Bushwhacker Cider Pub Is Worth a Trip

Portland’s cider-only pub and seasonal tastings make for a worthy fall destination.

By Allie Oosta October 4, 2011

This 2 Towns Oregon Made Marion cider is a fruit bomb for your taste buds.

Autumn is the best time for hard cider, which means it’s time for a trip to Rose City’s cider Mecca. Jeff and Erin Smith, owners of Bushwhacker Cider in Portland, show off fall’s favorite drink with tastings and events throughout October and early November.

Bushwhacker Cider, the country’s only cider pub (that’s all they serve, besides housemade snacks) just celebrated its one year anniversary in September. They have over one hundred different varieties—seven on tap and 135 bottles from around the world—and even brew their own. Smith notes that cider is a health–conscious choice, as it is both gluten–free and easier on the body than beer. Who’s ever heard of a “cider gut”?

Here’s what’s on tap at Bushwhacker this fall, all complimentary, so you can plan your southern trips accordingly:

1. October 20: Wandering Aengus Tasting Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, out of Salem, was voted as one of the best hard ciders by Imbibe magazine. Their tasting will include their Dry Oaked Cider (made with French and English bittersweet apples—pairs well with stinky cheeses) and Wanderlust (made with ginger spice flavorings).

2. October 25: St. Crispin’s Day Celebration and Crispin Artisanal Tasting This tasting comes with a good cause: St. Crispin is the patron saint of cobblers, so Smith is collecting barely worn shoes to donate to charity. They’ll be pouring Crispin’s Honey Crisp (a creamy cider made with organic honey and served over ice) and Cho-Tokkyu (made with Sake yeast).

3. October 27: 2 Towns Tap Takeover and Meet the Maker Smith will be giving the 2 Towns guys five of his seven taps for the night. Look for the Bad Apple cider (semi–dry, with hints of vanilla) and Oregon Made Marion (a full, scarlet–colored cider made with marionberries).

4. November 10: Eric Bordelet Tasting On his family property in Normandy, Eric Bordelet grows over 20 varieties of apple and 15 varieties of pear. His tasting will include Sidre Brut Tendre (a traditional dry cider) as well as two pear ciders: Poire Authentique (pale and light, with a bubbly finish), and Poire Granit (sweet and sour with hints of yeasty oak).

And unlike a normal bar, Bushwhacker sells bottles for the road. Souvenirs!

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