A Durham, NC native, Mattie Beason is owner of the new Black Twig Cider House and Mattie’ B’s Public House, both located in Durham.

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 only one of ten restaurants like it in the country. A certified cider expert, Beason was one of just eight cider instructors for the US Association of Cider Makers at the first Cider Certification in Portland, OR, in February 2016.

A longtime pillar of Durham’s culinary scene, Beason opened Mattie B’s Public House in 2013, and Six Plates Wine Bar – a wine-pairing restaurant – in 2007, both with co-owner/chef John Eisensmith. Soon after, both Beason and Six Plates were praised in The New York Times in an article by Julia Moskin celebrating Durham’s local culinary scene. Prior, Beason developed the award-winning wine programs at Pop’s and Chef Scott Howell’s Nana’s.

Beason, a prominent food and beverage innovator in North Carolina, began Txakoli Fest in 2008, and on September 10, 2016, will host Txotxfest – the first cider festival in the Southeast.