Did you know that the Pacific Northwest is the biggest pear-growing region in the United States? Many other fruit varieties are grown here as well! This is one of the only places in the US that you can see every stage of a fruit’s life: growth, production, and enjoyment by all. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to try some of our Hood River cider. This hard cider is fresh, delicious, and full of local flavor.
4 of the Best Places to Get Hood River Cider
1. Slopeswell Cider
You can try Slopeswell Cider in Hood River, OR, at their taproom or at some local eateries on draft. Their story is an interesting one: the founders both began in two separate cider distilleries. After finding out that they shared both a passion in cider making and needed a space for a bigger distillery, they decided to join forces. Together, they have come up with some of the most popular types of Hood River cider! Cider categories include dry, fruited, and specialty.
2. Hood River Ciderworks
After years of becoming experts in wine making and fruit growing, the founders of Hood River Ciderworks decided to get into the art of cider making. These ciders are created at the Mt. Hood Winery, however, you can only find these delicious brews at local bars. At this time, they are only selling kegs to their favorite local eateries. This ensures that their ciders are fresh and environmentally friendly since they create no waste with cans and bottles!
3. Fox Tail Cider
The story of Fox Tail Cider starts all the way back in the 1800s when a German immigrant began growing apples in Hood River to export back to Europe. At each harvest, he would let some of the apples ferment in a barrel to drink on special occasions. Now, 5 generations later, his ancestors have expanded his crops from just apples to pears, cherries, peaches, and more. Starting in 2009, the family began to retest some hard ciders. They became a hit, and the rest is history. Now, you can visit their taproom Friday through Sunday to try their 10 varieties of Hood River cider.
4. Crush Cider Cafe
You’ll love visiting the Crush Cider Cafe! Sit at the cider bar to try some of their 18 rotating taps of hard cider and 2 of beer. You’ll find a delicious combination of both local Hood River cider and regional brews. Get a sampler tray or indulge in a glass of your favorite. This cider bar is open year-round, but in warm weather we recommend sitting outside in the garden.
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