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


9% ABV

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, Dec 16

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Mark your calendars! The 4th Annual Potter’s Craft Cider Wassail is set for December 16th at the Cidery in Free Union Virginia! Details forthcoming! Was·sail / ˈwäsəl,ˈwäˌsāl/ archaic noun: wassail 1. Spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. 2. Lively and noisy festivities involving the drinking of plentiful amounts of alcohol; revelry. verb: wassail; 3rd person present: wassails; past tense: wassailed; past participle: … Continued