Good news for fans of Virginia cider: Bold Rock Hard Cider in Nellysford is expanding! We stopped by Bold Rock on the way home from Wintergreen so our mom could finally visit the home of her favorite beverage. Maddy and I were puzzled by the new sign out front reading “Bold Rock Cidery & Brew Pub.” Had Bold Rock started serving food since we last visited?? The employee who did our tasting explained that a larger cidery/restaurant is currently being constructed on the property. Their humble warehouse with cement floors and simple bar will soon only be used for storage!
I’m not surprised to hear of Bold Rock’s expansion. As with craft beer, the hard cider industry is booming, and Bold Rock makes some of the best I’ve tasted. Their ciders aren’t as sweet as mainstream brands like Angry Orchard and Woodchuck, and the Virginia Apple variety has a crisp tartness from the inclusion of Granny Smith apples.
They also make two higher ABV ciders that drink more like champagne: the Crimson Ridge Vintage Dry and Crimson Ridge Vat. No. 1. We took home a bottle of the Vat. No. 1 to drink on July 4th, and I can’t wait to crack it open. Bold Rock uses Virginia apples that come from within 20 miles of the cidery, and the remains leftover after juicing are used to feed pigs and cattle on local farms. Obviously hard cider isn’t beer, but we wanted to give a shout out to this environmentally responsible, rapidly expanding, small business. We can’t wait to come back and visit when your restaurant opens!