Edgefield Hard Cider
People are rediscovering hard cider to be a lighter alternative to wine and beer, with its clean crisp flavors offering another option to enjoy the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. With unparalleled access to quality juices pressed from neighboring orchards, McMenamins has been fermenting dry apple cider since 1992. Our apples are in cold storage in order to provide our production with fresh-pressed apple juice throughout the year.
Hard Apple Cider - On tap year ’round
Apples used in our cider are a blend, including: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious (added for color) and Granny Smith (for acidity)—as well as Fuji, Galas and Honeycrisp (to increase sweetness).
Ginger Perry - Currently on tap!
Just as “cider” is made from fermented apples, “perry” is made from fermented pears. (Whereas “pear cider” is fermented apple juice with unfermented pear juice blended back for flavor). Our perry is off-dry, with a smidge of fresh ginger. It is crisp and refreshing, and pairs well with Asian-inspired dishes.
In the summer of 2013, we began to experiment with the production of specialty seasonal ciders. Many of these will return throughout the course of the year...
A subtle addition of winter spices rounds out this year's journey into the evolving world of McMenamins seasonal ciders. A harmonious infusion of dried sweet orange peel, whole vanilla beans, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh lemon zest, and a hint of ginger brings a seasonal flair to a base of freshly fermented apple juice
A balanced cider blending more of the slightly tart and astringent pomegranate, and a little less of the sweeter apple. The lighter color and refreshing crispness is a fine accompaniment to the summer months.
In this cider, we’ve combined the apples’ crispness with the overt fruitiness of the blackberry. Dark garnet in color, the aromas of fresh blackberries burst from the glass. The slightly tannic and tart blackberry component is balanced out by a small amount of residual sugar, while the fermented apple rounds out the mid-palate and finish.