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.
The diversity of Pacific Northwest craft hard ciders will be showcased on July 6 at the Northwest Cider Association's third 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 at the Northwest Maritime Center.
Featuring 16 regional cidermakers from Washington, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia, Summer Cider Day offers over 50 different varieties of hard cider. The festival provides the experienced cider enthusiast or the newly cider-curious the opportunity to sample a complete range of styles and flavors. Ticket prices are $25 per 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. Hours for the festival are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. A VIP tasting hour from 11 a.m. – 12 noon is planned for NWCA members, sponsors and media.