I love beer and cider. After now having visited over 425 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.
I’ve learned a little bit about ciders in the past few years. While I generally tend to gravitate towards more fruit-forward ciders on the sweeter side of things, I have had the opportunity to really sample and check out and enjoy some on the drier side of things as well. In my travels, I have also learned a little bit about “Scrumpy” ciders, a styling that is traditional in England and was used to “refer to what was otherwise called ‘rough’, a harsh cider made from unselected apples.”
Portland Cider Company’s Perfect 10 is crafted in this style, with a little bit of PNW flair. The 10% ABV (!) cider is a blending of all local apples, and then fermented cold and slow to preserve fresh apple flavors and aromas. After this, the cider is let to rest for a couple of months and then finally sweetened with some juice to bring out the flavor. It’s a supremely good concoction that falls right in that nice middle ground between sweet and dry. I think it smells delicious and tastes like an apple-forward cider. The apple is definitely the star of the show here.
Given that this clocks in as such a high ABV, I recommend being safe when drinking this before or after a run. You may want to consider parking near their Clackamas location and going for a nice run on the 205 path (easily accessible off of 82nd and a mere .6 miles from the taproom) before sitting down at the bar and refueling with the Perfect 10 and their solid food options on site. Or if you are near their Hawthorne location in SE, get a run in at Laurelhurst Park to the north or even Mt. Tabor to the east before checking out the taproom and eating at one of any of a dozen great eateries nearby. Or really, even just consider picking up a bottle or two at their locations and taking home to enjoy with dinner.
Perfect 10 is available year round and only available in 500mL bottles or on draft.
- Perfect 10
- ABV: 10%
- 8925 SE Jannsen Road, Bldg. F Clackamas, OR 97015
- 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214