While Oregon is well-known for Willamette Valley wines and an abundance of breweries, craft cider is the latest craze. There are more than 60 cideries around the state, blending local apples with Pacific Northwest fruit and hops to make an incredible diversity of flavors. Here are a few unique Oregon ciders to sample.
REVEREND NAT'S CIDERY
While founder Nat West makes traditional dry and off-dry varieties, Reverend Nat’s is best-known for crafting unusual ciders that “no one else will make.” Try inventive creations like Tepache, a summer specialty made exclusively from pineapples and raw cane sugar, Hallelujah Hopricot, made with fresh Cascade hops from Woodburn, Oregon, or a cold-pressed coffee and orange peel Ciderkin made in collaboration with Cider Riot.
SON OF MAN
Cascade Locks, OR
The Columbia River Gorge boasts beautiful views, pristine waterfalls, and Son of Man’s exceptional Basque-style cider. Inspired by generations of cider makers in Northern Spain, Son of Man’s cider is crafted more like wine than beer, wild-fermented, aged six months, and left unfiltered.
WILDCRAFT CIDER WORKS
To “wildcraft” is to harvest from the wild sustainably, and a mission for land stewardship and community building drives WildCraft owner Sean Kelly. The fruit and botanicals used to create WildCraft ciders are all harvested in the wild within a 35-mile radius of Eugene, and each ingredient is fermented separately. Try unique blends like Elderflower Quince and Heart Beet.