Daily Archives: October 24, 2014

All Good Things Come In Threes. Hardywood’s Third Anniversary Party Is Saturday

Hardywood 3rd annivIt is amazing to think that we are looking towards the end of the year. Where did the time go?

Hardywood has come a long way in three years.  This year alone their distribution footprint has expanded west as far as Roanoke, north to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, and east to the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads areas. Their new grain silos outside the warehouse will be put to good use keeping thirsty patrons satiated.

In the coming weeks, Hardywood will mark another first, the addition of a second flagship (year round) beer in the form of Hardywood Pils:

Crisp, clean and incomparably quaffable, Hardywood Pils sparkles a brilliant shade of gold with a rich, cloud-white head. Hand crafted with only the finest European pilsner malt and German noble hops, Pils is patiently conditioned for weeks in our lagering tanks, maturing into a beer that refreshes the palate and satiates the soul. Brewed in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, this classic pilsner is the quintissential lager beer in its purest form. A tad drier than its Bohemian cousin with the signature snappy herbal spice of Bavarian Hallertau hops to balance delicate maltiness, this pils offers a nod to old world tradition by the innovative brewers at Hardywood. Prost!

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You will have to wait until November 1st to try this at the brewery or you can get a sneak preview at Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival on Saturday. Pils will hit the market in draft and six packs starting November 3rd.

Let’s get back to the day at hand.  Hardywood will celebrate their third anniversary Saturday October 25th starting at 2pm. The end of a momentous third year would be incomplete without Hardywood Third Anniversary Ale, “a classic style Berliner Weisse that will refresh your palate with tart complexities found in this German-style sour beer. Bright, dry, and refreshing, our Berliner Weisse has a strikingly tart start and prickly finish. Straw-like color and natural haze due to an abundance of wheat intensifies the rustic feel of this beer. Tart citrus notes explode on your palate, while the dry finish leaves you wanting more.”

Oh no, Hardywood is not just stopping at one Berliner Weisse; they have bottled three variants using Apricot, Cranberry, and Raspberry.  Each variant will be available on draft and in 4-packs to go (750mL bottles). (Limit one 4-pack per person, no growler fills.)

You’d think that would be enough. You’d be wrong.  Hardywood has enlisted three craft cocktail masters to create signature syrups to be served with the base Berliner Weisse:

  • Mattias Hagglund (Heritage): syrup of Virginia Cameo apples with lemon thyme and lemon zest.
  • Thomas Leggett (The Roosevelt): syrup of ruby red grapefruit
  • Jay Bayer (Saison): passion fruit and mosaic hops syrup that was also dry hopped with mosaic hops. The hops were boiled for 10 and 5 minutes for a bit of flavor and nose.

I feel like there needs to be a #RVAdine Flight option to be able to enjoy all three syrups against the base.

Live music will start at 5pm from The Red Hot Lava Men (pure surf), Goldrush (rock & roll music. Songs about stuff and beyond), and Black Girls (swaggering and seductive Motown rock).

Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates then head out and raise a few glasses.

It’s The Great Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Saturday Richmond!

Scotts Addition Pumpkin Fest 2014The Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival returns for its second year Saturday October 25th from Noon to 6pm.

Last year’s Boulevard Pumpkin Festival was a great success drawing in over 13,000 people.  Organizers changed the name to focus on the area businesses as a whole thereby including the local breweries who call the area home.

Here are some of the pumpkin and seasonal dishes being served at the festival:

  • Buz & Ned’s: Roasted Pumpkin Brunswick stew, Pumpkin Funnel Cake
  • Iron Horse: Roasted Pork BBQ on Pumpkin Yeast Roll, Cranberry Apple Coleslaw with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Chiffon Dessert topped with graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut
  • Nacho Mama’s: Pumpkin Empanadas
  • The Camel: Candied Bacon
  • William’s Bakery: Apple-Walnut Bread, Pumpkin Cakes, Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Rolls
  • Mosaic: Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese
  • Martin’s: Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Fat Dragon: Bao with filling and Pumpkin Dish
  • Mark’s Airborne Kettle Corn: Kettle Corn and Apple Cider
  • Alamo BBQ: Jalapeno mac n cheese, Texas Caviar, Pumpkin Pie
  • Moore St. Café: Pumpkin Crab Cake Sliders
  • Polar Roller: Self Serve Frozen Yogurt featuring Pumpkin/Cheesecake, Pumpkin/Pecan Praline with full-serve toppings

Beers on tap for the festival include:

Ardent Pumpkin
Ardent Sweet Potato & Sage Saison
Ardent Virginia Common
Bud Light
Hardywood Singel
Hardywood Pils
Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin
Isley Tall Dark & Hopsome Black IPA
Isley Choosy Mother
Isley Stunt Dubbel Pumpkin
Strangeways Albino Monkey
Strangeways Woodbooger
Strangeways Gourd of Thunder

VIP ticket holders will gain access to these limited pumpkin beers:

Heavy Seas Great’r Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin
Twisted Manzanita Witches Hair Imperial Pumpkin
Weyerbacher Aries Pumpkin Imperial Stout
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

VIP tickets are $30/person in advance or $35 at the door if available. Buy your tickets here.

Once the festival ends, head over to the Redskins Training camp for free showings of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Monsters, Inc.”