2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Winners

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Yesterday on June 5, 2015, many craft cider industry insiders and media joined forces at Capitol Cider in Seattle to judge 145 ciders from 38 different cideries from throughout the Pacific Northwest. This judging took place for the 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) that gave out awards in 14 different categories along with a “Best in Show” award.

This year the PNWCA handed out medals to 42 winning ciders from Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. The “Best in Show” medal was chosen from a second tasting made up of the gold medal recipients from each category and this award went to Salem, Oregon’s Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Bloom.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’ve seen from cidermakers and cider lovers at this second annual awards program and festival,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association.  “The industry is growing so fast, so it’s exciting to see both established and new cideries doing great things. It’s also a really fun way to keep tabs on what regional cidermakers are up to. For example, this year we had 18 fruit cider and 19 hopped ciders entered, both of which are becoming big styles here in the Pacific Northwest.”

Below is a breakdown on the winners of the 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards by category:

Modern Dry
Gold: 2 Towns Ciderhouse BrightCider
Silver: Cascadia Ciderworkers United Dry
Bronze: Grizzly Ciderworks The Ridge

Modern Sweet
Gold: Cockrell Hard Cider Original
Gold: Anthem Cider
Bronze: Spire Mountain Cider Red Apple

Traditional Dry
Gold: Left Field Cider Co Little Dry
Silver: Twisted Hills Craft Cider Kingston’s Fate
Bronze: Seattle Cider Company Washington Heirloom 2014
Bronze: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Kings & Spies

Traditional Sweet
Gold: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Bloom
Silver: Twisted Hills Craft Cider Calville’s Winter
Bronze: 2 Towns Ciderhouse 2013 Riverwood

Modern Perry
Gold: Left Field Cider Co Pear Dry
Silver: Nashi Orchards Chojuro Asian Pear Perry
Bronze: Spire Mountain Ciders Sparkling Pear

Traditional Perry
Gold: Tieton Cider Works Sparkling Perry

Old World
Gold: Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Lorrie’s Gold
Silver: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Bittersweet
Silver: Liberty Ciderworks English Style

Gold: Apple Outlaw Ginger Bite
Silver: Sixknot Cider Gingerella
Bronze: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Ginja Ninja

Wood Aged
Gold: Finnriver Farm & Ciderhouse Fire Barrel
Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Prohibition
Bronze: Tieton Cider Works Cidermaker’s Reserve

Gold: Blue Mountain Cider Company Peach Hard Apple Cider
Silver: Honey Moon Raspberry CiderHead
Bronze: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Bramble Bubbly

Gold: Honey Moon Rhubarb CiderHead
Silver: Seattle Cider Company Three Pepper
Bronze: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cherried Away

Gold: Square Mile Cider Co. Spur and Vine Hopped
Silver: Finnriver Farm & Ciderhouse Dry Hopped
Silver: Swift Cider Dank Hop

Single Varietal
Gold: Nashi Orchards Mountain Rose
Gold: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Pippins
Bronze: Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Revelation Newtown Pippin

Gold: Spire Mountain Ciders Dark and Dry Apple
Silver: Red Tank CHOPS!
Bronze: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Wild English

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Bloom

The Pacific Northwest Cider Awards are hosted by the Northwest Cider Association, and sponsored by Seattle Cider Company, Capitol Cider and FruitSmart.