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Cider Judging Class

  • 05/18/2014
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Reverend Nat's Cidery and Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Learn to Evaluate Cider like a Pro

A cider judging class will be held at Reverend Nat’s Cidery and Public Taproom at 1813 NE 2nd Ave in Portland on May 18th (Sunday) from 3pm to 6pm. The cost is only $15 per person. Tickets for this class are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Cider Riot! founder and BJCP National Judge Abram Goldman-Armstrong will walk you through tasting, evaluation, and judging of various styles of cider. Learn the difference between styles of English and American ciders by tasting through classic examples. Acquire a familiarity with cider defects and off flavors, and the characteristics that go into making world-class cider. The class will be geared for everyone from the novice to experienced cider drinkers. The cost of the class covers samples of cider and style description sheets. Palate cleansing crackers will also be provided, but dinner is NOT included.

Oregon native Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been making cider since 1995, passed the Beer Judge Certification Exam at the National level at age 21 and has judged at numerous amateur and professional beer and cider competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival, Mondial de la Biere in Montreal, British Columbia Beer Awards, American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, Heart of Cascadia, Fall Classic, Widmer Collaborator, and the Portland International Cider Cup. Abram is the editor of Northwest Brewing News, his articles appear regularly in such publications as Ale Street News, and American Brewer. He took his passion for cider to the professional level in 2013, opening Cider Riot! an urban cidery dedicated to the production of flavorful and refreshing dry ciders.

Portland's largest cidery, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider has a mission to create dry and off-dry hard ciders in a wide range of styles from traditional and hard-to-drink to modern and highly quaffable using heirloom apples and other carefully chosen ingredients, all reflecting the historical position of hard cider in America and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.

Education topic: Open Forum!  A panel of experienced and successful OBC homebrewers will answer questions from the group in an open Q&A informal format.  Think of it as chatting about making better beer with 100 of your closest friends.


Food: We would like to have food available at this meeting, so we encourage our members to bring some food items for everyone to share. Don't forget that bringing food to share at a meeting can earn not only Karma points but also raffle tickets.  Meagan will be holding a raffle for all members that bring food items.  She will be giving away a $25 gift card and more. On top of all of this, our 2018 Burgermeister, Meagan Thompson would love the support!


Beer:  Beer is a very important part of these meetings. We wouldn’t have beer without our members. Growler fills and bottled homebrew  are highly encouraged as this is a great way to share your beer with your peers and get honest and immediate feedback. If you bring a keg of your homebrew to a meeting you will earn Karma Points! Keep in mind that we may have beer planned for the Education topic or beer from other club specific brewing events. So that we can balance the amount of beer available at our meetings It is very helpful for us to plan in advance of the meeting. If you would like to request a tap spot for your keg, or if you plan to pour a keg via a picnic tap, please let us know in advance! We ask that if you do bring a keg, that you give a brief talk to the members about the details of your beer . Please contact Club VP to see if there is room for your keg @ Brian.haslip@oregonbrewcrew.org


Please support your club and plan on attending! Guests and visitors are welcome at all "In" Meetings!


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