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Cider Workshops at WSU Mount Vernon

cider workshops mount vernonHard cider popularity has increased dramatically over the past decade, and now is the time to start your own cider and perry operation!

Starting April 24th, the WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon will be offering two workshops. The first workshop focuses on cider and perry production, and the second workshop is focused on cider apple orcharding.

Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation is a week-long course providing students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. This course is based off of the popular series taught by cider expert Peter Mitchell. The curriculum includes information regarding cider culture, production, and business. Students of this course will participate in hands-on sensory demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and blending trials.

The five-day course involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures, workshops, and cider tastings that include:

  • A detailed step-by-step guide to cider and perry production
  • An understanding of the chemistry and microbiology behind cider and perry
  • Practical training in the key skills of cider production and methods of laboratory analysis
  • Introduction to sensory analysis of cider and perry
  • Information on the business of cider, taught by Marcus Robert of Tieton Cider Works
  • Optional CINA Foundation Certificate exam


Dates: April 24th – April 28th, 2017
Times: 8:30am – 5:00pm


The Cider Apple Orcharding Workshop will teach the fundamentals of growing cider apples in the Pacific Northwest. Hard cider production and sales have dramatically increased over the last decade, and cidermakers are interested in cider-specific apple cultivars now more than ever. However, these apples are oftentimes in short supply and difficult to obtain. During this one-day workshop, students will receive knowledge from orcharding experts and participate in hands-on practices.

Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Registration: Contact Bri Ewing for more information

Location for both courses:

WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

For more information, contact:

Bri Ewing
(360) 416-5208