“18,000 Bottles Of Cider On The Wall – Take One Down Pass It Around …”

BlueRidgeLife@2013 : Photo By Tommy Stafford : This is one of approximately 18,000 bottles of Bold Rock Hard Cider that was cranked out Thursday – March 14, 2013 near Nellysford, VA.

Near Nellysford
Nelson County, VA

We’ve been following Bold Rock Hard Cider’s history since the beginning. We dropped back in this past Thursday to check out one of their apple crushing and bottling days. It’s impressive to say the least!

Arthur Wells, Facilities Manager, at Bold Rock Hard Cider supervises the crushing of approximately 10 tons of apples that will eventually become one of the Bold Rock varieties.
This is what the apples look like after they go through the crusher.

“We’re doing roughly 18 to 20,000 bottles a day – 3 days out of the week. And that doesn’t include the days we are doing kegs,” said Mike Manthey, Bold Rock General Manager. Less than two years ago, Bold Rock didn’t exist. Today semi trucks of the highly popular cider leave the plant several times a week.

A crew member with Bold Rock packs boxes of freshly bottled hard cider that will eventually head out across Virginia and beyond.

Mike tells us Bold Rock is still in an expansion phase with larger production capacity coming later this year.


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