The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) proudly announced the 2022 winners of our 9th annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) competition recently at a sold-out awards party, hosted at Swift Cider in Portland.
The Northwest is home to 150 orchard-based, small, independent, and mid-sized makers, and Portland International Cider Cup is the region’s premier judged competition. This year, PICC received the most entries in its history! In this year’s competition, nearly 50 cideries from OR, WA, MT, ID and British Columbia entered 241 ciders, judged by just under 50 professional cider judges who traveled from around the region to Portland, Oregon for the all-day judging event in early May.
NWCA unveiled 57 Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winning ciders from Pacific Northwest cidermakers across 20 distinct categories and seven subcategories – ranging from Modern Dry to Traditional Perries. Entries come from OR, WA, MT, ID and British Columbia – the continent’s largest apple growing region. The competition is strict and not all categories take medals if the quality is not there, an unusual approach for cider competitions. Ciders are judged by trained industry experts looking for excellence, flaws and determined style qualities.
Small Cidery of the Year – Puget Sound Cider (WA)
Medium Cidery of the Year – Bauman’s Cider Co (OR)
Large Cidery of the Year – Seattle Cider Co (WA)
Best In Show – Seattle Cider (WA) “Honeycrisp”
Runner Up for Best In Show– Peak Light Cider (OR) – Orchard Reserve Quince
Best New Cidery – RAW Cider Company (OR)
There were gold, silver, and bronze award winners for several cider style categories including red fleshed cider, modern dry cider, heirloom sweet cider, English sweet cider, French cider, and more. More details, categories, and the list of all winners can be found here on the NW Cider website.
For ease, we highlighted all of the GOLD winners from the awards this year below.
|Redfield Rose’||35A: Red Fleshed Cider||Puget Sound Cider Company|
|Mcintosh Cellar Series||A1: Modern Dry Cider||2 Towns Ciderhouse|
|Honeycrisp||A2: Modern Sweet Cider||Seattle Cider Company|
|Kingston Blend||B1: Heirloom Dry Cider||Puget Sound Cider Company|
|Imperial Golden Russet||B2: Heirloom Sweet Cider||Bauman’s Cider|
|Bittersweet||C2: English Sweet Cider||Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse|
|Semi Dry||D1: French Cider||RAW Cider Company|
|Wolf In The Woods||E1: Hopped||Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse|
|Garratza||F1: Wild/Non-Sac||Liberty Ciderworks|
|Spiced Peach||G1: Spiced Cider||Seattle Cider Company|
|Golden Ghost||G2: Botanical||Rootwood Cider Company|
|Farmer’s Old Fashioned||H1: Wood/Oaked||Bauman’s Cider|
|Raspberry||I1: Fruit Cider||Puget Sound Cider Company|
|Cherry||I1: Fruit Cider||Puget Sound Cider Company|
|Blueberry Pomegranate||I1: Fruit Cider||Avid Cider|
|Pacific Pineapple||I1: Fruit Cider||2 Towns Ciderhouse|
|Orchard Reserve Quince Cider||J1: Specialty||Peak Light Cider Company|
|Peary||K1: Modern Perry||Scenic Road Cider Co.|
|Honeycrisp||M1: Single Varietal Cider – dessert/culinary apples||Seattle Cider Company|
|Golden Russet||M2: Single Varietal Cider – bittersweet/bittersharp apples||Finnriver Farm & Cidery|