Owner Jeff Jarrett will fulfill his dreams of owning and producing his own hard cider when he opens 12 Bridge Ciderworks in Oregon City in time for Oregon Cider Week in June. The new addition to the OC fulfills a void left when Portland Cider Co. pulled up stakes in Oregon City to move to Clackamas. 12 Bridge Ciderworks will operate a taproom on-site at its production facility with house and guest cider taps, as well as local beer, making for a new hard cider destination.
Jeff Jarrett is an alumnus of the cidery-focused startup course at Oregon State University. He has lived in Portland since 1979 and began homebrewing in the nineties. For the past twenty-five years Jarrett has been focused on his IT career, but five years ago became enamored with hard cider as a drink option. Since that time, Jarrett says, “I’ve been an avid cider drinker have developed a major passion for cider-making. I’ve been making cider for last 3 years in my garage and throughout my house…as much as my wife could stand.”
About a year ago Jeff began taking the idea of starting his own cidery seriously, doing research and talking to other local cider-makers for advice and taking the Oregon State University course that he wholly endorses: “That week was unbelievable in terms seeing and experiencing the passion and camaraderie that exists within this industry, so I have was quickly convinced that I needed to get involved.”
12 Bridge Ciderworks is getting set up in a 3,400 sq. ft. space behind Lil’ Cooperstown and just around the bend from Coin Toss Brewing. The central location at 19376 Molalla Ave. #130 is expected to start cider production on four house brands in the next few weeks; Apple, Cranberry-Pomegranate, Hopped Apple and Black Cherry. There will also be eight guest taps of cider and six taps for northwest craft beer, so rather than bringing your cider friends to the beer bar where they can choose between one of two hard ciders, that person can now bring their beer friend to the cider taproom.
“We’re doing everything we can to ensure our customers will get a bird’s eye view into the production space, as they relax in our taproom with their craft drink of choice,“ says Jarrett.
The 12 Bridge Ciderworks taproom will not serve food, but Jarrett is working for the three neighboring restaurants and retail in the area to deliver there. Any outside food or drink will be welcome to bring in.
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