Goochland-based Courthouse Creek Cider opened its new 1,700-square-foot tasting room last month inside The Highpoint complex at 3300 W. Broad St.
It’s been a winding road into the city for Courthouse Creek owners Liza Fierro-Cioffi and Eric Cioffi, the married couple that launched the business in 2016 on their farm in Goochland.
Last spring they lost their family home, which sits on the same property as the cider operation, in a fire that prompted them to temporarily halt Courthouse Creek’s operations.
But a year later, with the Goochland facility reopened and their second taproom up and running, Fierro-Cioffi said they have added more brewing tanks at the farm to account for the Richmond location, which does not have a production area.
Courthouse Creek occupies two floors in The Highpoint, with eight taps serving cider on the bottom floor.
It is pouring variations of classic cider as well as blueberry and cherry shandies, and gose-inspired ciders.
“Everything we do is 100 percent barrel-aged,” she said. “We’ll use different wine and spirit barrels, and recently we made a cider in a maple syrup barrel.”
Fierro-Cioffi said they’re signed on with Virginia Wine Distribution Co. and have been doing small runs of 750-milliliter bottles.
“We’d love to do some small kegs and get into some restaurants,” she said.
Meanwhile, construction on the rest of The Highpoint property is nearing completion and most of its tenants have moved in. They include Photosynthesis Floral Design, Claybrook Pottery and Stachesquatch Design, among others.
Claire Accardo, Robert Olson and David Morrison are behind the redevelopment of the 18,000-square foot former Sea Dream Leather building.
Local firm 510 Architects designed The Highpoint, and Hunnicutt Construction is the general contractor.
Morrison said The Highpoint is planning for an August grand opening.
It has another new neighbor on the block, as Don’t Look Back Triple taco shop opened in May in the long-dormant former Triple billiards hall.