Celebrate Washington Cider Week with us!

The Northwest Cider Association is delighted to present the second annual Washington Cider Week, a 7-day celebration of craft cider! Cider Week kicks off on September 8th with the Cider Summit at South Lake Union and continues with cider flights, cocktails, and dinners from Port Townsend to Spokane, and Bellingham to Olympia.

Keep an eye out for events like these during Washington Cider Week:

  • Cider-themed craft cocktails at bars and restaurants from Allium on Orcas Island, to TASTE at the Seattle Art Museum, to Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle
  • A gluten-free cider dinner at Skelly and the Bean, and a 3-course prix fixe cider dinner at Lecosho
  • Special ciders on tap at pubs from the Beer Junction in West Seattle to Eastside Club Tavern in Olympia to The Beer Shoppe in Yakima
  • Unique menu items specially created to pair with particular ciders at Lark, Café Flora, Pike’s Brewing Co., and Carmelita
  • Cider gelato at Fainting Goat Gelato
  • Classes, including Organic Homebrewing and Cider Making 101, and a cider-inspired pie-making class
  • A Cider and Roots-Fusion  Music Tour with specialty ciders on tap
  • Ciders tastings paired with cheese, chocolate, and even oysters
  • Cider promos and discounted bottles at bottle shops across the state


We have more than 85 events lined up so far! Check out the entire schedule on our special event page at http://www.nwcider.com/washington-cider-week/ The events keep pouring in, so be sure to check back often to find what’s happening in your neighborhood or keep informed via our social media accounts on Facebook or Twitter  (#waciderweek).

Be a part of the Cider Revolution! Cheers!

The 3rd Annual Cider Summit NW Seattle is fast approaching.

 

Cider Summit NW Announces Date of 3rd Annual Seattle Festival

Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Returns to Emerging South Lake Union Neighborhood

(Seattle, WA) August 12, 2012 SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Seattle, WA. The third annual Seattle event will be on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11am-7pm at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn (near Westlake &
Denny) in Downtown Seattle. The event is presented by Whole Foods Market along with supporting sponsors Brave Horse Tavern and Umpqua Bank.

This will be the fifth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland in 2011. Each event features 60+ elegantly crafted
ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, France, and Spain.

"We are very excited about the continued growth of this festival," noted SBC's Ian Roberts. "The audience for artisanal ciders is rapidly expanding, and we believe this is a signature event for those looking to learn more
about great cider."

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 3-ounce and 6-ounce portions. This year's event will also feature food from Whole Foods and
Brave Horse Tavern, cider-chocolate pairings from Smitten Truffles, along with live music and a "bottles-to-go" store.

"We believe we've created a unique event," added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. "We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders. The vast majority will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world."

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets, all Whole Foods Seattle Metro area locations, Umpqua Bank's South Lake Union and Eastlake branches, and at many of the area's leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. From 11a-12n arriving guests will receive 2 additional "happy hour" tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. The event is 21 and over only. Dogs will be allowed on event grounds. For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit www.cidersummitnw.com.

Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association (www.nwcider.org) and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org). The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world's leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients.

Cider Summit NW is presented by Whole Food Markets along with supporting sponsors Brave Horse Tavern, Umpqua Bank, Click Wholesale Distributing, KMTT - The Mountain, and The Stranger.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro - SBS Imports
206.527.4191
alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com

Cider Summit NW Announces Date of 2nd Annual Portland Festival June 23, 2012

Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Returns to Emerging South Waterfront Neighborhood
(Portland, OR)

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR. The second annual Portland event will be on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11am‐7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood near the Portland Aerial Tram. The event is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.

This will be the fourth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland last year. Each event features 50+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, and France. This year’s event will also feature Spain’s Basque Region. Other new features for 2012 include live music and a “bottles to go” store on site.

“We were very pleased with the response in our first year in Portland,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts. “We believe we have added some nice features to our 2012 event which will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.” The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 3‐ounce and 6‐ounce portions.

In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature food from SE Portland’s Ya Hala restaurant, ongoing demonstrations of apple pressing courtesy of Bushwhacker and non‐alcoholic beverages from Maletis Beverage. The Portland Aerial Tram will be offering 2‐for‐1 rides to event attendees and Cider Summit NW encourages use of the Portland Streetcar to the event “We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co‐founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We have found a great home in the South Waterfront neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders.

The vast majority will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets, Umpqua Bank’s South Waterfront branch, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops.

Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. From 11a‐12n arriving guests will receive 2 additional “happy hour” tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.

The event is 21 and over only. Dogs will be allowed on event grounds.

For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit www.cidersummitnw.com.

 

Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association (www.nwcider.org)
and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org)

The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients. Cider Summit NW is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors Umpqua Bank, KNRK 94/7 alternative Portland, Maletis Beverage, Portland Aerial Tram, Portland Streetcar, and South Waterfront Community Relations office.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro ‐ SBS Imports
206.527.4191
alanmshapiro@sbs‐imports.com

Orchard Management: Cider Fruit Production - 2 Alternate Dates: June 23rd and July 28th.

Both sections will be held at WSU NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 from 9:00am - 4:30pm

Registration Fee: $75 per person

This one day class offers the basics of tree fruit production with emphasis on cider and dessert apple varieties. Expert orchardist Gary Moulton will discuss topics on rootstock, nutrient management, pest management, irrigation, orchard layout planting, pruning, and harvest techniques. The class coincides with Cider Production: Principles & Practices but is open to anyone interested in learning about the essentials of orchard management. The format of the class will be a lecture and discussion followed by an optional tour of nearby Red Barn Cider and orchard.
 
Registration fee to attend the class is $75/person. The fee includes snacks, light lunch, and all lecture materials. Fee is waived for participants attending the Cider Production: P&P course.
 
Instructor Gary Moulton started in 1980 with the Fruit Horticulture department at the WSU Research Station in Mt. Vernon. 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 has authored several WSU Extension publications and produced a widely regarded video on pruning fruit trees.

To register visit the NABC website.


Cider Making - Principles and Practices 06/25/12 - 06/30/12

Mount Vernon, WA
Registration open to the public

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center is bringing internationally recognized cider production expert Peter Mitchell back to the Skagit Valley to lead another of his popular and intensive week-long classes in cider and perry production. Mitchell has over 26 years of practical experience in hard cider production. He is a certified UK and USA cider competition judge and an award-winning producer in his own right. If you have wanted to develop your skills in hard cider and perry making, this is the course to attend. "Cider Making-Principles and Practices" will be held at the WSU Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon, WA.

The course will run 8:00am - 5:00pm daily, June 25 - 29, 2012. Mitchell will cover technical industry foundations such as the cider market, business opportunity, orcharding, production methods and management, and quality control. The class will provide practical processing and laboratory work along with lectures. The week will also be filled with cider making workshops and a field-trip visit to a commercial cider house.

The format and content of the class is suitable for beginners, new businesses and existing producers (large & small-scale) alike. In addition to the week long program is an optional Certificate in Cider and Perry Appreciation by the National Association of Cider Makers'. This certification is designed for individuals who wish to gain a recognized formal industry qualification, the only one of its kind.

Registration is open. http://www.agbizcenter.org/node/58

Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend 2012 - July 7, 2012

Saturday, July 7th 2012
The Northwest Cider Association is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend will be held on Saturday July 7th 2012 at the beautiful Maritime Center on the water in Port Townsend.

 

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates and information.

 

For more complete event information and directions click here.