Inspired by the incredible history of cider in the US but not by the cider options on the grocery store shelves, founder Will Correll started making cider in his Hampden-Sydney dorm room back in 2012. With the help of family, friends, mentors, former classmates and his then girlfriend Elle (Street) Correll, he spent the next 3 years perfecting cider recipes, visiting derelict warehouses, touring orchards, finding capital and putting together a brand.In the meantime, cider was made in friends’ apartments, a pastor’s garage, and eventually in a shed rented from a friend in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, VA. It was a very long 3 years with several failed starts, a handful of craigslist roommates, and a part-time teaching job to hold Will over. Will even slept on a floor for a while as he poured everything into his startup.
The dream of opening a cidery was inspired by a love of history and of craft beverages, so it was only appropriate that our brand came from a word Ben Franklin recorded hearing in a tavern back in colonial times. An old drinking word with no known definition was perfect for the little cidery that would help bring back the old tradition of cider with a modern, innovative approach.
Finally in the summer of 2015 enough pieces were in place and a landlord was willing to take a chance on a young entrepreneur. The warehouse, soon to be cidery, was a 7,000 square foot former railroad car loading building located in the emerging Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond, VA. Buskey was the first cidery in Scott’s Addition, now one of the most prolific beverage neighborhoods in the country.
Buskey launched April 23rd, 2016 with a new approach to cider. With 100% fresh pressed Virginian apples, no added sugar, no dilution, and no acid adjustments, Buskey made cider more approachable, more creative, and most importantly higher quality than what most cider lovers had seen before. Featuring ciders in cans, Buskey became a local favorite sipper and started expanding their brand across the city and state through distribution.
Will and Elle got married about a year into business and Elle came on full time to help grow the brand and create stunning in house designs to visually showcase our craft. Her efforts can be seen from murals in the tasting room to our website to labels for our ambitious every other week release program. Andrew joined the Buskey team a year in starting by bouncing and pulling taps and quickly rising to become Director of Operations and thriving in the day to day needs of the cidery.
Buskey has developed and innovated over the years and now distributes kegs and cans across the state of Virginia. They also do home delivery in Richmond, Hampton Roads, and NOVA and ship to 40+ states.
Visit Scott’s Addition in Richmond and snag a pint or flight of our local ciders and enjoy them right by the tanks where they were made. Our tasting room features reclaimed pool table slate, industrial wood and iron ceilings, and distinctive 1940s Scott’s Addition masonry. Our tasting room and production facility blends the best of the cider industry with a uniquely Richmond flare. Buskey also has an outpost dubbed Buskey Cider on the Bay in Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore with a large outdoor space and views of the water.
Our ciders are crafted with 100% Virginia apples, no added sugar, and they're gluten free. Throughout our history, we've used varieties such as Gold Rush, Pink Lady, Ashmead's Kernel, and Harrison apples to create a wide variety of ciders.SEE MORE
Buskey releases a new cider every other week, featuring local apples and innovative ingredients.SEE MORE
IN THE NEWS
Buskey Cider has captured the attention of many writers throughout our history. Read about Buskey in news outlets such as Food + Wine, Travel + Leisure, Beer Street Journal, Brewbound, and Richmond BizSense.SEE MORE