The 13th episode of our podcast, Territory Tales, features Dan Lawrence, owner of the newest cidery in Mt. Hood Territory. He opened Stone Circle Cider, just outside of Estacada, a few months ago after establishing the farm, planting apples and building an indoor/outdoor tasting room. I recently drove to the farm to check it out; it is certainly the most unique cidery I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. As soon as I stepped outside of the car, I felt relaxed with just one breath of the country air. My stress dissolved while taking it all in - the pond, picnic tables, fire pit and, of course, the delicious ciders.
In the podcast, Dan speaks to how it all came about, starting with a casual conversation with his brother-in-law, who agreed to dive in head first with him and purchase a farm for growing apples... all while both had zero experience actually making cider! Dan proved his commitment to his craft by moving to England for six months, so that he could learn the farmhouse ways of cider making and bring the traditions back to Mt. Hood Territory. His diligence has finally paid off with the opening of Stone Circle Cider.
The brothers-in-law have a lot of fun events coming up this fall that Dan details in the episode, and any would be a great reason to come check out the digs for the first time!
Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home.