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If you live in Eugene like I do you may have seen 2 Towns ciders being sold pretty much all over the city. That would make sense because Eugene is one of the two towns in 2 Towns and where they sell most of their cider. The other town is Corvallis where they are located. I was pleased to learn that they only use North West apples from local growers and from their own orchard which was planted in 2012. From the homepage of their website 2townsciderhouse.com:
“At 2 Towns Ciderhouse our aim is Damn Fine Cider. This means cider produced using the best the Northwest has to offer, superior brewing standards, innovation and a lot of love. We insist on using only the finest freshpressed 100% NW apples in our ciders. We never take shortcuts in the cider-making process, and never add any sugar or essence flavorings, but instead let the fresh, naturally fermented ingredients speak for themselves.”
My girlfriend, Summer and I recently took a trip to the coast for a few days. She being a big fan of Two Towns Cider, we planned our return journey to bring us along highway 34 so we could visit their ciderhouse. Tim, the bartender that afternoon, greeted us as we walked in. He first asked me what I was interested in trying and I said that Summer was the cider fan and I wasn’t really that into it. I was about to find out just how wrong I was about that. I realized that they had about a dozen ciders on tap that I had never heard of. I am used to the 2 Towns ciders I see sold in cans in stores; Ginja Ninja and Outcider to name a couple of favorites, but what I saw on the menu board was a list of things I felt I just had to try while I had the chance. Tim first suggested their newest cider, Return of the Mac made from McInstosh apples. I loved it and decided to continue sampling ciders I had never tried before. I was curious about the name of one, Serious Scrump, so I asked. Tim explained that it is an old tradition to make a scrump, where everyone contributes whatever leftover apples they have each year and they make a cider out of it. So it sounds like nobody knows exactly what it will taste like and no two scrumps are ever the same. It was a serious scrump indeed, a pleasant mix of flavors. The description on the 2 Towns website describes it as “a dry cider made in a bold Northwest fashion. An eclectic blend of apples are pressed, frozen and then slowly thawed, resulting in a thick, aromatic juice. The juice is then cold fermented with traditional English cider yeast.” I then tried a sip of what Summer was drinking, a wintery candied ginger cider that was served hot. Tim poured for us from a bottle a sample of their special 5th Anniversary Bittersweet Heirloom cider which I loved, and I followed that with a sample of their limited release, Dark Currant. More from their website on the Dark Currant; “Harvested from NW farms, local black currants are fermented during the cold winter, on Oregon-grown white oak. A strong oak profile backs the complex berry aromas.” Another winner in my opinion. We did not try everything they had but after enjoying every single sample I tried, I decided that I would have to return every time I made a trip up to Corvallis. If you enjoy the taste of hopped ciders they have a few of those as well, though I did not try any myself. With such an extensive variety, I think it’s safe to say they have something for everyone. The 2 Towns Ciderhouse is located at 33930 SE Eastgate Cir, in Corvallis. Minors are not permitted in the Ciderhouse and remember Beard Chewers, please drink responsibly. I left very satisfied with a bottle of their 5 Year Anniversary cider that Summer and I saved for a special occasion. Check them out when you get a chance. Cheers! - Keith Fox
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