Austin cidery Texas Keeper Cider is opening its taproom on Saturday, March 12. Co-founders Lindsey Peebles, Brandon Wilde, and head cidermaker Nick Doughty startedthe small-batch cider production facility in 2013 out in Manchaca, Texas.
The group turned a farmhouse next-door to the cidery into the taproom, where the fermented brews will be available by bottle or glass, including limited releases only available right there. Guest cider and wine offerings will focus on Texas and international drinks. People can also buy bottles to go. About 99 guests can fit inside, with plenty more outside, where there is a stone patio, picnic tables, and many live oak trees.
The big opening party on Saturday will include music and food from Indian-Texas farmers market stand Anjore and Hector’s Tortas Ahogadas from 2 through 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and entry is free for children. March 12th will will also see the debut of brand-new cider Grafter Blanc, made with apples and wine grapes.
Going forward, Anjore and Hector’s will each take a weekend a month at the taproom. Texas Keeper is also looking to bring in other food vendors, and will offer meat and cheese boards from Antonelli’s and Salt & Time. Also in the works are cider dinners partnered with Austin chefs.
Tours of Texas Keeper Cider will be available to the public. Initial days and hours are on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with Sundays and then Fridays to follow.