A Bedford County brewery is expanding, thanks in part to a grant from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Apocalypse Ale Works is getting $12,000 through the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund. The owners will use that to expedite a $300,000 expansion into producing hard cider, called Legacy Cider, along with their existing beer production.
The owners say the expansion will have a far-reaching impact for farmers. The company has committed to buying 12,150 bushels of Virginia-grown apples over the next three years.
“To be able to take these inputs, whether that be Virginia grown honey, Virginia grown ginger, Virginia grown apples, to be able to use those and create this product, that showcases the talent of the growers and the local community, is important to us,” said Austin John, a co-owner of Legacy Cider.
In addition to purchasing about $146,000 worth of Virginia apples, the expansion will create five new jobs.