Portland Cider Company announces 1st ever Snakebite Showdown
A celebration and collaboration of Oregon Cider Week & Portland Beer Week
June 15, 2016 (Portland, OR) – With Portland Beer Week and Oregon Cider Week overlapping, starting tomorrow June 16, Portland Cider Company announces their first annual Snakebite Showdown. Fat Head’s Brewery, Pelican Brewing Company, Ecliptic Brewing and Fort George Brewery have partnered with Portland Cider Company to go head-to-head in this competition for the best quintessential English drink – the snakebite! The competition will run June 16th though the 30th, with voting online.
The snakebite combos will be available at multiple locations, including both of Portland Cider Company’s taproom locations and both Ecliptic and Fat Head’s Brewery Portland restaurants. Fat Head’s location in the Pearl District is hosting a kick-off event on June 16th, all-day.
Traditionally, the snakebite is a half lager, half cider mixed drink, which is very popular in English countries and is loved by Portland Cider fans. With the owners of Portland Cider Company’s background in the United Kingdom, this competition is particularly close to the heart.
“We couldn’t call ourselves a Northwest cidery based on English traditions without having a snakebite on our board – it just wouldn’t be right. So with all the amazing craft beer talent here in Oregon, it seemed like this competition was a natural fit to tie together both Oregon Cider Week and Portland Beer Week.” said Lynda Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Co. and native of Somerset, England.
SNAKEBITE SHOWDOWN BEER + CIDER COMBOS:
Pelican Brewing Co. – Blonde Apple
A delightfully refreshing snakebite, Portland Cider Company’s Apple is blended with Pelican Brewing Company’s classic Kiwanda Cream Ale to give you a dangerously drinkable beverage for the summer.
Fat Head’s Portland – Passion Pucker
To truly tantalize your taste buds we have combined Portland Ciders Passion Fruit with Fat Head’s hop forward Kettle Sour #4. With sweet fruitiness of passion fruit balanced with the tart hoppiness and flavors of orange, tangerine and pine of the sour, you will want to drink this snakebite even on the hottest of Portland summer days!
Ecliptic Brewing – Capella Cruiser
Representing both the sun and the deep corners of outer space, Portland Cider Company Maui Cruiser is combined with Ecliptic Brewing’s Capella Porter. The result is a bright and lively snakebite with sweet aromas and a tropical roast finish!
Fort George Brewery – Traditional English Snakebite
A tried & true favorite, blending together the bold American stout from Fort George with the traditional English cider in Portland Cider Co.’s Kinda Dry.
For full details on the Snakebite Showdown, visit www.PortlandCider.com/snakebite. To vote, share with friends, or stay up-to-date on competition details, RSVP at the Snakebite Showdown Facebook event page.
About Portland Cider Company:
The Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit www.PortlandCider.com.
June 25th – save the date – because you do NOT want to miss this. Last year, this seasonal release SOLD-OUT in less
than three weeks. We’ve made a little more this year, but seriously, don’t miss out.
We’re talking about our Straw-Perry, the most highly-anticipated seasonal cider of Portland Cider Company. This delicious concoction is a blend of purely Oregon strawberries with our signature 100% pear juice Perry.
And since the release date is during Oregon Cider Week, we’re throwing a HUGE bash to celebrate.
This highlight event for Oregon Cider Week will include a full band line-up, several food trucks, discounted pints, cidery tours, and more. See below for all the details!
Local Band line-up for a blow-out concert in our warehouse!
6pm | The Celebrators
7pm | Ghost Towns
8:30pm | Rare Diagram
Food Trucks onsite all-day!
Right Bayou Cajun Cuisine
Hollis Bar-B-Q Catering
* Cidery Tours will be given every half-hour from 12-4pm *
* All pints $6 all-day (lowest price ever for Straw-Perry!) *
*No cover and minor friendly ’til 5pm *
See which of your friends are attending by checking out the Facebook event page.
This is a Northwest Cider Oregon Cider Week event. For the full list of events hosted by Portland Cider Co. to celebrate Oregon Cider Week, check out this blog post.
OREGON CIDER WEEK 2016
THURS JUNE 16 to SUNDAY JUNE 26
Stay tuned to this page as we announce even more events and update event details!
June 16-30th | Voting online, snakebites available at both locations
Fathead’s Brewery, Pelican Brewing Company, Ecliptic Brewing and Fort George Brewery have partnered with Portland Cider Company to go head-to-head in this competition for the best quintessential English drink – the snakebite! Traditionally, the snakebite is a half lager, half cider mixed drink, which may sound strange, but is very popular in English countries and is loved by Portland Cider fans.
With Oregon Breweries at the reign, these snakebites are some of the best for you to try to celebrate Oregon Cider Week, June 16-26. During that entire period, Portland Cider Company will be offering all four snakebite combos at their two locations: Clackamas and Hawthorne district in Portland. And there will be special events held by some of the breweries as well (see below)! Ecliptic Brewing & Fat Head’s PDX will have their Snakebite entries available at their restaurants too!
Come try them all and the vote for your favorite one on the Portland Cider Co. event page, which has all of the details, including what beer and cider combos are being featured. Voting period is June 16-30, 2016. The winning combination will be announced on July 1st.
Fat Heads Brewery Portland “Snakebite Showcase”
Thursday, June 16 | 11:30 am to 11:00 pm | Fat Head’s Brewery Portland, 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
The folks at Fat Head’s Brewery in Portland are encouraging you to come sample their Snakebite Showdown entry at any time on Thursday, June 16th. This “Snakebite Showcase” will kick-off the voting period and Oregon Cider Week. Not only will you get the chance to try their favorite Snakebite combo, but you also get try some of their close seconds (they liked a lot of them!). Portland Cider Co. will also be onsite in the evening giving out free swag and samples of their cider. Click here for more details.
Westicana Happier Hour – extended to celebrate Oregon Cider Week!
Thursday, June 16 | 3:00 to 9:00 pm | Portland Cider House
Every Thursday, during our regular happy hour, Portland Cider House hosts local talent that specializes in performing original Americana and Folk music. To celebrate Oregon cider, we are keeping the good times and tunes going until close! The evening will also include free cider tastings from other Oregonian cideries (Swift Cider, Wildcraft Ciderworks and Bull Run Cider) visiting the Cider House, who will be giving out swag and fun prizes. Find out more here.
Acoustic Music with David Witham
Friday, June 17 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Clackamas Taproom + Cidery
Featuring a musician from right in the heart of Happy Valley. The perfect night out for our new neighbors here in Clackamas. Click here for more details.
Dad Jokes for Drinks
Sunday, June 19 | All day | Both locations: Hawthorne-Portland and Clackamas
Come drink a cider with your Pop for Father’s Day! We will even give $1 off Portland Cider pints to dads who tell the bartender their best “dad joke” – we promise to laugh no matter what. Find out more here.
History & Science of Cider presented by Cider Riot & Portland Cider Co.
Monday, June 20 | 7:00 to 10:00 pm | Portland Cider House
An educational class featuring cider tastings from across the world, including those true to the modern northwest cider craft. Led by the cider makers from both Cider Riot and Portland Cider Company, this class is for those with a passion for cider and the craft beverage industry, who want to get an in-depth look at the history, process, and modern interpretation of cider. Featuring nine or more tastings of cider from both European countries and here in Oregon. Limited to 35 guests, this is intended to be a personal, intimate gathering for cider lovers Oregon-wide. Tickets are $25 if purchased before June 13th; registration is required. Find out more here.
Tieton Ciderworks Tap Takeover at Portland Cider House
Tuesday, June 21 | 5-7pm | Portland Cider House
Tieton Cider Works is coming to the Portland Cider House, sampling a variety of their ciders! One of Tieton’s crew will be there giving out free swag and tastings, plus we will have their new Pear Hard Cider on tap along with a couple other delicious options. Find out more here.
Oregon Zoo Twilight Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 21 | 5-8pm | Oregon Zoo
Join us for Twilight Tuesdays at the Oregon Zoo where you can check out the animals after dark while enjoying some Portland Cider, all for a discounted admission (FREE if you’re an Oregon Zoo member!).
Westicana Happier Hour every Thursday at PDX Cider House
Thursday, June 23 | 3:00 to 9:00 pm | Portland Cider House
Every Thursday, during our regular happy hour, Portland Cider House hosts local talent that specializes in performing original Americana and Folk music. To celebrate Oregon cider, we are keeping the good times and tunes going until close! The evening will also include free cider tastings from other Oregonian cideries (Bull Run Cider and ^5 Cider) visiting the Cider House, who will be giving out swag and fun prizes. Find out more here.
Portland Cider Co. Tap Takeover at The Civic Taproom
Thursday, June 23 | 4:00 to 8:00 pm | The Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop
Along with two other Oregn cideries (TBA), Portland Cider Co. will be taking over the taps at The Civic Taproom in Portland. Come enjoy a pint with us! Ingrid, our Oregon sales rep, will be onsite giving out free swag and prizes.
Flights Across Oregon
Friday, June 24 | 5:00 to 8:00 pm | Portland Cider House
Take a flight tour of all of Oregon in one-stop! Red Tank, Swift Cider, Wildcraft Cider Works, Bauman’s Cider, and Baird & Dewar Farmhouse Cider are partnering together to offer cider samplings from across the state at Portland Cider House. With coach and first class flights available, this is the perfect way to taste a variety of ciders without all the drive time! Find out more here.
ROI Fridays (Last Friday)
Friday, June 24 | 6:00 to 11:00 pm | Kin Living, 139 SE Taylor St. Portland, OR 97214
Portland Cider Company is the newest sponsor at ROI Fridays, giving out free cans of cider all night! Each month, ROI Fridays features new music and hosts only the best in brew, wine and food from local sponsors. Not to mention, live art installations brought to you by extraordinary collection of artists. So, let’s party together and get the return we all deserve. Find out more here.
Cider Riot 1st Annual Fruit Cider Invitational
Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25| Times very | Cider Riot, 807 NE Couch St, Portland, Oregon 97232
Break in Cider Riot’s new patio and taste limited edition special fruit infused ciders from Cider Riot! and other Oregon cidermakers including Portland Cider with our Boysenberry Hop, and many other Oregon cideries. Find out more here.
FEATURED EVENT: Straw-Perry Release Party from Portland Cider Co.
Saturday, June 25 | 12:00 to 11:00 pm | Clackamas Taproom + Cidery
Our biggest celebration during Oregon Cider Week! Featuring the official release of our most highly-anticipated seasonal cider “Straw-Perry,” a blend of Oregon strawberries and our signature 100% pear juice perry, this big bash will include at least three local bands for a large concert, several food trucks, discounted pints, cidery tours, and more. Find out more here.
Straw-Perry & Champagne Brunch from Portland Cider Co.
Sunday, June 26 | 11:00 to 1:00 pm | Clackamas Taproom + Cidery
The owners of Portland Cider Company are inviting you to a traditional English brunch, focused on strawberries and our delicious Straw-Perry. With homemade clotted cream, hearty scones and other delicious baked goods, and more, this brunch will be a delicious treat to cap off Oregon Cider Week. Just right for curing that cider hangover from the night before. Find out more here.
Beginning Thursday, June 2nd, the Portland Cider House will host a new weekly concert series, “Westicana Happier Hour,” featuring local talent that specializes in performing original Americana and Folk music. This new series is a collaboration between Portland Cider Company and Westicana, an original music movement being coordinated by Joshua Malm of Redwood Son.
The acoustic performances will be every Thursday afternoon, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, with no cover charge. This is during Portland Cider House’s regular happy hour, so there are discounts on both food and pints! And the venue is also minor friendly until 5:00 pm, making this the perfect afternoon activity for a family. More details can be found on Portland Cider House’s events page on Facebook. Junes performances will feature Samsel Band, including a new guest performer with the group each week.
To kick-off the series, plus celebrate Oregon Cider Week in June, two of the performances will be extended to go all night, featuring multiple bands. The dates of these evenings are June 16 and June 23– more details can be found at the links. In addition to live music, there will be other cideries visiting the Cider House to offer free samples and swag. On June 16, Swift Cider and Wildcraft Cider Work will be onsite from 3:30-6:30 pm and Bull Run Cider will be onsite from 5-8 pm. On June 23, Bull Run Cider and ^5 Cider will be onsite from 5-8 pm.
June 2 // 3:30-5:30 pm
Samsel Band + a guest musician, new each week
June 9 // 3:30-5:30 pm
Samsel Band + a guest musician, new each week
June 16 // EXTENDED to celebrate Oregon Cider Week!
3:30-5:30 pm: Samsel Band | www.samselband.com
6:00-7:30 pm: TBD
8:00-9:30 pm: Amber Sweeney | www.theambersweeney.com
**Swift Cider and Wildcraft Cider Work will also be onsite offering free samples and swag from 3:30-6:30pm**
**Bull Run Cider will also be onsite offering free samples and swag from 5-8pm**
June 23 // EXTENDED to celebrate Oregon Cider Week!
3:30-5:30 pm: Samsel Band | www.samselband.com
6:00-7:30 pm: Lindsie Feathers
8:00-9:30 pm: Eric Leadbetter | www.facebook.com/EricLeadbetterMusic
**^5 Cider and Bull Run Cider will also be onsite offering free samples and swag from 5-8pm**
June 30 // 3:30-5:30 pm
Samsel Band + a guest musician, new each week