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How about a Cider?

Get an early taste of Cider Swig

By Colin Anderson

Cider Swig is an event many look forward to—with tickets selling out—each and every year. With the ongoing challenges of large gatherings and the logistics of organizing an event with thousands of attendees, it was decided that this year’s Cider Swig would be moved back a bit. If all goes to plan, the eighth annual event will happen on September 25, but if you simply can’t wait that long, they’ve got something to quench your thirst in the meantime.


Summer Swig will give event fans a literal taste of the Cider Swig, but in a to-go setting. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11. Summer Swig will include all the tasty ciders you’ve grown to love but in a to-go kit for you to enjoy wherever you would like.


There are three different kits available: Swig Micro Kit with seven cans/bottles ($45); Meso Taster Kit, 10 cans/bottles ($80); and the Drinkin’ with Kin Macro Kit, which includes 13 cans/bottles ($130).


Each comes with two commemorative 9-ounce stemless glasses and some small items from participating cideries. These aren’t just tasters either, as “samples” will be in the form of 12-ounce can, or 16.9-ounce and 22-ounce bottles. You’ll get to try from some of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and you might even find a surprise or two with each kit. A great barbecue sandwich from BBQ2U can also be added on to complement your tastings. You’ll find the kits ready for pickup at the Uptown Gig Harbor Home Goods Parking Lot. Volunteers onsite will then bring you your kit, and you’ll be all set!


Not only do you get a wonderful array of regional ciders, but you are also helping out your local community. Proceeds benefit several grant programs, which provide area schools and organizations within the KGI watershed assistance for projects focused on water quality, environmental education, watershed health, and conservation and restoration activities.


You can purchase your to-go kits at CiderSwig.org. Follow them on social media for all the latest news.



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