NOVEMBER 13-22, 2015


November 20, 2014

Celebrate the art of craft cider at the 3rd Annual Cider Week Virginia -- CBS 6 News
by: Virginia This Morning

RICHMOND, Va – Courtney Mailey, of Blue Bee Cider, invites you to the 3rd Annual Cider Week Virginia, where you can celebrate craft ciders from across the Commonwealth with tastings and accompanying foods. Eight Virginia cideries will come together for the event and provide delicious tastings, workshops, and other entertainment to showcase the fast-growing industry. Cider week continues through Sunday, November 23rd. For a full schedule of events and more information visit

November 18, 2014

Cider, fit for Thanksgiving feasts old and new -- The Washington Post
by: Dave McIntyre

Today, the craft cider movement taps into our culinary zeitgeist of eating local foods made from heirloom varieties and drinking local wines and beers. The cider movement is helping restore orchards of heritage apple types that disappeared when we started eating, rather than drinking our apples.

November 13, 2014

Apple Juice with a Bite: Celebrate Virginia Cider Week --
by: Annie Tobey

In honor of this growing industry, the state is celebrating Virginia Cider Week from Nov. 14-23. Richmond will be toasting the 10 days with cider dinners, tastings, workshops and a festival.

November 13, 2014

Behind the Scenes at Richmond’s Blue Bee Cider -- NPR
by: Catherine Komp

After a long disappearance, hard cider is making a comeback in the Commonwealth. Often created from organic and heirloom apples, nearly a dozen cideries across the state are creating the fermented libation. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp takes you to one of them, Richmond’s Blue Bee Cider.

November 11, 2014

RVA Food News: Cider Week, RVA Beer History + More. -- Style Weekly
by: Brandon Fox

Virginia Cider Week, held Nov. 14- 23, offers opportunities to imbibe all week long.

November 7, 2014

Cider Mill -- C'Ville Weekly
by: Laura Ingles

Apples are iconic in our culture; they have been for years. As American as apple pie. The apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. How ’bout them apples? Comparing apples and oranges. Colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries drank hard cider like water (literally—the water wasn’t safe to drink, so they turned to fermented fruit), and apples have since then always grown easily on the East Coast. So it was only a matter of time before the boozy beverage—which essentially vanished during the prohibition era and was the redheaded stepchild of the alcohol world with the upswing of wine and craft beer—came full circle.

November 6, 2014

Cider Week Rules -- Virginia Living
by: Eden Stuart

Virginia Living Article

November 5, 2014

Cider 101 – Your Ultimate Cider Cheat Sheet -- Tasting Table
by: Justin Kennedy

Cider might have been the drink this nation was built on, but post-Prohibition it became something of a no-man’s drink, occupying space somewhere between fizzy beer and supermarket wine and becoming synonymous with drunk sorority girls.

Now restaurateurs, sommeliers and bartenders are acknowledging its unique merits once again, stacking their drink lists with at least a few dry, respectable bottles that are giving wine and craft beer a run for their money.

November 4, 2014

VA Apple Cider Makers are Getting Serious About Their Craft -- WVTF Public Radio
by: Robbie Harris

There’s a new appreciation for well known fruit and Virginia is leading the way.  Heirloom apples, coveted for their nuanced flavor, are in demand for making hard cider.  And if a recent tasting is any indication, that demand will surely grow.

November 3, 2014

6 Hard Craft Cider Cocktails For Fall -- Paste
by: Marissa Hermanson

Straight up, hard cider is pretty damn good. But why not take it to the next level and use it as a base for a boozy beverage? From mixing it in a classic gin and tonic to creating a fall-friendly sangria, cider provides a sweet, light and effervescent foundation for a range of cocktails. A handful of Virginia’s hard cider producers shared their favorite cider cocktail recipes with Paste. Autumns, er, bottoms up!