Courtney Mailey of Blue Bee Cider gives an acceptance speech at the Good Food Awards. Blue Bee Cider, Virginia’s first urban cidery, received a 2017 Good Food Award for its Harvest Ration reserve dessert cider.

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“This is our vision for good food at Blue Bee Cider: making cider of the highest quality from local fruit, raising awareness about prized heirloom varieties with local origins, building pride in that agricultural legacy, spreading skills for fruit growing among urban households, and creating economic opportunity through skilled job creation tied to traditional cidermaking.”