'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.