The countdown to Cider Summit Seattle continues! Last week they released their list of cideries & ciders. I count 218 ciders. I spent several hours making a spreadsheet of them, researching, and prioritizing, as unfortunately it will be impossible to try them all (and would be cost-prohibitive at $2 a taste).
I decided to choose ciders that were more expensive, rare, not available here, and of course, likely to be to my tastes. I ended up with 33, which sounds doable over two days. I was surprised how many cideries I haven’t had a chance to try anything from. I also have some second tier options, even after eliminating those I’ve tried before and didn’t sound interesting, but I kinda doubt I’ll get to them!
Eden Specialty Ciders: Heirloom Blend and Sparkling Semi-Dry (I have never tried their ciders)
Attila Hard Cider Co.: Rapture (I have their Scourge of God at home to try)
Neigel Vintners (NV) Cider: Cherry Perry (I’ve tried a couple of their perries, and even had an interview with them)
2 Towns CIderhouse: Bourbon Barrel 2012 (I recently tried their Cider Master Reserve Batch 01 that was barrel aged)
Apple Outlaw: Oaked Sweet Dark Cherry (I have never tried their ciders)
Artisinal Imports, Farnum Hill Ciders: Dooryard and Extra Dry (I have never tried their ciders)
E.Z. Orchards: Roman Beauty, Hawk Haus, Semi Dry, and Poire (I have never tried their ciders)
Dragon’s Head Cider: Traditional, Manchuian, and Pippin (I have Wild Fermented at home to try)
Eaglemount Wine and Cider: Homestead Dry (their Quince is amazing!)
Finnriver: Cyser, Country Peach, and Cacao Brandywine (I have never seen any of these in stores but I’ve tried several of their ciders)
Bull Run Cider: Pear Wine (I have never tried their ciders)
Half Pint Ciders, 101 Ciderhouse: Black Dog Black Cider (sounds really interesting with activated charcoal; really didn’t like their Cactus Red though)
Liberty Ciderworks: Macintosh Single Varietal, English Style Cider (I liked their Manchurian Crabapple and have their Stonewall Dry Fly Barrel Aged at home to try)
Millstone Cellars: Farmgate Dry (I want to give them another try after not caring for Cobbler)
Montana CiderWorks: Darby Pub Cider (I have never tried their ciders)
Moonlight Meadery: How do you like them Apples Bourbon Barrel (I loved their How do you like them Little Apples Bourbon Barrel; note these are ciders with honey, not mead, and are not available in bottles)
J.K.’s Scrumpy: The Pair Perry (their Northern Neighbor is pretty good; this one doesn’t appear to be sold in my area yet though)
Sea Cider: Bittersweet, Bramble Bubbly, and Perry (their Prohibition is awesome)
Snowdrift Cider Co.: Perry and Cliffbreaks Blend (I love their Cornice and Red)
Whitewood Cider Co.: Kingston Black Whiskey Barrel Aged (I’ve heard this is good but isn’t out in bottles yet; I wasn’t a fan of their Summer Switchel though)
Has anyone tried any of these ciders? If you are going to Cider Summit Seattle, what do you plan to try?
4 thoughts on “Cider Summit Seattle, 218 Ciders Paired Down to a List of 33 I Want to Try”
Please make a blog about your experience there! This is right next to my office but sadly, I’m going to LA that weekend so couldn’t join 😦
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Trouble: Thats a huge bummer. But have no fear, I plan on many Cider Summit Seattle 2015 related blog posts! One for each tasting event I go to that surrounds the summit, one on the summit, and one or more on the ciders I taste at the summit.
This page will summarize them all (as I’m tagging them “Cider Summit”): https://cidersays.wordpress.com/tag/cider-summit/
Its also great to read that you are also in the Seattle area! Its especially good for you as you can actually find all the ciders I review (vs. those in other areas wouldn’t be able to get many of the PNW ones). Thanks for reading!
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That’s awesome that you made a spreadsheet! Would you mind sharing that with me? I’d like to have an idea of the ones I want to try before going as well. Unfortunately I’ll only be able to (hopefully) go on Friday (wedding to go to on Saturday).
Look forward to seeing you!
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Melissa: I emailed you the spreadsheet-enjoy! I think there are way too many ciders to go in blindly, so its great you are also planning ahead. I prioritized the ciders not available here, expensive ones, etc. Thankfully I eliminated a bunch that I had tried before or won’t interested in, but that still left about half of them, so its tough. Hopefully 33 is doable though over 2 days…
We should definitely meet up! I’m planning to arrive when they open at 2pm on Friday (VIP ticket; regular is 3pm) and stay until I’m cidered out, then do the same Saturday starting at noon. Its great there are in & out privileges, so I may take a dinner break if nothing there looks good.
I’ll be wearing the hot pink CiDER SAYS t-shirt and a purple paisley Vera Bradley backpack, so I should be fairly easy to spot lol (or else text Aaron or something).