If you haven't noticed, the north end of downtown has been developing. The former Big L tires has been revitalized into new and exciting businesses including Magpie, the Perch, and Chestnut Ridge Coffee Roasters. Joining the ranks and officially opening their doors the day of this posting is Sage Bird Ciderworks!
If you're anything like me, you have loved seeing downtown embrace the craft beer movement. I can remember when Jack Browns first opened their doors and had 100 beers available. My mind was blown. They knew that the craft beer movement was the future. Zach and Amberlee Carlson, the owners and founders of Sage Bird, are hoping on the craft cider wave that has begun to gain momentum.
If you aren't familiar with cider, I highly recommend watching the interview below or go in and strike up a conversation with Zach and Amberlee. Their passion for the craft is contagious. They will explain that while most people think Cider is similar to beer, it is actually classified as a wine. Cider finds itself in the middle with a plethora of apple varieties and infusions that will leave you always guessing what else could be possible.
At Sage Bird Ciderworks, Zach and Amberlee have decided to focus their craft to what is Virginia. What do I mean by that? They are only using native apples and other ingredients to Virginia. This pure taste of the Commonwealth will push their creative spirits to find new and exciting concoctions you may not find elsewhere.
What about the environment? It's great! Zach and Amberlee are both very artistic and it shows. From the murals on the walls to the graphic design, you are going to enjoy the experience. I highly recommend checking out the back patio space... you probably never knew about the cliffs of Rocktown.
The interview below occurred on July 22nd, 2020.