Portland’s quickly growing Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider is about to unveil “Revival,” a new year-round cider available on draft and in 500ml bottles. Revival does not use the typical cider apples, but instead re-imagines American hard cider with cheaper dessert apples as a base and Mexican Piloncillo Negro apples for depth, along with a blend of multiple fermentations. Reverend Nat’s says the result yields “layers of tropical fruit alongside a crisp, solid apple base.”
“I don’t like to drink sweet ciders, so I don’t make them,” said Nat West, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider’s founder. Revival greets the cider drinker with exotic pineapple, guava, and peach flavors from the unique yeast blend. “It gives a perception of sweetness, while maintaining an semi-dry character and rich complexity,” says West. Revival is made using only the highest quality apples from Washington state and fully fermented piloncillo from Michoacan, Mexico.