Bend’s Cider Scene
Move over beer, there’s a new bubbly beverage in town taking over the Bend brewery and bar scene. Hard ciders are fermented from natural juice (not concentrate), naturally gluten-free, and are made in a variety of fruity and herbaceous flavors. What makes Bend ciders so darn delicious? Our NW ingredients. Starting with fresh cold water that runs down from the Cascade Mountains to regional and local ingredients like berries, apples, apricots, and even bacon, and you’ve got yourself a true taste of the northwest served up in a glass, bottle or can. Whether you are at the cidery or enjoying an ice cold can after an epic mountain bike ride, Bend, Oregon ciders are refreshing, balanced, and made with some of the finest and juiciest ingredients.
Several craft cideries have sprung up around Bend and across the state of Oregon, and you’ll find many among the tap handles of local growler fill stations. Most breweries and restaurants are offering cider on tap or in a bottle for those that prefer a sweeter taste or no gluten in their intoxicating beverage.
The first cidery to hit in Bend in Oregon was AVID Cider Company that makes 100% authentic fresh cold-pressed fruit ciders using only Northwest fruit sources. Featured flavors include apple, cherry, blackberry and apricot. Tumalo features two cider tap rooms within walking distance of each other. Tumalo Cider Company and Bend Cider Company, which specializes in dry cider with creative flavor combos such as Huckleberry Ginger and Mandarin Juniper. If you’re venturing around Oregon in search of other fantastic craft ciders, you’ll want to read the Oregon Cideries Bottle Up the Bounty article for info and other tap rooms to visit.
If you are looking to sample local beverages around Bend beyond our famous craft beer scene, check out the Drinkable Diversions on the Bend Ale Trail. Visit tasting rooms, sample delicious beverages, gather passport stamps, and even get a collectible prize.