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Supreme Core’s facility near the Arboretum functions as both a taproom and production distillery.
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Look Inside D.C.’s Newest Cider Distillery and Taproom

Homegrown cider maker Supreme Core’s first brick-and-mortar facility debuts May 12

Ambitious local producer Supreme Core Cider’s new 5,000-square-foot production facility and taproom is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 12, bringing D.C. another gathering place for hardcore cider fans.

Fellow cider maker Anxo has two locations in D.C, while other distilleries — including 2018 James Beard Foundation Award finalist Foggy Ridge Cider — dot the local landscape.

D.C.’s newest drinking destination (2400 T Street NE) comes from consultants-turned-entrepreneurs Will Sullivan and Kyle Crosby, who plan to pour and make West Coast-style brews on site. Initial production volume will be about 50 barrels (or about 1,500 gallons) per month, with expansion plans in the works.

Expect 10 ciders and collaborations on tap to start, including fruited, hopped and barrel-aged productions; the duo is using reclaimed barrels from D.C.’s One Eight Distilling and Baltimore’s Sagamore Spirit Distillery to start. The most potent (8.5 percent ABV), called Touch of Wisdom, rests in gin barrels from One Eight Distilling. Supreme Core’s brews can also be found at dozens of establishments throughout the city, including Convivial, 801 Restaurant and Bar, and Hawthorne.

There’s no kitchen at Supreme Core, so local eateries and mobile kitchens will handle dining needs in the taproom. On opening day, for instance, neighboring Ivy City Smokehouse will provide steamed crabs, while food truck the Basic Burger takes care of all the grilled fare. Customers can also bring their own food or order in.

Supreme Core’s taproom is projected to operate from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Status: Scheduled to open at noon on May 12. 2400 T Street NE; website.

Scroll down to view photos of Supreme Core’s new facility and taproom:

The main seating area at Supreme Core’s taproom embraces an industrial-meets-modern look.
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Supreme Core’s taproom features soaring ceilings.
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Three 10-barrel tanks at Supreme Core will produce the rotating ciders.
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Supreme Core repurposes used casks to season its ciders.
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The opening menu of featured ciders at Supreme Core.
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Cider fresh from the draft lines at Supreme Core.
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Supreme Core’s first release, dubbed Micawber, came out last fall.
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The entrance to Supreme Core’s newly minted production facility.
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Supreme Core Cider

2400 T Street Northeast, , DC 20002 (202) 215-5029 Visit Website

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