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Craft Cidery Startup Workshop is a Course

Craft Cidery Startup Workshop

Nov 8 - Nov 12, 2020
4.0 credits

$1,850 Enroll

Full course description

5 Days

40 Hours

Portland, OR  

Course Type:

4.0 CEUs

Course Description

Our Craft Cidery Startup Workshop offers an enriching and accelerated path to help ensure your own business is a success. Taught by seasoned professionals and some of the Pacific Northwest's biggest names in the industry, this workshop walks participants through the basics of creating a hard cider business plan, understanding market feasibility, ingredient sourcing and recipe development, site planning and equipment design, local and national regulations, and distribution and marketing.

Oregon State University has played a central role in advancing the field of fermentation sciences, as well as helping entrepreneurs learn how to start breweries and cideries and find their own unique place in the craft beverage business with their own distinctive brands. And since 2014, participants in our accelerated Craft Cidery Startup Workshop have launched some of the most inspired (and well-prepared) industry startups.

Held in Portland, OR over the course of five days, classroom sessions and cidery tours will arm you with the knowledge and inspiration to start your own successful cider operation.


Class Format 4.0 Units (40 contact hours)
Class Location: OSU Portland Center, 555 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97204 
Pre Class Event: Cider Rite of Spring (November 7, 2020)

Day 1
November 8, 2020 (Sunday) from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Day 2
November 9, 2020 (Monday) from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Day 3
November 10, 2020 (Tuesday) from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Private Tour: Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Tour with Nat West,1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212 @ 4:30 p.m. 

Day 4
November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Day 5
Field Trip:
November 12, 2020 (Thursday) from  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bauman's Cider Company, 12989 Howell Prairie Rd. NE, Gervais, OR 97026



  • Recognition of craft hard cider making opportunities in your community
  • Process to create a sustainable cidery business plan
  • Development of capital and infrastructure including sourcing ingredients and brewing equipment
  • Entrepreneurial insights from local cidery owners
  • Current trends in the cider industry
  • Elements of a successful cidery business and management culture

Course Instructors

Galen Williams

Bull Run Cider

Aidan Currie

Swift Cider

Ryal Schallenberger

NW Mobile Juicing

Chris Blanchard

Longdrop Cider

Kolin Leishman

Bull Run Cider

Zeb Dewar

Baird & Dewar Farmhouse Cider

Nat West

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Marcus Robert

Tieton Cider Works

Jason Barker

Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP

Jeff Parrish

Portland Cider Company

Anne Hubatch

Alter Ego Cider

Scott Katsma

Seattle Cider Company

Christine Walter

Bauman’s Cider Company