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.

Thu, May 25

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Bring your best friends to Rooster Walk. Tons of amazing music, kids’ activities, craft beer, food/arts vendors and beautiful on-site camping at the idyllic Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, VA. RW9 Lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers, Anders Osborne, Anderson East, Mandolin Orange, The Motet, Pimps of Joytime, The Motet, The Marcus King Band, Mountain Heart, Billy Strings, Eric Krasno Band, The Nth Power, Mipso, Yarn, SUSTO, Love Canon, Jon Stickley Trio, … Continued