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: 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,

To arrange in-person drop off of entries please contact Carolyn at 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)

Alpenfire Cider Benefits Fallen Firefighters With New Release of “Smoke.”


Alpenfire Cider introduces its newest estate bottling, “Smoke,”. All  profits from sales will be donated to The Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Smoke is blended from the cidery’s organic, estate grown, bittersweet apples, picked extra ripe, then triple-fermented in mead and whiskey barrels to a smoky, oaky, after-dinner tipple, poured over ice.

Smoke is available at selected bottle shops and brew pubs throughout Puget Sound to help the Wildland Firefighter Foundation raise money for devastated families of firefighters who have lost their lives or were severely injured on the firelines. This year more than 30 young men and women, working for minimum wages and without benefits, have died.

Alpenfire Cider owner Steve (Bear) Bishop, who worked for over 30 years as a hotshot, on Forest Service teams and as a private contractor, remembers well the terror of being burned over as a roaring firestorm explodes overhead. 

Extra donations for wildland firefighters can be stuffed into the bright yellow fireshelter bags displayed with bottles of “Smoke,” at the following locations: 

Alpenfire Cider Tasting Room, Port Townsend (; Chimacum Corner Farm Stand; Port Hadlock Liquor Store; Capital Cider, Beveridge Place Pub, Full Throttle Bottle, Beer Authority, Special Brews, all in Seattle; Bushwacker Cider, Portland and other select stores.

Smoke is the most recent of Alpenfire’s finely crafted organic hard ciders pressed from their orchard of more than 900 French, English and domestic apple tree varietals selected for their bittersweet, bittersharp and tannin flavors. Other Alpenfire’s bottling include Glow Rose, Ember Bittersweet, Flame Extra-Brut and Spark semi-Sweet. 

Washington Cider Week 2013 Media Release

Washington Cider Week 2013 Media Release

The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) has announced the third annual Washington Cider Week, a 10-day celebration of craft cider. The celebration kicks off with two Seattle events, the first on September 5 at Capitol Cider on Capitol Hill, followed by the two-day Northwest Cider Summit at South Lake Union. Washington is one of six states in the U.S. celebrating a Cider Week this year. Fourteen Washington cideries are participating.


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TableTalk Radio with Jamie Peha - February 26 2013 – Guests Sharon Campbell and Jill Lightner

Sharon Campbell - Northwest Cider Association Past President, and co-owner of Tieton Cider Works in Tieton Washington.

Sharon Campbell - Northwest Cider Association Past President, and co-owner of Tieton Cider Works in Tieton Washington.

Take a listen to the February 26th episode of the Northwest's own TableTalk radio program hosted by Jamie Peha. This episode Jamie discusses cider with Northwest Cider Association Executive Board members Sharon Campbell of Tieton Cider Works and Jill Lightner editor of Edible Seattle Magazine.

It's a very entertaining show the ladies spend their morning talking about Northwest Ciders, and doing some live tasting and cheese pairing with Northwest cheeses. Sharon also shares a bit about Tieton Cider Works, how they started making cider, and opportunities growing cider apple varieties in the Northwest.

Snowdrift Cider Co. releases its first Méthode Champenoise Perry.

Slowly Matured.

It's been a long time coming … 18 months to be exact. Our first-ever Méthode Champenoise Perry is now ready to enjoy after a time-intensive process. In September of 2010, when we were picking the perry pears that now reside inside glass walls, we knew we'd be in for a treat. They were small and odd shapes, but bursting with succulent flavors. Some had puckering acidity, others were full of bold tannin, some were soft with silky sweet juice.

Read all about it here, and while you are there sign up for Snowdrift's newsletter list.