Solstice Saffron Botanical Cider returns to Finnriver

Chimacum WA— January 10th 2020, Solstice Saffron Botanical Cider returns to Finnriver Cidery!
Finnriver is pleased to announce our new sourcing relationship with Portland-area saffron grower, Tanya
Golden. Each year at the winter solstice, Finnriver begins the fermentation of our late winter botanical
craft cider— Solstice Saffron. This bright seasonal release features organically grown apples infused with
toasted fennel and organic anise pods and — new this year— saffron grown in Oregon. This lightly
carbonated cider, one of five in Finnriver’s seasonal botanical series, is released in late winter and is
generally available through March.
Saffron, first cultivated in ancient Greece, originates from a flower called crocus sativus—commonly
known as the “saffron crocus,” and is considered one of the world’s most rare and costly spices.
Growing saffron requires exquisitely careful hand-harvesting methods and a great commitment of
attention and intention. Finnriver seeks to find regional sources for their seasonal cider ingredients and
when their previous local saffron grower lost his crop due to deer impact, they were delighted to learn about Tanya’s new endeavor. Located just outside of Portland in North Plains, OR, Golden Saffron Co. was founded in
2018 by visionary Tanya Golden. Tanya has over 20 years’ experience working as an herbalist and 3rd generation
sustainable agriculture farmer, while taking pride in and staying connected to her indigenous ancestry. From
laying the foundations of the greenhouses and crop bedsto hand picking each stem with love, Tanya brings a
conscious joy and passion to her work and community offerings. You can learn more at her website: “We deeply appreciate the direct connections that growers have to their land and to their crops, and to the stories that have carried them into agriculture. The Botanical Cider series has brought us into relationships with a range of wonderful folks throughout the region who provide organically and thoughtfully
grown or wild-harvested ingredients for these seasonally released fermentations,” said Crystie Kisler, co-founder of Finnriver Farm & Cidery.Solstice Saffron is available for purchase in Finnriver distribution territories around the country, onsite at our Cider Garden Taproom on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, as well as online at
The Finnriver crew farms and ferments on 80 acres of organic fields and orchard in the Chimacum
Valley, along a salmon stream on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Their mission is to
reconnect people to the land that sustains us and to grow community. They seek to create deep-rooted
and fruitful connections at their farm-based taproom and rural gathering space. Finnriver’s farm and
orchard is Certified Organic and Salmon Safe and the company is a Certified B Corporation, seeking to
make business a force for good. Learn more at

Job Announcement

The Northwest Cider Association is hiring! This is a new, 2 year .75FTE position focusing on increasing sales of Northwest cider in California and Montana! This contract position is responsible for planning and executing grant-funded projects designed to expand NWCA’s reach in new markets. It is a remote position with preference to folks living here in the PNW.

The right candidate for this job has marketing experience and knowledge of the US cider and alcohol industry. This person will work under limited supervision, with accountability to the NWCA’s Executive Director. This is a Contracted position for 23 months. Preference for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in marketing or the equivalent of 10+ years of marketing and project management experience. Full job description below.

Purpose Statement: This 2 year contract position is responsible for planning and executing grant-funded projects designed to expand NWCA’s reach in new markets, specifically California and Montana. The ideal candidate is excited about locally made craft cider, appreciates a start-up culture, can roll with ambiguity as the project unfolds, has effective negotiation skills, inspires a shared vision, and has technical expertise regarding distribution and trade in alcohol sales. We are looking for a self-starter with a “can-do” attitude, who can stay cool under pressure.

This job reports to Executive Director of the Northwest Cider Association.


To apply, please send an email to with a resume and cover letter by midnight October 12, 2019. Please title the email “Drink NW Cider.”


Key Functions

  • Research and collate information from the industry regarding successful strategies for increasing sales of Northwest ciders in California and in Montana.
  • Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders (i.e. cidermakers, distributors, buyers, non-profits, marketing agencies, event coordinators) to develop and execute strategies to increase the sales of NW cider in Montana and California. Manage stakeholder relationships throughout the duration of the project.
  • Participate in meetings and workshops for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to design and execute effective strategies.
  • Coordinate all grant management and compliance activities, including: coordination of data collection and analysis for evaluation purposes, management of the project budgets, and preparation of quarterly and annual grant narrative and financial reports.
  • Develop implementation plans and strategies in partnership with NWCA Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Assess the alignment between listed grant priorities and system needs/industry abilities; make recommendations to tighten any gaps.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of NWCA’s goals to increase the sales of Northwest cider.



Job Requirements and Skills

  • Ability to plan and manage projects, from planning to execution to evaluation.
  • Ability to review and interpret multiple sources of information and data points, to define opportunities and challenges, and recommend a response.
  • Persuasive speaker.
  • Experienced marketer with proven ability to increase sales
  • Computer savvy (operate standard office equipment and using pertinent software applications).
  • Preparation and maintenance of accurate documentation and records


The right candidate for this job has experience with community organizing and knowledge of the US cider and alcohol industry. This person will work under limited supervision following training and onboarding, with accountability to the NWCA’s Executive Director. This is a Contracted position for 23 months. NWCA does not provide office space, computer, car, etc. Preference for candidates living in the PNW, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing or the equivalent of 10+ years of marketing and project management experience.


Description of general tasks of project:

  1. Work with marketing firm, graphic designer, and PNW cidermakers to develop brand strategy and content. Create content to explain cider as an agriculture-based alcoholic product, highlighting what differentiates high quality craft cider in the PNW (made from local apples) from national brands made from juice concentrate, as a way to share the story of our value-added hard cider.
  2. Conduct research to identify the best markets in which to launch, the structure of those markets, how to enter, and who to target both for customers and accounts. Identify influencers and gatekeepers in these markets (buyers and media) and welcome distributors.
  3. In conjunction with NWCA Executive Director, recruit, hire, and manage an event coordinator to host dual trade and consumer tasting events—2 in Montana and 2 in California—for key influencers and cider consumers. Educate key influencers in the trade (bartenders, restaurateurs, chefs, wholesalers, distributors, media, etc.) about the quality craft cider being made in the PNW. These are the people who control purchasing decisions and influence consumer decisions.
  4. Drive sales of PNW quality cider among consumers and trade.




The Northwest Cider Association’s (NWCA) members represent an estimated annual $1 billion dollar economic impact to the PNW. Sales of PNW regional craft cider continue to grow in the double digits year over year. This is an exciting time to launch a new industry and lift cider from niche to mainstream, supporting farmers and artisan businesses.

With this new initiative, NWCA, a regional non-profit,  will grow the market for Pacific Northwest craft cider by building a cohesive PNW cider brand and then hosting targeted consumer and industry-focused tastings in California and Montana. Based in Portland, Oregon, NWCA supports cidermakers in growing consumer demand for local, premium hard cider. California does not currently sell much hard cider, nor is California producing much cider. California and Montana combined represent a huge market potential for growth for a high-quality cider.

NWCA’s mission is to connect cider drinkers and cidermakers. Currently, cidermakers are doing a tremendous job of building their markets here in the Pacific Northwest. Cider is growing at a spectacular rate, although it remains only 6% of overall beer sales in Oregon/Washington and 1-3% in Montana and California. Coordination across the industry is needed to build momentum and help realize growth in two high potential markets: California and Montana. Cidermakers in the Northwest are looking to build market share in neighboring states and need a cohesive strategy to make it possible.


Contracted position without benefits. Expected hours approximately 30 average hours/week for 23 months. Compensation commensurate with experience, ranging from $40,000-$50,000/year.


To apply, please send an email to with a resume and cover letter by midnight October 12, 2019. Please title the email “Drink NW Cider.”

7th Annual Portland International Cider Cup Announces 2019 Winners

Portland, OR – The competition was fierce, the decisions are in, and the winners are delicious! Eight lucky Pacific Northwest cideries took home fourteen gold medals at the Northwest Cider Association‘s 7th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) awards tonight. 2 Towns Ciderhouse won the competition’s highest honor and the Cup—the Best of Show Award.

At a joyous party at Ecotrust in NW Portland, over 100 cidermakers and industry supporters came together to celebrate the best ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, a region that is home to a quarter of the country’s cidermakers and boasts residents who drink more cider (per capita) than anywhere else in the United States.

“We’re honored and excited to win the Best In Show award,” said 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s chief cidermaker, Dave Takush. “The Portland International Cider Cup is a prestigious award in one of the strongest cider regions in the country. It means so much to us that our vision of craft cider has resonated with our community. We owe a big thanks to our team for their hard work, our growers for producing the highest quality fruit and to our industry peers for laboring every day to elevate the quality and excellence of Pacific Northwest cider.”

The competition itself was tight. Hosted at Square Mile Cider on April 7, this year’s PICC saw so many submissions that it grew exponentially, entering almost 190 competition ciders from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Ciders were evaluated by 60 experienced industry judges.

Within the twenty four categories sampled, judges found ciders in only fourteen categories worthy of gold medals:

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon: Best of Show for 8th Anniversary (Heritage Dry), and  gold medal for Strawberry Haze (Fruit-Other),
  • Bauman’s Cider, Oregon: Loganberry (Fruit-Cane), Peach Raspberry (Fruit-Stone), Stephen’s Sweet (Modern Sweet), and Old Mule (Spiced),
  • Independent Cider, Washington: Sno Gem Dry (Modern Perry)
  • Liberty Ciderworks, Washington:  Lafayette (French), Kingston Black SV (Single Varietal Bittersweet/Bittersharp)
  • Runcible Cider, Oregon: Hop Ya’ll (Hopped)
  • Snowdrift Cider Co., Washington: Red (Specialty), Cornice (Wood/Oaked)
  • Swift Cider, Oregon: Original Hard Apple (Modern Dry Cider)
  • Tieton, Washington: Lavender Honey Cider (Botanical)

These fourteen ciders went on to compete in the Best of Show round, in which the head judges from each round found the 2 Towns 8th Anniversary to be the best of the best.

Independent Cider (Dryden, WA) won the the Best New Cidery award, which carried with it a $500 prize. Awards were given to Snowdrift Cider Co. (Wenatchee, WA) and Liberty Ciderworks (Spokane WA) who tied for Small Cidery of the year and Runner Up for the Cup, Bauman’s Cider (Portland, OR) won Medium Cidery of the Year and 2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis, OR) again won Large Cidery of the year. The full list of medalists and past cup winners can be viewed here.

“The goal of this competition is to up the game for cidermaking in the Northwest as a whole,” says Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Cidermakers get the chance to taste their fellow makers’ best work and be evaluated by well-trained, knowledgeable judges – and they love it! We have more competitors than ever before. When you see a PICC gold medal on the grocery shelves, you know it’s the best.”

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Regional Cider Trade Association Invests in Increasing Demand and Quality in an Accelerating Industry

NWCA releases annual report amidst 30% annual cider industry growth

The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA), proudly announces the release of their first annual report. This 2018 summary of the work and accomplishments details how almost 100 cidermaker members working together can accelerate the establishment of a new regional industry.


“The report really tells the story of our region and shows what we’re accomplishing together,” says NWCA’s Executive Director Emily Ritchie. “By collectively investing minimal resources, we have been able to increase the awareness, reach, and quality of Northwest ciders as evidenced by a 30% growth in sales.”


Increasing Demand:

In 2018, NWCA raised the bar on trade education in order to create more demand for the great ciders being made in the northwest. They held 5 trade tastings for 160 media and influencers such as distributors, restaurateurs, and writers to taste local cider and meet the makers. Media attention and events in 4 regional cider weeks reached 340,000 consumers last year.

Increasing Quality:

NWCA continued their emphasis on northwest cider as a premium product and one that has a reputation for quality. They increased the amount of professionally trained cider judges to give feedback during their strict cider competition called the Portland International Cider Cup. Additionally, they continued emphasis on education for regional makers, particularly on keeving cider, an old-world technique to naturally ferment a cider to a semi-sweet result without having to back-sweeten.

The report details statistics such as the 31 million pounds of fruit grown for cider, the $238,000 donated to good causes, and the number of members who have their own orchard. “I think that the contents of this report demonstrate a simple truth: this is a great time to be a part of the NW Cider Industry,” says NWCA Board President Eric Jorgensen, co-owner of Finnriver Farm and Cidery in Washington.


The full report can be found here.


About the NWCA:

NWCA’s mission is to raise the PNW cider industry from a niche market into mainstream. Collectively they work to increase demand for cider while constantly increasing the quality of cider made within the region. NWCA’s members can be found in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

A Weeklong Celebration of Montana Cider September 28 – October 7 2018!

A Week-long Celebration of Montana Cider

Back for its third year, Montana Cider Week will celebrate the craft of hard cider with events across Montana from September 29th through October 7th. Take part in over 30 events across Montana. The week will include cider tastings, parties, cider dinners, orchard tours, tap takeovers, a Cider Professional Certification class at Western Cider, and more. This follows last year’s Montana Cider Week where over 4,000 Montanans participated in celebrating the state’s growing craft cider industry.

This year, the week kicks off with the Bigfork Cider Festival on Saturday the 29th. Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to taste award-winning ciders from Montana makers including Western Cider, Montana CiderWorks, Lockhorn Hard Cider, BetterRoot Cider, and Backroad Cider at participating tasting rooms, bars, and restaurants across the state.

The final weekend will include Liquid Apple Night in the Bitterroot Valley where Montana cideries will pour in support of the Ravalli County Museum, as well as the chance to visit some of the orchards where the apples are grown.

For more information about Montana Cider Week and event details, visit @MTCiderWeek on Facebook.


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Portland Cider Co. to Participate in Washington Cider Week Events

The Northwest Cider Assn.’s eighth annual Washington Cider Week, an 11-day craft cider celebration, will take place Sept. 6 through Sept. 16 at locations throughout the state. Although not located in Washington, Portland Cider Co. distributes all of its bottled ciders and many of its draft products throughout the state and will participate in a number of highlight events, including:

Snakebite Showdown at Hellbent Brewing Co., Sept. 9 through Sept. 16
Snakebites are a popular English refreshment that blends equal parts beer and cider. Portland Cider Co. will join Elemental Cider, Locust Cider, and Seattle Cider, each featuring a cider on tap that will be paired with a Hellbent Brewing beer. Portland Cider will be competing with Hop’n’Oatrageous, a blend of Portland Cider’s Hop’rageous­­ – a balanced dry cider infused with fragrant Citra hops and bitter orange peel – blended with Hellbent’s Hop & Oats beer.

Cocktail Night at Schilling Cider House, Sept. 12 (6pm to 9pm)
Portland Cider will be pouring its Sangria Cider, Mojito Cider, and a Greyhound Cider, while offering stickers, coasters and conversation. Sangria Cider is a year-round fruit cider that blends the delicious juices of orange, strawberry, pear, passion fruit, elderberry, and lime; it’s fruit punch, for grown-ups! Mojito Cider is a limited release fruit cider featuring hand-muddled Oregon mint and juice from whole limes. Greyhound Cider is also a limited release herbal cider, featuring fresh grapefruit juice infused with gin botanicals from Trail Distilling in Oregon City.

Schilling Cider House Pentathlon, Sept. 15 (12pm to 4 pm)
Five cideries, including Portland Cider Co., challenge the public to complete in leisure skill events for fame and glory.

9th annual Cider Summit Seattle, Sept. 7 and Sept. 8
The ninth annual Cider Summit Seattle will take place at South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn, 101 Westlake Ave. N. The event will feature over 150 ciders, including Portland Cider Co.’s Hop’rageous, Sangria, and Pumpkin Spice ciders. The cidery will also be taking part in the Oregon Fruit Products and Enartis Fruit & Oak Cider Challenge, featuring pilot batch fruit and oaked ciders from participating cideries with a consumer vote to determine the champion. Portland Cider will be serving a marionberry and rhubarb cider with oaked gin botanicals and black currants.

Learn more at For more information, visit and follow @PortlandCider on social media.

About Portland Cider Company
Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. It has two taproom locations: Portland Cider House at 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214; and Portland Cider Co. Taproom & Cidery at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015. Drink it, it’s good!


Longdrop Cider Co. in May opened its new wholesale, production, packaging and distribution operation in Cashmere, WA to be closer to its processing and growing partners who reside in the Wenatchee Valley. “It’s where our partners are, where the people and market are, where the fruit is . . . Washington State just gets this industry and is great to work with – it’s a great move for us,” said company Co-Founder Chris Blanchard.

Founded in 2014 in Boise, Idaho the company underwent rapid growth, more than doubling its production space between 2015 and 2017 and selling into markets in Idaho, WA, OR, and Wisconsin. To continue the growth trajectory in late 2017 the company sold a majority stake to a family with significant growing and processing operations in the Wentachee Valley. Longdrop continues to operate its popular tasting room and nano cidery in downtown Boise, Idaho and has secured a space along Highway 2 in historic Leavenworth, WA for a second tasting room, opening later this year. “I couldn’t be more happy with the direction of the company. I’m a Washington native so it’s great to be here and to get the company settled into North Central Washington,” noted Blanchard.

The company is currently self-distributing in the Wenatchee Valley, and hopes to expand distribution to the Westside and eastern portion of the state later in the year. For more information contact Chris at or check out their website at

Production facility: 300 Apple Annie Ave. Cashmere, WA 98815
Future Leavenworth location: 894 U.S. 2 Leavenworth, WA 98826
Boise tasting room 603 S. Capitol Blvd. Boise, ID 83705 208-392-8726

NWCA Members Featured in Sunset Magazine “11 Great Craft Cider Tasting Experiences”

Several NWCA members are featured in the recent Sunset Magazine article about great craft cider tasting experiences. Here is the link to the full article but below are the highlights featuring our members!

11 Great Craft Cider Tasting Experiences


In peak apple season, decamp for these star cider mills, where farmers and producers are setting the pace of America’s craft cider movement



Craft Cider Is Having a Moment

Wine has never really fallen out of favor, craft beer has boomed in recent decades, and now craft cider is on the rise again as U.S. imbibers rediscover the founding fathers’ drink of choice. When done right—and so many in the West do—this alcoholic (and, yay, gluten-free!) drink expresses the complex flavors of the apples, which are usually sourced locally and often foraged. There’s a lot of room for experimentation, too: the brew plays well with other fruit and botanicals, resulting in enough range to satisfy the geekiest of drinker. We’re raising a pint glass to these fantastic cideries around the West.

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1859 Cider Co., Salem, OR 

A wine barrel stave sign leads the way to this back alley cidery that’s churning out some of the best drink in the state. With seven generations of farming under their belts and a background in winemaking, Patricia and Dan Fox produce stellar ciders that are fermented for months and sometimes blended, drawing out characteristics more commonly found on wine lists. While the craftsmanship is meticulous here, you don’t have to worry about encountering any snobbery. 1859 is a true social spot with a regular lineup of events, from storytelling to salsa dancing. 


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Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Chimacum, WA 

Finnriver—located two hours north of Seattle—has nearly a dozen sub-labels spanning from the traditional styles (like a Spanish sidra) to small-batch, contemporary varieties spiked with flavors like habanero, ginger, and lavender. It’s a Certified B Corporation, which means the owners are also committed to help better the world through sustainability efforts and community projects. Patrons are never in a rush to leave thanks to the welcoming set-up that includes a 60-foot community table outside the quaint barn tasting room; the 10-acre, organic orchard open for self-guided (and guided) tours; and an expansive, family-friendly lawn. 


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Art + Science, Cider + Wine, Yamhill County, OR 

While Kim Hamblin’s and Dan Rinke’s apple and pear trees mature, they’re relying on neighbors and foraging excursions for the bulk of Art + Science’s cider and perry fruit. The couple used to host tastings in their kitchen, and although they’ve opened a tasting room (one of the few in the state that’s actually on the farm), the experience remains personal. For now, tastings are by appointment, and that’s why we love it. On a visit, you can meet the cider makers, walk around the organic farm, taste limited-run styles, and learn all the nitty-gritty behind this operation that’s a true labor of love.  

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WildCraft Cider Works, Eugene, OR 

From the start, this Eugene operation has proven that it’s not just about a bottom line. Instead, WildCraft was built to help restore local agricultural lands and make use of food resources that were going to waste. The crew works with nearly 200 properties within a 35-mile radius (many of which are unmanaged and wild) to help harvest all the apples, plums, pears, and botanicals that go into making the ciders. “We aim to utilize homestead fruit and other agriculture that’s been ignored,” says founder Sean Kelly. Eugene locals get in on the action, too. Through an ongoing drive, neighbors donate unwanted fruit from their backyards in exchange for fresh-pressed juice or cider. A community spirit is palpable in the tasting room, where you can also fuel up on authentic Southeast Asian fare, made by a Thai family who leases the kitchen space. 

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Western Cider, Missoula, MT 

Western Cider’s congenial tasting room is surrounded by dozens of apples trees offering a taste of what’s happening nearby at the orchard, where the team tends more than 5,000 trees and 50 apple varieties. Within just a few months of opening in 2017, the crew took home a Best in Show award at the Portland International Cider Cup—a testament to the care that goes into this brand, built to reclaim part of the Bitterroot Valley’s apple growing history and support local agriculture. Food trucks rotate through the cidery and follow the same line: for example, Take it or Leave It, a mainstay, doles out juicy burgers with meat from its own farm and veggies from its neighbors.  

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Meriwether Cider Co., Boise, ID

Since opening in 2016, Meriwether (named after the famous explorer with whom the owners share ancestry) has been flipping the script on what Idaho thinks about cider—not a syrupy poor-man’s beer made from concentrates, but a carefully crafted, nuanced beverage with as much depth as any other craft beverage. Soon, they’ll expand on that education at a new cider house in downtown Boise. You’ll have to go to the Garden City flagship to see the cider makers in action; but if you want to expand your repertoire, the downtown location will offer flights with Meriwether’s own and other artisan ciders. 

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Tieton Cider Works, Yakima, WA 

To say Tieton Cider Works has been on a meteoric rise is an understatement. What started out as a test project with two acres of cider apples and 200 cases in 2009 is now the largest cider apple farm in Washington, with 55 acres and a booming craft beverage business that shells out 100,000 cases annually. That’s what you get when you combine a family with almost a century of orchard keeping experience (the Campbells, who own Harmony Orchards—the birthplace and still-supplier of TCW) with the savviness of a beverage industry pro (cider maker Marcus Robert). While business is booming, Tieton hasn’t lost its down-home feel: the team regularly hosts behind-the-scenes tours at their Yakima location and lets guests test out new recipes to determine what will end up in the bottle.


2018 Cider Cup Award Winners Announced!

Thirteen Pacific Northwest cideries recently took home sixteen gold medals in total at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association‘s 6th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC). For first time, a cidery from Saanichton, British Columbia, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup—the Best of Show Award.

The party unfolded at the Lagunitas Community Room in NE Portland and drew in over 100 cidermakers and industry friends, who celebrated ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest—the largest cider market in the United States for consumption and home to a quarter of the country’s cidermakers. The competition itself was hosted at Square Mile Cider on March 25 and was so popular that it increased exponentially this year, growing to almost 170 ciders from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The event featured 60 experienced industry judges from across the nation.

Within the 19 categories sampled, judges found ciders in sixteen categories worthy of gold medals:

  • Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, British Columbia: Bittersweet (English Sweet), Best of Show
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon: Brightcider (Modern Dry)
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon: Nice & Naughty (Spiced/Herbed Cider)
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon: Traditions 2015 La Mure (Wild/Non-Sac)
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Oregon: Traditions 2016 Cidre Bouche (French)
  • Bauman’s Cider, Oregon: Clyde’s Dry (Heritage Dry)
  • Cider Riot!, Oregon: Shaken Tree (English Dry)
  • Dragon’s Head Cider, Washington: Perry (Traditional Perry)
  • Draper Girls Cider Co., Oregon: Aronia Berry (Fruit Cider – Other)
  • Elkhorn Brewery, Oregon: Very Perry (Modern Perry)
  • Liberty Ciderworks, Washington: Manchurian Crab Single Varietal (Specialty)
  • Montana CiderWorks, Montana: Darby Pub Cider (Heritage Sweet)
  • Portland Cider Company, Oregon: Sorta Sweet (Modern Sweet)
  • Rack & Cloth, Oregon: Pêche (Fruit Cider – Stone)
  • Square Mile Cider Co., Oregon: Hopped Apple Cider (Hopped)
  • Swift Cider, Oregon: Marionberry (Fruit Cider – Cane)

These sixteen ciders went on to compete in the Best of Show round, in which the head judges from each table found the Sea Cider Bittersweet to be the best of the best.

“We are thrilled that Bittersweet has been awarded Best of Show at PICC! Bittersweet reflects our farm: it is 100% estate grown, pressed, fermented and bottled at Sea Cider. Bittersweet is also one of our most traditional ciders. It showcases the earthy, spicy phenolics of the traditional bittersweet and bittersharp apples that we grow,” said Kristen Needham, founder of Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.

Draper Girls Cider Co. (Mt Hood, OR) won the Best New Cidery award, which carried with it a $500 prize. Awards were given to Montana CiderWorks (Darby, MT), Swift Cider (Portland, OR) and 2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis, OR), respectively, as Small, Medium and Large Cideries of the year. Montana CiderWorks was also the runner up for the cup for the second year in a row! The full list of medalists and past cup winners can be viewed on the Northwest Cider Association website.

“Our Northwest cidermakers make such a wide range of flavorful ciders, innovating from what our ancestors used to make in America’s early days. Next time you’re in the grocery store, try one of the medalists,” says Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association.

Congratulations to all of the winners!


Portland Cider Co. releases Pineapple seasonal cider just in time for summer luaus

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (May 30, 2018) – Summer is almost here, and with it comes the release of Portland Cider Co.’s beloved Pineapple Cider in 22-ounce bottles. Sweetened with fresh pressed pineapple juice, this seasonal cider is like a sun filled day at the beach; it might as well come with a little paper umbrella.

Portland Cider blended fresh pineapple juice from Costa Rica to its cider after fermentation to reach the perfect balance of sweetness. With a semi-sweet finish, this six-percent ABV fruit cider pairs beautifully with barbacoa pork quesadillas, Asian chicken salad and, of course, traditional Hawaiian foods like mac salad and Kahlua pork.

“We’ve made our Pineapple cider to pay equal tribute to both the pineapple and the Northwest apple,” explained Deron Davenport, head cider maker at Portland Cider Co. “You’ll be able to clearly taste the apple, while still getting the incredible tropical notes from the fresh pineapple juice. There are no artificial flavorings or concentrates used here, keeping the flavor of the pineapple delicate and delicious.”

Portland Cider is celebrating the release of Pineapple Cider with a summer luau at its Clackamas Pub & Cidery, located at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, on Saturday, June 2 from 11am to 11pm. The event will feature Hawaiian dancers, island and luau tunes, a pineapple bar serving select ciders in whole pineapples, a special Hawaiian food menu, a Hawaiian shirt contest and a tropical photo booth. Pineapple cider bottles will be available to purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event, visit for more details.

Portland Cider Co.’s Hawthorne location will also have Pineapple cider on tap starting June 2, but will not feature any of the Luau festivities due to space constrictions.

Portland Cider Co.’s Pineapple is available June 2 through August in 22-ounce bottles and draft kegs. It can be purchased at either of the company’s two taprooms, as well as at select retailers in Oregon and Washington. Visit for more information.

About Portland Cider Company
Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. It has two taproom locations: Portland Cider House at 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214; and Taproom & Cidery at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015. Visit and follow @PortlandCider on social media.