RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia is home to many craft beverages — all thriving — but this is the week when Virginia cider is in the spotlight, with Cider Week running from Nov. 11 -20.
Last year the governor called cider “a new shining star” as state cider sales saw a 200 percent spike over 2014. That explosive growth trend will continue for the next two to four years, according to national industry analysts.
There are approximately 20 cideries in Virginia, which places it in the top 10 nationally. Foggy Ridge Cider in Carroll County first established its orchards in 1998 and opened for business in 2006.
Locally, Richmond has Blue Bee Cider and Buskey Cider, both in Scott’s Addition.
And this week, all around the area, you can find unique pairings and tastings, in homage to the state’s craft.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Brewville in Midlothian, you can meet Buskey’s head cidermaker, Alec Steinmetz. He will be giving attendees the inside scoop about Buskey ciders, along with a tasting, tasting glass for keeps, and light hors d’oeuvres.
On Wednesday, Nov, 16, Buskey Cider and Sugar Shack Donuts are teaming up for a tasty collaboration. The Sugar Shack Donuts’ gluten free donut truck will be at Buskey Cider in Scott’s Addition, from 5 to 9 p.m. Taste donuts made with Buskey cider!.
Also on Wednesday, Nov, 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a Virginia Cider Tap Takeover at District 5 in the Fan.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, Sabai and Potter’s Craft Cider will be tapping a special Thai Ginger and Honey Cider pin infused with kaffir lime, galangal, lemongrass, and some Thai chili peppers. There will also be a couple of ciders on tap and a special cider cocktail.
Or try Potter’s Craft Cider at Belmont Butchery from 5 to 7 p.m. and then move on to Shyndigz to steal the glass from 7 to 10 p.m.
On Friday, Nov. 18, Fat Dragon will provide cider cocktails made with Buskey and there will be tastings at Once Upon A Vine (north and south).
All week you can find cider flights at Comfort and Shagbark restaurants.
Click here to see more details about Virginia Cider Week around the state.
According to a 2012 economic impact study, the Virginia wine and cider industry employs more than 4,700 and contributes almost $750 million to the state economy, annually.
“These vineyards and orchards are providing jobs, revenue and expanded tourism opportunities, especially in many of our more rural areas across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “With more than 285 wineries and 16 cideries, Virginia is a preeminent destination for wine and cider lovers.”