Back in 2014, I told you about the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA), hosted at Seattle Cider Company‘s taproom: The Woods. It was a great success and returned for its 2nd year in June 2015. Now, here we are in June of 2016 and the PNWCA is returning for it’s third and biggest year yet.
“Growing every year, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards has received more than 180 cider entries in 15 categories from 44 cideries found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. PNWCA raises awareness for the unique ciders being produced throughout the region while offering an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider.”
Here is the full press release from the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards and Seattle Cider Company:
SEATTLE (June 7, 2016) – Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce tickets are available for the third annual festival! Taking place June 24 & 25, PNWCA is comprised of a private judging competition on Friday, followed by a one-day festival at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood on Saturday, June 25. With more than 180 cider entries from 44 cideries, this is the largest capacity this event has held, continuing year over year growth. Cider, the fastest growing beverage during 2015, has become a staple product emerging from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, all with unique approaches to the craft.
Founded in 2013, PNWCA raises awareness for the unique ciders being produced throughout the region while offering an easy way for the public to explore the world of cider. The private judging will take place on Friday, June 24. Comprised of 15 cider categories, each cider will be judged on attributes including clarity, aroma, mouthfeel and overall impression. Winners of the judging will be announced the morning of Saturday, June 25 at PNWCA.com and via PNWCA social media.
Open to the public, a one-day festival will be held Saturday, June 25 at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, in SoDo (4660 Ohio Ave S). This outdoor festival will feature an estimated 35+ ciders on tap, giving cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders. Each ticket 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’s Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 27 via PNWCA.com and PNWCA social media.
The Woods will be open Saturday, June 25 from 12-7pm for the event, with food, including gluten-free options available from Bread & Circuses, located within their tasting room. Tickets are now available online through Brown Paper Tickets for $20, or $25 at the door. Each ticket receives tokens for eight 4-ounce pours, with additional tokens available for purchase, as well as a PNWCA tasting glass. Representatives from participating cideries will be present throughout the event to share their ciders and information about their cideries. Some ciders to be poured include Portland Cider’s StrawPerry, from British Columbia, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse’s Prohibition, Wandering Aengus’ Bittersweet and Seattle Cider Company’s Gravenstein Rosé.
Interested in volunteering during the festival? You will receive two complimentary tickets for working a three-hour shift. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! For more nformation, visit www.pnwca.com or email email@example.com. Also, be sure to follow PNWCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news.
Pacific Northwest Cider Awards is comprised of a one-day private judging, followed by a one-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 40 cideries participating and nearly 30 ciders on tap, the PNWCA and its corresponding events were created with the intention of raising awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Through the PNWCA, we hope to continue to raise awareness for the unique and spectacular ciders being produced while helping to make them more accessible to the public. Cider lovers and producers are encouraged to learn more by visiting PNWCA.com, or following PNWCA on Facebook and Twitter.
UPDATE – 6/20/2016:
Here is the lineup for this year’s festival (+ more to be confirmed):
- Bauman’s Cider Company – Logan Berry, Clyde’s Dry Cider
- Wandering Aengus – Bloom, Bittersweet
- Ward’s Hard Cider – Ward’s Hard Cider
- Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse – Prohibition, Bramble Bubbly, Wild English
- Blackfin Hard Cider – Pacific Peach
- Grizzly Ciderworks – Pomnivore
- Carlton Cyderworks – Imperial Asian Pear Cider, Citizen
- 2 Towns Ciderhouse – Bad Apple, Made Marion
- Ole Swede LLC – Blueberry Cider, Sour Cherry Perry
- #6 Cider Co. – Pomegranate
- NV Cider – Watermelon Pear, Hoppin’ Pear
- Seattle Cider Company –Gravenstein Rosé
- Locust Cider – Elder & Oak
- Portland Cider – StrawPerry, Kinda Dry
- Apple Outlaw – Thompson Creek- Heritage Barrel Aged , Black Berry Bounty
- Tieton – Sparkling Perry, Cranberry
- Spire Mountain Cider – Crisp and Dry, Dry Hopped Apple
- Finnriver – Lavendar Black Current, PearWood
- Hub Cider – Hub Hard Cider, CranPerry
- Phillippi Ciderhouse and Distillery – Snow Dance Fortified Cider
- Schilling Cider – Grapefruit and Chill, Ginger
- Longdrop Cider Co. – Over Yonder
- Ciderhead – Quice Ciderhead
Mark your calendar now and plan for a sunny June afternoon of delicious ciders and great food, including gluten-free options from Bread & Circuses. As noted above, tickets are on sale now so don’t delay. You save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance rather than at the door.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.