We're Giving Away Tickets to Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend


The winner is Melissa Riesland. She was selected at random from all the people who left comments here or on our Facebook page. Congratulations!

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In case you have not noticed, cider is becoming an increasingly big deal around here. We have a great cider industry in the Northwest making amazing craft ciders. And why not? We live in a great region for growing the ingredients and we (people of the Northwest) have a taste for the finer things in life. Check out the Northwest Cider Association to learn more about this growing industry. What’s more, cider festivals are springing up all over the place.

Today we want to announce that we are giving away a pair of tickets to the upcoming Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend. The event takes place on July 7th and will feature delicious ciders from nearly a dozen producers. Complete details about the event are below.

Win Tickets!

All you need to do is leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us which Northwest cider is your favorite or why you would love to visit Port Townsend. We will pick a winner at random from all the people who leave comments. We will pick and announce the winner on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Summertime is Cider Time

Second Annual Summer Cider Day Set for July 7

Fancy yourself on the cutting edge of beverage trends? Forget about barrel-aged cocktails and artisanal bitters—it’s the resurgence of traditional hard cider that’s making headlines around the country. These ciders are naturally gluten-free and commonly feature unusual heirloom apple varieties; they can be as bubbly as Champagne, as tart as a lemon, and as bursting with pure fruit flavor as the best apple pie you’ve ever tasted. Celebrate and discover the delicious diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders at the Northwest Cider Association’s second annual Summer Cider Day in Port Townsend, Washington. Summer Cider Day is the Northwest Cider Association’s biggest event of the year and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognized cider region. This year, it takes place on Saturday, July 7th, at the Port Townsend’s Northwest Maritime Center.

Featuring nearly a dozen cidermakers from the Pacific Northwest, the festival will offer at least 30 different varieties of hard cider, including a few created by cidermakers from other regions of the United States. Summer Cider Day offers the experienced cider enthusiast and the newly cider-curious a chance to sample a complete range of styles and flavors. Come enjoy a weekend in Port Townsend as you talk with your local cidermakers, taste delicious cheese from nearby Mt Townsend creamery, enjoy a bit of live music from Matt Sircely & The New Forge, and celebrate the fermented apple in its many fine forms.

Ticket prices are $25/person or $20 for NWCA members. Event ticket price includes admission, 10 tasting tickets, and a keepsake Northwest Cider Association glass. Ticket prices for under 21 or for designated drivers are $5 at the door;  these tickets do not include tasting tickets or the keepsake glass. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase, and a cider shop will be on the premises so you can purchase many of the regional ciders. Hours for the festival are 12pm to 6pm.

The Northwest Cider Association is a trade organization formed by cider producers throughout the Pacific Northwest in order to promote awareness of regional artisanal ciders among the public. You’ll find member cideries in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada.  Memberships are also available to individual cider fans, as well as retail shops, restaurants and beverage distributors. For more information, including complete membership details, visit Direct any media inquiries to [email protected].


  1. One of my favorite ciders is Spire Mountain Cider, especially their Pear Cider. Which I really like.

    Port Townsend is a great place to visit and while I’ll miss the Water Street Brewing, it still has some great beer.

  2. My favorite local cider is Westcott Bay’s Traditional Very Dry. It was one of the first locals to meet my exacting “like I used to get in London and Normandy” standards–a total thrill to finally have a proper cider for Chicken Vallé d’Auge that wasn’t impossible to find and a fortune to buy. And the story behind the founders (incredibly nice retirees that stumbled onto having this business when they bought the orchard and were moved to bring it back as a project) is great as well.

  3. Tieton Cider because I still can’t say the town and namesake correctly, they’re really nice people, and they make darn tasty cider! Which I always forget how much I like it until I have some. And PT? One of my favorites weekend getaway spots in the PNW!

  4. We fell in love with coder in Port Townsend. During our trip to Finnriver, we enjoyed wandering around the farm, peeking at the cider-making process, and most of all, tasting their delicious ciders!

  5. I have a friend in PT that I haven’t seen in far too long. I would also love to taste some great ciders, I usually only have the 1 or 2 at beer fests. 🙂

  6. I love the breakfast joints in PT. I had the best egg, tomato, avocado sandwich there!!!

  7. Love both Eaglemount and the Finnriver ciders, also recently had an awesome pear cider at a downtown brewpub in Pendleton, Oregon, don’t know any names though.

    Visiting PT is always great, good food, drink and people!

  8. I like all of em, but the Tietons are particularly nice and clean for sure. And who wouldn’t want to go to PT to visit, it’s a wonderful place to spend the weekend!

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