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 & cider drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages. Check out previous posts here!
We have also featured Portland Cider Co. a few times as a part of Kegs & Legs, but we thought it would be fitting to showcase a cider on the week leading up to the event! This week’s cider is their latest seasonal – Concord Grape!
Coming up THIS WEEKEND, is race number 1 of the 2018 Oregon Brewery Running Series – held at Portland Cider Company! Here are some highlights from our race preview:
The run will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and goes from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST. Please be 30 minutes early to get checked in. The course will be an “open” course, which means that there will be no road closures along the course. There will also be no bag check, so plan accordingly. Be sure to remember your ID, some extra cash and dress for the weather. This will be a rain or shine event. 10% of the proceeds help support the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and Life Vest Inside.
Check out OBS latest podcast interview with Jeff Parrish, Co-Founder of Portland Cider Co. Also stay tuned for an upcoming Kegs and Legs feature!
Registration Cost: $30 without shirt, $40 with shirt (Use promo code ‘portlandcider5’ for $5 off)
If you listen to the podcast above, you can hear the discussion about this great cider came to be. They were doing a “pro-am” of sorts – pairing a professional cidermaker with an amateur – and the decision was made that they would create an apple/grape concoction, and do the “grape stomp”. When I heard this part of the interview, this was all I could think of:
This recipe (originally called Grape Stomp at the pro-am) was so well liked that they decided to try their hand at perfecting the recipe and rebranding as Concord Grape. In my opinion, they nailed it. This is an extremely accessible and tasty cider. The apple hits first, but then I was swept away by a lingering grapy mouth feel. It’s extremely similar to a kid’s juice box. A very dangerously delicious juice box. Even my wife, a non-beer, and barely-cider, drinker helped me polish off a bottle in no time.
Jeff, the owner of Portland Cider Co., is running the Oregon Brewery Running Series 5k at their Clackamas location this week and will be buying a second pint for anyone that beats him (he wears a shirt with “Cider is on You” on the back and “Cider is on Me” on the front). Just knowing that this deal is on the table is all the more reason to sign up if you haven’t already. These bottles are only available until April, so there is still some time to enjoy now and stock up for the summer.
- Concord GrapeABV: 5.5%
- 8925 SE Jannsen Road, Bldg. F Clackamas, OR 97015 (RACE LOCATION)
- 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214