NWCA Cidermaker Dinner coming to PDX 04/04!

Our popular Cidermaker’s Dinner is coming to Portland for the first time! The evening offers PDX residents a remarkable opportunity to taste many of our beverages, while learning about the cider process from orchard to glass. The first hour of the event will feature a casual passing of appetizers to be enjoyed with two ciders from member cideries.   Many cidermakers will be on hand to answer your questions and share information about their orchards and forthcoming ciders.

The dinner takes place at the renowned Clarklewis restaurant, known for their commitment to local, organic ingredients. Chef Dolan Lane will prepare a four-course meal, with each course paired with two different Northwest craft ciders and featuring cider as a component of the dish.

Read more about it on our Cidermaker’s Dinner PDX event page.

2nd Annual Cidermaker’s Dinner in Seattle – February 25th 2012

Craft cider, made with traditional methods and heirloom apple varieties, is a deliciously historic beverage that’s making a remarkable comeback in the Pacific Northwest. Created just over a year ago, the Northwest Cider Association currently boasts 17 member cideries spread across the region. The 2nd annual Cider Maker’s Dinner offers a remarkable opportunity to taste many of their beverages, while learning about the cider process from orchard to glass.

For more information or to buy tickets head on over to our 2nd Annual Cidermaker’s Dinner event page.

Peter Mitchell – Cider and Perry Sensory Evaluation – 07/05

Sponsored by the NW CIder Association in conjunction with Mitchell F&D Limited.
Tuesday July 5th – Morning Session 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM | Afternoon Session 1:45 to 5:45 PM.
Seattle, WA

For anyone who enjoys drinking cider or for anyone who works in an industry that sells cider this class is a must for you.  Learn about the history, product definitions, the types and styles, and food pairings for cider and perry.   The class will include a sampling of products where you will be asked to assess product quality and identify the flavors and aromas.

When you leave you will have gained the knowledge to taste and discuss the many aspects of cider and perry.

When:  July 5, 2011  2 Sessions 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM & 1:45 PM to 5:45 PM
Where:   Wine World Warehouse – 400 NE 45th St. Seattle, WA

For more information and a breakdown of each session visit our special event listing page.
Or you can head over to Brown Paper Tickets and reserve your space.


Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Comes to Emerging South Waterfront Neighborhood

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR.  The inaugural Portland event will be on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11am-7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood along the Willamette River.  The event is presented by Barbur World Foods (barburworldfoods.com) & Bushwhacker Cider (bushwhackercider.com).

Last September, SBS & Seattle Beer Collective created Cider Summit NW in Seattle with a tasting of over 50 elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, and France.  “We received an enthusiastic response from both the producers and attendees,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts.  “We are very excited to expand to Portland and 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.  Each featured cider is made from 100% pressed apples (or pears) and is made without concentrates or other additives.  In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature food from SE Portland’s Ya Halah restaurant, ongoing demonstrations of apple pressing courtesy of Bushwhacker and Ryan’s Juice, 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.  “This new park is a great setting, 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 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 KNRK 94/7 alternative Portland, Maletis Beverage, Ryan’s Juice, Portland Aerial Tram, Portland Streetcar, and South Waterfront Community Relations office.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro – SBS Imports

Another Cheesy Cider Festival – Monday May 23rd 2011, 6-9 PM

Peterson Cheese, SBS Imports and Quinn’s present the ONLY cider festival of this year’s Seattle Beer Week. As most know, handcrafted ciders are on the up and up- but as some may NOT know, hard cider and cheese is one of the best food pairings on the planet.

Five different cider houses (Aspall, JK Scrumpys, Tieton, Wandering Aengus, Westcott Bay) will be representing ten different styles of handcrafted ciders with as many artisanal cheeses on hand with which to pair. Meet some of these brilliant new cider masters and allow experienced cheese mongers to guide you on an exploration of some of the best cheeses available in the city.

$20 (plus tax) presale or $25 at the door. Limited availability.

Please contact Quinn’s for reservations. 206.325.7711


News Story: No wildfire for two Peninsula businesses; they change names rather than fight legal threat

An excerpt from the Peninsula Daily News Online.

Two North Olympic Peninsula businesses have changed their names after a Chicago-based restaurant chain threatened to sue over copyright infringement.

The Wildfire Grill at 929 W. Eighth St. in Port Angeles is now LD’s Woodfire Grill, though the sign may remain the same for a while.

And Wildfire Cider of 220 Pocket Lane in Port Townsend is now officially Alpenfire Cider.

The owners of both businesses said they are perplexed as to why they were told by Wildfire Restaurants — a steak and seafood restaurant chain with locations in Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia and Virginia, but none in Washington — to change their names or face litigation.

Read the entire article at Peninsula Daily News Online.

Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival May 13-14th

Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival
Eastsound Green, Orcas Island, WA  –  May 13 and May 14th

May 13th
Pairing and Tasting at Allium Restaurant on Orcas Island.  Possible infused dish if Cider maker has specific thoughts on dish, etc. In the process of securing two additional restaurants for Pairing/Tasting.

May 14th 10AM-3PM
Located at the Eastsound Green along with the Farmers market, tents will be set up to for product sampling and conversation with the cider producers.

Producers will Judge Home Brew Cider for 1-3 place prizes and potentially cash prize.

All the proceeds will go to the Orcas Island Educational Foundation for their Farm-to-cafeteria program

Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition Results

Congratulations are due for our member cidermakers who were awarded medals in last week’s 6th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.  Here are the categories we placed in and how our folks did.

Category 27a – Common Cider (35 Total Entries)
Silver    Snowdrift Cider Company    Cliffbreaks Blend    Washington
Bronze    Snowdrift Cider Company    Orchard Select    Washington

Category 27b – English Cider  (19 Total Entries)
Gold    Tulip Valley Winery    Red Barn Fire Barrel Cider    Washington
Silver    Tieton Cider Works    Blossom Nectar    Washington
Silver    San Juan Island Distillery    Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry    Washington
Silver    San Juan Island Distillery    Westcott Bay Traditional Dry    Washington
Bronze    San Juan Island Distillery    Westcott Bay Traditional Medium Sweet    Washington
Bronze    Tieton Cider Works    Tieton Blend Cider    Washington
Bronze    Snowdrift Cider Company    Dry Cider    Washington

Category 27c – French Cider  (4 Total Entries)
Bronze    Finnriver Cidery    Artisan Sparkling Cider    Washington

Category 28a – New England Cider (2 Total Entries)
Silver    Snowdrift Cider Company    Semi-Dry Cider    Washington

Category 28b – Fruit Cider (16 Total Entries)
Bronze    Tieton Cider Works    Cherry Cider    Washington

Category 28d – Specialty Cider (19 Total Entries)
Bronze    Alpenfire Cider    Pirate’s Plank-Bone Dry    Washington

Category 2006-2b  Intensified Cider – Postfermentation (Pommeau) (9 Total Entries)
Silver    Finnriver Cidery    Spirited Apple Wine    Washington

Category 2006-3a  Distilled – Eau de vie (5 Total Entries)
Gold    San Juan Island Distillery    Apple Eau de vie    Washington

Seattle Cider Tasting at Bottleworks – Sunday April 3rd, 2011

Bottleworks - Seattle, WA.

Let the cider tasting season begin again!

On Sunday April 3rd from 1-3 PM there will be a cider tasting event at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood  of Seattle. 4 of our Northwest Cider Association cidermaker members will be pouring. Alpenfire Cider, Finnriver Cidery, Red Barn Cider, and Tieton CiderWorks.

Last year’s tasting at Bottlworks was a really great time. If you are in the area drop by and meet some of fabulous NW cidermakers and taste some of their delicious craft ciders!

For more information please visit the Bottleworks Blog, or follow Bottleworks on Twitter.

NW Cider at Taste Washington!

Sunday March 27th is Taste Washington’s Grand Tasting at Qwest Field Event Center and a handful of our Northwest Cider Association Cidermakers will be there representing cider and pouring their wares. This is one of the wine events of the year to attend and we are proud to be included amongst Washington’s finest winemakers.

For information on purchasing Taste Washington tickets and event schedules visit their website @ http://tastewashington.org/

Here is a list of our cidermakers that will be there and exactly what they will be pouring.

Eaglemount Wine & Cider; Ginger Cider

Finnriver; Artisan Dry Cider, Spirited Apple Fruit Wine, Apple Blueberry Cider, Apple Blueberry Cider

Snowdrift Cider Company; Dry Cider, Semi-Dry Cider, Cliffbreaks Blend Cider

Tieton Cider Works; Precipice Perry Cider, Wild Washington Apple Cider, Blossom Nectar Cider, Harmony Reserve Cider

Red Barn Cider/Tulip Valley Vineyard & Orchard; Burro Loco Cider, Red Barn Fire Barrel Cider, Red Barn Jonagold Cider

Westcott Bay Cider; Dry Cider, Medium Sweet Cider




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