Owners of Two Towns Lee Larsen, Dave Takush, and Aaron Sarnoff-Wood —living in 2 different towns — banded together with meager savings, a love of craft brewing and cider to launch 2 Towns Ciderhouse. This trinity seeks to advance the cider craft industry through mixing both old and new cider techniques and experimentation.
Toxic Trollop: Tell me about Two Towns.
Aaron Sarnoff-Wood: So Two Towns we produce hard apple cider, I’m sure as most folks know. We started in 2010, with that guy over there, That’s Lee Larsen, and myself (Aaron Sarnoff) We were always just home brewers, and decided we wanted to do something other than our day jobs for the rest of our lives. We started brewing out of a garage and after a year we ran out of space real quick, we moved
into this place and as you can see we are filling this place up pretty quick too. Our goal is to bring craft hard apple cider back, it used to be a pretty popular drink in the us before prohibition, and we want to bring it back.
TT: …and that is what made you choose cider over beer?
AS: Don’t get me wrong it takes a lot of beer to make cider. We like beer and we enjoy being able to work with brewing industry in general, there are so many great breweries in Oregon.. but both of us had spent some time in Europe and there is a cider culture that didn’t exist in the US. And we were finding all of these fantastic ciders from our travels in Europe and then coming home we couldn’t really find anything. So we decided, if we can’t find it, we’d make it.
TT: What is your favorite cider to date?
AS: Ooooh, That’s a good question. I am pretty fond of our Pommeau it is an Apple Port and its 19% Alcohol.
TT: What lead you to your sponsorship with Sick Town?
AS: Well you guys Rock! You know, I kinda liked it, I felt a kin to it as far as it isn’t a mainstream sport, it is definitely exciting and it is definitely growing really quick, and it felt like Sick Town had a similar feel and message that we did.
TT: What do you think of Flat Track Derby?
AS: I’ve been to a couple of bouts, it looks rough and tough, and it looks pretty fun. I think it’s a fast sport, I think it’s really great that its had as much influence on young women as it has, I think its one of the few viable sports that women really get to take, I mean most sports are off-shoots of male dominated sports, and are like…”Oh and here is the girls’ team.”
TT: What can we look forward to in the future of Two Towns flavors and ciders?
AS: Well, in the next 30 days… we have the Rhubarbarian coming out it’s a rhubarb hard apple cider, we’ve got a special release of Ginja Ninja. Which our two ginger cider makers paired together to make a ginger hard apple cider. We’ve got the Bourbon Honey Special Sauce, that will be coming out at the end of the summer.
TT: Are those going to be seasonal?
AS: Well we have our seasonal and then we will have our special release line, and those will be available on tap only in our tasting room and available in bottles in select shops around Corvallis.
TT: What is your favorite aspect of owning your own Ciderhouse?
AS: Well like I said as hectic as it is, its great to be the master of your own destiny, It is relativity a new experience for all of us,
we have all worked for other people up until now and its pretty amazing having our own crew that depends on us to make all the right
TT: Well, Aaron thank you for taking the time today to let me interview you, I think its time for some sampling downstairs.
AS: Sure, not a problem, enjoy.