Nothing says “fall” in the Pacific Northwest like fresh, crisp apples. But if trudging through a field for U-pick fruit is not your ideal autumn day, here’s an adults-only alternative: hard cider. Unlike the fresh fruit, apples in cider form are available to enjoy year-round — and unlike beer, this brew is naturally gluten-free. Follow our guide to enjoy a tour of Portland’s best cider houses, plus plenty of food and other fun.
Portland cider tour
Spend a perfect day touring the city’s best cideries.
By Katie Vaughan | Nov. 2, 2016 (updated Jan. 20, 2017)
Start at Portland’s original cidery on Southeast Powell Boulevard. When this iconic taproom and bottle shop opened in 2010, it was the first cider pub in the country. Today, they have eight rotating taps dedicated to cider (including their own house-made, small-batch cider) and more than 350 bottles from Oregon and beyond. Their house ciders also boast unique seasonal flavors like cherry and lemongrass ginger; check out their current tap list.
Ready for a snack?
Head across the street to this storied German deli and grocer, which serves up some of Portland’s best sausages, meats and hard-to-find Bavarian goodies. Stock up on to-go items, or make this your lunch stop and grab a freshly cooked bratwurst piled high with sauerkraut and a side of authentic German potato salad.
If you’re not hungry yet (or if cased meats aren’t your thing), head north to your second cider destination. Portland Cider Company crafts their fresh-pressed hard cider from Northwest-grown apples and pours them at this this cozy Hawthorne pub, which boats a whopping 28 taps from cider producers near and far. A sizable portion of the drink menu is dedicated to Portland Cider Co.’s own brews, including the always satisfying “Kinda Dry” style , intriguing blends and seasonal treats like fresh hop and passionfruit varieties. Opt for a tasting flight to make the most of that extensive tap list.
Time for lunch!
Hungry? Stop at this micro-restaurant pod on Northeast Glisan, which offers plenty of options for all palates. (Think vegan Indian eats at the Sudra, meaty tacos at Uno Mas and saucy sliders at 24th & Meatballs.) This is an apple cider tour, after all, so stick with the theme and try the Pie Spot’s brandy apple crumble Pie Hole (an adorable mini pie for one).
Take a break to take in some art.
From 23 Sandy, it’s just a block to this locally-owned meadery, which makes award-winning meads and fresh-pressed ciders crafted from Northwest honey and apples. Their low-key industrial tasting room is located onsite at their meadery, so you can watch the pros in action while you sample from their selection of more than 10 ciders and meads on draft.
It’s time to head north to cider’s holiest destination. Nat gives locally-sourced apples the craft beer treatment, producing award-winning handcrafted ciders that are unique and complex, like Hallelujah Hopricot and Deliverance Ginger Tonic. The taproom is located at the cidery, offering an inside look at the brewing process and access to special cider varieties served only on-site.
Finally, grab some cider to go.
Hop in a car for a special bonus stop in Southeast Portland. This much-loved neighborhood bottle shop stocks a mind-boggling 1,400 beverage varieties, including plenty of cider from producers in Oregon, Ireland, France and just about everywhere in between. Stop in and stock up on cider to take home as a gift for your future self.
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