FAQs

Bold Rock has several ciders to please a variety of tastes, including our popular flagship styles Apple and Draft, as well as Pear and IPA, India Pressed Apple. Visit Our Ciders for detailed descriptions of each cider, and expect special seasonal ciders to be released throughout the year.

We have distribution in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. For a listing of specific locations where you can pick up our cider, check out our Cider Finder. If we’re not at a location near you, we will get to you as fast as we can. Until then, that’s a great reason for a road trip to visit us at our Cider Barn in Nellysford, Virginia, the Bold Rock Cellar at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Virginia, and our Mills River Cidery in North Carolina.

No, it is confusing!  In colonial America, people referred to the alcoholic beverage made from fermented apples as just “cider” and most other countries still say “cider” when they are referring to the fermented alcoholic beverage.  However, in an attempt to get Americans to decrease consumption of alcohol around Prohibition years, the term “cider” began to be used to refer to unprocessed apple juice, which doesn’t have alcohol to start, but which can ferment given time.  The confusion has been there ever since, but here are some definitions that should help:

Hard Cider is apple juice that has gone through a fermentation process in which its sugars have turned into alcohol.  Just as wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grape juice, hard cider is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice.

Sweet Cider is apple juice that has not been processed, stabilized, or filtered, often leaving it cloudy and brownish.  Although it does not have alcohol in it initially, since it is not pasteurized or processed, it could begin to ferment in time.

Apple Juice is the liquid (juice) pressed from apples.  Most apple juice found in stores has been filtered and pasteurized.

Cider can refer to either hard cider or sweet cider in the U. S. because there is no standard definition for all states.  Other countries tend to use the term “cider” for the alcoholic beverage and “apple juice” for the non-alcoholic beverage and not use the terms “hard cider” or “sweet cider” at all.

Here is a chart that gives some information.  An asterisk * indicates it isn’t always the case.

Wine Hard Cider Beer
Alcohol/Volume 12-15%* 4-7%* 4-6%*
Fermentation Yes Yes Yes
Apples No Yes No
Malt & Hops No No Yes
Carbonation No* Yes* Yes

We are a hard cider company with a farm winery designation according to our Virginia ABC license.  Our farm lies on 50 acres of land along the Rockfish River in a prime apple-growing region of Virginia.  We have planted apple trees on our farm, have nearby apple orchards off site, and purchase apples from local growers.  We have recently completed construction on our beautifully rustic, timber frame cidery on the ridge overlooking the Rockfish River. We craft, bottle and sell our hard ciders in this new cider barn. Although we are not a full restaurant, we have a kitchen with light picnic-style food complementing our ciders. Our Tap Room and shop are open between 11 am and 6 pm every day.

Bold Rock is a great place to “Drink in the Scenery!”™

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Absolutely! You can watch our cider makers at work and try all of our ciders at our flagship Cider Barn in Nellysford, Virginia, and our Mills River Cidery in North Carolina. You can also visit the Bold Rock Cellar at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bold Rock ciders are completely and naturally gluten-free with no wheat, spelt, barley, rye, or malts. Our ciders do not have animal products or dairy products of any kind in them. Although we are not certified Kosher, our cider production equipment is solely dedicated to cider-making.

Bold Rock is proud to make and sell premium hard ciders for adults of legal drinking age to enjoy responsibly. We follow all laws for selling and serving alcoholic beverages strictly with special attention to preventing underage drinking and over consumption. Be sure to bring a photo ID for tastings and hard cider purchases. We do not direct our advertising to children or underage adults and don’t sponsor school events or youth clubs. The age verification to enter our website, serves as a reminder that hard cider is an alcoholic beverage and that we only serve and sell Bold Rock to people 21 and over (the legal drinking age).

For our younger patrons, and designated drivers, we offer non-alcoholic, sparkling cider, to make certain everyone gets a taste of Bold Rock.

The following sites have more information on responsible drinking:  bacchusgamma.org, and gettips.com.

Email questions and comments to info@boldrock.com and we’ll reply as soon as we can.  You are also welcome to visit us at our cidery or call (434) 361-1030.  We try to answer the phone ourselves, but can’t always get to every call right away. If you need to leave a message, we’ll get back with you soon.  Cheers!