Ed Gibson, founder of Austin Eastciders, moved to Austin to after falling in love with Austin. Having lived most of his life in Bristol in the southwest of England and the “cider capital of the world”, Gibson operated a cider bar until he started looking for a change. After visiting Austin upon a friend’s suggestion, the rest, as they say, is history.
Gibson launched Austin Eastciders in various bars in 2011. However, it quickly ran into supply issues because of the lack of a proper production facility. After finally opening one in 2013, and opening another location in 2016, its supply problems are now behind it.
The new location affords space for a proper taproom called The Collaboratory at the original location. There, one can enjoy the five mainstays of Austin Eastciders, and some seasonal and special edition ciders – all aimed at bringing back cider to the level of popularity it once enjoyed in the Americas.