Portland hospitality group Chefstable is teaming with Culmination Brewing founder Tomas Sluiter to open a new brewery and taproom called Craft Beer Collective (CBC) in the former Burnside Brewing and Mikkeller space at 701 E Burnside St.
The craft beer industry has a diversity problem, which should be obvious to anyone who has ever seen the overwhelming amount of burly bearded white dudes (full disclosure: I am one of those dudes) roaming tap rooms or spraying down tanks in the brewery.
Beer writer turned cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s new nano cidery has found success at beer bars and cider taphouses since launching just one month ago, but is now taking it to the streets. To a place called Biddy McGraw’s on NE Glisan Street, to be more precise.
(Biddy’s photo from Thrillist.com)
Fermented (brewed?) in Abe’s detached garage in the North Tabor area, this micro cidery has specialized in dry ciders for the everyman as well as the connoisseur. The two ciders released so far show that rang,e with a more complex, dry-hopped and unfiltered cider in “Everybody Pogo” and the more rough hewn and fun “Plastic Paddy” that was released in 2-liter plastic bottles in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Now Cider Riot! can be found on draft at finer establishments across the city, from Gigantic Brewing to Cheese Bar.
(the McGillicuddys perform at Biddy’s in 2011 – Photo courtesy of Abram Goldman-Armstrong)
Toast to success and the mid-May release of Everybody Pogo and a new offering – “Burncider Dry Draught Cider” in 2 liter plastic bottles at Abe’s local irish pub Biddy McGraw’s on May 10th from 7pm to closing. Joining in the festivities–all the way down from Victoria, British Columbia, is pint-hoisting Celtic punk rock band The McGillicuddys.
Everybody Pogo™– Hoppy Cider 6.5% abv
A refreshingly dry cider that’s got hops. Our roughcut tribute to football terraces and punk rock shows, dry and quenching with a hint of sweet apple flavor, as organically grown Goldings hops do the pogo dance across your taste buds. A distinctly Oregonian product, Everybody Pogo mates Hood River apples and Willamette Valley hops. Unfiltered and lightly carbonated.
Burncider™ Dry Draught Cider 6.4% abv
Inspired by the pub draught ciders of the English West Country, Burncider blends Oregon-grown traditional English cider apples, tart wild apples and dessert apples from Hood River. Just like Portland’s Old Main Drag, this cider has a rich history and flavorful character.
Plastic Paddy Irish Style Cider 6.0% abv
Plastic Paddy is a fun-loving easy drinking cider released in honor of the 2-litres of Irish cider that Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong enjoyed so much as a student at University College Cork. American dessert apples lack the characteristic tannins of European cider apples, so in order to replicate the flavor profile of a dry Irish cider, we use Barry’s Gold Blend tea from County Cork to infuse the cider with just enough tannins to balance the natural acids of the Hood River dessert apples used to make it.
Abram Goldman-Armstrong bio:
Oregon native Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been making cider since 1995, passed the Beer Judge Certification Exam at the National level at age 21 and has judged at numerous amateur and professional beer and cider competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival, Mondial de la Biere in Montreal, British Columbia Beer Awards, American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, Heart of Cascadia, Fall Classic, Widmer Collaborator, and the Portland International Cider Cup. Abram is the editor of Northwest Brewing News, his articles appear regularly in such publications as Ale Street News, and American Brewer. He has collaborated with Hopworks Urban Brewery to create Secession Cascadian Dark Ale in 2009, and with Widmer Brother’s Brewing in 2013 to create Green and Gold Kölsch. He took his passion for cider to the professional level in 2013, opening Cider Riot! an urban cidery dedicated to the production of flavorful and refreshing dry ciders.
What Where When: Cider Riot Takes to the Streets release party, May 10th7-12pm, Biddy McGraw’s Irish Pub, 6000 NE Glisan
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.