Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cider Fruit Orchards on the Way

Last Thursday, I headed out to visit three cideries with Michael Kiser from Good Beer Hunting. We are collaborating on a few articles about cider-making in the Pacific Northwest. Over the next few months, I'll post longer pieces about EZ Orchards, Rack and Cloth, Reverend Nat's, and Bull Run Cider. On Thursday we were visiting places so Michael could get some photos--he's a wonderful photographer--and I snapped a few, too.

As a preview of coming attractions, let me show you the new orchards at Rack and Cloth and Bull Run which are just on the cusp of bearing cider-ready fruit. Because of the time it takes trees to mature, there's been a lag in the market between the time cider got popular and when cider-makers are going to start being able to make more distinctive products out of their own fruit. Here's a taste of the future.

Rack and Cloth (Mosier, Oregon)


Chickens roaming through the new orchards of Spanish,
French, and English cider apple varieties.


Silas Bleakley and Kristina Nance


A French wine foudre in the new cidery building at Rack & Cloth


The cidery's mascot is PommePomme the sheep--
seen here leading the flock






Bull Run (Forest Grove, Oregon)


Pete Mulligan


The picturesque barn, with the orchard in the far background.




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