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A Cider Flight at the McMenamins Edgefield Winery
Tuesday 27 February 2018   —   Category: Dining Out
In my last article I shared about my visits to the McMenamins Edgefield Winery Tasting Room in June 2016 and July 2017 to enjoy some red wine tasting accompanied by chips and salsa. Earlier this month I returned to Edgefield Winery for a third round of tasting with chips and salsa. But this time it was their hard cider rather than their wine.

For many years McMenamins has offered beer, wine and spirits flights at most of their numerous locations. Back in April 2017 I received an e-mail from McMenamins in which they announced their new cider flight.

Unlike their other samplers, this one is being offered in only four locations. In addition to the Tasting Room, you can also try it at their Tavern & Pool, Market Street Pub and Murray & Allen venues.

A few months later I enjoyed a meal with my wife at the Market Street Pub in July 2017, but I totally forgot to order a cider flight — bummer! I had already visited the other cider-​flight locations during my McMenamins Passport adventure, so it wasn’t until I spent a day in February 2018 shopping in Portland that I finally took a flight with cider.

I have to confess that I just love chips and salsa. It seems strange to me that I hardly ever see it on McMenamins menus. But from past experience, as I mentioned above, I knew I could get it at the Tasting Room, along with the cider flight. What a happy coincidence!

The samples were four Edgefield ciders (with my tasting notes in green):
  1. Edgefield Apple Cider
    As Goldilocks would say, just right!
  2. Pomegranate Cider
    A bit sweet but not bad.
  3. Mcmenamins Estate Cider
    Kind of strong, dry and somewhat tart, it is my least favorite; tastes like an old dish rag (not that I have ever tasted one!)
  4. Estate Quince Cider
    Kind of strong, dry and somewhat tart, pretty good, much better than #3.
The chips and salsa was truly scrumptious as always. It should without question be on every McMenamins menu — it’s delicious, popular, inexpensive and easy to make.

Although their beer, wine and spirits flight stamps count towards a $20 ‘Ex­pe­ri­enc­es’ gift card, the cider flight stamp I received in my McMenamins Passport was just-​for-​fun.

It’s hard to say whether I will be taking more photos at Edgefield during 2018 or not. So for now, my cider flight photos are the only two in the new McMenamins Mis­cel­la­ne­ous 2018 album.
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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