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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new tour program!
Discover the story of Blue Bee Cider on a one-hour tour and tasting. Learn how we became Virginia’s first urban cidery, made our home in two distinct Richmond neighborhoods, and create artisanal cider in a historic revitalized stables complex from the 1940s. Meet Blue Bee staff, get a behind-the-scenes look at our unique property, and experience our ciders in a guided tasting.
Public tours offered daily by reservation: Mon-Thurs: 4 & 6 p.m. – Fri + Sun: 2, 4, & 6 p.m. – Sat: 2 & 6 p.m.
To book a private tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 231-0280. Please include date/time preferences & anticipated number of people.
Book your tour here!
Blue Bee will be hosting several podcasts coming up, so mark your calendars, grab a glass of cider, and listen in!
Live Podcast with Red Vein • Sun., Feb. 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
In celebration of National Women in Horror Month, Ashland favorite Red Vein Haunted House will be hosting a live recording of their podcast with Mouthy Broadcast in our cider salon.
Live Podcast with Virginia Wine Chat • Thurs., Mar. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
We’re happy to be hosting our second on-site live recording with Virginia Wine Chat! This time, we’ll be tasting and talking about a selection of Virginia’s hopped ciders in preparation for our Virginia Hopped Cider Festival in April.
Did you miss our January live podcast with Virginia Wine Chat, featuring Blue Bee and Buskey Cider? You can still check it out here.
Blue Bee Cider, Virginia’s first urban cidery, has received a 2017 Good Food Award for its Harvest Ration reserve dessert cider. The Good Food Awards is a national competition and annual review selecting leading American producers focused on responsible practices, high-quality products, and outstanding taste.
From 2,059 entries, Blue Bee Cider was chosen as one of 200 winners across 38 states in 14 categories. Winners were selected through intense vetting and blind tastings by industry experts based on commitment to environmentally-sound agricultural practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency, and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.
Speaking at the awards ceremony on Jan. 20, in San Francisco, Blue Bee Cider’s owner Courtney Mailey said, “we share this honor with our Virginia Grown partners Silver Creek Orchards, Seaman’s Orchards, Henley’s Orchard, and Coote’s Store Farms, as well as with our distilling partner Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.”
Harvest Ration is a port made in collaboration with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, a family distillery located in Purcellville, Virginia. Blue Bee sends a custom blend of cider to Catoctin Creek to be distilled into an eau de vie that Blue Bee then ages in five-gallon new American white oak barrels. After about six months in the barrels, the brandy is blended into an early-stage ferment comprised primarily of Winesap apples. The result, Harvest Ration, is a fortified cider with a strong spirituous aroma and layers of honeysuckle, butterscotch, and spice with rich, sweet apple notes in the finish.
Blue Bee’s Harvest Ration is named after the tradition in Virginia of apple harvest workers receiving a daily ration of cider and brandy. Each bottle holds roughly the equivalent of one day’s ration of both cider and brandy, blended together.
In her remarks Mailey said, “This is our vision for good food at Blue Bee Cider: making cider of the highest quality from local fruit, raising awareness about prized heirloom varieties with local origins, building pride in that agricultural legacy, spreading skills for fruit growing among urban households, and creating economic opportunity through skilled job creation tied to traditional cidermaking.”
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the Good Food Award winners were announced at a gala ceremony in San Francisco, California.
The Good Food Awards began in 2011 and are organized by the Good Food Foundation 501(c)3 and supported by the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, an organization of 21 of the country’s top independently-owned retailers. For more information, visit www.goodfoodawards.org.
Blue Bee Cider crafts artisanal ciders on a seasonal basis, with emphasis on Virginia fruit. During the winter season, the tasting room is open Sunday-Friday from 1-8 and Saturday from 1-9. For more information, visit www.bluebeecider.com or call (804) 231-0280.
With the release of Hierophant on Jan. 14, we will debut our Winter Warmer Flight. The Winter Warmer is a trio of our highest gravity ciders: Hierophant (10%), Firecracker (16%) and Harvest Ration (18%). Settle into our cozy tasting room with one of these flights and forget about the snow and ice outside!
Thinking about a secial event at Blue bee Cider? Here’s what you need to know!
This RTD article explores some of the beverages our neighborhood is producing that have historical roots. Come explore for yourself!
Scott’s Addition gets a shout out from the Washington Post for its craft beverage awesomeness here. Come see it for yourself!
Hey y’all! We’re opening the new facility! Please check out the fun we have planned for our first three days in the new neighborhood just before we hit our stride on our fifth apple harvest. Cheers!