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Greenwood Cider Whiskey Barrel Heirloom Bottle Release with Press Then Press for Washington Cider Week

Whiskey Barrel Heirloom Bottle Release with Press Then Press
Online-only Exclusive Release From Now Through Washington Cider Week

Greenwood Cider and Seattle-based online retailer Press Then Press have partnered for their
first ever online-only exclusive release, Whiskey Barrel Heirloom. 500ml bottles of Whiskey
Barrel Heirloom will be available at pressthenpress.com from now through Washington Cider
Week (9/10 – 9/20). With a virtual Seattle Cider Summit and limited Cider Week events, the two
companies seek to bring something new to isolated at-home celebrations taking place in
Washington and across the country this year.

North Seattle’s Greenwood Cider has offered barrel-aged and heirloom releases, but never one
and the same. Whiskey Barrel Heirloom is a blend of heirloom and cider apples, bittersweet and
bittersharps, aged for six months in Westland whiskey barrels. More than 13 varieties were
used, including Foxwhelp, Muscat de Dieppe, and Reine des Pommes. This is their third barrel-
aged release and first Heirloom Series release of 2020.

Seattle-based Press Then Press is an online retailer of rare, independent and craft ciders. Born
from an evening of drinking fine ciders around a firepit, they became determined to get craft
ciders in the hands of more people so they too can experience the best the Pacific Northwest
has to offer. They now ship to 49 states (Utah excluded).

From the usually boisterous Seattle Cider Summit to the extensive events that occur during
Washington Cider Week, this year is bound to feel a little different. Greenwood Cider and Press
Then Press hope to fill the void of this less-than-ideal year, break out of the mold and offer
something new for cider fans across the country.

Yonder Cider to Launch August 22 in Washington State and Beyond

Wenatchee-based cidery launches Seattle tasting room, online sales and new craft ciders

SEATTLE (August 17, 2020) – Yonder Cider is excited to announce the launch of its new line of
craft ciders, blending modern apples with traditional apples to create ciders as balanced, bright
and complex as the land they come from. Picked and pressed in Wenatchee, Washington – the
heart of Apple Country – Yonder’s unique approach creates ciders that are more full-flavored
and complex than traditional modern ciders, while still remaining affordable and wrapped in
packaging that’s perfect for any occasion. Available in 16-ounce cans ($11.99 four-pack) and
draft, Yonder marks the August 22 launch of its ciders with distribution throughout Washington,
online shipping, a Seattle retail shop and more.

“I’ve always been captivated by the beauty of the Wenatchee Valley and the apples it produces,
along with their unlimited potential for amazing cider,” said Caitlin Braam, founder of Yonder
Cider. “It’s why there was question where we would be producing ours. The depth of flavors and
character coming from the region’s apples are what help set our ciders apart, and we’re excited
to share what Wenatchee has to offer with the rest of Washington and beyond.”
Crafted using a blend of bittersweet cider apples and juicy culinary apples, Yonder creates ciders
that are hardly simple and you can always count on being interesting. With a foundation of
flavorful Fuji and Honeycrisp apples, a variety of cider apples – containing added tannins, acid
and body – are blended in to create a beautifully bright and complex cider. Products available
for launch include:

Dry (6.5% ABV) – Bright, light and refreshing. This easy drinking cider is a blend of traditional
and modern cider apple varieties with bright notes of citrus. Hints of orange and lime dance
with flavors of tropical fruit, making this a very refreshing but hard to define cider. Apples: Fuji,
Honeycrisp, Roxbury Russet, Ashmead’s Kernel, Porter’s Perfection, Wickson Crab
Semi Sweet (6.5% ABV) – Juicy, crisp and beautifully balanced. Bold tones of peaches and
strawberries compete with the nuance of spice, bringing the best out of our red fleshed and
traditional cider apples. This stunning and complex blend will keep you coming back to pinpoint
just what makes it so delicious. Apples: Fuji, Honeycrisp, Golden Russet, Dabinett, Various Red
Fleshed Apples

Palisades (6.5% ABV) – The perfect mix of tangy and tart. A blend of juicy culinary and old-world
apple complexity meets bright and mouthwatering Pacific Northwest blackberries, all of which is
supported by an herbal hint of sage. Inspired by a favorite cocktail at Seattle’s Oliver’s Twist.
Apples: Fuji, Honeycrisp, Roxbury Russet, Dabinett, Various Red Fleshed Apples

 

Yonder Cider will also feature a selection of single varietal ciders available only on draft,
including Roxbury Russet, Red Fleshed and more.

Available from Bellingham to Olympia through NW Beverages and Sound Beverages beginning
August 22, Yonder Cider will also be available throughout the greater Wenatchee/Leavenworth
area via self-distribution with plans for expansion to the rest of the state in the coming months.
From those not in Washington state, Yonder Cider is also now available online for shipping to 40
states.

For those in Seattle, Saturday, August 22 will also mark the official opening of ‘Yonder Bar,’ the
to-go only retail shop for Yonder Cider. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood on 1 st Ave
NW between 78 th Street and 79 th Street (one of Seattle’s now pedestrian-only Stay Healthy
streets), Yonder Bar will offer four-packs and growlers to-go, along with merchandise, special
releases and more. A portion of the proceeds from Yonder Bar will be donated to the Phinney
Neighborhood Association.

“When we dreamed up Yonder, we also dreamed up the perfect tasting room – then COVID hit,”
added Braam. “We quickly pivoted, turned our garage into a little to-go spot, and now we
couldn’t be more excited about Yonder Bar. We love adding something fun to the
neighborhood, while bringing a little piece of Wenatchee to the heart of Seattle.”
Founded by Caitlin Braam (President), Tim Larsen (Head Cidermaker) and Maddy Porter
(Creative Director), Yonder Cider was born out of a true love for cider, both modern and
traditional. With more than a decade of experience in each of their respective fields, the team at
Yonder has spent the last nine months crafting the Yonder brand. Putting branding right
alongside cidermaking in importance, Yonder Cider offers ciders as beautiful as the packaging it
comes in, and through creative marketing, hopes to introduce an entirely new audience to the
world of cider.

For more information and updates, follow Yonder Cider on Instagram and Facebook, or visit the
website at yondercider.com. To buy online, visit yondercider.com/buy-cider.
Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at
caitlin@yondercider.com. Establishments interested in carrying Yonder Cider products are
encouraged to send inquires to hello@yondercider.com.

About Yonder Cider
“I’ll be over yonder.” Yonder Cider was started to bring full-flavored, delicious cider to every
occasion. Whether it’s a hammock, a hike, or your favorite hole-in-the-wall, Yonder is a place
where you’re welcome and every possibility is just within reach. Picked and pressed in
Wenatchee, Washington – the heart of Apple Country – we create cider that's as balanced,
bright and complex as the land itself. Crafted using a blend of bittersweet cider apples and juicy
dessert apples, our ciders are hardly simple, and never straightforward – but you can always
count on them being interesting. Launching August 2020, Yonder Cider will be available in 16-
ounce cans and on draft throughout Seattle at your local grocery store, bottle shop or bar, and
online at yondercider.com. For more information, follow Yonder Cider on Instagram and
Facebook (@yondercider).

 

AMID THE STRUGGLE, CREATIVITY RISES AT SNOWDRIFT CIDER

The COVID-19 pandemic crashed upon the world with destruction in its wake, impacting nearly everyone. Yet where destruction brings pain and toil, life continues its march with new strength, resilience, and creativity. 

“Our business dropped by over 90% overnight,” states Tim Larsen, cidermaker at Snowdrift Cider Co., regarding the limitations placed on businesses in Washington State. “We kept our employees working as long as we possibly could, but did have to furlough our entire staff … it was a heart-wrenching decision to make.” 

But pain has a way of focusing attention, and Tim and the owners, like so many, have poured time and energy into taking a hard look at what they have to work with, uncovering new strategies to move forward—and finding opportunities to help those also struggling. 

…Like the restaurant industry, which was devastated, had to furlough thousands of employees, and quickly scramble to offer delivery and takeout services. 

Resilience, Resistance, Strength 

For some, the pivot has turned into a positive. Zeeks Pizza is a partner restaurant in the Hero Meals program, which delivers fresh meals to front-line workers, donated by supportive community members. That’s not the only plus. Tommy Brooks, Director of Business Development at Zeeks Pizza, reports another shift: thanks to his team’s creativity, their draft beer & cider sales have increased during this time, with growlers sold to-go, to many who previously would enjoy their evenings in bars. 

This move has been good for their business—and it also trickles down to the company’s suppliers, such as Larsen’s cider company. In a time when demand has dried up elsewhere, an opportunity has opened up for them to make a community-minded move and release cider that otherwise would not have sold during this time. So Snowdrift Cider Co. is opening up their 2019 reserves—at cost—to give restaurants an authentic, affordable cider that delivers a special experience from their cider orchard. 

“The goal is to have something exciting out, to draw people out to support restaurants (even if it’s takeout), so they can get more employees working again,” says Larsen. As they stand in support of restaurants, they’ve named this cider Solidarity. “We don’t have a whole lot to offer at this point, but we do have cider – and we’re sharing that!” 

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Snowdrift Cider Co., please contact Tim Larsen at (509) 885-2734, tim@snowdriftcider.com. 

 

Bad Granny Cider Does Good with Three Dynamic Spring Releases

Bad Granny Cider, a family-owned and-operated Washington cidery, recently released three new products into its award-winning line of locally made cider: Nice Pear, Ginger Lime and Mother Load. Based in the fruit belt of Chelan, Washington, and personified by a mischievous and playful matriarch, Bad Granny produces serious ciders that showcase local fruit, traditional techniques and novel innovation. 

The Nice Pear (5.5% ABV) is a perry, the delicate pear-based cousin to cider, exclusively using Washington-grown D’Anjou pears. The semi-dry sip reveals notes of freshly sliced pear, ripe persimmon and a hint of watermelon. 

Perry is a category that consumers are not too familiar with and Granny is always looking to offer something that is rare, and innovative.

The Ginger Lime (6.8% ABV) cider was only available to restaurants but, after a smash success on-premise, Bad Granny did good by canning the cider in 12-ounce six-packs for retail. In this cider, ginger and lime are blended with Honeycrisp apples for a perfect, semi-dry balance of citrus zest, sassy spice and succulent apple.  

The Mother Load takes three of Bad Granny’s best-selling ciders — Honey Crisp, Black Currant and Ginger Lime — and combines them in singular, six-pack box. Granny’s Mother Load gives and gives and gives, as mothers do; the multipack not only offers three different flavors of cider in one package, but also a portion of the proceeds gives back to the Alzheimer’s Fund.

All three releases will be available at major retailers, bottle shops and restaurants across, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. 

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 admin@nwcider.com 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.

 

 

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST CIDER ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY:

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 admin@nwcider.com 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.

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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.

Contact:

Jon Clarenbach

jon@westerncider.com

Matthew LaRubbio

matt@westerncider.com

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 WashingtonCiderWeek.org. For more information, visit PortlandCider.com 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. RELOCATES TO WASHINGTON

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 chris@longdropcider.com or check out their website at www.longdropcider.com

Locations:
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