SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in two sessions – 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier. Cider Summit Chicago is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot and will once again benefit The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association and Heartland Alliance.
The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions. Cider Summit will feature over 90 ciders from throughout the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain, and even New Zealand. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, an author’s corner, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 (cash only, if tickets remain) at the door and are available online at cidersummit.com and at the Hotel Palomar concierge desk. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water. A separate ticket is required for each session. The event is 21 and over only.
“Chicago-area cider enthusiasts really embraced our debut event last year” noted event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We look forward to building on that success with a terrific range of ciders for both cider lovers and the cider curious.”
For those seeking to utilize public transportation, Chicago Brew Bus will provide shuttle service starting at 10:30am between the Blue Line Grand stop, Red Line Grand-State stop, and Navy Pier throughout the day. CTA buses also run directly to Navy Pier. Onsite parking is available in the Navy Pier garages.
Cider Summit is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot, along with supporting sponsors World of Beer Naperville, Hotel Palomar, Chicago Brew Bus, and River North Sales & Service. Media support is provided by Chicago Reader and WBEZ Public Radio.