Cider Riot!

Cider Riot! LLC is dedicated to producing high quality ciders from Cascadian grown apples. With tradition as our guide and
our roots firmly planted in the rich soils of our bioregion, our urban cidery will produce refreshing, flavorful ciders.

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Cider Styles


Initial offerings will include:

1763™, a bold tannic traditional English West Country-style cider.
Burncider TAPPING SOON Around the Portland Area- Scroll the News Feeds for Pub listings and Tasting Events - Dry Draught Cider 6.4% abv - Inspired by the pub draught ciders of the English West Country, Burncider blends Oregon-grown traditional English cider apples, tart wild apples and dessert apples from Hood River. Just like Portland’s Old Main Drag™, this cider has a rich history and flavorful character.
Everybody PogoNOW ON TAP Around Portland - Scroll the News Feeds for Pub listings and Tasting Events - Hoppy Cider 6.5% abv- A refreshingly dry cider that’s got hops. Our roughcut tribute to football terraces and punk rock shows, dry and quenching with a hint of sweet apple flavor, as organically grown Goldings hops do the pogo dance across your taste buds. A distinctly Oregonian product, Everybody Pogo mates Hood River apples and Willamette Valley hops. Unfiltered and lightly carbonated.

Seasonal offerings will include:

Never Give an Inch™, an Oregon Blackberry Cider.
Plastic PaddyNOW ON SALE Around the Portland Area - Scroll the News Feeds for Bottle Shop listings and Tasting Events - an Irish-style cider 6% abv- Plastic Paddy is a fun-loving easy drinking cider released in honor of the 2-litres (4.2 US pints) of Irish cider that Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong enjoyed so much as a student at University College Cork. American dessert apples lack the characteristic tannins of European cider apples, so in order to replicate the flavor profile of a dry Irish cider, we use Barry’s Gold Blend tea from County Cork to infuse the cider with just enough tannins to balance the natural acids of the Hood River dessert apples used to make it.
Tabor Neighbor™, a hyper-local urban cider made with apples grown in the North Tabor, Montavilla, and the Mount Tabor neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon. Cider Riot! will involve the community with events such as pressing days for the Tabor Neighbor™ blend, and a traditional English wassail in January.

THANK YOU KickStarter Supporters! With your help Cider Riot! plans to be on shelves by May 2014.

Cider Process
The Process

Cider Riot! is taking form in my detached garage off East Burnside in Portland. We will continue to press apples off site, and ferment the juice here in Portland. Contact Cider Riot! if interested in investing.

Cider Riot! Our Story


Early Years

From a high-school job planting traditional cider trees such as Yarlington Mill, Kingston Black, and Dabinett at the Slow Food recognized White Oak Cider in rural Yamhill County, to student days drinking cider from plastic 2-litres on the streets of Cork City, Ireland, cider has fascinated me from an early age. I’ve been making cider for over half my life.
Cider press - Jesse Ritchie

We pressed juice from Gravensteins on the farm when I was kid in the wilds of northern Yamhill County. As it started to ferment in the fridge, I always enjoyed the prickle of carbonation and the winey notes. My first batch of fermented cider, was based on a recipe in Profane Existence zine, made from apples smuggled out of my college-dining hall in my flight jacket a dozen at a time, then macerated with a cheese grater from the local hardware store and pressed between two dinner plates. I fermented it in my Macalester College dorm-room closet, in a carboy borrowed from a homebrewer across the hall. After a month I began drinking it, at times straight from the 5-gallon carboy. How it taste? Well, let’s just say every batch since has been better, and the next thing I made was a stout.

Cider picking - Jeffrey OttDrinking cider in Ireland was inspirational, and in my senior of college, back in the states a friend and I salvaged materials from a closing restaurant and built a massive cider press for our homebrew club. We sought out the most acidic apples Minnesota had to offer and made some pretty drinkable stuff.

Every year since then I’ve gathered together a band of friends and headed to the family farm in Yamhill to pick our wild apples (high in acids) and use the old handcranked cider mill. Combined with traditional cider apples from White Oak, we make some pretty world-class cider. Our ciders have received the acclaim of not only friends and family, but of commercial cidermakers as well.

A Career in Beer

Cider Riot: Abram and Eli Goldman-ArmstrongI’ve converted the passion for beer I acquired growing up in Oregon during the micro-brew boom of the 1980s and 1990’s into a career in beer. Since my college homebrewing days I’ve become a National ranked Beer Judge Certification Program beer judge, and have judged at competitions from the American Homebrewers Association Nationals, the British Columbia Beer Awards, and the Heart of Cascadia competition, to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, and the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal. I’ve visited and written about breweries all across the US and Canada, Ireland, and Germany. My work appears regularly in Northwest Brewing News, Ale Street News, Oregon Beer Growler, and American Brewer. I’ve organized beer festivals, from the North American Organic Brewers Festival, which I helped grow from a single day with 1500 attendees to a regular fixture in the Portland beer festival calendar, with three days and 20,000 attendees. I help the Oregon Brewers Guild put on the Cheers to Belgian Beers event, Brewers Dinner, and Fresh Hop Tastival. Putting my day-job skills as a carpenter and deconstructionist to work, I’ve built bars for Gigantic Brewing Company, and Breakside Brewery. I’ve teamed up with breweries such as Hopworks Urban Brewery, Lompoc, and Widmer Brothers to brew my recipes on a commercial scale. (My Green and Gold Kölsch, which recently took silver at the North American Beer Awards, is brewed by Widmer Brothers and may be found on tap and in 22-ounce bottles throughout the Portland area).

The Impetus for Cider Riot!

So why cider? As passionate as I am about beer and brewing, there is something magical about cider. Picking bittersweet apples in Alan Foster’s orchard at White Oak Cider on a clear autumn day. Traipsing through the wet woods of my family land in Yamhill to seek out wild seedling apples. These experiences ground me to the land. Cider challenges me, it inspires me, and there’s nothing quite like the dry tannic flavor of a well made cider.

Raise a glass of Cider Riot! cider and I think you’ll agree. Cheers! Abram Goldman-Armstrong: Cidermaker and Owner

Gallery


Cider 1999 Apples up the corkscrew Cider apples on the way to the wash Kingston Black cider apples Abram at White Oak Cider 2013 Barnacle Brian Abram at White Oak Cider 2013 Alan Foster Abe with Alan Foster Abram checking the process Abram checking the gravity Checking on Gisele Cheers from Cider Riot!

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