California’s Premier Artisanal Cider Festival Returns April 13

Photo credit: Cider Summit

California’s leading artisanal cider festival Cider Summit SF returns to San Francisco’s historic The Presidio for its 6th annual showcase of Northern California’s foremost craft ciders and international classics at the Presidio Civil War Parade Ground (Main Post) on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Cider Summit SF is the West’s best-in-show festival for handcrafted ciders.

Cider Summit SF celebrates singular Bay Area cidermakers at the forefront of this burgeoning sector of the craft beverage market. The event handpicks the best of the region for a truly unforgettable imbibing experience. Many of its local favorites represent the four major Bay Area regions, including the North Bay: Golden State Cider, Ace Cider, and Gowan’s Cider. East Bay: Far West Ciderand Crooked City Cider. South Bay/Peninsula: Red Branch and South City. San Francisco: Tag & Jug.

Cider Summit SF’s founder Alan Shapiro says there are now over 900 cider producers across the states according to cydermarket.com.  A considerable rise since he got into the industry 2003.  With an original intent of starting a specialty beer importing company, he was introduced to Aspall Cyder in Suffolk, England and from there became immersed in building awareness about the history and tradition of cider.  In 2010, he created the Cider Summit in Seattle to give consumers an opportunity to not only learn more about the production of cider but to be able to sample as well.

Photo credit: Cider Summit

“Cider Summit is a great opportunity to discover the vast array of styles produced and find something that appeals to them.  Often the cidermakers are on-hand, you can chat with them about apples, process, and each of their unique stories,” says Shapiro.  “We’re expecting 180 ciders, cider cocktails and apple spirits from 60 producers. 11 of those ciders are pilot batches created for the Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge.  Attendees will be able to vote-by-text for their favorite.  We’re also highlighting a Heritage Cider Pavilion featuring eight California artisan producers.  We expanded our food selection to include Slow Hand BBQ, Copper Top Pizza and Full Moon crepes.  We’ve also added six cidermaker interview segments which will be broadcast via Facebook Live during the festival.”

In addition, a collaboration cider produced by Seattle Cider Company “Cider Summit Reserve” will be available for tastings at all four Cider Summit 2019 festivals and an innovative range of apple/fruit spirits and cocktails will also be at the Cider Cocktail and Fruit Spirits Pavilion.

VIP tickets are $50 (not sold at that the gate) and include a souvenir tasting glass, 18 tasting tickets and early admission at 12pm. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate and grant festival access from 1pm – 5pm. Designated driver tickets are available at the gate for $5. 

PresidiGo Shuttle service is available at the Embarcadero BART stop. For more information, please visit:presidio.gov/transportation/presidigo.

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