NW Cider Symposium Features

Cider Tasting: 3/16 at 4:30 pm

Keynote: 3/17 at 9:00 am

Cocktail Hour:  3/17 at 4:30 pm

C-I-D-E-R Bingo!: 3/16 - 3/18 (closes at 3:00 pm)

TUESDAY 3/16, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Meet with cidermakers from across Washington state, as we host our premier Virtual Tasting for the NW Cider Club!

Cidermakers from NW Cider Club’s spring 2021 Discover and Elevated Boxes will be live to answer questions and share details about their cider, cideries (from Seattle to Wenatchee) and the passion that inspires them.

Preview what will be in the tasting line up at

Alpenfire Cider
Bad Granny Cider
Dragon’s Head Cider
Farmstrong Brewing/Ragged & Right Cider
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Herb’s Cider
Independent Cider
Snowdrift Cider
Seattle Cider
Union Hill Cider



WEDNESDAY 3/17, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Tom Oliver, Cidermaker & Owner at Oliver’s Cider and Perry

Is it possible for all cider makers to get along? Northwest Cider Association, the American Cider Association and indeed
the National Association of Cider Makers in the UK both advocate for Life Under the Big Tent. However, it needs to be more than an awning to see a new day dawning, to take cider forward and for it to both gain market share and elevate it’s status because both aspects are vital for a vibrant future for cider.

The fact that cider (“an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice?”) is worldwide, a very varied drink gives rise to much controversy. Ranging from the more tightly controlled definitions of Sidra in Spain and French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, Austria’s Mostviertal, Germany’s Apfelwein to the ability to make an alcopop, taxed as a cider in the UK but actually not containing any apple! While mainstream cider itself in the UK has a more complicated than necessary definition that says on the tin it must contain 35% apple juice but in reality can sink much lower than that. At least the USA shows more commitment to the apple with a 50% minimum.
However, maybe this inability to pin cider down, force it into a corner, be something that others want it to be, is a strength not a weakness.
Let’s see…….


Virtual Cocktail Hour: From Ingredients to Intention
Wednesday 3/17, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

A live step-by-step demo will guide you to create two cider cocktails. First, up, Union Hill Co-owner, Andrew Handley crafts a cidery original cocktail, Pinkheart Drop, reminiscent of a vodka lemonade, showcasing the delicate profile and soft pink hue of their Pinkheart cider made with red fleshed apples. The second cocktail featuring Finnriver

Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s Black Current Social Justice Cider with craft bitters from Mountain Rose Herbs. Read the full recipe and blog post. Finnriver’s award winning Cidermaker, Andrew Byers will talk shop about the cidery’s production, mission and share how their Social Justice Cider Project is shifting energy towards greater equity and justice by raising awareness of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) led projects, sharing resources with groups doing this vital work.


Pinkheart Drop Cider Cocktail

1 oz. Vodka

.5 oz Lemoncelo

3 oz Union Hill Pinkheart Cider

Combine all the ingredients over crushed ice and shake and strain into a couple glass. Garnish with a dried apple.

Cassis Cider Cocktail

Makes two 5 oz. drinks

  • Ice
  • 2 oz. bourbon whiskey (port-barrel finished)
  • 1 dropper Mountain Rose Herbs' Botanical Bitters 
  • 4 oz. Finnriver Social Justice Cider or other black currant cassis cider
  • 4 oz. Prosecco (or sparkling cider)
  • 1 organic lime


  1. Fill each glass half way with ice.
  2. Divide whiskey and bitters between glasses, gently stir.
  3. Divide hard cider and sparkling wine between glasses.
  4. Squeeze 1/4 lime into each glass.
  5. Slice remaining half of lime and garnish each glass with a lime slice.
  6. Enjoy!

Pro Tip

  • Sub sparkling cider for white wine or substitute sparkling water for a lower carb, lower alcohol version

Read more about this cocktail

C-I-D-E-R Bingo!

Visit the Trade Show and WIN - we have a fantastic line up of Allied Supplier members ready to meet with you face to face during our live trade show times. We've asked our vendors to share something unique about themselves and turned it into a human C-I-D-E-R Bingo game. Here's how to play and win:

  • Pick up a bingo Card at the NW Cider Association booth in the Trade Show (or below). There are 3 to choose from, you can play one or all 3
  • Chat with vendors and attendees to find people who match the traits on your card.
  • Keep track of their names and submit your winning card or answers for a chance to win great prizes.

3 ways to win C-I-D-E-R bingo

  1. 5 in a row: 5 names in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal). You'll be entered into the raffle.
  2. C is for Cider: 13 names total across the top row, C column, and bottom row to make a big letter C. First one to C wins two NW Cider Symposium 2022 registrations and raffle entry.
  3. All 25: fill in all 25 squares. First one to submit a full card wins a NW Cider Club box of cider and raffle entry.

3 ways to submit your winning C-I-D-E-R bingo card

  1. Upload your filled out card via this form as an image, pdf, or sheet.
  2. Enter the 5 traits & 5 names in your winning row via the form.
  3. Email your filled out card to with the subject "Bingo!"

Click here to submit your winning card by 3 pm Thursday 3/18/21

C-I-D-E-R Bingo Cards

Download & print a card or use the google sheet version to edit online. To edit online, you need to go to File > Make a copy and save to your google drive.

Download Gold Card.     Get google sheet Gold Card.

Download Green Card.   Get google sheet Green Card.

Download Blue Card.      Get google sheet Blue Card.