Reverend Nat West (yes, he really is a Reverend) started his Hard Cider journey from a friend’s apple trees with lots of extra apples. What started with 5 gallons of hard cider in his garage has turned into using 200 million of apples per year to create over 20,000 gallon of cider in inventory in a warehouse turned cidery in the Eliot neighborhood.
Using knowledge from being, as West says, a “craft beer revolutionary”, he experimented with beer yeasts, wild fermentations, Belgian ale spices, aromatic west coast hops and fruit juices. Referring to his vast library of cider-making books (the largest cider library in Portland), and striving for superior ingredients, West has recreated forgotten cider styles and fermenting techniques.
Now, more than a half a dozen varieties of cider with as many different tastes are created right around the corner from your house and the largest number of taps in Portland (12 to be exact). You are sure to find something you like so stop by for a taste at the taproom and take home a growler. They also sponsor many events throughout the year so check out their website for more information.