Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival Press Release



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Fourth Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival, May 10

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

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

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

Cider Rite of Spring PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

Grizzly Ciderworks Press Release



Company releases Dry-Hopped Ciders (DHC’s) to convert beer drinkers, talks about its ‘path to craft’.

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Today, Grizzly Ciderworks is proud to announce the release of its first selection of craft hard ciders brewed and kegged from the company’s headquarters in Woodinville, Washington. Since its inception, Grizzly has set its sights on bridging the gap between beer and cider.

With an abundance of sweet ciders on the market, Grizzly set out to expand cider’s reach by introducing beer drinkers to the world of dry cider. Grizzly wants to be known for its specialty Dry-Hopped Ciders (DHC’s), which contain apples from Washington State along with hops and other ingredients sourced from the Northwest. The resulting beverages are aimed at beer drinkers who are looking for a new twist on old tastes, cider drinkers who are looking for a full-bodied step-up in the market, along with drinkers who are sensitive to gluten.

Grizzly Ciderworks is committed to craft. Their ingredients are sourced locally; their cider is made and kegged locally; and their consumers are also your neighbors, from Everett to Enumclaw. Grizzly’s three founders, including the company’s cidermaker, Corey Haugen, all hail from the Pacific Northwest. “We’re really proud to be a part of the craft cider movement,” said Haugen. “With so many great ciders on the market today, we’re hoping to gain traction with cider and beer drinkers who want to try something a bit different. People who’ve never tried cider don’t quite know what to expect. We go ahead and tell them to set their preconceived notions aside. So far, our feedback’s been overwhelming and folks are really excited for Grizzly to hit the taps. We think we’ll make a lot of conversions to the brand.”

Endowed with the nation’s largest supply of apples and hops, Washington State is an epicenter of the nation’s growing cider movement. “The world is rediscovering cider, and the Pacific Northwest has established itself as one of America’s leading cider regions. The explosion in the number of cider drinkers and the places where it can be enjoyed are a sure sign cider culture has found a home. We are excited to welcome Grizzly Ciderworks as the newest member of our Northwest cidermaking family,” said David White, President of the Northwest Cider Association and co-owner of Whitewood Cider Company of Olympia, Washington.

Grizzly’s path to craft took an interesting turn earlier this year when it crossed paths with Vessel Wines, a Northwest producer of kegged wines which shares the same commitment to local sourcing and production. A unique partnership was born, with the two sharing resources to target new markets. Thanks to Vessel’s state-of-the-art kegging equipment, Grizzly will be on tap in bars and restaurants across the Seattle metro area starting in late October. They have plans to hit retail markets early next year.

Grizzly and Vessel’s shared facilities are located in Woodinville. They include a tank room and mezzanine taproom, both of which are frequently filled with interesting people, music, and other live events. Grizzly is poured nightly in the taproom from Thursday through Saturday.

The company is set to release four varieties in its Founders’ Series before year-end: The Ridge, its original dry and crisp cider; The Bruin, a Dark and Dry hopped cider; Hopclaw, a triple-hopped cider beaming with citrus and aroma hops; and RazzBear, a dry-hopped cider based on a Northwest raspberry purée. The Ridge and Bruin will be available starting in October; Hopclaw and RazzBear will follow in November and December.

For more information about this release, please contact Andy Petek at  andy@grizzlycider.com or 425-289-5760. You can also check out Grizzly’s website for the latest news and events at www.grizzlycider.com.

"A Guide to Washington Cider" in Seattle Met

"It was a staple during our country’s earliest days, but in Washington the cider industry is newer than the iPhone. And (hyperbole alert) nearly as popular."

Allecia Vermillion has published an article on Washington cider in Seattle Met! Titled "A Guide to Washington Cider", the author dives in to the world of cider and its expanding popularity- in its glorious past and present. She features WA cidermaker profiles and splendid descriptions of their craft ciders.

Please read the full article in the online edition.