Cider Sightings in Tualatin Valley
By Kailee Pence
Tualatin Valley may be well-known for the ample variety of delectable wines and world-famous craft beers, but hard cider recently found its way into the beverage scene and deserves its recognition as a refreshing competitor for your palate.
Fermented cider, often referred to as hard cider, is commonly made from apples but here in Tualatin Valley, brewers are known to mix in other tasty and local Oregon fruits such as peaches, blackberries and marionberries. The possibilities are truly endless and it’s worth a trip to these local attractions to try some for yourself.
Avid Cider from Bend, Oregon, recently opened its first storefront in Tualatin Valley. Located at the Washington Square in Tigard, sample their ciders in the cozy tasting room, and peruse the large selection of bottled and canned cider. New to cider? Try one of their handcrafted beers with a splash of cider.
With several locations in Tualatin Valley, McMenamins has its fair share of ciders to choose from, too. McMenamin’s offers the traditional apple cider, as well as seasonal specials like the “TriPPPy” cider with a trio of peach, pineapple and pomegranate. New ciders are released seasonally, which means there is always something new to taste.
Xylem Cider Works creates true Pacific Northwest ciders, using local ingredients and sourcing most of their apples only 8.5 miles from its Sherwood location. Founded in 2017, Xylem set out to be a cider for the people, brewing small-batch ciders that rotate frequently. Enjoy a warm summer evening in the tasting room with the garage doors rolled up and a tall glass of barrel-aged cider.
Grossen Peaches of Helvetia began Helvetia Cider Co. in 2019, offering their peach ciders in select tap houses and breweries around the area. The u-pick farm has gone back to its roots, picking, pressing and fermenting cider just like their family did in 1891.
Although not a cider, sour beer can overlap in flavors of tartness and sweetness – the difference is the process in which the beverage is made. The Lodge at Cascade Brewing pioneered the “Northwest Sour Ale,” and frequently incorporates locally grown fresh fruit like cherries, grapes and a variation of berries into their beers. With more 20 craft brews on tap at a time, you’re sure to find a new favorite.
Whether you’re looking for something sweet and juicy or dry and tart, or maybe something in between, Tualatin Valley has plenty of cider options that are sure to be a hit with your taste buds.
The Tualatin Valley is exploding in the Portland craft beer scene, from the ubiquitous McMenamins, which brews several of its beers here, to new local breweries that attract the serious beer connoisseur, as well as the casual beer aficionado.
We love wine, and once you visit, you will understand why our winemakers are passionate about the wines they make, and we are, too.
Tualatin Valley distilleries are earning well-deserved accolades and are introducing handcrafted spirits to a new generation.