Construction delays may have pushed back Trinity Cider’s August opening date, but Deep Ellum’s first cidery will be ready to open its doors next week.
The new establishment at 2656 Main Street will debut on Friday, October 12 after lengthy permitting delays. The cidery’s unique set-up with fermentation tanks in the taproom posed a significant challenge — TABC and the federal governing body TTB wouldn’t issue permits until the actual wooden bar had been constructed as a barrier to prevent drinkers from tampering with the tanks. Now the space is mostly complete with a dark wood bar top, hanging Edison bulb lighting, black tile accents, and exposed brick walls.
The glycol chilling equipment has been installed, furniture just arrived, and a rep from Trinity Cider says the team including co-owner and head ciderist Josh Price will begin brewing in the next couple days. Trinity Cider will have six ciders on draft to start with, but it made some alterations to the inaugural lineup that Eater published in July. Now in addition to a peach flavor called “The King’s Peach” and “Deep Ellum Dry,” the cider equivalent of a brut champagne that’s sugar and gluten-free, Trinity Cider will roll out a dry rosé cider that’s been colored with hibiscus flowers.
The team is road testing a handful more flavors with friends over the next couple weeks to see what makes the cut for the opening. Some options include a prickly pear cactus flavor, sour cherry, grapefruit, habanero cucumber, a spiced blend with coriander, cinnamon, and cloves, and the ghost pepper-infused cider that’s apparently so spicy patrons will have to sign a waiver before trying it.
Trinity Cider ran a Kickstarter campaign over the last several months to raise $10,000 for equipment, barware, and furniture. “It was really successful, we got the equipment we really wanted,” a rep for the company tells Eater, which included a frozen margarita machine to make cider slushes.
Trinity Cider’s opening day extravaganza will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 12.