From Apples to Hellfire: A Whirlwind Tour of Hard Cider from the Basics to Secret Recipes
With Nat West, Cidermaker, Owner and Founder of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Johnny Appleseed was not a happy-go-lucky character, spreading wholesome apples to the frontier. He owned over one thousand sprawling acres of apple tree nurseries and sold the young trees to Americans expanding west, exclusively for making hard cider. From our Puritan beginnings (“Drink is itself a good creature of God, but the abuse is from Satan,” said the Reverend Increase Mather) until the industrial revolution in the late 1800s and the move to the cities, cider was the dominant alcoholic beverage of choice in America. We took nearly 100 years off from the beverage, but starting in the 1990s, as consumers demanded high quality and local food and drink of known provenance and ingredients, and alongside the craft beer revolution, cider has seen a revival, largely concentrated in New England, New York and the Pacific Northwest.
In this talk, cidermaker Nat West will start by providing an apple-to-cider overview of the topic including a discussion of regional cider styles, apples varieties, harvesting, fermentation basics including yeasts and process methods. After those basics are covered, he will discuss the changing cider landscape unique to the Pacific Northwest, the strong position of cider in the beer industry, the differences between industrial and craft cider, and provide step-by-step instructions on making his unusual ciders, which largely break from traditional ingredients and methods. Samples of his ciders will be provided for a full sensory experience.
Reverend Nat is a single-minded cider evangelist who searches the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make. He began making cider at home in 2004 and opened Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in 2011. With unique flagship products like the multiple-fermented Revival, dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot and quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic, the cidery is the nation’s leading producer of creative, innovative and unique hard ciders as well as being one of the nation’s fastest-growing. As of early 2017, his ciders are distributed in five US states, Western Canada and Japan. The 23-member Rev Nat’s team pushes cider boundaries based out of its 7,000 square feet of production space and Public Taproom in inner Northeast Portland.
Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm
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