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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sourwood Cider's north end plans

A retail shop and tap room is headed for Cornwallis Street in 2019

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:54 PM


After a successful summer of piquing interest and tastebuds, the founders of Sourwood Cider are levelling up. The sometimes hard-to-track-down, funky-ass unfermented cider will have a place to hang out come early 2019 when it opens a retail shop and tasting room at 5576 Cornwallis Street—the former location of Octopi Computers.

“Over the last four months I got to test the market to see if people if anybody even liked what we were doing. We really got to experience what it was like to be in business and we turned heads because people didn’t know cider could be like this. Now I feel quite able to take bigger steps,” says Jake Foley, who launched Sourwood’s first ferments with his pal Kyle O’Rourke back in June.

The pair were operating out of a space on Almon Street, but have recently moved their production to a 1,700-square-foot space in Bayers Lake. “Yeah it’s not romantic but it’ll allow us to serve the demand for our funky cider,” says Foley. The plans for Cornwallis are still in the works, but he says it’ll be a “low-key” place for fans to buy Sourwood Cider to take home, sip on a pint, eat some food and maybe even hear some live, acoustic music. (He’s also dreaming of a bluegrass brunch.)

“We still have a lot of the coolest products to come. The whole time since May we’ve had some interesting ciders coming down the pipe,” promises Foley. While you await the construction of the north end space, you can find Sourwood by the can at Bishop’s Cellar (1477 Lower Water Street).

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