Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Portland International Cider Cup organized by the Northwest Cider Association, held at Square Mile Cider (Widmer Brothers Brewing) 929 N Russell St, Portland, OR. Entry deadline is Friday, March 16, and cider must be delivered to Widmer Brothers by Wednesday, March 21.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more ciders or edit the ciders you've entered.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the 2018 Portland International Cider Cup!

There are 179 registered entries and 44 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 08:24, there are 0 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).

Rules for Cider Entry


If you want to be a judge or a steward, please fill out the google form here.

$70 per entry is the NWCA member price, members who paid their dues before September 1, 2017 can have unlimited entries at $60 each.  Non members pay $100 per entry.  We will bill you after your entries have been submitted.

Thanks to the former Northwest Cider Society, there are a limited number of free entries for new cideries (defined as starting after June 1, 2016).  First, enter your cider(s) into the competition then email to receive up to two free entries.  This website will be updated when all free entries have been claimed.  The Best New Cidery of the Year Award also comes with a $500 cash prize.

It is strongly recommended that you have a second browser open when you are entering ciders and have the "Info" tab open so you can refer to the Category Requirements.  Competition organizers may reclassify ciders into the correct category if they notice a cider is entered in the wrong category, but it is not their responsibility to do so.  If your cider is entered in the incorrect category and judged there, it will likely not do well!  

Rules and Provisions:

  1. The shipper must pay all customs, duty, and shipping fees.
  2. All entries become the property of the Northwest Cider Association.
  3. Any portion of the entries remaining after the competition may be used in any way as seen fit by the Northwest Cider Association.
  4. Entrants must be a licensed cidery producing cider in the territory of the Northwest Cider Association which is currently Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia. Ciders made in the territory but not sold by a cidery licensed in the territory may not enter.
  5. Entry fees will not be reimbursed if cider shipment does not arrive, or arrives broken.

Cidery Entry Eligibility:

  1. All entries must be currently available for sale or destined for sale in the near future.
  2. All ciders must be made with 90% or more by volume apple juice not from concentrate. Perries must be made with 90% or more by volume pear juice not from concentrate.  Change from previous years  --  Concentrate may be used for backsweetening.  The only exception to this rule will be the Specialty category, which has no limitations.
  3. All entries must be made by cideries licensed within the territory of the Northwest Cider Association. This means that cideries in other states making cider via a contract with a producer in the region may not enter their ciders.

Rules for use of competition awards and feedback in marketing:

  1. Ciders that win a medal or award may reference that award via on-package marketing materials only with the prior written approval from the PICC planning committee, for which the committee will not unreasonably withhold approval.
  2. Vintage/dated ciders that win a medal or award may only reference that award for ciders of the same vintage/production date.
  3. Use of any award in a misleading way may result in that award being rescinded and the offending producer being barred from future competitions.
  4. Producers are responsible for ensuring that distributors, retailers and restaurants use awards in advertising and marketing in accordance with competition rules. Failure to maintain proper control of the use of these awards may also result in the award being rescinded and in ineligibility to compete in future competitions.
  5. Feedback is supplied to aid producers in understanding how ciders were perceived by judges and what the relative strengths and weaknesses were perceived to be. Individual judges’ comments are not to be quoted for marketing purposes without the express prior approval of the PICC planning committee.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the gold medal winners.

Judging Locations and Dates

Square Mile Cider (Widmer Brothers Brewing)
955 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 08:30, PDT

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • MJ Harris — NWCA Administrator
  • Carolyn Groves — Competition Coordinator


the Northwest Cider Association is proud to have the following sponsors for the 2018 Portland International Cider Cup.

Square Mile Cider
929 N. Russell Street Portland, Oregon 97227
Square Mile Cider
Square Mile Cider is once again sponsoring the location for the competition, and in addition will be hosting a Special Tasting Event the evening after the competition -- more details will be added about that soon -- but a limited number of tickets will be available for folks to sample the ciders entered in the competition.
Criveller Group
Criveller Group
Criveller is proud to offer a full line of cider processing equipment, custom tanks, filtration and packaging solutions. Over the last 40 years, Criveller has become recognized not only for high-quality equipment, but also for its technical expertise, design services and superior customer service. They are proud to be the sponsor of the Modern, Wild and Specialty Categories!
Davis Wright Tremaine
Davis Wright Tremaine
Davis Wright Tremaine is proud to sponsor the NW Innovators (Hopped, Spice/Herbed, Wood Oaked, and Fruit) and Perry categories!
Key Bank
Key Bank
Key Bank is proud to sponsor the Best Dressed Category for the Awards Party!
Northwest Cider Society
Northwest Cider Society
The former Northwest Cider Society is once again sponsoring the Best New Cidery award with a $500 prize, a limited number of free entries for new cideries, and both of the judge training classes.
Pacific Beverage Solutions
Pacific Beverage Solutions
Pacific Beverage Solutions is a supplier of quality products to cidermakers. From Materials Handling, to Stainless Tanks, Barrels, Filtration, Yeasts and chemicals; PBS takes pride in it's association with the NW Cider Association and its members. Based in Portland, we are available to quote, supply and support our products in the Pacific NW. Please contact us on (503) 419-7942, or Pacific Beverage Solutions is sponsoring both the Best of Show and Large and Small Cideries of the Year awards.
USA & International
Wyeast Laboratories pioneered the way with Premium Liquid Yeast and fermentation products over 30 years ago in this flourishing region, with quality, integrity, and customer relationships as our core values. The PICC is a prime representation of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer and we are proud to support and work alongside cidermakers who are some of the finest in their craft. Wyeast is sponsoring the Heritage categories (Heritage Dry and Sweet, English Dry and Sweet, and French).
Live Oak Bank
Live Oak Bank
Live Oak Bank is proud to be sponsoring the bar at the PICC Awards Party!

Sponsorship Opportunities

PICC Awards Night - Thursday, June 28 at Laguinitas Community Room in Portland

Presenting Sponsor - $5,000

  • Featured logo on all promotions related to both awards submission and event.
  • Speaking opportunities at event.
  • Classified as Oregon Cider Week Kick-Off Party Sponsor, with added recognition in consumer-facing media.
  • Customized opportunities available.

Awards Sponsorship (8 pillar categories available) - $1,000 each

  • Logo recognition on awards submission website and promotion.
  • Smaller logo recognition on all promotions related to the event.
  • On-site event recognition.
  • Logo recognition for award certificates.
  • 8 pillar categories available:  Best in Show and Runner Up (SOLD), Best New Cidery of the Year (SOLD), Large and Small Cideries of the Year (SOLD), Modern (Modern Dry, Modern Sweet, Wild, and Specialty) (SOLD), Heritage (Heritage Dry, Heritage Sweet, English Dry, English Sweet, and French) (SOLD), NW Innovaters (Hopped, Spiced/Herbed, Wood/Oaked, Fruit) (SOLD), Perry (Modern Perry, Traditional Perry) (SOLD), Best Dressed (SOLD).

Bar & Food Sponsorships - $750 each (Bar sponsorship is SOLD)

  • On-site logo exposure
  • Website recognition

Please email Emily Ritchie at for more details.