2018 Portland International Cider Cup Complete List Of Award Winning Ciders

Last week the 6th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) took place at the Lagunitas Community Room in North Portland. During the ceremony 100 cidermakers and cider fans attended that ceremony that awarded medal in 19 different cider categories.

Back on March 25, 2018, Square Mile Cider hosted 60 cider judges from across the country that judged to almost 170 ciders that were entered from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Within the 19 categories sampled, judges found ciders in 16 categories worthy of gold medals. These 16 ciders went on to compete in the Best of Show round, in which the head judges from each table found the Sea Cider Bittersweet to be the best of the best.

For the first time in the six years of the PICC, a cidery from British Columbia, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, took home the Best of Show Award, the competition’s highest honor, and received the coveted Cider Cup.

“We are thrilled that Bittersweet has been awarded Best of Show at PICC,” said Kristen Needham Jordan, owner and cidermaster at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in a statement. “Bittersweet reflects our farm: it is 100% estate grown, pressed, fermented and bottled at Sea Cider. Bittersweet is also one of our most traditional ciders, and showcases the earthy, spicy phenolics of the traditional bittersweets and bittersharps that we grow.”

“Our Northwest cidermakers make such a wide range of flavorful ciders, innovating from what our ancestors used to make in America’s early days,” explained Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association in a statement. “The next time you’re in the grocery store, we encourage you to pick up one of the medal winning ciders.”

Here’s a list of the highest awards given out at the 2018 Portland International Cider Cup.

Best of Show:
Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Sea Cider Bittersweet   Best of Show
Montana CiderWorks, Darby Pub Cider   Runner-up

Cideries of the Year:
Large Cidery of the Year – 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Small Cidery of the Year – Montana CiderWorks
Medium Cider of the Year – Swift Cider
New Cidery of the Year – Western Cider Company

Here is the complete list of 2018 Portland International Cider Cup Winners:

Fruit Cider-Cane Fruit
Gold – Swift Cider, Marionberry
Silver – Bauman’s Cider, Loganberry Cider
Bronze – Seattle Cider Company, Berry Rose

Fruit Cider-Other Fruit
Gold – Draper Girls Cider Co., Aronia Berry
Silver – North Idaho Cider, North Idaho Berry Eclipse
Bronze – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Rhubarbian

Fruit Cider-Cherry
Silver – Tieton Ciderworks, Cherry

Fruit Cider-Stone Fruit
Gold – Rack and Cloth, Peche
Silver – 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Bronze – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Man Gogh

Hopped Cider
Gold – Square Mile Cider Company, Hopped Apple Cider
Silver – Swift Cider, Pineapple Hop
Bronze – Rootwood Cider Company, Hop Infused

Spiced/Herbed Cider
Gold – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Nice and Naughty
Silver – Chatter Creek Wine and Cider, Chatter Creek Cider
Bronze – Tumalo Cider Co, Thai Citrus

Silver – Liberty Ciderworks, Stonewall
Bronze – Portland Cider Company, Blackberry Pinot

Modern Cider
Silver – Eden Valley Orchards, Eden Valley Orchards Pear House Cider

Modern Perry
Gold – Elkhorn Brewery, Very Perry
Bronze – Portland Cider Company, Pearfect Perry

Traditional Perry
Gold – Dragon’s Head, Perry
Silver    Carlton Cyderworks, French Lane Perry

Modern Dry Cider
Gold – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Bright Cider
Silver – Western Cider Co., McIntosh 2017
Bronze – Swift Cider, Hard Apple

Modern Sweet Cider
Gold – Portland Cider Company, Sorta Sweet
Silver – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Outcider
Bronze – Montana Ciderworks, McIntosh

Gold – Liberty Ciderworks, Manchurian Crab SV
Silver – Snowdrift Cider Co., Red
Bronze – Elkhorn Brewery, Grape Perry

Gold – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Traditions 2015 La Mure
Bronze – Tieton Cider Works , Perry

English Dry Cider
Gold – Cider Riot!,  Shaken Tree
Silver – Carlton Cyderworks, French Lane Press
Bronze – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, 2 Towns Cellar Series-West Country Replica

English Sweet Cider
Silver – Montana Ciderworks, North Fork Traditional

French Cider
Gold – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Traditions 2016 Cider Bouche
Broze – 2 Towns Ciderhouse, 2016 Demi-Sec

Heritage Dry Cider
Gold – Bauman’s Cider,  Clyde’s Dry
Silver – Finnriver Farm and Cidery,  Finnriver Farmstead Cider
Bronze – WildCraft Ciderworks, Willamette Heritage

Heritage Sweet Cider
Bronze – Western Cider Co., Heirloom