Mattie Beason is owner of Durham, NC’s Black Twig Cider House and Mattie B’s Public House, as well as the founder of the wildly successful TxakoliFest and new TxotxFest – the first cider festival in the Southeast.
Beason opened Black Twig Cider House in April 2016 – offering over ninety ciders on draft and bottled, making it the first cider house of its kind in the Southeast and one of only ten cider restaurants like it in the country. Beason, one of just eight certified cider experts received his certification from the US Association of Cider Makers at the first Cider Certification in Portland, OR, in February 2016.
Since opening, Beason has been highlighted in Imbibe Magazine, Bon Appetit, on Cider Chat, and was featured in The Local Palate as the only restaurant in the country to offer a txotx.
A longtime pillar of Durham’s culinary scene – as noted in Eric Asimov’s feature on Durham in The New York Times – Beason also developed the award-winning wine programs at Pop’s and Chef Scott Howell’s Nana’s before opening Six Plates Wine Bar in 2007 and Mattie B’s Public House in 2013.