Locust Cider opened its newest taproom on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma on Wednesday, the Woodinville-based company announced. This is Locust Cider’s third taproom, with locations in Woodinville, Ballard, and now Tacoma. A second production facility and fourth taproom is scheduled to open in Fort Worth, Texas later this summer.
“Our whole goal for our company is to reach people on a more personal level, and the taprooms are such a great way to do that,” Locust Cider co-founder Jason Spears said. “The sort of parameters for where we want to put a taproom all comes down to the the community. Where can we find an area with a real tight community?”
Spears said the decision to open in Tacoma also had a lot to do with the specific building spot on Sixth Ave.
“It’s about the micro-location and the people who are there,” he said. “I keep saying that now that I’ve spent so much time (in Tacoma), I really want to move down here. … I think this is the coolest city.”
The Tacoma taproom is similar in style to the company’s Ballard location. Twelve Locust ciders will be on tap, including core flavors, like Dark Cherry and Honey Pear; popular seasonal flavors, like Mojito and Watermelon; and other limited specials, like Mango Habanero.
Customers can order food from the newly opened Pizza Press next door, and play an array of video games in the back of the taproom.
Locust Cider was founded in Woodinville in 2015 by Spears and his brother, Patrick. A portion of the company’s proceeds from all cans, bottles, and club memberships sold are donated to the Hydrocephalus Association to support research for the incurable brain disease, which Jason Spears’s own daughter lives with. $25 from every $125 club membership (members get free cider flights and other perks) goes to the association.
According to Spears, when Locust Cider opened its Ballard taproom, its donations to the Hydrocephalus Association increased substantially, something they hope will happen again with the new Tacoma space. Since January of this year, the company has donated more than $8,000 to the cause.
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2805 6th Avenue, Tacoma
Monday-Thursday: 3-11 p.m.
Friday: 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
Saturday: Noon-12 a.m.
Sunday: Noon-9 p.m.