Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Bivouac Cidery opens thoughtfully

The restaurant wasn't always part of the plan

High foot traffic, yes, but also lots of beverage competition in North Park
High foot traffic, yes, but also lots of beverage competition in North Park

Bivouac Ciderworks has opened in North Park. San Diego's latest craft-beverage business becomes the tenth in San Diego to make hard cider and the first to follow a sort of cider brewpub model. It doubles as a full-service farm-to-table eatery along the neighborhood's restaurant row (3986 30th Street, North Park).

A flight of Bivouac ciders
Place

Bivouac Ciderworks

3986 30th Street, San Diego

Matthew Austin, a ten-year homebrewer, had originally thought to open a beer business. But as he saw San Diego beer grow saturated with well over a hundred breweries, he switched to another favorite: cider. Inspired by ciders he experienced on trips to France and England, Bivouac's ciders are made from a blend of French bittersweet apples and sweeter fruit from Central California and the Pacific Northwest.

"There are a ton of people who have never had cider or have only had Angry Orchard or one of the bigger manufacturers," says Austin. Such sweet, macro-produced hard ciders don't reflect the depth and breadth of dryer cider styles — “The same way craft beer is different than Bud Light,” Austin adds.

With both 30- and 15-barrel tanks, and 165 barrels of total capacity, Bivouac can make a wide variety of dry, aged, and fruited ciders, and Austin has enlisted the help of an experienced (for the moment anonymous) winemaker, who's worked with several cideries in the Pacific Northwest.

Cider tanks in the back, restaurant and bar in the front.

Making cider was always part of the plan for Bivouac — serving food wasn't. When Austin partnered up with cofounder Lara Worm two years ago, they both imagined a production facility with a cider tasting room, with an eventual expansion to someplace with food. But once they settled on the high-foot-traffic North Park location, they realized a kitchen could help the cider business thrive in what's become a very competitive San Diego craft-beverage market.

So they adjusted their business model and tapped three generations of San Diego restaurant experience to simultaneously create a complementary restaurant concept. "My family's been in the restaurant and catering business in San Diego for 60 years,” explains Worm, "so we decided to do the restaurant first and production facility later."

With the help of Worm's brother Scott, executive chef of the family business (Bekker's Catering), Bivouac built a kitchen and attracted the services of popular local chef DJ Tangalin, previously of Whisknladle, JRDN, and Tidal restaurants. He's put together a menu of California cuisine featuring gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, occasionally influenced by the flavors and ingredients of his native Philippines.

While food may provide a draw to get people drinking cider, operating a restaurant also allows Bivouac to augment its house cider menu with draft beer, wine, and several intriguing fruit-based spirits.

"We're able to serve brandy, eau de vies, and spirits derived from fruit," says Austin, "so that allows us to do some creative stuff on our cocktail side."

Thus, a cocktail menu designed by mixologist Jesse Ross of Sycamore Den doesn't feature the usual liquors, such as bourbon or gin. Instead it serves drinks created with grape-based brandies, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels or distilled through a gin basket to emulate the respective spirits.

For now, these spirits represent out-of-state brands, but Austin says Bivouac is setting up an alternating proprietorship with a local distiller so it can produce its own. "We're going to be doing both a bourbon-barrel-aged brandy and a gin brandy in the next eight months or so."

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Unexpected views from some San Diego African Americans

"I don't care if you're black or white"
Next Article

Mexico after the millenium

Smuggling, TJ nightlife, deported, TJ as hip destination, can't stop thinking about TJ, cross-border kidnapping
High foot traffic, yes, but also lots of beverage competition in North Park
High foot traffic, yes, but also lots of beverage competition in North Park

Bivouac Ciderworks has opened in North Park. San Diego's latest craft-beverage business becomes the tenth in San Diego to make hard cider and the first to follow a sort of cider brewpub model. It doubles as a full-service farm-to-table eatery along the neighborhood's restaurant row (3986 30th Street, North Park).

A flight of Bivouac ciders
Place

Bivouac Ciderworks

3986 30th Street, San Diego

Matthew Austin, a ten-year homebrewer, had originally thought to open a beer business. But as he saw San Diego beer grow saturated with well over a hundred breweries, he switched to another favorite: cider. Inspired by ciders he experienced on trips to France and England, Bivouac's ciders are made from a blend of French bittersweet apples and sweeter fruit from Central California and the Pacific Northwest.

"There are a ton of people who have never had cider or have only had Angry Orchard or one of the bigger manufacturers," says Austin. Such sweet, macro-produced hard ciders don't reflect the depth and breadth of dryer cider styles — “The same way craft beer is different than Bud Light,” Austin adds.

With both 30- and 15-barrel tanks, and 165 barrels of total capacity, Bivouac can make a wide variety of dry, aged, and fruited ciders, and Austin has enlisted the help of an experienced (for the moment anonymous) winemaker, who's worked with several cideries in the Pacific Northwest.

Cider tanks in the back, restaurant and bar in the front.

Making cider was always part of the plan for Bivouac — serving food wasn't. When Austin partnered up with cofounder Lara Worm two years ago, they both imagined a production facility with a cider tasting room, with an eventual expansion to someplace with food. But once they settled on the high-foot-traffic North Park location, they realized a kitchen could help the cider business thrive in what's become a very competitive San Diego craft-beverage market.

So they adjusted their business model and tapped three generations of San Diego restaurant experience to simultaneously create a complementary restaurant concept. "My family's been in the restaurant and catering business in San Diego for 60 years,” explains Worm, "so we decided to do the restaurant first and production facility later."

With the help of Worm's brother Scott, executive chef of the family business (Bekker's Catering), Bivouac built a kitchen and attracted the services of popular local chef DJ Tangalin, previously of Whisknladle, JRDN, and Tidal restaurants. He's put together a menu of California cuisine featuring gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, occasionally influenced by the flavors and ingredients of his native Philippines.

While food may provide a draw to get people drinking cider, operating a restaurant also allows Bivouac to augment its house cider menu with draft beer, wine, and several intriguing fruit-based spirits.

"We're able to serve brandy, eau de vies, and spirits derived from fruit," says Austin, "so that allows us to do some creative stuff on our cocktail side."

Thus, a cocktail menu designed by mixologist Jesse Ross of Sycamore Den doesn't feature the usual liquors, such as bourbon or gin. Instead it serves drinks created with grape-based brandies, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels or distilled through a gin basket to emulate the respective spirits.

For now, these spirits represent out-of-state brands, but Austin says Bivouac is setting up an alternating proprietorship with a local distiller so it can produce its own. "We're going to be doing both a bourbon-barrel-aged brandy and a gin brandy in the next eight months or so."

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Oceanside – eclecticism reigns

Oceanside Blvd. beach rip-rap, Fire Mountain incursion, airport death, growing up in Camp Pendleton housing, Oceanside Pier, Samoan gangs, Saint Malo, harbor vs. surfers
Next Article

The Tobacconist: Stogie story

His job is to sell pleasure and desire, cigars “hand-rolled tenderly by beautiful women on their thighs.”
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close