Granville’s Seek-No-Further Cider House will officially open to the public on June 12, according to Trent Beers, who is busy putting the finishing touches to the site with his partners.
“We’re probably going to do some smooth opening events,” said Beers, a Granville resident.
Although not yet officially open to the public, there have been a few private events including a recent graduation party within the structure.
Beers said it was decided to wait until pandemic conditions have eased significantly before opening the door fully to customers.
The cider house is located in a renovated barn at 126 E. Elm, adjacent to Bancroft Cottage, a B&B located in a historic house at 120 E. Elm which dates from 1824 and is also owned by Beers and his partners.
Initially, the cider house will likely operate Tuesday through Saturday, opening in the evenings, with earlier opening hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, he said.
The cider house, Beers said, is something new to Granville, and something rare in central Ohio.
Seek-No-Further will start with two of its own ciders, one dry and the other off-dry.
“Dry cider is made from heirloom apples from Maine, Golden Russet and Wickson, blended with others from Utica-based Legend Hills Orchard,” Beer said. “We also have a demi-sec that uses all Legend Hills apples, and we sweeten it with honey from Alexandria-based Latshaw Apiaries.”
Seek-No-Further will also offer three or four ciders on tap, he said, along with other cider cans and bottles. “We will also have a few draft beers and an assortment of cocktails, including wine.”
And on the catering side?
“We are partnering with Black Radis Creamery (another partner in Licking County, this one based in Alexandria)“ so we will have cheese, meat and bread deli boards. We will also have hot pretzels, with dips.
Besides day-to-day operations, the full cider house or just its large upstairs loft can also be hired for private events, he said.
The interior of the cider house is spread over two floors. The ground floor has fermentation tanks, tables and chairs, seating at the bar, as well as a garden patio surrounded by greenery.
The second floor or loft has ample seating, as well as a Franklin style stove for the winter months.
And, of course, the adjacent Bancroft Cottage is also available for guests looking for overnight accommodations.
Now, with the COVID restrictions loosened, Beers said the interior of the cider house can comfortably hold 50, although the capacity is likely more, especially taking into account seating outside.
“We got people to rent the cider house and the chalet, and that way maybe they can have a little wedding with the wedding party staying in the chalet, do the ceremony in the courtyard and party at the cider house. “Beers said.
People were drawn to the chalet for such small events during the pandemic, he said, as some scaled back wedding plans and avoided more high-traffic hotels for reasons of social distancing.
Beers said a recent barn graduation party with a full bar made for a “kind of test run” that “went very well”.
In anticipation of the grand opening and welcoming the community of Granville and beyond, Beers said, “I think what makes us special is our space. We can open our garage doors, we have our outdoor yard. It’s a great place, I think, to get together with friends. I think in general we are bringing something new. I think there’s another cider house in central Ohio, in Columbus. “
He added, “We will also be highlighting our local partners that we will be using, Legend Hills for apples, Latshaw Apiaries for honey and Black Radis Creamery for food, so we really try to use all partners. around and highlight them as well.
Beers said that in addition to the relative scarcity of cider houses in the region, Seek-No-Further’s own ciders are unique: “They are drier ciders. There are many sweeter ciders out there, but ours are a bit drier and focus on using old cider apples, which I think is quite unique for Ohio.
Learn more about the new cider house on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/seeknofurthercidery/?hl=en
Details on Bancroft Cottage can be found at: https://bancroftcottage1824.com/