Monthly Archives: January 2014

Three Reasons You Should Get Craft Beer From Whole Foods Short Pump This Weekend

Whole Foods Beer Sale

  1. There is a huge sale on 750ml and 22oz bomber bottles going on right now, Friday January 31st, like as a I type this now!  The word used to describe the discounts was “DEEP.”
  2. The discounts will expand to include growler fills tomorrow February 1st from 8AM – Noon.
  3. They will tap Foothills Sexual Chocolate Saturday at 1PM. No growlers of this Imperial Stout as it is very limited.

Double Your Barrels With Brandy Blue Bee Cider and Hardywood Bourbon Coffee This Saturday

There are some cool things coming out of barrels this Saturday February 1st.  You can try one or the other but there’s plenty of time to get them both in.

Blue Bee Rocky Ridge Release — Noon

From noon to 7PM, Blue Bee Cider debuts their sixth and final cider from their very first harvest in 2012.  Rocky Ridge Reserve was aged for five months in brandy barrels before packaging into hand numbered bottles.  There looks to be only 356 bottles available so get these while you can cider fans. 

So go out and get a taste then take a bottle or two home.  Olio’s food truck will offer an ala carte menu to pair with Blue Bee’s ciders. Music will be provided by the Cider Sippers throughout the afternoon with traditional Appalachian tunes.

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

212 W. 6th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo Release — 2PM

Hardywood’s Bourbon Sidamo returns for its second year starting at 2PM.  Aged for three months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this coffee stout will have you prepared for whatever Punxsutawney Phil sees on Sunday. 

Enjoy Bourbon Sidamo on draft while chowing down on food from Station 2Hungry Turtle Food TruckCielito LindoSuper Fresh Carts or Goatocado.  Be sure to grab some bottles to go as well in case we are hit with another polar vortex.

Music will be provided by Fear of MusicThe Shangri-Lords, and special guests Full Moon Fever starting at 4:30, 6:15, and 7pm respectively. 

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

Score Thirty-six Points with Devils Backbone and Pizza Tonight at The Cask Cafe

Credit: Devils Backbone

Credit: Devils Backbone

UPDATE: Sadly, Pizza Tonight will not be out tonight due to the snow, but the show must go on.


Head over to The Cask Cafe today Wednesday January 29th as they serve up thirty six points of Devils Backbone beers including their latest limited release, 16 Point Imperial IPA plus a fresh cask conditioned beer.  Pizza Tonight will be there as well baking their delicious pies including this new offering:

Here is the complete lineup for the evening to be tapped at 5pm:

  • 4 Point Pale Ale
  • 8 Point IPA
  • 16 Point Imperial IPA
  • 8 Point IPA — cask conditioned pin with Virginia Cascade hops

Head over the Facebook event for more information and updates.

The Cask Cafe
206 S Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220

Hardywood, Strangeways, & Lickinghole Creek Heading to SAVOR This May

SAVOR 2014At the same time the VA Craft Brewers Guild elected new leadership, Brewers Association announced breweries participating in this year’s SAVOR: American Craft Beer & Food Experience on May 9th & 10th in Washington, DC.  Of the seventy six participants, five breweries are from Virginia including three from the Richmond area:

Devils Backbone Brewing Co — Roseland, VA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery — Richmond, VA
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Goochland, VA
Port City Brewing Co — Alexandria, VA
Strangeways Brewing — Richmond, VA

Richmond will be very well represented at this year’s event. Hardywood even became a Supporting Partner for this year.  See who else made it on the list this year here. The American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members-only presale is March 25 with public ticket sales starting March 26.

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Elects New Leadership For 2014

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild elected new leadership for 2014 at their VA Beer Caucus meeting held last night at Capital Ale House.

Leading the guild will be:

Chair — Mark Thompson, Starr Hill
Vice Chair — Mark Shrader, Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill
Legislative Chair — Hayes Humphreys, Devils Backbone
Marketing/Tourism Chair — Eric McKay, Hardywood

Congrats to the new officers.  Looking forward to see what the guild has planned for this year.

SweetWater Rolling Through Richmond Tonight Starting at American Tap Room

By now you may have heard about SweetWater Brewing coming to town.  They have already started showing up in a few bottle shops around town, but today January 28th is when they kick things into high gear.

Head over to American Tap Room as SweetWater floods the taps beginning with 420 Extra Pale.

When does all this start? Well, 4:20 of course.  Chat up some brewery reps to earn some swag.

Here is the complete of the line up for the evening:

420 Extra Pale Ale
Blue — blueberry wheat
Georgia Brown
Whiplash White IPA

American Tap Room RVA
1601 Willow Lawn Dr, Ste 840
Richmond, VA 23230

Can’t make it to American Tap Room? Then be on the look out for the SweetWater crew because they plan on hitting the town later making stops at Commerical Taphouse, Capital Ale House, and Station 2.

Head over to the Facebook event for more updates.

Hardywood Barrel Aged Beer Dinner at TJ’s at the Jefferson Next Friday

hardywood barrel seriesIn what sounds like it could be their best beer dinner yet, TJ’s at the Jefferson is hosting a Hardywood Barrel Aged Beer Dinner next Friday January 31st at 7pm.  Check out the delicious menu.


Welcome Beer & Apps
Pickled Rappahannock Oysters, Cucumber Kim Chi, Crispy Shallots
Dry Hopped Pin of Great Return, Fresh!

Scallop & Shrimp Ceviche, Aji Amarillo Crema, Tostones
2nd Anniversary Ale, Tripel in Tequila Barrels, October 2013

Kalua Pork Belly, Caramelized Pineapple, Sour Orange Mojo
Rum Pumpkin, October 2013

Curry Chicken Thai Pie, Green Papaya Slaw
Bourbon Cru, Quad in VA Bourbon Barrels, April 2013

Vaca Frita, Espresso Braised Twice Cooked Short Ribs, Smoked Corn Croquettes, Tomato Esabeche
Bourbon Sidamo, Imperial Coffee Stout in Bourbon Barrels, March 2013

Chocolate Galangal Stout Cake, Tahitian Vanilla & Belgian Sugar Marshmallow, Bourbon Caramel, Gingersnaps
Bourbon GBS, Gingerbread Stout in VA Bourbon Barrels, December 2013

The cost for the dinner is $65/person plus tax and tip. Reserve your spot now by emailing or calling the restaurant at (804) 649-4672.

Head over to the Facebook event for updates

Hardywood ‘Day Fresh’ Candemonium This Friday

Hardywood Candemonium 012414In celebration of National Canned Beer Day, the anniversary of the first canning of beer in Richmond on January 24, 1935, Hardywood, Old Dominion Mobile Canning, and Brown Distributing have teamed up to bring “Day Fresh” cans of Cream Ale and The Great Return to various restaurants and shops around the city. 

Here is the full press release with all of the information you’ll need:

Beer in a can, from whence it all began!

Freshness is always good in beer, and at Hardywood Park we strive to offer the freshest beer possible to our customers. In that spirit, and to celebrate the birth of the beer can, the wonders of technology, and the illustrious history of beer in our fair city, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Old Dominion Mobile Canning Company, and Brown Distributing have teamed up for a special event we have named: “Day Fresh Candemonium!”

We have meticulously timed our brewing schedule, enlisted the help of all our employees, our friends, and some amazing volunteers, bought a ton of coffee, set our alarms for entirely too early in the morning, even put out a silly press release to prepare. All for you!

We will be canning fresh batches of Hardywood Cream Ale and The Great Return in the early morning hours of January 24th. Our distributing partner, Brown Distributing, will pick up pallets of these cans, an after processing them, will immediately begin selling them into the market, allowing customers to enjoy our beers the freshest way possible; the day they were canned.

Head out to your favorite watering hole and ask for day fresh Hardywood cans, or join us for a party at the brewery that evening, where Old Dominion Mobile Canning will be hosting a canning seminar.

What better way to enjoy the massive loads of Citra and Simcoe in The Great Return than trying it within hours of it being lovingly canned! Grapefruit, melon, bold resiny pine, we’ve got it for you! Want to impress your friends with how amazing your craft beer street cred is? Instagram or tweet a photo of your can with its canning date printed merely hours before! #dayfreshbeer!

And if for some reason you aren’t able to get out on Friday to enjoy some of these cans, fear not, because on Saturday, they will be 1 day old!

So why decide to create this event in the middle of the winter? Is it because we love the cold? Maybe. Because it’s Janaury and we felt like reviving a local holiday? Possibly. Because we love Richmond and want to warm your hearts? Absolutely!

The inspiration for “Day Fresh Candemonium” is a day long, long ago, longer than most of you reading this can remember. A day that began like any other, but will go on to live in infamy as long as beer in a can exists. Here is the story:

Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company had been brewing beer since the mid-1800s, but had suffered from Prohibition and worker strikes. When The American Can Company approached with the idea of canned beer, it was initially unpopular with Krueger execs, but American Can offered to install the equipment for free; If the beer flopped, Krueger wouldn’t have to pay.

G. Krueger Brewing must have felt it was a huge gamble to be first out with canned beer. It was too big a gamble to release the product in their regional market, instead, Richmond, Virginia was decided upon as a test market. On January 24, 1935, canned beer went on sale. Two brands were sold, Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer, marking the birthday of the beer can.

The 2,000 cans of beer were given to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond; The public loved it, with 91% giving it a thumbs up, and 85% saying that it tasted more like draft than bottled beer1. Reassured by this successful test, Krueger gave canning the green light, and history was made.

Compared to glass, the cans were lightweight, cheap, opaque, and easy to stack and ship. Unlike bottles, you didn’t have to pay a deposit and then return the cans for a refund. By that summer Krueger was buying 180,000 cans a day from American Can2, and other breweries decided to follow.

Beer in a can became the greatest thing since sliced bread, which incidentally was only seven years old at the time.

When we decided to create our first canned beer, we thought it was only right to pay tribute to the original canned beer. Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style that embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks.

With every can we create since that time, we continue to honor and pay homage to those brave souls who gave us the beer can!

Raise a can to RVA, where the canned beer revolution began! 

Celebrate your beer history by cracking open a cold one with us! Cheers!

We are proud to offer these ‘day fresh’ cans at the following establishments: 

Capital Ale House Downtown
Capital Ale House Innsbrook
Capital Ale House Midlothian
Commercial Taphouse 
Corks And Kegs 
Ellwood Thompson’s 
Fat Dragon
Joe’s Inn Fan
Once Upon a Vine North 
Once Upon a Vine South
Portrait House
Savory Grain
Shields Market
Southern Railway Taphouse 
Station 2
Sticky Rice
Strawberry Street Market
The Camel
The Cask Cafe
Total Wine & More Westland Plaza 
Total Wine & More Robious Hall 
Uptown Deli
Whole Foods Short Pump 

BeerAdvocate’s Alstrom Brothers Rolling Through Richmond Today Ending At Mekong

So when I posted about the Three Brothers beers at Mekong tonight, I did not realize that was only part of the story.  Apparently, Beeradvocate founders, Jason and Todd Alstrom will be making a few stops at breweries in Richmond today Thursday January 16th.  Assuming they stick to their schedule and traffic is kind, they will be making stops at Hardywood, Isley, and Strangeways before ending the night at Mekong.

Alstrom RVA sched

Mekong will be rolling out the red carpet as only they can with some very special beers.  Here is just a little of what they will be tapping:

  • Hardywood GBS
  • Hardywood Nitro GBS
  • Hardywood Bourbon GBS
  • Hardywood Raspberry Cherry Stout
  • Hardywood Hoperation Pink
  • Hardywood 2013 Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout
  • Strangeways Kiss Off! — Sour cherry saison
  • Extra Billy’s Citra Ass Down — Citralian IPA
  • Extra Billy’s/The Answer Kong Krush — Imperial Citralian IPA
  • COTU El Duderino — White Russian Milkstout
  • COTU Jeffrey — Brandy Barrel White Russian Milkstout
  • COTU Richard — Double West Coast Style IPA
  • Mad Fox Oaked Crazy Ivan — Imperial stout aged in Evan Williams barrel
  • Three Brothers Resolute — Imperial Stout aged 9 months in Bourbon barrel
  • Three Brothers Rum Dubbel
  • Three Brothers Barrel Aged Vanilla Elementary Porter
  • Breakfast of Champion Andall — Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout with Madagascar vanilla beans and coffee beans(Kona,Java,Didu,Vietnamese)
  • Mango Tango Andall — Strangeways Word! with fresh mangoes, peaches, and habaneros

If you see the brothers out at one of their stops, raise a glass and welcome them to town.