Bryant’s Small Batch Cider – A Visit to the Jackson Ward Neighborhood
In the October/November Edition of Dine Wine & Stein Magazine, we will celebrate Cider Week Virginia. As part of the celebration, we taste and pair six Virginia hard ciders with local food. One of the ciders showcased is from Bryant’s Small Batch Cider. To prepare for this November hat tip to ciders crafted in Virginia, DW&S writer Paula Thomasson visited Bryant’s. As a teaser to our next magazine edition….here is Paula’s story.
Virginia has another player in the hard cider scene, Bryant’s Small Batch Cider. Recently, Bryant’s celebrated their one- year anniversary at their Roseland, Virginia cidery. Where is Roseland? It’s in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and it is the site of Bryant’s Small Batch Cider orchard and cidery.
The cider barn tasting room in Roseland is precisely what you would expect while visiting a mountain apple orchard. The barn is gorgeous, and the views do not disappoint.
Bryant’s Small Batch Cider has two tasting rooms, one in Roseland, Virginia and their newest location on 308 North Adams Street in Richmond. The Adams Street location is in the heart of the Jackson Ward neighborhood—a taste of the mountains in the busy city of Richmond. On a Saturday afternoon, I visited the Jackson Ward location.
Commitment to the Process
What sets Bryant’s Small Batch Cider apart is their commitment to the purity of the process. They use whole organic ingredients and apples from their own orchard. They do not add sugar to the cider. They also allow it to ferment until all the sugar is gone making it sugar-free. This creates a genuinely bold and natural flavor that isn’t sweet. The carbonation method is also natural. Each contains live yeast to carbonate naturally. It is hand-made and naturally aged to bring you the best product their cider makers can produce.
At a recent visit to Bryant’s Small Batch Cider Richmond tasting room, I ordered a Flight to try several of their ciders. I had Hell Hop, Ecto-Cooler, Chaider, and Unicorn Fuel. I think my favorite was Hell Hop, but Unicorn Fuel is a top seller. It is made with rose hips and hibiscus and even has a pink hue. While I enjoyed my Flight, several visitors ordered pints of Unicorn Fuel.
Since it is Fall, I want to mention that Chaider fulfills the essence of the season with chai spices. Ecto-Cooler was initially crafted as a seasonal cider with a blend of orange peel. Its popularity may just keep it on the menu for a while.
Pair Cider with Local Treats
My favorite way to taste Virginia craft beverages is to pair them with local food. That is exactly what I did at the Bryant’s Richmond tasting room.
Bryant’s Small Batch Cider doesn’t just bring you cider when you visit their Richmond tasting room. They also have some of Richmond’s favorite treats. If you are hungry, Tarrent’s Cafe will deliver anything from their extensive takeout menu, directly to your table at Bryant’s tasting room. You should definitely try the vegetable flat-bread or mini lump crab cakes.
If you are in the mood for something sweet, make sure you try King of Pops or a decadent Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwich. Imagine flavors such as Cookie Monster, Chocolate Espresso, or Blueberry-Lemon…Both the ice cream sandwiches and the King of Pops are hand-crafted in Richmond. If you still have not tried one of these, you are seriously missing out.
Want more cider pairings? Go to our article on Virginia Cider Week.
No matter which cider is a favorite, you will have a lovely visit. When you are in Richmond, make sure you stop by the Jackson Ward location. If you are enjoying the Blue Ridge area, check out Bryant’s Small Batch Cider barn and learn more about the family that created this delightful cider.
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