After a seven mile trek (round-trip) to Tumalo Falls, Jake spotted Atlas Cider Co. on our way home. We swung in and picked up three different ciders from cider houses in Oregon and Washington. I have never seen any of these brews at home, so I was excited to try them. Ever since Jake went gluten-free our beer tasting evenings ended. This was great fun.
We bought the Hard Apple Cider from Atlas. We selected the Marionberry Dry Cider from Incline Cider Company; and our third pick was the Basil Mint Hard Cider from Seattle Cider Company.
He poured and we sipped.
Sadly, we didn't love any of them and, oddly, we ranked them exactly the same. The top cider was the Marionberry Dry Cider. It was slightly bitter with a hint of sweet. The one we liked second was the Basil Mint which was also slightly bitter, but herby and intriguing. The Atlas cider came in last. We found it too sweet and too weak. It just seemed watery.
If we have a chance, we might head back there for a few more. Or, perhaps, we'll stop back by The Bite - read my tasting notes - and have a pint while we play cornhole and giant jenga!