Not every cidery abuts a sprawling orchard from which they pluck their fruit — sometimes a producer wants to be closer to the people. Never mind trying to avoid the weather either; here are six urban-based cidery taprooms to add to your next day in the city.
Cider Riot! || Portland
More than your average tasting room, walk into Cider Riot! and you may just stumble upon an axe throwing lesson, open mic night, darts league game or the release of an awesome new cider.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider || Portland
Community is the word for Nat’s, which is always on the move, with major participation points for showcasing other makers in the taproom and traveling to others’ events. Look for the new, bigger and better taproom for Rev. Nat’s opening soon, found about a mile from its current stop in Northeast.
Seattle Cider Co. at The Woods || Seattle
Spacious, with high ceilings and beautiful carpentry, The Woods is home to Seattle Cider and its sister brewery, Two Beers, plus former food truck Bread & Circuses. The space is well equipped to handle big groups or sweet dates, with outdoor leaning railings.
Portland Cider House || Portland and Clackamas, OR
Two locations, two different experiences; Portland Cider House’s PDX stop has tons of ciders available, while the Clackamas location also hosts the company’s cidery and pours rare offerings.
Schilling Cider House || Portland and Seattle
Touted as the “world’s largest cider taproom” — as in 50 taps exclusively flowing with cider — this is the second location for the Seattle-area producer, with an expansive indoor/outdoor space and restaurant. The Seattle location, in the city’s Fremont neighborhood, also offers a vast selection across 30-something taps in a more intimate setting.
WildCraft Cider Works || Eugene, OR
A popular stop revamped to include outdoor seating, private event space, educational events and more, you can stop by to get growler fills of cidery-only releases or sign up for the cider club to enjoy sippers made in Duck country.
This article originally ran in the fall print issue of Sip Northwest magazine. For the full story and more like it, click here.