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4th Annual Cider Summit SF Cider Lineup

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The lineup of cider producers at this year’s Cider Summit SF – taking place this Saturday, April 22 in the Presidio in SF – was released last week and now available at their event website. Listed below is the lineup, which also includes the ciders and cider cocktails to be poured.

2017 Lineup

Table 1
2 Towns Cider House – Corvallis, OR  Est. 2010
BrightCider
Bad Apple
Made Marion
Pommeau

Table 2
Ace Cider – Sebastopol, CA, Est. 1993
BlackJack 21 Vintage 2015
Pineapple Cider
Joker Cider

Table 3
Atlas Cider – Bend, OR  Est. 2013
Apricot Cider
Blackberry Cider
Dragonfruit Cider

Table 4
101 Cider House – Westlake Village, CA  Est. 2015
Cactus Red
Scrumpy
Black Dog

Table 5
Cider Riot – Portland, OR  Est. 2013
Burncider
Everybody Pogo
Never Give an Inch
FCC

Table 6
Brooks Dry Cider – San Francisco, CA  Est. 2015

Table 7
Common Cider – Auburn, CA, Est. 2013
Blood Orange Tangerine
Pineapple Guava
Blackberry Sangria

Table 8
Crooked City Cider – Oakland, CA  Est. 2015
Straight-Up Oakland Dry Session
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Yes Please!
Sour Patch (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 9
Dragon’s Head Cider – Vashon, WA  Est. 2010
Wild Fermented Cider
Traditional Cider
Perry

Table 10
Aspall Cyder House – Suffolk, England  Est. 1728
Aspall Dry
Aspall Imperial
Aspall Peronelle’s Blush

Table 11
E.Z. Orchards – Salem, OR  Est. 2005
Hawk Haus
Poire
Roman Beauty
Semi Dry

Craigie’s Ballyhook Flyer – Wicklow, Ireland  Est. 2011

Table 12
Eden Specialty Ciders – Newport, VT  Est. 2007
Imperial 11° Rose
Orleans Herbal Aperitif
Eden Heirloom Blend

Table 13
Ethic Ciders – Petaluma, CA  Est. 2015
Gravitude
Golden Rule

Table 14
The Good Cider – San Sebastian, Spain  Est. 1918
Apple Cider

Table 15
Hemly Cider – Courtland, CA  Est. 2015
Hemly Pear Cider
Hemly Dry Pear Cider
Sloughhouse Jalapeno Pear Cider

Table 16
The Far West Cider Co. – Richmond, CA  Est. 2016
Pink Cascade
Crimson Gold Crab
Orchard Blend No. 1
You’re Guava Be Kidding Me (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 17
Lassen Traditional Cider – Chico, CA  Est. 2016
Newtown Pippin
Winesap
Farmhouse Dry

Table 18
Horse & Plow – Sebastopol, CA  Est. 2008
Farmhouse Cider
Heirloom Cider
Hops and Honey

Table 19
Hidden Star Orchards – San Leandro, CA 94577
Treeo Hard Cider
Sour Hard Cider
Pink Lady Hard Cider

Table 20
Humboldt Cider – Eureka, CA  Est. 2014
Friends w/Benefits Hopped
Cherry
Gravenstein Single Vareital
Pink Guava Hopped (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 21
Indigeny Reserve – Sonora, CA  Est 2012
2016 Organic Harvest Blend
Extra Crisp
Blackberry
Apricot (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 22
Gowan’s Estate Heirloom Cider – Philo, CA  Est. 1876
1876 Heirloom
Gravenstein
Sierra Beauty
Heritage

Table 23
Leaky Barrel Cider Co. – Sonoma, CA Est. 2017
SASH Cider
Old Baldy Cider

Table 24
Golden State Cider – Sebastopol, CA  Est. 2012
Bay Brut Cider
Gingergrass Cider
Mighty Dry

Table 25
Finnriver Farm & Cidery – Chimacum, WA  Est. 2008
Dry Hopped Cider
Habanero Cider
Black Currant Cider
Cider Summit Saison Collaboration

Table 26
Mission Trail Cider Co. – Bradley, CA  Est. 2014
Plum Jerkum
Perry
Peach Coast
Ron Tropico (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 27
Newton Court Cider – Leominster, England  Est. 2000
Gasping Goose
Panting Partridge

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Pitsnogled Cider – Folsom, CA  Est. 2015
Original Hard Cider

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Redwood Coast Cider – San Carlos, CA  Est. 2015
Bikers “Chardonnay”
Kosmic Lighthouse Ride
Strawberry Bobber
Gooseberry (Fruit Cider Challenge)

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Red Branch Cider – Sunnyvale, CA Est. 1995
Black Cherry Cider
Pear Cider
Mead Barrel-Aged Apple Cyser

Table 31
Santa Cruz Scrumpy – Felton, CA  Est. 2009
Purposely Pimp’N Pippin
Pomegranate
Original Hard Cider
Toast & Jam (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 32
Specific Gravity Cider – Sebastopol, CA Est. 2013
Gravenstein
Sour Farmhouse Scrumpy
Perry
Boysenberry

Table 33
Seattle Cider Co. – Seattle, WA Est. 2013
Dry
Semi Sweet
Basil Mint

Table 34
See Canyon Hard Cider – San Luis Obispo, CA, Est. 2013
Boneyard
Triple Threat
Classic Cider

Table 35
Santa Cruz Cider Co. – Santa Cruz, CA  Est. 2013
The Hopped Apple
Lot 16 (Luz Del Valle)
Gravenstein
Blueberry(Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 36
Sea Cider Farm & Cider House – Saanichton, BC  Est. 1996
Prohibition
Bramble Bubbly
Kings and Spies
Worley’s Cider – Somerset, England  Est. 2001
Red Hen
Premium Vintage
Mendip Hills

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Incline Cider Co. – Incline Village, NV  Est. 1995
The Explorer Hopped Cider
The Scout Marionberry Cider
The Legend Lemongrass Cider
The Rendle’s Lemongrass Legend – Gin & Cider

Table 38
Jim Beam Distillery – Clermont, KY
Jim Beam Apple
Jim Beam Apple & Soda Cocktail

Table 39
Niche Import Co. – Cedar Knolls, NJ
Calvados Coquerel Fine
Calvados Coquerel VSOP
CalvadosPomme d’Eve
Schonauer Apfel Liqueur

Table 40
J. Seeds – Fairfield, CA
J. Seeds Cider Whiskey
J. Seeds Apple Press Cocktail
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Sierra Cider Co. – Mariposa, CA  Est. 2010
Dry Summer Blend
Farm House Style
Early Harvest

Table 42
Tag + Jug Cider – San Francisco, CA  Est. 2014
Brut Cider
Cherry Champ (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 43
Tieton Cider Works – Yakima, WA 2008
Rambling Route Apple
Tieton Dry Hopped
Tieton Apricot

Table 44
Two Rivers Cider Company – Sacramento, CA Est. 1996
Apple
Blackberry
Pomegranate
Passionfruit (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 45
Wandering Aengus – Salem, OR  Est. 2005
Wandering Aengus Bloom
Wandering Aengus Bittersweet
Anthem Pear
Anthem Peach Brett (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 46
Tilted Shed Ciderworks – Windsor, CA  Est. 2011
Inclinado Sidra
2015/16 Topwork
2015 Graviva

Table 47
Schilling Hard Cider – Seattle, WA  Est. 2012
Emerald City Blackberry Pear
Lumberjack Rhubarb
Mischief Maker Pomegranate
Passport Passion Fruit
Strawberry Sour Cider (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 48
Sonoma Cider – Healdsburg, CA  Est. 2013
The Jax – Breakfast Cereal
The Imperial
The Pitchfork Pear
Apple Brandy

Table 49
South City Ciderworks – San Bruno, CA  Est. 2015
Dry Me a River
All The Good Hopped Names Were Taken
South City Cider
Yerba Buena Citrus Mint – 2pm tapping!

Table 50
Winesellers, Ltd. – France & Spain
Le Brun Cidre de Bretagne Brut
Le Brun Organic Cidre
Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut
Mayador Sidra Natural
Mayado Sidra Sparkling

Table 51
Dunkertons Cider – Herefordshire, England  Est. 1980
Dry Organic Cider
Black Fox Medium Organic Cider
Organic Perry

Table 52
Maeloc Cider – Galicia, Spain  Est. 2008
Maeloc Dry
Maeloc Blackberry
Maeloc Strawberry

Table 53
Wildcraft Cider Works – Eugene,OR  Est.  2014
Farmhouse Scrumpy
Wild Mirabelle Plum
Wild Rose

Table 54
William’s Orchards – Herefordshire, England  Est. 2000
William’s Sir Perry
William’s Excalibur Apple
William’s Dragons Breath Ginger

Table 55
Wrangletown Cider Co. – Eureka, CA  Est. 2015
Wrangletown Original
Monument Apples Orchard
Oak Barrel-Aged

Table 56
Tin City Cider Co. – Paso Robles, CA  Est. 2015
Original Dry-Hopped Cider
Goldie
Lilikoi

Table 57
WildCide Hard Cider – San Jose, CA  Est. 2015
WildCide Hard Cider
WildMule Ginger & Lime

Table 58
William Tell Cider – Lodi, CA  Est. 2014
Blueberry Zinfandel (Sweet/Tart) Cider
Bone Dry
Pinot Grigio Apple

Cider Summit SF Returns to the Presidio for 4th Annual Bay Area Event

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Photo from last year’s Cider Summit SF in the Presidio

The region’s largest cider festival – Cider Summit SF – is returning to the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio on Saturday, April 22 from 1pm-5pm for its fourth annual Bay Area event.

The festival will feature nearly 200 ciders – plus cider cocktails and apple spirits – from local, regional and international cider companies, and opportunities to meet with many of the cidermakers.

Representing the South Bay will once again be Sunnyvale’s Red Branch Cider Company, whose sister company Rabbit’s Foot Meadery, incidentally, made for another impressive showing at the recent Mazer Cup International 2017, winning gold for their Hel (Aged Barrel Saison) and bronze for Biere de Miel (Honey Kolsch) – congrats to owner and brewmaster Mike Faul and his team!

New this year at Cider Summit SF is a collaboration cider between Cider Summit festivals and Washington’s Finnriver Farm & Cidery, resulting in a limited edition Saison/Farmhouse style cider. It’s made from a select blend of Washington-certified organic apples fermented with a Saison ale yeast at high temperatures to bring out the tropical and spice notes of the yeast.

Food will be available for purchase from Slow Hand BBQ and Whole Foods Market Truck. Whole Foods will also host a cider and food-pairing pavilion featuring Sebastopol’s Golden State Cider and local food purveyors.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP tickets if purchased in advance before April 1. Beginning April 1, tickets go up by $5 ($40 and $50, respectively).

General admissions tickets get you a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. VIP tickets get you early access to the event from 12pm-1pm, a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available onsite for $2 each.

Designated driver tickets will be available for $5, and accompanied minors will be admitted at no charge. A percentage of tickets sales from the event will support charities including The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane and the California Association of Cidermakers.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the Cider Summit SF website.

Check out some of my pictures from two of the previous Cider Summit SF festivals to get a sense of why the event is one of our favorites.




Beerwalk Presents Inaugural Ciderwalk in Santana Row

Ciderwalk First Ever

The team behind the Beerwalk series – including co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann – are excited to present the first-ever Ciderwalk, taking place Wednesday, August 31 from 6pm to 9pm in Santana Row.

Ciderwalk will have the look and feel of a Beerwalk event. You’ll be able to stroll a local neighborhood – the Santana Row community in this case – and visit a variety of shops and restaurants while enjoying refreshing ciders – in lieu of beers – with other attendees.

Jordan recently shared with me how Ciderwalk came about:

“Since the start of Beerwalks – going on 5 years – we have always had 1 to 3 cider companies included in every walk. With the success of the Beerwalks, we are now receiving an overwhelmingly increasing amount of breweries requesting to participate, to the point we are turning away great breweries since every walk can only feature 20 to 25.

“In order to make more room for breweries we decided to no longer include cider companies in Beerwalks and instead create a walk dedicated solely to cider. Plus, we’re continuing to see the growing popularity of ciders. Thus, the Ciderwalk was born.”

Participating cider companies and tasting locations were recently announced.

Cider Companies

  • 101 Cider House
  • Angry Orchard
  • Brothers Cider
  • Golden State Cider
  • Half Pint Ciders
  • Magners Cider
  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery
  • Redwood Coast Cider
  • Surf City Cider
  • Schilling Cider
  • South City Cider
  • Stella Cidre (cider)
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Troy Cider
  • Wildcide Hard Cider
  • Woodchuck Cider
  • Wyder’s Cider

Tasting Locations

  • Bellarmine Barber Shop
  • BoConcept San Jose
  • Consuelo Mexican Bistro
  • Diesel Santana Row
  • El Jardin Tequila Bar
  • Jest Jewels
  • Kit and Ace
  • lululemon athletica San Jose
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy San Jose
  • Makers Market
  • Marine Layer
  • Oakley O Store
  • Orvis San Jose
  • Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Splendid at Santana Row
  • Santana Row Leasing Office
  • Sunglass Hut
  • The Bay Club

Check-in takes place from 5pm to 8pm at Santana Row Park.

Early bird tickets for Ciderwalk are currently available for $30 but go up to $35 if purchased the week of the event.

Tickets are available at the Ciderwalk Evenbrite page and include a cider tasting at each location, a custom glass and a passport.

There’ll be a limited number of tickets available at the event for $38. Proceeds help benefit the Bay Brewers Guild.

About the inaugural Ciderwalk, Jordan adds, “We have received a great response from the beer and cider community and are on pace to sell out the event. If the event goes as planned, we hope to have a couple Ciderwalks in 2017!”



Santana Row Beerwalk Tickets Still Available, Plus $5 Off Discount Code on Remaining 2016 Beerwalk Events

Santana Row Beerwalk 2016

Beerwalk founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann continue their winning combination with The Beerwalk – the series of community events that spotlight South Bay neighborhoods (so far: San Jose’s Japantown, Downtown Campbell, Downtown Willow Glen, Downtown Campbell and Santana Row), small shops and businesses, good causes and, of course, tasty beer. I also appreciate how they take care to include as many local breweries as possible at their events.

And when the weather forecast for an upcoming Beerwalk calls for a picture perfect afternoon or evening, then a Beerwalk is sure to sell out in advance, leaving some folks disappointed when they’re unable to purchase tickets when showing up on the day of the event.

So if you’re interested in the upcoming Beerwalk in Santana Row on Wednesday, July 27, then I strongly recommend that you consider purchasing tickets sooner than later at www.thebeerwalk.com.

Last year’s Santana Row Beerwalk sold out. And a quick South Bay weather check shows ideal conditions for the coming week, not to mention that the upcoming Beerwalk is taking place in the middle of Silicon Valley Beer Week, which will likely add to the popularity.

Santana Row Beerwalk, Wed., July 27, 6pm-9pm

Check-in Location:
Santana Row Park (near the giant chessboard)

Check-in Time:
5pm to 8pm

Breweries:
10 Barrel Brewing Company
Six Rivers Brewery
Almanac Beer Co
Anchor Steam
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Calicraft Brewing Company
Drake’s Brewing Co.
Elysian Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Golden Road Brewing
Golden State Brewery
Goose Island
Knee Deep Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Lost Coast Brewery
Mad River Brewing Company
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Strike Brewing Co.

Tasting Locations:
Calypso St. Barth
Consuelo Mexican Bistro
El Jardin Tequila Bar
Icebreaker Merino
Jest Jewels
Kit and Ace
lululemon athletica San Jose
Maker’s Market
Oakley Santana Row
Orvis San Jose
Roots & Rye
Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Santana Row Leasing Office
Sino – Santana Row
Straits Restaurants
The Bay Club
Thea Mediterranean

Tickets are $35 and include beer samples, passport and custom glass. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Bay Brewers Guild, whose mission is to promote the beers and breweries in the area, raise awareness about the joys of drinking craft beer and to support other local non-profit organizations.

Special SV Beer Week Offer – $5 Off Remaining 2016 Beerwalks

There are 4 remaining Beerwalk events for this year, with the first-ever Ciderwalk and Sake Walk in August and September.

  • Ciderwalk in Santana Row on Wed., Aug. 31
  • Sake Walk in Japantown, San Jose on Thurs., Sep. 15
  • Beerwalk Willow Glen on Sat., Oct. 29
  • Beerwalk Japantown, San Jose on Sat., Dec. 10

Take $5 off any – or all – of these events by using discount code “SVBEERWEEK.” The discount code will be good during the duration of SV Beer Week (now through July 30).

Scenes from the 3rd Annual Cider Summit SF 2016

It was another excellent Cider Summit SF.

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Cider Summit co-founder Alan Shapiro and PR extraordinaire Yasemin Sussman.

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Common Cider Company Blackberry Sangria.

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Finnriver Black Currant.

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Finnriver Oak & Apple.

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The San Francisco Meadery Blackberry.

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The San Francisco Meadery Apple Pie.

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See Canyon Hard Cider Premium Dry.

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South City Ciderworks Dry Me a River.

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South City Ciderworks All the Good Hopped Names Were Taken.

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Nana Mae’s Hard Cider.

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Tag + Jug Strawberry Hill Gang.

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Tag + Tug Brut Cider.

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Redstone Meadery Passion Fruit Nectar.

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Red Branch Cider Company’s Jon Siddoway and Siobhan Faul pouring their Hard Peach, Johnny Jump-Up and Hard Blackberry.

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Embark Craft Ciderworks American Hopped.

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Embark Craft Ciderworks American Heirloom.

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Tilted Shed Ciderworks.

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Tiled Shed Ciderworks Txotx.

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Millestone Cellars Gingeroot.

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Wifey and Dan Gordon of Wildcide Hard Cider and Gordon Biersch.

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We also made sure to roam around the Presidio and soak in the beautiful sights and refreshing air.

Definitely an event highlight of the year.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

P.S.: Click here for my pictures from last year’s event.



3rd Annual Cider Summit SF Announces Final Programming and Lineup of Cider Producers

Enjoying ciders at last year's Cider Summit SF
Enjoying ciders at last year’s Cider Summit SF

Cider Summit SF is just around the corner, coming to the Presidio’s Civil War Parade Ground on April 23 for the Bay Area’s third annual event. It’s this region’s largest hard cider tasting festival taking place from 1pm to 5pm, with a new VIP tasting available from noon to 1pm. The festival features over 150 different ciders from around the world, including local and regional favorites, innovative cider cocktails and bites from various local vendors. Below are details from a recent email on final programming and the final lineup of cider producers.

Participating cideries include:

Featured local California cideries: Ace Cider, Bite Hard Cider, Brooks Dry Cider, Cider Brothers, Crooked City Cider, Crispin Cider Co., Common Cider, Golden State Cider, Gowan Orchards, Hemly Cider, Horse & Plow, Humboldt Cider, Indigeny Reserve, Mission Trail Cider Co., 101 Cider House, Troy Cider, Tilted Shed Ciderworks, Pitsnogled Cider, Red Branch Cider, Redwood Coast Cider, Reef Points, San Francisco Mead, See Canyon Hard Cider, South City Ciderworks, Specific Gravity Cider, Surf City Cider, Tag + Jug Cider, Tin City Cider Co., Sonoma Cider, Two Rivers Cider Company, WildCide Hard Cider, Wrangletown Cider Co.

Featured Northwest cideries: Apple Outlaw, E.Z. Orchards, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Atlas Cider Co., Dragon’s Head Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Seattle Cider Co., Schilling Hard Cider, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus/Anthem.

Featured Midwest & East Coast cideries: B. Nektar, Eden Specialty Ciders, Embark Craft Ciderworks, Millstone Cellars, Redstone Meadery.

Featured International cideries: Aspall Cyder House, Cidres de France/Winesellers, Ltd., Ciders of Spain, Maeloc Cider, Sea Cider Farm & Cider House, Worley’s Cider, Williams Orchards.

Final Programming and Event Highlights:

  • Choose from over 150 ciders from around the world to sip on and meet and mingle with the cidermakers.
  • Enjoy specially paired food selections from the Whole Foods Market Truck, Slow Hand BBQ and others.
  • Taste a variety of cider cocktails from J. Seeds Cider Whiskey.
  • Sip on specially produced batches of cider as part of the first-annual Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products. Guests will vote for their favorite and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.
  • Hang out in the “Dog Lounge” hosted by Berkeley Humane & Wag Hotels.
  • Shop in the event store featuring Cider Summit SF t-shirts and other merchandise.

Tickets are $40 in advance (also available at SF area Whole Foods Markets) and $45 at the door, cash only. New this year, VIP tickets are available for $50. VIP ticketholders will have exclusive early access to the event from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and two additional tasting tickets. Designated driver tickets will be available for $5, and include Boxed Water. Accompanied minors will be admitted at no charge. Purchase tickets here.

For those seeking to utilize public transportation, the complimentary PresidiGo shuttle runs throughout the day from several locations in San Francisco, including the Embarcadero BART stop. SF MUNI also operates multiple bus routes to The Presidio. There is also ample onsite parking.

Cider Summit is committed to working with the community and various non-profit organizations. A percentage of tickets sales from the event will support the following charities: The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane, and the California Cider & Perry Association. Cider Summit SF is presented by Whole Foods Market, along with supporting sponsors including Upcider Gastropub, KRAVE Jerky, Oregon Fruit Products Co., Hood River Juice Co., J. Seeds Cider Whiskey, Wag Hotels, BART, and Morris Distributing.

For the full lineup of cidermakers and ciders available for tastings at the event, visit: cidersummit.com and stay up to date on additional details on Facebook and Twitter #CiderSummitSF.

2nd Annual Cider Summit SF to Feature 45+ Cider Makers, Red Branch Cider Company to Participate

Tasting room of Rabbit's Foot Meadery and Red Branch Cider Company, a participant in the upcoming Cider Summit SF 2015
Tasting room of Rabbit’s Foot Meadery and Red Branch Cider Company, a participant in the upcoming Cider Summit SF 2015

The second annual Bay Area Cider Summit will take place on Sat., April 25 from 12-6pm at the Civil War Parade Ground in San Francisco’s Presidio. The cider festival will feature over 150 ciders from over 45 cider companies.

“Consumer interest in artisanal cider is growing at a phenomenal rate, and we look forward to providing the region’s largest-ever tasting opportunity for both cider lovers and the cider curious,” shared event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports from an earlier media release.

Indeed, all signs point to a rapidly growing local interest in ciders. Case in point: On a recent visit to the Rabbit’s Foot Meadery tasting room in Sunnyvale (also home to sister company Red Branch Cider Company) at 1246 Birchwood Drive, a lively and friendly crowd had already formed. The service was excellent and the good vibes especially impressive given the visit occurred in the early afternoon on a weekday.

The popularity of their offerings – a variety of meads (honey wines), dessert mead, ciders (or “cysers” – cider fermented with honey – to be exact) and braggots (honey ale) – are at all-time highs, thanks in large part to the artisanship of Mike Faul, who first created commercial versions of historical mead recipes back in 1995. As well, meads and ciders are nice options for those who cannot handle gluten, as meads and ciders are naturally gluten free.

And many of the Rabbit’s Foot Meadery and Red Branch Cider offerings have garnered widespread acclaim, winning multiple awards, including four medals – one gold, one silver and two bronze – at last month’s prestigious Mazer Cup, the world’s largest mead competition held annually in Colorado. The medals represent a three-medal sweep in the Braggot style category for Honey Stout (gold), Bier de Miel Kolsch (silver) and Diabhal Belgian Style Golden Ale (bronze), and a bronze in the Varietal – Sweet style category for dessert mead Melia.

The appearances of founders Mike and Maria Faul and their daughter Siobhan on a CBS This Morning segment that focused on meads in Nov. 2013 also helped to raise their profile and increase demand for their products.

Red Branch Cider is scheduled to pour their Johnny Jump-Up Dry-Hopped Apple Cider and Black Cherry Hard Cider at the upcoming Cider Summit SF. Other highlights for this year’s cider fest include:

  • More than 20 California cideries stretching from San Luis Obispo to Eureka
  • Ciders from at least a dozen other states and seven other countries
  • Variety of fresh-pressed apple juice tastings
  • Apple bowling courtesy of presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market

Many of the owners and cider makers are scheduled to be on hand throughout the tastings, where ciders will be available in four-ounce pours. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings from Whole Foods, Slow Hand BBQ and others, and Wag Hotel/Berkeley Humane Dog Lounge.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 (cash only, if tickets remain) at the door and include a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Designated driver tickets are available for $5 and include a bottle of water. There is no charge for accompanied minors.

Cider Summit SF will benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane and the California Cider Association.

For more information, including the full lineup of cider makers and ciders and to purchase tickets, visit the event website cidersummit.com.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]