Non-Alcoholic Tasting Experiences in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
A spot of tea. A drip of coffee. A few bubbles of kombucha. There’s an art to making fine-crafted beverages that reaches far beyond Tualatin Valley’s esteemed community of winemakers and beer brewers. For a dive into the world of non-alcoholic tasting rooms and tasting flights, plan a thirsty Saturday of coffee, tea, kombucha and sparkling cider—no designated driver needed!
Start your Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with Dapper & Wise Roasters. The coffee-obsessed are invited to a free “coffee cupping,” which is essentially the practice of observing the aromas and tasting notes of brewed coffee. Attendees are even encouraged to bring in their favorite roasts as a way of enriching the cupping experience and discussion.
Certified tea sommelier and chocolatier Anne Johnson opened Mamancy Tea Shop after growing up drinking tea as a family ritual in Kenya. Not only are her teas specially curated with ingredients from all over the world, the shop is adorable and the perfect place to relax and sip hot tea, lattes, Italian sodas and more.
Uptown Market is a renegade brewery as it not only excels in brewing its own awesome beers, but in also providing an expansive tap list of other locally-made beers, wines and kombucha. While kombucha may hold a negligible amount of alcohol from its fermenting process, most varieties are safe for consumption for all ages and non-drinkers. At Uptown Market, order a tasting flight with picks from the eight different types of kombucha on tap. The flavors vary from coconut lime to white rose to dragonfruit.
Other non-alcoholic beverages are gaining popularity here. Head to downtown Beaverton for your choice of bubble teas. There’s LA-native Milk+T, a boba tea bar the boasts all natural ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup. Not far away is Mo Cha Tea House, where you can try various forms of tea and many sweet desserts.
McMenamins may be known for its beer and cider, but did you know they also make handcrafted shrubs? That’s a drinking vinegar mixed with fruit and sugar. The fruit comes from McMenamins’ own gardens and is made in the fermentation chamber at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Strawberry, apple and blackberry shrubs are used in dishes and cocktails at McMenamins pubs and you can buy them at the Grand Lodge.
Beaverton’s new kombucha taproom, Clover+Booch offers tastings of Soma Kombucha. Sample any of the 10 flavors of kombucha on tap as you browse the shop’s collection of plants and other gift items.
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