Hard Cider Making & Orcharding with Gary Moulton - March 24, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

 

Hard Cider: Returning to Our American Roots

Help fill the growing demand for the United States’ oldest beverage.

From colonial times until Prohibition, hard cider was the beverage of choice in the United States. Records from 17th century Massachusetts indicate that yearly consumption approached a healthy 50 gallons per man, woman, and child! While that trend disappeared in the early 20th century, new cideries are popping up around the U.S. helping create and satisfy growing demand for one of America’s oldest beverages.

Both sides of Washington State are well suited to an expanding hard cider industry owing to an abundance of apples and growing numbers of consumers looking for more ways to support locally based agriculture. In just a few short years, the Northwest Cider Association has grown to include 18 new cideries producing for regional and national markets.

Now you can learn about the entire process when you join us Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Hard Cider Making & Orcharding with Gary Moulton at Ed’s Apples, 13420 339th Ave SE just off SR 2 in Sultan, WA.

You’ll learn how to grow and maintain your own cider orchard as well as learn the steps necessary to create a quality hard cider. Included is an in-depth overview of the topic covering varietal selection, growing and harvest information, as well as an informal look at the production steps from raw fruit to finished bottle.

Instructor Gary Moulton started with the Fruit Horticulture department at the WSU Research Station in Mt. Vernon in 1980. In 1991, he took over management, direction, and leadership of the program. He holds a Master’s from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and a Bachelor’s in Pomology/Fruit Science from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. He currently consults for the Western Washington fruit industry and co-authored the WSU publication Hard Cider Production and Orchard Management in the Pacific Northwest.

Cost for the workshop is $70 per person and includes a catered box lunch and copy of the WSU hard cider publication. To register, visit Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210015 or download the form at www.snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/HardCider2012.pdf and mail with your check. For registration information contact Karie Christensen at 425.357.6039 or e-mail christensen4@wsu.edu.

For more information on the workshop, contact Andrew Corbin, corbina@wsu.edu or 425.357.6012.

Picture caption: Bottles of freshly filled and corked Frost Cider line up for labels during a late fall visit to Tieton Cider Works near Yakima. Photo by Kate Halstead (hi-res version available)