Cider Summit’s Festive Cheer To-Go

Cider Summit Seattle joins a number of Washington cideries to offer expertly curated craft cider kits to-go, just in time for the holiday season.

With two kits to choose from, the Harvest & Holiday Kit, or the Pommeau & Dessert Cider Kit, cider lovers and the like are sure to bring some festive cheer to any gathering.

Each kit offers a collection of artisanal ciders from the region and includes two enclosed Cider Summit sipping glasses, stress relievers shaped like apples and pears, drink coasters, and a number of compatible tokens and pins from featured cidermakers. The Pommeau & Dessert Cider kit has an additional exclusive Cider Summit bar towel.

Some featured cider makers include Greenwood Cider Company, Seattle; Locust Cider, Woodinville; Pear UP Cider, Wenatchee; Sixknot Cider, Twisp; Alpenfire Cider, Port Townsend; and Dragon’s Head Cider, Vashon Island.

A guided virtual tasting opportunity co-hosted by Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) is included with kit purchase. The event, which brings the craft cider community together, combined with insights by some of the very craft cider makers within each kit, takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Cider Summit began as a series of hard cider tasting festivals in Seattle in 2010, with the idea of building awareness for the then-emerging artisanal cider movement. By 2014, it had expanded to the Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco Bay Areas.

With festival gatherings sometimes reaching up to 3,000 attendees, the typical event setting is not possible in the time of COVID, and social distancing. Founders have experimented with ways to stay connected with customers, launching festival to-go kits in a couple of markets with success.

“Our goal has always been to get more good cider to more good people in more good places,” said Cider Summit Founder, Alan Shapiro. “It’s about connecting with the audience and helping to provide that sense of community, while also bringing unique products to the market, and supporting the brands.”

Since festivals have been annual events, cider kits to-go may allow more engagement with customers throughout the year.

Order the Harvest & Holiday Kit, or the Pommeau & Dessert Cider Kit here by Nov. 11 for local pickup, as well as shipping within the local delivery area. Those outside of Washington have until Oct. 28 to place orders.

Local pickup is available between Nov. 20-25 at the Woods tasting room located at Seattle Cider Co. during normal operating hours. Locally shipped kits will be delivered on Nov. 19-20. Out of state shipping varies by destination.

A portion of every kit goes directly to The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research and Northwest Cider Association.

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