In January, the staff of Big Fish Cider, Co. joined with community members and out-of-town visitors to check in on the dormant apple trees, or going wassailing, in one of the small back-yard orchards of Monterey. “In pre-Christianity England [the community] would go out to scare away the evil spirits and then they would call on the tree spirits to come because it was after the winter solstice (when the days are getting longer). Saying, ‘Hey, it’s time to wake up. Time to start moving your sap in the trees!’”
Big Fish Cider’s very own Allegheny Gold is a winner of the 2018 Good Food Awards! The Good Food Awards recognizes high quality foods and beverages that are also produced responsibly.
“Congratulations to the 2018 Good Food Awards Winners and their food communities for leading the way towards a tasty, authentic and responsible food system. Chosen from over 2,000 entrants, these 199 companies are creating vibrant, delicious, sustainable local food economies. Cheers to your hard work and dedication!”
-Good Food Awards
Please visit http://www.goodfoodawards.org/2018-winners/ for a complete list of winners, including two other orchard-based cideries from Virginia!
Big Fish Cider was recently featured in the Staunton News Leader with an article by Staff Writer, Laura Peters.
Big meaning, they sure do get around and have some great recognition.
Just two years in the making, Big Fish Cider Co. has already racked up a number of awards and has a distribution that reaches Charlottesville, Staunton, Roanoke and Lexington — just to name a few.
Plus, you can’t miss them.
There’s a giant trout on the top of their tasting room’s building, which used to be a theater at one point and a restaurant. The trout dates back to the 1960s — and is the reason the cidery got its name, Big Fish.”
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The season of holiday spice has arrived and we have the perfect beverage to add to you menu. Big Fish CIder’s Wassail is a blend of fermented cider with mulled fresh cider and includes hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and orange zest. Pair this cider with your holiday meal or dessert or enjoy it in front of a warm fireplace!
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.
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!
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
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!
No, we didn’t run a marathon or place at the Rio Olympics. Big Fish brought home some bling from the 2016 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) this year. Which Big Fish cider award winner is your favorite? We’d love to know!