Saro Cider

Saro Cider

Saro Cider, located in downtown Lincoln, Nebr., opened in October of 2018 as one of the first cider-focused breweries in Nebraska. The Clark Enersen Partners was selected to embark on a journey with the owners to renovate their recently acquired 4,000-square-foot masonry structure built in 1910. The former auto maintenance shop was transformed into a modern urban brewery and tasting room that was inspired by the owners’ love for travel. The name Saro comes from the nickname of a British company, Saunders-Roe Limited, that was known for making amphibious airplanes known as "flying boats."

Saro Cider’s identity and brand can be seen through the ambience that is created through a classy, minimalist approach that was inspired by the owners’ intrigue with Denver’s Union Station. Through the selection of high-end finishes and furniture, and the exposure of its rustic, original masonry, the cider house invites people on an adventure of trying unique blends that are reminiscent of an international itinerary. Professional design services for the full-process cider brewing facility resulted in the following features:

  • Detailed wet bar, and tap and equipment layout
  • Distillery space for fermentation tanks, bottling, and associated equipment
  • Office support work areas
  • Lab/kitchen for food preparation and chemical storage
  • Cold storage
  • Restrooms
  • Public tasting room
  • Sidewalk/site improvements for exterior seating and dining
  • Full plumbing, storm, and sanitary upgrades
  • Full electrical upgrades including new lighting
  • New HVAC system
  • Complete reroof including new columns, beams, joists, drainage, etc.
  • Enhanced structural system to support a future rooftop terrace
  • New energy efficient exterior doors and windows