ABOUT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CIDER AWARDS

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce its first annual cider competition and three-day cider festival, taking place June 6 – 8, 2014 in Seattle!

On Thursday, June 5, 16 judges from across the Pacific Northwest gathered at Seattle’s Capitol Cider for the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards. The inaugural competition drew an exciting 95 ciders from 26 cideries throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Montana and parts of Canada. Divided into 10 distinct categories, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in almost every category, as well as a “Best in Show” medal, chosen from a second tasting made up of the gold medal winner from each category.

Winners of the first annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards include:

MODERN DRY
Gold: Red Tank Cider Company “Roughneck” (Bend, OR)
Silver: Seattle Cider Company “Dry” (Seattle, WA)
Bronze: 2 Towns “BrightCider” (Corvallis, OR)

MODERN SWEET
Gold: Seattle Cider Company “Semi-Sweet” (Seattle, WA)
Silver: Red Tank Cider Company “Happy” (Bend, OR)
Bronze: Cascadia Ciderworkers United “Dry” (Portland, OR)

NEW WORLD DRY
Gold: Dragon’s Head Cider “Manchurian” (Vashon, WA)
Gold: Seattle Cider Company “2013 Washington Heirloom” (Seattle, WA)
Bronze: Traditions Ciderworks “Riverwood 2011” (Corvallis, OR)
*no silver medal awarded due to a tie for gold medal

NEW WORLD SWEET
Gold: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks “Bloom” (Salem, OR)
Silver: Montana CiderWorks  “Darby Pub” (Darby, MT)
Bronze: Alpenfire Cider “Spark!” (Port Townsend, WA)

OLD WORLD
Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse “Pippins” (Saanichton, BC)
Silver: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks “Oaked Dry” (Salem, OR)
Bronze: Alpenfire Cider “Pirate’s Plank” (Port Townsend, OR)

WILD FERMENT
Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse “Wild English” (Saanichton, BC)
*with only four ciders entered in this category, only a gold medal was awarded

WOOD AGED CIDER
Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse “Prohibition” (Saanichton, BC)
Silver: Finnegan Cider “Wood Aged” (Lake Oswego, WA)
Bronze: Finnriver Cidery “Fire Barrel” (Chimacum, WA)

FRUIT/SPICE/HERB INFUSED
Gold: Schilling Cider “Ginger” (Auburn, WA)
Silver: Blue Mountain Cider Company “Cherry” (Milton-Freewater, OR)
Bronze: Whiskey Barrel Cider Company “Fall Cider” (Pullman, WA)

HOPPED
Gold: Methow Valley Ciderhouse “Howling Wolf” (Winthrop, WA)
Silver: Anthem Cider “Hopped” (Salem, OR)
Bronze: Reverend Nat’s “Hopland” (Portland, WA)

SPECIALTY
Gold: Red Tank Cider Company “CHOPS!” (Bend, OR)
Silver: Seattle Cider Company “Three Pepper” (Seattle, WA)
Bronze: Liberty Ciderworks “New World” (Spokane, WA)

BEST IN SHOW
Schilling Cider Company “Ginger” (Auburn, WA)

Presented by Seattle Cider Company, sponsored by Capitol Cider, the Washington Beer Blog and Uber, 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, the PNWCA and its corresponding events were created with the intention of raising awareness for the amazing ciders being produced throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Canada. Making up the Pacific Northwest, these states have quickly combined their efforts to create one of the fastest growing cider areas in the world and have to bring this lost craft back to life. Through the PNWCA, we hope to continue to raise awareness for the unique and spectacular ciders being produced while making them accessible to cider lovers.