Food & Drink

We go hard: Portland's 6 best cider bars

Published On 05/07/2014 Published On 05/07/2014
Bushwhacker Cider
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
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Portland Cider Co.
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1. Bushwhacker Cider 1212 SE Powell Blvd, Ste D, Portland, OR 97202

With over 280 bottles and the title of first US cider pub, Bushwhacker is serious about their cider. Stop in for one of their brewed-in-house small batches, or one of the many "guest ciders" they carry.

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2. Reverend Nat's Hard Cider 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Reverend Nat's is a cider bar boasting a tasting room, plus cider styles that truly run the gamut, including both dry and off-dry options. With a mind for sustainability, these guys are using local apples from Willamette and Yakima Valleys.

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3. APEX 1216 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

If you're into beer, you need to get to APEX ASAP. This SE Portland bar has 50+ beers for you to try, and we're willing to bet you haven't even heard of most of their offerings, like Racer 5 IPA, Omega Session, and, best of all, the 10.5% ABV Danish import Pride of Nekron. If you're not satisfied with beer alone, APEX has also got an outdoor cigar bar.

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4. Saraveza 1004 N Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217

More bottle shop than sports bar, Saraveza's Wisconsin roots mean their huge roster of craft brews gets paired with Cheesehead favorites (Nueske's meats, a housemade brat with Carlton farms pork) on game day, along with a schload of sausage and tasty pasties, because it can get nipply in Green Bay.

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5. Portland Cider Company 275 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045

It may be off the beaten bath, but this Oregon City cidery bottles and sells their own top-notch cider made from local, Northwest grown apples.