Bedford brewery to add hard-cider facility
Legacy Cider will invest $300,000 to establish a hard-cider production facility in Bedford County.
The facility will be located the same site as the owners’ craft brewery, Apocalypse Ale Works, in Forest. The expansion also will include improvements to the brewery’s existing taproom and beer garden.
During the next three years, Legacy Cider expects to create five new jobs and will purchase12,150 bushels of Virginia-grown apples, valued at $146,000.
In 2013, the John family opened Apocalypse Ale Works, the first craft beverage operation in Bedford County.
The brewery owners recently planted apple trees and acquired a Virginia Farm Winery license to establish Legacy Cider, which will produce products made entirely with Virginia apples.
Gov. Ralph Northam approved a $12,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which Bedford County will match with local funds.