Cider and beer seem like cousins. True, one is fermented grains, and the other is fermented fruit. And from a purely technical perspective, cider has much more in common with wine than it does with beer. But for some reason, the culture of cider drinkers and beer drinkers seems to be relatively close. I believe it is because they are both viewed as drinks of the common man, in simple terms. Whereas wine is seen as the drink of wealthy, upscale gastronomes, beer and cider are the average Joe’s daily drink. This is all not necessarily true, but it is the perception of society at large. Well, as far as I am concerned, we beer lovers are more than happy to open our doors and arms to our cider brothers and sisters. So if you enjoy a good cider, then you may be interested in the Cider Summit NW Festival in Portland Oregon on June 20 and 21.
The festival will be held at the Fields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th/Overton in the Pearl District. The SBS & Seattle Beer Collective puts on the annual festival, having held it in Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and Berkeley. The festival this year will offer a chance to experience 120 ciders from the US and the world.
Ian Roberts, spokesman for SBC, stated: “We believe we’ve created a unique event. Interest in artisanal cider is exploding right now, and this event is the premier sampling opportunity for both the cider enthusiast and cider curious.”
“We appreciate the generous support the South Waterfront community provided for our first three events,” added event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “However thanks to the great reception of the Portland cider community we simply outgrew the space. We look forward to a long and successful partnership at our new home in the Pearl.”