Virginia Cider



Move over, grapes. A new fruit is in town.

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Although “As American as apple pie” is a familiar saying, early settlers found only crabapples awaiting them in the New World.

Within a quarter century of the foundation of Jamestown, however, orchards were established in Virginia and the Massachusetts Bay Colony from European stock. At the time, apples were commonly called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.

Once they had apples, the colonists could make cider. Not the unfiltered, unfermented apple juice we commonly think of today; this was hard cider, and it once was a part of everyday living. Thomas Jefferson considered cider (along with beer) to be one of the necessary “table drinks.”

No longer a necessity, today’s hard cider is savored in its own right, and a handful of Virginia cider makers are crafting artisan cider that has subtleties and nuances much like a fine wine.

Virginia Cideries

Here is a list of Virginia cideries across the state, as well as their offerings (visit their website for cider descriptions) and other information to help you plan your quaffing:

Albemarle CiderWorks Virginia Cider Coastal Virginia Magazine

Albemarle CiderWorks

2545 Rural Ridge Ln., North Garden

434-297-2326

www.AlbemarleCiderworks.com

Ciders varieties:

GoldRush, Jupiter’s Legacy, Old Virginia Winesap, Pomme Mary, Ragged Mountain, Red Hill, Royal Pippin, Virginia Hewes Crab

Other:

- A tasting room is available to try the various ciders.

- The InCider Club offers members biannual shipments of cider, complimentary tastings and discounts.

Blue Bee Cider Virginia Cider Coastal Virginia Magazine

Blue Bee Cider

212 W. 6th St., Richmond

804-231-0280

www.BlueBeeCider.com

Ciders varieties:

Aragon 1904, Charred Ordinary, Hopsap Shandy, Mill Race Bramble

Other:

- A tasting room is available to try the various ciders.

- The Cider Club offers shipments of cider, access to events and preferred pricing.

- Blue Bee is Virginia’s first urban cidery, located near downtown Richmond.

Bold Rock Hard Cider Virginia

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysvord

434-361-1030

www.BoldRock.com

Ciders varieties:

Crimson Ridge, Virginia Apple, Virginia Draft

Other:

- Bold Rock just opened a Cider Barn, which includes a tasting room and pub. The barn-style building features a combination of rustic wood and brick, a dramatic fireplace and 600 native oak beams including a 150-year-old, 6,000-pound beam engraved with the motto, “Be Bold. Tread Lightly. Make it Happen.”

Castle Hill Cider Virginia

Castle Hill Cider

6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick

434-296-0047

www.CastleHillCider.com

Ciders varieties:

Black Twig, Celestial, Celestial Merret, Gravity, Levity, Serendipity, Terrestrial

Other:

- A tasting room is available to try the various ciders.

- The Cider Club offers members shipments of cider, complimentary tastings and discounts.

- The romantic Cider Barn and cidery grounds are available for weddings and other special events.

Cobbler Mountain Cellars Virginia Cider Coastal Virginia Magazine

Cobbler Mountain Cellars

5909 Long Fall Lane, Delaplane

540-364-2802

www.CobblerCellars.com

Ciders varieties:

Hard Apple Cider

Other:

- Cobbler Mountain Cellars is also a winery, producing vintages from Cabernet Franc to Vidal Blanc.

- A tasting room is available to try the various ciders and wines.

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