The Buskey Cider Team
Founder and CEO
Better known as "The Cider Guy", Will's vision to open a draft cidery that balanced the rich American cider heritage with the robust and exciting modern craft beer market won a $10,000 prize at Start!Peninsula back in 2012 while a senior at Hampden-Sydney College. Will then set out to to craft a business plan, find a team, and begin creating small batches of cider. Will chose Richmond for Buskey's home because from the first time he visited he immediately knew that Richmond could be one of the coolest towns in the world. He opened Buskey in April 2016 at the age of 26.
The veteran of the team, Matthew's been around the block a few times. An alumnus of UC Davis Fermentation, Matthew has been making wine for 20+ years fermenting in Napa Valley, Virginia, and Argentina. If it has natural sugar and tastes good Matthew has probably fermented it. Matthew finds cider's unlimited potential for innovation exciting and the start-up culture exhilarating, In addition to participating in wine events all around the world Matthew sits on the board of several charities.
A former brewer turned cidermaker, Harrison takes Buskey Cider to the next level. The experience to make our famous flagships and the creativity to make innovative ciders that have never been made before! He graduated from Hampden Sydney College with a B.S. in Chemistry.
A University of Missouri alumna, Elle is a linguist by training, and spends her days pushing Buskey's brand forward . From social media to events, and chalkboard art to community outreach, she handles just about everything the men of Buskey cider can't. Elle loves foreign languages/accents, small plates, dancing, travel, and art. Her favorite color is green - ALWAYS - for everything.
Director of Operations
A friendly Canadian that started at Buskey behind the bar, Andrew is now the Director of Operations at Buskey and makes sure that the cidery is in working order! With a background in distilling, Andrew also adds great value and a unique approach to our cider production.