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'Bad Seed' Cider Tap Room to Open in Crown Heights

 The creators of Bad Seed cider are planning to open a cider-centric tap room in Crown Heigths, left.
The creators of Bad Seed cider are planning to open a cider-centric tap room in Crown Heigths, left.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A taste of the Hudson Valley is coming soon to Franklin Avenue.

The makers of Bad Seed cider are opening a tap room in Crown Heights later this month — the first outside the farm cidery at Wilklow Orchards in Highland, N.Y. where they grow the drink’s apples, the company said.

The Brooklyn location will be a showcase for the many types of cider produced at the more than 200-year-old farm run by six generations of Wilklows, including Bad Seed co-founder Albert Wilklow.

He and two partners, Devin Britton and Bram Kincheloe, plan to open Bad Seed Brooklyn at 585 Franklin Ave. on Oct. 20, to coincide with the start of New York City Cider Week.

The tap room will have 20 taps serving 12 kinds of ciders and eight types of craft beer, all produced with fruit and "fermentables" grown in New York State, according to Kincheloe — a requirement of their brewing license, made possible under the TasteNY initiative begun in 2014 to promote local brewing.

Flavors on tap will include Bad Seed’s four original cider flavors (dry, “India Pale,” raspberry and ginger) as well as a rotating selection of more specialized flavors such as coffee, cherry, cranberry and ginger lime ciders.


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The tap room will also serve hyperlocal beer; partners include Other Half Brewery in Red Hook, Bridge and Tunnel in Ridgewood and Fifth Hammer in Long Island City.

“It’s going to be mostly New York City breweries that are friends of ours, that we’ve gotten close to [as well as] some Hudson Valley beers that basically no one else is carrying," Kincheloe said.

The bar will also have New York State wines on the menu along with growler service for those who want to take home one of the ciders or beers on tap.

The tap room includes a 1,000-square-foot indoor bar and a 400-square-foot backyard with some rustic touches added by the three co-owners, like a wall cover with floor-to-ceiling apple crates.

“It’s obviously not quite as country as our farm upstate, but it’s definitely not straight-up city,” Kincheloe said.

Bad Seed Brooklyn will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; it will be closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit the company’s website.