Fancy yourself on the cutting edge of beverage trends? Forget about barrel-aged cocktails and artisanal bitters—it’s the resurgence of traditional hard cider that’s making headlines around the country. These ciders are naturally gluten-free and commonly feature unusual heirloom apple varieties; they can be as bubbly as Champagne, as tart as a lemon, and as bursting with pure fruit flavor as the best apple pie you’ve ever tasted. Celebrate and discover the delicious diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders at the Northwest Cider Association's second annual Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend, Washington. Summer Cider Day is the Northwest Cider Association's biggest event of the year and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region. This year, it takes place on Saturday, July 7th, at the Port Townsend Maritime Center.
Featuring nearly a dozen cidermakers from the Pacific Northwest, the festival will offer at least 30 different varieties of hard cider, including a few created by cidermakers from other regions of the United States. Summer Cider Day offers the experienced cider enthusiast and the newly cider-curious a chance to sample a complete range of styles and flavors. Come enjoy a weekend in Port Townsend as you talk with your local cidermakers, taste delicious cheese from nearby Mt Townsend creamery, enjoy a bit of live music from Matt Sircely & The New Forge, and celebrate the fermented apple in its many fine forms.
Ticket prices are $25/person or $20 for NWCA members. Event ticket price includes admission, 10 tasting tickets, and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass. Ticket prices for under 21 or for designated drivers are $5 at the door; these tickets do not include tasting tickets or the keepsake glass. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase, and a cider shop will be on the premises so you can purchase many of the regional ciders. Hours for the festival are 12pm to 6pm.
The Northwest Cider Association is a trade organization formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest in order to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders among the public. You’ll find member cideries in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada. Memberships are also available to individual cider fans, as well as retail shops, restaurants and beverage distributors. For more information, including complete membership details, visit http://nwcider.com. Direct any media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you are out and about in Port Townsend take a tour along the Port Townsend Cider Route.