Alki Beach-goers will have another option for dining and drinking this summer when Locust Cider and Brewing Co. opens its new taproom. The ever-expanding operation, which recently merged with Dirty Bucket Brewing Co., will pour beer and cider from 16 taps, serve gluten-free food, and offer free retro video games—all with a view of Alki Beach.
The new taproom at 2820 Alki Ave SW will seat about 50 people and will have a larger kitchen than some of the company’s other locations, which will allow it to serve an extended menu of gluten-free food. There will also be a dedicated kids’ area to help the spot appeal to customers of all ages.
Locust brews several cider varieties, with flavors like Dark Cherry, Honey Pear, Vanilla Bean, Mojito, and Strawberry Hibiscus. On the beer side, options include Mexican lager, chocolate porter, passionfruit milkshake IPA, and a smoked blueberry rauchbier.
Locust Cider was founded in Woodinville in 2015 by brothers Jason and Patrick Spears. In the past four years, the company has expanded rapidly, adding taprooms in Ballard, Tacoma, and Fort Worth, Texas. Earlier this year, the cidery merged with fellow Woodinville producer Dirty Bucket Brewing, adding beer to the lineup. Locust has a Boulder, Colo. location in the works, too. A portion of the company’s proceeds are donated to the Hydrocephalus Association, an important cause to Jason and his wife Rebecca, whose daughter lives with the incurable brain condition.