Westward Ho! Northwest Cider Booming
SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR. The second annual Portland event will be on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11am-7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood near the Portland Aerial Tram. The event is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.
This will be the fourth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland last year. The list of producers for the event includes many familiar brands; from larger producers like Woodchuck and Crispin to smaller producers like Finnriver, EZ Orchards and Wandering Aengus, its great to see so many friends of Farnum Hill showcasing what they do best.
We also found a nice article (and a video, too!) about Tieton Cider Works‘ newest ciders and the surging cider market in Washington State. Savannah Tranchell of the Yakima Herald-Republic writes:
In the heart of Yakima’s wine country, a Tieton company is growing one of the state’s largest orchard of cider apples.
It’s about 20 acres.
Compare that to the more than 150,000 acres of apples growing throughout the rest of Washington.
Those 20 acres in Tieton, combined with a few more acres of cherries, apricots and pears — Tieton Cider Works boasts the nation’s largest orchard of Perry pears at about 7 acres — are the sole source of fruit for the 6-year-old company’s nine varieties of hard apple cider.
The artisan cider company is owned by Sharon and Craig Campbell. It is one of only seven cider makers in the state and has grown exponentially since its launch. This year, the cidery is on schedule to exceed 10,000 cases of cider, plus another 10,000 case-equivelents in kegs. In 2008, they made 144.
Growth in the cider market continues and we’re thrilled!