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On August 3rd several dozen downtown Durham bars, restaurants and bottle shops will host the 2nd annual Durham Cider Crawl. The event will showcase cider in creative and unique ways, from cider cocktails to food pairings to flights.  

“I’ve always described cider to friends as a beer-meets-wine beverage that’s super approachable and delicious. Cider is still a growing space in the US market but it’s exciting to see brands like Botanist and Barrel tap into local produce from the South—it makes for really unique and interesting flavor profiles. Plus, cider is a no-brainer when it comes to a beautiful pairing with virtually anything—pimento cheese and my favorite potato chips from Spain included!” says Jennifer Rice 

Some Highlights

Some of this year’s highlights will include a “Strange Snacks Battle” between Botanist & Barrel and Fullsteam Brewing (at Fullsteam) hosted by food writer Jennifer Rice, Bursting Boba “bubble tea” cider at Beer Study, inventive cider cocktails at the highly anticipated Kingfisher cocktail bar, a blind tasting cider flight contest with prizes at Louella’s, special apple-centric eats at East Durham Bakeshop and several one-off and special release ciders.  

The crawl also features three producer stops, including the newly opened The Northern Spy, Bull City Ciderworks and Honeygirl Meadery.  

It’s a self-guided tour

The crawl runs from 12p-10p and is a self-guided tour.  A downloadable google map with all the details and locations is published a few days before the crawl.  “With so many styles of cider and so many options, we want to allow for cider enthusiasts to make their own adventure,” says Lyndon Smith, the event organizer.   “Durham is such a vibrant and creative community. We are so excited to see what the talented chefs and mixologists create for the crawl,” says co-organizer Amie Fields.  The crawl features dozens of local and international ciders. Last year’s crawl featured 29 cider houses & over 70 ciders and we expect this years crawl to exceed those numbers.  “We hope every person on the crawl finds a new cider or cider style they love,” says Lyndon Smith.  

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The main site for the Crawl is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/303952277210121/

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