Cider Riot's Never Give an Inch Oregon Blackberry Cider

When I moved to Oregon from the midwest, I was captivated by Himalayan Blackberry. It grows like a weed, has thorns as sharp as needles, and tastes so good! I had never experienced anything like it. Native to Armenia and Northern Iran, the Himalayan blackberry now thrives in Oregon. Although it's technically classified as a noxious weed in Oregon, it has numerous admirers always willing to battle its thorns during late summer to pick its sweet and tart berries.

For the first time, Cider Riot! is releasing Never Give an Inch Oregon Blackberry Cider in bottles. If you're looking for a unique winter warmer for your holiday get-togethers, check out the mulled cider recipe below. Cheers to the most delicious and persistent berry in Oregon!  

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Cider Riot Releases Never Give an Inch Oregon Blackberry Cider

PORTLAND, Oregon -- Cider Riot!® releases Never Give an Inch™ Oregon Blackberry Cider. Already a cult hit on draught, Never Give an Inch Oregon Blackberry Cider makes its bottled debut in Portland bottle shops and food co-ops Wednesday, December 3.

“Growing up in rural Yamhill County, I saw folks try to fight blackberries with everything from caterpillar tractors, to goats, to chemicals, fire, machetes, you name it, says Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong. “The blackberries always came back the next year. Never Give an Inch celebrates that Oregonian resiliency, the ability to carry on against all odds. Himalayan blackberries are a worthy opponent when we pick wild apples for Burncider®, plus they are tasty, so we thought we’d dedicate a cider to them.”

Oregon blackberries and blackcurrants give Never Give an Inch a fruity aroma and flavor and royal purple hue. Fruit flavors and tannins and the dry finish give it an almost wine-like character, though the balanced dry cider is fermented with ale yeast.

The label is features one of John Foyston’s “rusty truck” oil paintings (Foyston is a Portland oil painter and beer writer). "I come upon many of the subjects for my paintings during motorcycle trips on the backroads of Eastern Oregon, Idaho, Montana and the Palouse in Washington, and either paint on the spot or make reference photos,” says Foyston. “The truck in the painting is a '40s-era Dodge that languishes to this day by the side of Hwy 20 just east of Dayton, Wash. I'm drawn to old trucks and abandonment in general because of the way nature gentles and subsumes cast-off machines and buildings, and because rust, moss and decay create such great colors --- the perfect excuse to buy the BIG tube of Gamblin Indian Yellow."

Never Give an Inch is fantastic year-round, but for a special winter warmer, try mulling Never Give an Inch over low heat with holiday spices.

  • 2 bottles of Never Give an Inch
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves,
  • 2 juniper berries,
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice,
  • ¼ teaspoon mace,
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg,
  • ¼ teaspoon mace,
  • a dash of orange peel.

For more information contact Abram Goldman-Armstrong,, 503.730.5597, @ciderriot on twitter and Facebook. Cider Riot!® is a an urban cidery in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood dedicated to the production of dry, flavorful ciders. 

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