The state now has 30 licensed cider-makers, up from 10 in 2010.
"We're experiencing maybe the birth of the recognition of cider," says David White, president of the Washington-based Northwest Cider Association. White, who runs Whitewood Cider Co. in Olympia says drinkers have to come to appreciate the different varieties and distinct character of craft cider.
Nationally, production has more than tripled in just three years, from 9.4 million gallons in 2011 to 32 million gallons in 2013, according to the Washington D.C.-based Beer Institute, which tracks such things.
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