Next week, local cidery Austin Eastciders will open its first public tasting room on the east side. It’ll be found at the original cider facility at 979 Springdale Road, Suite 130. The opening will be held on Thursday, November 16.
The new 1,960-square-foot tasting room will serve signature flavors (original, hopped, Texas honey, pineapple, and blood orange), as well as unreleased options like cucumber and grapefruit. There will also be a dog-friendly patio with cornhole, darts, and board games.
Dubbed a “collaboratory” (collaborative laboratory), the company hopes to experiment with special releases, as well as host weekly events with the creative community. The collaboratory program will start with a live music partnership with Drunk Luck.
The tasting room will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
The tasting room will be managed by Marc Brenton Smith, a sommelier who spent time at Parkside, now-shuttered Restaurant Jezebel, and the Hotel Granduca in Austin. Last summer, Austin Eastciders opened a second cidery in far South Austin to amp up its production.