he apples for this cider were grown in the Columbia Gorge on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia River that divides the two states. Made in small batches by two winemakers (Nate Wall, wine and cider maker at McMenamins and Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wines, Whoa Nelly & Guild Wines) these ciders had more depth and body than most of those we’ve tasted.
Alter Ego Ruby Cider is made with raspberries to give it that ruby hue. On both the nose and palate there was abundant ripe raspberries and meyer lemon zest. In the mouth, this cider also had a bright, tart granny smith apple flavor that continued into a long finish.
Currently, Alter Ego Ciders are available on tap throughout Portland. There’s a handy map on their website that shows who’s got it. Drink it at one of these locations or fill a growler and take it to the park, dinner table or a party (or all three!)