First hard cider tasting room opens in Tacoma

August 25, 2018 by  

The Locust Cider Tacoma, a taproom serving only hard cider, recently opened in Tacoma.

Located in the heart of a bustling dining, entertainment, and retail district, it’s in an ideal place. Locust Cider, with a taproom and production facility in Woodinville and a tasting room in Ballard, made the tasting room in Tacoma possible.

Jason Spears, who owns the company with Rebecca, his wife, founded the cidery in 2015 with Jason’s brother, Patrick. Jason said the focus of the company is to connect directly with people rather than offering its products in grocery stores. Flyer printing can be used by operations such as this one including general information about their offerings, and options for food, and special offers.

The Locust Cider Tacoma serves 12 of its own ciders from tap. Spears said the tasting room is like a research lab, where they are trying out new ciders to ensure they stay ahead of the competition with the latest innovations. New ciders are introduced almost daily. Some are smaller batches which means a high tap turnover, so visitors are trying out new ciders on a continuous basis.

The cidery also serves single heirloom varieties and will focus on seasonal varieties. Popular now are ciders that are heavy with mint but planned for the fall is a New England-style cider.