Win Tickets ($40): First EVER Portland Cider Summit @ Caruthers Park | 50 Ciders, Apple Pressing, Food

Pipeline is giving away a pair of tickets to the Cider Summit on Saturday, June 11 at Elizabeth Caruthers Park. To win, comment on this post why you think you should attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Monday, June 6.

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From our sponsors at Cider Summit:
Cider SummitCider Summit Portland
Saturday, June 11
11 a.m.- 7 p.m. | 21+
$20 advance | $25 door
Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Elizabeth Caruthers Park
SW Curry and Moody Avenue

SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR. The inaugural Portland event will be on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11am-7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood along the Willamette River. The event is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider.

The owners and cider makers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 3-ounce and 6-ounce portions. Each featured cider is made from 100% pressed apples (or pears) and is made without concentrates or other additives.

In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature food from SE Portland’s Ya Halah restaurant, ongoing demonstrations of apple pressing courtesy of Bushwhacker and Ryan’s Juice, and non-alcoholic beverages from Maletis Beverage. The Portland Aerial Tram will be offering 2-for-1 rides to event attendees and Cider Summit NW encourages use of the Portland Streetcar to the event

The vast majority of ciders will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. From 11a-12pm arriving guests will receive 2 additional “happy hour” tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket.

The event is 21 and over only. Dogs will be allowed on event grounds. For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit

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117 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): First EVER Portland Cider Summit @ Caruthers Park | 50 Ciders, Apple Pressing, Food

  1. Ashley May 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Cider is the one alcoholic beverage I actually like! This would be fun.

  2. Eric V May 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    cider would be an interesting change from all the beer and wine.

  3. Brooke May 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    This has my name written all over it!!!

  4. Eric May 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    id like to go to this

  5. Greg May 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Another beer/wine/cider/mead post will garner a response from me! I will eventually win one of these by attrition! I love hard cider and this would be so awesome to go to!

  6. Hannah May 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    C is for cider and that’s good enough for me!!

  7. Brooke May 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Oops…I just read that I was supposed to comment about why I should attend. First, it’s my 39th birthday weekend (June 10th is actually the big day). Second, I love me some cider! Everyone who knows me knows that cider is my fav. I lived in VT and loved their ciders…and I like the OR ciders I have tasted since living here. I would LOVE to taste the best of the best to do a real taste comparison. Pick me! Pick me! :)

  8. Sarah May 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I have actually never been to a Portland beer – or cider, nonetheless- fest! A summer summit? Yay!

  9. April May 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Hard cider is a favorite of mine.

  10. Darcy B May 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Yes please–sounds wonderful!

  11. Erin Vance May 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Hi. I’d love to win tickets because I’m usually a wine drinker but would be fascinated to attend a fest related to making hard ciders. Also, I just moved to Oregon (from Chicago), so it’d be a first for me.

  12. Jax May 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    I like cider, I like apples, this would be the perfect sipping adventure for me!

  13. Leonard May 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    I’d love to try some ciders!

  14. RyanH May 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I drink beer, my gf drinks cider. I think it would be great to pay her back for all the beer tastings I’ve dragged her to. Thanks to PDX Pipeline for keeping our weekends interesting.

  15. Anthony May 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Because beer is like, totally over! I need a new scene…

  16. B May 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Uh, for starters I’m on a team sponsored by a cider bar (which sadly does NOT mean free cider). It’s pretty much the shit. I would love to actually be able to afford going (cause you know there will be more drink tickets necessary).


  17. StJason May 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Just a reason? I have (at least) five:

    Carlton Ciderworks
    EZ Orchards
    Eaglemount’s Ginger Cider
    Ross-on-Wye’s Rum Barrel Medium
    Alpenfire’s Pirate’s Plank

    …and of course, the best cider I’ve ever had. Sam Smith’s…

  18. Greg Griffin May 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m a huge cider fan and will be attending for sure. The real question is – am I attending for free? I sure hope so. ;)

  19. lao-ocean May 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    I LOVE cider! I go to beer festivals too, but have never been to a cider festival. People watching is another draw of big events like this… I’m curious to see what the cider crowd looks like!

  20. Anna June 1, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Ya Hala + Cider + EC park = FUN

  21. Heather June 1, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Because I actually make cider and I need to compare notes.

  22. LBG June 1, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Apple cider, cinnamon and vodka is my specialty drink. I like any kind of cider and cider likes me. Cider for free sounds dandy.

  23. krissy s June 1, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Winning this package would be extremely awesome because I go with friends to all the beer and ale festivals in portland, but don’t enjoy myself as much my friends do because I’m not a big beer drinker. At the cider festival I can finally wholeheartedly enjoy the drinks, people, and atmosphere! Cheers!

  24. Tim June 1, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Cider and dogs allowed….here we come

  25. Lisa June 1, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Apples are healthy right?

  26. Vanessa June 1, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Since I can’t have beer (stupid gluten) and since cider is so darned tasty, this is one festival that can and would actually enjoy to its full extent! PLUS, I can only drag my beer-loving bf out to so many wine tastings- this is a fabulous happy medium :-)

  27. Pam June 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Reasons I should attend the cider summit:
    1. I’ve been drinking cider since the mid 90’s when I lived near ACE.
    2. I love cider.
    3. It would be nice to bring my husband to a festival that I am interested in rather than the beer fests he brings me to.
    4. Did I mention that I love cider???

  28. Rain Madrone June 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    My wife is trying a gluten-free diet, and is feeling beer deprived – I would love to surprise her with a visit to the cider festival, where she can drink everything!

  29. Kevin June 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Even better than fruit beer! Wait, how is it different from apple beer again?

  30. Tern June 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I am eternally hopeful there will be perry.

  31. JOSH June 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    My mom always told me I needed more fruit in my diet….This could make her happy :)

  32. Gil June 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    I have a blind date coming into town that weekend….This would work in my favor…haha:)

  33. Bob June 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away. 50 ciders in a day makes you unstoppable.

  34. Candyce June 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    i can’t drink beer, so i absolutely adore ciders!!!

  35. Jenette June 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I was so glad to find this! I’ve noticed the signs on the Portland Streetcar, but didn’t know what the Cider Summit is! I work part-time on the South Waterfront, and it seems like an awesome place for this event! I’d like to support the Summit’s first time in Portland, but unfortunately would not be able to afford to attend this year unless I won tickets. I love tasting and using different kinds of apples, and also, hard cider is usually the only alcoholic beverage I can enjoy. In moderation, of course! I’d really like to be able to try more varieties than the handful I’ve had here and when I’ve travelled.

  36. Laura June 2, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    Get that cider in my belly!!

  37. Tracy June 2, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Love, Love, LOVE cider….this would be great.

  38. Barbara June 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I believe I should attend this event and expand my drinking horizons. It sounds delicious. It sounds delightful. I want to be there…Please pick me :)

  39. malinda June 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Wow, they are allowing dogs to come also. I have been looking for events especially with free tickets that allow my golden to come with me. She gets so lonely sitting home. I have not had the ability to try the cider here yet and would love the opportunity.

  40. Marisa June 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Love that the ciders are making a comeback and that Oregon is such a big part of it. I clearly need to taste all of the other ones too.

  41. Peggy June 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    I really want to go. I have lived on Porltand all my life and would love to be able to take part in this. It looks like a lot of fun and what a fun treat it woud be if I was able to go. Thank you

  42. Julie June 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Of all the festivals and summits, this sounds the best. Cider has recently become a go-to drink for me. I’m all about the fruit!

  43. Jen singer June 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    As a non beer drinker cider is my best option and I love me a good cider. Would be a fabulous way to start summer by tasting all the cider the area has to offer! Please help a gluten free girl taste some cider!!

  44. Brian June 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Ever since I hit up Bushwhacker for the first time I’ve been on the lookout for new ciders. Seems like a great way to find some!

  45. kelseylaver June 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I like England and I like cider.

  46. jm June 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Cider! Great summer beverage. And dogs allowed? Wow. Sounds like a perfect event for me! And my dog. And my bf.

  47. Laura June 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Get me to my roots! I’m a cider girl living in a beer city!!

  48. wallace June 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    So the other day I’m in the car with my dad, on my way to work, and I start feeling something tickling my arm. I lift my arm but see nothing so I raise it more to turn and look where my arm was resting when I suddenly noticed, dangling from a web attached to my arm was a HUGE wood cider. Mind you I love ciders but I’m not to fond of when they sneak up on me, so I use a few startled words, and jump a bit, than I calm down, its not going to hurt me.

    Well my dad, whom is VERY ciderophobic, asks me whats wrong so I explain there’s a wood cider dangling from my arm, and he starts freaking out and demands I keep an eye on it until we stop. That doesn’t happen.

    It keeps descending and disappears under my seat, I tell him so, and he starts freaking out even more. I finally spot it again, crawling on the door, across the dashboard and heading straight for my dad!!!

    We almost got in an accident..

    than I ushered the cider away and finally, when we got to my place of work, I got it out of the car, my dad looking practically yelling at the cider.

    I wish I could have gotten pics, it was an awesome cider.

  49. Anna June 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    I have become a regular at Portland’s only cider house, Bushwacker’s, and I would LOOOOVE to attend this festival. I never heard about it until now so even if I don’t win, thanks for letting me know! I can’t stand beer but I Loooooove cider. Thanks!

  50. Roya June 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    I love cider! and Portland! And I would love to take my sister to this!

  51. Rebecca June 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Yum I love cider and I would love to go!

  52. Bree June 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Because my best friend is gluten-free and a cider-lover and it would be the best birthday present!

  53. Anna June 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Cider fest sounds like a great idea – interesting thing to add to my booze-fest experiences! Also, my husband is a cider-fan and I’d love to go just to see his excitement at all the great cider choices!

  54. dee June 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Love cider and want to go to this first cider event!

  55. Max June 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I am not too macho to admit that I like cider. Oh, I like beer, too, but I do like cider. I also like scotch. And, bourbon. Oh, and I like vodka and cachaca and gin and rye. Wine is ok. God, I need a drink.

  56. Katie June 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Cuz when I was a child a got super sick on bad cider. I need to rewrite this memory without puking in a portapotty.

  57. Jaime June 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Cider is my life-blood! I need to drink!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Mel June 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    It is my husband’s birthday and cider is the only alcoholic drink he actually likes. He’d love a cider festival. (What’s not to love?)

  59. Lisa June 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I’ll eat your babies if I don’t win tix to this.

  60. Minna June 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I’d love to get tickets to experience and expand my cider knowledge beyond Scrumpy’s.

  61. martin June 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Apples are the best!

  62. Linda June 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    I don’t drink beer, so I always feel left out at all these beer festivals. But cider? That I can do!

  63. thea June 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    This sounds so rad. I will drink anybody under the table for these tix.

  64. [email protected] June 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    i climbed cider summit back in the early 90s. wasn’t easy, nor pretty. left vomit on the trail, she hit us so hard. ’twas as if my gut were a thousand times more lactose-intolerant than it is. but we fought back, gave it a go, drank our share of the deadly concoction known as apple pie. it sounded innocuous, going in. we lost, going out. so give me my rematch, to summit cider summit once and for all, not just for redemption, but for my fallen brothers. cheers!

  65. MarilYn June 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I love apple cider. It would be great to win tickets and celebrate 7 years with my husband. It is our anniversary.

  66. Josh June 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I love cider, am a bit of an amateur cider maker myself and it would be a great opportunity to try many styles and pick the brains of some professional cider makers.

  67. Catie June 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Cider!!!!!!!!!!! Need it, want it, must have it.

  68. Maggie June 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    I adore ciders. And Portland festivals.

  69. kylea June 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I love cider!!!!!

  70. Penny June 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Cider House Rules. Cider Summit is better.

  71. Kim June 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    <3 cider

  72. Hilary June 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Potent potables for Free. I’ll drink to that!

    Please and Thank you VERY VERY gulp Much!

  73. Scott Pierce June 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Sounds very tasty, and fun.

  74. james June 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    ya know, I haven’t been to that cider pub in SE. Love cider but still haven’t found the one I want to settle down with.

  75. Lindsay June 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Do da da da, cider, do da da da, I love you cider!

  76. Jeremy Brill June 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm #


  77. Krystal June 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Cider=awesome, please to go free?

  78. Mallory June 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I should attend because I love cider and I love experiencing the different alcohol festivals we have here in Portland! I’m actually drinking it right now, wondering what I’d do without it in my life!

  79. katie June 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    mmmm I love Cider. Free Cider is my favorite kind :-)

  80. Bryan June 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Reasons why I love cider:

    1) tastes great, especially in the summer;
    2) the founding fathers made it so it is very American
    3) for gout sufferers or potential gout victims (including me), the level of purines in cider is really much lower than beer (some studies put it at 2-3% – meaning 40 ciders is as bad as 1 single beer). ‘Nough said? no?…..
    4) I am going through a career change and money is really tight.

  81. Whitney June 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Cider is my favorite drink to pair with all my friends drinking their beers. Cider makes me as happy as a clam in the sea.

  82. Amanda June 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    this would make my summer AWESOME! :)

  83. hillary June 2, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    I looove cider, these tickets would love me!

  84. jolene williams June 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    yummy…not a beer girl, this would be nice!

  85. Jessica June 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Secured my cider addiction traveling around the UK. Could really use a fix :-)

  86. Keston June 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Honestly all I’ve ever tried is Hornsby’s (OH GOD IT’S SO BAD) and the Spire selection (Heaven in a glass)

    Would be fun to try the rest of the good stuff out there.

  87. Alicia June 3, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    My mouth is watering in sweet anticipation!

  88. Josh June 3, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    applelicious! i would love to go

  89. Tina June 3, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    I’d love to go and try some yummy ciders.

  90. erin June 3, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    cider rules! finally getting a good chance to let people see the variety of selections since most places carry very few

  91. Ian June 3, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Consider me interested

  92. Andrew June 3, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I would like to attend to surprise my GF! A man who loves beer also loves cider. Now it’s time to show it! :)

  93. damien June 3, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Cider is totally amazing, the pear ones are my faves.

  94. Brian G June 3, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Between this and the Fruit Beer Fest, sounds like a sweet & boozy weekend! I’m much less up on cider than I am on beer. Help my education ~ 2 tix please?

    Oh, and please have SUNSHINE! :-D

  95. April June 3, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    because I’m awesome, and every event needs a little more of that don’t they ;-)

  96. Paul S June 3, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I think I should get the free tickets to the cider festival because I know how scrumptious cider can be!

    (if you dont know what scrumpy is then this play on words doesnt work for you – scrumpy is the traditional name for rural cider in Devon and Cornwall, home to hard cider in the UK)

    Paul S

  97. Angel June 3, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Is this a joke? Tell me it’s true… There really is a cider festival?!? Someone apparently read my mind, so I have to go to this and shake their hand and tell them thanks :)

  98. Danielle June 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Cider is the only alchoholic drink my husband will touch! I would love to be able to take him to this!!! How cool is it that this event is happening?! Props to the organizers!

  99. Lindsay June 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Yay, Cider!

  100. Julie June 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Delicious cider-tasting and I don’t have to wait until the fall apple bounty harvest? Count me in!

  101. Abby June 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I have been trying to woo a shy, gluten-free boy for a year now. Cider is his drink, and makes both us at approximately 10% less awkward than we are when sober.

  102. Jenn June 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Although cider is arguably the easiest brew for a person to get started making, brewing GOOD cider is no easy task. To be able to sip and compare so many specialties would be amazing!

  103. Steve June 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I have a friend who absolutely loves cider and I’d like to treat her to this!!

  104. annalisa June 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    i love apples, and i used to go to a cider party every year as a kid to make non-alcoholic versions of this beverage… sounds like the perfect way to celebrate my recent 21st birthday!

  105. stu June 5, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I would love this opportunity to expand my knowledge and taste-buds for cider.

  106. Jenny June 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I want to attend because I love Portland and and I love Cider and this would be the perfect way to spend a Saturday

  107. weston June 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Sounds delicious! I can’t wait.

  108. Nate Murphy June 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm #


  109. John June 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to go. A good cider is equal to a good beer for me and I can not wait to try some of the many ciders that are being brought.

  110. Amber June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Cider makes me happy!

  111. Brenda June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Wow. Just discovered this was happening and figured our where that park is — the streetcar banner was a big clue. So after all that hard work I need a nice glass of cider — or maybe three or four. Seems like an excellent event to hold in PDX and I’d be thrilled to win tickets!

  112. Mark June 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I have never tried hard cider but would like to try it. Does it taste like apple cider you buy from the store? Working hard lately and attending the cider fest would be a nice summer staycation. Tickets would be much appreciated!

  113. erin June 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    mmm cider! sounds like an awesome day

  114. julia June 10, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    This is for my roommate- she needs a break from studying for the GREs and she only drinks cider. This would be a perfect study break!

  115. April June 10, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    please pick me

  116. Bim June 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I am new to town – from across the country! I could use a cider experience to welcome me to the WEST :)

  117. Ben June 4, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    This is a good change from the typical beer fests…which are the best things about Portland summers.

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