Fort Worth natives and Locust Cider co-owners Patrick and Jason Spears are bringing their Washington-based award-winning cidery and taproom to the Near Southside. The new development will be Fort Worth’s first cidery.
Locust Cider is moving into M2G Ventures newest development at 710 S. Main and will build on the craft drink culture already in the area, already known as the craft drink central of Fort Worth, according to a news release.
Locust Cider will be the first tenant located in M2Gs renovated, restored and reimagined 1940’s property at 710 S Main, and M2G plans to begin construction winter 2017.
The release states that Washington is the most competitive cider market in the nation and Locust Cider not only held its own but was named one of GQ Magazine’s “2016 best hard ciders.”
They also hope to work with local craft breweries to make Locust Cider’s Fort Worth Taproom “a creative and industrial environment for Near Southsiders and visitors to learn, taste-test, socialize and help brainstorm the next great flavor,” the release stated.
“Being the only cider in town brings a new element to a growing and thriving craft beverage scene,” Spears said of moving to the Near Southside, in the release. “In some cities like Seattle there are a dozen or more cideries, and hard cider is an everyday mainstream drink. Locust wants to open the world of cider to Fort Worth.”
Keeping their brand inspiration is important to the cidery founders and the apples needed for the cider will be sourced from Washington, the original home of the cidery and the “State for Apples.”
Sourcing their apples from Washington will allow Locust Cider to bring their signature flavors and drinks to North Texas, though the pair does plan to create and offer limited batches of Texas-apple infused ciders that use multiple ingredients solely sourced from Texas such as honey, cherries, vanilla beans, and more.