Meriwether Cider to Open Downtown Cider House 

click to enlarge Artist rendering of the new Meriwether Cider House.

Glenn Rummler

Artist rendering of the new Meriwether Cider House.

It can sometimes seem like every time a bell rings, a new brewery or coffee shop opens in downtown Boise. Starting Thursday, March 1, however, Meriwether Cider will take over the space currently occupied by Portsche's Jewelry Boutique (224 S. Ninth St.) on Bannock Street, making it the first cider house in Idaho and one of fewer than 30 in the United States.

Meriwether Cider Co-Owner Molly Ledbetter was mum on an exact date, but she indicated the Meriwether Cider House may be open for business as early as late spring or early summer.

"We're doing a pretty large renovation," Ledbetter said. "We're going from a jewelry store to a full-blown cider house, and it's going to be quite a bit of work."

The 20 taps at the Meriwether Cider House will, of course, pour Meriwether brews, but half of them will be reserved for other regional and international ciders, including regional options Schilling Cider and Finnriver Cider. There will also be 30-40 bottled ciders in stock, and the cider house will be "very picky" about what it serves, eschewing ciders with artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

In addition to having a rotating roster of ciders on tap, Meriwether Cider House will also offer what Ledbetter called "cider education" to help people become more familiar with the beverage.

"Right now, cider is growing very quickly, but people think all cider tastes the same. We want the education to grow in Boise," she said.

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