Bruce Lychee is the third release of our Summer Fruit Hop Series, and one of the most highly anticipated by PCC staff, hitting both taprooms on Thursday, August 18. This cider was an experimental cider last summer from Deron Davenport, our cider maker here at Portland Cider, which was the inspiration for the entire series this year.
It takes our base cider made of 100% northwest apples, which we then extract a small amount of to properly steep the Amarillo & Citra hops. This is accomplished by adding the hops, then raising the temperature to exactly what is needed to express oils from the hop. By following this method, we’re able to achieve the exact flavor profile were looking for by using the Amarillo & Citra hops, not just their aromas like we would if we dry hop infused the cider.
Once this intensely hopped cider is cooled and blended back to our base cider, we begin blending in fresh pressed Lychee fruit. We use our old school press for this project, to ensure we get as much juice as possible from this exotic fruit. By blending the two fruit juices together post-fermentation of the cider, we’re able to keep the fresh & uniquely exotic flavor of the Lychee fruit.
The process creates a cider with exotic notes of melon and rose, balanced with the subtle citrus aromas and bitterness from the hops. Basically, it’s the BOMB.com. And it’s amazingness inspired Deron to experiment with other fruit and hop blended ciders, leading to the Summer Fruit Hop Series this year.
The Summer Fruit Hop Series is about experimentation and adventure in cider making, focused on making limited batches for only month-long releases, only available at our taprooms. Each release is inspired by the seasonal bounty of berries, fruits and growing hops here in the Northwest. Some of the ciders have been so well received, we ending up making more to send out to our distributors (June’s release)!
To sample all of the ciders in the series at once, join us Saturday , Sept 24 for the Fruit & Hop Cider End of Summer Celebration. Three guest cideries will be joining us at our Clackamas Taproom + Cidery, debuting their own take on a Fruit & Hop infused cider. All the releases from our Summer Fruit Hop Series will be featured as well:
- Boysenberry Hop (June release – 2nd place in the Portland Fruit Beer Festival!)
- Lemon Hop (July release)
- Bruce Lychee (August release)
- September TBD (we’re still experimenting! Possibly raspberry, maybe nectarine… we shall see!)
Find more details and RSVP at the Facebook Event Page. We hope to see you there!
Portland Cider Company believes in giving back to our community, both globally and of course, here locally in the Northwest. The inaugural PDX Community Apple Drive allows us to combine our passion for cider making, with our commitment to community involvement and support.
This full-scale community effort is about bringing people together to create handmade craft cider, using the apples from our own backyards here in the Portland Metro area. Bringing together cider, community, tradition and charity in our first ever Community Cider release, “Oregon Wild.”
Why “Oregon Wild?” Because 100% of the net proceeds of the cider created & sold as part of the PDX Community Apple Drive will be donated to the organization Oregon Wild. This collective works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians, and that’s a mission we can’t help but get behind. Portland Cider Company is even a member of the Oregon Brewshed Alliance (the first cidery!), which is an outreach initiative for Oregon Wild.
In the summer and fall, when Portland neighborhood trees paint the sidewalks with fallen fruit, and backyard trees get a little out of hand, Portland Cider Company is ready to help you turn your fruit into the drink of old – cider!
During the PDX Community Apple Drive, which will run August – October, Portland Cider Company invites you to bring your fallen and unwanted fruit in exchange for Portland Cider trade. And when the time comes, you also get to help with the pressing of the apples you brought in.
Minimum donation of 1 bushel of apples* (40 lbs.)
- At least 1 pint of cider*
- Tickets to Wassail Party in November
- Hands-on experience pressing apples into cider
- Good Karma from Mother Earth with 100% of net proceeds donated to Oregon Wild
*40lbs or more of usable apples. Payment in trade vouchers redeemable at either of our taprooms. While supplies last.
Drop fruit at our Clackamas Taproom & Cidery:
8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015 • Mon– Sat: 9 am – 9 pm
For questions, or to coordinate delivery for large donations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on the amount and variety of fruit received, Portland Cider Company will release the annual Community Apple Cider produced at the Wassail Party in November, ideally. The fruit pressing dates will be determined as donations are received.
your Apples – your Cider – your Oregon Wild
We’re excited to announce that Portland Cider Co. has joined the Oregon Brewshed Alliance as the first cidery of the coalition. An outreach initiative of Oregon Wild, the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance is a coalition of Oregon brewers, brewing community partners, and conservationists who understand the value of clean water and protected forest watersheds.
For breweries the connection is clear – 90% (or more) of beer is made from water, so that water should be clean. While Portland Cider Co. ciders do not have any water in them (just 100% apple juice), clean and accessible water is still crucial to the process of making cider. Not because of what we use in our cidery, but because of what the farmers need out in Yakima Valley.
Because of this, Portland Cider Company is proud to be supporting this alliance and the Oregon Wild organization as a whole. Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians, and that’s a mission we can’t help but get behind.
In honor of this new partnership, we are planning a fundraiser this fall, where the proceeds will be donated to Oregon Wild. More details to come, but it’s got to do with apples, with pressing, and with a whole lot of community support. More soon – cheers!
Press Release: Call for artists to compete for $500 cash prize & mural space at Clackamas Taproom
July 11, 2016 (Portland, OR) – In an effort to foster creativity and work with local artists, Portland Cider Company is excited to announce an art mural competition to create a lasting, amazing mural at their new Clackamas Taproom & Cidery. Open to all local mural artists, with a grand prize of $500, plus extras. Full details are listed at www.portlandcider.com/mural.
The winning artist will paint the mural of their choosing on Portland Cider Company’s 36 x 16′ blank slate, boringly white, keg cooler. This cooler has great visibility for taproom patrons, with highlighted exposure during Portland Cider Company warehouse parties and concerts.
Artists are asked to submit their portfolios by Monday, August 1. From the example work submitted, Portland Cider Company will select four artists to compete in a live paint event on August 12 at the Clackamas Taproom & Cidery. There, artists will be able to portray their mural proposals on provided canvas. At this event, taproom patrons will vote for their favorite mural concept, along with Portland Cider Company employees.
The submission deadline for portfolios is Monday, August 1. Artists are asked to submit portfolios to email@example.com, or post photos of their work to the Portland Cider Company Facebook page.
- Permanent, exclusive art mural at the Portland Cider Company Taproom & Cidery in Clackamas
- $500 Cash Prize
- A $150 gift certificate to Portland Cider Company taprooms
- Portland Cider Co. will be pay for up to $300 in paint supplies
- A $50 gift certificate to Portland Cider Company taprooms.
About Portland Cider Company:
The Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit www.PortlandCider.com.
The juniper undertones of gin play off nicely against the sweetness of the hibiscus lavender syrup in this uplifting cocktail created by The Bitter Housewife.
– 1.5 oz New Deal #33 Gin
– 3/4 oz Raft Hibiscus Lavender Syrup
– 8 dashes The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters
– 4 oz Portland Cider Kinda Dry
– 3 bruised mint leaves for garnish
Fill a collins glass or tumbler with ice, measure all ingredients into glass, stir and garnish with mint.
This cocktail recipe is part of a cider cocktail series created in collaboration with Portland Cider Company, New Deal Distillery, The Bitter Housewife, RAFT Syrups and Bull in China PDX to celebrate Oregon Cider Week. For the full list of recipes, visit www.PortlandCider.com/blog.