Yes, there is still time to enjoy the hard cider festivities—there’s a bunch of good stuff happening over the weekend. Here are a few highlights, but check out the website here, for the comprehensive list.
Cider pub Bushwhacker obviously have a load going on—perhaps the most fun is on Friday, when the Brewvana bus collects drinkers from the pub (they are given a can of Cascadia to keep them happy) and drops them off at Reverend Nat’s taproom. Here, they get to taste some British ciders, before hopping back on the bus to try some completely different French ciders at Bushwhacker. There are native cheeses, too! English and French Cider Experience, Bushwhacker Cider, 1212 SE Powell, June 27, 6pm, $25
St. Honoré Boulangerie has been embracing Cider Week, offering unique cider cocktails and desserts all week. They also have a cider happy hour with live music from Djangophiles (French-style gypsy jazz) and pourings from five cider makers. Plus, there’s an Alsatian happy hour food menu. St. Honoré Boulangerie, 3333 SE Division, June 27, 6pm, $6 tasting fee
Reverend Nat’s themselves will be celebrating their taproom’s first anniversary with a special event on Saturday featuring rare ciders from the cellar, the unveiling of a new 12-tap cider keg cooler serving other Northwest ciders, and free pizza. Reverend Nat’s Cidery & Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd, June 28, from 12 noon
Phantom Rabbit Farm and chef Mark Wooten are offering a multi-course dinner paired with ciders from Reverend Nat’s (yes, again. But the cider is great, so who cares). Dishes will be based around whatever has been harvested that day from the farm in the West Hills, as well as locally sourced beef and fish. Phantom Rabbit Farm to Table Dinner, 13130 NW Springville Lane, June 29, 5pm, $85
New urban cidery Alter Ego (whose members have winemaking experience for Helioterra, Whoa Nelly Wines and Guild Winemakers) released their first two ciders this week, a fresh-pressed apple cider and a raspberry version. They are both now available on tap at Coopers Hall, where it's made, but 1856 has a special tasting where you can meet the cider makers. 1856, 1465 NE Prescott, June 29, 3-5pm
Finally Bar Vivant has a unique, and possibly raucous, event to wrap the week up—they're having a ‘TXOTX’ party, which is based on how cider is traditionally drunk in the Basque region of Spain. Basically the cider shoots from a barrel and you catch as much as you can in your glass. Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside, June 29, 4-7pm, $20 for all the cider you can catch, plus one tapas
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