Last night, Pete and I went into town to check out the new cider house that opened up about a week ago. I read about Lockhorn Cider House in a local paper while I was sitting at the auto shop, and knew it would be great. The couple that opened it refurbished an old garage, and they create their own cider right in the back. The space is phenomenal - original cinderblocks make up the walls, accented with steel paneling giving the whole place a very industrial look. Refurbished wood paneling is in some places, and large glass windows/doors in the front and on the side open up to an outdoor patio complete with built-in fireplace, making the small space seem bigger and very inviting. The decorations fit perfectly. Of course, the outdoor seating isn't open (or popular) at this point in the year, but it offers a great place for those warm summer nights to come.
The tap system is very unique too - animal horns make up the taps, going along with their "Lockhorn" theme, and the art lining the walls has all to do with mother nature and her wild children. Even the floor is unique - there are tools (such as a saw, wrench, gears, etc.) cast into the surface. The silver tools gleam in the track lighting cast from the ceiling; each direction you look holds a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. The ceiling is arched, making for a large room, but that room is made to feel cozy with the track lights bouncing off of the warm beams.
Currently, Lockhorn has four cider varieties on tap, all of which are delicious. They include: traditional, currant, ginger, and hops. There really is something for everyone, and all of the ciders are gluten free which is great for several of my friends! There isn't too much seating currently with the outside closed, but there are several picnic bench-esque tables that allow for larger groups, or several smaller ones.
As we were sitting on some of the bar stools, a couple of friends from work happened to stroll in, so we were able to grab a seat with them and chat for a while. Once they left to get their little one off to bed, we made friends with another group that sat at our table. Bozeman truly is one of the friendliest cities I have ever experienced - everyone is so welcoming and interested in chatting. I love it!! Needless to say, Lockhorn will definitely become one of our go-to spots, both in the cold winter months and on those warm summer nights.