Bottle Conditioning: How We Do It and Why We Do It


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In commercial cider production, most sparkling ciders get their bubbles by way of compressed CO2 gas. This is a great system because it is affordable, fast, and consistent. There is however, another option called bottle (or cask) conditioning.   In the days before stainless steel, compressed gas, and refrigeration, a beer or cider would be put into a sealed barrel or bottle when it still had just a tiny bit … Continued


This cider highlights the hard work of many of our friends and neighbors. Early season apples from Virginia are fermented with Belgian yeast from RVA Yeast Labs and then bottle conditioned with organic ginger juice from The Juice Laundry and local wildflower honey from Sourwood Farm. The honey ferments in the bottle, leaving a dry cider with a floral nose and the perfect hint of ginger.

Sat, Jan 21

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Earl Grey Brown Ale is back! Join us Saturday for the release of this beloved annual collaboration with Potter’s Craft Cider and Champion Brewing Company. We’ll also have eight guest taps: From Potter’s Craft Cider: — Ginger & Honey Cider — Farmhouse Dry Cider — Hopped Cider (hop profile TBD) — Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Cider From Champion Brewing Company: — Missile IPA — Malibu Nights American IPA — Fruitbasket DIPA … Continued