Finnriver Cider & Dessert Wine Celebration at Full Throttle - April 18, 2012

You know Finnriver makes cider. You may also know Finnriver makes dessert wines. But did you know you can have BOTH at one time? Let's have some fun with Finnriver ciders and mix up a couple of fresh, Spring-time cocktails! This is one mixology event you don't want to miss. Whether it's cider cocktails or their stand-alone products, come taste the great variety from Finnriver. We're excited to welcome Gabby who will be showcasing the different items and explaining how to make some fun and creative summertime beverages!

Pear Squared Cocktail
Featuring Finnriver Sparkling Pear Cider with a warm splash of Pear Wine. Enjoy the brightness of this cider, made from heirloom and organic dessert apples, blended with the elegant sweetness and subtle delights of organic pear. A timeless taste of the orchard. Mixed with the Pear Wine, it's divine! Finnriver Royale Presenting a cider twist on the classic

Kir Royale!
We'll blend the newly released 2012 Finnriver Artisan Sparkling Cider with a healthy dose of Black Currant Wine. Crafted using the traditional, labor-intensive méthode champenoise, this bright, naturally carbonated champagne-style cider offers an effervescent apple bouquet, tart elements of the orchard, and a crisp, clean finish. Enjoy the golden clarity and enduring bubbles mixed with the Black Currant Wine - fruit for grown ups!

Spirited Apple Wine
This one is great as a stand alone - you'll taste why. The wholesome apple may surprise you with the sophisticated side revealed etc.

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



Saturday, May 12th, 2012 from 11:00 am – 4:00 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!

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival - April 7, 2012

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

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 or download the form at and mail with your check. For registration information contact Karie Christensen at 425.357.6039 or e-mail

For more information on the workshop, contact Andrew Corbin, 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)

Cider Making - Principles & Practices - December 12th through 16th, 2011

Location: NWREC 16650 SR 536 Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00pm (daily)
Pre-registration is required; space is limited

 Do you want to gain a thorough understanding of cider & perry and acquire the skills & knowledge necessary to to make quality products? Then this is THE course to attend!

One of the world's leading experts in cider production, Mitchell F&D Limited, in association with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center offers this class as follows:

Course Options
*Part 1: "An Understanding of Cider & Perry" $355 before Nov 1st ($395 after Nov 1st) - OPEN

*Part 1 & Part 2: "Practical production of Cider & Perry $955 before Nov 1st ($999 after Nov 1st) - OPEN

For more information visit the Northwest Agricultural Business Center website.

City Fruit's Hard Cider Taste Fundraiser - November 3, 2011

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5-8 p.m.
Where: 314 1st Ave So, Seattle
Cost: $20 for 5 tastes; $5 designated driver
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets or at the door


Join City Fruit, Northwest Cider Association, and Northwest Sustainability Collaborative for a night of hard cider tasting from some of the best hard cider makers in the region! Enjoy great cider and light snacks, talk to the cider makers, and soak up the atmosphere of the Pioneer Square Art Walk.

The entrance fee directly benefits City Fruit. More info about City Fruit and their Hard Cider Taste Fundraiser visit

Cidermaker/Distiller's Dinner with Westcott Bay Cider - October 28, 2011

From Hard Cider to Apple Brandy and every stage in between, we’ll showcase the flavors with fabulous Fall pairings. Everyone thinks about beer and wine when dining, but here’s a chance to find interesting alternatives.

Location: Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor
Event Date: 10/28/2011
Start Time: 6:00:00 pm
End Time: 9:00:00 pm
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