Black Apple Hard Cider
We are waxing nostalgic as the holidays approach, thinking about our first Black Apple Friday way back in 2015. Leo and Sean worked at Black Apple Crossing that night, which consisted of the room where the bar is and a middle room that held two booths. We had a handful of ciders on tap, the favorites of which were 1904, Hibiscus, and El Carino.
In the last four years, a lot has changed. Sean is now our production manager, our brain trust for developing and storing cider recipes. He oversees a team that produces the ciders you love – on tap and in cans. Leo and his co-founder, Trey, spend their days not behind the bar but instead staying ahead of the myriad challenges that face a rapidly growing small business.
Speaking of growth, there’s been plenty. On the physical side, we renovated and opened the stage side of the cidery and converted the two-booth middle room into an office. We grew from a basement filled with food-grade totes to a large-scale production facility with steel tanks and a canning line. That basement? It’s now lined with barrels – whiskey barrels, rum barrels, etc. – aging Ozark blends of cider.
You can now find Black Apple products in hundreds of bars and restaurants around the state of Arkansas. Our cans are finding their way to your dinner tables, camp fires, and kayaks via retailers in Northwest Arkansas and beyond. And we have big plans to expand our can availability in 2020.
With all these changes, we found we’ve outgrown our name – Black Apple Crossing. It made sense for us when we opened a small taproom beside the railroad tracks in a fledgling downtown. We were at a crossroads for Springdale, both physically and temporally. And while we are committed to our roots, we’re ready to spread our limbs farther and sooner than we ever imagined. With that in mind, we’re dropping the Crossing from our name and fully embracing what we’re really, really good at – Hard Cider. You’ll notice the change on social media sites and in our web address (blackapplehardcider.com). We are ready to take the next stage in our journey as Black Apple Hard Cider, continuing to produce the same high quality, all-natural cider you love – just more of it.
321 E Emma Ave.
Springdale, AR 72764
M-Th: 4 pm – 9 pm
F, Sat: 10 am – 10 pm
Sun: 9 am – 5 pm