Frequently Asked Questions

What does Northwest Cider Association have to do with the PICC?
This competition was founded in 2013 by Nat West of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, Mark Crowder of (noncommercial) Rain Barrel Ciderworks, and Abram Goldman-Armstrong of Cider Riot!, with early assistance from Nick Gunn of BenchGraft (and formerly of Wandering Aengus) and Dave White of Whitewood cider.  The NWCA took over the running of this competition in 2016.  The board recognizes the importance of unbiased cider evaluation, and the benefits of medals as a marketing tool for member cideries.  


Why is the competition called the Portland International Cider Cup if you’re only accepting ciders from the Pacific Northwest?

The planning committee tossed around a few ideas for names including Cascadia and Pacific Northwest. We didn’t like Pacific Northwest because it’s our northwest but Canada’s southwest and Japan’s northeast. And we decided early on to limit entries to those cideries within the bounds of the Northwest Cider Association, so calling it the Portland Cider Cup excluded British Canadian cideries, so the name stuck as PICC.


How do I volunteer to become a judge or a steward?
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