Small Batch Ciders

Photo by: Brandon Hambright Photo by: Brandon Hambright

Blue Bee Cider’s series of SMALL BATCH CIDERS seeks to broaden the cider experience for local cider aficionados.

Current Small-Batch Ciders

  • Hierophant (dry, ice-style cider)
  • Mill Race Bramble (blackberries & raspberries infused)
  • Hopsap Shandy: Saison (Motueka) (Gold Rush, saison yeast strain, Motueka hops)
  • Gold Dominion Batch #2 (blend of Gold Rush aged 17 months and York aged 10 months)

Recurring/Ongoing Collaborations


Past Small-Batch Ciders

  • Compleat Cyder (collaboration with Virginia Historical Society, based on a colonial America recipe from the late 1700s – Pippin fermented in a barrel with raisins)
  • War and Peach (Virginia Peach wine)
  • Fanfare (mulberry-infused cider)
  • Perry (100% wild Virginia pears)
  • Gold Dominion Batch #1 (Gold Rush fermented with a Belgian yeast strain)
  • Hewe’s Crab (single varietal)
  • Hopsap Shandy: Barrel-Aged (dry-hopped cider aged in brandy barrels)
  • Orchard Potluck Series:
    • OP: Dabinett (single varietal)
    • OP: Gold Rush (single varietal, fermented with Hefeweizen yeast )
    • OP: Golden Grimes (single varietal, barrel fermented)
    • OP: Pink Lady (single varietal, wine yeast)
    • OP: Pink Pearmain (single varietal)
    • OP: Saison (Gold Rush, saison yeast strain)
    • OP: Winesap Trappist (single varietal, fermented with Trappist yeast strain)
    • OP: York (single varietal)


Past Collaborations

  • Collaboration #1 (orange blossom honey fermented with Grimes Golden) w/ Garden Grove Brewing Co.
  • Collaboration #2 (orange blossom honey, peaches, lemongrass, Gold Rushed barrel fermented and aged on rose buds) w/ Garden Grove Brewing Co.
  • Gold Rush (Brett Saison) w/ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Gold Rush aged in peach brandy barrels w/ Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.
  • Quarter Branch: Apple Brandy w/ Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.
  • Orchard Potluck: Smoked Winesap/Stayman w/ Ardent Craft Ales and ZZQ
  • Smokin’ Mower (session blonde ale with smoked Winesap/Stayman juice) w/ Ardent Craft Ales and ZZQ
  • Scott’s Edition (Gold Rush, VA honey, Bosc pear juice, Mission figs) w/ Black Heath Meadery
  • Apple Brown Betty (spiced brown ale with Gold Rush juice) w/ Isley Brewing Company
  • Rye-Aged Harvest Ration w/ Reservoir Distillery
  • Farm to Stable (Gose with Gold Rush) w/ Three Notch’d Brewing Company
  • Boi Friendz (Brett IPA with Gold Rush) w/ The Veil Brewing Co.
  • Stayman Brett Saison (Brett Saison with Stayman) w/ The Virginia Beer Company