Bend, Oregon is synonymous with craft beverage. Also known as “Beer Town, U.S.A.” courtesy of its 23 breweries in the mountain city of 80,000 (the most breweries per capita in the country), Bend boasts three cideries as well, including the passionate and creative folks at Red Tank. A long list of seasonal ciders support the mainline year-round options, like the winter edition Elder-Cherry, a “traditional English ferment” cider. The apple base built on Northwest fruit sets the stage for a juicy and approachable palate, however, the searingly tart cherry and floral elderberry forces the nose and tastebuds to think otherwise, resulting in a complex and balanced thinker of a sipper.
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