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Cider Swig 2014: First hard cider festival of its kind Saturday in Gig Harbor

Beer seems to get all the attention in early fall, a consequence of all those Oktoberfest celebrations and seasonal beer releases.

But not this fall. Another kind of adult beverage is finally getting its due: hard cider.

The inaugural Cider Swig will be held Saturday at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor.

The festival is a fundraiser for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and features a dozen Northwest cideries serving 50 hard ciders (that’s alcoholic ciders, for those keeping track). Apple ciders comprise the bulk of the menu, but pear ciders also will be served. See a list below of ciders.

Julie Ann Gustanski, a former college professor and past president of the foundation, is event chair for the Cider Swig. She’s also a devoted cider fan.

Consider Gustanski the chief curator of the cider gathering, along with a half-dozen volunteers that she’s nicknamed “The Cider Swig Army.”

The organizers did their homework, making personal visits to many of the cideries. The lineup reads something like the who’s who of Northwest cider makers. Serving Saturday will be: