On a cliff: Bold Rock plans to build big
So we're getting ready to drive to Richmond for the UVA Board of Visitors meeting Wednesday morning when we get a call from John Washburn, the bossman out at Bold Rock Cider in Nelson County.
He's asking if we want to write about the 11,000 square foot cider barn that he's building on a mountainside over Nellyford. Well, sure, but can you send us a pretty picture showing how it'll look?
He's got blueprints, but no artistic rendering, so we start chatting instead about the 700 exposed beams including one that measures three feet by four feet and 50 feet long. And then we start discussing his vision of floor-to-ceiling glass and the fact that this new building will be up on a cliff.
"We're taking this big plunge due to the wonderful demand we've experienced," says Washburn.
It seems that although he just recently began bottling and selling the cider in June he has already inked a contract with Budweiser to distribute his ciders across the state. After all, his cider maker, Brian Shanks, came all the way from New Zealand on a visa that noted his "extraordinary ability."
Well, sorry, you gotta send us the pretty picture of the new building, we tell him. But then something happened shortly before the drive to Richmond.
We slip into a downtown apartment, open the fridge, and there's a bottle of the "Virginia Apple" variety. It's crisp, it's cool, and gently alcohol-laden.
And so we put the bottle next to a window for a pretty picture while we await a pretty picture– or the completion– of the big bottling barn on a cliff.Read more on: hard cider