PNW Cider Awards 2015 at The Woods

Last weekend, the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) Festival brought out droves of Seattleites eager to sample and vote for some of the Pacific Northwest's best ciders. Held at The Woods tasting room in the SoDo area of Seattle, this was also an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the tasting room that recently opened to the public. Rustic, industrial, and laid back, The Woods is the official tasting room of Seattle Cider Company, the city's first cidery since Prohibition.

PNWCA 2015 By the Numbers

  • 2 Years of PNWCA
  • 145 Entrants
  • 14 Categories of Cider
  • 3 Winners for each Category
  • 30 Ciders on Tap at PNWCA 2015

The Woods cider tasting room Seattle

The second annual PNWCA saw 145 entrants divided into 14 different categories, with gold, bronze, and silver medals for each category. Winners are listed below. Our personal favorites were definitely Schilling Cider's Grapefruit cider (light, mellow, and not too sweet) and D's Wicked Green Apple Cider (robust, natural apple flavors).

This is one of many cider events we have had the privilege of attending since the beverage began to popularize in Seattle. Other notable events in the Seattle area include Capitol Cider pairing dinners in Capitol Hill, as well as the Taste Washington event.

PNW Cider Awards Seattle photography

2nd Annual PNW Cider Awards 2015 Winners

Modern Dry Gold: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Bright Cider Silver: Cascadia Ciderworkers United Dry Bronze: Grizzly Ciderworks The Ridge

Modern Sweet Gold: Cockrell Hard Cider Original Silver: Anthem Cider Bronze: Spire Mountain Cider Red Apple

Traditional Dry Gold: Left Field Cider Co Little Dry Silver: Twisted Hills Craft Cider Kingston’s Fate Bronze: Seattle Cider Company Washington Heirloom 2014 Bronze: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Kings & Spies

Traditional Sweet Gold: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Bloom Silver: Twisted Hills Craft Cider Calville’s Winter Bronze: 2 Towns Ciderhouse 2013 Riverwood

Modern Perry Gold: Left Field Cider Co Pear Dry Silver: Nashi Orchards Chojuro Asian Pear Perry Bronze: Spire Mountain Ciders Sparkling Pear

Traditional Perry (only 3 entrants) Gold: Tieton Cider Works Sparkling Perry

Old World  Gold: Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Lorrie’s Gold Silver: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Bittersweet Silver: Liberty Ciderworks English Style

Ginger Gold: Apple Outlaw Ginger Bite Silver: Sixknot Cider Gingerella Bronze: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Ginja Ninja

Wood Aged Gold: Finnriver Farm & Ciderhouse Fire Barrel Gold: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Prohibition Bronze: Tieton Cider Works Cidermaker’s Reserve

Fruit Gold: Blue Mountain Cider Company Peach Hard Apple Cider Silver: Honey Moon Raspberry CiderHead Bronze: Sea Cider Ciderhouse Bramble Bubbly

Spice/Herb Gold: Honey Moon Rhubarb CiderHead Silver: Seattle Cider Company Three Pepper Bronze: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cherried Away

Hopped Gold: Square Mile Cider Co. Spur and Vine Hopped Silver: Finnriver Farm & Ciderhouse Dry Hopped Silver: Swift Cider Dank Hop

Single Varietal  Gold: Nashi Orchards Mountain Rose Gold: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Pippins Bronze: Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Revelation Newtown Pippin

Specialty  Gold: Spire Mountain Ciders Dark and Dry Apple Silver: Red Tank CHOPS! Bronze: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Wild English

Best in Show Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Bloom