Thirsty Dallasites who've crowded Bishop Cider Co.'s tiny storefront in Bishop Arts District since its opening in 2014 know it can be both a hassle and worthwhile. But soon the city's only cider manufacturer is offering respite.
Bishop Cider Co. opens a new 9,900-square-foot location Saturday, Feb. 27.
As we reported last spring, the new space in Dallas' Design District will serve that the cidery's primary production facility. Co-owner Joel Malone says the building will also have 2,500 square feet of taproom space with a permanent stage for live music. That's more than three times the size of its flagship location.
The new space not only affords Bishop Cider Co. more seating, but also increases brewing capacity to about 300 barrels per month. Malone plans to upstart a unique barrel-aging program and expand its bottled offerings thanks to the extra square footage.
"Having all the flexibility in space is going to allow us to do a lot more ciders in bottles," Malone says.
That's good news for Dallas drinkers, who Malone says have been increasingly buying his product. (In October, Bishop Cider signed with distributor Ben E Keith and is now available in cities from El Paso to Lousiana and as south as Waco.)
On weekends, Malone plans to host in-depth tours at the Design District facility to pull the curtain back on cider making as well as host special events. However, the Bishop Arts storefront will still be the mainstay taproom. It will also function as a testing lab for small-batch experimental brews, such as the apple meads known as "cysers" Malone will start brewing this week.
And because Bishop Cider Co. is considered a winery, patrons can fill growlers or purchase cider to-go from either location.
Grand opening details
Bishop Cider Co. 2.0 celebrates a grand opening Saturday, Feb. 27 from noon to 6 p.m. to the tune of live music, food trucks and about 18 different ciders.
The cidery will be serving its classic recipes alongside retired ones. (Any Cinnamango fans out there?) It will also showcase soon-to-come styles, such as sweet cherry, sour cherry, passion fruit and grapefruit-mint ciders.
Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP (plus tax). Each attendee receives a drink card for samples included in the cost; VIP extras include cider to take home.