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PHOTOS: Blue Bee Cider set to open October 15th in new Scott’s Addition digs

The new 9,000-square-foot site will include a taproom, brewing facilities, large outdoor patio, on-site parking, and room for apple trees.

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Blue Bee Cider will open in its new Scott’s Addition location this Saturday, October 15th at 1:00 PM with food, neighborhood collaborations, and live music. Following opening day, hours of operation will be Sunday, 1:00 – 8:00 PM and Monday through Saturday, 1:00 – 10:00 PM, the cidery says.

Saturday’s collaborations will be released on the hour with Reservoir Distillery at 1:00, Ardent Craft Ales at 2:00, Black Heath Meadery at 3:00, Veil Brewing Company at 4:00, Three Notch’d Brewing at 5:00, and Isley Brewing Company at 6:00. All collaborators are located within the boundaries of the neighborhood.

Food will be available for purchase from Rappahannock Oysters, Goatacado and Camden’s Dogtown Market. King of Pops will also have a special cider pop for the day. Pedicab transportation will be provided throughout Scott’s Addition from Spoken4. A limited edition print from Studio 23 will be available with each bottle purchase while supplies last.

A limited number of tickets are available for a preview benefit for the Enrichmond Foundation on Friday, October 14 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and include two pours plus hors d’oeuvres. You can purchase tickets online here.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Blue Bee Cider, the Manchester cidery which announced plans to move to Scott’s Addition last year, is putting the finishing touches on its new digs on Summit Avenue.

Aided by $100,000 in government incentive funding–$50,000 from the Commonwealth, matched by the City of Richmond–and historic tax credits, the new cidery has spent just north of $1 million on the project to carefully convert the former City Stables into a new tasting room and manufacturing facility while preserving the character of the historic circa-1940 property.

The 9,000-square-foot facility resembles a small town, with four buildings on the one-third acre footprint. The buildings were constructed using city cobblestones under the direction of the Works Progress Administration. In addition to the stone barn, the property included garages for tools, carriages and fire engines, an office, and sleeping quarters for workers. A previous wood framed facility on the property burned in 1921.

The new facilities, which are tentatively scheduled to open October 14th, will allow Blue Bee to triple production of its cider. The site will include a brewing room, taproom and tasting room, offices, a large patio, and more. The new location will have on-site parking and room for apple trees around the perimeter of the property. The cidery plans to plant the Hewe’s Crab, Hyslop Crab, Grimes Golden, and Winter White Pearmain varieties.

The Scott’s Addition location will replace Blue Bee’s original facility, which was established in 2012. “I put a bid in here two years ago when Isley (Brewing Company) and Ardent (Craft Ales) were the only [breweries] around,” owner Courtney Anderson Mailey said during a tour of the site last Friday. “This was the only [site] in the city that had all the things we were looking for, and we probably would have had to leave the City of Richmond if we couldn’t get this site. I’m just really glad we’re able to stay.”

Anderson Mailey says the proximity of other breweries and cideries in the neighborhood should help the business’ foot traffic. Last year, the Manchester location brought in 12,000 visitors. Blue Bee’s cider maker Manuel Garcia plans to collaborate with neighborhood breweries for small batch ciders, beers, or mead.
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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting on Continental Coming to Manchester

A new restaurant for the Manchester area.

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The Continental Westhampton is a staple for diners on Grove. Eventually, those of us South of the river will have our very own Continental to call our own at 609 Hull Street. Continental brings to the table a diverse menu that you can check out here. I highly recommend the meatloaf.

From the full-article on Richmond BizSense.com:

Giavos said Continental Manchester will be a similar concept to his Continental Westhampton that’s been open for eight years along the Libbie-Grove corridor.

“We decided to take the ‘W’ in Continental Westhampton and flip it upside down for Manchester,” he said.

“It’ll be neighborhood-friendly, accessible, not too expensive. Hopefully it’ll be good for that neighborhood. There are so many young professionals over there, hopefully I can bring something that’s a needed commodity.”

According to the article no date is set for projected opening.

 

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Richmond Flying Squirrels, COTU reveal ‘Richmond Rally Cap’ as new stadium beer

The new grapefruit shandy is set for release this spring as the season opens.

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The votes have been tallied, and the new official beer of the Richmond Flying Squirrels will be called Richmond Rally Cap, the Flying Squirrels and Center of the University Brewing Company (COTU) in conjunction with Entercom Richmond announced on Tuesday. The new grapefruit shandy will be released across the region this spring and will be available at The Diamond during Flying Squirrels games all season.

Richmond Rally Cap was selected as the winning name from a group of four finalists submitted by fans.

“We work diligently to give fans new experiences each year, and thanks to our long-standing relationship with Center of the Universe, our new beer, Richmond Rally Cap, will be a new item not only at The Diamond but in markets, stores and restaurants all over the region,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We thank Center of the Universe for brewing this great beer, and we tip our Rally Cap to the 2020 season.”

Richmond Rally Cap, a light and crisp Weiss beer with thirst-quenching grapefruit flavor, will be brewed by Ashland-headquartered COTU. The Flying Squirrels and COTU previously partnered on the beer, Chin Music, for six years prior to its retirement in 2019.

“We are beyond excited to launch this new brand into market in the spring,” COTU co-founder Chris Ray said. “We had a great ride with Chin Music, but we felt it was time to switch it up and offer something a little different than what we have ever offered before. Cheers to a great Flying Squirrels season and a new official brew!”

Four name finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions made by fans in the fall, and Richmond Rally Cap was selected as the winner through fan voting in October.

The winning name was first submitted by Chris Owens, who will receive the grand prize featuring a Gold Book, which includes 40 undated tickets for the 2020 Flying Squirrels season, as well as official Richmond Rally Cap swag pack. Two additional winners, Chad James and Ray Edwards, will receive two field-level tickets for Opening Night on April 16, as well as a Richmond Rally Cap hat and T-shirt.

Fans will be able to enjoy Richmond Rally Cap at The Diamond beginning with the Flying Squirrels’ home opener on April 16 against the Bowie Baysox. Group packages, season tickets and partial-season plans for the 2020 Flying Squirrels season are currently available at SquirrelsBaseball.com.

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Roastology Now Open

Can there ever be too much coffee in the world? On a cold day like today, the answer is a resounding no.

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Roastology was established in the distant past of  2012 in the wilds of North Chesterfield. They closed up shop in the county and moved into the city. They’ve been working on their new shop located at 2701 W. Cary Street.

They’re hosting their Grand Opening today from 7 AM – 5 PM. They roast coffee on-site and have a full-service coffee shop. You’ll also find their coffee at Wegmans, Carytown & Ivymont Kroger, and online.

Also as of earlier this week, they’re still looking for kitchen staff so if you’re looking for a job check out their Facebook post.

Karri Peifer over at Richmond.com has a ton more details (and photos of the shop) on the folks behind the new caffeine addition to the Fan.

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