Celebrating craft cider in Seattle


From September 10-20, 2015, visitors to Seattle looking to expand their palates should check out the fifth annual Washington Cider Week. Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) cited the significance of this event. “As awareness and interest in cider increase both nationally and around the world, our Northwest cidermakers continue to be recognized for premium products and innovative styles. Washington Cider Week is the time to celebrate them and spread awareness of our growing craft cider culture.”

The festivities commenced on Thursday, September 10th with a Cider Week Kickoff and Happy Hour at Capitol Cider. Also, on Tuesday, September 15th, Capitol Cider hosts a cider tasting and book signing with England-based Bill Bradshaw, author of several award winning cider books and the world’s foremost expert on cider.

Situated in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Capitol Cider possess the look of a cozy brew pub. However, step inside and one finds a restaurant serving upscale gluten-free fare like coconut prawns, seared albacore served with cucumber gazpacho and white beans, and a buttermilk cheesecake.Also, the full bar features a frequently changing 30-handle tap split between 20 ciders and 10 beers, along with a cider bottle list that includes more than 150 selections. Enjoy a bottle of cider in house or purchase one to-go. Downstairs, the bar features food and drink, live music, shuffleboard, art, board games and a 91″ big screen for viewing televised sporting and cultural events. Capitol Cider is open from 4pm to 2am on weekdays and 10am to 2am on weekends.

Then on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, Seattle Cider Summit features more than 150 artisan ciders. The owners and cidermakers are on hand to guide guest through the 4-ounce samplings of their wares. Also, this event features specially paired food selections from Capitol Cider and others, a Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by Capitol Cider and CiderCraft Magazine and live music. Tickets for this event are $35 (cash only) at the door which includes a souvenir glass and 8 tasting tickets.

Be sure to stop by and check out Seattle Cider Company’s offerings. Their tasting lineup for Seattle Cider Summit features the following ciders: Citrus, Dry, Pumpkin Spice, Three Pepper, Plum Gose, Cold Brew, 2014 Washington Heirloom and Red Wine Barrel Aged Berry. Also, they will have on hand Seattle Cider temporary tattoos, bean bag toss for prizes. In addition, the first four dozen people who stop by otheir booth on Saturday morning to try our Pumpkin Spice cider will receive a free Pumpkin Old Fashioned doughnut from Top Pot Doughnuts. Post Summit, stop by their tasting room at 4700 Ohio Ave S. and sample both Seattle Cider Company’s ciders and Two Brews Brewing craft beers.

Those looking for a unique cider taste should try Schilling Cider’s Sour Cider 2.0, which they are featuring at Seattle Cider Summit. Also, check out the Schilling Cider Food Pairing on September 16th from 6pm to 9pm. Held at the Gnocchi Bar at 1542 12th Ave Unit #3 in Seattle, Chef Lisa Nakamura pairs Schilling Cider with her gnocchi and desserts. Then check out the Schilling Cider House (708 N 34th St.) located in the heart of Fremont, the center of the Universe. With 32 taps, 2 nitro cider taps and over 300 bottles of speciality craft cider, there’s a cider for all palates. The Cider House is open from noon to midnight 7 days a week.

For more information about the myriad of events planned throughout Washington State during Washington Cider Week, check out the calendar at the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA)’s website and follow the NWCA at @NWCider and #WaCiderWeek.