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, Sep 02

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Our free fall concert series is back at IX! (It was the Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series … now it’s called FREEFALL … free + fall = you get it.) So, put on your dancing boots! To kick things off, WTJU and the IX Art Park proudly welcome back Black Masala to the outdoor stage for the first of nine free concerts! Washington, DC’s gypsy punk brass band cranks out … Continued