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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Wednesday, May 15, 2024 11:59 PM, PDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Sunday, June 2, 2024 11:30 AM, PDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Wednesday, May 15, 2024 11:59 PM, PDT.

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Entry Fees

$105.00 (USD) per entry.

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NW Cider Cup Categories Accepted

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

C1-A Low-Tannin Ciders Dry C1-B Low-Tannin Ciders Sweet C2-A High-Tannin Ciders Dry
C2-B High-Tannin Ciders Sweet C3-A Red-Fleshed Ciders Dry C3-B Red-Fleshed Ciders Sweet
C4-A Low-Tannin Perries C4-B High-Tannin Perries C5-A Wood/Oaked
C6-A Single Varietal C7-A Fruit Co-Fermented C7-B Fruit Post-Fermentation Addition Sweet
C7-C Fruit Post-Fermentation Addition Dry C8-A Botanical Hopped C8-B Botanical Herbed
C8-C Botanical Spiced C9-A Specialty Fortified C9-B Specialty Low Alcohol/Alcohol Removed
C9-C Specialty Other   

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Entry Limit

There is a limit of 1000 entries for this competition.

There is a limit of 950 paid entries for this competition.

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Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

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Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 6

Each entry will consist of:

  • THREE capped or corked bottles if 750 ml or larger
  • FOUR capped or corked bottles/cans if 500 ml, 22 oz, 16 oz, or other size larger than 12 oz
  • SIX cans/bottles if 12 oz or less

You MUST pay your entry fee for your entries to be confirmed.

Please fill out the entry forms completely.

Judges will receive most of the information you put on your entry forms so only include the required and specified optional info, nothing more and nothing less.

Please make sure to enter your ciders in the correct categories. If you have questions about categories or anything else, please email nwcidercup@nwcider.com.

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Entry Delivery

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations Wednesday, April 24, 2024 11:00 AM, PDTWednesday, May 15, 2024 8:30 PM, PDT.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

Portland Cider Co Clackamas Pub
8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Building F, Clackamas, OR 97215
503-855-9941
*Label your box NW Cider Cup / Savanna. Drop off is available at Portland Cider Co Clackamas Pub during open hours: Sunday 10am - 8pm and Wed-Sat 11am - 9pm. No drop off Mon/Tues.

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Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location Monday, April 22, 2024 9:30 AM, PDTWednesday, May 15, 2024 4:30 PM, PDT.

Ship entries to:

Portland Cider Co ATTN: NW Cider Cup / Savanna
8925 SE Jannsen Rd Building F Clackamas, OR 97215

Packing and Shipping

                            Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Pack each bottle/can with adequate packaging material to prevent breakage during shipping and storage. Multiple entries may be shipped/delivered in the same box.

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package.

Please do everything you can to avoid breakage. Organizers will contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles if possible.

Print Bottle Labels and include in your package: Log in to nwcidercup.com. Under your entries you will see a “Print Bottle Labels” button. Please print this sheet for each entry and include in your shipment/package. Please Note: In order to print bottle labels, please check the box in the column between "Updated" and "Actions."

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Judging Sessions

Competition judging dates are yet to be determined. Please check back later.

Best of Show

Winner of the Best of Show will be given the Cup with their cidery and cider name engraved on the plinth to display in their cidery for the upcoming year.

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Awards

Category Medals:
Gold, silver and bronze medals may be awarded to the top ciders in each category. Judges may decide to award no medals or a combination of specific medals. For instance, there may be a bronze medal to the top scorer in a category and no silver and gold medals. In most categories, a maximum of one gold, one silver, and one bronze may be awarded per category. Additional silver and bronze medals may be available in categories with a large number of entries with up to 6 medals awarded in very large categories. This means that multiple ciders might get a silver or bronze but there will still only be one gold per category.

Other Awards:
Best of Show: The competition awards Best of Show and Best of Show Runner Up to the two gold medal winning ciders deemed to be the best by a team of head judges.

Large Cidery of the Year: The cidery awarded the most number of medal points (weighted with gold as 3 points, silver as 2 points, and bronze as 1 point) producing over 250,000 gallons per year in the previous tax reporting year will win the Large Cidery of the Year award. Entrants must specify total annual production in gallons to be eligible for this award.

Medium Cidery of the Year: The cidery awarded the most number of medal points (weighted with gold as 3 points, silver as 2 points, and bronze as 1 point) producing over 10,000 gallons per year but less than 250,000 gallons per year in the previous tax reporting year will win the Medium Cidery of the Year award. Entrants must specify total annual production in gallons to be eligible for this award.

Small Cidery of the Year: The cidery awarded the most number of medal points (weighted with gold as 3 points, silver as 2 points, and bronze as 1 point) producing under 10,000 gallons per year in the previous tax reporting year will win the Small Cidery of the Year award. Entrants must specify total annual production in gallons to be eligible for this award.

Best New Cidery of the Year: The new cidery awarded the most number of medal points (weighted with gold as 3 points, silver as 2 points, and bronze as 1 point) will win the Best New Cidery of the Year award. Entrants must specify a company start date after April 1, 2023 to be eligible for this award. This awards also comes with a $500 cash prize!

Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

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