Date:May 14, 2017

Finnriver Cider Summit Saison Release @ Cider Bite 5/1

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5-7pm, May 18th Finnriver Cider Summit Saison Release Party will be hosted at Cider Bite in NW Portland. The Release Party marks the Oregon debut of a special Saison style collaboration cider Finnriver Farm & Cidery made for the Cider Summit events in 2017. Taste and enjoy Cider Summit Saison and limited release Habanero al Duce Cider, made with habaneros and caramelized sugar. A farm inspired coloring contest will take place with prizes each hour. Cider Bite, a presenting sponsor of the 7th Annual Cider Summit Portland is located at 1230 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, Oregon 97209

Finnriver Collaborates with Cider Summit on Saison Cider Release

Finnriver Farm and Cidery, producing premium farmcrafted cider on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state since 2008, is pleased to partner with the Cider Summit festivals to release a special collaboration cider in celebration of their annual cider tasting events.  This limited edition ’Saison style’ cider will be featured at each of the four annual Cider Summits in 2017, in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Cider Summit Portland Returns to The Fields Neighborhood Park for 7th annual event, featuring over 150 ciders & cider cocktails including regional favorites and international classics.  The event takes place at the The Fields Neighborhood Park – NW 10th & Overton Street in the Pearl on Friday, June 16th 3-8pm (VIP session at 2pm) & Saturday, June 17th noon-5pm. Tickets are available online exclusively at:

According to Cider Summit founder Alan Shapiro, “A mere handful of years ago artisanal cider was barely on the radar of discerning beverage consumers across the U.S.  In an effort to highlight this emerging category, Cider Summit was born in 2010 in Seattle.  Over the next several years the event expanded to four cities across the country and has introduced thousands of new consumers to these artfully crafted beverages.”

Finnriver is proud to have been among the earliest supporters of Cider Summit, and together we have designed this new cider to accompany the Cider Summit festivals and to highlight the ongoing renaissance of craft cider in the US.

The Cider Summit collaboration release is a Saison/Farmhouse style cider made from a select blend of Washington Certified Organic apples fermented with a Saison ale yeast at high temperature to bring out the tropical and spice notes of the yeast.

According to Finnriver cidermaker Andrew Byers: ‘This cider is a wonderful opportunity to showcase an influential yeast strain and to continue the exploration of cider styles. To compliment the nose and build the mid-palate structure of this Saison-style cider we dunked a sachet of dried fruit and select spices— melding the wild spice notes of a classic saison with the delicious versatility of Washington state organic apple juice.’ 

This cider joins hundreds of other traditional and innovative ciders available at the Cider Summit events, representing over 100 producers from around the world, and attracting thousands of cider drinkers to immerse themselves in the cider experience.

Finnriver farms and ferments on 80 certified organic acres in the Chimacum Valley, south of Port Townsend Washington, and is Certified Salmon Safe and a Certified B Corporation.  Finnriver is committed to wise land stewardship through organic agriculture, farmland conservation, habitat restoration, community outreach and education.  Their organic orchard and Cider Garden tasting room are open daily, year-round, with weekend food and live music events, and their farmcrafted ciders are distributed in 12 states across the west coast and midwest.

The Cider Summit special collaboration release will be available at 2017 Cider Summit festivals and at select accounts in each Summit city. Portland’s Cider Summit Release Party is hosted at Cider Bite in Portland’s Pearl District. Cider Bite is the first of its kind Hard Cider Taphouse in Oregon, featuring 32 ciders on tap, the largest amount of draft cider in the country. Cider Bite has a modest and delicious apple-focused food menu.


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