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Oregon's Cider Industry Is Booming

Here are the hard numbers on the state's next booze boom.

By Sam Pape September 11, 2018 Published in the October 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

Portlanders drink more cider per capita than people in any other US city. McMenamins started the state’s first modern-era cidery in 1992. Now, Oregon is home to 67 cider producers—fifth in the US, behind WA, CA, MI, and NY.

By the Numbers


Minimum percentage of apple juice a beverage must contain to be labeled “cider” in the US


Percentage of all US apple production in Washington state


Number of US cideries in 2008


Number of US cideries in 2018


Age group of the heaviest cider drinkers


Retail sales of local and regional brands in Oregon in 2017—the only state where local indies beat national brands


Oregon’s craft cider production growth in 2017


Percentage of legal drinkers in the US who say they prefer cider to beer or wine

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