Durham Cider Crawl inches towards year two

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Back again for its second year, the Durham Cider Crawl is ready to highlight the summer on August 3.

The Durham Cider Crawl will showcase cider in many 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,” says food writer Jennifer Rice.

With the ever-rising popularity of cider in today’s market, it’s not surprising that this apple beverage can be paired with virtually anything – from cheese to chocolate and anything in between.

One of the anticipated events taking place this year will be the Strange Snack Battle between Botanist & Barrel and Fullsteam Brewing. Other fun jaunts include bursting Boba cider at Beer Study, cider cocktails at Kingfisher cocktail bar and a blind tasting cider flight at LouElla.

The newly opened The Northern Spy (previously Black Twig), Bull City Ciderworks and Honeygirl Meadery will also be open and participating in the day’s events, which run from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“With so many styles of cider and so many options, we want to allow for cider enthusiasts to make their own adventure,” says event organizer, and co-owner of Botanist & Barrel, Lyndon Smith. For that reason, patrons can download a free Google map with all the details and locations prior to the cider crawl.

Last year’s cider crawl featured a total of 29 cider houses and over 70 different ciders spread across Durham. This year’s crawl is expected to exceed those numbers. “We hope every person on the crawl finds a new cider or cider-style they love,” says Smith.