Washington Cider Week Starts Thursday

A few of our top picks for cider-rific food and drinks.
Posted September 05, 2016
Drink your fruit, folks.

It's nearly Washington Cider Week—you have until Thursday to map out a plan to best take advantage of the nearly 50 events to happen over the following 10 days. You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Do you think that applies to one that’s been liquefied and fermented? We sure hope so. Here are a few events you shouldn’t miss:

The Beer Junction
Thursday, Sept. 8; 5 pm-8 pm
One of my personal favorites for Northwest ciders is Finnriver. And while their cidery and farm near Port Orchard is a delightful daytrip, you can save yourself the two-hour drive by joining the Beer Junction in West Seattle for a flight night of five Finnriver ciders on tap, available as a guided tasting or by the glass. Beer Junction doesn’t have a dedicated kitchen, though they welcome you to bring in outside food (and Husky Deli is just a block away).
4511 California Ave. SW; 206-938-2337; thebeerjunction.com.

Chuck’s Hop Shop
Saturday, Sept. 10; 12 pm-4 pm
Looking for a kid- and/or pet-friendly event? The big Cider Summit Seattle is not it (though for the 21-and-over crowd, it’s definitely worth a visit). But both Chuck’s locations will be featuring Schilling Cider’s innovative brews—try the grapefruit—with ice cream for the kiddos. Greenwood will be hosting food truck Bread and Circuses, while Central District will have Seattle Biscuit Co. on site. Both great for maximum carb consumption while day drinking. 
Greenwood: 656 NW 85th St., 206-297-6212, chucks85th.com; Central District: 2001 E Union St., 206-538-0743, chuckscd.com.

Meet the Moon
Sunday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 18
Portland Cider Company will be partnering with this adorable Leschi café for a week-long custom dinner menu that will pair three to four courses with ciders ($30-$35 per person, including drinks).
120 Lakeside Ave.; 206-707-9730; meetthemooncafe.com.

Capitol Cider
Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Sept. 16; 4 pm-6 pm
This is a logical choice—one where you can celebrate cider any day, but particularly so during WA Cider Week. The restaurant is hosting special weekday happy hours, where guests can choose from five $5 dishes (each incorporating a different cider), plus a can of cider for $3. Friday brings $2 oysters with cider mignonette and $5 Cider 75 cocktails. Bonus: all the food here is gluten-free, though you’re likely not to notice.
818 E Pike St.; 206-397-3564; capitolcider.com.

Skillet
Fridays, Sept. 16 through Oct. 7; starting at 5 pm
Both Capitol Hill and Ballard locations will be hosting their annual Backyard Barbecue with a special emphasis on cider, courtesy of Seattle Cider Company. The prix fixe meal ($37 per person) features a different menu each Friday, but expect cider-glazed tri-tip, peaches topped with cider reduction, salad tossed with cider vinaigrette… you get the idea. Optional cider pairings are available, as well as a menu of special cider cocktails.
Ballard: 2034 NW 56th St., 206-922-7981; Capitol Hill: 1400 E Union St., 206-512-2001; skilletfood.com.