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.
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.