The Northwest Cider Association nurtures the community, economy, and ecosystem of a thriving cider culture for our members and consumers by supporting businesses, inspiring quality, and telling the story of Pacific Northwest cider.
The Northwest Cider Association's Mission is strategically designed to raise all glasses by:
- Increasing sales of NW Cider
- Increasing quality of cider produced in the NW
- Cultivating the NW Cider community
Looking for insight or opportunities to collaborate? Join the NWCA and connect with our 400+ cidery, orchard, allied supplier and enthusiast members via our Member Directory!
NW CIDER GOOGLE GROUP
Share news and learn from other cidermakers, orchardists, and allied suppliers in our members only google group.
CIDERMAKER'S TOOL KIT
Discover skills and tips for all things related to running a professional cider business in the NWCA Cidermaker's Toolkit.
CIDERY MARKETING MATERIAL
Gain access to NWCA marketing materials, including a growing library of professional, unbranded seasonally-relevant cider photographs, monthly social media content calendars, and more!
NW CIDER CLUB
The NW Cider Club, a benefit for Northwest Cider Association members only, is one more way that NWCA helps you market and sell your cider to 550+ club subscribers nationwide.
NW CIDER CUP DISCOUNTS
NW Cider Cup is the most prestigious cider competition in North America, and discounts are only available for NWCA members!
CONSUMER RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY REPORTS
Whether you're starting your cidery or growing an established business, the NWCA regularly conducts consumer market research and releases state of the industry reports to help members flourish.
NW CIDERY MEMBERS MAP
Get discovered by customers near and far on our online Cidery Member Map and printed NWCA Cidery Members brochure! Printed brochures are offered free of charge to all NWCA members and we also partner with regional tourism bureaus to make brochures available to tourists.
NW CIDER SYMPOSIUM EXCLUSIVES
NWCA members receive discounts to attend our regional cider conference, where they can grow their business and connect with fellow cider makers, orchardists, and suppliers! With more advanced content than other events, 300+ cider industry professionals learn about marketing, making cider, running a cidery business, and orcharding. Members also gain access to past NW Cider Symposium presentation slide decks to help your business thrive.
A THRIVING COMMUNITY OF NW CIDER INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
Join our vibrant and supportive community to connect with and uplift fellow Northwest cider industry professionals.
NW CIDER EVENTS
Join fellow members at regional NW Cider events to bolster the community and make connections.
Proudly display an exclusive membership badge on your website and in your cidery, orchard, or taproom!
MEMBERSHIP LEVELS AND FEES
CIDERMAKER MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
- Cidery-in-Planning (CIP) ($235 USD)
- Nano Cidery: 0 to 10,000 gallons ($471 USD)
- Micro Cidery: 10,001 to 20,000 gallons ($883 USD)
- Small Cidery: 20,001 to 50,000 gallons ($1,178 USD)
- Large Cidery: 50,001 to 100,000 gallons ($1,766 USD)
- Extra Large Cidery: 100,001 to 250,000 gallons ($2,356 USD)
- Volume Cidery: 250,001+ gallons ($2,945 USD)
- Non-regional Cidery: for cidermakers outside of BC, ID, MT, OR, and WA ($176 USD)
Access for all cidery owners and employees.
NON-CIDERY MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
- Orchards ($176 USD)
- VIP status, newsletter subscription, NWCA forum and social media access, member decal, permission to display NWCA logo on member website and printed materials, and listing on NWCA website
- Allied Suppliers ($423 USD)
- VIP status, newsletter subscription, NWCA forum access, social media access, member decal, permission to display NWCA logo on member website and printed materials, priority for event participation (sponsorship, advertising, and space), and listing on NWCA website
Access for all owners and employees.
Are you a cider influencer, home cidermaker, or cider enthusiast interested in joining the association?
Sign up for our Cider Enthusiast Membership ($59) to show your support for the Northwest cider industry and receive access to all of our membership benefits, including invites and discounts to our many events.
WHAT DOES THE NWCA DO FOR ITS MEMBERS?
We focus on making it easier for you to run a small business so you have more time to enjoy life.
SALES AND MARKETING SUPPORT
The NWCA works to drive direct to consumer and Business to Business NW cider sales. Getting in front of trade, distributors, and customers is a heavy lift. We're here to lighten the load by hosting numerous consumer and trade facing events all designed to increase their knowledge, positive attitude, purchases of NW Cider. And now, the NW Cider Club, a benefit for Northwest Cider Association members only, is one more way that NWCA helps you market and sell your cider to 550+ club subscribers nationwide. In the past five years, NWCA has leveraged membership dollars to bring in over $500,000 in grant dollars to support marketing and communications to distributors, the trade, and consumers.
We work hard to maintain the quality of our regional cider brand. Our annual Northwest Cider Cup (formerly Portland International Cider Cup) is open to all professional cidermakers in our region and our experienced judges give direct written feedback to all entrants. Consumer education events teach cider drinkers to appreciate the unique flavors, and the NW Cider Symposium is an annual conference that offers educational opportunities for all in the field.
NWCA is committed to creating community in our cidermaking region and beyond. Our annual NW Cider Symposium, Portland International Cider Cup, and frequent in-person gatherings create community and make our industry stronger. As a member, you'll be able to deepen connections with peers in the brewing, winemaking, and distillery industry to leverage resources, find common ground in advocacy, and unique opportunities for collaboration.
NWCA partners with local and national craft beverage advocacy groups to influence federal and state policy to improve our industry. We leverage our collective voice to strategically advocate for our cider community.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY
Laura Cherry of Dragon's Head Cider shares how NWCA membership helps her business.
“As one of the founding members of the NWCA, Finnriver Cidery remains committed to supporting the organization with both membership dues as well as by participating on multiple levels including membership on the Board of Directors. We feel strongly that the Association continues to work effectively to promote cider in the NW and to promote NW Cider more broadly, for the benefit of all of its members.
The NWCA is far ahead of any other regional cider association in the country in terms of organization, cohesiveness, and implementation of projects to benefit members in the industry.
The continued growth of the NWCA will help ensure that the NW Region solidifies its growing reputation as a hub of cider consumption and more importantly as the epicenter of high-quality cider-production, collaboration, and cooperation amongst and between cider producers. Join us today!”
— Eric Jorgensen, Finnriver Cidery Co-founder
"My “3 Words”, if I have to limit it to that…A DEDICATED PARTNER.
The NW Cider Association is exactly that for both its members, as well as the local consumers. The amount of effort, time, and energy that your team puts forth to ensure the success of both the local Cideries and their business partners is a tremendous boon. Emily Ritchie and her staff are among the most dedicated professionals in any industry. They are knowledgeable, passionate, and hard working. Their main goal and focus is for the success and promotion of the Hard Cider industry in the NW and beyond."
—Chad Johnson, NW Naturals
JOIN THE NORTHWEST CIDER COMMUNITY TODAY!