Editor’s Note: With the opening of a few more cideries in 2018, Tap Trail’s Passport will be open to cideries. We’re excited to welcome them to this amazing craft community.
There are a few things people associate with Bellingham right off the bat, whether they live here, have visited, or have simply heard of what our little bay town has to offer. Between outdoor adventure of every kind, scenic views, and the university, craft beer always seems to be on the agenda for visitors and locals alike.
This month, if everything goes according to plan, the brewing scene is expanding even further as we welcome Bellingham Cider Company into the microbrewed mix.
Located at 205 Prospect St. between downtown and the lettered streets, Bellingham Cider Company (BCC) is mid-construction, and co-founders Bryce Hamilton and Joshua Serface are crossing their fingers for a mid-winter opening day.
While you can typically find a tasty Pacific Northwest cider on tap at your favorite places around Bellingham, cider drinkers are becoming excited to see a growing number of cideries in Bellingham. Honey Moon has been offering its varieties of cider and mead, but the market will expand in 2018. First on the list, Bellingham Cider Company.
Bellingham Cider Company wasn’t necessarily part of the immediate plan for both Hamilton and Serface. Hamilton, a Western graduate, moved from Bellingham to Portland to become a paramedic in the early 2000’s, and met Serface on an ambulance. Don’t worry, neither were in critical condition, just in the same line of work.
Their chosen profession wasn’t the only thing they had in common. In fact, both came from backgrounds of growing and pressing fruit into cider on family farms. Hamilton had thought about opening a restaurant, brewery, or cidery in Bellingham eventually, and the idea eventually grew between the two, becoming a plan that materialized much earlier than expected.
“It was an organic start. We didn’t come at it with a plan,” Hamilton said.
Both Hamilton and Serface made beer and cider at home over the years, and decided that because of the complete lack of a cidery scene in Bellingham, they’d turn a hobby and a passion into a business.