Portland Cider Company Announces Grand Opening of Hawthorne Public Taproom
Oregon City, OR – The Portland Cider Company today announced the grand opening of “The Portland Cider House,” at 3638 Hawthorne Blvd on Friday, April 10th.
The 1300-square-foot location features 28 taps, offering Portland Cider Company ciders, along with select ciders from other regional craft cidermakers. All ciders are available in half pints, pints, flights and growler fills.
The Portland Cider House is open to patrons of all ages and while it features a limited food menu, patrons are encouraged to bring in food from any one of the many excellent restaurants in the area.
The Portland Cider House is a follow on to the company’s tasting room at their production facility in Oregon City. “We have enjoyed a great deal of interest in our ciders at our Oregon City tasting room,” says Owner and Master Cider Maker Jeff Parrish. “It has been our desire from day one to open a unique public taproom devoted to promoting not just our ciders, but all the excellent craft ciders being produced in the northwest. We are very excited about the results of our hard work.”
The Portland Cider House feels like a step into a rustic, farmhouse cidery. The décor features a bar and tables made from reclaimed wood out of a century old mill with cedar planking lining the walls. Original works from local artists are featured along with many cider related novelties that lend to a fun light hearted atmosphere.
The Portland Cider House will be open daily at 11:00am.
In apple-harvest time in England, the rural childhood and farm hand pursuit of stealing the windfall apples, or the small apples left on the trees after harvest from orchards, is called “scrumping”. Scrumping evolved into the illicit taking of any sort of apple.
If you’re familiar with British cider, you will know “scrumpy” for a cheap and rough, though strongly alcoholic, variety which is a hazard to the unwary. Its name is a relative of “scrumping” in its oldest sense because it was often brewed from the apples that were stolen (“scrumped”) from the orchards. Modern brands that go by that name are mild compared with the vinegary farm-made sort of old, that was also described many years ago as “squeal-pig cider”, this being the noise you made when you tried it! It’s said that it takes three people to swallow a mug of true scrumpy, one to drink and the other two to hold him upright!
Here at Portland Cider we’ve made our own take on a scrumpy which is now in very limited quantities and available exclusively at the tap room. It is called Barnyard Scrumpy. It’s dark, dry, still (no carbonation), oaked, 11.5% abv, and served at room temperature. One sip and you’ll understand while it is only available in 4 oz pours!