I love beer. After now having visited over 345 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
Breweries in Oregon and across the Northwest continue to grow in number with each passing month. As this trend grows, so does the opportunity for diversity in a large market – and cideries are slowly rising to the occasion. I am pretty sure that Portland Cider Company was the first craft cidery I ever visited. They were in a small taproom in an industrial park in Oregon City. I was out there for work a few times a month, and they were a cozy place to hang out. I remember at my first tasting being really taken aback by how great their ciders were. My palate, only really experiencing mass-produced hard ciders at the time, was not prepared for the real depth of flavor that PCC provided. It was delicious. I couldn’t believe they were confined to this tiny taproom…
Fast forward a few years, and Portland Cider Company is right where I thought they deserved to be – in much bigger spaces and delivering tasty cider across the region. PCC now has two great locations – a large facility just east of I-205 in Clackamas (you have probably driven past it numerous times), and a relatively new cider house on Hawthorne – which dozens of taps of just craft ciders from across the country in addition to their own stuff. In fact, their locations have won local awards, as have their ciders.
Two of their year-round staples, Sorta Sweet and Kinda Dry, are extremely accessible to even the most novice of cider drinkers. Both are made from 100% NW apples (Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious) and really hit the spot. Like the name suggests, Sorta Sweet is just that – a full mouth feel of apple, yet with a sweeter balance that is super refreshing. It was the first craft cider I ever had, and really helped bridge the gap between super sweet ciders and a lot of the really good local stuff out there. I still haven’t migrated fully into loving super dry ciders (which to me have more of a champagne-y taste), but Kinda Dry is a really amazing option in this realm. It’s not a full-on dry cider (I mean, it’s in the name), but it’s really light and refreshing with a twinge of dryness.
Their bottles can be found in taphouses and supermarkets across the NW so pick up a couple of bottles next time you are out.
- 8925 SE Jannsen Road, Bldg. F Clackamas, OR 97015
- 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214