Students display cider for dads

Attendees can taste Pure Pear Cider; $10 per tasting ticket

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

The WSU Viticulture and Enology Program and Brelsford WSU Visitor Center are showcasing a brand-new dry sparkling cider for dads to try during this Dad’s Weekend from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at 150 East Spring St. in Pullman.

Tasting tickets are $10 and include 1-ounce tastings per cider. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. The ticket also buys a commemorative visitor center wine glass. A ticket also takes 20 percent off the price of single wine bottles or a six-pack of Tieton Cider Works ciders, according to the WSU Events page.

Elizabeth McManus, marketing/promotions coordinator for the visitor center, said Tieton Cider Works donated the juice to the viticulture and enology program that’s out of WSU Tri-Cities. This new product, the WSU Blended Learning Sparkling Dry Hard Cider, will showcase a tasty, apple-based result of what the program does, McManus said.

“This is part of an overall blended wine series,” McManus said. “Because cider is technically a wine.”

The event will also have ciders ranging from Pure Pear Cider, Harrison Cider, Apricot Cider and Wild Washington Apple Cider, according to the event page.

Prospective attendees should note that those manning the event will check ID on everyone who buys a cider tasting ticket, although it is open to all ages, McManus said. Hot apple cider will be available to those who don’t want to or can’t drink. Light refreshments will also be provided while supplies last, including coffee, water and cookies, according to the WSU Events page.

Throughout the weekend, the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center is also having a 20 percent discount to select alumni wines and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday and Saturday.

McManus said dads can enjoy this event because it’s something different for the program, and they have yet to showcase the blended sparkling cider that students developed. Dad’s Weekend poses a good opportunity to do that, McManus said.

Those interested in attending the event can follow the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.