It’s hard to decide on an everyday, go-to cider, especially with how cider producers keep popping up all around the nation: options are aplenty. It wouldn’t be impossible to try all of the ciders offered, but to make it easier, Red Tank Cider Co. offers up easy drinking ciders from one of the West Coast’s beverage capitals.
Over in Bend, Oregon, lies this suburban cidery, residing in an industrial park and home to the Roughneck cider. It’s a cider that will stay on your mind due to its flavor complexity yet general affable, sessionability. This semi-dry cider tastes of ripe golden apples with subtle hints of citrus tang and an exceptionally clean finish. Juicy nectar flushes the palate but don’t let it pull the wool over your eyes — this cider hits at 6.5 percent ABV and packs a punch. Blazing hot out, or out of the cold and tuckered up by a fire, having a nice chilled glass of Roughneck soothes every inch it touches as it goes down.