Portland Cider Company has two cozy taprooms where visitors can taste unique varieties of hard cider, the Clackamas Pub & Cidery and the Portland Cider House in the Oregon metro’s tourist-friendly Hawthorne district. The cedar-planked walls are decked with vintage kitsch from England and regalia from the Portland Timbers and the Portland Pigs, the city’s soccer and rugby teams. But the real draw is the innovative tastes.
“We have a constant rotation of new, one-off, very limited ciders,” says Helen Lewis, marketing director. Year-round favorites include Kinda Dry, Sorta Sweet, Sangria, Concord Grape, Apple, Hop’Rageous, and the imperial cider, The Perfect 10. Seasonal ciders include the new Pineapple Rosé, with upcoming Peach Berry, Passion Fruit, and a returning fall favorite, cranberry. Some special, limited offerings include Razzle Dazzle, with raspberry, ginger, and pear; Ginger Limey, with ginger and lime; and Apricot Tango, with tangerine, apricot, and a touch of orange blossom. The cidery also offers many taproom exclusive releases. Past beverages include “hybrids,” wine and cider mixes; Mango Chili, mango cider with an Ancho chili pepper infusion; and Watermelon Hop’ Rageous.
The Clackamas location has 14 taps, with all of the company’s ciders and a few local beers. The Portland location has 30 taps, with “one-third of the board our own and the rest, ciders from across the northwest,” says Lewis.
“One of our owners is from England and the other is from Oregon,” Lewis explains of owners Jeff and Lynda Parrish. “Our taprooms are about the marriage of those two cultures.” In line with this vision, both taprooms offer English-inspired dishes such as English pasties, as well as American classics including a house-smoked pulled pork sandwich.
The Clackamas location, which is attached to the cider production facility, has “a more robust kitchen.” Recently the chef created a pork belly sandwich with apricot chutney to pair with the Apricot Tango cider.
The Clackamas location also features limited tours of its 20,000-square-foot cidery during quarterly events, including an Apple Pressing Party scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019.
“It’s a celebration of the apple harvest and our annual community apple pressing,” says Lewis.