Bantam Cider Co. Opens Tap Room

SOMERVILLE, Mass.After a successful grand opening, held this past Saturday, March 8th, today Bantam Cider Company’s Tap Room, is officially open for business. The Tap Room located at 40 Merriam Street in Union Square, Somerville will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm — 7pm and on Saturday from 1pm — 7pm. Customers will be able to purchase a flight of five ciders or full-sized pours. Bottles and Bantam gear will also be for sale.

The new Tap Room will feature 8 taps showcasing Bantam’s flagship ciders such as Wunderkind and Rojo but will also include new and experimental creations including barrel aged, wild fermented, spiced and sour varietals. The Tap Room is located within the footprint of Bantam’s production facility. It resides in what was once the home of the White Rose Baking Company that provided bread and pastries to servicemen during World War II. Through Bantam’s cider production in this historic building, it remains true to its industrial heritage, with large open volumes of exposed concrete and steel offering a view of the cidermaking process.

With the support of the local business community, Bantam Cider Company chose the burgeoning Union Square as the location for its new facility. “We’re so thrilled to have Bantam Cider join the cluster of exceptional food producers in Union Square” says Mimi Grainey of Union Square Main Streets. Co-founder Michelle da Silva, a long time Somerville resident, grew up in the house immediately across the street and feels at home in the neighborhood. “We couldn’t be more excited to be in Union Square – and since I lived here as a child, it makes this that much more special,” explains da Silva. “Our Tap Room will offer customers a more personal interaction with Bantam Cider, our process and the products we’re making — it’s not only going to be fun but will be a great way for us talk directly to consumers and to be in touch with what the market is looking for.”

Bantam Cider is distributed throughout the state by the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance: “We are so excited for Michelle and Dana to be opening their Tap Room facility in Somerville. We realize that having a place for the consumers and fans of craft breweries and cideries to go and connect with the people behind the liquid is an important selling tool. Having a facility that is local to our market means greater brand exposure for Bantam Cider and will help all of us long term growing our respective businesses.” Brian Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Massachusetts BeverageAlliance.

About Bantam Cider Company

The Bantam Cider Company is a privately held craft cidery dedicated to making unique and distinctive cider from local fruit and premium quality ingredients. Founded in 2012 by Michelle da Silva and Dana Masterpolo and developed in partnership with local orchards in Massachusetts, the company aims to change the way people experience cider. Bantam Cider Company currently has four commercially available products: Wunderkind, Rojo, La Grande and Smoked Saison. For more information about Bantam Cider Company, visit: or follow @BantamCider

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