Washington Cider Week planning underway!

Hey folks, as the official headquarters for Washington Cider Week we are now looking for Washington State businesses and business owners to that would like to help us celebrate in September by hosting their own cider events and/or cider specials. We are looking for the usual suspects and new comers alike.

If you need ideas we can help. Head over the our Washington Cider Week page and take a read... Or you can contact us for a few more ideas custom fit for your business.

Here is how YOU can help make Cider Week a success:


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Know of an establishment that would be interested? Connect them with us today!

Our Northwest Cider cidermakers will likely be in high demand and if you'd like them to make an appearance at your location, arrangements should be made early.

A Hard Cider Culture Grows in Washington

From the Puget Sound Food Network / Northwest Ag Business Center

NABC has offered classes in hard cider production since 2009. Recently, though, hard cider is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds (see articles, below).  Domestic cider production has increased from 1.2 million gallons in 2010 to 2.5 million gallons in 2011, and Washington state produced nearly two hundred thousand gallons of cider in 2011.

In 2011 NABC, in partnership with Washington State University and Northwest Cider Association, received a  Specialty Crop Block Grant from the USDA, giving a boost to the emerging hard cider industry in the region.  The grant has been used to support cider research, education and marketing, including the various cider courses NABC offers: Orchard Management: Cider Fruit Production; and Cider Making: Principles and Practice (including two parts — An Understanding of Cider & Perry; and Practical production of Cider & Perry). Through this course, NABC also offers a gateway for amateur cider makers to earn a NACM Certification from the National Association of Cider Makers.

Registration is currently open for the following classes and courses:

Orchard Management classes with Gary Moulton • June 23rd and July 28th.

This course will discuss the basics of tree fruit production, with a focus on cider and dessert varieties. Topics will include rootstock, nutrient management, pest management, irrigation, orchard layout planting, pruning, and harvest techniques.


Cider Making Principles and Practice PART 1 ONLY – An Understanding of Cider & Perry with Peter Mitchell • June 25 & 26 OR July 23 & 24

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of cider & perry, the cider industry, and the principles & practices of cider production.



Save the date for Advanced Cider & Perry Production with Peter Mitchell on December 10 – 14, 2012

This course will provide an in-depth understanding of cider microbiology, chemistry, sensory evaluation and technology.  Product development, marketing, and operating a successful cider business will also be addressed.


For more information or to register, visit the Northwest Agriculture Business Center website or contact Carolyn Goodrich: carolyn.goodrich@agbizcenter.org or 360-336-3727

Click here to see photos of our June 2010 cider courses

A press release about the cider project was distributed by WSU Communications and enjoyed robust press coverage, including the WSU newsletter On Solid Ground, Capital Press, The Missoulian, Seattle Times and more. NABC’s Executive Director David Bauermeister even coordinated an appearance on KCPQ Q13 local television news on March 13.  Sharing the television spotlight was Jonathan Roozen representing WSU and Sharon Campbell of Tieton Cider Works representing the Northwest Cider Association. Their joint appearance highlighted cider research, production, availability and a growing market for cider in the northwest. Here’s a toast to good cider press!

Here are more recent articles about Washington’s burgeoning hard cider industry:

Cider makers tout fruit ciders at wine event | Seattle Times | April 1, 2012
Federal grants reach specialty crops | Capital Press | January 5, 2012
Tasting Notes: Washington’s Hard Ciders | Seattle Magazine | September 2010

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.

2nd Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival Saturday May 12, 2012

2nd Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival Saturday, May 12
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Eastsound Village Green in Eastsound Washington, Orcas Island

Northwest hard cider and mead producers including Finnriver, Wescott Bay, Edgemount, Sky River, Alpenfire, and Tieton Cider Works will be gathering together under the tasting tent at the Eastsound Village Green on Orcas Island celebrating the second annual Cider and Mead Festival at Farmer’s Market opening day.

Orcas home brews will be judged by the professionals and crowned “Orcas Best of the Fest.” No off-island home brews will be allowed to compete for this coveted award this year.

The tent will be perched near the Village stage where Orcas Island musicians will be entertaining the throng during the event. Anyone over 21 will be able to enter the tasting tent for as little as $5 admission fee benefiting the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. Co-organizers, Ray’s General Store and Pharmacy and the Northwest Cider Association help produce the event.

Various Island restaurants including Allium and Inn at Ship Bay will feature special food pairings with ciders and meads. The Lower Tavern will be featuring a producer or two on their wine list, and The Kitchen will be cooking up a lunch on the Friday before using ciders in several of its dishes.

Mark your calendar and bring friends to the Village Green on Orcas Island May 12 and enjoy the opening day of our great Farmer’s Market along with festive live music and the Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival!

Olympic Peninsula Wineries' NW Wine & Cheese Tour

Sip cider, say cheese and kid around with Finnriver Farm & Cidery at the NW Wine & Cheese Tour on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, from 11-5.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery Orchard Blessing - Spring 2012We're celebrating spring with sweet wine, sparkling cider, award-winning cheese, artisan bread and frolicking goats!  Our friends and fine cheese-makers Rachel Van Laanen & Scott Brinton, from nearby Marrowstone Island's Mystery Bay Farm, will be on site to sample their array of fresh spring goat cheeses, including their acclaimed Thyme & White Pepper and Chevre & Honey.  Enjoy a savory bite of locally baked Pane d'Amore cheese-sticks and a dollop of gourmet cider jelly.  Wear your farm boots to take a walk around the fields and along our Poetree Trail, and visit with some of Mystery Bay's spring goat kids, along with our piglets, chicks and spring buds.

Go to the OPWA wesbite to purchase tickets and enter free ticket drawing:  olympicpeninsulawineries.org/wine-cheese/

Washington Artisan Cheese Festival is pouring and pairing local ciders.

The Washington Artisan Cheese Festival will pouring and pairing two of our own... Tieton Cider Works and Alpenfire Cider. Beer and wine folks like to brag about how well wine pairs with cheese, those of us who drink and work around cider know that the bond cider and cheese share can't be matched. Don't believe us? You should head on over to the WA Artisan Cheese Festival on Saturday April 7th and decide for yourself.



Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival is a celebration of the vibrant artisanal cheese industry in Washington State. The Festival will feature a wide variety of delectable artisan cheeses made in Washington along with other locally made fine foods and beverages to accompany or pair with. We invite you to meet the cheesemakers, learn about their products and philosophy, and sample some of the finest handcrafted artisan cheeses made in Washington.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Avenue South
Seattle, WA  98108 Map

21 and over only Buy ticketsBuy tickets here

About the Cascade Harvest Coalition

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival is a benefit for the Cascade Harvest Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to re-localizing the food system in Washington by connecting consumers more directly with producers. You can find out more about the Coalition and its programs at www.cascadeharvest.org.

NWCA Cidermaker Dinner coming to PDX 04/04!

Our popular Cidermaker’s Dinner is coming to Portland for the first time! The evening offers PDX residents a remarkable opportunity to taste many of our beverages, while learning about the cider process from orchard to glass. The first hour of the event will feature a casual passing of appetizers to be enjoyed with two ciders from member cideries.   Many cidermakers will be on hand to answer your questions and share information about their orchards and forthcoming ciders.

The dinner takes place at the renowned Clarklewis restaurant, known for their commitment to local, organic ingredients. Chef Dolan Lane will prepare a four-course meal, with each course paired with two different Northwest craft ciders and featuring cider as a component of the dish.

Read more about it on our Cidermaker's Dinner PDX event page.

2nd Annual Cidermaker's Dinner in Seattle - February 25th 2012

Craft cider, made with traditional methods and heirloom apple varieties, is a deliciously historic beverage that’s making a remarkable comeback in the Pacific Northwest. Created just over a year ago, the Northwest Cider Association currently boasts 17 member cideries spread across the region. The 2nd annual Cider Maker’s Dinner offers a remarkable opportunity to taste many of their beverages, while learning about the cider process from orchard to glass.

For more information or to buy tickets head on over to our 2nd Annual Cidermaker's Dinner event page.

Peter Mitchell - Cider and Perry Sensory Evaluation - 07/05

Sponsored by the NW CIder Association in conjunction with Mitchell F&D Limited.
Tuesday July 5th - Morning Session 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM | Afternoon Session 1:45 to 5:45 PM.
Seattle, WA

For anyone who enjoys drinking cider or for anyone who works in an industry that sells cider this class is a must for you.  Learn about the history, product definitions, the types and styles, and food pairings for cider and perry.   The class will include a sampling of products where you will be asked to assess product quality and identify the flavors and aromas.

When you leave you will have gained the knowledge to taste and discuss the many aspects of cider and perry.

When:  July 5, 2011  2 Sessions 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM & 1:45 PM to 5:45 PM
Where:   Wine World Warehouse - 400 NE 45th St. Seattle, WA

For more information and a breakdown of each session visit our special event listing page.
Or you can head over to Brown Paper Tickets and reserve your space.


Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Comes to Emerging South Waterfront Neighborhood (Seattle, WA) May 12, 2011 SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR. The inaugural Portland event will be on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11am-7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood along the Willamette River. The event is presented by Barbur World Foods (barburworldfoods.com) & Bushwhacker Cider (bushwhackercider.com).Read More

Another Cheesy Cider Festival - Monday May 23rd 2011, 6-9 PM

Peterson Cheese, SBS Imports and Quinn’s present the ONLY cider festival of this year’s Seattle Beer Week. As most know, handcrafted ciders are on the up and up- but as some may NOT know, hard cider and cheese is one of the best food pairings on the planet.

Five different cider houses (Aspall, JK Scrumpys, Tieton, Wandering Aengus, Westcott Bay) will be representing ten different styles of handcrafted ciders with as many artisanal cheeses on hand with which to pair. Meet some of these brilliant new cider masters and allow experienced cheese mongers to guide you on an exploration of some of the best cheeses available in the city.

$20 (plus tax) presale or $25 at the door. Limited availability.

Please contact Quinn’s for reservations. 206.325.7711


News Story: No wildfire for two Peninsula businesses; they change names rather than fight legal threat

An excerpt from the Peninsula Daily News Online.

Two North Olympic Peninsula businesses have changed their names after a Chicago-based restaurant chain threatened to sue over copyright infringement.

The Wildfire Grill at 929 W. Eighth St. in Port Angeles is now LD's Woodfire Grill, though the sign may remain the same for a while.

And Wildfire Cider of 220 Pocket Lane in Port Townsend is now officially Alpenfire Cider.

The owners of both businesses said they are perplexed as to why they were told by Wildfire Restaurants — a steak and seafood restaurant chain with locations in Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia and Virginia, but none in Washington — to change their names or face litigation.

Read the entire article at Peninsula Daily News Online.

Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival May 13-14th

Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival
Eastsound Green, Orcas Island, WA  -  May 13 and May 14th

May 13th
Pairing and Tasting at Allium Restaurant on Orcas Island.  Possible infused dish if Cider maker has specific thoughts on dish, etc. In the process of securing two additional restaurants for Pairing/Tasting.

May 14th 10AM-3PM
Located at the Eastsound Green along with the Farmers market, tents will be set up to for product sampling and conversation with the cider producers.

Producers will Judge Home Brew Cider for 1-3 place prizes and potentially cash prize.

All the proceeds will go to the Orcas Island Educational Foundation for their Farm-to-cafeteria program

Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition Results

Congratulations are due for our member cidermakers who were awarded medals in last week's 6th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.  Here are the categories we placed in and how our folks did.

Category 27a - Common Cider (35 Total Entries)
Silver    Snowdrift Cider Company    Cliffbreaks Blend    Washington
Bronze    Snowdrift Cider Company    Orchard Select    Washington

Category 27b - English Cider  (19 Total Entries)
Gold    Tulip Valley Winery    Red Barn Fire Barrel Cider    Washington
Silver    Tieton Cider Works    Blossom Nectar    Washington
Silver    San Juan Island Distillery    Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry    Washington
Silver    San Juan Island Distillery    Westcott Bay Traditional Dry    Washington
Bronze    San Juan Island Distillery    Westcott Bay Traditional Medium Sweet    Washington
Bronze    Tieton Cider Works    Tieton Blend Cider    Washington
Bronze    Snowdrift Cider Company    Dry Cider    Washington

Category 27c - French Cider  (4 Total Entries)
Bronze    Finnriver Cidery    Artisan Sparkling Cider    Washington

Category 28a - New England Cider (2 Total Entries)
Silver    Snowdrift Cider Company    Semi-Dry Cider    Washington

Category 28b - Fruit Cider (16 Total Entries)
Bronze    Tieton Cider Works    Cherry Cider    Washington

Category 28d - Specialty Cider (19 Total Entries)
Bronze    Alpenfire Cider    Pirate's Plank-Bone Dry    Washington

Category 2006-2b  Intensified Cider - Postfermentation (Pommeau) (9 Total Entries)
Silver    Finnriver Cidery    Spirited Apple Wine    Washington

Category 2006-3a  Distilled - Eau de vie (5 Total Entries)
Gold    San Juan Island Distillery    Apple Eau de vie    Washington

Seattle Cider Tasting at Bottleworks - Sunday April 3rd, 2011

Bottleworks - Seattle, WA.

Let the cider tasting season begin again!

On Sunday April 3rd from 1-3 PM there will be a cider tasting event at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood  of Seattle. 4 of our Northwest Cider Association cidermaker members will be pouring. Alpenfire Cider, Finnriver Cidery, Red Barn Cider, and Tieton CiderWorks.

Last year's tasting at Bottlworks was a really great time. If you are in the area drop by and meet some of fabulous NW cidermakers and taste some of their delicious craft ciders!

For more information please visit the Bottleworks Blog, or follow Bottleworks on Twitter.