Pacific Northwest Cider Awards



If there was any doubt the the Pacific Northwest is at the forefront of Cider culture, there is now another Cider Fest in Seattle. Yes, The Pacific Northwest Cider Awards will be held June 5-8th, 2014 at The Woods tasting room in Seattles SoDo neighbourhood. Its a 3-day cider festival preceded by a blind judging of the best ciders available in the Pacific Northwest. I’ll be attending this inaugural event, both as a fan and as a Judge. If you are planning on attending, come say hello.

The News Release is as follows;

“SEATTLE (March 13, 2014) – Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce its first annual cider competition and public tasting event, taking place June 5 – 8, 2014! Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Washington Beer Blog and Capitol Cider, PNWCA is comprised of a one-day private judging, followed by a three-day festival to be held at The Woods tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. With more than 20 cideries participating and nearly 25 ciders on tap, PNWCA is intended to raise awareness for the amazing ciders being produced in the area and is an event not to be missed.

“The Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming the cider capitol of the world and this is only the beginning,” Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Committee and committee member for the PNWCA. “Cider was such a forgotten beverage, but it’s making a comeback in a big way thanks to the amazing work our local Northwest cideries are accomplishing. This event helps recognize that hard work while also allowing the public to enjoy a truly unique collection of limited addition ciders in one central location.”

The private judging will take place on Thursday, June 5 at Capitol Cider in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Moderated by Washington Beer Blog Editor Kendall Jones, judging will be comprised of 10 cider categories, developed by the PNWCA planning committee. Each cider will be judged on attributes including clarity, aroma, mouthfeel and overall impression. In addition to awards for each individual category, the gold medal winner of each category will go on to compete in a “Best in Show” judging round. Winners of the private judging will be announced the morning of Friday, June 6 at and via PNWCA social media.

As a compliment to the private judging, a three-day festival will be held Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8 at Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room, The Woods, in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S). Open to the public, this festival will feature an estimated 25 ciders on tap, giving Seattle-area cider lovers the chance to enjoy specialty and limited edition ciders from producers throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. Additionally, as part of the festival, each cider or tasting flight 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 Choice Award, to be announced Monday, June 9 via and PNWCA social media.

The Woods will be open Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm for the event, with food available from popular food truck Where Ya at Matt all three days. Tastings flights and pints will be available. Representatives from participating cideries will be present at various times throughout the event.

Cideries interested in participating must be members of the Northwest Cider Association, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada. For more information on registration, fees, sample submission and more, cideries are encouraged to visit Intent to participate is due April 7, with cider samples needed by May 9.”


2 responses to “Pacific Northwest Cider Awards

  1. I’ll be watching this carefully. I think the PacNorthWest must be about the only place where hopped cider is exepted. It eems such a odd concept to the me but i guess its one way to get the bitterness if your using eating apples.

  2. Thanks for your comment Maddog…

    Although the traditionalist in me was very weary of hopped ciders at first. I’ve grown to enjoy them for what they are; a hybrid. Just like Cyser.

    Also to clarify, the Pacific Northwest is not the only place that hopped cider is ‘accepted’. I’ve seen Hopped Ciders all over North America and even as far as the UK. You’re right though that it’s definitely a North American invention; The American Orchardist published in 1822 references New England Ciders which included amongst other things, hops.

    I would suggest that you try it first before you make up your mind. It certainly changed mine.



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