Oregon Cider Week 2016, Thursday June 17 to Sunday June 26
Find us online: #ORCW2016
Thursday June 16
Cider Appreciation Class 7-10 PM
Over the course of three hours, “students” will taste 20+ ciders alongside me, all the while discussing the history of cider, regional differences in cidermaking techniques, and the developing cider culture in the US. The ciders we will drink include traditional English Westcountry, French style from Normandy, Spanish Basque and Asturian, and the emerging American style. Nearly everything we drink will be apple-only; there is just that much variety! This event is held in the taproom, is $45 per person and “class” size is limited to 32. Please arrive at 7 pm well-fed since we will serve no food. Advance registration required, seating is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-567-2221 to reserve your space.
Friday June 17
Cider Summit Portland, 3-8 PM
I will be out in full force for this 6th anniversary event. Over 150 ciders from dozens of producers across the Northwest and around the world will be showcased. I will be pouring my new Sacrilege Sour Cherry with ghost chile, The Passion aged on hand toasted coconut, the crowd-pleaser pineapple ¡Tepache! served with beer, and a Summit exclusive Whiskey Barrel Aged Golden Russet with Black Currant which is my entry in the Fruit Cider Challenge as well as being a collaboration with Wandering Aengus. 21+ only, early bird tickets are $30 and available online: https://cidersummit.boldtypetickets.com and more details here: http://www.cidersummitnw.com/portlandeventinfo.html
Geek in the City watches Tombstone Movie drinking “I’m your Huckleberry” cider, Starting 9:03 PM
After drinking cider all evening at the summit, cruise over the Broadway bridge to the Taproom to watch a movie as my favorite Portland pop culture podcast Geek in the City records a live show, performing MST3K-style off the cuff commentary of the 1993 classic western Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott & Bill Paxton. Keep your festival wristband on for $1 off all 12 oz. cider pours, including a one-night-only exclusive cider “I’m your Huckleberry”. Movie starts at sundown, 9:03 PM, free.
Saturday June 18
Cider Summit Portland, 12-5 PM
Day two of the premier cider festival in Oregon. Check out my new Sacrilege Sour Cherry with ghost chile, The Passion aged on hand toasted coconut, the crowd-pleaser pineapple ¡Tepache! served with beer, and a Summit exclusive Whiskey Barrel Aged Golden Russet with Black Currant. 21+ only, early bird tickets are $30 and available online: https://cidersummit.boldtypetickets.com and more details here: http://www.cidersummitnw.com/portlandeventinfo.html
Cider Summit Afterparty, 5-11 PM
Done with the Summit and want more cider? Come on over to the taproom for $1 off all 12 oz. cider pours with your Summit wristband including many ciders I didn’t bring to the Summit. My buddy DJ Jimbo will be spinning all night long!
La Ruta del Toro at Plaza del Toro, 7 PM
Join me for a Basque style dinner with the Toro Bravo team in their new Plaza del Toro private event space and gastronomic society. I have been making a Basque influenced cider called Sidra Bravo for the new Pollo Bravo restaurant in downtown Portland’s Pine Street Market which focuses on Spanish-style rotisserie chicken and tapas. This dinner will highlight my Sidra Bravo and features tapas and more. $75 per person. This event will certainly sell out so call (503) 764-9678 or email email@example.com to reserve your space.
Cider Cocktails with Darlene Hayes at Bushwhacker Woodlawn, 6-9 pm
Bushwhacker Woodlawn hosts Darlene Hayes, author of Cider Cocktails, for a fun night of cider cocktails. Using mostly Reverend’s Nat Hard Cider for the base, with fun additions surely to please and inspire. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723676057889123/
Sunday June 19
Portland International Cider Cup Judging, 10-4 PM
Join me in the taproom for the final Cup round of the 4th Annual Portland International Cider Cup, the northwest’s premier cider competition, organized by the Northwest Cider Association. Watch celebrity judges award the Cup, schmooze with industry players and taste the winners starting around 4 PM (time is tenative depending on judging progess in this all-day competition).
Chocoholics Anonymous Cider Pairing
At The Beermongers, final event for Portland Beer Week event, enjoy Sacrilege Sour Cherry paired with spicy chocolate from TBD.
Tuesday June 21
Lorrie’s Gold and Revival Dry 2015 Release Party, 4-10 PM
Two ciders with English bittersweet apples will be released on one day in my Public Taproom. Lorrie’s Gold is a memorial cider for our friend the late great Lorrie Skurdahl, a pioneer of true cider in the Pacific Northwest. I made my first batch of this cider in 2012, and now three harvest years later, I’m very excited to release a new version of this award winner, made using only fruit grown by her family orchard in Sherwood. I’m also bringing back Revival Dry, which hasn’t had a release since 2012. This bone-dry cider is a blend of English and French bittersweet and bittersharp apples combined with American variety heirloom apples. Despite sharing the base name with my flagship Revival Hard Apple, it doesn’t taste much like it. Come clear up any confusion at this event by drinking both side by side. I’ll have the new 2015 Lorrie’s Gold available for glass pours and bottles to-go and Revival Dry on draft and bottles.
Wednesday June 22
OMSI After Dark, 7-11 PM
Grow your cider know-how at OMSI After Dark. Drink up at their 3rd annual Ciderfest. We will be sampling Sacrilege Sour Cherry and The Passion alongside over 20 other cideries from across the Pacific Northwest. And be sure to join me for my presentation “Reverend Nat’s Cider Secrets Revealed” where I’ll tell you all the rules I break in making cider. 21+ only. Advance purchase recommended.
Randall Night, 4-10 PM
Bar-sensei Jim “lost” a rare keg last year in his stash, and will be bringing it out for this night only. Not content to just serve a tasty cider, he is insisting on passing it through our homemade randall. I have no idea what ingredients he is planning on stuffing in there (not just hops, I’m sure!) but expect something intense. Visit my taproom for the fun, 21+ only.
Thursday June 23
Revival Night at the Taproom, 4-10 PM
At least once a month I find myself mixing a new flavor into my flagship Revival Hard Apple. So far I’ve tried peaches, bourbon barrel aging, other ciders, paw paws, brandy, oranges, and a wide variety of hops. So why not make a bunch more blends of Revival and other flavors and put them all on tap at one time? That’s the recipe for this awesome evening. But wait, there’s more! Way back in the summer of ‘15, I worked with Face Rock Creamery out of Bandon Oregon on a Revival-soaked cheddar. They reduced the cider to a syrup and mixed it into their cheddar curds. I’ve since eaten my fair share of this delicious combination, but what to do with an entire half wheel left over? Give it to Grassa and have them make a cider-cheese mac and cheese, of course! I’ll have a tray of this gooey awesomeness available in the taproom for one night only. No advance tickets needed, just show up!
Tap Takeover at Belmont Station, 5-8 PM
Belmont Station will have four taps of Reverend Nat’s for your OR Cider Week pleasure. Pouring Revival, Hallelujah Hopricot, Sacrilege Sour Cherry and The Passion.
Friday, June 24
Barrels and Tanks and Totes, Oh My! 5-7 PM
Have you ever tasted a 15% ABV cider right out of a bourbon barrel? How about an imperial Newtown Pippin cider in a red wine barrel aging on kiwis? How about a cherry-chile cider in a used Cascade Barrel House port barrel? No? Well now’s your chance. Join my friend Dwight and I while we taste through about a dozen barrels of cider, drink apple juice actively fermenting into cider straight from the tank and dip a wine theif into totes of rare cider. Ask questions, drink quite a lot and take home a bottle of rare barrel aged cider, all included in this special night. $60 includes an hour-plus tour, a rare bottle, and cheese & charcuterie to nibble on. Advance registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-567-2221 to reserve your space.
Cider fun at Loyal Legion, 5-8 PM
Cider-infused food offerings. A special cask. Come check it out at the Loyal Legion.
Saturday June 25
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider 3rd Anniversary Party, 12-11 PM
Here it is: The party I’ve been waiting for. Join me at the entire Rev Nat’s crew as we celebrate three full years in our Cidery & Public Taproom. I’ll bring out the jockey boxes to showcase 20 ciders including 12 from my stash and 8 guests ciders of the highest caliber as well as a cider cocktail on tap. Remember last year with the kiddie pools filled with ice water and the misters? Expect more of that! My friends from the community radio station Free Form 90.3 will be spinning tunes well into the evening and I’ll most likely have food carts slinging deliciousness (stay tuned for that detail). Birthday cake at 8 pm! The street shall be closed for this awesome 21+ only party. No advance tickets, just pay as you go.
Sunday June 26
Pomme Boots Society Cider Brunch, 10:30 AM
And from my friends at Pomme Boots:
Close out Oregon Cider Week in style with Pomme Boots Society Cider Brunch at Old Salt Marketplace on Sunday, June 26th at 10:30am. Join the ladies of cider at one of Portland’s favorite brunch locales for a mouth-watering five course cider paired brunch featuring offerings from Reverend Nat’s, Finnriver, Schilling and Cider Riot! Guests will be greeted with a cider cocktail, dine with local cidermakers and enjoy a custom, seasonally inspired menu of house-made local fare. $45 per person, limited seating available. For advance ticket purchase go to http://pommebootsciderbrunch.bpt.me. For questions email email@example.com.
Tent Show Release Party for Annelies & Cider Bottle Share, 2-5 PM
Tent Show Bottle Club members descend upon the Taproom to enjoy June’s release of the ultra-rare Annelies, a methode ancestrale elderflower wine from the Dreilændereck. Upon joining the Club, you get access to monthly releases of super small batch ciders, but unfortunately the Club is full for 2016. And for an Oregon Cider Week twist, bring a bottle of cider to share with other fervent ciderists in a cider bottle share open to the general public. You do not have to be a Tent Show Bottle Club member to join the bottle share.