Portland International Cider Cup Competition Awards 31 Cider Medals

Last night the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) awards ceremony took place at Portland Cider Company in Clackamas, Oregon. Hosted by the Northwest Cider Association to kick off 2017 Oregon Cider Week, the competition saw over 150 ciders from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. For the second consecutive year a Montana based cider took home the Best In Show award that went to Western Cider Co. in 2017.

The PICC awards drew a large crowd of around 150 cidermakers and cider fans to Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas event space that celebrated ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest. Judging for the PICC took place by 45 judges from the cider industry on April 9th at Square Mile Cider.

Judges sampled ciders from 14 different categories and in eight of those gold medals were awarded. From these eight gold medals these ciders moved on to compete in the Best In Show. From this round judges found McIntosh (Heritage Dry) from Western Cider Co. to be the best cider in the competition.

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“In our first year of operation, it is truly an honor to receive such recognition from the PICC. From starting the orchard in 2010 – to working on Western Cider for the last two years, this has been a vision that has taken many years to realize. We are grateful to be part of a world-class cider making community and look forward to many years ahead as stewards of great cider.” said Western Cider Co cidermaker and founder Michael Billingsley in a release.

Western Cider Company also won the the Best New Cidery award which carried with it a $500 prize, and awards were given to 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis, OR and Montana Ciderworks in Darby, MT respectively as Large and Small Cideries of the year.

“We’re so excited to grow the competition this year and give northwest ciders a chance to be judged by well-trained, knowledgeable judges. Next time you’re in the grocery store, try one of the medalists!” says Emily Ritchie, Executive Director of the Northwest Cider Association in a release.

Here’s a complete list of winners at the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup.

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

Medal Winners:

Gold    2 Towns Ciderhouse, Traditions 2015 Riverwood, Modern Dry Cider
Gold    Western Cider CompanyMcIntosh, Heritage Dry Cider
Gold    Montana CiderWorks, North Fork Traditional, English Sweet Cider
Gold    Square Mile Cider CompanyHopped Apple Cider, Hopped Cider
Gold    Square Mile Cider CompanyGinger Pear Apple Cider, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Gold    Swift CiderPeach Oak, Wood/Oaked Cider
Gold    2 Towns CiderhouseFlight Of The Kiwi, Fruit Cider
Gold    EdenVale WineryEden Valley Orchards Pear House Cider, Modern Perry

Silver    North Idaho CiderNorth Idaho Fresh Apple, Modern Dry Cider
Silver    Alter Ego CiderThe Brute, Modern Sweet Cider
Silver    Liberty CiderworksColumbia Crab SV, Heritage Dry Cider
Silver    Montana CiderWorksDarby Pub Cider, Heritage Sweet Cider
Silver    Alpenfire CiderPirate’s Plank, English Dry Cider
Silver    Swift CiderGolden Equinox, Hopped Cider
Silver    2 Towns CiderhouseLa Mure, Wild/Non-Sac Cider
Silver    Wards Hard CiderWards Ginger Apple Cider, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Silver    Finnriver Farm & CideryFirebarrel Cider, Wood/Oaked Cider
Silver    Bauman’s Cider, Peach Raspberry, Fruit Cider
Silver    Tieton Cider WorksPerry, Modern Perry

Bronze    Scenic Road Cider Co.Nearly Dry, Modern Dry Cider
Bronze    Portland Cider CompanyApple, Modern Sweet Cider
Bronze    Scenic Road Cider Co.Dry, Heritage Dry Cider
Bronze    Liberty CiderworksPorter’s Perfection SV, English Dry Cider
Bronze    Tieton Cider WorksWild Washington, English Sweet Cider
Bronze    WildCraft Cider WorksSpring Traditional Keeved, French Cider
Bronze    2 Towns CiderhouseHop & Stalk, Hopped Cider
Bronze    La Familia CiderJamaica – Hibiscus, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Bronze    Apple OutlawHeritage, Wood/Oaked Cider
Bronze    2 Towns CiderhousePrickle Me Pink, Fruit Cider
Bronze    2 Towns Ciderhouse6th Anniversary, Specialty Cider
Bronze    Finnriver Farm & CideryPerry, Modern Perry

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup!