Summer Field Trip: Argus Cidery

If found longing for a way to escape the city limits without playing an expensive game of planes, trains and automobiles, then its time to take advantage of one of several local escapes just a mere daytrip away. First on that list should be a venture to Argus Cidery’s tasting room, located a mere hop, skip and a jump from the heart of downtown.

Argus Cidery

Argus Cidery

With its ability to appeal to both wine and beer drinkers, cider is largely expected to be the next big craft beverage trend. As the first 100% Texan hard cider maker, Argus Cidery is on the forefront of this movement. Each one of their ciders is created from different apple varieties sourced from Texas growers. This commitment to keeping it local combined with the outstanding quality of their product helped Argus Cidery secure one of the Austin Food and Wine Alliance’s inaugural grants, which will be used to develop onsite orchards.

Argus Cidery

Argus Cidery

Earlier this year Argus Cidery opened a new tasting room in an open air barn next door to its production facilities. Every Saturday Argus Cidery invites folks to visit the adorably decorated tasting room for cider tastings and a daily picnic basket inspired by a favorite cookbook.

My kind of picnic basket!

My kind of picnic basket!

During a recent visit, we couldn’t get enough of Argus Cidery’s new summer release, Idalou Brut, created from Panhandle apples. It has the easy drinkability of beer but with a complexity of flavor like wine. Dry and crisp, it’s perfect for sipping in the summer heat. In addition to cider, we enjoyed outstanding samplings from Tartine such as tuna nicoise sandwiches and kale Caesar salads. For those with smaller appetites, there are also a number of dips and spreads available as well.

Tuna Nicoise Sandwich

Tuna Nicoise Sandwich

Each $10 cider tasting includes two full glass samples of sparkling and three half glass samples of still. The hearty picnic baskets run $20 and include a full glass of sparkling cider. There is also the option to buy glasses or full bottles of cider or wine to drink onsite.

Selection of spreads

Selection of spreads

Word the wise: there are plenty of fans, but the space is still open air so I advise dressing for the heat when visiting. Don’t worry; a couple of glasses of cider will cool you down in no time. Besides, with its laidback vibe and budget friendly prices, sipping the day away at Argus Cidery is well worth a spot on the summer bucket list.

Argus Cidery

Argus Cidery

Visit Argus Cidery at 12345 Paul’s Valley Road, Austin TX 78737. For reservations, email reservations@arguscidery.com. Can’t make the trip? Pick up a bottle of Argus Cidery’s newest releases at one of several statewide retailers listed here. 

Want to extend the day? Here are a few tips how to do just that:

Though it will be tough to leave, try to depart Argus Cidery with enough time to swing by neighboring Jester King Brewery. The Brewery is also home to Bola Pizza offshoot Stanley’s Pizza. Word to the wise: attempt to pace yourself when chowing down on Argus Cidery’s generously sized picnic offerings if you’d like to save room for both!

After getting a little drunk on apple wine, grab your DD and continue the field trip fun by heading for a dip at Hamilton Pool, located a mere 15 minutes down the road.

For those especially adventurous folks*, there’s always the option to grab a few bottles to go and camp out at Pedernales Falls State Park. I’d advise going before the 100-degree heat officially arrives because, let’s face it, when the earth is scorching, air conditioner trumps (propane grilled) s’mores any day of the week.

For details about setting up shop at Pedernales Falls State Park, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

*Not the outdoorsy type? Don’t fret – there can still be roasted marshmallows in your future. Head on back to a different style, less rustic of waterfront property, ie the Four Seasons, for a glass of bubbly and a few lakeside s’mores. 

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