Oregon City’s Portland Cider Co. is opening a 24 tap Portland Cider House on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, located centrally on the busy stretch of Hawthorne across the street from the Bagdad Theater and next door to Peets Coffee at 3638 SE Hawthorne. 2015 is looking like a great year for Portland cider lovers with this news and the upcoming 2nd location of original cider taphouse Bushwhacker opening in Northeast Portland.
Jeff Parrish opened Portland Cider Co. in late 2012 in Oregon City and now packages four year-round brands in 22oz bottles and kegs and a business that has been producing about 200 barrels per month with production growing 5-10% each month. The cidery opened its own tasting room in the OC in February of 2014. With cider’s continued growth across the country, Portland is known as the largest cider market in the U.S. but still is extremely young, with Portland’s first cidery and cider taphouse, Bushwhacker Cider, opening in 2010. Ee now have five cidermakers (six if you count Widmer’s Square Mile brand) in Portland: Bushwhacker, Reverend Nat’s, Cider Riot, the tiny Farmhouse Cider brand, and the new Swift Cider. Reverend Nat’s operates a tasting room focusing on its own brands with some guest tap,s and St. Honoré Boulangerie opened on SE Division this year with 10 cider taps to rival the only other real cider taphouse,Bushwhacker on SE Powell with 9 drafts. This new approach might be inspired by the Schilling Cider House that recently opened in Seattle with 32 cider taps–not just its own. Seattle also has Capitol Cider, a cider taphouse with full restaurant. With that in mind, we have some catching up to do.