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Cider Week

Cider Week

The state of Virginia celebrates its fifth annual Cider Week November 11-20, 2016. The week showcases locally fermented, artisanal ciders crafted by cideries throughout the Commonwealth. In 2012, the Governor’s office proclaimed the first official Cider Week in an effort to bring more recognition to the craft and the ever-growing number of cideries in Virginia.

A Taste of Virginia Apples from 3 Richmond-Area Cideries

By Annie Tobey   While craft breweries dabble in the concept of terroir, that “taste of place” traditionally embraced by wineries, today’s craft cider makers also use local products to ferment their beverages. In a major U.S. apple-producing state, ranking sixth in the country in apple production, Virginia orchards provide cideries with plenty of local

For the Love of the Craft

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful horse country just outside of Charlottesville and chat with Dan Potter and Tim Edmund to learn about Potters Craft Cider. Potters is located in a former horse veterinary clinic on the grounds of Wildair Farm, a working horse farm, in Free Union about 15 minutes from

Cider Week Virginia

In 2012, Governor McDonnell made an important Cider Week Virginia Proclamation, making the state the first to have an officially proclaimed “Cider Week.” The first full week before Thanksgiving has been designated “Virginia Cider Week.” This year’s festivities will take place November 13 – 22. Cider Week Spokesperson Diane Flynt says, “Cider Week Virginia is

REVIEW: Potter’s Oak Barrel Reserve

Oak Barrel Reserve Potter’s Craft Cider Free Union, VA As far as artisan ciders go this is exceptional. Potter’s makes use of oak barrels from an apple brandy distillery on the outskirts of C-Ville. The result is a crisp, ultra clean – and almost clear – cider with subtle notes of vanilla, pear and pristine

Blue Bee Cider Falls Far from the Tree in RVA

Words and Photos by Steve Deason Have you ever tasted a smoked cider?   Smoked beers are quite common but it’s unlikely that you have heard of smoked cider.   If you want to be on the “cutting edge” you had better hurry!   The creative (and hardworking) folks at Blue Bee Cider smoked one small batch of

Ingredients Matter

By Diane Flynt Meals often begin with a litany about ingredients—“Are the eggs farm raised? Who grew the strawberries?” Chefs tell us the best taste comes from quality ingredients, grown for flavor. While we know that flavor on the plate begins on the farm, we don’t often think of the beverage in our glass as

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