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<< Vive le Quebec cidre! >>

March 17, 2017 Boucherville – Cider is increasingly “trendy” among consumers. The cider-farmers rejoice, increase their production and buy orchards.

Quebec is even heading towards a record production of cider reaching 5.2 million liters in 2020, according to Martin Cloutier, a professor of management and technology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). By comparison, Quebec produced 3.2 million liters in 2015, and nearly 2 million liters in 2010.

At the SAQ, sales of ready-to-drink ciders jumped 56% from 2015 to 2016. “A higher than average growth in products sold to the SAQ,” says Stéphane Denis, Products Origin Québec to the Crown Corporation. The organization is even considering creating kiosks specifically reserved for cider in some of its stores.

The cider producer Michel Jodoin is particularly fired by the popularity of cider among the young people of the millennium generation. “You see the enthusiasm among the 30 years and under. They discover the cider and consume it in the bars, raises the president of the Cidriculteurs artisans du Québec. Cider is in . He maintains that this enthusiasm goes far beyond the borders of the Beautiful Province. Cider is popular all over North America. In Oregon, for example, the popularity of cider is such that producers diversify their product line with hops and others aged in whiskey barrels,” says Emily Ritchie, director of the Northwest Cider Association.

Bushels of apples!

In Quebec, apple volume for artisanal cider production has increased 88% over the past 10 years, from 91,178 bulls in 2006-2007 to 171,106 bulls for the 2014-2015 production year. These figures exclude the thousands of apple minots used by the eight industrial cider processors located in Quebec. UQAM professor Martin Cloutier believes that cider production could put pressure on apple stocks, as seen in the United Kingdom and some US states. “There is a shortage of apples for making cider. In Quebec, it could become an issue and it’s time to think about it,” says the professor.

Michel Jodoin does not share this concern. He pointed out that cereal farmers have been preparing for this rising demand for three years. “We are several producers to have purchased orchards lately, and others are renewing old orchards. Since Quebec is a country of apples, there will be no shortage. But the supply of apples will nevertheless be a challenge that could have an impact on prices,” he explains.

Cider comes back from afar …

Falling into disgrace in the late 1970s because of quality problems, cider gradually returned from the late 1980s. Robert Demoy of Cidrerie du Minot was one of the first artisans of this renaissance. “When we founded the [Quebec Craftsmen’s Association] association, the cider context was very difficult,” he recalls. We had no market, it was dead.”

By making quality products, the cider-makers have managed to gradually revive the interest of consumers. “Internationally, there is not a year when we are not mad at the range of tastes of Quebec ciders. It is a beautiful wealth that we leave to our next generation. And as a friend cidriculteur said: “Long live Quebec cider!”, says Michel Jodoin.

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Seattle Cider Company to Launch in Nashville March 6

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Seattle Cider Company to Launch in Nashville March 6

Offering dry craft cider made from 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, Seattle Cider Company partners with Lipman Brothers for Tennessee launch

 

SEATTLE (March 3, 2017) – Seattle Cider Company and Lipman Brothers are excited to announce a new partnership, and the fast approaching launch of Seattle Cider’s unique selection of dry craft ciders in Tennessee! Becoming the thirteenth state to carry Seattle Cider Company since their August 2013 opening, Nashville will enjoy the growing cidery’s entire year round, limited and seasonal lineup statewide beginning March 6, with expansion to the remainder of the state scheduled for the coming months.

“As our first new state of 2017, we’re thrilled to be launching in Tennessee and can’t wait to experience all the amazing energy Nashville has to offer,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Seattle Cider Company. “We can’t wait to introduce our ciders to the market and help continue to drive the craft cider movement across the country.”

“‘We are extremely excited to partner with Seattle Cider Company. They bring a new level of artisanship and originality to our portfolio in the Tennessee market,” Ian Wolczyk, Craft & Import Manager of Lipman Brothers, said.

Known for its handcrafted collection of dry, flavorful ciders – successfully bridging the gap between beer and wine – Seattle Cider Company offerings are made from 100 percent fresh-pressed Washington apples, gluten free and never from concentrate. Scheduled to be available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft throughout the Nashville area, initial Seattle Cider Co. offerings will include:

Dry: Dry and pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine and under ripe peach hit the palate with no residual sweetness. One of the driest ciders on the market. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can, draft.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of apricot on the palate. 2.6 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can, draft.

Basil Mint: A seasonal cider fermented with fresh basil and mint, this off-dry cider starts savory and floral, complemented perfectly by a tart, clean finish. Available March – May. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 16-ounce can, draft.

Three Pepper: A small-batch, limited-edition cider, the Three Pepper features an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños. Paired with a unique flavor profile, it combines the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, giving this cider a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish. 2.6 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle, draft.

Gin Botanical: Fermented with spent gin botanicals from Batch 206 Distillery, our Gin Botanical is a semi-dry cider showcasing lemon, orange rind, juniper, cucumber and verbena. Like the spirit that inspired it, this cider is complex, clean, aromatic and refreshing. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle, draft.

To celebrate its Nashville launch, the Seattle Cider Company team will be hosting tastings and events throughout the area the week of March 6. Keep on eye on Seattle Cider Company social media pages for details on where to find the team and their cider! 

Additional ciders will become available in market as they are released throughout the year. Seattle Cider Co. products can currently be found in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado and soon, Tennessee, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. For more information about Seattle Cider, Nashville launch events and more, follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com

About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, uniquely dry cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate. Seattle Cider products are currently available throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Missouri and Colorado. Visit our tasting room, The Woods, open weekly Tuesday – Sunday at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

 

About Lipman Brothers Distributing

With an extensive wholesale portfolio of wine, spirits, beer, bottled water, mixers, crystal and cigars; Lipman Brothers has proven leadership in the marketplace for more than 75 years. Lipman Brothers’ corporate headquarters is located in Nashville with additional facilities in East Tennessee. The company services all trade channels including retail, grocery, convenience and bars/restaurants. As a family-owned and operated enterprise, Lipman Brothers serves as an educational resource for both trade and consumer markets. Lipman is committed to adding value to its customers, setting high standards of respect for its employees, exemplary professional representation of its suppliers, and support for communities throughout the state. LipmanBrothers.com

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2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Cherried Away Arrives for Spring

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2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Cherried Away Arrives for Spring

 

Mar. 2, 2017 Corvallis, OR — Cherried Away soars in as a spring seasonal release from 2 Towns Ciderhouse this week. Washington-grown Montmorency sour cherries and hibiscus blossoms mingle beautifully with fresh-pressed 100 percent Northwest apples to sweep you off your feet with lofty tart and floral aromas.  For the first time, Cherried Away is unfiltered, encouraging the taste of whole cherries to break through like a sunbeam shining through spring rain. With a sessionable 6% ABV, Cherried Away is a great cider to enjoy from brunch time to twilight.

“Of all our ciders, Cherried Away screams to be paired with fresh farmstand goat cheese— a phenomenal pairing,” said Dave Takush, head cider maker at 2 Towns Ciderhouse. “Also try it with quintessential spring flavors like tender glazed carrots or 1960s style deviled eggs.”

Cherried Away will be available from March through the end of June to distributors in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada,  and the Chicago and Minneapolis areas.

About 2 Towns Ciderhouse
At 2 Towns Ciderhouse we believe that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right. Starting with the highest quality whole ingredients from local farms, we take no shortcuts in crafting our ciders. We never add any sugar, concentrates or artificial flavors, and instead use slow, cold fermentation methods to allow the fruit to speak for itself. As a family-owned company, we are committed to the growth of our team and enrichment of our communities. We take pride in producing true Northwest craft cider. For more information on 2 Towns Ciderhouse, visit www.2townsciderhouse.com.

Cider Riot! releases FX Matthieu hopped cider with historic reenactment, hop breeding talk

Cider Riot!® Celebrates the release of an Experimental Organic Hopped cider with Historical Reenactment, Talk on Hop Breeding

 
PORTLAND, Oregon-
March 4th Cider Riot! honors Oregon’s pioneering spirit with the rerelease of F.X. Matthieu hopped cider. Made with X-17 hops bred by Pat Leavy at the Oregon Hophouse, Oregon’s first certified organic hop farm, the cider honors Quebecois revolutionary and founder of the Republic of Oregon, Francois Xavier Matthieu.

To celebrate the FX Matthieu cider the Cider Riot pub welcomes Sue Jaggers, great great granddaughter of F.X. Matthieu, her husband Jim Jaggers who will be portraying F.X. Matthieu in period garb, and hop grower Pat Leavy.

“We’re proud to pay tribute to an Oregonian revolutionary with a revolutionary Oregonian cider,” says Cider Riot! founder Abram Goldman-Armstrong. “We are proud to make this cider with a new variety of organic hops grown near Champoeg where the Republic of Oregon was founded.”

F. X. Matthieu was one of the pivotal votes in favor of forming the Republic of Oregon at Joe Meek’s Wolf Meeting at Champoeg in 1843. Matthieu went on to operate the Butteville Store, and served in the Oregon legislature. His parents hailed from Normandy and Brittany, the two major cider-producing regions of France, and Matthieu was involved in Quebecois independence struggle against the British before fleeing to New York state, and working his way west to Oregon in 1842.

Matthieu Road bisects Leavy’s Oregon Hophouse hop farm near Butteville, inspiring Cider Riot! to name the cider made with the X-17 experimental hops in honor of F.X. Matthieu. Only three breweries nationwide got the 2016 crop of Leavy’s X-17 hops, which lend the cider tropical fruit notes and a spicy herbaceous finish. Pat Leavy, whose grandfather began growing hops in the 1920’s, began breeding hops suited for organic cultivation methods in the Willamette Valley after struggling with disease and pest pressures to commercially available hop varieties. Cider Riot has been making F.X. Matthieu cider with the X-17 hops since 2014, starting out with a 5-gallon test batch. Hopped cider, invented in Oregon a decade ago by Salem’s Wandering Aengus cider has swept the country, and there are now cidermakers around the globe pairing hops and apples. Cider Riot’s year round Everybody Pogo, made with Leavy’s organic Goldings hops is the company’s best-seller.
 
What: F.X. Matthieu Hopped Cider
When: March 4th, 4pm
Where: Cider Riot Pub, 807 NE Couch St, Portland, Oregon 97232
Who: Hop Breeder Pat Leavy, proprietor Oregon Hophouse organic hops, Sue Jaggers, Great Great Grandaughter of F.X. Matthieu, and FX Matthieu as portrayed by Jim Jaggers
 
 
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Portland Cider Company Celebrates Two Anniversaries this Spring

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Portland Cider Company Celebrates Two Anniversaries this Spring
Portland Cider Co. turns 4 years old this March, Portland Cider House celebrates 2 years

February 16, 2017 (Portland, OR) – Portland Cider Company announces two anniversary celebrations this Spring. First, Portland Cider Company’s 4 Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 11am – 11pm. This celebration will happen at Portland Cider Co.’s new taproom and cidery in Clackamas, 8925 SE Jannsen Road, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015. This event is free to attend and open to the public; full details at the Facebook Event Page.

Portland Cider Co.’s 4 Year Anniversary Party will be a family-friendly event until 8pm, kicking off with a 5K Cider Run in partnership with Oregon Brewery Running Series at 11am. Benefiting Oregon Wild, this 5K Cider Run will start and end at Portland Cider’s Clackamas Taproom + Cidery, with live music and raffles following the race. Registration is $30 per person; registration is available online.

Other festivities for the 4 Year Anniversary Party will include:

  • Two special cider releases, including a Throwback Cider, which was a fan favorite in Portland Cider’s 2nd year, Bourbonator, a bourbon barrel aged dry cider, and an aged kriek-style cider made with Oregon cherries called The Queens Kriek.
  • Celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day, which happens to be March 11th. Fun facts about the history of the apple in the United States will be featured in a kids activity area, featuring large games and coloring activities.
  • Live Music by local musicians Laryssa Birdseye and Shane Brown, 4 – 7pm.
  • A special food menu from Portland Cider Co. all-day and guest food truck 808 Grinds, 4 – 7pm.
  • Live screen printing for special 4 Year Anniversary tees from Tour Print and live painting from Marco Serido.

Second, Portland Cider Company’s Hawthorne-Portland location, Portland Cider House, is celebrating its second year on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11am – 11pm. The Portland Cider House Turns 2! party will happen at Portland Cider House on Hawthorne, 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214. This event will be a celebration of all things Northwest cider, just like what Portland Cider House was founded to be about. It’s free to attend and open to the public; full details at the Facebook Event Page.

Cider-centric activities throughout the day at Portland Cider House include:

  • Learn all about cider at Cider 101, led by owner Jeff Parrish, 11am – 12pm.
  • Meet cider makers and industry folks at the Meet the Makers Social, featuring 6 NW Cideries, 4 – 6pm.
  • Rotating cider sampling from local, guest cideries, every 1 ½ hours between 11am – 11pm, with an emphasis on new or micro-cideries.
  • Portland Cider House will have some fan favorites on-tap, including 3 limited release “Throwback” ciders from Portland Cider Co. & 14-18 Guest Cider taps featuring “best sellers” from the last 2 years.

About Portland Cider Company:

The 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. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit www.PortlandCider.com.

 

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Seattle Cider Company’s Popular Basil Mint Returns for Spring

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 Seattle Cider Company’s Popular Basil Mint Returns for Spring

Pleasantly tart and refreshing cider features 200 pounds of fresh basil and mint per batch; available now through May in cans and on draft

 

SEATTLE (February 15, 2017) – This week, Seattle Cider Company celebrates the fast approaching return of spring and its most popular seasonal, Basil Mint! Quickly becoming one of Seattle Cider Company’s fan favorites, this herb-infused cider is light, refreshing, and slightly tart, made with an impressive 100 pounds each of fresh basil and mint per batch. Available at The Woods tasting room beginning this Thursday, February 16, Basil Mint will be hitting shelves and taps across the country over the next month. 

“Our seasonal line of ciders was created to capture the true flavors of real ingredients and Basil Mint delivers with the perfect balance of infusion and apple,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Seattle Cider Company. “Whether you’re hiking, waiting out the winter weather or making cider cocktails at home, this cider fits just about any occasion.”

Offering 6.9 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, Seattle Cider Company’s spring seasonal begins with a base of 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, accompanied by 100 pounds of fresh basil and 100 pounds of fresh mint. Muddled on site, the basil and mint are then added directly to the cider during fermentation, creating an off-dry cider that starts savory and floral, perfectly complemented by a tart, clean finish. Offering an aroma and initial flavor of basil, this cider finishes with just a hint of mint.

Basil Mint, available through May, will be followed by Berry, Pumpkin Spice and Oaked Maple, each released with the season and all available in 16-ounce cans. These delicious ciders can be found on shelves and on draft throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, California, Nevada, Denver, CO and Austin, TX. The seasonal can joins the cidery’s two year round ciders – Dry and Semi Sweet, available in 16-ounce cans – and two limited ciders, Three Pepper and Gin Botanical, available in 22-ounce bottles. 

Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, Seattle Cider Company products are handcrafted with real ingredients, never from concentrate and free from artificial flavorings. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco), or visit seattlecidercompany.com

Media interviews, samples and photos available upon request. Please contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@seattlecidercompany.com. Establishments interested in carrying Seattle Cider Company products are encouraged to send inquires to info@seattlecidercompany.com

About Seattle Cider Company

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful craft cider, Seattle Cider’s offerings break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Available in 16-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Austin, TX. Seattle Cider is also available on tap, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in Seattle, open weekly Tuesday – Sunday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

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Unique Hard Ciders Featured at Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour

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Unique Hard Ciders Featured at

Olympic Peninsula Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour

Two Delicious Weekends – Feb. 11 & 12 and 18, 19, 20

 

Feb. 3, 2017 – A new micro industry has been growing up on the Olympic Peninsula, complementing the region’s artisan wineries and offering consumers an interesting alternative libation – hand-crafted hard cider. This year, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association is turning the spotlight on its member cideries, renaming its popular annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour. Visitors can sample Hot Lamb’s Wool Cider, Raspberry Hopped Cider, Rhubarb Cider and more while also sipping new wine releases, all paired with sweet and savory chocolate delights.

The self-guided tour will take place over two weekends, Feb. 11 & 12, and 18, 19, 20 (President’s Day holiday). Nine wineries and cideries located from Chimacum to Port Angeles will open their doors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and treat tour-goers to a most indulgent experience!

But it’s not only about food and drink. Lots of fun is to be had on tour! At Alpenfire Cider in Port Townsend, find a tag on a tree and win something special! Visitors are invited to help plant a new cider orchard at Eaglemount Wine & Cider, also in Port Townsend. Some lucky tour-goers will have the chance to bottle their own Ruby Dessert Wine under the tutelage of Winemaker Greg Vogtritter at Olympic Cellars in Port Angeles. There will be an art exhibit in the Marrowstone Winery gallery, and seats for sipping and savoring in front of a blazing fire on the patio at Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles. Several wineries will offer special VIP tastings enabling visitors to better refine their palates, and a great way to wrap-up a delicious day of tasting is to catch the post-tour live music at Wind Rose Cellars or Finnriver Farm & Cidery.

Tour tickets are $40.00 online and include wine, cider and chocolate tastings at all nine venues, plus a commemorative wine glass. Tickets purchased at the door of participating venues are $45.00. Independently, each winery/cidery charges a $10.00 per person tasting fee. For additional information, visit www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org.

Tour-goers who have their ticket stamped at all nine venues will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine themed gift basket. The gift basket winner along with a second and third place winner will receive two tickets to the NW Wine and Cheese Tour in May.

Following is a rundown of all that awaits visitors at each winery/cidery.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s weekend to delight your senses with a taste of our special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine. We will share our farm-crafted ciders and wines alongside samples of locally-crafted truffles featuring Finnriver flavors from Elevated Candy Company, and Port Townsend Chocolate Company miniature dark chocolate cups. Enjoy a small glass of Elevated’s sipping chocolate to warm the heart. Sugar Hill Confections will also be on hand with a sampling of their lovingly-made fudges and other delectable selections. Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons we welcome La Crepe de Quimper with Brittany style crepes, and Saturdays we offer our local Bratwurst Special.  Live music Saturday evenings from 5:30-8:30 in our heated outdoor pavilion. Sharing the love at Finnriver!

Marrowstone Vineyards, located on Marrowstone Island,  will be releasing three new red wines for the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour, a 2013 Cabernet-Franc, the Dirty Red Blend (50% Syrah, 50% Tempranillo), and our much anticipated showcase wine, the 2015 Malbec, made with grapes from Two Coyote Vineyard. These amazing new red wines along with our flavorful, dry white wines, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, will be paired individually with an exquisite variety of chocolate from Lynn LeMaster of the Port Townsend Chocolate Co.  We also have all new art displayed in the tasting room and the gallery, to go along with our views from the deck.

In Port Townsend, come visit FairWinds Winery’s Pirate’s Den during the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour! Arrgh – no grog here, only award-winning wines! Taste our current releases as well as our Platinum award-winning Lemberger! FairWinds will have its seven current releases available for your enjoyment along with a couple of “special” pours. Sample the chocolate fountain with a range of “dippers” from salty pretzels to sweet strawberries. Slip out of your wine tasting self and into your pirate persona for a selfie. Participate in a simple, but fun game to win a taste from the barrel of the next cabernet to be bottled. Just remember–whatever happens at FairWinds Winery—goes on Facebook! Wine, chocolate and pirates – oh yeah!

At Alpenfire Cider, also in Port Townsend, help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at our Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our trees, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb’s Wool Cider. Find an apple tag on a tree and see what you win, maybe a free tasting or 50 percent off a case of cider! Choklatude will serve samples of their amazing and delicious brewing cacao. Along with cider favorites old and new we will be serving chocolate covered apple caramels and molé bites. See you soon!

Eaglemount Wine & Cider, Port Townsend, is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. We will pair our artisan wines, ciders and fruit meads with Jim’s delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles and caramel sauce. Eaglemount will also feature an array of colorful ciders and wines that will bring out your Valentine’s spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine and more! We will release our Petit Verdot in honor of the season, as well as Honey Pear Mead, and might have another surprise or two up our sleeves. We will also be planting our new cider orchard during parts of the event and welcome participants to jump in and help with orchard planning, soil preparation, planting bare root trees, pruning and more! 

In Sequim, Wind Rose Cellars is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne’s Chocolates. She’ll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines this tour: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter’s Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend), 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo. We’ll pair three of our wines with Yvonne’s chocolates hoping to delight and test your senses. We’ll also have our VIP bar for an additional tasting fee, where you can talk with the winemaker about his passion and winemaking process. Join us for live music both weekends. Friday, Feb. 10 “Bread and Gravy” (rock/blues), Saturday, Feb. 11 “Malcolm Clark Trio” (Blues), Friday, Feb. 17 “Me and the Boys” (Bluegrass/newgrass) and Saturday, Feb. 18 “Craig Buhler Trio” (West Coast jazz). Music show is from 7-9pm each night. 

Port Angeles’ Olympic Cellars will feature new releases of our dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White is made from locally-grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend from our Madeleine Angevine wine. Our brand new Sailing Moon Rose’ is made from locally-grown Regent grapes. This wine tastes of fresh berries with a lovely acid/sweet balance. Join us in the cellar where nibbles of mild cheeses and decadent spreads will enhance your tasting. Also, “We Do Fudge” of Sequim will be on-site pairing the perfect fudge flavors with our wines. Winemaker Greg will be on hand to help the adventurous among our guests bottle a 750 ml bottle of Ruby Dessert Wine for $40.00. This very special activity will be limited based on crowd size and demand. As always, Olympic Cellars will have a variety of red and white wines open from which you may to choose to taste. Wine discounts will be available both weekends.

Camaraderie Cellars, also in Port Angeles, is celebrating history. This is our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot. There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. We bring back favorite savory chocolate tastes by firing up the wood-fired oven for the Cocoa Spiced Pulled Pork, serving the delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti. Cozy up to the blazing fire on the patio and share Camaraderie wine memories. Special anniversary pricing for this event: 25% off all wine purchases. Roll the dice to win a special gift!

As the rain gauge fills and the cabin fever spikes, the Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour is the cure for the Northwest winter blues. Harbinger Winery , Port Angeles, will be once again showcasing some newly released red wines paired with “off-the-radar” chocolate. Try the Triple-C cookie that was designed to complement a myriad of wines and conquer small countries. Or, our gold medal Barbera coupled with a layering of chocolate flavors that will make the most cynical heart throb…Experience what roses and Rose’ may have in common besides color and beauty. And why on earth would anyone put pop rocks into chocolate?? Find all these answers and maybe even the meaning of happiness during the Wine, Cider, and Chocolate event! For the more daring souls we are again hosting the VIP reserve wine and aphrodisiac chocolate experience behind the velvet curtains in the Kitty Kat Lounge. Sample our Gold and Double-Platinum offerings while being seduced by Theo’s Chocolates and hand-made delectables. Also being sampled for the event is Port Townsend Brewing’s Chocolate Porter, a full-bodied beer offering visions of dancing cupids after just one glass! Our doors are open and we look forward to your visit.

 

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Schilling Cider House New Female Cider Maker and Sour Barrel Program for Portland

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SCHILLING CIDER HOUSE ANNOUNCES A NEW SPECIALTY SOUR BARREL PROGRAM AND CIDER MAKER FOR PORTLAND. 

“The sour barrel program is something I’m really looking foward to, and I’m even more excited to showcase cider in a way that’s never been done before.” ~Jennie Dorsey

Portland, OR – February 7, 2017 – With its record crushing number of rotating draft handles of craft only hard cider and its sizable international bottle selection, the Schilling Cider House is notorious for being an educational, yet casual, destination for cider makers and cider lovers alike. This spring, with the launch of their second location in the Goat Blocks district of Portland, Oregon, the Schilling Cider House will be adding a micro production of specialty sour barrels, handcrafted by one of only a few female cider makers in the Northwest, Jennie Dorsey.

Jennie began her cider journey over ten years ago in England where she worked part time at a local pub while attending beauty school. She recalls her first pint of English cider with perfect clarity; it was “funky, frothy, thick, but still fruity, it was everything I liked in wine but ramped up. It was full of flavor and complexity but was as approachable as beer.” Jennie spent the next couple of years traveling Europe and educating herself on all things cider and the nuances that each culture brought to the fermented fruit. By the time Jennie returned to the States, she knew cider was her path.

For nearly three years, Jennie has worked as a regional sales manager for Schilling Cider and is one of the founding members of the Pomme Boots Society, an organization designed for women who work in the cider industry. This spring, she will be transitioning to the roll of Oregon Cider Maker and Regional Operations Manager.

When talking about all the new things happening at the Portland location, Jennie says, “The sour barrel program is something I am really looking forward to, and I’m even more excited to showcase cider in a way that’s never been done before.”

Patrons of the Schilling Cider House in Portland will be able to sample the cider sour barrel creations from a small, designated firken at the bar. Jennie says, “the goal of the sour barrel program isn’t to make a profit, it’s to be used as a tool educate cider drinkers and further develop the cider palate.”

The Schilling Cider House Portland is on track to open spring of 2017 at 930 SW 10th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97214. All ciders and food options are 100% gluten-free.

For more information please email nicole@schillingcider.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Finnriver Collaborates with Cider Summit on Saison Cider Release

Press Release: Finnriver Collaborates with Cider Summit on Saison Cider Release

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, producing premium craft cider on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state since 2008, is pleased to partner with the Cider Summit festivals to release a special collaboration cider in celebration of their annual cider tasting events.  This limited edition ’Saison style’ cider will be featured at each of the four annual Cider Summits in 2017, in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. 

According to Cider Summit founder Alan Shapiro, “A mere handful of years ago artisanal cider was barely on the radar of discerning beverage consumers across the U.S.  In an effort to highlight this emerging category, Cider Summit was born in 2010 in Seattle.  Over the next several years the event expanded to four cities across the country and has introduced thousands of new consumers to these artfully crafted beverages.

Finnriver is proud to have been among the earliest supporters of Cider Summit, and together we have designed this new cider to accompany the Cider Summit festivals and to highlight the ongoing renaissance of craft cider in the US.

The Cider Summit collaboration release is a Saison/Farmhouse style cider made from a select blend of Washington Certified Organic apples fermented with a Saison ale yeast at high temperature to bring out the tropical and spice notes of the yeast.

According to Finnriver cidermaker Andrew Byers: This cider is a wonderful opportunity to showcase an influential yeast strain and to continue the exploration of cider styles. To compliment the nose and build the mid-palate structure of this Saison-style cider we dunked a sachet of dried fruit and select spices— melding the wild spice notes of a classic saison with the delicious versatility of Washington state organic apple juice. 

This cider joins hundreds of other traditional and innovative ciders available at the Cider Summit events, representing over 100 producers from around the world, and attracting thousands of cider drinkers to immerse themselves in the cider experience.

Finnriver farms and ferments on 80 certified organic acres in the Chimacum Valley, south of Port Townsend Washington, and is Certified Salmon Safe and a Certified B Corporation.  Finnriver is committed to wise land stewardship through organic agriculture, farmland conservation, habitat restoration, community outreach and education.  Their organic orchard and Cider Garden tasting room are open daily, year-round, with weekend food and live music events, and their farmcrafted ciders are distributed in 12 states across the west coast and midwest.

The Cider Summit special collaboration release will be available at 2017 Cider Summit festivals and at select accounts in each Summit city.

 

Media Contact:
Crystie Kisler
Farmwife • Co-founder
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
www.finnriver.com
mobile: 360-821-9836

 

PRESS RELEASE: Portland Cider Company Announces 2017 Seasonal Bottles with Release of Pineapple Cider

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland Cider Company Announces 2017 Seasonal Bottles with Release of Pineapple Cider
Four seasonal 22oz bottle releases are scheduled for the 1st time by Portland Cider in 2017

January 30, 2017 (Portland, OR) – Portland Cider Company announces the release of 22oz seasonal bottles for the first time in 2017, starting with their new Pineapple cider. Like a sun filled day cruising down the Valley Isle, this pineapple cider brings a tropical oasis to your mouth. Sweetened with 100% fresh pressed pineapple juice, this seasonal cider calls for a little paper umbrella. With a semi-sweet finish, this 6% ABV fruit cider pairs beautifully with barbacoa pork quesadillas, Asian chicken salad and, of course, traditional Hawaiian foods like mac salad and Kahlua pork.

 
“We use whole pineapples that we squeeze fresh, right here in the back of our cidery in Clackamas. It makes the entire building smell like this incredible tropical oasis for a couple of days – we love it,” says Deron Davenport, head cider maker at Portland Cider Company. “There are no artificial flavorings or concentrates used here, keeping the flavor of the pineapple delicate and delicious.”

Other Seasonal 22oz Bottle Releases for 2017 include:

  • Strawberry: Our award-winning 100% pear juice Perry, blended with Oregon strawberries to create a delicate and delightful cider; available June – August 2017.
  • Pumpkin Spice: A combination of the perfect Fall flavors of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Allspice, and Ginger, with our NW apple cider base; available September – November 2017.
  • Cranberry: A fan favorite, our cranberry cider is fermented with fresh Oregon cranberries and a hint of orange peel; available November 2017 – January 2018.

To kick-off the Seasonal Bottle Line-up, the Pineapple bottle will launch Friday, February 3, at the official Pineapple Bottle Release Party & Winter Luau held at both Portland Cider Company taprooms (Hawthorne-Portland or Clackamas). Portland Cider fans can then find Pineapple bottles at select retailers within Portland Cider Co.’s distribution area or either taproom (Hawthorne-Portland or Clackamas). Portland Cider Co. is currently distributed in the states of Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and the Los Angeles area of California.

About Portland Cider Company:

The 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. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit www.PortlandCider.com.

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Helen Lewis
Marketing Director // Cider Propagandist
Portland Cider Company
C: 503-305-0877 | E: helen@portlandcider.com

Cider based on English traditions, made with Northwest ingredients. Drink it, it’s Good!
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