We're Giving Away Tickets to Saturday's Cider Festival

We are giving a way a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s Cider Summit NW Festival in Seattle. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Tell us why you like cider, which Northwest cider is your favorite, or why you’re interested in going to this event. On Thursday, September 6th at noon we will pick a winner at random from everyone who left a comment.

This event features more than 60 different ciders from 20 Northwest cider producers. This is the third annual Cider Summit and it just keeps getting better and better as more and more people get turned on to good, artisan ciders. The festival takes place on Saturday, September 8th from 11:00 – 7:00 at Dicovery Center Park, in South Lake Union (the corner of Westlake and Denny). Even dogs are welcome.

Tickets are available for $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Get tickets online via Brown Paper tickets and at all Whole Foods Locations, Braver Horse Tavern, Umpqua Bank, and Beveridge Place Pub. Tickets can also be purchased at the area’s leading bottle shops including the Beer Authority, the Beer Junction, Bottleworks, Full Throttle Bottles, Malt and Vine, and 99 Bottles.

Here is more information directly from the event’s website:

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Seattle, WA. The third annual Seattle event will be on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11am- 7pm at the South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn (near Westlake & Denny) in Downtown Seattle. The event is presented by Whole Foods Market along with supporting sponsors Brave Horse Tavern and Umpqua Bank.

This will be the fifth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland in 2011. Each event features 60+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, France, and Spain.

“We are very excited about the continued growth of this festival,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts. “The audience for artisanal ciders is rapidly expanding, and we believe this is a signature event for those looking to learn more about great cider.”

The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 3-ounce and 6-ounce portions. This year’s event will also feature food from Whole Foods and Brave Horse Tavern, cider-chocolate pairings from Smiten Truffles, along with live music and a “bottles-to-go” store.

“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We have found a great home in the South Lake Union neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders. The vast majority will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets, all Whole Foods Seattle Metro area locations, Umpqua Bank’s South Lake Union and Eastlake branches, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. From 11a-12n arriving guests will receive 2 additional “happy hour” tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. The event is 21 and over only. Dogs will be allowed on event grounds.

Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients.

Cider Summit NW is presented by Whole Food Markets along with supporting sponsors Brave Horse Tavern, Umpqua Bank, Click Wholesale Distributing, KMTT – The Mountain, and The Stranger.


  1. My favorite cider as of late is fire barrel – I love the character the bourbon barrels give. Great, now I’m thirsty.

  2. I love the variety of ciders out there. Haven’t tried a lot of them, though–I need a chance to try them out!

  3. When I moved to Seattle one year ago, I knew very little about beer and nothing about GOOD beer. Since then, I have made my own home brew and attended my first beer festivals. Ciders are the next on my list to learn about (and hopefully make). I’ve never been to a cider fest, and while the 8th is my birthday, a free ticket is always the best present! 😉 My favorite cider has been Crispin’s “The Saint” but I need to know more about WA ciders and their creators.

  4. I’ve never been able to go to this event & want to SOOO badly!! I’m crossing my fingers that I win!

  5. Donuts and cider, as a kid
    Sure was really yummy.
    Now its grown-up cousin
    Savoured, heads down to my tummy!

  6. I can’t wait for the Cider Summit! I tried Tieton’s apricot cider at Brave Horse, and it was the best thing ever! I can’t wait to try the others!

  7. My beer knowledge is ever going, but I always forget about the lil cider friends. I know of strongbow and the other goto’s, but am hoping to expand my knowledge. Whenever I find it on tap somewhere I get excited, and I love a good guiness/cider, but I need to learn more!

  8. Just diagnosed with Celiac, as a “former” lover of good craft beer I’m looking for a “replacement” beverage I can enjoy and not pay a price with my health!

  9. If I had a free ticket I’d be able to entice my cocktail-only drinking friend to expand her horizons. And I’d be able to try 2 Towns and Sea Cider, which are new to the fest!

  10. My favorite cider is the Ginger Cider from Eaglemount Wine and Cider in Port Townsend. I am always looking for a new favorite though!

  11. And we have a winner! Johny Barbosa your tickets will be at willcall, just show ID. Congrats and thanks everyone for playing. Enjoy the cider fest.

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