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Virginia Toasts the Apple for Hard Cider Week




    'Tis the season to be jolly and... celebrate the coming of Virginia Cider Week, Nov. 15-24. (Wait, what did you think we were going to say?)

    Hard cider fever is spreading (the tangy drink brings in more than $50 million in sales nationally), becoming a potential adult beverage kingpin. While Virginia's home to a seemingly never-ending list of wineries, cideries are opening their doors as well.
    Celebrate November with a toast to the apple, and peach and pear (ciders can come from all kinds of fruit), and visit your local cidery for great events and deals, including a cheese and cider workshop, cider tastings, and the Richmond Cider Celebration.
    Pro tip: Most of the hard cider in Virginia is made near the Blue Ridge Mountains/Charlottesville area. Book a bed and breakfast and make it a fantastic hard cider voyage coming up Saturday, Nov. 16

    Virginia's hard cider makers:

    Foggy Ridge Cider, 1328 Pineview Rd., Dugspur, Va.
    Open on the weekends from April through December. 
    Castle Hill Cider, 6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick, Va.
    Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday
    Albemarle Ciderworks, 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, Va.
    Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
    Winchester Ciderworks, 2502 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, Va.
    Old Hill Cider, 17768 Honeyville Road, Timberville, Va
    Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Saturday
    Blue Bee Cider, 212 W. 6th St., Richmond, Va.
    Open noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday
    Bold Rock Cider, 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Va.
    Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
    Potters Craft Cider, 4699 Catterton Road, Free Union, Va.