Summer Cider Day Is Coming To Port Townsend In August

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I enjoy a good cider, but I don’t seem to drink enough of them.  When I go to a bar or taproom that serves both beer and cider on tap, it can be difficult to go for a cider when I see either a favorite beer or tap or one I haven’t tried before. There are far more ciders up on most tap lists that I haven’t tried yet, but I still tend to go for the beer more often than the cider.  I’m trying…

Perhaps Summer Cider Day will help.  This is the Fifth Annual Summer Cider Day and it takes place on Saturday, August 8 from 12 PM to 5 PM at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend out on the Olympic Peninsula.  They’ll have more than 60 ciders available to taste, on tap or from the bottle, from some of the best cideries in from Washington, Oregon and Montana.

Here is the full press release from the Northwest Cider Association:

Port Townsend, Wash. – (June 30, 2015) – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) announces details for its fifth annual Summer Cider Day taking place Saturday, August 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. With more than 60 ciders to try, music from the dynamic, award-winning bluegrass band, the Whiskey Minstrels, and gourmet gluten-free fare from Sirens Pub, this family friendly event showcases some of the top cideries from Washington, Oregon and Montana.

“It’s been really exciting to see Summer Cider Day grow and evolve year over year as cider continues to gain in popularity,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “This is one of the largest cider tasting events in Washington state and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region.”

Summer Cider Day’s participating cideries include:
Alpenfire Cider, Eaglemount Cider and Finnriver Farm and Cidery (Port Townsend); Dragon’s Head Cider (Vashon Island); Liberty Ciderworks (Spokane); Schilling Cider (Seattle); Snowdrift Cider and Niegel Vintners (East Wenatchee); Spire Mountain Cider and Whitewood Cider (Olympia); Tieton Ciderworks (Tieton) and Locust Cider (Woodinville) from Washington. EZ Orchards (Salem), New West and Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland) will showcase Oregon’s finest with Montana’s representation from Montana CiderWorks (Darby).

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include admission for one, 10 tasting tickets, and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass. Additional taste tickets, fare from Sirens Pub, and bottles of most of the featured ciders will be available for purchase. The Northwest Maritime Center is located at 431 Water Street in Port Townsend. Event tickets and event details are available at http://www.nwcider.com.

Port Townsend is accessible by ferry from Seattle or Victoria and by car via Highway 101 from Olympia and Portland. For directions, ferry schedules, lodging and visitor information visit enjoypt.com. Summer Cider Day is sponsored by Cameron Nursery, FruitSmart, G & D Chillers, Ryan’s Juice and Capitol Cider.

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook andTwitter (@nwcider).

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Also, in exciting Washington State cider news, a new law took effect on July 1st that exempts Washington Cider under 7% ABV from the Washington State Wine assessment, paving the way for further industry growth and education.

Here is the full press release from the Northwest Cider Association from back in April about that:

SEATTLE (April 14, 2015) – Washington state lawmakers passed HB 1179, legislation which exempts cider from the current Washington State Wine assessment, making way for cidermakers to apply their own assessment, allocated for the marketing of Washington state cider. With production exploding by a rate of 85% in the past two years, cider has quickly become the country’s fastest growing beverage segment, pulling it into a category all its own. This change in assessments will allow the NWCA to focus on marketing efforts on growing the industry, representing and promoting all styles of cider produced in Washington state.

“This is a step forward for cidermakers and the Northwest Cider Association’s mission to move cider into its own category,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Building upon the strength and tradition of Washington state apples, cidermakers see a unique opportunity to clearly distinguish cider as a premium beverage, to celebrate many cider styles and approaches, and to promote the Northwest as a world class cider region.”

Currently, Washington State Wine collects an assessment of eight cents per gallon on all wine and fruit wine, including cider. In January 2015, cidermakers introduced legislation to remove the assessment from Washington cider, currently defined as a maximum of 7% ABV. With the passing of this legislation, fermented alcoholic cider under 7% ABV will now be assessed two cents per gallon, paid directly to the NWCA. Cider produced above 7% ABV will continue to be assessed eight cents per gallon by Washington State Wine, and will not pay an additional two cents per gallon to the NWCA.

Comprised of participating members of the NWCA, a new marketing committee has been charged with determining how the marketing budget will be used. Initial efforts to include (but not limited to):

Education: Further awareness and knowledge of cider on a consumer and industry level through strategic tastings, print materials and event production.
Advertising: Build and execute a strategic advertising campaign to raise awareness, promote and embrace the diversity of cider offerings throughout Washington state.
Trade Shows: Provide opportunities for Washington cideries to showcase their products to buyers on local, regional and national levels.
Training: Implement a cider training and education program geared toward local bars, restaurants and retail establishments interested in carrying cider and/or expanding their selection.

“We appreciate all Washington State Wine does to promote and support cider,” added Wyatt. “With cider’s continued growth as its own category, separating our assessments made the most sense, but we look forward to continuing to work together to promote Washington-made beverages and agriculture as a whole.”

The new legislation will go into effect 90 days after Governor Jay Inslee signs it into law. Assessments will be managed and collected by the NWCA Board of Directors. While the Association represents cideries in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia, the assessment and corresponding marketing efforts would apply only to Washington NWCA member cideries.

For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit http://www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 60 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

Mark your calendar now for August 8th.  Heck, why not make a weekend of it?  The Olympic Peninsula is a wonderful place to spend a Summer weekend in the great Northwest.  Come on out, enjoy some World class ciders and make yourself a weekend to remember.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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