Inaugural Pacific Northwest Cider Awards Will Feature 27 Cideries

2014 Pacific Northwest Cider Awards

Press Release:

SEATTLE (April 23, 2014) – A little over one month away from its first annual cider competition and festival, Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce an exciting list of participating cideries and ciders! Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Washington Beer Blog and Capitol Cider, a total of 27 cideries from four states – including Washington, Oregon, Montana and Vancouver, B.C. – will be participating in the PNWCA’s private judging and competition, taking place June 5 at Seattle’s Capitol Cider Bar. With a total of 103 ciders broken up into 10 distinct categories, judges from throughout the Pacific Northwest will participate in a moderated tasting and judging process before awarding medals. In the three days following, June 6-8, cider lovers will have the chance to enjoy more than 25 ciders on tap at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, as we celebrate competition winners and the Pacific Northwest’s growing cider industry.

“We are beyond thrilled at the response we’ve received the first year of this competition,” Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company and committee member for the PNWCA. “It proves how strong the local cider industry is and what an impact it’s continuing to make. In addition to awarding medals for top ciders, we hope the three-day cider festival will help showcase how truly unique Pacific Northwest cideries and their ciders are.”

Cideries participating in the PNWCA’s first annual competition include:

2 Towns Ciderhouse
Alpenfire Cider
Bull Run Cider
Blue Mountain Cider
Cascadia Ciderworks
D’s Wicked Cider
Dragon’s Head Cider
Finnegan Cider
Finnriver Cidery
Grizzly Ciderworks
Liberty Ciderworks
Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Montana Ciderworks
Niegel Vintners
Portland Cider Company
Red Tank Cider
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Schilling Cider Company
Sea Cider Ciderhouse
Seattle Cider Company
Snowdrift Cider Company
Tieton Cider Works
Tod Creek Craft Cider
Traditions Ciderworks
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Whiskey Barrel Cider

Of these cideries, at least 20 will be featuring a cider on tap at the PNWCA cider festival taking place at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods (4700 Ohio Ave S), Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8. Open to the public, this festival will feature more than 25 ciders on tap, giving Seattle-area cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. As part of the festival, each cider or tasting flight purchased will be accompanied by a voting slip, allowing for one vote per purchase. The cider with the most votes at the end of the festival will be awarded the People Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 9 via and PNWCA social media.

The Woods will be open for the PNWCA Cider Festival on Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm for the event, with food available from popular food truck Contigo on Friday and Saturday, as well as Where Ya at Matt on Saturday and Sunday. Tastings flights and pints will be available. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event.

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