Perhaps one day I will write a book on all the reasons I love Portland. Last night, I have the pleasure to meet Tim, one of two guys who are changing the hard cider game. Together, they have founded OutCider. A clever play on words, I have to say, they make an amazeball hard cider.
Tasting their first batch last night at Hop & Vine, the OutCider (6.8% ABV) was a crisp dry cider with a distinct taste of apple. They get their apples locally (e.g. within 100 miles) and press them within the neighborhood of NE (for you non-locals, that’s considered ‘close-in’ to the core of Portland). Having felt like an outsider after discovering an allergy to malted wheat, Tim wanted to create a healthy gluten-free alternative to all the heavily-sugared ciders on the market. Tim’s partner, Adrian, has a solid background in the beverage industry having brewed is own root beer and Kombucha. With their friend Matthew Naylor, who does the design of the unique labels, they have a pretty solid product. They are nearly out of their first batch (nab one at Hope & Vine), with their 2nd release due out in the next few weeks.
I look forward to batch #2 and seeing how these motivated guys do in a craft-brew city.