Making a Day of It at home with the 2020 Cider Summit NW To-Go box!

I am sure all of us have something that we miss from pre-COVID-19 days. In fact there is probably a dozen things we can each think of. Low on the list of importance (relatively speaking), but still something I miss are beer festivals. I have loved heading out to small and big festivals alike and sampling some of the best new beers/ciders that our PNW (and beyond) have to offer. Some festivals have canceled this past year while others have gone virtual. One such festival is the Cider Summit NW – a fest that I was promising to attend this year and now I can thanks to some great opportunities.

When it comes to festivals, I always like to “Make a Day of It” by finding some nearby running routes before the event to explore. We even have a whole series based around this premise. However, with 2020 being 2020 it’s not as much fun, but still possible to do with a treadmill or neighborhood run. But regardless, I am planning on putting in some miles on October 17th, the date for the Cider Summit, before experiencing the To-Go Tasting Kit.

While it would be awesome to be enjoying some great ciders outside, this year it will have to happen at our individual houses – which could be worse. Tickets are pretty cheap (starting at $39 – $69 depending on your box) and come with some great swag like two Cider Summit logoed 6-ounce stemless tasting glasses, apple & pear stress balls, and small gifts from participating cider makers like pins, coasters, stickers, and coupons. Then stick around to enjoy the guided virtual tasting in the evening that features 90 minutes of live music alongside vignettes by several cidermakers.

CSP.2 kit

Samples from a previous year

There are three different boxes available:

The Modern Cider Tasting Kit features products from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, 12 Bridge Ciderworks, La Familia Cider, Jester & Judge, New West Cider, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Tumalo Cider, and Salut!, a collaboration between Virtue Cider and the Cider Summit Festival.

  • 2 Towns Made Marion (12-ounce)
  • 12 Bridge Burnside Fire (12-ounce)
  • Jester & Judge TBD (12-ounce)
  • La Familia Guayaba/Guava (12-ounce)
  • New West TBD (16-ounce)
  • Reverend Nat’s Revival Hard Apple (12-ounce)
  • Tumalo Huckleberry Lemon (16-ounce)
  • Virtue Salut! Cider Summit Collaboration (16.9-ounce)

The Bottled Classics Tasting Kit includes products from Apple Outlaw, Bauman’s Cider Co., Bull Run Cider, EZ Orchards, WildCraft Cider Works, and a bottle of Salut!

  • Apple Outlaw Thompson Creek McIntosh
  • Bauman’s Muscadet de Dieppe Single Varietal
  • Bull Run Barrel Aged Jonagold
  • E.Z. Orchards Poire
  • Virtue Salut! Cider Summit Collaboration
  • WildCraft Trinity Pome

The Artisanal Imports package offers hard-to-find ciders from Aspall Cyder (England), Viuda de Angelon (Spain), Manoir du Parc (France), and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse (British Columbia). Tasting Kit prices range from $39 to $62 (plus fees).

  • Aspall Imperial – 500ml bottle (England)
  • Manoir du Parc Poire – 750ml bottle (France)
  • Sea Cider Witches Broom – 750ml bottle (British Columbia)
  • Viuda de Angelon Sidra Brut – 750ml bottle (Spain)

Guests can also add on the Moonstruck Chocolate Craft Cider Collection, featuring nine truffles made with three cider flavors from 2 Towns Ciderhouse.

“We originally created the tasting kits as a way to stay engaged with our attendees during the pandemic,” said Alan Shapiro, Cider Summit founder and producer. “We were thrilled with the response, which was a complete sell out. This time, we’re excited to include even more cidermakers and offer the kits to a greater number of consumers around Oregon and across the country.”

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Important Dates:

  • Virtual tasting on October 17, 2020 (6p-730p)
    • You must place your kit orders by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 4
      • Delivery Tues-Friday, October 13-16 |
      • Pickup October 17 12-3p at Benton Parking Lot at Memorial Coliseum

Cost: Purchase tickets here:

  • $39 for Modern Box (8 ciders)
  • $59 for Bottled Classics (6 500ml bottles)
  • $69 for Artisanal Imports (4 bottles)
    • Add $20 for Moonstruck Chocolate Craft Cider Collection
    • Add $8 for Local Delivery or ~$18 for Greater Oregon Delivery
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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