Written By Guest Writer Beer & Cider / Libations / SH Jul 30, 2014 Find the Message in the Bottle to Win – Merridale Winners! SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPress ReleaseAfter 25 years as craft cider makers on Vancouver Island, Merridale is celebrating with a new look and new products. And they are doing it in the most imaginative way using social media! When asked about the campaign, marketing assistant Ryan Watson said, “It’s all about our new release, Monarch, and our new look labels which will soon be seen on all of our cider products.” “We wanted to engage our Merridale followers by giving them something fun and rewarding,” said Jess Howard, manager at Merridale, “so we created a treasure hunt for our loyal Merridale fans.”The contest, lasting throughout the summer, challenges Vancouver Islanders to get outside, and find one of the 25 special Monarch cider bottles, hidden at various points of interest from Victoria to Nanaimo. While some of the hiding spots are quite well-known, others are a little more unusual. Take, for example, the clue to bottle number 5 – If Protection Island is in your view, you must be near a raised canoe. Chris Rivers was the finder of this bottle, hidden near a public art piece called the Squamish Canoe on Nanaimo’s waterfront. “As an avid explorer – and Merridale fan – it was a chance to get out and play adventurer in my own town,” said Chris of his experience. “And when I found the bottle, it was a moment of genuine joy. What a great idea for a contest!” While other bottles have proven a little harder to find, the clues have been no less imaginative, which can be seen by following their twitter feed @merridalecider, or Instagram at merridaleciderworks. Searchers should keep their eyes peeled for a glass bottle with the new merridale label on it. Finders of bottles instantly win a Growler at the merridale farm with a gift certificate for use in their store. But if a picture is taken where the bottle is found, finders are entered to win one of three grand prizes- tickets Brewery and the Beast (now sold out), Rifflandia Music Festival, or a romantic merridale get-away (includes Sunday pizza night with live music and an overnight stay in their yurt). Not bad odds when the maximum number in the draw will only be 25!When asked about the name of the new product, Janet Docherty, co-owner of Merridale, replied, “It seemed appropriate to call our new cider Monarch. We are one the oldest craft producer in BC making organic cider from true cider apples. Monarch is dry, full of bubbles, and embraces our philosophy. Although our look has changed, our methods have not. We stay true to the core.”Visit Merridale at the farm (1230 Merridale road Cobble Hill), or ask for it by name at your favourite pub, restaurant, or local liquor store.For more information on the contest visit the Merridale Estate Cidery website.Merridale Estate Cidery SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Beer & Cider / Drink This March 17, 2016 Ernest Hemingway and a Night of Wine Tasting “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2016 Touring, Stinky Cheese, Oysters and Finally – Lift Off: My Week at Victoria Beer Week Definitive Brewery Tour I’m now a veteran of the brewery tour, having done it last year, as well. I’m a veteran of brewery tours in general. I ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 8, 2016 Victoria Beer Week 2016 Kicks Off with Night Casks Night Casks is a special event during Victoria Beer Week because it is a time when brewers have a chance to show off works in progress and beer ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria November 23, 2015 In Defence of Lagers In the first place, I shouldn’t even have to defend lager, or list all the good reasons for drinking lagers. The truth is, though, that there is a ... Read More Comments are closed.