News & Press

When Streets Become Walls

Local CBS reporter, Mark Holmberg, reconnects with his masonry roots while visiting our cidery last week. Learn more about it here.

Tours at Blue Bee Cider

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 or (804) 231-0280. Please include date/time preferences & anticipated number of people.

Book your tour here!

On the Podcast Circuit!

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.

Harvest Ration wins Good Food Award

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.”

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Winter Warmer Flights

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!

Weddings and Special Events

Thinking about a secial event at Blue bee Cider?  Here’s what you need to know!

Drinking History in Scott’s Addition

This RTD article explores some of the beverages our neighborhood is producing that have historical roots. Come explore for yourself!

Destination: Scott’s Addition

Scott’s Addition gets a shout out from the Washington Post for its craft beverage awesomeness here. Come see it for yourself!