Quiet, laid-back and low-key.
I recently heard about this place from another friend and I am very glad I did. I like hard cider. I am not a beer fan. Even before I found out I was gluten intolerant, I never cared for the taste. So, seeing only one or two kinds of cider in most grocery stores, I never questioned if there were more flavors. Bushwhackers opened my eyes! There are dozens of styles of hard cider here just that you can see at first glance. There are ciders on tap and five or six glass cases between the door and the bar filled with hard cider bottles. The taste tester is $5 and each glass is probably holding six to eight ounces easily. They are generous and it was easily shared between my husband and myself. It comes in a paddle board with depressions cut out to hold each of the five types of cider; ranging from a wine like cider (which neither of us cared for) to mellow, sweet, dry, wet, and fruity. Once you finish your cider trials you can order what you like best, or use the paddle for some fun so long as all parties are on board. "-P The place isn't the easiest to find unless you are familiar with this area of Powell you will easily drive past it as the 12th St. moniker is not visible from Powell, at least when heading west. There is a private parking lot but it is small. It is a small building with three tables which seat four and one round table at the back which seats six. There is always the four or five seats at the bar and the outdoor patio if you don't mind rain in your cider. There were three or four small tables out there. There is a very limited food menu: hummus plate, pickled eggs (blech), and I think they may have had mozzarella sticks but I'm not sure. You get the picture though, it's about the cider. On the one hand, I fully appreciate this. On the other, I'm not one to just drink. I tend to want to munch while I'm enjoying my alcohol and I doubt I'm in the minority. Part of me wants this place to stay the way it is: humble, intimate, friendly and informative. Part of me wants them to expand their menu to at least include a wider variety of snackers, if not small meals to accompany the wonderful ciders. Regardless, this place is great and I am so happy I found it. If you haven't been introduced to the wonderful world of what hard cider can be, check this place out.
I missed feeling comfortable in a pub. This place brings me to ease again. I'm hoping that someday they'll have more food though.
If you even think you *might* like cider, this is the place to go.
8 on rap, not just 7 like the last review :). Over 300 ciders now. The owner was bartending - great experience, phenomenal selection.
185 ciders, 7 on tap and gluten free bar snacks! I'm in Celiac heaven!