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The first hard cider tasting room in Boise will be the city’s first to close.
Longdrop Cider Co., 603 S. Capitol Blvd., is shuttering after a final day of business on Sunday, Aug. 25.
Despite the closure, Longdrop’s alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice isn’t going anywhere. The brand will continue to be served at bars and restaurants, plus sold locally in packaged formats at Albertsons, co-founder Chris Blanchard says.
Started in the Treasure Valley in 2014, Longdrop opened its tasting room in early 2017. Later that year, the company sold its majority stake to an investor group that co-owns Crunch Pak, a sliced-apple company based in Cashmere, Washington. The production facility was moved there, and a new tasting room was opened in downtown Leavenworth, Washington. The plan in Boise was to rebrand that tasting room and keep cider flowing.
But the new owners have decided to focus on the wholesale side of the business, Blanchard says.
Longdrop is having a clearance sale until it closes. All inventory at the Boise taproom, including growler fills, is 40 percent off.
Although Longdrop’s tasting room is saying goodbye, craft cider aficionados still have a specialized Boise destination. Meriwether Cider Co. operates a cider house at 224 N. 9th St. The company also has a tasting room in Garden City at 5242 W. Chinden Blvd.