders to sip, live music from award-winning duo and gourmet fare

Caption L-R: Summer Cider Day welcomes 16 cideries for a day of tasting and merriment on the Port Townsend Waterfront

Port Townsend, Wash. – (June 30, 2015) – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces details for its fifth annual Summer Cider Day taking place Sunday, August 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.  With more than 60 ciders to try, music from the dynamic, award-winning bluegrass band, the Whiskey Minstrels, and gourmet gluten-free fare from Sirens Pub, this family friendly event showcases some of the top cideries from Washington, Oregon and Montana.

“It’s been really exciting to see Summer Cider Day grow and evolve year over year as cider continues to gain in popularity,” said Sherrye Wyatt, 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); Dragon's Head Cider and Nashi Orchards (Vashon Island); Liberty Ciderworks (Spokane); Schilling Cider (Seattle); Snowdrift Cider and Niegel Vintners (East Wenatchee); Spire Mountain Cider and Whitewood Cider (Olympia); Tieton Ciderworks (Tieton) and Locust Cider (Woodinville) from Washington. EZ Orchards (Salem), New West Cider (Portland), Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (Portland), and Wandering Aengus (Salem) will showcase Oregon’s finest with Montana’s representation from Montana CiderWorks (Darby).  

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include admission for one, 10 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 Cameron Nursery, FruitSmart, G & D Chillers, Ryan's Juice and Capitol Cider.

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:
Erin Osborne
Erin Osborne Communications
erin@erinposborne.com
206-948-6059

 

Locust Cider Opens In Woodinville

LOCUST CIDER NOW POURING IN SEATTLE AREA BARS AND WOODINVILLE TASTING ROOM

Brother team launches cidery focused on balanced, drinkable ciders

 

WOODINVILLE, Wash. – June 8, 2015  –  Locust Cider, a new cidery that specializes in smooth, crisp ciders, is now available on tap in Seattle area bars and a Woodinville tasting room. 

Founded by brothers Jason and Patrick Spears, Locust Cider started as a home based passion but quickly grew to become a full fledged cidery. 

“Locust Cider was created for people who like cider without the sour bite, making it ideal for cider enthusiasts and newbies alike,” said co-founder Jason Spears. “Our cider is cold fermented for several weeks with carefully selected yeast strains to preserve the fresh fruit flavor. The result is a balanced, drinkable finish that is smooth, never bitter.”

The Locust Cider name hails from a time when company co-founder, Jason, was calmed by the gentle orchestra of locust in a field after a near death experience. Since then, locust have been a symbol of perseverance and a reminder to embrace life without compromise.

Locust Cider has several ciders available, including: 

Original Dry: A smooth and lightly carbonated session cider with notes of clean apple and pineapple. Low residual sugar creates a refreshingly dry taste with a touch of sweetness.
Food pairings: Cuts through rich food like BBQ, but also ideal for an everyday cider. 
ABV: 6%
Sizes: 6 pack of 12 oz cans, 22 oz. bottles and on tap in Seattle area bars and restaurants.  

Green Tea Hard Cider: The infused Chinese (decaf) Green tea before and after fermentation adds a hint of bitterness but creates a clean and subtle balance of tea and apple flavors.
Food pairings: Complements spicy Asian dishes or bold Italian food.
ABV: 6%
Sizes: 4 pack of 12 oz bottles and on tap in Seattle area bars and restaurants.

Summer Berry: A seasonal cider, currently being offered at their tasting room. A hint of blueberry on the finish offers a uniquely flavored and refreshing cider without being overly sweet.
ABV: 4.5%

 Dark Sweet Cherry:  This seasonal and the sweetest Locust cider to date is blended with dark sweet Washington state cherries. Available in the tasting room and area bars and restaurants starting in July.
ABV: 6%

 Available in Seattle area grocers, prices range from MSRP $8.95 for a six pack to $6.99 - $8.99 for a 22 oz bottle.

For the complete list of restaurants, bars and grocers that carry Locust Cider, go to locustcider.com or visit the Woodinville tasting room, 19151 144 Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072. 

 

Media Contact:

Sarah Lemmon, Lemmon PR 

(503) 706-5346sarah@lemmonpr.com

 

 

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Third Annual Portland International Cider Cup - enter by June 18!

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and the Portland International Cider Cup planning committee are pleased to announce the third annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) to be held on June 21, 2015. Registration is open now and closes on Thursday, June 18 at 21:00 PDT. All entries must be received at the ship-to/drop-off location by Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7pm, PST and will not be accepted after that date/time. For details, see the Entry Information page. Entrants are encouraged to read style information early to familiarize themselves with entry categories. The categories are the same this year as last with some minor adjustments to the descriptions to enable the highest quality judging.

This non-BJCP competition is for commercial producers only (holding applicable licenses to produce cider). Only ciders are allowed entry in the competition and the categories have been developed expressly for this competition and reflect the true nature of the commercial cider market as it exists. For detailed information about the style guidelines, categories and the evaluation forms used by judges in this competition please visit the entry information page.

Additionally, this competition is for ciders produced in the Pacific Northwest, within the geographic bounds deliniated by the Northwest Cider Association. Cideries who are already members of the NWCA may enter ciders made within the bounds of the NWCA membership area and will receive a discount on their entry fee. Commercial cideries not yet members of the NWCA but eligible to join the NWCA (including those located in British Columbia, Canada) may enter the competition and enter ciders made within the bounds of the NWCA membership area but will not receive a discount on their entry fee.

All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number and judges will only see that number along with important information needed to properly evaluate the entry, such as category entered, level of carbonation, level of sweetness, alcohol level and any special ingredients or entrant notes. Judges will be a combination of experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals and other commercial cidermakers from across the entry area. Entrant cidermakers are encouraged to participate in the judging and the organizers will ensure that no cidermakers judge a category in which they have an entry. As the host, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider will not enter any ciders in the competition.

Judging will take place at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider the day immediately following the Portland Cider Summit, June 20 2015. Lunch will be provided for judges.

Enter now by using our new online registration system: http://picc.reverendnatshardcider.com/. You may ship or drop off your entries between Friday, May 1, 2015 at 12:00, PDT and Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 21:00, PDT at the following location:

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Attention: PICC
1813 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97212
Tel: 503-567-2221

Registrar: Mark Crowder, mark@rainbarrelcider.com

To arrange in-person drop off of entries please contact Carolyn at carolyn@reverendnatshardcider.com or the above phone.

Judging will take place on Sunday, June 21, beginning at 8:00 AM at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (until completion at approximately 4-5 pm). Dinner and announcement of awards to follow. (TBA)

PRESS RELEASE: Oregon Cider Week Kicks Off!

OREGON CIDER WEEK KICKS OFF THURSDAY, JUNE 18 WITH TASTINGS, TAP TAKEOVERS, AND MORE
Fourth annual event series designed to educate and celebrate all things cider around the state and beyond

Caption: Oregon Cider Week celebrates all things artisan hard cider through tastings, special events and more.

PORTLAND – (June 2, 2015) – The Northwest Cider Association announces the fourth annual Oregon Cider Week, coming up June 18-28. 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.  

“Oregon has an incredible cider community that rivals anywhere in the world,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “This is the best time for anyone who’s either cider crazy or cider curious to taste and learn what this rapidly growing industry is all about.”

Oregon Cider Week’s largest event provides a chance to sample more than 150 selections from around the world at Cider Summit NW Festival on June 19-20, followed by a bevy of beverage bashes ranging from educational “how-to” workshops at the OMSI to a cider bike tour around Portland.

Oregon’s oldest cidery, Wandering Aengus will appear for tastings at New Seasons Market, Corvallis Brewing Supply and several other venues around the state while Atlas Cider in Bend will celebrate its opening with a block party complete with live music, cider, and games. Even Washington cider lovers are joining in the celebration with a week-long Oregon cider tap takeover at Capitol Cider in Seattle.  

More details and a full list of events with more being added daily is available at www.nwcider.com. Oregon Cider Week is sponsored by the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazine. 

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:
Erin Osborne
Erin Osborne Communications
erin@erinposborne.com
206-948-6059

 

Announcing Seattle Cider Company's Summer Seasonal: Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Berry Hits Shelves in Nine States as Seattle Cider Company’s Summer Seasonal

Scheduled for released June 1, Pacific Northwest berries give the growing cidery’s summer seasonal an unexpected and refreshing twist

 

SEATTLE (June 1, 2015) – Seattle Cider Company celebrates the return of summer with the arrival of its popular seasonal, Berry, in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. This unique and refreshing cider was created using a delicious blend of Pacific Northwest blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, pulling in all the flavors of the season without the sweetness. Berry takes over for spring seasonal Basil Mint, joining the cidery’s three year round and two limited edition ciders on shelves across the country. 

“Last year, this cider didn’t make it outside of the Pacific Northwest,” said Brent Miles, Seattle Cider Company’s head cidermaker. “As one of our favorites, we’re excited to bring this uniquely tart and flavorful cider to all of our markets this year. We know it will be a hit this summer, no matter where you’re enjoying it.” 

A semi-dry cider, Seattle Cider’s Berry is crafted with pressed raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, with the juice added straight into the tank during fermentation. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and subtly sweet on the finish, this cider is both refreshing and full-flavored. Offering a 6.9 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, this deep rose-color cider is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. 

Seattle Cider’s full lineup of offerings breaks 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, Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with real ingredients, never from concentrate and free from artificial flavorings. Seasonal ciders – such as Berry, Pumpkin Spice, Oaked Maple and Basil Mint– are to be released each quarter, offering unique and unexpected flavor profiles geared toward the season. 

Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, California, Idaho and Austin, Texas, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. Tastings, pints and packaged products are also available at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, which shares the space with Two Beers Brewing Co. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (seattleciderco). 

Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com

About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh-pressed, locally-grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with real ingredients and never from concentrate. Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, California, Idaho and Austin, Texas. Seattle Cider is also available on tap at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday - Saturday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

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Tickets Now Available for Second Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Festival!

Media Contact:
Sherrye Wyatt
Northwest Cider Association
sherrye@nwcider.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tickets Now Available for Second Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Festival!

38 cideries from five Northwest territories to participate in private competition; 25+ ciders on tap at public cider festival at The Woods tasting room on June 6

SEATTLE (May 19, 2015) – Just one month away from its second annual cider competition and festival, Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce an exciting list of participating cideries and ciders for 2015! Hosted by the Northwest Cider Association, sponsored by Seattle Cider Company, Capitol Cider and FruitSmart, a total of 38 cideries from three Northwest territories – including Washington, Oregon and British Columbia – will be participating in the PNWCA’s private judging and competition, taking place Friday, June 5 at Capitol Cider. With a total of 145 ciders broken up into 14 distinct categories, judges from throughout the Pacific Northwest will participate in a moderated tasting and judging process before awarding medals. On the day following, Saturday, June 6, cider lovers will have the chance to enjoy more than 25 ciders of the region’s best ciders on tap for the PNWCA Cider Festival (tickets available online), hosted at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, celebrating the competition winners and the Pacific Northwest’s growing cider industry.

“It’s amazing to see the increased turnout for the second year of the awards,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association and committee member for the PNWCA. “Through the PNWCA competition and festival, we are able to showcase and give recognition to the growing number of cideries in the region, and are thrilled to see it grow. With the addition of four new categories and a total of 145 ciders, it should make for a great competition!”

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

2 Towns Ciderhouse
Apple Outlaw
ATLAS Cider
BC Tree Fruits Cider Company
Blue Mountain Cider Company
Bull Run Cider
Cascadia Ciderworkers United
Central City Brewers & Distillers
Cider Riot!
Cockrell Hard Cider
D's Wicked Cider
Dragon's Head Cider
Finnegan Cider
Finnriver Cidery
Grizzly Ciderworks
Hedgerow Cidery
Honey Moon
Left Field Cider Co
Liberty Ciderworks

Locust Cider
Methow Valley Ciderhouse
NASHI ORCHARDS
NV Cider
Red Tank Cider
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Schilling Cider
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Seattle Cider Company
Sixknot Cider
Spire Mountain Ciders
Square Mile Cider Co.
Summerland Heritage Cider Company
Swift Cider
Tieton Cider Works
Tod Creek Craft Cider Inc.
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

Of these cideries, at least 25 will be featuring a cider on tap at the PNWCA Cider Festival taking place at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods (4700 Ohio Ave S), on Saturday, June 6 from 1-10pm. Open to the public, this festival will feature more than 25 ciders on tap, giving Seattle-area cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Tickets – available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door, offering 8 tasting tokens, each good for a 5-ounce pour – are now available for purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets. Additional tokens will be available and local food trucks will be on site offering up food for purchase.
As part of the festival, each cider or tasting flight purchased will be accompanied by a voting slip, allowing for one vote per purchase. The cider with the most votes at the end of the festival will be awarded the People Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 9 via PNWCA.com and PNWCA social media.

For more information, visit www.pnwca.com or email register@pnwca.com. Also, be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events!

All media related inquires should be sent to Sherrye Wyatt at sherrye@nwcider.com. All other PNWCA-related inquires should be sent to register@pnwca.com.

About PNWCA
Pacific Northwest Cider Awards is comprised of a private judging, followed by a one-day cider festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 25 cideries participating and 25 ciders on tap, the PNWCA and its corresponding events were created with the intention of raising awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Through the PNWCA, we hope to continue to raise awareness for the unique and spectacular ciders being produced while helping to make them more accessible to the public. Cider lovers and producers are encouraged to learn more by visiting PNWCA.com, or following PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter.

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 60 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. 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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2 Towns Ciderhouse Announces Cider Master Reserve Series with Release of Batch No. 01 - Barrel Select Blend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Beth Larsen
beth@2TownsCiderhouse.com
Cell: (541) 286-5417
Office: (541) 207-3915

 

Corvallis, Ore., May 14, 2015–This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases the first installment of its Cider Master Reserve Series. Inspired by the rich history of cidermaking, the Cider Master Reserve Series holds nothing back, utilizing rare heirloom cider fruit from the Pacific Northwest to create ciders that pioneer beyond the modern palate.

Batch No. 01 is a 6.9% ABV traditional English-style cider made with a blend of the finest locally-sourced heirloom cider apples, including Ashmead’s Kernal, Bramley’s Seedling, Chisel Jersey and Newtown Pippen. Aging in a variety of select vintage casks lends depth and uncommon character to this bold, dry cider.

“We always say we want to push the bounds of what cider can be, and our Cider Master Reserve Series, allows us to do exactly that in a way that melds tradition and innovation,” said Dave Takush, head cidermaker for 2 Towns Ciderhouse. “Batch No. 01 brings back that rustic pioneer flavor, while also relying on the 2 Towns commitment to using some of the best cider making standards in the business.”

Batch 01 of the Cider Master Reserve Series will be available as supplies last in 750 ml bottles. The Cider Master Reserve cider will be available in very limited quantities in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, the Chicago area, parts of Nevada and Minnesota. Less than 300 cases of Cider Master Reserve, Batch No. 01 were bottled.


About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 Towns Ciderhouse produces craft hard apple cider in Corvallis, Oregon. Founded in 2010 by three friends living in the two towns of Eugene and Corvallis, OR, 2 Towns Ciderhouse strives to bring craft hard apple cider back to the people.  2 Towns Ciderhouse is proud to be a part of the resurgence of America’s first craft beverage of choice. In 2012 we began planting our own cider apple orchard, and since the beginning we've been committed to supporting local apple growers by insisting on using the finest fresh-pressed 100% NW apples. We never take shortcuts in the cider-making process—and never add sugar or essence flavorings—but instead let the fresh, naturally fermented ingredients speak for themselves. Please visit www.2townsciderhouse.com for more information.


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Cider Summit Portland - June 19-20

Cider Summit Portland Celebrates 5th Anniversary!
Region's Largest Cider Festival Returns to the Pearl

(Portland, OR)  May 11, 2015   SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR.  The fifth annual event will take place Friday, June 19 from 2p-8p and Saturday, June 20 from 12n-6p.  Cider Summit will be returning to its new home in the Pearl District - The Fields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th/Overton.  The event is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.

This will be the 15th Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and most recently San Francisco.  This year's event will feature over 150 ciders from producers around the country and around the world including regional favorites and international classics.  The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions in a special 5th anniversary souvenir festival glass.

A brand new feature at the 2015 event will be the Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products.  Several of our participating cideries will produce pilot batches specifically for the event.  Consumers will vote for their favorite during the festival with the winner of the first annual Fruit Cider Challenge announced on Monday, June 22.

In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature the DoveLewis/Unleashed by Petco Dog Lounge, expanded food selections from World Foods, Road Dog Sausage and others.  The Jim Miller festival stage will once again feature some of Portland's most legendary performers produced in conjunction with event beneficiary, Cascade Blues Association.  For those seeking public transportation the Portland Streetcar stops within one block of the event.

"We believe we've created a unique event," noted Ian Roberts of SBC.  "Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious."

"We are thrilled with our move to The Pearl," added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  "We are grateful for the area's cider community ongoing support as we work together to make this the region's signature cider event."
 

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets,  and onsite at both World Foods locations, Bushwhacker Cider, Umpqua Bank Pearl District branch, and at many of the area's leading bottle shops.  Admission includes a 5th anniversary souvenir tasting glass, 8 tasting tickets, and a $1 donation to the event beneficiary pool.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.

A special VIP ticket is available for $40.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available - exclusively online via the event website.

Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  THE EVENT IS 21 & OVER ONLY.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds.  For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit the producers page.

Cider Summit Portland benefits Northwest Cider Association, The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, and the Cascade Blues Association.

Cider Summit NW is presented by World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors, Oregon Fruit Products, The Portland Westin Hotel, Umpqua Bank, KNRK 94/7 Alternative Portland, Portland Mercury, Maletis Beverage, and Portland Streetcar.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro - SBS Imports
206.527.4191
alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com

 

@CiderSummit

Locust Cider Delivers Kegs by Bicycle

Contact Jason Spears
Telephone 646-783-9267
Email jason@locustcider.com
Website www.locustcider.com
@LocustCider


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2015

NEW WOODINVILLE HARD CIDER COMPANY DELIVERS KEGS BY BICYCLE

Locust Cider announces its proud sponsorship of the Marymoor Velodrome and prepares to open its tasting room and cidery to the public.

Woodinville, WA, May 4, 2015Locust Cider, a new hard cider company in Woodinville, WA, will be hand delivering the first keg off the line to Redmond, WA Marymoor Velodrome. By bicycle. The cider will be sold in the Velodrome beer garden every Friday night during racing, beginning on May 8.

“We are honored to be associated with a great non-profit organization like the Marymoor Velodrome,” Jason Spears, founder of Locust Cider. “Our mission is to make great cider accessible to the masses, and they are doing the same thing with track racing. Not only do they run a very professional and safe racing series, but their support of children’s programs and learning programs is exceptional.”

Why deliver by bike?

“I love bike racing, and I’m a racer too. Or at least I pretend to be. Besides, it just seems appropriate.” Jason Spears.

Locust Cider is a hard cider company based in Woodinville, WA. We began production at our Woodinville cidery in April of 2015 and will open a public tap room on the site of the cidery in June. And beginning immediately we will be launching in retail stores, bars, and restaurants in the Seattle area.

Our mission is to make great cider accessible to the masses. We believe that everyone deserves the best every day, and we work hard to make our ciders premium without the premium price.

Locust was founded by two brothers looking for a cider they could drink without puckering but still afford to drink regularly. We spent 2 years developing the perfect combination of yeast selection, temperature control, aging and blending to develop the most drinkable cider you’ll find.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jason Spears at 646-783-9267 or email at jason@locustcider.com.

Spokane Cider Company Wins International Honors

Local cidery receives top honors at international competition

(04-22-15) – Liberty Ciderworks, based in downtown Spokane, received numerous awards including four Silver Medals, a Gold Medal and “Best in Class” honors at the recent Great Lakes International Cider and Perry (GLINTCAP) event. GLINTCAP, held annually in Grand Rapids Michigan, is the world’s largest cider competition.

The top award was given to the firm’s ‘Stonewall’ cider, a product aged in Dry FlyTM whiskey barrels. The category in which Stonewall was entered featured 193 entries, with Liberty’s cider placing first. Across all commercial categories, only three ciders earned a “Best in Class” distinction among 480 total entries from around the globe.

“We were floored when we saw the results for Stonewall,” said Rick Hastings, co-owner and head cidermaker at Liberty. “We’ve had great feedback from customers and our peers, but this is about as big an honor as anyone gets in the cider business. It’s a big-league win for us, for our growers, and for our friends at Dry Fly Distillery.”

The firm’s Silver Medals were won with its Kingston Black SV, a single-varietal cider made with fruit from Steury Orchards in Potlatch, Idaho; Macintosh SV, another single-varietal made with fruit gathered at Bishop Orchards in Garfield, Washington; its dry-hopped ‘Turncoat’ cider, and its unique, port-style Manchurian Crabapple cider.

Hard cider is the fastest-growing segment in today’s beverage industry, with sales over the past few years rising at a 70% annual pace. Membership in the Northwest Cider Association, an industry group promoting small-scale cideries across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, has gone from 18 to 56 cideries in the last 18 months, with many more in the planning stage.

Liberty Ciderworks products are currently sold statewide, with all production taking place in its small downtown Spokane facility.

For more information on Liberty Ciderworks or on GLINTCAP, visit the company’s page on Facebook at /LibertyCider, navigate to http://glintcap.org, or contact either of the firm’s owners below.

Contacts:

Liberty Ciderworks
Rick Hastings, Owner, Cidermaker 164 S. Washington, Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201
Voice: 509-499-9191 rick@libertycider.com

Austin Dickey, Owner, Business Manager 164 S. Washington, Suite 300
Spokane, WA 99201
Voice: 509-599-3783 austin@libertycider.com

Cider Industry Continues To Claim Its Stake in Washington as Senate Approves HB 1179

Media Contact:
Sherrye Wyatt    
Northwest Cider Association
sherrye@nwcider.com    
 

Cider Industry Continues To Claim Its Stake in Washington as Senate Approves HB 1179

Cider under 7% ABV to no longer be assessed eight cents per gallon by Washington State Wine; new two cent assessment to be used directly for cider marketing efforts

SEATTLE (April 14, 2015) - Washington state lawmakers passed HB 1179, legislation which exempts cider from the current Washington State Wine assessment, making way for cidermakers to apply their own assessment, allocated for the marketing of Washington state cider. With production exploding by a rate of 85% in the past two years, cider has quickly become the country’s fastest growing beverage segment, pulling it into a category all its own. This change in assessments will allow the NWCA to focus on marketing efforts on growing the industry, representing and promoting all styles of cider produced in Washington state.

 “This is a step forward for cidermakers and the Northwest Cider Association’s mission to move cider into its own category,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Building upon the strength and tradition of Washington state apples, cidermakers see a unique opportunity to clearly distinguish cider as a premium beverage, to celebrate many cider styles and approaches, and to promote the Northwest as a world class cider region."

Currently, Washington State Wine collects an assessment of eight cents per gallon on all wine and fruit wine, including cider. In January 2015, cidermakers introduced legislation to remove the assessment from Washington cider, currently defined as a maximum of 7% ABV. With the passing of this legislation, fermented alcoholic cider under 7% ABV will now be assessed two cents per gallon, paid directly to the NWCA. Cider produced above 7% ABV will continue to be assessed eight cents per gallon by Washington State Wine, and will not pay an additional two cents per gallon to the NWCA.

Comprised of participating members of the NWCA, a new marketing committee has been charged with determining how the marketing budget will be used. Initial efforts to include (but not limited to):

  • Education: Further awareness and knowledge of cider on a consumer and industry level through strategic tastings, print materials and event production.
  • Advertising: Build and execute a strategic advertising campaign to raise awareness, promote and embrace the diversity of cider offerings throughout Washington state.
  • Trade Shows: Provide opportunities for Washington cideries to showcase their products to buyers on local, regional and national levels.
  • Training: Implement a cider training and education program geared toward local bars, restaurants and retail establishments interested in carrying cider and/or expanding their selection.

“We appreciate all Washington State Wine does to promote and support cider,” added Wyatt. “With cider’s continued growth as its own category, separating our assessments made the most sense, but we look forward to continuing to work together to promote Washington-made beverages and agriculture as a whole.”

The new legislation will go into effect 90 days after Governor Jay Inslee signs it into law. Assessments will be managed and collected by the NWCA Board of Directors. While the Association represents cideries in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia, the assessment and corresponding marketing efforts would apply only to Washington NWCA member cideries.

For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

Media interested in additional information, photos or tasting notes are encouraged to contact Sherrye Wyatt at sherrye@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 60 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. 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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PRESS RELEASE: Cider Weeks Planned in Oregon, Washington and BC


 

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Contact: Sherrye Wyatt
sherrye@nwcider.com

Cider Weeks Planned in Oregon, Washington and BC
Toast the Northwest's most exciting beverage at hundreds of cider events

The Northwest is developing a thirst for cider and so the Northwest Cider Association has added a third Cider Week this year. Cidermakers will take center stage during celebrations of all things cider in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Celebrations include a week of tastings, tap takeovers, happy hours, themed dinners, cocktail trails, cider flights and more.

Now it in its fourth year, Oregon Cider Week kicks off with Cider Summit Portland and runs June 18-28.  The fifth annual Washington Cider Week is September 10-20, and follows the Cider Summit Seattle. The very first BC Cider Week is set for October 17-25 and will open with a new festival planned for Vancouver, BC.

"The purpose of Cider Weeks is to rally around cider and generate excitement  by offering a wide variety of cool and creative ways to experience it," said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. "Events range from chocolate and cheese pairings to apple poetry or cider ice cream to formal multi-course cidermaker dinners."

This year’s sponsors are the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) and SIP Northwest/Cidercraft Magazine.  For an updated list of Cider Week events visit www.nwcider.com beginning May 1.

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Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Announces Second Annual Cider Competition and Tasting Festival

 
 

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Private judging and competition hosted by Northwest Cider Association, combined with a one-day tasting festival with 30+ ciders on tap!

SEATTLE (April 13, 2015) – Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce the second annual cider competition and public tasting event, taking place June 5 & 6, 2015! Presented by the Northwest Cider Association, sponsored by Seattle Cider Company and Capitol Cider, PNWCA is comprised of a private judging and competition, followed by one-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 40 cideries participating and 30+ ciders on tap, PNWCA is intended to raise awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout the region and offer an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider.   

“The Pacific Northwest has proven to be one of the most up-and-coming cider regions in the world,” said Sherrye Wyatt, director of the Northwest Cider Association. “As the industry continues to grow and change, its important to recognize cidermakers for their amazing work. The PNWCA does just that and we look forward to growing the competition for years to come.”

The private judging will take place on Friday, June 5 at Capitol Cider in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Judging will be comprised of 14 cider categories, developed by the PNWCA planning committee. Each cider will be judged on attributes including clarity, aroma, mouthfeel and overall impression. In addition to awards for each individual category, the gold medal winner of each category will go on to compete in a “Best in Show” judging round. Winners of the private judging will be announced the morning of Saturday, June 6 at PNWCA.com and via PNWCA social media.

“While we enjoyed getting the PNWCA up and running, we’re thrilled to turn over the judging to the Northwest Cider Association this year,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “Comprised of leaders from our local industry, they will do a phenomenal job helping grow the PNWCA into one of the leading cider competitions in the industry and across the country.”

As a complement to the private judging, a one-day festival will be held Saturday, June 6 at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S). Open to the public, this festival will feature an estimated 30+ ciders on tap, giving cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Additionally, as part of the festival, each ticket purchased will be accompanied by a voting slip, allowing for one vote per purchase. The cider with the most votes at the end of the festival will be awarded the People Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 8 via PNWCA.com and PNWCA social media.

The Woods will be open Saturday, June 6 from 1-10pm for the event, with food available from popular food truck Bread & Circuses. Tickets will be available online through Brown Paper Tickets beginning May 1 for $20, or $25 at the door. Each ticket receives tokens for eight 5-ounce pours, with additional tokens available for purchase. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event to share their ciders and information about their cideries. Additional festival details, including a list of ciders to be poured, will be released as the date nears.

Cideries interested in participating must be members of the Northwest Cider Association, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. For more information on registration, fees, sample submission and more, cideries are encouraged to visit www.pnwca.com/enteryourcider. Intent to participate is due April 29, with cider samples needed by May 20.

For more information, visit www.pnwca.com or email register@pnwca.com. Also, be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and events!
All media related inquires should be sent to Sherrye Wyatt at sherrye@nwcider.com or Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com. All other PNWCA-related inquires should be sent to register@pnwca.com.

About PNWCA Pacific Northwest Cider Awards is comprised of a one-day private judging, followed by a three-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 20 cideries participating and nearly 25 ciders on tap, the PNWCA and its corresponding events were created with the intention of raising awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Through the PNWCA, we hope to continue to raise awareness for the unique and spectacular ciders being produced while helping to make them more accessible to the public. Cider lovers and producers are encouraged to learn more by visiting PNWCA.com, or following PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Media Contacts:
Sherrye Wyatt
Northwest Cider Association
sherrye@nwcider.com

Caitlin Braam
Seattle Cider Company
caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com
 

Cider Riot! Limited Releases and Events for CBC Week

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Cider Riot! unveils limited edition collaboration ciders during The Craft Brewers Conference April 15-18th in Portland. With CBC in town, the focus is clearly on Oregon’s unsurpassed brewing industry, but the region’s cidermakers are leading the cider resurgence just as Cascadian brewers did in the craft beer revolution over the last 30 years. In Portland cider is 4.3% of the beer market, to celebrate the juice of the apple, Cider Riot! is taking part in three not to miss events next week during the conference and releasing a series of limited edition ciders on draught.

Ciderkin release and Cidermakers’ Social
Wednesday April 15th, 4-9pm Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave
In 2013 Cider Riot! teamed up with Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider to produce a ciderkin from the bittersweet cider apples used in its 1763 reserve line. It was so well received that the two cideries decided to make ciderkin again in 2014. Much like a small beer in brewing, ciderkin involves rehydrating and fermenting pressed out apple pomace, yielding a beverage with 2.5%-3% abv. Fermented with natural yeasts from the apple skins, ciderkin is funky and slightly tart, with a nice tannic balance from the bittersweet cider apples. In addition to ciderkin cidermakers from around the region will be pouring their ciders and there to talk about them.

Snakebite Ale + Cider + Punk Rock
Thurs. April 16th, Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave, Portland Doors 7.30pm $10 (free w/CBC badge until 9pm Join Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Cider Riot!, Gigantic Brewing Company and Micro-brasserie Trou de Diable for a night of punk rock and limited release beers and ciders, with Northwest punk pioneers D.O.A., Local anarcho punks Defiance (original 1995 lineup), Dance Laury Dance from Quebec, Audio Visceral from Ontario and DJ Erock spinning classic punk vinyl. Gigantic, Beau’s and Cider Riot! teamed up to bring you Snakebite, a Kölsch-style ale with cider and blackcurrant. Cider Riot! and Beau’s combined forces on Tractor Punx bog myrtle cider. Bog myrtle, (aka sweet gale) was used in beers and meads before the advent of hops, and until the 1950’s in Scandinavia. Using bog myrtle wildcrafted from the bogs of Eastern Ontario, Tractor Punx has an inviting cherry bark and vanilla aroma with a hint of tannin from the bog myrtle.

The Champoeg Series at Hopped Cider Festival
Saturday April 18th 2-10pm, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave
Cider Riot! presents the Champoeg Series. A series of limited edition unfiltered dry ciders made with organically grown hops from Pat Leavy's Oregon Hophouse outside of Butteville, near Champoeg, the site of the first organized government in the Oregon Country. Pat’s grandfather began growing hops on the farm in the 1920’s. The first certified organic hop grower in Oregon, Pat Leavy began breeding his own hops, in order to develop varieties uniquely suited to organic agriculture in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Cider Riot! is happy to promote organic agriculture and has made a selection of limited edition ciders with some of Pat’s experimental hops.
Everybody Pogo™ our year-round hoppy cider, floral and spicy hop flavor from a classic English hop variety, one of the original varieties Pat Leavy began growing organically. Ready for your eager thirst™
Cidre de François Xavier Matthieu- a dry cider made with Leavy's X-17 experimental hop, which lends its fruity tropical notes to the cider. This cider is dedicated to F.X. Matthieu, a Québécois revolutionary, and one of the original founders of the Republic of Oregon at Champoeg in 1843.
Experimental Hop A109-9- Classic Oregon hop flavors and aromas abound, dank, resinous, piney and a hint citrusy, this hop dominates the cider.
Experimental Hop BuFa-1- Juicy blackcurrant aroma from the hops, with blackberry leaf herbacious character define this unfiltered cider.

Cider Riot! is a small-scale urban cidery located in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood, dedicated to the production of flavorful dry ciders. Founded in 2013, Cider Riot! ciders may now be found at better bottleshops throughout Cascadia. www.ciderriot.com

Media Contact: Abram Goldman-Armstrong ciderriot@gmail.com 503.662.8275

PRESS RELEASE: Passage of CIDER Act in Senate Finance Committee

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The United States Association of Cider Makers Announces Passage of CIDER Act in Senate Finance Committee

The federal legislation aimed at assisting the growth of the industry now awaits action on Senate floor.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM), the national trade association of the cider industry, is pleased to announce that the CIDER Act, federal legislation aimed at assisting the growth of hard cider in the United States, has passed the Senate Finance Committee and is now awaiting action on the Senate floor. This is the first step in bringing reform to the existing laws governing the making of hard cider, which are outdated and hindering American competition in this industry.

"On behalf of entire United States cider industry, I want to thank Senator Schumer (D-NY) for his persistence in bringing the CIDER Act for an initial vote in the Senate Finance Committee. With the support of Finance Chairman Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Wyden (D-OR), the CIDER Act was reported from committee with unanimous support, and I am hopeful that we will see continued movement on the legislation in the near future," said USACM President Mike Beck. "The changes in the federal tax code that would be made by the CIDER Act really are a response to the market, and would help this industry grow and create jobs and economic development," he stated.

With the bill having passed the Finance Committee, "The CIDER Act has now cleared a major hurdle, and I will not stop pushing until this legislation has come to a full floor vote and received the President's signature," said Senator Schumer. "Right now, federal tax laws make it extremely costly to produce, market and sell hard cider products, thereby preventing apple growers and cider producers in New York and across the country from fully benefiting from the stable income that comes with this product. There is incredible economic potential here that we must tap into. That is why I have not stopped fighting to pass the CIDER Act, which would finally update the definition of hard cider in the tax code by ensuring all products can be labeled and taxed for what they actually are, all while increasing growers' and producers' ability to compete both at home and overseas."

The CIDER Act would amend the section of the Internal Revenue Code (26 USC Section 5041) to allow hard cider makers increased flexibility in their final product without the possibility of facing increased tax liability. Specifically, the legislation would (1) increase the carbonation level for cider, thereby meeting consumer expectations, (2) include pears in the definition of "hard cider," and (3) align the alcohol-content standard for cider with the natural sugar content of applies. The legislative changes made by the CIDER Act would ensure that cider is taxed consistently.

"Our industry is growing, and it is imperative that Congress recognize the need for these changes to ensure continued expansion. I look forward to working with the Senate and the House to send the CIDER Act to the President for signature sometime this year," concluded Beck.

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The USACM is an organization of cider and perry producers in the United States. It gathers and shares information about cider production, cider regulations, and cider apple growing, to help members improve their operations, raise awareness, and advance cider in the market. The organization was founded in February, 2013 at "CiderCon," the third annual gathering of Cider Makers from across the US.

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PRESS RELEASE: Washington Based Tieton Cider Works Unveils New Lables in March 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Washington Based Tieton Cider Works Unveils New Lables in March 2015

This month, Tieton Cider Works will unveil a new package design.  The Washington State based, family owned company has been creating craft cider for 6 years and currently produces 13 different offerings.  The new label design is targeted toward developing a strong sense of terrior – or “Tieton”, located in the heart of the Yakima Valley.  Tieton’s new look will begin shipping to distributor partners in February and become available to restaurants and retailers in early March.

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PRESS RELEASE: Cider Riot! Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Plastic Paddy Irish Style Dry Cider

PORTLAND, OREGON - March 18th, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cider Riot! makes some serious ciders from rare cider apples. We also like to have fun. Plastic Paddy is a fun-loving easy drinking cider released in honor of the 2-litres of Irish cider that Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong enjoyed so much as a student at University College Cork.

American dessert apples lack the characteristic tannins of European cider apples. In order to replicate the flavor profile of a dry Irish cider, we use Barry’s Gold Blend tea from County Cork to infuse the cider with just enough tannins to balance the natural acids of the Hood River and Yakima grown dessert apples used to make it.

Plastic Paddy is packaged in the traditional 2-liter Irish flagon, making it the perfect package for picnics and the old Cork tradition of gatting (drinking in parks)*. A flagon is the perfect size to share with friends and family, translating to 67 ounces, or just larger than a growler, a two-liter holds 4.2 US pints. Plastic Paddy is released in February for Paddy’s Day, and is available through the end of May in flagons. Limited draught will be available at select Portland pubs in March.

Cider Riot! is an urban cidery located in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood just off East Burnside Street, dedicated to the production of refreshing dry ciders. Cider Riot! was founded in 2013 by Abram Goldman-Armstrong, after 18 years as a home cidermaker and home brewer. Cider Riot!’s dry ciders are currently available on draft, and 500ml glass bottles in Oregon and British Columbia.

For more information Call Abram Goldman-Armstrong at 503-662-8275, or email ciderriot@gmail.com

*Cider Riot! reminds cider lovers that Portland Parks require a picnic permit in order to consume alcohol in a park. Permit applications are available from: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/49142