I’ve had Crooked City Cider Tap House bookmarked since we heard about them from Brownrigg Hard Cider.
They only make a few ciders themselves, mostly carrying a mix of California and Washington offerings. CCC reminds me of Cider Bite in Portland.
We dropped in on a Sunday afternoon (around 1:30pm). There was only a handful of people inside but wow, the inside is open and spacious.
There’s pinball, darts, an arcade machine, shuffle board, board games, human Jenga and a few TV’s that we’re playing a Harry Potter movie (Prisoners of Azkaban if you care). There’s even a kids area with toys.
Service is friendly but odd that they don’t offer any samples.
There’s 27 ciders on tap (dry, off-dry, semi-sweet and sweet) along with a boozy kombucha, beer and wine options.
They also had a few flight suggestions and staff favourites.
Merchandise for sale along with a mix of cider bottles for purchase.
Closeup of their cider taps.
If you want food, order from the separate window that houses Town Square Eats.
Closeup of their menu.
We decided to share a flight.
Depending on what you order, price varies per 5 oz taster pours.
Two Rivers strawberry jam ($3.00 US)
We tried an off-dry. Smelled like jam but not much strawberry notes came through.
Hidden Star cherry seinfeld ($3.00 US)
Cherry wasn’t super sweet but bright, juicy notes.
Hemly sloughhouse jalapeno ($3.50 US)
This was our favourite. Jalapeño had a smooth, wine-like mouth feel to it. A good sign in our books when you can actually taste the jalapeño.
Southern California Cider life’s a peach ($4.00 US)
This was our second favourite from our flight. Good peach notes; it reminded me of fuzzy peaches.
Hemly Cider sloughhouse jalapeño ($7.00 US)
We bought one bottle for home. If you buy four, it works out to $6.00 US/bottle.
If you want to try a variety of ciders, CCC is where it’s at in Oakland.
Crooked City Cider Tap House