It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. When a problem has been too big for too long, the only choice you have is to roll up your sleeves and make a solution, once and for all. This was certainly the case with Joel and Laura Malone, who finally had enough and decided they had to do something about Texas’ lack of decent hard cider.
And do something they did.
Joel and Laura founded the Bishop Cider Co., a brewery that has become quite a standout in the Dallas craft beer scene. They were tired of the lack of pride and effort that went into most hard ciders, which essentially were just liquid candy mixed with alcohol. It’s no secret that in the bar scene, cider tends to get treated like the stepchild no one seems to mention. The Malones, however, saw cider much differently and decided to redeem cider once and for all. So in 2013, they got a little help through Kickstarter and set out on their mission. Since then, they’ve expanded to a larger brewery (sorry, cidery) and their steady incline seems to show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS
The starting lineup on the Bishop Cider team is made up of four sweet, solid ciders that represent the brand beautifully. First off, there’s The OG. This one somehow pulls off the amazing feat of being your standard, apple flavored cider while at the same time being hardly “standard” at all. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, try the Apple Pineapple, an acidic cider made with straight-up real pineapple. Or perhaps you’re more of a citrus fan. In which case, you’ll definitely take a liking to the sweet Mimosa-esque flavor of their Blood Orange cider. But if you truly want the Bishop experience, then there’s only one way to go: Crackberry. This blend of cranberry, blackberry, and apple has become their number one seller, and after one sip, it’s no mystery as to how that came to be.
As if that weren’t enough, the good folks at Bishop also offer seasonal ciders and serve an array of experimental brews at their Tasting Room and “Cidercade.” (More on that later.)
KEEPIN’ IT REAL
When Joel and Laura set out to change the Texas cider game, they wanted to show that cider doesn’t have to be some kind of melted down candy with a 4.5% ABV. They don’t use artificial ingredients, and they don’t add any additional sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, or honey, or agave, or anything. The sweet taste you get in every can is from the natural sugars from the fruit itself. Not only that, but all their offerings are vegan and gluten-free if you’re into that kind of thing.
Oh, and they’re all made locally, right here in Texas, by actual Texans. Now that’s keepin’ it real.
COME ON DOWN
Deep in the heart of the Bishop Arts District, the Malones have set up a Tasting Room in which proud cider lovers and potential cider lovers can take a load off and have a drink or get some cider to go. Located at 509 N Bishop Ave between Lockhart BBQ and Eno’s Pizza Tavern, this happening hangout usually has up to six ciders on tap and Bishop’s four original canned offerings for anyone seeking a sweet escape.
So by now, it’s apparent that Joel and Laura don’t play games when it comes to making good quality cider that breaks apart people’s preconceptions. But they certainly don’t mind if YOU play some games. Which brings us to…
SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?
The aforementioned Bishop Cidercade is yet another fine example of how Bishop Cider Co. isn’t your typical craft brewery. Located at 2777 Irving Blvd in Dallas, this innovative adult playground offers up twenty-four ciders on tap and is frequently visited by some of the city’s top food trucks. And then there are the games. Over 125 of them, to be exact. The Cidercade features an array of arcade staples such as Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat, as well as many pinball favorites that both seasoned arcade vets and the uninitiated are sure to get a kick out of.
High quality, all natural cider, AND killer video games? Sounds like a sweet time to us.
We invite you to come on down to our Taps & Caps locations in Lewisville or Fort Worth to experience these sweet concoctions today. Bishop Cider Co. has created a cider that tastes like a cider should, and they did it by adhering to a standard that you just don’t see from most other cider companies. Pick up a pack of their original four canned classics or a growler right from the tap, and taste what you’ve been missing.
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