Portland International Cider Cup


Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and the Portland International Cider Cup planning committee are pleased to announce the inaugural Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) to be held on June 23rd, 2013. Registration opens May 31st and closes on June 17. All entries must be received at the ship-to/drop-off location no later than 10 PM on Monday June 17th, 2013. Entrants are encouraged to read entry information early to familiarize themselves with entry categories.

This non-BJCP competition is for commercial producers only (holding applicable licenses to produce cider). Only ciders are allowed entry in the competition and the categories have been developed expressly for this competition and reflect the true nature of the commercial cider market as it exists. For detailed information about the style guidelines, categories and the evaluation forms used by judges in this competition please visit the entry information page.

Additionally, this competition is for ciders produced in the Pacific Northwest, within the geographic bounds deliniated by the Northwest Cider Association. Cideries who are already members of the NWCA may enter ciders made within the bounds of the NWCA membership area and will receive a discount on their entry fee. Commercial cideries not yet members of the NWCA but eligible to join the NWCA (including those located in British Columbia, Canada) may enter the competition and enter ciders made within the bounds of the NWCA membership area but will not receive a discount on their entry fee.

All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number and judges will only see that number along with important information needed to properly evaluate the entry, such as category entered, level of carbonation, level of sweetness, alcohol level and any special ingredients or entrant notes. Judges will be a combination of experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals and other commercial cidermakers. Entrant cidermakers are encouraged to participate in the judging and the organizers will ensure that no cidermakers judge a category in which they have an entry. Judges will be announced soon.

Judging will take place at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider the day immediately following the Portland Cider Summit, June 23 2013. Lunch will be provided for judges.

Entries will be accepted after the registration page opens on Friday May 31st and through Monday, June 17, 2013. You may ship or drop off your entries (to arrive no later than Monday June 17) at the following location:

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Attention: PICC
1813 NE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97212
Tel: 503-567-2221

Registrar: Mark Crowder, mark@rainbarrelcider.com

To arrange in-person drop off of entries please contact Nat at nat@reverendnatshardcider.com or the above phone.

Judging will take place on Sunday, June 23rd, beginning at 10:00 AM at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (until completion at approximately 4-5 pm). Dinner and announcement of awards to follow. (TBA)

Confirmed Judges List:

Dave White: President of Northwest Cider Association, author of Old Time Cider blog (http://www.oldtimecider.com/) and owner of Whitewood Cider

Abram Goldman-Armstrong: BJCP National Judge, writer for Northwest Brewing News and experienced cider judge.

Mark Crowder: owner of Rainbarrel Cider

Jim Bonomo: Owner/manager of The Beermongers, Portland OR

Alex Cidermonger: Cider evangelist in Vancouver, BC

Vincent Sterne: Owner of Two Rivers Cider, Sacramento CA and BJCP certified judge

Zeb Dewar: Owner of Baird & Dewar Farmhouse Cider, Portland, OR

Aidan Currie: Owner of Outcider

Doug Rehberg, Senior Brewery Manager, Craft Brew Alliance/Widmer Brothers

Robert McCurdy, Tieton Cider Works

(more coming soon!)