Portland International Cider Competition

  • Reverend Nat's Hard Cider 1813 Northeast 2nd Avenue Portland, OR, 97212 United States

The NWCA is pleased to invite you to participate in the Portland International Cider Competition 2016 -- The Campaign for the Cup! With its acquisition of the event created in 2013, the NWCA is also excited to announce that there will be a public awards ceremony with much pomp and circumstance (and press!) in July (date TBD) to announce the winners, who will remain secret until the awards party. The NWCA will purchase cider from the winning cideries to serve at this ticketed event.

To encourage cidermakers who have never before entered the PICC, the NWCA is offering one free entry and buy one get one free registrations to members who are entering for the first time (for up to 4 free entries). Contact Carolyn Winkler at the email below to use this discount. As always, current NWCA members have a discounted rate of $50/entry. Use the discount code PICC2016 when entering; non-members pay $75/entry.

he PICC cup -- who will take it home this year? From the 2013's Cyser by Merridale, to just-then-starting-up Apple Bandit Original in 2014, to 2015's Perry from Left Field up in Canada, the Best in Show is a coveted and elusive prize. The winner will have their name engraved on the plinth of the cup, and be given the cup to display proudly in their cidery until the 2017 competition. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three scoring ciders in each category. In the extremely unlikely event that all the entries in a particular category scored very low, the category judges may decide to award no medals, or a combination of specific medals. Awards will also be given to both Large and Small Cideries of the Year.

While the bragging rights are worthwhile, professional level judging is what truly sets this competition apart. Judges will include experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals and other commercial cidermakers from across the entry area. Entrant cidermakers are encouraged to participate in the judging and the organizers will ensure that no cidermakers judge a category in which they have an entry. Judges will be provided with breakfast and lunch. All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number and judges will only see that number along with important information needed to properly evaluate the entry, such as category entered, level of carbonation, level of sweetness, alcohol level and any special ingredients or entrant notes.

The competition will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2016 (Happy Father's Day!) at Reverend Nat's Hard Cider (who will not be entering any ciders in the competition). Registration is open now and closes on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Entries must be received at the ship-to/drop-off location no later than 8pm on Friday, June 17, 2016. Entrants are encouraged to readstyle information early to familiarize themselves with entry categories.

This non-BJCP competition is for commercial producers only (holding applicable licenses to produce cider). Only ciders are allowed entry in the competition and the categories have been developed expressly for this competition and reflect the true nature of the commercial cider market as it exists. For detailed information about the style guidelines and categories please visit the entry information page.

Additionally, this competition is for ciders produced in the Pacific Northwest, within the geographic bounds deliniated by theNorthwest Cider Association. Cideries who are already members of the NWCA may enter ciders made within the bounds of theNWCA membership area and will receive a discount on their entry fee. Commercial cideries not yet members of the NWCA but eligible to join the NWCA (including those located in British Columbia, Canada) may enter the competition and enter ciders made within the bounds of the NWCA membership area but will not receive a discount on their entry fee.

Enter now by using our online registration system: http://picc.reverendnatshardcider.com/. You may ship or drop off your entries (to arrive no later than 8pm on Friday, June 17, 2016) at the following location:

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Attention: PICC
1813 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97212

Registrar: Carolyn Winkler, carolyn@reverendnatshardcider.com, 503-381-9785

To arrange in-person drop off of entries please contact Carolyn at the above email or phone.
Judging will take place on Sunday, June 19, beginning at 10:00 AM at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider until completion at, approximately, 4-5 pm.

Best of luck to all entrants!

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