Y. Dave Klawer is a cidermaker, orchardist, cider advocate, educator and enthusiast. He is completing a Masters Degree in Agriculture with hopes to grow the best possible cider fruit. He and his wife have several thousand young trees and look to supply cidermakers within the region with highest quality cider fruit and fresh pressed juice.
He and his wife Heather Klawer are Co-Owners and Co-founders of Bitters & Sharps LLC. They are a wholesale nursery and orchard management company specializing in cider fruit production, custom grafting, orchard design, orchard planning, and consultation services.
They also have a small cider company called Alma Cider. They are located in Northwestern Washington, where the mountains meet the sea, in the beautiful Skagit Valley.
Dave chose to become a Certified Pommelier™ in the pursuit of becoming an expert in as many aspects of cider as possible, so that he can learn to make the best possible cider and perry products. He also wanted to be able to help standardize the language in which cider is described, so that nationally there is more consistency with verbiage. Ultimately, he believes these universal adaptations will benefit the cider industry as a whole, as well as consumers who can be guided towards the cider that best fits their palate, occasion, mood, or food pairing. Lastly, he really, really likes cider.
Storie Madrid is a longtime cider enthusiast from Seattle, WA. She and her spouse, Erik, are in the planning stages for a retail cider focused business in the Seattle area. She decided to pursue becoming a Certified Pommelier™ to test and expand her knowledge of cider and to practice objectively tasting and describing cider so that she can help turn more people into cider drinkers.
Nick Hill is the founder, co-owner & head cidermaker at Puget Sound Cider Company. When he first started crafting cider he did a lot of research on how cider was made. It was at this time he discovered the lost history of cider in this country. It was like he found a treasure trove! He was especially fascinated with traditional American cider apples and their origins. Since then he has had great success using traditional cider apples in their ciders and helping people discover just how good American cider can be.
Nick chose to become a Certified Pommelier™ to expand his knowledge and understanding of today’s rapidly evolving dynamic cider industry as a whole. Now he has more confidence representing his company, his region and promoting cider as a high quality, high value beverage.
Kate Pinsley is a cidermaker with Schilling Cider based in Seattle, Washington. Kate decided to pursue her Pommelier™ certification to challenge her cider knowledge and palate, and to connect with more cidermakers and cider fans.
Erik Madrid is a cider enthusiast and hobbyist cidermaker from Seattle, WA. He and his wife Storie (also recently certified) are in the planning stages for a cider retail business and cider focused taproom in the Seattle area. Erik pursued the Pommelier™ certification out of his love for cider, his interest in sharing all the nuances of the beverage and it’s history with others, and to be a part of it’s future.
Suzannah Klaniecki is a cidermaker with Schilling Cider based in Seattle, Washington. She decided to take the Certified Pommelier™ exam because she likes having the in-depth knowledge that comes from studying cider which she believes has this great combination of science, art, and culture.
Jamie’s passion for cider began in 2014 when curiosity led her through the door of Liberty Ciderworks, a small urban cidery located in Spokane, WA. There she discovered that the use of exceptional fruit and cider making techniques can produce ciders as complex and delicious as the finest wines. After several years of being a regular patron of Liberty Ciderworks, Jamie was convinced the cider industry was the place that brought her the most joy and she became co-owner in 2019. Jamie currently fills the role of Sales Director and loves working with people. Her desire to educate and inspire others to discover cider led her to pursue her Pommelier™ certification through the American Cider Association. Jamie’s other interests include experimenting with food pairings, world travel, vintage vinyl records, and the Dodgers.