Podcast Episode 322: Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Cider Takes a Craft Brewer’s Approach to Cider

Over the past 12 years, Nat West has built a brand focused on flavor-forward cider made with a craft brewer’s mentality. Now, Reverend Nat’s is in its final act—winding down business operations—but not before leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of Pacific Northwest craft beverages.

Jamie Bogner Sep 22, 2023 - 6 min read

Podcast Episode 322: Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Cider Takes a Craft Brewer’s Approach to Cider Primary Image

Nat West making tepache at Reverend Nat’s. Photo: Courtesy Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider.

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Over their past 12 years of operations, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider has helped change many people’s assumptions about cider. The iconoclastic cidery has adopted a reverential yet progressive, flavor-forward approach that has ruffled a few feathers and changed default narratives. One thing that Rev Nat has never been is boring or cautious.

A few weeks ago, founder and cidermaker Nat West announced that he was winding down operations at Reverend Nat’s. Rather than let that experience and perspective fade into the ether, we asked West to share insights into his creative approach to his craft. In this episode, West discusses:

  • his beer-centric approach to cider making
  • flavor and innovation within the locally focused cider sector
  • making cider with brewing yeast, and selecting yeasts that work with cider flavors
  • using hazy IPA yeast in cider making
  • filtration and stability in cider
  • achievements and regrets after a dozen years of making cider commercially
  • approaching the closure with intention and passion

And more.

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