Collaborations are all the rage in the craft beer world and, apparently, they’re popular in the cider world as well. If you enjoy cider, blueberries, bourbon, donuts and barrel-aged libations, then Portland Cider Co. and Blue Star Donuts have the collaboration for you.
One of Blue Star’s most popular donuts is their Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut (Which sounds incredible! I need to get down to Portland to try one.). This best seller was the inspiration for Portland Cider Co’s new Blueberry Bourbon Basil Cider.
PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 19, 2019) –– Portland Cider Co., one of Oregon’s longest operating independent cider producers, recently brought home two double gold medals for its flagship Sorta Sweet cider; the first from Sip Northwest‘s 2019 Best of the Northwest Cider, and the second from the 2019 Cidercraft Awards.
Portland Cider Co.’s Sorta Sweet is a love song to the Oregon craft cider movement and the company’s most award-winning cider. It’s semi-sweet, refreshing and effervescent, and balances the higher levels of natural residual sugars with just the right amount of tartness. Available year-round, Sorta Sweet offers a fresh finish that tastes like biting into a crisp apple. It has won more than a dozen medals in the last seven years, including two double golds and a few silver medals in 2019.
“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.”
I’m a beer guy. I’ve always been a beer guy. Sure, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine and I love a good Bourbon, Whiskey or Tequila, but my first love when it comes to adult beverages has been, and I think always will be, a great craft beer. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t still make an effort to broaden my horizons, and the incredible rise in popularity of craft cider (see the press release below) is making that much easier.
I’ve got to give much of the credit for my increased interest in cider to both Seattle Cider Company and The Beer Junction in West Seattle. Both are places I usually visit when I’m in the mood for a beer but, since they both have a great selection of ciders on tap as well, I often find myself switching things up a bit and ordering a cider instead of a beer.
I also haven’t been to many cider festivals or conventions yet, and unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to make this one either but perhaps you can. Coming up next week, starting February 2nd and running through February 6th is CiderCON 2016, presented by the Northwest Cider Association.
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.
Last year I told you about the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards; a showcase for all of the wonderful ciders coming out of the Pacific Northwest area. Last year’s event was a great success with awards going to cideries throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and even British Columbia, Canada.
More than 25 different cideries participated in last year’s event. Now, back for its second year, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) are returning to The Woods, the shared tasting room for Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, with 38 participating breweries this year from across the Northwest.