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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...

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...
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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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...