Hard ciders have finally cemented themselves alongside microbrews on the Portland bar scene. At the Yukon Tavernwe’ve taken these great tasting beer alternatives to the next level and placed them side by side with your favorite foreign and domestic drafts on our rotating taps.
The History of Cider
With its great taste and indisputable health benefits, ciders have a long history as a beloved tavern libation in the UK and its Commonwealth. In 1620, the pilgrims brought the craft of cider making to the shores of Plymouth and, overtime, the production of cider became the primary reason apples became a successful cash crop in the New World. Remember Johnny Appleseed? He wasn’t planting all those trees just for apple pies! During Prohibition cider manufacturing collapsed and only a small number of cider apple trees escaped the Temperance Movement’s axe, only to show up in our Southeast neighborhood bar nearly 100 years later.
Not only does hard cider taste great, it’s also a drink that offers a lot of health benefits. They are made without wheat, so people who are sensitive to gluten or have Celiac disease can enjoy a cider alongside their beer drinking friends. Also, many of the proven health benefits found in a glass of wine are also found in ciders and most ciders have a lower alcohol content than other alcohol drinks, which makes it a responsible drinking choice, too!
Ciders at the Yukon
I spoke to Yukon Tavern manager Ashley McGarr recently to get the scoop on what makes a great hard cider and what brands she’d recommend on a hot summer day.
“Our rotating taps features several varieties of hard cider.Marionberry Cider from Swift Brewinguses Oregon-grown Marionberries that are pureed, then blended with a hard cider base prior to aging. This method uses the entire berry and provides a more intense flavor and aroma without the excessive sweetness you might find in a cider that uses a fruit concentrate.”
“Viva La Pineapple from Rev. Nat’sis a summer seasonal cider with a semi-sweet taste that comes from apples grown in the Pacific Northwest and unfermented fresh pineapple juice. Cinnamon, cloves and allspice are added to give it another layer of flavor. (Beware, those who have allergies to pineapple.)”
Come into the Yukon Tavern today to try a true American classic, hard apple ciders!