Portland gets its 5th cider taproom this weekend with the opening of Cider Bite on NW Hoyt between 12th and 13th. This is the first cider-dedicated taproom on the westside of Portland, and is just a few blocks from 10 Barrel Brewing and Deschutes with 25 taps of rotating ciders.
It’s a small, no frills space that has clearly cribbed notes from Jeff Parrish and his Portland Cider Taproom on SE Hawthorne, right down to the wooden paneled back wall, digital tapboard, and tall wooden plank tables lining a highly rectangular space of similar shape.
Even the taster tray boards and glasses and the logo look remarkably similar to the Portland Cider House, enough so that I asked Cider Bite owner Jeff Hanneson if they were affiliated. Apparently they are not, but maybe all Jeffs think alike? Even still, the rough wood aesthetic and apple crates behind the bar do nod to the rustic farms where the apples are grown (dangling Edison bulbs, not so much).
Because this is just a soft opening, there is no food yet and the walls need some art. Apparently Cider Bite is working on a simple menu of soups and sandwiches; the space doesn’t have a full kitchen, fryer, or hood etc. This is chiefly a place to converse with friends over drinks, and that is just fine. Being so close to the Pearl District galleries, maybe Cider Bite will take part of the booming first Thursday art crawl? Certainly it is the best place to sample a lot of ciders on the westside, and there are even some bottled ciders and non-alcoholic drinks.
Cider Bite’s prices are pretty affordable, especially considering that it’s in the Pearl District. 16oz pints are $5, 8oz half pints are $3. A flight of four 4oz samples is $6 or get six 4oz samples for $8. 64oz growlers to-go are $15 and half size 32oz growlettes are $9.
1230 NW Hoyt St