The newest addition to the East Village, formerly the Department of Motor Vehicles in Long Beach during the 1930s and ’40s, is Ficklewood Ciderworks, featuring a diverse collection of ciders brought together by locally inspired releases from Long Beach residents Stefen Enjem and Joe Farrier.
What Enjem and Farrier hope will become “Long Beach’s living room,” instead of a separate room for the fermentation process, the Ficklewood interior’s open layout invites guests to participate in the cider-making experience. Some of the flavors on tap and inspired by the duo’s years of experimentation include Moonmist, made from handpicked and hand-crushed blueberries as well as a tropical elixir steeped with fresh mango and citrus hops.
Guests can self-pour a select cider flavor from a nine-foot long pour stationed in the back of the tap wall. The pour from high up aerates the beverage, giving a delicate fizz to the cider. During its opening year, Ficklewood will be focused on populating its 14-tap tower with a multitude of different flavors.
The inside mural was designed by local artist Bodeck Hernandez and the bark-like cider tap handles were created by local craftsman Randy Baranowsky.
As a cider-only spot, Ficklewood isn’t serving food other than a few locally sourced pre- packaged snacks; there will also be rotating local food truck options that can be brought into the cidery.