The BULL is charging ahead!
We've created Bullhorn cider blog in order to update the BCC family on exciting progress at Bull City Ciderworks (BCC). It also serves to engage in topics ranging from new ciders and recipes for cooking with cider to the cider industry and national events. We need your help to make this a success, so get on the Bullhorn and blast it out to your friends!
Positive feedback from our KS message a few days ago indicated that we needed to get this message out to everyone. So here we go! April 30th marked our last day at the original 113 S Elizabeth St location. Despite construction not actively commencing on the new Police HQ, the city informed us that we had to vacate to complete some "pre-development". This was a bummer for the BULL; however, the epic closing party memorialized Elizabeth St. and the humble beginnings of craft cider in Durham. The BCC team reflected on the countless memories of time spent with family and friends of the BULL. We also made many new friends that were upset they had not visited sooner! As the night closed, we turned the page to begin a new chapter: Bull City Ciderworks - Cider Exploratorium @ 305 S Roxboro St.
The Cider Exploratorium was delayed by a full site plan review required by the city of Durham. For perspective we identified this location August 2015 and submitted plans to the city of Durham in November 2015. Finally, we have received approval and permits for construction! The project should commence in the next 30 - 45 days with an expected 90-120 day construction period. Recent progress is encouraging and this timeline should coincide with apple harvest at Perry Lowe Orchards. New equipment at the Cider Exploratorium will allow us to create single apple variety ciders, complex barrel-aged ciders, and unorthodox multi-strain fermented ciders with flavors as unique as the people of Durham.
Where's the refreshing Bull City Cider coming from?
After realizing that timelines in Durham would put us out of business, we acted quickly to survive. The 60 BBL tanks of tasty apple juice began fermenting in Lexington, NC on March 3rd, 2016. These larger tanks are allowing us to expand the Bull City Ciderworks family by filling more pint glasses across the state! Check out Lexington taproom schedule here. We're also happy to announce that we will be opening our newest venture Bull City Ciderhouse in Lexington. This will be a gastro-concept with Chef Harry Monds of Bull City Street Food. We're also making space at the Durham headquarters for a similar venture. Updates can be found on social media and we welcome everyone to visit! If you're unable to make it to Lexington, please visit our website for a list of retailers with fresh growlers.
So, what now for the BULL in Durham?
We're working on creative ways to keep the BULL in your life and taps flowing beyond our normal distribution throughout the Triangle. In the coming weeks we'll release a schedule of events that we're planning in conjunction with King's Sandwich Shop of Durham. They've generously offered us a temporary home for the BULL to offer pints. Also, Travis and I loved seeing you all at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham! We'll be around Durham at a variety of events so stay in touch on social media.
The Bull is turning TWO on June 18th!
Come help celebrate in Lexington!! Bull City Street Food bringing the Eats 5-10pm, Zac Baxley Live Music 4:30pm & Emma Lee Live Music 7:30! We'll also have Cider Slushies and Cider Sangria. Bring the family and invite some friends...more details on facebook.