Less than a year after a hugely successful grand opening, Dallas' only cider manufacturer is expanding to a second location.
Bishop Cider Co., which currently resides in the Bishop Arts District, has begun construction on a 9,900-square-foot production facility in the Design District, which co-owner Joel Malone hopes will be open by June. D Magazine first reported the news.
"Actually the week after the grand opening party I started looking at real estate," Malone says. "I was hoping to stay in Oak Cliff, but nothing ever panned out because of zoning."
The additional location will up Bishop Cider Co.'s brewing capacity four-fold, as well as afford the owners a chance to regularly brew more styles. Malone's plan also includes a barrel-aging program and distribution in cans -- and possibly bottles -- throughout North Texas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio by the end of the year.
Originally, Malone, who owns the business with his wife Laura, planned to take over a vacant space next door to the original 750-square-foot cidery on Bishop Boulevard. But he was going to be forced to rezone the additional square footage, a process that notoriously took the business roughly two years to complete. The new place, he says, was much quicker.
Once open, the Design District property (2777 Irving Blvd.) will offer weekend tours and host special events. The original venue will serve as an off-site taproom. Bishop Cider Co. currently has four original recipes on tap, but Malone hopes to up that to a dozen in the coming months.
For a full list of Bishop Cider Co. offerings and where to find them, visit the company's official website.