November 17, 2015Can’t Miss Food Events This Week: Virginia Cider Week -- Washingtonian.com
by: Nelson Billington
Drink more cider: Apple lovers, rejoice: Virginia Cider Week is here. While many of the events are held in the southern part of the state, you’ll find a number around Washington including tastings, pairing dinners, tap takeovers, and more. See the full lineup of events for details.
November 12, 2015Sip Cider
by: Stephanie Ganz
SIP: VIRGINIA CIDER Cider lovers, your week starts this Friday! There are a ton of cider-related activities, including but not limited to a Potter’s Cider Paired Dinner at Harvest Grocery + Supply, a Cucpake and Cider pairing at Carytown Cupcakes, a Food Truck Takeover with Dutch & Company chefs, and a Potter’s Cider and Fried
November 12, 2015Richmond Food News Week of Nov 9-13th -- Richmond Magazine
by: Stephanie Breijo
Ready your palates for cider in its best, boozy form because Cider Week Virginia is back, starting tomorrow, with tastings, classes and cider-inspired dinners that showcase local cideries. Blue Bee Cider holds a cidermaking workshop, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market throws a cider festival, and Pasture, Saison, Acacia Mid-town and more host cider dinners throughout the week.
Cider Week features these regional farm-made and craft ciders.
North Garden, VAwww.albemarleciderworks.com
Albemarle Ciderworks is a family-run Cidery and Tasting Room that produces hard cider from heritage varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Blue Bee Cider
Virginia’s first urban cidery, Blue Bee Cider is located in the heart of downtown Richmond’s Old Manchester district at the fall line of the James River. Our ciders are made with rare and heirloom variety Virginia apples that are prized for their tannin, acidity and flavor. At Blue Bee Cider, we aim to create balanced ciders true to their Virginia roots from a culinary perspective and true to the fruit from a cidermaking one. Each apple variety ferments differently, creating its own flavors which vary year to year depending on weather conditions. One of Virginia’s native bees, osmia lignaria, or the Blue Orchard Bee, provided the inspiration for our cidery’s name. These hardworking bees are solitary and wild, emerging early in the cool spring just in time to pollinate apple blossoms.
Bold Rock Cider
Bold Rock Cidery crushes Virginia apples at their farm cidery along Rt. 151 at Wintergreen beneath the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Tours, tastings and hard cider to go. Come drink in the scenery! Bold Rock six-packs are available at our cidery and a wide variety of stores and pubs/restaurants throughout most of Virginia and our Crimson Ridge premium hard cider in 750ml bottles will be coming out soon.
Castle Hill Cider
The famous ‘Albemarle Pippin’ first came to Albemarle County in a planting at Castle Hill, home of Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Pippins and twenty-seven other varieties are now raised in accordance with the organic standard at Castle Hill Cider, which occupies a beautiful 600 acre portion of the original Castle Hill estate. CHC uniquely combines modern and ancient techniques, and creates the world’s only cider that is fermented, and matured, in buried earthen amphorae or kvevri.
Foggy Ridge Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider reinvents cider tradition in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. English cider apples like Tremlett’s Bitter and Dabinett, along with American cider heirlooms such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Hewe’s Crabapple and Roxbury Russet, contribute complex flavors to Foggy Ridge Cider’s four hard cider blends plus two apple ports. Foggy Ridge Cider’s blends are crafted from real cider apples—chosen for tannin, acid and layered flavors—fermented in stainless, tank aged and blended carefully before bottling. This clean, elegant cider has been recognized in the NY Time, Saveur, Bon Appetit and Imbibe magazines as a top drawer craft cider. The cidery tasting room is open weekends, and Foggy Ridge Cider is sold throughout the southeast and in New York.
Old Hill Cider
Old Hill Cider is located on one of the oldest orchards in the Shenandoah Valley-Showalter’s Orchard. Sarah and Shannon’s family has been growing apples on their Old Hill for almost 50 years. The Showalter’s are working to revive an American Tradition…crafting cider in a way that the Colonial Cidermakers of early America would be proud to drink and to serve.
Potter’s Craft Cider
Free Union, VApotterscraftcider.com
Potter’s Craft Cider is a revival of authentic American farmhouse cider. It is made using nothing but high-quality traditional cider apples, including Virginia Winesap and Albemarle Pippin. Our apples are grown locally in family-run orchards from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Potter’s Craft Cider is available on draft and in bottles in Central Virginia and surrounding areas.
We pride ourselves on producing hand crafted english style hard cider from locally grown apples in the heart of Virginia’s apple country.
Cobbler Mountain Cider
Standing tall ~ on the plateau above the field of Viognier vines ~ our long-time friend, the Old Apple Tree. A favorite of cousin Madison’s, where oil painting lessons and sleepy days on blankets take place. Our old tree has stood the test of time, waited for its owners to return after 40 years, fed the Black Bear & 3 little cubs, sheltered injured deer during hard winters and offered treats to visiting horses, or laughing children on a hot summer’s day.
Corcoran focuses on creating unique hard ciders from apples grown in Shenandoah. Our new cider barn is open Saturdays and Sundays offering tastings and bottles to go.
Big Fish Cider
A micro cidery in Moneterey, VA making cider with traditional apples, traditional techniques and a completely new flavor.
Located in an architecturally-unique, old Richmond train car loading building in Scott’s Addition, We have sought to marry the old Richmond industrial charm to sleek modern/minimalist design while focusing on up-cycling and reclaiming.
Come visit us to learn about cider, sample small release batches, or mingle and have a few pints with friends. The smell of fermenting apples and learning more about how it’s all done, while enjoying a refreshing cider, of course, is pretty hard to beat!
Blue Toad Cider
Blue Toad Hard Cider was conceived in 2013 in the back of a cold garage in Scottsville, New York by three childhood friends with diverse backgrounds – Todd Rath, Scott Hallock, and Greg Booth – who share a common upbringing and a common desire to consume high quality alcoholic beverages. All three graduated from Wheatland-Chili High School; all three made good in different fields and walks of life; all three reunited over good times and good drink to bring Western New York-grown apples to the hard-cider drinking masses. Todd now lives in Nelson County, Virginia in the Rockfish Valley, which is known by some as the “Napa of the East Coast” by virtue of its wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries, as well as Todd’s own Blue Toad Pub, which he has operated for three years.
Wild Hare Cider
Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wild Hare Cider is born and bred. We are a boutique, micro-cidery that started from a desire to craft something with our hands, and let time and nature work together through modern fermentation techniques. Our fruit comes directly from our orchard located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Pressed apple juice transforms into a product that, inspired by a drink our forefathers may have delighted in, is both delicious and interesting. Our ciders are unique and not comparable to anything that is typically found on the shelf next to the six packs at the grocery store. We invite you to come out to our tasting room located in the idyllic town of Bluemont, VA, and try the drink that’s being revitalized, one apple at a time.
Our brewmaster, Chris Mallon, has ten years of experience making some of the best beer on the East Coast for Heavy Seas Beer, and has won 8 GABF medals, five World Beer Cup medals and numerous other awards at national beer competitions. We offer a wide variety of beer styles so you can get a pint of your favorite or try a flight of four if you’re feeling adventurous. When you have selected a favorite, we offer growlers to go and kegs for your consumption at home.
Winery at Kindred Pointe
Hand-crafted Hard Cider made on site with locally sourced apple juice in the beer-style of cider-making. In addition to our original three hard ciders (Hard Core, Hard Times and Hard Luck) we currently have on tap: Hard Up, Hoppy, and Ginger! Available by the glass, by the growler and by 4-pack prowlers.