The Buskey Cider BLOG
Behind the scenes stories and insider info on Buskey Cider from Team Buskey! #GetBuskey
Buskey Cider Launches First 12oz 6-pack of Canned hard cider in virginia!
We're so excited to announce that we're launching our cans this Saturday, January 21st! These cans, while exciting for Buskey are even more exciting for the world of cider. They're the first 12oz 6-pack of canned hard cider in Virginia! Furthermore, for your Richmond locals, say hello to the first canned hard cider EVER made in RVA!
Team Buskey chose a can design for Buskey’s RVA Cider that reflects our home of Richmond, Virginia. The can features the RVA skyline and the building where Buskey is made, located in the popular craft beverage neighborhood of Scott’s Addition. It also has a “VA Apples” seal on the front to show that the apples pressed to make the cider are local to the state of Virginia.
Due to this historic moment in Richmond Cider, it was by no mistake that we decided to can our RVA Cider first and tie it so heavily to our home. One of the most popular ciders in the tasting room, this semi-sweet cider at 5.5% will be available in the Buskey Cider tasting room, and in the coming weeks will be in distribution throughout the Richmond area with Loveland Distributing.
Come on by our cidery in Scott's Addition to get your hands the first batch of our cans of cider!
1ST ANNUAL #804DAY at Buskey Cider
Thanks to all of the 804 for coming out to celebrate #804Day! Yesterday was August 4th, aka 8-04, and we decided to throw a big event in celebration of Greater Richmond. So, basically we invented a holiday for Richmond! This is the coolest place on earth, and we are so excited to call RVA home!
In honor of 804 Day, Buskey Cider released two new Randall’d Ciders for the day with local fruit from Ellwood Thompson’s: Strawberry Lemongrass and Blackberry Thyme! Notably, the blackberries were grown at Virginia State University and the thyme was from Once Upon A Thyme.
Our neighbors here in Scott's Addition, Boulevard Burger and Brew and King of Pops joined in the celebration! Boulevard Burger and Brew was serving non-GMO sliders that were beef or vegan, King of Pops was selling their locally made pops, MOMS VA, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts, had a puppy kissing booth to help raise money to help abandoned dogs find homes. At their last event at Buskey, we adopted a sweet pup named Betsy!
The nonprofit we supported for the event was HandsOn Greater Richmond, who was spreading the message about getting involved with their community volunteer projects in the Richmond area. 10% of cider sales from the #804Day event were given to HandsOn Greater Richmond to help them further their cause!
It was great to see the community come out and support us. We loved giving RVA the platform to celebrate local and what truly embodies what this amazing city is! We look forward to continuing this celebration by adding on further vendors from all parts of the 804 next year and in years to come!
We will see you all at the 2nd Annual 804 Day Celebration on Friday, August 4, 2017!
Intro to #GetBuskey
Welcome to the Buskey Cider Blog! If you haven’t met me yet around Richmond or in the tasting room, my name is Will Correll, but I’m more commonly known as “The Cider Guy”. My partner Matthew and our cidermaker Alec are also cider guys, but I already have that vanity plate… Every day I am blown away by how many people want to know all about our cider and entrepreneurial journey. We have finally decided that sharing with you what’s going on in the cidery through our own words on our website is one of the best ways to give you an inside scoop about our brand, day to day operations and long term vision for Buskey and to properly document this amazing part of our journey that can be such a blur at times.
It has been quite a ride since August 2012 when I first started telling people I was opening a cidery. It sounded even crazier then than it does now! A few of you believed in a young college senior and helped him win Start-Peninsula 1.0. Some of you helped him find a building, design Buskey’s space and build it out. You helped get a walk in refrigerator that was bigger than his apartment down from Baltimore. Some people invested a significant amount of capital. Others had test batches of cider at your weddings. More of you interned for a summer, helped with landscaping, painting the bathrooms, building financial models, managing social media, making batches of cider and building splash pages. You helped find audiences to sample batches- some like strawberry lemongrass were amazing and others like “Granny Buskey” showed how much we had to learn. Now that we have launched, thousands of you have visited to celebrate our launch and try our ciders. It takes so many things to open a business but equally importantly it takes a lot of awesome people. I have been incredibly blessed to have each of your support over the last four years.
We built an awesome team and we opened on April 23, 2016, after a series of soft openings, and had an amazing launch party. Since then we’ve begun distribution in Richmond through Loveland Distributing and have been on tap at some of our favorite restaurants and even a few awesome places we didn’t know until they picked us up! We’ve also been enjoying combining wine making and brewing practices such as unique strains of yeast, hops, and Randalling our cider. Richmond’s response has been amazing, so much so that we have already brought in bigger tanks to more than double our capacity. We love Richmond, and our home state of Virginia. Drink local and #GetBuskey.
The memories are so sweet- but don’t worry, the cider is pretty dry!