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Northwest Cider Association - 31 Medals Awarded in Portland Cider Cup Competition

June 15, 2017 Media Contact: Emily Ritchie, Executive Director Northwest Cider Association emily@nwcider.com 503-887-8960 http://www.nwcider.com/news/2017/6/15/31-medals-awarded-in-portland-cider-cup-competition   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Cheers to the Champions! 31 Medals Awarded In Portland International Cider Cup Competition   PORTLAND (June 15, 2017) – The results are in! Eight Pacific...
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Crash Course in Aging Cider with Brian Rutzen

Posted  08/13/18 in Uncategorized
With every new cider we release, and particularly with bottle conditioned varieties like our La Mûre, there are always at least a handful of curious fans reaching out to learn a little bit more about the individual ciders and whether they will age well. While aging alcohol in general is often considered common place, red wine or scotch immediately comes to mind, the re-emergence of aged ciders in the US...

Oregon Cider Week 2018 & Why You Should Be Excited

Posted  06/21/18 in Blog
It’s that time of year again, when Oregon squeezes both PDX Beer “Week” and Oregon Cider “Week” into one month where craft beer and cider nerds rejoice for the 11-days of events with their favorite breweries/cideries. Special releases, cellar series, and small batches OH MY! As cider lovers across the state gather to celebrate the craft cider industry, it is a wonderful opportunity to see the diverse styles, techniques and...

Let’s Talk GLINTCAP

Posted  05/25/18 in Blog
With the number of brewfests, competitions and events showcasing craft beverages, and cider in particular, it can be fairly overwhelming to to know which awards mean what in the cider world. here are hundreds of cider specific competitions alone celebrating the craft, so we thought we would take a moment to highlight one of the most pivotal that happened just this past weekend, the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry...

2 Towns Makes Livin’ Squeezy with New ‘Easy Peasy’ Summer Limited Release Cider

Posted  05/23/18 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. - May 23, 2018 - Meyer lemons and Northwest raspberries radiate in the latest Limited Release cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Easy Peasy is an easy-drinking, thirst-quenching style of cider in a category of its own with 5% ABV, a tart ‘lemon squeezy’ character, and a subtle raspberry tartness. Easy Peasy is available now through the end of August, so there’s plenty time to kick...

Take A Trip To Pearadise

Posted  05/2/18 in Uncategorized
Howdy Cider Fans, Happy Spring! We have a brand new addition to our imperial seasonal cider lineup: Pearadise – an 8.6% abv blend of Northwest apples, Washington d’Anjou pears, and Oregon grown Muscat grapes. Now, there may be a few old school fans out there thinking, “Wait, what? Didn’t 2 Towns have a Pearadise cider way back when??” The answer of course, is ‘Yes!’ We had a Pearadise pear cider...

Two Thorns Specialty Rosé Collaboration Cider Honors Portland Thorns and Their Second Championship Season!

Posted  04/8/18 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. - April 8, 2018 - 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases Two Thorns this week, a specialty rosé cider in collaboration with the 2017 championship-winning Portland Thorns FC! Featuring fresh-pressed Northwest apples, raspberries, and rose petals,  Two Thorns is a striking berry cider, perfect for pairing with header goals, and the smell of red smoke in the air at Providence Park. GO THORNS!!!   “This year we...

How Collaboration and Communication Builds Community at 2 Towns

Posted  03/8/18 in Blog
    Taylor Stokes is a member of the Production and Cellar Crew here at 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Currently studying Natural Resource Management and Sustainability, she is helping to establish 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s sustainability committee and encourage the cider (and brewing!) industry to establish more  sustainable practices.     As in any industry, the product is only as good as the team that made it. As a part of the 2 Towns...

Passion Statement Stands Out as 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Latest Limited Release

Posted  02/26/18 in Uncategorized
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. – Feb. 26, 2018 –  Passion Statement, 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s current Limited Release, pairs flavorful Yellow Maracuyá passion fruit with fresh-pressed Northwest apples and D’Anjou pears. Sensational and exotic, Passion Statement stands out from the crowd with a flashy tropical tang that turns heads and tips pint glasses! When you try it, you won’t be able to look away when you find it at your...

2 Towns Ciderhouse Makes Wave With ‘Pacific Pineapple’

Posted  02/7/18 in Press Release
Costa Rican Gold Pineapple and Northwest Apple Cider Joins Year-round Offerings - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore., – February 7, 2018 – Ripe Costa Rican Gold pineapples drop in on a fresh-pressed wave of Northwest apples in Pacific Pineapple, the latest cider to be added to 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s year-round offerings. Jam packed with fresh-pressed Pacific Northwest apple character and juicy Costa Rica pineapples, this sessionable cider is the perfect...

Oregon Bottle Bill and Cider

Posted  01/16/18 in Uncategorized
With the recent update to the Oregon Bottle Bill, we are excited to be able to include more of our products in the state-wide deposit program. We wanted to take the opportunity to provide a little more information on the bottle bill, the 10¢ deposit, and how it pertains to 2 Towns Ciderhouse and our specific products.   Why didn’t our ciders have deposits before 2018? In the past we’ve...

Fortify your Festivities with Three December Releases From 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Posted  12/13/17 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore., – December 13, 2017 – If there is one thing that 2 Towns loves, it’s a really good party. To help everyone get into the spirit of the season, the Northwest’s favorite cider company is releasing three of its most jubilant ciders! Pommeau, a port-style cider; Riverwood, a prosecco-esque cider; and Serious Scrump, a rich, scrumpy-style cider, provide a wide variety of styles to suit...
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Le Pommeau: History and Techniques of Pommeau de Normandie and Bretagne

Posted  12/13/17 in Blog
To celebrate the release of our 2 Towns Ciderhouse 2015 Pommeau (which we are ecstatic about!), we are taking a look at the techniques and origins of Pommeau in France and how they compare to our methods here at 2 Towns. What is Pommeau? Pommeau is a mix of fresh-pressed apple juice and apple brandy. By blending the apple brandy into the juice, the alcohol content is brought to around...

PickCider - Holiday Cider Wish List!

Posted  11/17/17 in Blog
Season’s Greetings Cider Fans, Having survived another busy apple harvest this Fall, we're excited for the holidays ahead and some welcome R&R. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we're teaming up with our friends of the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) to encourage everyone to PickCider, and give one of America's great traditions a seat at your family's table this holiday season! In the spirit of picking cider...

2016 Cidre Bouché, Keeved French-Style Cider Now Available From 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Posted  10/3/17 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. - Oct. 3, 2017 - This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases its 2016 Cidre Bouché, the third vintage of the company’s French-style keeved cider. 2 Towns is a leader in bringing keeved ciders to the US, with head cider maker Dave Takush furthering his expertise in the style through recent visits to the Normandy, Brittany and Perche regions of France. 2 Towns’ Cidre Bouché is...

French Cider Production: Keeving and Keeved Cider

Posted  09/29/17 in Blog
Howdy cider fans. There is a lot of mystery surrounding French cider, and French production methods. Techniques like keeving still used in France today date back to the 1700’s and are a mystery to even commercial cidermakers, much less the casual cider aficionado. So, you are not alone in wondering, ‘What the heck is ‘Keeving’ anyway?’ The keeving process is a technique of wild fermentation that is performed extremely slowly...

2017 Harvest Update

Posted  09/22/17 in Blog
Welcome to Harvest. We are right smack in the middle of it! Most people don’t know, but there is quite an extended season for apple harvest. Different apple cultivars ripen at different times and are harvested from late summer, through the fall, and into early winter. By the way: ‘cultivar’ = cultivated variety. That’s the technical name for different varieties of apples like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Kingston Black....

2 Towns Ciderhouse Conjures Up Hollow Jack Heirloom Pumpkin Cider!

Posted  09/7/17 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. - Sept. 7, 2017 - Break out the rain boots and get ready to dive into a pile of leaves! Hollow Jack is back with a taste to inspire fall shenanigans. This unfiltered pumpkin cider is 6.4% ABV and made with over 25 pounds of caramelized heirloom pumpkins and 10 pounds of sweet potatoes per barrel. It’s beautifully seasoned with a unique blend of autumn...

2 Towns Ciderhouse and Columbia Distributing Fight Hunger in Oregon and Washington, Supporting Oregon Food Bank and Washington’s Northwest Harvest

Posted  09/5/17 in Press Release
A $2 Donation Will Be Made Per Case of Cans and Qualifying Bottles at Participating Supermarkets During September   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Corvallis, Ore. - September 5, 2017 - 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Columbia Distributing are teaming up to help fight hunger in the Northwest with a program to support food banks in Oregon and Washington during the month of September. The campaign will support the Oregon Food Bank...

Summer 2017 - Crew BBQ!

Posted  07/20/17 in Blog
At 2 Towns Ciderhouse, we love any excuse to barbecue. Inspired by the early days of our small team heading out after a long day of cidermaking to BBQ at someone's house, we started a tradition as our team grew larger, to get everyone together at least once a year in the middle of Summer and take a break from all our hard work to bust out the grill and...

CiderCraft - 4 Summer Seasonals to Grab

by Sara Fontenot - June 2017 http://cidercraftmag.com/4-summer-seasonals-to-grab/ As you embark on your summer bucket list, we are adding a few more musts and highlighting what not to miss this season, starting with cider, naturally. While the warm weather can be limited, that means some of our favorite sips are too. Get your hands on these seasonal releases to accompany you on your summer adventures. Companion | Citizen Cider | New...

Willamette Week - The Best Five New Ciders Made in Oregon This Year

We tasted more than a hundred new ciders made in Oregon over the past year. These are the best. By Matthew Korfhage and Parker Hall - June 20, 2017 http://www.wweek.com/uncategorized/2017/06/20/the-best-five-new-ciders-made-in-oregon-this-year/ - In honor of Oregon Cider Week, which closes out this weekend, we tried more than a hundred ciders released in Oregon this year—culminating in an epic tasting of over 30 contenders with a panel of seven tasters this June. These...

Lambic-Style Cider, La Mûre, from 2 Towns Ciderhouse First of Its Kind to Hit the Cider Scene

Posted  06/20/17 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. - June 20, 2017 - The 2015 vintage La Mûre (6.9% ABV) from 2 Towns Ciderhouse is available starting this week. La Mûre, a lambic-style craft cider, is inspired by the famous lambic beers of Belgium and embodies the Flemish styles of old. Northwest apples and Oregon-grown Marion blackberries are fermented, then soured with Lactobacillus. Aged in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir barrels for one year,...

Brewpublic - Portland International Cider Cup Competition Awards 31 Cider Medals

By D.J. Paul - BrewPublic - June 16, 2017 http://brewpublic.com/craft-cider/portland-international-cider-cup-competition-awards-31-cider-medals/   Last night the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) awards ceremony took place at Portland Cider Company in Clackamas, Oregon. Hosted by the Northwest Cider Association to kick off 2017 Oregon Cider Week, the competition saw over 150 ciders from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. For the second consecutive year a Montana based...

Northwest Cider Association - 31 Medals Awarded in Portland Cider Cup Competition

June 15, 2017 Media Contact: Emily Ritchie, Executive Director Northwest Cider Association emily@nwcider.com 503-887-8960 http://www.nwcider.com/news/2017/6/15/31-medals-awarded-in-portland-cider-cup-competition   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Cheers to the Champions! 31 Medals Awarded In Portland International Cider Cup Competition   PORTLAND (June 15, 2017) – The results are in! Eight Pacific Northwest cideries took home gold medals at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association’s 5th Annual Portland International Cider Cup (PICC) last night. For...

WHAT THE HELL IS LAMBIC ANYWAY?

Posted  06/15/17 in Blog
We are thrilled to announce the release of our 2015 Vintage La Mûre - Lambic style cider. That begs the question, 'what the hell is a Lambic anyway?' Lambic is a type of sour beer. So then, 'what the hell is a Lambic-style cider? Do those even exist?' Well, the short answer is no, they did not exist until we started experimenting with sour ciders purposefully inoculated with Lactobacillus bacteria a few years ago. But...

Good Beer Hunting - 061. Read.Look.Drink

Curated by the GBH Collective - Good Beer Hunting - June 9, 2017 Read Look Drink   These are the words, images, and beers that inspired the GBH collective this week. Drinking alone just got better, because now you're drinking with all of us. Mark Spence READ. // Why did he like this photo? Is he so un-evolved that he can’t resist the allure of a butt pic? Obviously he...

New website at last!

Posted  06/9/17 in Blog
Welcome ciderfans, to the looong awaited new website, and with it our blog! We know you've been longing for a better source of information on our ciders, our company, and other 2 Towns happenings, and believe it or not, so have we! This website project has been in the works for a very long time, and we apologize for the delay and frustration it likely caused when seeking out more information...

Spoon University - 6 Places You Can Get Beer Flights in Corvallis

By Lexi Vaughn - Oregon State University - June 6, 2017 6 Places You Can Get Beer Flights in Corvallis College is a time for experimenting. What better way to try something new than a tap house? (Bet that's not where you thought I was going.) Since there's an endless variety of beers, beer flights give you the opportunity to try them all and pick a new favorite. Corvallis is...

Letter from the CEO

Posted  06/5/17 in Blog
It’s very humbling to see the excitement around craft cider today. When we started out in 2010, as one of the pioneers of Oregon cider culture, it was not uncommon for people to ask “when we added the alcohol” or “how do you make your grapes taste like apple”. We never expected the curiosity and excitement for cider to develop so fast. We have always endeavored to create the highest...

2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Prickle Me Pink ^2 Prickly Pear and Watermelon Limited Release and Seasonal Hop & Stalk

Posted  05/24/17 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases Prickle Me Pink ^2  Prickly Pear and Watermelon Limited Release and Seasonal Hop & Stalk Corvallis, Ore. - May 24, 2017 - Prickle Me Pink^2, a brand new iteration of a favorite past limited release cider is now available from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, as well as a summer season hopped cider, Hop & Stalk.  Both ciders are available throughout 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s distribution...

Cidermaker Update - Spring!

Posted  05/19/17 in Blog
Welcome to the 2 Towns blog, where in addition to various topics and updates about all things cider, you'll also hear directly from myself, Dave Takush, head cidermaker at 2 Towns Ciderhouse.  That was one hell of a winter. Now that that's over, let's start off with a quick update on Spring! Or really, the tardiness of Spring. Who knew the sun could be so shy? The Willamette Valley, Oregon...

MEDIA COVERAGE - Two-tier tax a burden for cider producers

http://www.oregonbusiness.com/article/item/17718-cider-tax   Filing taxes is never a pleasant task, but for cider producers, the rules are particularly onerous. That is because cider makers in Oregon have to comply with a two-tier tax system that means their product is often taxed at the same rate as beer but sometimes also falls under a higher tax bracket paid by wine producers. As the Oregon cider market grows and small labels proliferate, producers...

2 Towns Ciderhouse Releases 2014 Vintage Afton Field, an American Farmhouse Cider from its Traditions Line

Posted  03/29/17 in Press Release
Corvallis, Ore. - March 29, 2017 - The 2014 vintage Afton Field (6.4% ABV), an American Farmhouse cider, is now available in limited quantities from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Inspired by farmhouse ciders of the pioneer West, Afton Field is a testament to the tenacity of these settlers and their enduring orchards. Fresh-pressed, hand-picked Wickson crab, Newtown Pippin and other pioneer apple varieties are fermented, aged in oak barrels, and bottle-conditioned...

Imbibe - Drink of the Week: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cherried Away

By Imbibe - Imbibe Magazine - March 10, 2017 http://imbibemagazine.com/2-towns-ciderhouse-cherried-away/ Made with fresh Montmorency sour cherries and Northwest apples, this unfiltered cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse is bright and fruity with a sweet-tartness reminiscent of cherry pie and a crisp, dry finish. Hibiscus blossom adds a soft, pinkish color and a little extra tartness. Available now through the end of June, Cherried Away is primed for springtime sipping.

Beverage Industry - 2017 Beer Report: Hard cider decline continues

By Jessica Jacobsen - Beverage Industry - March 9, 2017 2017 Beer Report Hard Cider Decline Continues Although premiumization trends have provided growth for domestic beers through super-premium brands as well as import and craft beers, the hard cider segment has not been as fortunate. According to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago, dollar sales for hard cider were down 8.3 percent in the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016, in...

2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Cherried Away Arrives to Awaken the Flavors of Spring

Posted  02/28/17 in Press Release
Corvallis, Ore. - February 28, 2017 - Cherried Away soars in as a spring seasonal release from  2 Towns Ciderhouse this week. Washington-grown Montmorency sour cherries and hibiscus blossoms mingle beautifully with fresh-pressed 100 percent Northwest apples to sweep you off your feet with lofty tart and floral aromas.  For the first time, Cherried Away is unfiltered, encouraging the taste of whole cherries  to break through like a sunbeam shining...

2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Flight of the Kiwi, a Limited Release Hardy Kiwi Cider, Takes Wing

Posted  02/15/17 in Press Release
Corvallis, Ore. - February 15, 2017 - This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases Flight of the Kiwi, an electrifying, oak-aged cider made from Northwest-grown hardy kiwi berries, fresh-pressed apples and gooseberries. With vibrant kiwi aromas and heady tropical notes, Flight of the Kiwi has a sessionable 5.8% ABV. Two  pounds of hardy kiwi berries, small cousins of the better-known kiwifruit, go into every gallon of this cider, which is fermented...

Draft - ABV Primer: The Over/Under

By Kate Bernot - Draft Magazine - February 9, 2017 ABV Primer: The Over/Under In recent years, brewers have pushed the alcohol content envelope with imperialized versions of every style and session beers well under 5%. These dozen brews show that even if you think you know what to expect ABV-wise, you should probably still check the label.   Cider High: The “naughty” portion of 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Nice &...

Draft - What the Heck is Keeved Cider?

By Zach Fowle - Draft Magazine - December 13, 2016 What the Heck is Keeved Cider   We tap a cider maker to tell us all about the weird, old, jelly-filled practice of keeving. While beer is the focus here at DRAFT, we do occasionally cheat on our favorite beverage with some sips of whiskey, mead and cider. It was while tasting some of the latter that we came across...

Brewbound - Regional Cideries on the Rise

By Justin Kendall - Brewbound - Dec. 9, 2016 https://www.brewbound.com/news/regional-cideries-rise Editor’s note: This article appeared in the December issue of BevNET Magazine. For proof, look no further than Virginia’s Bold Rock Hard Cider, which has seen year-to-date dollar sales (through Sept. 25) grow more than 100 percent, to nearly $8 million, according to market research firm IRI Worldwide. That ranks Bold Rock as the sixth-largest cidery – the top five...

2 Towns Ciderhouse Announces Traditions Cider Line, Releases Riverwood and Cidre Bouché

Posted  11/15/16 in Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Corvallis, Ore. - November 15, 2016 - After five years of operating Traditions Ciderworks as a sister company, 2 Towns Ciderhouse begins this week to rebrand the line with the 2 Towns moniker, now calling it our Traditions line.  The 2 Towns Traditions line of vintage ciders focuses on specialty barrel-aged and traditionally inspired ciders. Four products will be released over the next six months, starting with...

Hollow Jack Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Cider Spices up 2 Towns’ Limited Release Line

Posted  09/14/16 in Press Release
Corvallis, Ore. - September 14, 2016 - 2 Towns Ciderhouse announces its latest limited release, Hollow Jack, an unfiltered pumpkin cider. With a festive combination of fall spices that inspire mischief, Hollow Jack is far from empty. Our new  brew of fresh-pressed Northwest apples, caramelized pumpkin and sweet potatoes is finished with a dash of honey, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to carve out its role as a seasonal limited release....

Market Watch - Top Cider Brands Decline As Craft Labels Accelerate

By H. Lee Murphy - Market Watch Magazine - July 7, 206 http://marketwatchmag.com/cider-june-2016/ The major players are now seeking ways to reignite growth. Kris Nelson, Justin Heilenbach and Bryan Holmes launched Citizen Cider in 2010 in Burlington, Vermont, and sold 5,000 gallons of hard cider in 2012—their first year of business. Volume jumped to 28,000 gallons in 2013, then surged to 100,000 gallons in 2014. This year, the company is...