Mattie Beason’s passion for cider led him to open Black Twig Cider House in 2016. This new cider bar is located in Durham, North Carolina right across the street from Duke University.
A good location is a key factor as you need the foot traffic to help build the draw that you need to be successful. Matte should know, as he had just finished presenting Why you should open a cider bar and not a cidery at CiderCon 2017 in Chicago.
In this chat we discuss the offerings at Black Twig Cider House, a txotx (pronounced “Chotch”) which is a pour of Sidra from a barrel and some fine tips for anyone considering opening their own cider bar.
From Spanish ciders to all cider traditions – Mattie found it was the right choice to open a cider bar and not cidery and in this chat he will tell you why.
Black Twig is 2400 square feet and has seating for up 90 people. Make sure to look at the event page on their website as there are lots of ongoing educational and fun events taking place every month. Or consider reserving this venue for your own special party as there is nothing more fun than enjoying some Sidra poured directly from the barrel.
What to expect at Black Twig?
6 taps for cider, 3 taps for beer, along with a grand selection of bottles from France, Spain, and Britain.
What is one of the biggest considerations in running a cider bar?
“Not alienating potential cider drinkers.”
or as Mattie says, “Don’t fail your market. If some people prefer a sweet cider from concentrate, have one on hand.
If I can’t get you there, and that is what you want to be drinking?
Then I have failed you.”
As such even a mini chat with Mattie not only leaves you feeling successful, but ready to try your next cider or two.
Contact for Black Twig Cider House and Mattie Beason
2812 Erwin Rd, Suite 104
Durham, North Carolina
Telephone: (919) 321-0203
Follow Mattie Beason on Twitter @mattiebeason
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