RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond residents took part Sunday in the Red, White and Blue “Cider-bration” at Buskey Cider in Scott’s Addition. Participants had patriotic-colored flights, plus free hot dogs. The celebration goes on until the day after the Fourth of July.
Last April, two craft beverage makers opened their doors in Scott’s Addition, a roughly 152-acre neighborhood where, until recent zoning changes, development had mostly fizzled in the 1960s.
Then a new era fermented feverishly to yield a craft beverage hub; by the end of 2016, the historic district housed two cideries, one meadery, a distillery and four breweries — and Väsen Brewing Company is set to open within months.
Buskey Cider and The Veil Brewing Co. will both celebrate one year of booming business this weekend.
Buskey Cider will begin canning this week for a can launch date of January 21, 2017, producing the first 12 oz 6-pack of canned hard cider in Virginia. The first canned offering from Buskey Cider will be their RVA Cider which will originally be sold from the tasting room at 2910 W. Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition, located in Richmond, Virginia. Distribution of the cans will begin in the coming weeks in Richmond locations through Loveland Distributing.
The first thing you’ll notice upon meeting Alec Steinmetz is his animation, his ebullience, the way his face lights up when talking about anything, especially when it’s about apples or fermentation.
He gets giddy just discussing the Brix scale (a measure of sugar in liquid — in this instance, cider). “Ferment everything!” says the 23-year-old cidermaker at Buskey Cider.
Scott’s Addition’s Buskey Cider had several of its apple trees vandalized over the weekend, a spokesperson for the cidery says.
A total of three trees were ripped up by someone sometime in the overnight hours of Saturday. Buskey has 22 trees in all lining W. Leigh Street and the alleyways surrounding the building.