Cider Institute of North America Announces Executive Director and 2018 Courses

The American cider industry is showing many signs of maturing, from the recent adoption of official hard cider style guidelines to the 2016 formation of the Cider Institute of North America (CINA). Yesterday, the CINA announced its first-ever Executive Director, Brighid O’Keane, along with a series of cider and perry production foundation courses.

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Brighid has worked for over a decade in nonprofit organizational development and joins CINA from LIVE, a certifier of sustainable vineyards and wineries. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director and Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, North America’s coalition of active transportation advocates, where she helped train organizations and leaders to build and fund healthy communities. She is a board member of the Berkeley Student Food Collective and co-founder of a direct trade tea company. A graduate from the University of Colorado, Brighid grew up in Rochester, NY and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

“We are lucky and excited to have Brighid leading our newly founded organization,” says Nick Gunn of BenchCraft Consulting and CINA’s Board President, “She will be a tremendous asset in our efforts to build out an educational framework for the cider industry today and in the future.” “I am thrilled to support and grow with the cider industry as CINA’s first Executive Director and I invite all feedback and idea as we map our way forward,” adds Brighid.

CINA also announces its slate of 2018 Cider & Perry Production-Foundation courses. Registration is open for all week-long classes at and there will be a sneak-peak of the curriculum at the Cider Institute Boot Camp on January 31 at CiderCon in Baltimore: The date for the Master Class, taught by Peter Mitchell, will be announced later this year.

Jan. 8-12 Cornell University Geneva, NY

Feb. 12-16 South Puget Sound Community College Lacey, WA

Mar. 12-16 Washington State University Mt. Vernon, WA

Mar. 19-23 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR

Apr. 23-27 Brock University St. Catherine’s, Ontario

Jun. 4-8 University of Idaho Caldwell, ID

Jul. 23-27 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR

Aug. 13-17 Brock University St. Catherine’s, Ontario

Made up of passionate cider industry professionals and educators, CINA’s mission is to create a quality-driven and sustainable cider industry through education and research. To find out more about the CINA and upcoming courses, visit


The Cider Institute of North America’s mission is to advance the art of cider making by providing educational, training and business development resources to cider makers and the cider industry.

sustainable cider industry through education and research.

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