Oregon Cider Week begins Thursday, June 18th and wraps up on Saturday, the 27th. Last year we sampled products from all over the globe and so we are happy to announce that with an increased-availability of Oregon ciders that we are able to have cider week completely home grown! Here’s the list of what’s going on this week:
EZ Orchards, Salem, Thurs. 6.18.15 4:00 p - 6:00 p
2 Towns Cider House, Corvallis, Friday, 6.19.15, 4:00 p - 6:00 p
Traditions Ciderworks, Corvallis, Saturday, 6.20.15, 2:00 p - 5:00 p
WildCraft Cider, Eugene, Sunday, 6.21.15, Noon - 4:00 p
Kalamata Bistro, Cider Dinner, Monday, 6.22.15, 5:00 p - 8:00 p
Apple Outlaw, Jacksonville, Tuesday, June 6.23.15, 3:00 p - 6:00 p
Baird & Dewar Farmhouse Cider, Salem, Wednesday, 6.24.15, 4:00 p - 6:00 p
Reverend Nats, Portland, Thursday, 6.25.15, 4:00 p -6:00 p
Wandering Aengus, Salem, Friday, 6.26.15, 2:00 p - 5:00 p
Cider Riot, Portland, Saturday, 6.27.15, 2:00 p - 5:00 p
TBA, Sunday, 6.28.15, Noon - 4:00 p
Except for the cider dinner, all of the tastings are free with a 10% discount on any of the featured ciders.
According to my latest Beverage World magazine, the top 20 cider producers, in the United States, produced $378 million in 2014 sales, up 72% from the previous year! In this elitest 20 producers, at number 19 is Citizen Cider of McMinnville, 16th is our boys from Corvallis, 2 Towns and at number 15 is Square Mile. When you look at these 3 Oregon producers you will notice that they are all small, family-run operations that pulled themselves up from the bootstraps. Cider is in an exciting growth spurt at this moment with lots of movement toward starting new cideries, planting cider-specific orchards and refining recipes based on old-fashioned sensibilities as well as newer trendsetting possibilities.
The Kalamata Bistro cider dinner costs $50 for a pairing of 15 ciders and four courses of savory treats expertly assembled by Jake Oliver. Jake’s fledgling catering business can be seen at the Corvallis Saturday Market as well as at specialty events such as Septembeerfest, Dark Days Ale Festival, deGarde releases and private functions. The dinner will be buffet style with the ciders grouped into 4 categories: Dry - charcuterie board with our own Max’s eggs! Tart/Sour - a local salad with crustinis. 3rd - Wild with lamb caprese skewers and endive boats. 4th - Sweet with a deconstructed strawberry shortcake. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm and are scheduled to wrap up around 8:00 pm. If you think you love cider this is one event not to miss!
To RSVP come into the shop for a ticket or call down to be added to our list. We are limited to 20 attendees!