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Hard cider tasting room to open in Boise this fall

Longdrop Cider Co. will open on Capitol Boulevard as soon as late October.
Longdrop Cider Co. will open on Capitol Boulevard as soon as late October.

Longdrop Cider Co. is moving to Downtown Boise.

The Idaho cidery, which began manufacturing hard alcoholic ciders in 2015 at Crooked Fence Brewing Co. in Eagle, will open a tasting room this fall at 603 W. Capitol Blvd. The space formerly was a back area for now-defunct Grind Modern Burger, and before that, it housed Brewforia bottle shop.

“We have been looking for some time to open a Downtown tasting room where we could showcase our brand,” Longdrop president Chris Blanchard says. “We’re shooting for an opening later in October.”

“With the Royal Boulevard extension connecting 9th and Capitol just above us, the two new hotels going in across the street, and The Afton condominiums going in behind us, it’s a perfect spot for Longdrop to plant its own flag.”

Longdrop isn’t making cider at Crooked Fence anymore and now uses a contract facility. Blanchard says he plans to build a new production facility on the Boise Bench as soon as late 2016 or early 2017.

“It’s going to be exciting to be Downtown for the retail side of things, then a 10-minute walk to the new production site,” he says. “This will be great for cider fans who have not had the opportunity to try a wide range of our ciders.”

Blanchard says he anticipates eight taps at the tasting room when it opens: seven Longdrop ciders and a local rotating beer.

“We will probably not open with food on day one,” he adds, “but we are already planning a food concept that could roll out soon after opening.”

Online: longdropcider.com.

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