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This Friday – Sunday, April 26-28th is the Nano Beer Fest in southwest Portland in the parking lot of John’s Marketplace. Founded in 2008 and originally held at Max’s Fanno Creek brewpub, the Nano Beer Fest has went through a few iterations and arrived at it’s best self. Organizers Brandon Mikel and Chris Rhodes always manage to dig up some brand new nano breweries even I have never heard of, alongside other established nano’s which are tiny/small breweries often out the back of someones garage.

More from a press release:

With strong community support from home brewing clubs and supply companies like F.H. Steinbart, PDX Brewers Club and The Oregon Brew Crew, the Nano Beer Fest will continue to welcome new breweries every year. This year we have several new breweries joining the event and the NBF will again feature 50+ beers, made by some of the newest members of the local craft beer industry!

2018 Nano Beer Fest

This year, Loyal Legion is sponsoring a “People’s Choice,” where attendees vote for their top picks and Loyal Legion will bring in the top 10 on tap in May!

As part of the celebration of Nano brewers and their successes, in 2017 the NBF added an annual alumni invitee to the fest. The 2019 alumni brewer will be Shattered Oak. Shattered Oak has a firm footing in Oregon City with their Hive tap house and brewery.

Once again, the event will be held at John’s Marketplace, one of Portland’s finest beer stores and there will be food available from Urban German. There will be more vendors than ever including Beer Soap, CBD teas, leather goods, cycling outerwear, F.H. Steinbarts and more.

Individual participation cost is $20 for a keepsake logo glass and 10 beer tickets PLUS a special ticket to try a 3-way collaboration beer from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the 2018 NBF judging.  1 ticket will yield one 2oz pour, 2 tickets a 4oz pour and 3 tickets will get a full pour (7oz).  Additional tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 each. Friday and Saturday are 21+ and Sunday is all ages Family Day, so kids are welcome!

Advance ticket packages are available through www.nanobeerfest.com that will get attendees more for their money: $20 for glass, and 15 tickets + the bonus 3-way collab beer. Join us to celebrate these rising stars!

Here is this years Brewery and Beer list:

April 26th, 27th and 28th 2019

Friday, April 26th  2pm – 10pm

Saturday, April 27th 12pm – 10pm

FAMILY DAY (All ages) Sunday, April 28th 12pm –5pm

John’s Marketplace

3535 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219




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15029475 – sheep farm on picturesque lofoten islands in norway

If you have kept your eyes on taplists around town, eyeing local breweries new one-off beers, you have probably seen a beer brewed with Kveik yeast. The Norwegian sourced yeast strain is known for it’s unique properties in both flavor profiles it develops as well as being known to handle extreme temperatures. Now, San Diego, CA-based White Labs is adding their own Kveik strain – WLP518 Opshaug Farmhouse Yeast-to their vault, making it available year-round to professional and homebrewers. The strain was sourced and isolated from a Norwegian farmhouse brewer.

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“Kveik strains are on the rise, but we didn’t want to add just any strain to our lineup,” said Chris White, founder, CEO and president of White Labs. “We’ve spent a lot of time studying different kveik strains and found that this is one of the best.”

The company worked with Lars Marius Garshol to source the culture kveik-style yeast from farmhouse brewer Harald Opshaug in Stranda, Norway. Opshaug used the strain for years, brewing kornøl-style raw ales with juniper branches and kveik like other brewers in the area until he was exposed to modern brewing theory, which teaches that this method of brewing is wrong. In an effort to stay current, Opshaug switched from the kveik to a commercially available strain, but he couldn’t bring himself to get rid of the kveik, which he calls “the good sort,” so he made it a point to keep it alive throughout the years.

Kveiks are known for their high-temperature tolerance and WLP518 Opshaug Farmhouse Yeast is no exception. Opshaug often pitched the yeast at 73-75°F (23-24°C), but the strain has handled up to 91°F (33°C). He would harvest yeast from the top after 30 hours, and the beer would be finished after 48-50 hours.

WLP518 Opshaug Farmhouse Yeast is being released through the White Labs Vault, making it available for professionals to order year-round. Homebrewers can pre-order it through The Vault for Homebrewers.

QUICK FACTS

  • Style Recommendation: IPA, pale ale
  • Alcohol Tolerance: Medium to High (8-12%)
  • Attenuation: 70-80%
  • Flocculation: Medium to High
  • Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 77-86℉ (25-30℃)
  • Strain description: Sourced from our friend Lars Marius Garshol, this kveik strain was isolated from a mixed culture which belonged to Harald Opshaug, a farmhouse brewer in Stranda, Norway. This strain was originally used in the 1990s to produce several kornøl-style beers. It is a clean fermenting yeast and has tolerated temperatures up to 91°F (33°C) while finishing fermentation within three to four days. The hop-forward, clean characteristics of this strain make it ideal for IPAs and pale ales.

For more information, visit whitelabs.com/yeastbank.

About White Labs

White Labs Inc. is an international company headquartered in San Diego that provides liquid yeast, fermentation products, services, analysis and education to professionals and enthusiasts alike. Continually raising the bar in the art of fermentation, White Labs stretches the limits of science to set new standards in purity and freshness. From the industry’s first pitchable liquid yeast to a complete revolution in the way it’s propagated and packaged, the White Labs innovative spirit is tireless. For more information on White Labs and its various products and services, please visit whitelabs.com.

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Wildcraft Cider Works will host their 2nd annual Fiddlehead Festival in Eugene, Oregon this April 26th and 27th. Wildcraft has also announced their next seasonal and their first ever “Cyser” (a hybrid mead-cider) in their Higher Arcana Series” called Beltane Dew. More info on that later…

Wildcraft’s Fiddlehead Festival celebrates the new season and features releases of cellared barrels of wild harvested ciders, live music, all-ages activities and more. This is a real showcase for natural preservation via untampered spring yeast cultures from the areas locally stewarded lands says the cidery. “Stand with us as we stomp down and rise up to advocate for another season of truly wild land health and proper wild-crafted cider fermentation” writes the cidery in a release.

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To help kick off the weekend on Friday, April 26th from 7-8pm, we will be hosting a light hearted conversation piece with special guest performances. Hear from an array of spirited activists from our greater community to offer you a glimpse into the world of Wildcraft and our mission to support our community. A moment not to be missed! Anyone through the door before 8pm gets free entry with a purchase of a bottle of our newly released “Beltane Dew”!

Our Friday featured guests include:

Anna Bradley – Whole Earth Nature School

Pablo Alvarez – Beyond Toxics

Dann Silva – Inspiring story teller/motivational speaker

Kyran J – Musician/aspiring Chef

Robin Chappell – Elementary School Educator
Weekend Schedule of Events…
Saturday’s Community Area – 
Photo Booth, School Garden ProjectMcKenzie River Trust, and Bumble Boutique

Food Service – 
Krob Krua Thai Family KitchenRed Five Hot Dogs, and Dominican Delights

Friday Music Line-up –Brandelyn Rose Band and Cedar Teeth

Saturday Music Line-up –World’s FinestSugar BeetsPetunia and the Vipers, and Jason Webley

Live Painting – 
Megan Leger of MjLeger Art on Friday and Saturday
Beltane Dew – Wildcraft’s first Cyser
Help us to unveil our first annual spring addition to our Seasonal “Higher Arcana Series”, the Beltane Dew! Following up from our fall release of Witches Brew, and Krampus from winter;  this first ever WildCraft Cyser is sweet merging of honey mead and wildcrafted heritage cider. This offering started with a small batch of organic mesquite flower honey that began to naturally ferment from theHummingbird Wholesale warehouse last February that was softened with water provided by McKenzie Mist directly out of Opal Springs. After a slow and clean wild ferment over 14 months, we continued with the addition of wild land harvested apples and botanical hydrosol to bring you spring inspired-seasonal cider, the Beltane Dew!
Community Lilac Drive is back!
We are opening our doors to accept your flowers in exchange for cider! Bring in your fresh flowers, get a pint of cider of your choice! We are open to barter for our3rd Annual Community Lilac Driveduring open Tasting Room hours at 232 Lincoln St .and at our Farmers Market booth on Saturday 9 am – 3pm. As part of our community drive series, For the Love of Lilac Cider is one of the most unique products we offer throughout the year with proceeds going to The School Garden Project

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Lucky Envelope Brewing of Seattle, Washington is celebrating their 4th anniversary in Ballard on Saturday, April 27th . Lucy Envelope will release new beers, new merch and have red envelope giveaways.

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“This year’s Anniversary celebration has cultural significance,” says co-founder Raymond Kwan. “The number four in Chinese tradition is unlucky because the Chinese word for the number sounds similar to the word death. Like some Western practices of excluding the 13th floor, you may find the 4th floor missing from some buildings in Asia.”

Lucky Envelope is releasing an Anniversary Hazy IPA brewed with Medusa, Mosaic, & Comet hops. In addition, they are releasing small batches of past customer favorites such as their Tea Smoked Helles Lager, Strawberry Milkshake IPA, & Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour. Rounding out this year’s anniversary lineup are a Blackberry Sour and Strawberry & Rhubarb Golden Strong Ale.

“We decided to re-release our Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour which we brewed with friend and homebrewer Blake Doepker as last year’s Pro-Am entry into the Washington Beer Awards, which won a silver medal,” says co-founder and Brewmaster Barry Chan. “As a brewer with homebrewing roots, I wanted to recognize the homebrewing community for being so amazing and supportive of Lucky Envelope.”

Lucky Envelope Brewing takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with New Year celebrations – of elders bestowing red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. Lucky Envelope is an award-winning family-friendly craft brewery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The brewery has garnered accolades since its May 2015 opening, including several medals at the 2017 & 2016 Washington Beer Awards, as well as at the prestigious 2015 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition.

Lucky Envelope Brewing, 907 NW 50th St, Seattle, WA 98107

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Goodlife Brewing and musician G. Love have collaborated again on G. Love’s Special Sauce The Juice IPA. The collaboration started last year when the Bend, OR-based brewery teamed up with G. Love to create the Danky Dankster. Year two’s collaboration sees the team-up ruminating on how to best create the juiciest of IPA’s and like before, there will be a concert/release party tour.

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GoodLife’s Co-owner, Ty Barnett, said “I am really looking forward to this year’s G. Love’s Special Sauce beer release. Last year’s was the first year, and when we mentioned we wanted to brew an IPA, he was like “Oh man, let’s make it a Danky Dank one!” Thus came the Danky Dankster IPA, and it was good! This year, our brewers and G. Love got to talking beer and they had been playing around with new yeasts and new hops that were really pulling out some huge orange, tangerine, and citrus flavors. As they were talking beer with G. Love, he said that he was working on a song called “The Juice” for his new album. So, this year we are presenting G.
Love’s Special Sauce – The Juice IPA! And it’s crazy good. I personally like it better than last year’s. I mean, they are both great beers, but The Juice is a lot easier drinking, citrus forward west coast style IPA that just makes you want to put on some great music on a sunny day.”




 The Juice is super citrusy but has the clarity you’ve been seeking. This IPA is bright pale yellow in color with a thick head and nice lacing on the glass. Utilizing 2-Row Pale and Pilsner base malts, along with a little Carapils malt and rolled oats, we have created layered, clean malt flavors that accentuate the nearly 3 lbs per barrel of hops used in this beer. Laced with Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic, Centennial, Amarillo and Comet hops, there are aromas that are both citrusy, slightly herbal, and of course, juicy.  A medium bodied beer with a crisp bitterness, the juicy/citrus notes come through with a subtle soft mouthfeel on this beer. G. Love’s Special Sauce is a juicy and drinkably pleasant IPA.

G. Love said “I was honestly worried about changing the flavor profile from last spring’s Danky Dankster IPA but one sip of The Juice had me grinning ear to ear. I truly believe we have concocted an even tastier brew. The Juice is the juiciest juice around. This super drinkable IPA is refreshingly delicious. There’s a lift at the finish which I describe as the “Juice Cloud.” I know it’s my beer, but honestly this is the best beer I’ve tasted possibly in my life.” When G and the brewers were discussing flavor profile, the brewers used the word “juicy” and G riffed on that and said, “let’s call it The Juice.” And by the way, his new single and record is called The Juice.

For the release of The Juice, we’ll be doing the GoodLife Brewing Presents G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA PNW Beer Release Tour with Live Shows and Beer Release Parties at the following places:

G. Love’s Special Sauce PNW Beer Tour – Live Shows & Beer Release Parties

6/15- Bend, OR– GoodLife Brewing’s 8th Anniversary Party

6/18- Eugene, OR– Follow us on Instagram for more info (@goodlifebrewing)

6/19- Tacoma, WA– Alma Mater (Fawcett Hall) 

G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA will be available in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Vermont, Chicago, Pennsylvania, and New York City from Mid-May thru September. G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA will be available in 1/6 BBL’s, 1/2 BBL’s, and six-packs of cans.
Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, performs with Spcial Sauce at the Aggie Theatre on Sept. 29, 2017. (Jack Starkebaum | Collegian)

The Juice is super citrusy but has the clarity you’ve been seeking. This IPA is bright pale yellow in color with a thick head and nice lacing on the glass. Utilizing 2-Row Pale and Pilsner base malts, along with a little Carapils malt and rolled oats, we have created layered, clean malt flavors that accentuate the nearly 3 lbs per barrel of hops used in this beer. Laced with Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic, Centennial, Amarillo and Comet hops, there are aromas that are both citrusy, slightly herbal, and of course, juicy.  A medium bodied beer with a crisp bitterness, the juicy/citrus notes come through with a subtle soft mouthfeel on this beer. G. Love’s Special Sauce is a juicy and drinkably pleasant IPA.

G. Love said “I was honestly worried about changing the flavor profile from last spring’s Danky Dankster IPA but one sip of The Juice had me grinning ear to ear. I truly believe we have concocted an even tastier brew. The Juice is the juiciest juice around. This super drinkable IPA is refreshingly delicious. There’s a lift at the finish which I describe as the “Juice Cloud.” I know it’s my beer, but honestly this is the best beer I’ve tasted possibly in my life.” When G and the brewers were discussing flavor profile, the brewers used the word “juicy” and G riffed on that and said, “let’s call it The Juice.” And by the way, his new single and record is called The Juice.

For the release of The Juice, we’ll be doing the GoodLife Brewing Presents G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA PNW Beer Release Tour with Live Shows and Beer Release Parties at the following places:

G. Love’s Special Sauce PNW Beer Tour – Live Shows & Beer Release Parties

6/15- Bend, OR– GoodLife Brewing’s 8th Anniversary Party

6/18- Eugene, OR– Follow us on Instagram for more info (@goodlifebrewing)

6/19- Tacoma, WA– Alma Mater (Fawcett Hall) 

G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA will be available in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Vermont, Chicago, Pennsylvania, and New York City from Mid-May thru September. G. Love’s Special Sauce IPA will be available in 1/6 BBL’s, 1/2 BBL’s, and six-packs of cans.

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Cider Riot, Portland’s homegrown nano cidery turned production space and taproom is celebrating their 6th anniversary today, Thursday, April 25th.

The lowkey taproom in inner northeast Portland has been home to traditional cider, punk rock and anti-fascist events while recently becoming targeted by Washington fascists.

Show Cider Riot a little support today from 5-8pm and throwdown with some vintage ciders and discounts on cider and merch.

Cider Riot will be pouring 6 vintages of 1763 Revolutionary West Country Cider including a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-released 2018 vintage. Tapping super limited casks of Kingston Black and Pyder a perry-cider blend. And, selling limited edition patches 2 for $6, and offering $6 six-packs of their Everyday line of hard ciders; Everyday Semi-Dry, Everyday Passionfruit, and Everyday Berry.

Cider Riot will also be debuting their new food menu with British-style options like hand pies and ploughman’s cheese and bread platters.

Cider Riot 6th Anniversary Party is Thursday, April 25th 5-8pm at 807 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232

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Oskar Blues Brewery out of Colorado is kicking off their new Steep Coast Mountain IPA Series with Steep Coast Strata Double IPA. The series highlights single hop varietals, focusing on new hops used in high quantities (nearly six pounds of hops per barrel.) Steep Coast Strata DIPA (8.0% ABV) is now available on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz cans in Oskar Blues taprooms and in select markets.

More from a press release:

At the first sip, Steep Coast Strata DIPA blasts off into a dank citrus stratosphere, through a far-out peach and stonefruit sky, then drifts via a passionfruit parachute back down to earth on sweet breezes. Strata, a sought-after varietal from Oregon State University’s lauded hop breeding program, is characterized by pronounced green cannabis notes.

Oskar Blues Head of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews, said the Steep Coast Mountain IPA Series demonstrates the importance of brewers being plugged into the hop development world.

“We collaborate with breeding programs and with farmers, and we travel to visit hop fields and experience the aroma on the bines,” said Matthews.
“Flavor is important, but so are sustainability and long-term viability.”

The brewery first trialed Strata in 2017 in small batch projects and is now stoked to feature the hop in a bold Double IPA created explicitly to emphasize its flavor and aroma. The series will exhibit a wide spectrum of hop flavors, with the goal of diversifying the craft beer lover’s Double IPA experience.

Zappa, Southern Passion and Enigma variations will appear in the rotating Steep Coast Mountain IPA Series later this year. Find Steep Coast Strata DIPA near you via the beerfinder.
WWW.OSKARBLUES.COM
About Oskar Blues BreweryFounded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned flagship brew, Dale’s Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas featuring Dale’s Pale Ale as the nation’s #3 top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets. Oskar Blues is available nationwide in the US and in over 20 countries. Oskar Blues Brewery is a proud member of CANarchy, a disruptive collective of like-minded craft brewers dedicated to bringing high-quality, innovative flavors to drinkers in the name of independent craft beer.

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Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery has announced the release of Spring seasonals Botanic Ale and Twilight Summer Ale. Botanic Ale is a new Gin-inspired beer and Twilight a long-time returning seasonal summer ale.

Botanic Ale – Inspired by a love of botanicals and gin, the spirit most famous for its use of botanicals, Botanic Ale is a lively union of juniper and hops joined by herbs, citrus and other botanicals Through the desire to find flavor drivers in nature beyond hops and malt, the quest for Botanic Ale began over 5 years ago following a project with Beers Made By Walking. Joining Deschutes Brewery’s most wild and creative beers in the Just Tapped Series, Botanic Ale ca be enjoyed unaided in a snifter or combined with a flavorful tonic in a refreshing Botanic Ale & Tonic concoction.

Botanic Ale is available in 12 oz, 6-pack bottles in Deschutes Brewery’s full distribution footprint for a limited time in the Just Tapped Series and is the newest addition to Deschutes Brewery’s Variety Pack, available everywhere Deschutes Brewery beer is sold.

7% ABV and 15 IBU’s.

Twilight – Back by popular demand for another year and strutting Deschutes’ new packaging, Twilight Summer Ale is ringing in this summer season. Twilight’s bright and crisp flavor profile creates this easy-drinking craft beer with a distinctive malt body that complements a refreshing hop profile led by an aromatic dose of bold Amarillo hops. This golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean and pairs perfectly with summer’s extended evenings.

Twilight is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft everywhere Deschutes Brewery beer is sold.

5% ABV and 38 IBUs.

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9th annual hard cider festival returns June 21-22nd to The Fields park in Northwest Portland.


Oregon’s largest hard cider festival, the Cider Summit Portland, will return to The Fields Park at 1099 NW Overton St. in Portland’s Pearl District. The 2019 lineup features nearly 200 hard ciders from cideries across the country, many of whom will be in attendance.

More from a press release:

Event hours are Friday, June 21, from 3pm to 8pm (a VIP session allows early entry at 2pm); and Saturday, June 22, from Noon to 5pm. The last pour is 15 minutes prior to the close of each session.

Hard cider continues to be among the fastest growing beverage alcohol categories in the United States, with sales increasing from $44 million in 2008 to $506 million in 2018; last year’s sales were up 8.4% from the year before. Local craft cider sales in Oregon grew 30% in 2018, and those brands are outselling national ones.

Cider Summit Portland takes place during Oregon Cider Week, an event put on by the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA). According to NWCA Executive Director Emily Ritchie, “Our community of local, craft cidermakers are thriving and innovating, creating unusual ciders that celebrate what’s grown here. People are constantly amazed at the variety of ciders now available here in the Pacific Northwest; Cider Summit Portland is an excellent opportunity to sample so many ciders in one place.”

In addition to cider tasting, Cider Summit Portland will also feature a number of food vendors, including an exclusive Oregon Cider Week Donut by Blue Star Donuts; a dog lounge; live music; a heritage cider pavilion showcasing traditional cider making from the orchard; a cider cocktail lounge; and an on-site retail store featuring select cider bottles and cans to go.

Several of the cidermakers will also participate in the 5th annual Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge, creating specialty pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Products puree; attendees vote on their favorite ciders  via text, and the winners are announced at the conclusion of the event on Saturday.

Event tickets are on sale now at www.cidersummit.com; discounted tickets are available through May 31. General admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 12 tasting tickets and cost $25 if purchased before June 1; $30 if purchased between June 1 and June 20; and $35 at the gate. VIP tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, 16 tasting tickets, and one-hour early admission on opening day and cost $35 if purchased before June 1, and $40 if purchased between June 1 and June 20; quantities are limited and VIP tickets may not be purchased at the gate. Designated driver tickets are available for $5 only at the gate and include a bottle of water. Minors are not allowed at the festival.

Cider samples cost one ticket for a taste, with additional tasting tickets available onsite. All tickets allow reentry on Friday and Saturday with an attached wristband and the current year’s tasting glass. 

Cider Summit Portland is presented by Cider Bite Cider House. Supporting sponsors include Ilani, Oregon Fruit Products, Seattle Cider, Portland Pet Food Co., Canopy by Hilton Hotel, Portland Streetcar, and Maletis Beverage. Media partners include 94/7 Alternative Portland, Portland Mercury, and CIDERCRAFT Magazine. The event is a benefit for Cascade Blues Association, Northwest Cider Assn., DoveLewis Emergency Pet Hospital, and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. 

For more information, visit CiderSummit.com and follow @CiderSummit on social media, hashtag #CiderSummitPDX.

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The Portland, Oregon-Based Cidery has announced new year-round hard ciders in cans.
Alter Ego Cider, has announced the release of their The Brut and The Guardian Angel ciders in 12oz cans and 6-packs that will be available year-round. Alter Ego is a Portland-based small artisan cidery partly owned by Helioterra Wines owner/winemaker Anne Hubatch will move into their own space at 2025 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 with a new tasting room this June, 2019.

More from a press release:

The Brut is a lightly sparkling, off-dry pure apple cider, made from a blend of locally grown apples. The fruit is fresh pressed and cool fermented, developing nuanced and elegant texture and aromatics, retaining the distinct characteristics of Pacific Northwest-grown apples. The suggested retail price for a six-pack of 12 oz. cans is $12.99.

The Guardian Angel ($14.99 per six-pack of 12 oz. cans) is a semi-sweet cider made with Northwest apples and antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates, with a deep garnet color and a refreshing flavor.

The Dark Royale, a previously keg-only cider soon to be released in cans, is made from a blend of locally grown apples and black currants, with just a hint of sweetness.

Alter Ego Cider produces food-friendly ciders using distinctly wine-like techniques, with co-owner and winemaker Anne Hubatch and winemaker-turned-cidermaker Robert Lauer leading the production. An “alter ego” for their winemaking identities, the cidery gives Hubatch and Lauer an opportunity for a wider range of creative experimentation. Alter Ego offers seasonal ciders in keg, in addition to their year-round offerings of The Brut and The Guardian Angel.

“We’re excited to offer our customers a new convenient and sustainable option,” said co-owner Anne Hubatch. “The Brut and The Guardian Angel are both representative of our cidermaking style and the Northwest flavors we love, and we are excited to be able to share them in this new popular format with a wider audience.”

These canned ciders are distributed in five states: Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.

In June 2019, Alter Ego will open a taphouse at 2025 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. Adjacent to the production space, the taphouse will serve Alter Ego’s flagship ciders and seasonal offerings.
ABOUT ALTER EGO CIDER

Alter Ego Cider, an artisanal cidery owned and operated by winemakers in Portland, Oregon, produces food-friendly ciders using Northwest-grown apples. Acting on a desire to experiment with new flavors and ingredients not found in wine, friends and winemakers Nate Wall, Kris Wall, and Anne Hubatch launched the cidery in 2014, with co-owner Kevin Bates joining the team in 2018. Alter Ego’s flagship ciders and small-batch seasonal offerings are made using white winemaking techniques and slow, cool fermentations to develop nuanced and elegant aromatics and flavors. Associate Cidermaker Robert Lauer brought his extensive winemaking and cidermaking background to the team in 2018, employing both traditional and modern techniques to capture depth and texture for well-balanced, engaging ciders. Alter Ego Cider will open a taphouse in Portland in June 2019.
 

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