We’ve got our line up settled, and it should be a great day!
We will pick you up in Stevenson 9am, travel to Rivercider at Riverside Farms in the Hood River area to press apple juice and taste some cider apples, swing up to Crush Cider Cafe to talk about fermentation with Crush and cidermaker John Metta from Slopeswell Cider Co., and then cross the Columbia back to Jester and Judge in Stevenson to finalize the cider you’ve been working on all day! Then you’ll end your day with a chance to taste what you’ve made, along with ciders and beers from around the Gorge at the Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer. Each stop will explore a different part of the cider making process, from the apples themselves, to the yeast and fermentation processes, and the additional flavors and blending help make the cider just right!
Space is limited so be sure to get your ticket now!
The Gorge Cider Society is hosting the Gorge Cider Adventure on Saturday, October 8th. It is the perfect chance to experience cidermaking from start to finish–from apple orchard through to your glass! Check out the Cider Adventure page for more details, or follow the Cider Society on Facebook to get updates!
Now in its third year, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. More than 20 cideries will be participating, with more than 30 ciders on tap. The day-long event also features local food carts, a kid’s area and a line-up of local music, from bluegrass to classic rock – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family. Spring showers aren’t a problem, as the tasting takes place in a covered hall. And, just a friendly reminder, pets are not allowed at the event.
$10 – Full event pass (includes entry into Cider Fest, entry into 21+ Cider Garden, 4 (3.5oz) taste tokens, and commemorative glass
$5 – Entry only (entry into Cider Fest event; does not include commemorative glass and tokens)
For details, check out Visit Hood River’s events page on Facebook or the CiderFest’s website.
We’ll see you there!
The Cider Society has updated the Cider Route for 2o16! We have includes some great new cideries, and added information on other amenities at the tasting rooms to help you better plan your visits. You’ll be able to tell which locations have food, fresh fruit, and sweet cider in addition to the hard cider! Check out the update here.
Trek across treacherous apple orchards and see cultivation of cider apple varietals. Earn your merit badge in cider tasting. Share your scary yeast stories while grilling up tasty brats. See how many apples you can press in half an hour. CiderCamp is a weekend-long, behind-the scenes look at the Columbia River Gorge cideries, orchards, and more! Transportation and meals are included,1 so all you need to bring is your tasting notebook and get ready to explore the Columbia River Gorge cideries! For details on this exploration of Gorge cider, check out the website at cider.camp.