Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
At one time in the not too distant past, cider was the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the country. Like wine or craft beer, cider is available in a variety of styles, even dry and lightly effervescent varieties. If the forces behind Six Plates Wine Bar and Mattie B’s Public House have anything to do with it, cider made from NC apples will be the next craft beverage boom in our state.
On April 19th, we’ll have the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the celebrated cider at Cider Fest 2014 at Mattie B’s Public House. The cider curious can choose to attend an earlier session (which will include small bites from Bar Lusconi, G2B, Mattie B’s, Pizzeria Toro, Primal, Q Shack, Six Plates, and Toast, as well as 2 oz tasting pours) or a later a la carte/pay as you drink/eat session. The first of the two sessions begins at noon and continues until 3 pm. Samples will be available from at least six NC cider makers (two based in Durham): Black Mountain Ciderworks, Bull City Ciderworks, Fishing Creek Cider, McRitchie Ciderworks, Noble Cider, and Sourwood Brewing Company. All food and drink is included in the ticket price of $50 for this session.
The second session begins at 4 pm (and continues late into the night) and $10 will guarantee your entrance into the general admission session. There is no food or drink included in the general admission price, which is perfect for those that have a smaller appetite and only want to try one or two items (which can be purchased separately).
Proceeds from the event will go to the Apple Growers of NC to help continue production of the versatile apple (as delicious in pie as it is in cider). The production of hard cider is an opportunity for North Carolina to reinvest in our bountiful agriculture and perhaps create another craft beverage boom to call our own.