Every Thursday we are hosting a complimentary virtual happy hour.
Each week, taste with a different cidery around the Pacific Northwest. Learn about a family that explores and crafts cider together in Idaho, take a trip to where apples grow in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and go behind the scenes on Washington’s wild and rural Olympic Peninsula.
We look forward to sharing a glass together from the comfort of our own homes. Literally, from our home to yours. Please note the time change to 5pm PT, beginning 5/21.
For media inquiries please contact NWCA Executive Director, Emily Ritchie.
4pm PT 5/7
The story of Meriwether Cider in Boise, Idaho is the story of a family of four– firefighters, nomads and adventurers who found themselves at a cross roads at the same time. Join us in learning how the Leadbetter Family is distantly related to Meriwether Lewis of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition (inspiring their cidery name!) and dive into their passion for cider. The tasting line up for their virtual happy hour includes Meriwether Foothills Semi-Dry, Hop Shot, Grapefruit Rosemary. Their ciders are available here for to-go pick up from both of their locations, local home delivery, curbside or available for shipping online. For online orders, look for the “Meriwether Happy Hour Box” and take advantage of $18 Flat Rate Shipping for 3-Day Shipping through 5/4 using the code: MERIHOUR2020. Please register to join us for free!
4pm PT 5/14
A cider dream was seeded in 2012, when Western Cider‘s co-founder Michael Billingsley planted 2,500 cider apple trees in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley – just south of Missoula. Now home to 5,000 trees and a tasting room that knows how to host a good party, Western crafts “easy going and traditional” ciders. Raise a glass with us on a virtual visit to big sky country. We’ll taste their Wickson Single Variety, Great Bear Community Cider and McIntosh Single Variety Ciders. Available for direct shipping and local delivery for Missoula, Montana residents. Please register in advance and join us.
Finnriver Cider 5/21
At a NEW TIME 5pm PT!
Finnriver Farm & Cidery is located on Washington’s wild and rural Olympic Peninsula. At the forefront of the cider revival, Finnriver is mission driven and rooted in organic agriculture. The Finnriver Cider Garden is a well loved destination, overlooking weeder geese wandering picturesque orchards. We’ll meet with passionate Cidermaker and Duke of Tanks, Andrew Byers to taste their Farmstead, Autumn’s Blush and Golden Russet Ciders. Available for direct shipping online, local pick up curbside or find Finnriver ciders available for purchase in 12+ states. Please register in advance and tune in to taste with us!
Catch Up on What You Missed!
4/9 we launched our series with a visit to Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley. We connected with Erin and Jeremy of Blossom Barn Cidery. They shared their love story and tasting notes for their Rouge Valley Perry, Rosehip Perry and Front Porch Perry, all available for order online. Catch up here!
4/16 our happy hour was hosted in North Central Washington, where Micah took us on a tour of the fifth generation pear orchard that bears fruit for Independent Cider perries. We tasted their Original Sno Gem Dry, Semi Dry Bartlett, and Lavender Perry, available online. Catch up here.
4/23 we enjoyed the view from the patio overlooking the orchard Vancouver Island in British Columbia to connect with Kristen at Sea Cider. We learned about her cider journey as a sixth-generation farmer and enjoyed a guided tasting of their Pippins, Bramble Bubbly and Rumrunner (Canada)/Prohibition (USA) available online. Tune in here!
4/30 we visited baby goats in Gervais, Oregon at Bauman’s Cider. We met with Christine and imbibed three cocktail themed ciders: Peach Bellini, Strawberry Mojito and Farmer’s Old Fashion. Available online or for local delivery. We also had a special cheese monger guest, Nikki from Cheese Bar. Watch it here!