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
Gold 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Traditions 2015 Riverwood, Modern Dry Cider
Gold Western Cider Company, McIntosh, Heritage Dry Cider
Gold Montana CiderWorks, North Fork Traditional, English Sweet Cider
Gold Square Mile Cider Company, Hopped Apple Cider, Hopped Cider
Gold Square Mile Cider Company, Ginger Pear Apple Cider, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Gold Swift Cider, Peach Oak, Wood/Oaked Cider
Gold 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Flight Of The Kiwi, Fruit Cider
Gold EdenVale Winery, Eden Valley Orchards Pear House Cider, Modern Perry
Silver North Idaho Cider, North Idaho Fresh Apple, Modern Dry Cider
Silver Alter Ego Cider, The Brute, Modern Sweet Cider
Silver Liberty Ciderworks, Columbia Crab SV, Heritage Dry Cider
Silver Montana CiderWorks, Darby Pub Cider, Heritage Sweet Cider
Silver Alpenfire Cider, Pirate’s Plank, English Dry Cider
Silver Swift Cider, Golden Equinox, Hopped Cider
Silver 2 Towns Ciderhouse, La Mure, Wild/Non-Sac Cider
Silver Wards Hard Cider, Wards Ginger Apple Cider, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Silver Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Firebarrel Cider, Wood/Oaked Cider
Silver Bauman’s Cider, Peach Raspberry, Fruit Cider
Silver Tieton Cider Works, Perry, Modern Perry
Bronze Scenic Road Cider Co., Nearly Dry, Modern Dry Cider
Bronze Portland Cider Company, Apple, Modern Sweet Cider
Bronze Scenic Road Cider Co., Dry, Heritage Dry Cider
Bronze Liberty Ciderworks, Porter’s Perfection SV, English Dry Cider
Bronze Tieton Cider Works, Wild Washington, English Sweet Cider
Bronze WildCraft Cider Works, Spring Traditional Keeved, French Cider
Bronze 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Hop & Stalk, Hopped Cider
Bronze La Familia Cider, Jamaica – Hibiscus, Spiced/Herbed Cider
Bronze Apple Outlaw, Heritage, Wood/Oaked Cider
Bronze 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Prickle Me Pink, Fruit Cider
Bronze 2 Towns Ciderhouse, 6th Anniversary, Specialty Cider
Bronze Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Perry, Modern Perry
Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup!