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Blue Bee Cider Summit Stables Grand Opening: The Most Scotts Addition-est Opening Ever Thru Collaborations

blue-bee-summit-stables-openingBlue Bee Cider reopens in their new Summit Stables location in Scotts Addition with a grand opening weekend celebration starting on Saturday October 15th.  You can get a preview Friday night with tickets to their soft opening event benefitting the EnRichmond Foundation’s beautification and maintenance of our city parks.

In addition to their normal lineup, Saturday will see the release of three new ciders:

Think that would be enough for an opening? You’d be wrong. This opening must be grand! To accomplish a grandness not often seen, Blue Bee went out to play with their other libation producing neighbors in Scotts Addition and came back with six collaborations that will be tapped at various times during the day:

  1. Ardent Craft Ales made “Smokin’ Mower”, a session blonde ale fermented with smoked Winesap and Stayman juice. Cellar team brought a bin of apples to Ardent and smoked them whole in ZZQ’s smoker with help from ZZQ and the Ardent team. We also fermented the smoked juice with a champagne yeast to dry and created the 2nd batch in two years of our smoked cider.
  2.  Black Heath Meadery made “Scott’s Edition”, a cyser fermented with Gold Rush juice and Virginia wildflower honey, with a generous addition of Bosc pear juice and Black Mission figs.
  3. The Veil Brewing Co, made “Boi Friendz”, a barrel-fermented Brett IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops fermented with 30% unpasteurized Gold Rush juice. One of the barrels previously held the Veil’s Jeune (single barrel spontaneously fermented ale) and the other was a first use Virginia red wine barrel.
  4. Isley Brewing Co, made “Apple Brown Betty”, the return of our 2014 collaboration – an English brown ale fermented with Grimes Golden juice.
  5. Reservoir Distillery provided one of their recently emptied barrels and helped us decide on what unique offering to age and which one of their barrels to use (rye, wheat, or bourbon). We chose our Harvest Ration (dessert cider fortified with brandy) in their rye whiskey barrel for over four months.
  6. Three Notch’d Brewing Co.‘s RVA Collab House made “Farm to Stable”, a gose fermented with Gold Rush juice. The collaboration combines the tropical notes and high acidity from Gold Rush apples with a tart and salty gose base.

The collaborations will be tapped at the following times:

1PM — Reservoir Distillery

2PM — Ardent Craft Ales

3PM — Black Heath Meadery
4PM — The Veil Brewing Co.

5PM — Three Notch’d Brewing Company RVA Collab House

6PM — Isley Brewing Company

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates on Blue Bee’s Grand Opening Weekend.

Blue Bee Cider
1320 Summit Avenue
Richmond, VA

Go Into The Wild With Ardent Craft Ales & Blue Bee Cider At Saison Market Tonight

Check out this special tapping at Saison Market tonight Monday, March 28th starting at 5pm.

Two one of a kind offerings from Ardent & Blue Bee and a few more great Ardent Beers.

Ardent is bringing over a barrel fermented Wild Ale whose barrel formerly aged Catoctin Creek Rye and then Blue Bee Cider. The gents at Ardent let wort ferment as it would in that barrel, and the result is a lightly tart, peachy, wine-like 9% Wild ale.

Blue Bee is bringing a super small batch Grimes Golden Cider fermented in apple Brandy barrels that was then blended with the indomitable Hewe’s Crab apple juice and allowed to ferment wildly. It was then allowed to age on lees for months.

We are very excited that our friends would share their more eccentric stuff with us, and you all do not want to miss it!

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Saison Market
323 N Adams St
Richmond, VA 23220

Rescheduled Manchester Block Party Is On For Tonight!

If you missed Spin, Spit & Swear’s Cover to Cover performance of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours at Hardywood, the Manchester Block Party rescheduled for tonight Thursday September 25th is giving you a second chance.  The party starts at 4pm with the Cover to Cover band going on at 6.

Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates.

Double Your Barrels With Brandy Blue Bee Cider and Hardywood Bourbon Coffee This Saturday

There are some cool things coming out of barrels this Saturday February 1st.  You can try one or the other but there’s plenty of time to get them both in.

Blue Bee Rocky Ridge Release — Noon

From noon to 7PM, Blue Bee Cider debuts their sixth and final cider from their very first harvest in 2012.  Rocky Ridge Reserve was aged for five months in brandy barrels before packaging into hand numbered bottles.  There looks to be only 356 bottles available so get these while you can cider fans. 

So go out and get a taste then take a bottle or two home.  Olio’s food truck will offer an ala carte menu to pair with Blue Bee’s ciders. Music will be provided by the Cider Sippers throughout the afternoon with traditional Appalachian tunes.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

212 W. 6th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo Release — 2PM

Hardywood’s Bourbon Sidamo returns for its second year starting at 2PM.  Aged for three months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this coffee stout will have you prepared for whatever Punxsutawney Phil sees on Sunday. 

Enjoy Bourbon Sidamo on draft while chowing down on food from Station 2Hungry Turtle Food TruckCielito LindoSuper Fresh Carts or Goatocado.  Be sure to grab some bottles to go as well in case we are hit with another polar vortex.

Music will be provided by Fear of MusicThe Shangri-Lords, and special guests Full Moon Fever starting at 4:30, 6:15, and 7pm respectively. 

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.