WALLINGFORD — New England Cider Co. will soon resume in house service while adding a food menu and outdoor dining options at its cidery on North Plains Industrial Road.
The cider company has been offering only to go service since December due to the pandemic.
According to state guidelines, businesses that sell alcohol must accompany every order with food.
“We’ve just applied for a Class 2 food permit with the town and it looks like that’s going to work out for us,” owner Miguel Galarraga said. “Within the next week we should have outdoor seating again.”
The owner said the menu will be kept simple and will be mostly pizzas and charcuterie boards.
“We were a la carte before. So you could order cheese, meat, chips all individually if you wanted,” he said. “Now it has to be a whole put together kind of thing.”
The charcuterie boards can include a variety of cheeses, crackers, pickles and meats. The brewery is also currently building a pizza oven in the kitchen.
Other breweries like Witchdoctor Brewing Company in Southington have been serving food since the beginning of the pandemic.
Witchdoctor partnered with Paul Gregory’s to serve food.
“It’s been good for the most part. It has been hard with the food mandate. ” co-owner Josh Norris said. “We do personal pizzas and quesidillas.”
Although Norris said providing food for customers has gone well, once it isn’t required the brewery will probably only serve food for special occasions.
Outside of adding food to the menu, New England Cider Co. recently introduced a new flavored cider.
The spicy cider called “Spicy Boi” is made with ancho chilli and black peppercorn.
“We’ve been wanting to do something a little bit spicy for a while,” the owner said. “We just wanted to try something new, something different.”
He hasn’t been able to see people actually try the beer but he has gotten favorable reviews and the employees love it.
After “Spicy Boi”, the brewery wants to try out peach or mango ciders. A few favorite flavors like passionfruit, raspberry strawberry, pineapple that will soon be available in cans.
New England Cider Co., 110 N. Plains Industrial Road is open Sunday to Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m.