When: Fri., April 13, 6 p.m. 2018
Oakland’s only cider company, Crooked City Cider, will host this cider festival for the third year in a row. More than 18 Northern Californian cideries — including their owners and brewers — will be in attendance, pouring more than 36 different styles of cider. For the uninitiated, yes, there are loads of cider varieties. Traditional ciders are made with 100 percent apple juice, and dry, off-dry, and semi-sweet are the basic designations based on residual sugar content. But there are also farmhouse ciders, often fermented with wild yeasts that create an earthier flavor profile. And these days, cideries are mixing apple juice with all sorts of other fruits and flavors, such as pear, pomegranate, and ginger. Even though the festival continues to grow, it’s still intimate enough that folks can ask producers questions and learn more about the growing local cider industry. It’ll take place at Oakland’s Classic Cars West, and resident restaurant Hella Vegan Eats will also be open and ready to feed the masses. Tickets include four tastings and a sampler glass, and proceeds will benefit All Blues, Berkeley’s women’s rugby team.