In late 2010, Corvallis homebrewers Aaron Sarnoff-Wood and Lee Larsen filled a gap in the college town’s drinking scene — cider. The duo opened 2 Towns Ciderhouse crafting unique ciders brewed with the traditional English and French-style’s tannic apples, Oregon grown, of course. Named after the cities of Corvallis and Eugene (Larsen’s a Beaver; Sarnoff-Wood a Duck), 2 Towns believes “… that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right,” states the cidery’s motto. Since it’s Monday, and Peaks & Pints offers a to-go cider flight on this day every week, enjoy Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: 2 Towns Ciderhouse.
2 Towns Made Marion
The Marion blackberry was originally bred for Marion County, Oregon farmers. Tangy and full of ripe, rich berry notes that shine in 2 Towns’ Made Marion, even after blended with Northwest apples. The nose is expressive dark berry and cherry, with apple and sweetness. The taste follows suit — blackberry-like, tart, and tangy with a medium bodied and low effervescence with a subtly dry finish.
Crafted from fresh-pressed Northwest apples, West Coast peaches, apricots, and a hint of honey, Pristine Peach is the third released in the 19.2-ounce line, following Outcider and Strawberade. Bursting with cheerful flavor, Pristine Peach invokes a smooth subtle flavor of peach combined with snappy apricot, making a great compliment to the touch of sweet honey.
Cosmic Crisp apple is the work of 20 years of study and research by Washington State University, resulting in a classically bred hybrid of Enterprise and Honeycrisp apples. The resulting fruit is a large, round, crisp, and super juicy apple that is perfect for snacking, baking, and, perhaps most importantly, cider making. Crafted from a resplendent blend of fresh-pressed juice from its namesake, Cosmic Crisp, and other Northwest apples, this 2 Towns cider shines with strong notes of white currant and pineapple blossom off a platinum-colored cider that is as crisp and sparkling. Blueberry Cosmic Crisp is an amped-up rendition of Cosmic Crisp crafted with Northwest blueberries and Cosmic Crisp apples, for a juicy, sweet yet off-dry cider.
Hip Hops Cider is crafted with fresh-pressed Northwest apples, rose hips and Talus hops. It’s the musical mashup of two unique ingredients — rose hips and Talus hops. Rose hips add a delicate combination of stone fruit and rose aromas with a touch of acidity. Talus hops are hand selected by 2 Towns’ R&D team as the most expressive aromatic and delicious hop they could find. Hip Hops is bright and full of expressive aromatic herbals and rose aromas with a touch of acidity.
2 Towns’ The Bad Apple is an imperial style cider, fermented with Willamette Valley meadowfoam honey and aged on Oregon white oak. The result is a semi-dry, apple-forward cider with rich apple, honey, vanilla, and oak notes. Expect a long finish with lingering tartness and acidity. Don’t expect to taste the alcohol. It’s well hidden, which mostly presents as warmth. Bonus: The Bad Apple is now available in a 12-ounce can.
As mentions above, The Bad Apple is an imperial style cider, fermented with Willamette Valley meadowfoam honey and aged on Oregon white oak. The result is a semi-dry, apple-forward cider with rich apple, honey, vanilla, oak notes, and a long finish with lingering tartness and acidity. Their Super Bad Apple is a two-point bump on the ABV scale giving this imperial cider a stronger apple character with hints of oak.