Our beautiful taproom is now open every Saturday, 11-7pm. Family-friendly! Snacks available! Please keep all pets leashed while visiting!
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Saturday, May 14, 11 am until sellout
Come out to the Cidery for a picnic to celebrate the second release of our Grafter Rosé – a happy little cider made from Rome Beauty apples and Tempranillo wine grapes from Pedernales Cellars. We’ll have picnic lunches of homemade New York style Pastrami, naturally fermented sauerkraut, whole grain mustard, and potato salad and cold bottles of fizzy pink yumminess. Tickets here
Texas Keeper Cider was started in 2013 by 3 longtime friends born and raised in Austin, Texas. We literally hand-built the Cidery and most recently the Taproom, and had a good time doing it. Our name comes from the Hicks' Texas Keeper, an apple variety first cultivated in Lamar County, Texas around the 1880s. Before modern refrigeration, "keepers" were apples that stored well, improved with age, and were therefore available for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, the Texas Keeper apple has joined the ranks of many old American cultivars that have disappeared from production and are now believed extinct.
Nick’s interest in orchards and cider started as a young kid being taken out to little hole-in-the-wall cideries by his father in Somerset, England. Nick worked in orchards and vineyards in New Zealand before studying winemaking at Lincoln University near Christchurch. He’s worked in small wineries in New Zealand, Northern California, and Oregon, but the goal has always been to get back to Austin. Nick is a winemaker turned cidermaker, and stoked about the complexity and approachability of craft cider.
Brandon’s been an avid homebrewer for over a decade, but his brewing practices have evolved to eschew recipes in favor of following his taste buds. He has a passion for cooking and brewing and the pairing of the two, and has a knack for whipping up cleverly tasty meals from whatever’s in his fridge. You’ll always see him with a big grin on his face.
Lindsey considers Fermentation, in all its forms, to be just about the greatest human discovery of all time. So if you’re not careful she might make you take a jar of sauerkraut home with you when you see her (but you have to bring back the jar!).