Challenge accepted—2 Towns Ciderhouse chooses “dare” when it comes to blending outside natural flavors into their 100-percent fresh-pressed Northwest apple ciders. The Corvallis, Oregon, cidery (that also produces Traditions Ciderworks and tore it up in this magazine’s Best Of competition) has melded everything from prickly pear and ginger to hops, rhubarb and raw honey, so the fall seasonal release of the Fly’n South, made with gooseberry, is an easy fit.

By fermenting whole, locally grown Oregon gooseberries with the pressed apple juice, the consequential cider is tart, tangy and quirky. Vibrant citrus, sharp berry and an earthy tone push through the aromatics and onto the juicy, fruit-forward palate, finishing wide and zesty.

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