2014 PNWCA Awards Results

On Thursday, June 5, 2014, 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”
Silver: Seattle Cider Company “Dry”
Bronze: 2 Towns “Bright Cider”

MODERN SWEET
Gold: Seattle Cider Company “Semi-Sweet”
Silver: Red Tank Cider Company “Happy”
Bronze: Cascadia Ciderworkers United “Dry”

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

NEW WORLD SWEET
Gold: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks “Bloom”
Silver: Montana CiderWorks “Darby Pub”
Bronze: Alpenfire Cider “Spark!”

OLD WORLD
Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse “Pippins”
Silver: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks “Oaked Dry”
Bronze: Alpenfire Cider “Pirate’s Plank”

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

WOOD AGED CIDER
Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse “Prohibition”
Silver: Finnegan Cider “Wood Aged”
Bronze: Finnriver “Fire Barrel”

FRUIT/SPICE/HERB INFUSED
Gold: Schilling Cider “Ginger”
Silver: Blue Mountain Cider Company “Cherry”
Bronze: Whiskey Barrel Cider Company “Fall Cider”

HOPPED
Gold: Methow Valley Ciderhouse “Howling Wolf”
Silver: Anthem Cider “Hopped”
Bronze: Reverend Nat’s “Hopland”

SPECIALTY
Gold: Red Tank Cider Company “CHOPS!”
Silver: Seattle Cider Company “Three Pepper”
Bronze: Liberty Ciderworks “New World”

BEST IN SHOW
Schilling Cider Company “Ginger”