image courtesy of our Flickr page Raise your hand if you can count the last time you had an eye-opening craft beer or wine. No? What about the last time you had a cider? Let us guess, even longer.

If you’re speechless to both of this writer’s questions, then you need to take the ferry to Port Townsend for the second year of Summer Cider Day.

What’s Summer Cider Day? Good question. Summer Cider Day is a celebration of that other adult beverage neglected by wine, spirits and craft beer enthusiasts; cider.

… Summer Cider Day is the Northwest Cider Association's biggest event of the year and has helped establish the Northwest as a nationally recognize dcider region. This year, it takes place on Saturday, July 7th, at the Port Townsend's Northwest Maritime Center.

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.

This year’s event features over a dozen cider makers from throughout the Northwest on hand to pour over 30 different varieties of hard cider. Included with your $25 ticket ($20 for NWCA members) are 10 tasting tickets, a souvenir Northwest Cider Association glass, and the opportunity to sample cheese (courtesy of Mt. Townsend Creamery). 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.

The event won’t be all sips and cheeses, as they have asked Matt Sircely & The New Forge to complement the event with their unique, musical, style.

Plus for those who are not planning on drinking, but giving someone a ride home, the event asks a nominal $5 at the door.

Don’t be late.

Saturday July 7th, 2012 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Summer Cider Day
431 Water Street  Port Townsend, WA 98368

Cheers

About The Northwest Cider Association

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 http://nwcider.com.

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