New Cider: Shady Lane Shandy

If life gives you lemons and apples, then make a Shandy. All natural, no concentrate, now available in the cidery and online. Shady Lane Shandy is a perfect summertime cider.  This cider made with Jonagold, Stayman and Winesap apples, is first dry hopped with Cascade Hops, then blended with fresh squeezed lemonade (seriously, we squeeze the lemons ourselves in the cider press).  Then we filter just enough to keep the seeds and pulp out of the bottle, leaving the natural cloudiness of the lemonade in the cider.  Drink it well chilled – the ultimate cider after a day in the sun.

New Cider Release: Mellifera

Stop by this Saturday, April 1st (we promise we’re not joking), to try our new cider, Mellifera! We named this cyzer (a cider fermented with honey) after Apis mellifera, the European Honey Bee. We pronounce it “MelliFAIRa,” but no matter how you do, come by to try it from 2-7pm.

Honey bees are also critical to orchard pollination and apple production, so we are happy to have local beekeepers, like Thorny Bottom Bees, where we source our honey. Let’s raise a glass to the partnership between apple and bee!

More details here!

New Cider Release: Elevation

Elevate your cider experience with our newest cider!

All of our ciders are carefully crafted in the western mountains of Virginia. In a county with the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi, life in Highland is closely tied to the mountains and our agricultural history. Our elevation influences all stages of cider production from the mountain-grown apples to our slow, cold fermentation process. To honor our unique home, we bring you Elevation.

Come for the release event: Friday, 17 February 2017, 4-7pm

Virginia Living Magazine Highlights BFC


Big Fish is a recipient of this year’s “Made in Virginia” Awards!

Featuring products created in the Commonwealth, the 2016 Made in Virginia Awards celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and craft in food, drink, sport and outdoors, and design.

From hundreds of submissions, Virginia Living’s editors selected this year’s 16 winners, chosen for the quality and ingenuity of their products.

Find a full list of winners here and scroll down to read Big Fish’s full award description or pick up a copy of the magazine’s December 2016 issue, on newsstands around the state today!

“Big Fish cider makes big splash”

Kirk Billingsley of Big Fish Cider

Big Fish Cider is making headlines in our local newspaper, The Recorder.

“MONTEREY — Big Fish Cider Co. in Monterey made quite an impression on cider judges last weekend in Michigan. A Great Lakes contest gave Big Fish a “Best-in-Class” award — the first time in the competition’s 11-year history that a Virginia cidery has earned that distinction.”

Click here to read the entire article.

“Mother Nature Helps Monterey Cidery, Wins Awards”


Check out a recent article in the News Leader, highlighting Big Fish’s recent wins a the GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry) Competition.

“The contest awarded Big Fish Cider Co. a Best-in-Class award, which marks the first time in the competition’s 11-year history that a Virginia cidery has earned that distinction, a release said. The cidery received four medals out of the competition’s 1,003 entries.”