You may recall last September seeing promotional materials for a block party in the southern part of the neighborhood. That same weekend Portland had that unseasonal cold rainy and windy storm. The block party was supposed to be Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider welcome to the neighborhood. Unfortunately it did not happen, but Rev Nat’s is still here.
The cidery and public taproom is located in the newly refurbished “Trade Bindery” building. The bulk of their space is the cidery where apples are turned into bubbly beverages. However, they reserved a small portion for the “public taproom” where you can go and taste a flight of cider, get a pint, or buy a bottle to take with you.
The taproom has a very comfortable feel due to the salvaged wood that is prominent in the tables, seating, bar and wall. Behind the taps, out in the open, is the equipment where their mission “the Apple’s deepest purpose is realized”. Being there makes you feel like you are part of the action.
Most of Rev Nat’s dry and off-dry cider is on tap and available for you to taste. If you want to get a good feel for different types of cider get the tasting flight. You’ll be surprised at the variety – some of which contain unexpected ingredients like apricots, hops, ginger, cherry or pineapple. Often they will also have a non-carbonated “true English” style that will challenge your perception of cider. Undoubtedly you will taste something you really like and want to take home, so bring a growler, or you can purchase bottles to go.