Black Twig Cider House opens Thursday night in Durham

Black Twig Cider House opens March 31 in Durham.
Black Twig Cider House opens March 31 in Durham. Jessica Arden

Black Twig Cider House, a new restaurant with what the owners claim is the largest selection of cider in the Southeast, opens Thursday night in Durham.

Black Twig is the work of Durham restaurateur Matthew Beason and chef John Eisensmith. It is opening in the newly renovated Six Plates space off Erwin Road. The restaurant will offer more than 80 ciders on draft or in bottles. It is the first of its kind in the Southeast and only one of 10 similar cider-focused restaurants in the country.

Beason, who also owns Mattie B’s Public House, also in Durham, has become a cider expert in recent years. He was one of eight instructors for the U.S. Association of Cider Makers at the first Cider Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Eisensmith’s menu will offer elevated bar food intended to pair well with cider. One highlight will be a selection of Firsthand Foods’ sausages with Guglhupf buns and housemade condiments for $8. A couple examples include chorizo sausage with Romesco sauce, pickled pepper relish, espelette honey and smoked goat cheese or an Italian sausage with parsnip-carrot-sage slaw, pickled red onions and Asheville’s Lusty Monk Original Sin mustard.

The menu also will include salads, beef sliders, Six Plates’ signature lamby joes and hand-cut housemade Belgian frites with dipping sauces. Prices range from $2 to $15.

Cider lovers can save the date for June 11 when the restaurant will host Txotx Fest, what will become an annual cider festival. Eisensmith is planned to cook a whole deboned, sausage-stuffed local pig to pair with regional ciders.

Black Twig Cider House is located at 2812 Erwin Road, Suite 104, Durham. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

For more information on the new restaurant, go to:, Twitter @BlackTwigDurham or Instagram @BlackTwigCiderHouse.

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