A Danville native plans to open Virginia’s first cidery and brewpub.
John Washburn, who grew up in Ruffin, N.C., and graduated from George Washington High School in 1965, is currently building Bold Rock Cidery and Brewpub near Wintergreen in Nelson County, where he now lives. Right now, 15,000 square feet of cidery buildings and a restaurant are under construction, but eventually the cider pub will offer four varieties of hard ciders and a relaxing atmosphere nestled in the Blue Ridge countryside.
Washburn will have his first cider ready in March. Tastings and "to go" sales will be available as well. The brewpub is expected to follow late in the year. The cider will be produced using Virginia-grown apples, most provided by Nelson County orchards.
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