Cider Summit Seattle, 218 Ciders Paired Down to a List of 33 I Want to Try

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!

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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?

Cider Summit Seattle Announces Cideries & Ciders

Two weeks until Cider Summit Seattle–I’m so excited!  The full list of cideries and the ciders they will be pouring is now available!!  Stay tuned for lots of Cider Summit related posts, as I’ll be covering the event both days, tasting as many ciders as possible.

The following is the updated press release info (thanks Alan Shapiro from SBS Import Brands).

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What:  6th annual festival. 200+ ciders expected from 57 producers. Ciders from 8 states and 6 countries. 102 from WA, 37 from OR. At least 90 ciders never previously poured at event.

When:

  • Friday 09/11 from 3-8pm (VIP ticket session starts at 2pm)
  • Saturday 09/12 from noon-6pm

Where:  South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn (101 Westlake Ave North)

Cost:  $30 if purchased in advance online or at sponsors & local bottle shops. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets.

Additional tasting tickets available onsite for $2 each.

VIP ticket is $40, available online only. Includes glass and 12 tasting tickets along with 2pm admission on Friday. Limited quantity available.

Designated driver tickets available for $5 and includes a bottle of water. May be purchased at the gate only.

All tickets allow re-admission Fri/Sat with wristband and glass.

Food:  Specially paired foods available for purchase from Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider and three twins ice cream. Additional snack vendors planned.

Music:  Live music on both Friday & Saturday on the Jim Miller Festival Stage.

Sponsors:  Presented by Whole Foods Market. Supporting sponsors include Capitol Cider, Oregon Fruit Products Company, Umpqua Bank, Hood River Juice Company, ILY Pet, Click Wholesale and media sponsors CIDERCRAFT Magazine, KEXP, and The Stranger.

Other:

  • The Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge. 17 ciders made exclusively for Cider Summit with consumer voting.
  • Cider cocktails created by Capitol Cider & Eden Ice Cider Company.
  • The ILY Pet/Seattle Humane Dog Lounge. Dogs of all ages are welcome.
  • Event store featuring bottles-to-go, wearables, cider books, & more.
  • THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY 21 & OVER.

Beneficiaries:

  • Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research
  • Northwest Cider Association
  • Seattle Humane

Tickets and Info:

Countdown to Cider Summit Seattle!

7 weeks left until Cider Summit Seattle (Friday & Saturday September 11 & 12, 2015!  I haven’t been before, so am very excited for Seattle’s biggest cider event of the year.  This is part of Washington Cider Week (Sept 10-20), so stay tuned for more Cider Week event notifications as I read of them (100 separate events are expected, so clear your calendar!).

And, speaking of cider events, Summer Cider Day 2015 is coming up (Saturday August 8, 2015, in Port Townsend WA).  I unfortunately won’t be able to make it, but apparently it is a great event for getting face-to-face time with some of the 17 Northwest cidermakers and cidery representatives that are expected to be there.  Although cidery folks will be on hand for Cider Summit, there is a much larger turnout.  Plus, there is a bottle shop.

Press release for Cider Summit Seattle:

Cider Summit Seattle Celebrates 6 Years!
Region’s Largest Cider Festival Returns to South Lake Union

July 21, 2015 – SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of the Cider Summit Festival to Seattle, WA.  The sixth annual event will be Friday, September 11th from 3p-8p and Saturday, September 12th from 12n-6p.  Cider Summit will once again be at The South Lake Union Discovery Center near Westlake & Denny in downtown Seattle.  The event is presented by Whole Foods Market

This will be the 16th Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Each event features 150+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, Michigan, New Hampshire, England, France, Spain and others.

“We’ve been very pleased with the growth of our event in Seattle,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts.  “We believe we have added some nice features and a unique cider selection that will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce tasting portions.  In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature live music, specially paired food selections from Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider and others.  A returning popular feature is the Cider Summit “dog lounge” water station benefitting Seattle Humane. New for 2015 is a Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by CiderCraft Magazine and Capitol Cider, with a special appearance from author Darlene Hayes.

“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports.  “We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders.  Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Stranger tickets, all Seattle Metro Area Whole Foods Market locations, Capitol Cider, Umpqua Bank South Lake Union and selected bottle shops. Admission includes a souvenir glass and 8 tasting tickets.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.  Re-admission will be allowed at any time with event wristband and tasting glass.  The event is 21 and over only.  Dogs of all ages will be allowed on event grounds.

A special VIP ticket is available for $40.  This ticket includes 4 additional tasting tickets and exclusive early admission on Friday from 2p-3p.  Only 200 of these tickets are available – exclusively online via the event website. Cider Summit benefits Northwest Cider Association, The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, and Seattle Humane.

Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market.  Supporting sponsors include Capitol Cider, Oregon Fruit Products Company, Umpqua Bank, Click Wholesale Distributing, Ryan’s Juice, with media support from The Stranger, KEXP, and Cidercraft Magazine.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro – SBS Imports
206.527.4191
alanmshapiro@sbs-imports.com