Category Archives: cider

Northwest Cider Association announces winners in awards competition

A bit of news from the Northwest Cider Association

Eight Northwestern cideries took home gold medals at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association’s 5th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) last night. For the second year running, a cidery from Montana, Western Cider Company, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup– the Best In Show Award.

The party, hosted at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas event space, drew 150 cidermakers and cider fans, celebrated ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, the largest cider market in the US for consumption and home to quarter of the country’s cidermakers.  The competition, which was hosted at Square Mile Cider on April 9, increased by 150% this year, growing to over 150 ciders from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, and featured 45 experienced industry judges.

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Craft Beverage Expo moves to PDX

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Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo) will return for its fourth annual conference in Portland, OR Nov. 7-9, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s the first time the conference will be held outside of Northern California.

Each year, CBExpo attracts professionals from across the craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits market for three days of ducation sessions and presentations from hand-chosen experts. CBExpo also offers networking opportunities, bringing together artisan beverage masters from all segments to connect and collaborate.

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Samuel Smith’s, Merchant du Vin launch organic pear cider

organic-perrySamuel Smith’s Brewery and Merchant du Vin have announced the release of Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry, a USDA Certified Organic and naturally gluten-free sparkling pear cider.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry shows a clear pale straw color, smooth body, crisp but rich flavor of ripe pears, and the aroma of a summer pear orchard. The finish is dry, but, the company says, “not demanding or austere.” A crisp, clean wine yeast strain ferments Perry, to highlight the delicate pure pear flavor and maintain the soft aromatics, and results in an ABV of 5.0 percent.

Merchant du Vin has suggested a few food pairings: Blue cheese or Gorgonzola; arugula or Waldorf salad; sweet potatoes; pancetta or prosciutto; pear tart. Perry shows especially well alongside any dish featuring ginger.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Perry is sold in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (355 mL – six 4-packs per case); and 18.7 oz. “Victorian pint” bottles (550 mL – 12 per case).

The Drinkable Week: CiderCon 2016

 

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The Drinkable Week returns with a stop in Portland, Ore., for the 2016 edition of CiderCon, the annual convention of the United States Association of Cider Makers. Is cider still the hottest category in beverage alcohol? Find out in this week’s video.

 

Previews of Canvitational and Hong Kong’s Beertopia craft beer fests & Amazon preps alcohol delivery

Indianapolis cranks up the metal, Hong Kong will be awash in beer and Amazon wants to be Seattle’s new best friend, all on the latest episode of the Drinkable week.

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Crafthouse, Game of Thrones gift box & CheersNY spirits, beer, cider and wine fest

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Constellation invests in a new house, some fan favorites are returning to Westeros and New York artisanal producers spread the cheer—all on the latest edition of The Drinkable Week.

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