A few years after trying their hands at cider-making out of their Old City apartment, husband and wife team Kerry and Risa McKenzie are opening Hale & True cidery and taproom at 613 S. 7th Street in Bella Vista. The tasting room, located in a building with apartments above, will serve the company’s hard cider made from Pennsylvania apples, plus other local ciders, beers, wines, and spirits. It’s slated to open early 2018.
HRA Construction, who did Tired Hands Fermenteria, Conshohocken Brewing Company, and La Cabra Brewing, is building out the Hale & True space. It’s designed by USA Architects, out of Fishtown, and Cohere. The furniture is from Sweetwater Wood Design, owned by Kerry’s father and brother. Expect to sip the cider seated at tables made out of redwood from old picnic tables and benches salvaged at the Jersey Shore. The bar top and the banquet seating use cypress reclaimed from a mushroom barn.
The McKenzies don’t have a firm opening date just yet, but those curious about their cider can try it on Thursday, December 21, at coffee shop Rally (701 S. 7th Street), during Thursday Night Throwdown, a “latte art battle.” The free event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Hale & True will be offering samples of The Season, a dry cider fermented with cranberry and maple. And this is what Hale & True will look like: