In 2010 long-time childhood friends Lee Larsen and Aaron Sarnoff-Wood met over pints of craft beer on a rainy Pacific Northwest night. Inspired by their travels through Europe and by Lee’s time living in Spain, the friends decided to utilize their access to Pacific Northwest apples and launch a cidery.
With Aaron residing in Eugene (after attending the University of Oregon), and Lee living in Corvallis (after attending Oregon State University), they regularly traded off which town they would meet in to discuss plans for the business. The pair noted the impact these two towns of Corvallis and Eugene had left on them, and the appreciation they had for their local communities, eventually deciding to honor them with the name 2 Towns Ciderhouse–a cider company committed to true craft cider and rooted in the Pacific Northwest’s bountiful fruit.
The two started making test batches of cider in their basement; which they debuted at Lee’s wedding to a wild reception later that year. Their plans officially took shape when they rented a former three-car taxi garage outside of Corvallis, moved in a couple of wine tanks, built a walk-in cooler, and started their first batch of cider.
2 Towns Ciderhouse now operates out of three locations, including a production space dedicated to the barrel aging program, attached to the Tap Room on HWY 34, and two separate production spaces in South Corvallis including our HQ offices. We currently serve a total of 15 states across the country and other select markets. With over 100 employees it is Oregon’s largest craft cider producer and was voted one of Oregon Business Journals Best places to work, multiple years in a row.