Don’t Miss the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards and Festival This Weekend

A.J. Rathbun
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Calling all cider lovers, Northwest-made beverage lovers, the cider-curious and really anyone looking for a fantastic event: it’s time for you to be a part of history. The first-ever Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Festival (PNWCA) is happening this week, from Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8, at The Woods tasting room, down in SoDo at 4700 Ohio South. But what is the PNWCA? It’s a one-of-a-kind celebration of the expanding and awesome cider industry out here in the Pacific Northwest, with loads of cider to taste (full list below), food trucks, music and a great chance to rub shoulders and glasses with other cider fans and cider makers. There’s also a big competition (and I get to be judge – yes, be jealous) between 103 ciders from 27 cideries, and a People’s Choice award you can vote on (actually, you get to be a judge, too).

Tickets are available for each day, and run $30 in advance or $35 at the festival. But the tickets don’t just get you entry, you’ll also get a 13-ounce PNWCA tulip glass plus 8 tasting tokens. Each token gets you a 5-ounce pour of a tasty cider, or a 10-ounce pour for two tokens. The whole shebang is presented by Seattle Cider Company and sponsored by the fine folks at Capitol Cider, Uber and the Washington Beer Blog. To learn more, visit the festival site at or pick up tickets via Brown Paper Tickets ( before they sell out.

Check out this amazing list of ciders from various cideries that will be available for tasting:

2 Towns Ciderhouse - The Bad Apple

Alpenfire Cider - Oaked

Bull Run Cider - Bramble Berry

Blue Mountain Cider - Oregonian

D's Wicked Cider - Baked Apple

Finnriver Cidery - Honey

Finnriver Cidery - Honey Meadow Botanical

Grizzly Ciderworks - Hop Claw

Liberty Ciderworks - New World

Methow Valley Ciderhouse - Honey Bear

Niegel Vintners - Formula 37

Portland Cider Co. - Hop'Rageous

Portland Cider Co. - Pearfect Perry

Red Tank Cider - Happy

Red Tank Cider - CHOPS

Schilling Cider Company - Ginger

Seattle Cider Company - Semi Sweet

Seattle Cider Company - Dry

Seattle Cider Company - Gin Botanical

Seattle Cider Company - Three Pepper

Seattle Cider Company - PNW Berry

Snowdrift Cider Co. - Nebula Red

Tieton Cider Works - TBD

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks - Blind Tiger

Wandering Aegnus Ciderworks - Wickson

Whiskey Barrel Cider - Dam Hard Cider