From urban cideries creating their own small-batches onsite to cider houses with 20+ taps from around the Northwest, Portland’s five (and counting) cider-centric establishments are a place where you can relax, chat with friends and sample a variety of excellent ciders.
Portland’s first and original cider pub is Bushwhacker Cider. Opened in September 2010 by owners Jeff and Erin Smith, Bushwhacker is located in a renovated space in Southeast’s Brooklyn neighborhood, near downtown. The pub’s ambience is cozy and casual, with wooden tables, a large bar and coolers stocked with bottled ciders along one wall. Along with six rotating taps, Jeff also stocks over 130 different bottled ciders from all over the world.
Portland Cider Company’s cedar-lined taproom has six ciders on taps. Inspired by wife Lynda’s English heritage and his native Oregon roots, owner and cider maker Jeff Parrish creates a variety of English- and American-style ciders onsite. The cidery and taproom are located in Oregon City, just off Beavercreek Rd near Highway 213. Note: Portland Cider Company just announced they are moving the cidery and taproom to a larger facility in Clackamas. The new location will open in April.
Portland Cider Company’s second location, the 1,300-square-foot Cider House, is located on SE Hawthorne and 36th, a short distance from the Baghdad Theatre. Bright and comfortable with a rustic wood/industrial vibe, the Cider House has an impressive 27 rotating ciders on tap. In addition to Jeff’s ciders, you can also find ciders from around the Pacific Northwest. Unsure what to sample? Try a flight for $7. There’s also a daily happy hour and a modest food menu.
Housed in an attractive, industrial-style space, Reverend Nat’s Cidery & Public Taproom offers six of Reverend Nat’s year-round, seasonal and experimental ciders on tap. Owner and cider maker Nat West creates a wide range of traditional and modern small-batch ciders to tempt any cider aficionado. Ingredients can include hops, lemongrass stalks, pineapple and carrot juice. “We’re always trying new things,” Nat says. The cidery and taproom are located in just off NE Broadway St near the Rose Quarter.
Portland’s fifth and newest cider house, Cider Bite, opened last October. Located on NW Hoyt between 12th and 13th, it’s the only cider tap room on the west side of town and offers 24 rotating ciders on tap. Cider Bite offers a limited food menu and weekly happy hour specials amidst an atmosphere of vintage industrial and recycled wood.