Cider Rite of Spring '16: March 19

Cider Rite of Spring returns on Saturday, March 19 for its 3rd annual tasting event. I attended last year and had a great time. You can see my Cider Rite of Spring 2015 recap here. Here are a few reasons why I look forward to attending again:

  1. Meet the Cidermakers.  They serve their own ciders and love to educate consumers. Take the opportunity to ask them questions and learn about what you're drinking.
  2. Lots of Variety.  Last year, 30 producers served nearly 120 different ciders. Cider is following a path similar to craft beer. You'll find barrel-aged cider, wild cider, cider with fruit, and more. 
  3. Great Venue.  The Tiffany Center is right on the MAX line. It's nice venue, and the event wasn't overly crowded last year. Wait times for pours were virtually non existant. Let's hope it stays that way!

For more details and pricing information, check out the news release below.

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25 top cidermakers anticipated for seasonal tasting celebration

Portland, Ore. - February 9 – The Northwest Cider Association’s Third Annual Cider Rite of Spring returns to Portland Saturday, March 19 with top cidermakers, a cider store and more. Lauded as the “Best Northwest Cider Festival” by SIP Northwest in 2015, festivities take place from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Tiffany Center in Portland (1410 SW Morrison). Northwest cideries confirmed to date include Alter Ego Cider, Carlton Cyderworks, Finnriver Farm and Cidery, E.Z. Orchards, Portland Cider Company, Rogue Cider, Dragon’s Head Cider, Locust Cider, Neigel Vintners Cider, New West Cider, Spire Mountain Cider, Snowdrift Cider Company and ^5 Cider. Cideries will be added as the date approaches, keep an eye on for updates.  

“On the heels of hosting the world’s largest cider conference in early February and with some of the region’s top cider spots, the Rose City is a hotbed of activity,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “We’re thrilled with the quality and diversity our members produce and look forward to sharing that with cider lovers from around the Northwest.”

Tickets are $30 at the door, $25 in advance and $20 for NWCA members. Click here or visit for more information and to buy tickets. Attendees must be 21 years old and will receive a glass and eight tasting tickets. Food will be available for purchase with live music throughout the event. A pop-up retail store will give attendees the chance to buy their favorite ciders from the event to take home.  Doors will open at 11 a.m. for sponsors, media and NWCA members. Cider Rite of Spring is sponsored by FruitSmart, Locust Cider and Portland Cider Company. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Cider Association.

About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit, or follow the growing organization on Facebook and Twitter (@nwcider).

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