recent EVENTs:


Black Twig Cider House is thrilled to announce yet another exciting Cider Dinner, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7pm.  The multi-course dinner one will feature sumptuous cider from Original Sin Hard Cider and stellar local pasture-raised meat from Firsthand Foods!  Listen to Gidon Coll from Original Sin speak about the history of apples and cider, and Jennifer Curtis from Firsthand Foods talk about their tasty, local, sustainable meat and the remarkable farmers who provide it! 

Here is tonight's menu!

Tasting Dishes:

-Gruyere and Apple Cider Vinegar Pierogies with Raspberry Applesauce

     Paired with Original Sin's 'Black Widow' Blackberry Infused Cider

-Pork Heart Pate and Crostini

     Paired with Original Sin's 'Northern Spy' Single Varietal Cider

-Shrimp Hushpuppies with Apple-Cucumber Salad and Sweet Chili Sauce

     Paired with Original Sin's 'Extra Dry' Cider

-Apple Kalamata Salad with sliced Andouille, Bratwurst, and Merguez

     Paired with Original Sin's Rose Cider (pinked on Marquette grape skins)

Main Course:

-6oz Pork Cutlet seasoned with Nutmeg and Rosemary Oil, servced with herbed Lingonberry Lentils and Lemon-Spinach

     Paired with Original Sin's Elderberry Infused Cider


-Apple Crisp served with Creme Fraiche

     Paired with Original Sin's Apple Cider



Join us on Tuesday 2/27 for an evening of exclusive cider tasting and a whole hog pig picking with Eric Bordelet and Picnic at Black Twig Cider House!

Also we're offering a very special tasting of all four of Eric's Ciders guided by mister Bordelet himself. The tasting will begin at 5pm and will last no more than an hour. The cost is $30 and includes taste of four of Eric's Ciders.

Why do we love Eric Bordelet so much?

There are many reasons to love Eric Bordelet and his ciders. In a previous life, Mr. Bordelet was a sommelier at Alain Passard's Arpege Restaurant in Paris. Opting for a change of pace, he moved to Normandy and took over his family orchard. Steeped in the traditions of wine, he grows more than 20 varieties of apple and 15 varieties of pear. While it is not uncommon to blend various varietals of apples and/or pears in a single cider, Mr. Bordelet certainly takes this approach to extremes.

What all of this means is that Mr. Bordelet is making the kind of nuanced and complex ciders of character that will convert even the most entrenched wine drinker or beer aficionado. Ciders that are perfect for pairing with food, and perfect for drinking on their own.  Ciders that raise the bar. In short, ciders to get excited about.

We're pairing these incredible ciders with Picnic's whole hog barbecue - pasture-raised in Durham and smoked over wood - and a full spread of our favorite sides. It's a perfect combination you won't want to miss.

Tickets are $26 in advance, $32 day-of, for 2 pours and a plate. A la carte options will be available, so come to eat, come to drink, or come to do both - we'll see you there!  

ongoing EVENTS:

Every Monday night, starting at 8:30pm, Black Twig Cider House and our sister restaurant, Mattie B's Public House, host the best Monday Night in town.  Trivia consists of 4 rounds of five questions each, one of which is a theme round (theme announced the previous week), and even a tiebreaker round if necessary.  The winning team gets $40 off their bar tab!!

Not great at trivia, but still love to play?  Not to worry - the best team name and best wrong answer of the night will both win some random crap like a pint glass, t-shirt, or a gift certificate.  There may even be a few rounds of txotx-ing thrown in for good measure!

At Mattie B's, your host is a guy named John, who also writes the questions.  He guarantees that all answers are as correct as a few minutes of Googling from his couch can confirm.  At Black Twig, your host is a guy named Sam.  He makes no guarantees, and will probably suggest that you address any trivial complaints to John.

Season 3 started July 2017.  There's still time to compete for the Grand Prize:  eternal bragging rights!

  • wednesday night flights

Every Wednesday, from 11am until 10pm, flights are $3 off!  What a great opportunity to try a few new ciders!  Look for offerings from Blake's Hard Cider, Schilling Cider, Noble Cider, Urban Orchards Cider, Eric Bordelet, Sidra Trabanco, and Isastegi - just to name a few!

Every Thursday night at Black Twig, starting at 6:30pm, our very own Ben Scanlon presents an assortment of over 30 games for you to learn, play, and love!  Learn a new game or play an old favorite - we provide the games, and you get to have the fun.

Free and open to participants of all ages.  Plus, fun and groovy drink specials!

#ThursdaysatBlackTwig  #DurhamCommunityGameNight  #CiderisHere  #TxotxOnThis

  • brewery of the month club

We feature a different designated brewery each month, enabling us to offer a curated selection of the best beers around.  Each month, we do a Pint Night feature with the current Brewery, offering the opportunity to talk with the brewers and sample their delicious beverages.  Here are some of our recent and upcoming collaborations:

March - Grimm Artisinal Ales, Brooklyn, NY

April - Fortnight Brewing, Cary, NC

July - Bull Durham Beer Co., Durham, NC

August - Starpoint Brewing, Durham and Carrboro, NC

September - Clouds Brewing, Raleigh, NC

October - Duck Rabbit Brewery, Farmville, NC

November - Lonerider Beer, Raleigh, NC

December- Gibbs Hundred, Greensboro, NC

January- Fullsteam, Durham, NC

February- Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, NC

March- Firestone Walker, Paso Robles, CA

April- NC BEER MONTH! Featuring Lynnwood Brewing Concern and Fullsteam

May- Wyndridge Farm, Dallasville, PA

June- Fortnight Brewing, Cary, NC

July- Bull Durham Beer Co., Durham, NC

Are you a brewer who would like to see your beers featured at Black Twig?  Contact us at info (at) blacktwigciderhouse (dot) com and see your name on this page!



Cider Cocktail Tasting with Alley 26's Shannon Healy and Rob Mariani, Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House, and Local Distillers.

Alley Twenty Six and cider expert extraordinaire Mattie B. will be doing a series of cider cocktail tastings on Saturdays throughout the summer starting Saturday, May 20th.  Featuring cocktails using a combination of different ciders and liquors from various North Carolina distilleries, prepare to learn about these delicious products and new ways to concoct summer cocktails for your friends at home.  

Featured Distillers: Saturday, June 17th - Topo Distillery
                               Saturday, July 29th - Fair Game Beverage
                               Saturday, August 19th - Durham Distillery

The hour-long tasting class will feature three smaller portions of different cider cocktails with product descriptions from the distiller and Mattie B.  Rob Mariani will be on hand to talk about how to put all the products together into a tasty cocktail.  

Join us after the tasting at 5:30pm for full versions of your favorite cider cocktail from the class with Mattie B. as a guest bartender!

Where:  Alley Twenty Six  

Dates:  Saturday, June 17th feat. Topo Distillery

            Saturday, July 29th feat. Fair Game Beverage

            Saturday, August 19th feat. Durham Distillery

Time: 4pm to 5pm

Price:  $25


Txotxfest, Black Twig Cider House's ANNUAL Cider Festival, IS BACK!

Hard Cider is made all over the world.  In carrying on the celebration of this delicious apple beverage, it is our hope to showcase local cidermakers and restaurants, and to offer you an opportunity to taste cider from across the country and around the world.

This year, Txotxfest will be the culminating event for the First Annual CiderWeekNC!  Put on by the NC Cider Association, CiderWeekNC will run from Friday, November 10 through Saturday, November 18 and will feature events at locations across the state.  We at Black Twig Cider House & Mattie B's Public House, longstanding fans of cider ourselves, are thrilled at this opportunity to further share our enthusiasm for cider with our fellow North Carolinians.  Along with the help of fantastic cidermakers (from NC and beyond!), spectacular vendors, chefs, and culinary artisans, we are making this Txotxfest one for the books! 

Details are here, tickets are here!


  • Pre-Txotxfest Cider pairing dinner - NOVEMBER 17, 2017 7pm


Friday, November 17th we have organized a small cider pairing dinner with Steven Goff of Brinehaus. We will be offering a 5 course dinner with 5 fantastic cider pairings for only $50! We want you to know what cider and food can be together.

The 5 course dinner will begin at 7pm at Black Twig Cider House. The menu and pairings will be announced shortly.

We are so excited about this addition to the weekend. We hope you are as excited!

The dinner is $50 per person to be purchased on this page. Gratuity is not included, so please plan accordingly.

Details are here, tickets are here!

Txakoli: Spain's Refreshing, Effervescent, Hard-to-Pronounce Wine. Do you like Txakoli? We do!

Black Twig Cider House, Mattie B's Public House, Robert Brown Immigration Law, Haw River Wine Man, & The Rickhouse are partnering to carry on the torch of Txakolifest! With the help of spectacular vendors, chefs and culinary artisans we are making this year’s Txakolifest one for the books! Hold on to your porron, and basque in the camaraderie of this day all while raising money and awareness for The Immigration Legal Defense Fund. 

Tickets on Sale now!

Ticket Prices:
GA - $75 (includes tasting glass and unlimited food & wine samples)
VIP - $100 (includes tasting glass, T-shirt, one -hour early access and unlimited food & wine samples)


Mattie will be in Atlanta for a private talk and taste feature on Friday Night but will also be in the Connoisseurs Tent on Saturday night from 7-10 with the txotx! join him!