Celebrate Richmond Beer’s Renaissance At Hardywood’s Fifth Anniversary Saturday 

The renaissance of the Richmond beer scene start with the opening of Hardywood five years ago. Celebrate their success this Saturday October 22nd starting at 1pm.

Offering for the first time, the backbone of Trickery, Foolery & Ruse: Hardywood Cassowary!

Cloaked in black and crowned with vibrant color, the cassowary is the embodiment of prehistoric grace and primal ferocity. Our imperial milk stout is equally bold and unapologetically rich, presenting a balanced aroma of chocolate truffle and dark fruits followed by leather, toffee and almond that linger on the palate and earn the name Hardywood Cassowary; a graceful behemoth in the beer world. 11% ABV

Hardywood Cassowary will be available in 750mL bottles ONLY (no draft at this time). 4 bottle limit per guest! Here’s how it’s going to work:
·There will be a 4 bottle limit per person for this first time run.
·With this being a first release, we will plan for a line.
·At 11:45AM we will distribute tickets to the first 270 guests, reserving ticket holders an opportunity to purchase up to 4 bottles.
·The bottle sale will begin at 1PM when the brewery opens for service.
·You must be in line, in chronological order at 1PM to redeem your ticket for bottles.
·If bottles remain after the first 270 guests, we will continue to sell through at a 4 bottle limit per person until the last bottle is sold.

[Hardywood Cassowary WILL be returning both in bottles AND on draft in the future. Our brewers are working hard to make more of this beer available soon. STAY TUNED!]

In celebration of 5 years of collaboration with our friends at Brown Distributing- Richmond, VA, we’re showcasing the work of fellow brewers from around the state of Virginia! Here’s the list:

Ardent Craft Ales – New England IPA
Bold Rock Hard Cider – IPA (India Pressed Apple) 16oz. cans
Center of the Universe Brewing – Oktoberfest
Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Wood Bear
Isley Brewing Company – Choosy Mother
Kindred Spirit Brewing – Headspace
Legend Brewing Company – Ghost Rider
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Supreme Leader
Midnight Brewery – Purdy Mechanic IPA
Steam Bell Beer Works – Tiramisu Stout
The Answer Brewpub – Sailboat Worthy
Triple Crossing Brewing – Falcon Smash

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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Posted by on October 21, 2016 in Hardywood


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Blue Bee Cider Summit Stables Grand Opening: The Most Scotts Addition-est Opening Ever Thru Collaborations

blue-bee-summit-stables-openingBlue Bee Cider reopens in their new Summit Stables location in Scotts Addition with a grand opening weekend celebration starting on Saturday October 15th.  You can get a preview Friday night with tickets to their soft opening event benefitting the EnRichmond Foundation’s beautification and maintenance of our city parks.

In addition to their normal lineup, Saturday will see the release of three new ciders:

Think that would be enough for an opening? You’d be wrong. This opening must be grand! To accomplish a grandness not often seen, Blue Bee went out to play with their other libation producing neighbors in Scotts Addition and came back with six collaborations that will be tapped at various times during the day:

  1. Ardent Craft Ales made “Smokin’ Mower”, a session blonde ale fermented with smoked Winesap and Stayman juice. Cellar team brought a bin of apples to Ardent and smoked them whole in ZZQ’s smoker with help from ZZQ and the Ardent team. We also fermented the smoked juice with a champagne yeast to dry and created the 2nd batch in two years of our smoked cider.
  2.  Black Heath Meadery made “Scott’s Edition”, a cyser fermented with Gold Rush juice and Virginia wildflower honey, with a generous addition of Bosc pear juice and Black Mission figs.
  3. The Veil Brewing Co, made “Boi Friendz”, a barrel-fermented Brett IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops fermented with 30% unpasteurized Gold Rush juice. One of the barrels previously held the Veil’s Jeune (single barrel spontaneously fermented ale) and the other was a first use Virginia red wine barrel.
  4. Isley Brewing Co, made “Apple Brown Betty”, the return of our 2014 collaboration – an English brown ale fermented with Grimes Golden juice.
  5. Reservoir Distillery provided one of their recently emptied barrels and helped us decide on what unique offering to age and which one of their barrels to use (rye, wheat, or bourbon). We chose our Harvest Ration (dessert cider fortified with brandy) in their rye whiskey barrel for over four months.
  6. Three Notch’d Brewing Co.‘s RVA Collab House made “Farm to Stable”, a gose fermented with Gold Rush juice. The collaboration combines the tropical notes and high acidity from Gold Rush apples with a tart and salty gose base.

The collaborations will be tapped at the following times:

1PM — Reservoir Distillery

2PM — Ardent Craft Ales

3PM — Black Heath Meadery
4PM — The Veil Brewing Co.

5PM — Three Notch’d Brewing Company RVA Collab House

6PM — Isley Brewing Company

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates on Blue Bee’s Grand Opening Weekend.

Blue Bee Cider
1320 Summit Avenue
Richmond, VA

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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in RVA Beer


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Year Twelve Of St Benedict’s Oktoberfest Starts Tonight 

Quite possibly Richmond’s longest running Oktoberfest will start its twelfth year at St Benedict’s Oktoberfest in just a few hours today Friday, September 16th at 4pm.  Check out the beer list for the weekend long event including the debut of Benny & The Fest in the Hardywood tent! 

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Festivals


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Do The Georgie Porgie With Ardent Craft Ales & Center Of The Universe OnThe Quirk Hotel’s Rooftop To Celebrate Start Of Virginia Pride Month

Pride-Kickoff-eventGeorgie Porgie, Puddin’ and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

Or at least that’s how the nursery rhyme used to go but today Georgie Porgie has decided to stay. You can taste why as Ardent Craft Ales, Center of the Universe, Virginia Pride, and OutRVA celebrate the release of two collaborations beers, Georgie & Porgie, on the rooftop of the Quirk Hotel on Thursday September 1st from 6 – 9PM.

“Georgie” from Ardent is a mixed berry “pie” pale ale (4.7% ABV). “Porgie” from COTU is a chocolate “pudding” porter (5.7% ABV). Both beers will be released in limited edition 750ml bottles with inscriptions from each brewery that capture the sentiment:

Georgie and Porgie are two beers that represent the love we have for craft beer and for everyone who drinks it, no matter who they are and who they love.


Ardent and COTU will have taproom releases of their respective beers on Saturday September 3rd. Visitors to the taprooms and Quirk’s rooftop will be able to enjoy the beers in special limited edition glassware created just for this collaboration.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information on the kickoff event. Richmond, let’s pack this rooftop!

Take a look at the official press release below for more information on the beers and other tasting events.



August 23, 2016 – RICHMOND, Virginia – Virginia Pride, OutRVA, Ardent Craft Ales, and Center of the Universe Brewing Company are excited to announce the upcoming release of their limited edition Pride 2016 beers “Georgie” and “Porgie” on Thursday, September 1 as well as a full line-up of tasting events throughout September in the Richmond area. This collaborative project was months in the making, with all four organizations and breweries coming together to make a playful, yet meaningful contribution to Pride Month. The resulting beers refer to the traditional nursery rhyme “Georgie Porgie” and not only lent ideas for the beers themselves but also was slightly adjusted from “ran away” to “decided to stay.” The statement on both bottles aptly captures the sentiment behind this project: “Georgie and Porgie are two beers that represent the love we have for craft beer and for everyone who drinks it, no matter who they are and who they love.”

Ardent’s “Georgie” beer is a Mixed Berry Pale Ale (4.7% abv) which represents the “pie” in the rhyme, and COTU’s “Porgie” beer is a Chocolate Pudding Porter (5.7% abv) which plays on the “pudding” line. Both beers will be available on draft throughout Richmond and in limited-edition 750 mL bottles. Please see the following list and descriptions of release events and supporting tastings throughout Pride 2016:



This will be the official Pride Month kick-off party and the first opportunity to try “Georgie” and “Porgie” beers. Event begins at 6 p.m. at the Quirk Hotel rooftop with music from DJ Amy Alderman and food available from Quirk. Limited supply of Georgie Porgie glassware will be available with a donation to Virginia Pride. In addition, Quirk will donate $1 of every beer sold during the event to Virginia Pride and OutRVA. No cost for admission. After-party will be hosted at Barcode Restaurant & Bar located at 6 East Grace Street.



Both Ardent and COTU will simultaneously release the “Georgie” and “Porgie” beers on September 3 in their respective taprooms. Both taprooms will have the two beers on tap and bottle sales of both brews. Guests who visit Ardent and COTU on this day will be given limited edition “Georgie Porgie” glassware in support of Pride Month. Ardent’s event begins when they open at 12 p.m. and COTU will start at 1 p.m.


  • FR September 2 // The Caboose Tasting in Ashland. 4:30 p.m.
  • TH September 8 // Citizen Burger Bar Party. 5 p.m.
  • FRI September 9 // The Wink Sampling Event. 4 p.m.
  • TH September 15 // Station 2 Party, 5 p.m.; Pre-Pride Party at Babes, 8 p.m.
  • MO September 19 // Capital Alehouse Midlothian Party 4 p.m.
  • FR September 23 // District 5 Event, 5 p.m.
  • SA September 24 // Pridefest! 12-8 p.m.


Virginia Pride is a 501(c)(3) coalition-building organization that  strives to improve the lives of LGBT Virginians by creating visibility and promoting full human and civil rights through education, networking, and celebrations that advocate equality. PRIDEFEST 2016 presented by Virginia Pride will be held on September 24, 2016 from 12-8 p.m. on Browns Island in Richmond, VA. For more information, visit


OutRVA is Richmond Region Tourism’s award-winning campaign that highlights the Richmond Region as a welcoming destination for LGBT travelers. At the center of the campaign are the OutRVA Insiders who share with potential visitors their favorite places in the region and represent the area’s vibrant LGBT community. Out stickers on store windows and doors throughout the region provide a visual way for travelers to connect with LGBT friendly businesses. OutRVA launched in 2014 and since then has garnered national media coverage—including The New York Times, Passport magazine,, Curve magazine. For more information, visit

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Posted by on August 31, 2016 in RVA Beer


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Weekend Hit List With Kings Dominion, Lickinghole Creek, and Triple Crossing

It’s the second Saturday in Virginia Craft Beer Month and things are rolling by so quickly August will be done before you know it. Here are a few things to keep you busy this weekend.

BBQ & Brews Fest at Kings Dominion

Heading up for a day of fun at Kings Dominion? You have two more weekends to check out their BBQ & Brews Fest.

Here’s a look at breweries you’ll be able to sample over the next couple of weeks from 11am-8pm.

KD BBQ & Brews 2016 beers

Seven Region Oyster Saison Release at Lickinghole Creek

Oysters aren’t just for putting in stouts or porters anymore.

Galaxy So Hazy DIPA Release at Triple Crossing 

Triple Crossing and Hardywood did a collaboration and you can taste the results today.

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Posted by on August 13, 2016 in VA Craft Beer Month


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Three Days To Celebrate Three Years Of Strangeways Brewing

Strangeways 3rd Birthday.jpgYou can start celebrating Strangeways Brewing’s third anniversary today!

We’re so excited to celebrate a fantastic and jam-packed 3 YEARS this weekend! Check out the festivities!:

FRIDAY: A Special Summer Sizzling Brews & Burlesque in our new A/C with Continental Divide Richmond on site! Tickets still available!

SATURDAY: Strangeways 3rd Anniversary Party & Release of 3 Wake Me Up Before You Goses with loads of games, special wildlife visitors, face painting, food trucks including Buz And Ned’s and King Of Pops – Richmond, free live music with Elana Lisa & The Hot Mess and Amy Henderson-Music & MORE! Click on the event for details!

SUNDAY: FREE live afternoon music with Kurt Crandall for Sunday Revival! Refresh with a flight of Totally Tubular Radlers!

We Open at 11am ALL 3 Days!!

THANK YOU to everyone for your support over the years and we can’t wait to party with you!

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Posted by on July 8, 2016 in RVA Beer


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Sip From The Branches Of Devils Backbone’s Family Tree At Postbellum Tonight

Taste the results of Devils Backbone’s Family Beer Project.
Devils Backbone Family Project at Postbellum.jpg

1323 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Tap Takeover


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