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Region’s Largest Cider Tasting returns to the Grand Ballroom

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 27, 2016 in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom 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 150 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, regional and national cider association display booths, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.

Tickets will be sold online exclusively at  Early bird general admission tickets are $30 and include a souvenir tasting glass, 8 tasting tickets and a donation to Heartland Alliance.  Starting February 1 the general admission ticket will be $35.  New for 2016 is a special $40 VIP ticket which includes express entry and 2 additional tasting tickets.  A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for each session.

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. Designated Driver tickets will be sold at the gate only.

A separate ticket is required for admission to each session. The event is 21 and over only. A sell-out is expected.

“Chicago-area cider enthusiasts have really embraced our event” noted event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “Our expansion to the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom will enable us to accommodate an even larger audience and offer an increased 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 The Northman Cider Bar, Hotel Palomar, Chicago Brew Bus, and Louis Glunz Beers. Media support is provided by Chicago Reader and WBEZ Public Radio.

For more information contact:
Alan Shapiro
SBS Imports / Cider Summit