The growth of craft breweries makes this a great time for beer lovers in New Orleans. With the addition of Broad Street Cider & Ale, there’s probably never been a better time for cider lovers here.
Broad Street Cider & Ale is the city’s only dedicated cidery, and the dry, crisp, sometimes potent stuff flows in a dozen varieties. Most are made in house, with a few others “visiting” from other producers.
Jon Moore and Diana Powell opened shop over the summer, joining a cluster of new creative businesses at this Broadmoor end of South Broad Street. It functions as a tavern and follows the general format of a craft brewery, with a taproom and “cider garden.” Its ciders are sold only on-site, served by the glass and in 25 oz. jars to take away.
As the name implies, though, Broad Street Cider & Ale does serve more than cider. There’s also a short selection of beer and wine from other producers, and for the (potentially) cooler weather there’s hot cider and hot toddies mixed with rum from next-door neighbor Roulaison Distilling.
More common in apple-producing areas, craft cider is a niche within a niche for the still-new craft beverage business in New Orleans
Made from fermented apples, hard cider typically has alcohol content similar to beer, though some can be much stronger. They make a refreshing, lighter-tasting beverage, and the drink is gluten-free.
The local operation is based around a small production room just past the bar, where vats of juice arrive from the Pacific Northwest. Moore is fond of British-style beer yeasts, which impart different flavor and character to the finished product.
The house styles run through the citrusy Belle and the tea-tinged Duchess of Devonshire to the downright funky Sir Brett Nelson. Significantly, they are not sweet, which may come as a surprise to those who mostly know the big brand ciders.
Though it’s a cidery, Broad Street Cider & Ale is regulated as a winery (the process is closer to making wine than beer). The bar has a full liquor license, though Moore says he limits the selection to keep the focus on cider while accommodating other tastes.
Combined with early hours, that also keeps the ambiance closer to a lounge or even a coffee house than a typical bar. Built within the sturdy frame and clean lines of a 1920s-era storefront, it feels like a taproom with softer edges.
For cider lovers, it’s like finding an oasis in the orchard.
2723 S. Broad St., 504-405-1854
Tue.-Fri, 4-9 p.m., Sat 1-9 p.m.
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