McMenamins has been crafting cider to serve in our pubs since 1992, offering clean, crisp flavors that highlight the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Using quality juices pressed from neighboring orchards in the Columbia River Gorge, we craft this gluten-free cider year-round at Edgefield Winery. The apples pressed off for our cider are primarily a blend of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious (added for color), Granny Smith (for acidity), and Fuji, Galas, and Honeycrisp (to increase sweetness). All of our ciders are lightly carbonated, just under 7% ABV and made with gluten-free ingredients.
The freshly pressed juice arrives at the Edgefield Winery, where it is pumped into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Employing a cool fermentation to maintain as much of the fresh apple aromas as possible, we ferment the cider until it is completely dry. A bit of fresh-pressed apple juice is then blended back into the hard cider for some sweetness and to balance the acidity. We keg the cider with some CO2 spritz, and ship it off to all of our locations to enjoy!
Available Year Round
Pale yellow gold in color, Edgefield Cider has aromas of fresh apple, apple skin, and pie spices. Lively on the tongue, fresh apple flavor dominates with hints of pear and honey. Crisp and refreshing, the sweetness in this semi-sweet cider is balanced out by tart acidity.
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.
Our pomegranate cider is crafted with those unexpectedly gorgeous winter sunny days and the warming weather in mind. The tartness of the pomegranate is balanced with the crispness and sweetness of the apple, making for a refreshing quaff rain or shine.
Our newest seasonal cider packs a (fruit) punch! The trio of peach, pineapple, and pomegranate juices is the perfect blend of sweet, tropical and tart, and will leave you wanting another sip. Three cheers for TriPPPy!
Blueberry Peach Cider
Sweet tart blueberries and juicy peaches combine for a perfect summer cider. Best paired with lazy days and warm summer nights.
Crangerine Dream Cider
This seasonal offering is a bright garnet color with citrus and cranberry notes that pair perfectly with holiday meals and nights with friends. Try a pint and you’ll get a special Passport stamp as well.
Edgefield Estate Cider
Rich and layered, this complex, unfiltered, barrel-aged dry cider is stylistically similar to those made in the Basque region of Spain. The cider is strong and tart, with a rustic nose encompassing baked apple and a hint of caramel. On the palate, the farmhouse character comes through. It is bright and spicy, with citrus notes and an undercurrent of fresh-baked bread. We make this cider using a “solera” system, where we hold back cider from previous vintages and blend it with the most recent cider, allowing us to capture the wild flavors we are seeking and ensure that they continue vintage to vintage.