Three Bourbon Picks For Derby Day

We can all pretend the Derby Day is about the horses competing in the Kentucky Derby but let’s be real. It’s about the bourbon. Maybe you already have a party planned but if not here are three options around town.

Fearnought Bottle Release & Derby Day Party at Lickinghole Creek — Noon

LCCB Fearnought Brown

Join us as we celebrate the first Saturday in May in style. We’ll have tons of activites for kids including horse back rides and derby day hat making. This is one of our favorite events of the year.

Beer Info:

Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale
10.5% ABV, 28 IBU
Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for 4 Months
Made with Virginia Thoroughbred Barley grown at LCCB

Available in 750 ml Bottles
Just over 2,000 available
Fearnought will receive Virginia Distribution

Very Limited Draft Availability

Fearnought is named for the famous colonial era Virginia stallion whose bloodline is at the heart of American horse racing. Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale is made with Thoroughbred Barley grown on the farm the brewery is housed on, hopped generously with American grown hops and aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for four months.

Fearnought is the same base beer as Estate Series Mango Habanero Brown Ale & Thoroughbred Brown Ale.

Specialty Pin:

Mint Fearnought – Tapped at 12

Bourbon Cru Release at Hardywood — 2PM

Hardywood Bourbon Cru

Hardywood Bourbon Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel ageing. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained, half-decade old Virginia bourbon barrels from Fredericksburg’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Cru.

Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish. 12% abv

The tasting room opens at 2pm with Bourbon Cru on draft and in 750mL bottles, Curbside Creations Food Truck, Sammich and KavaKava gourmet, live music and vinyl sets from Hardywood’s DJ TimmyTImmyTimmy, rock schlock gold from 1050-1969 and beyond, starting at 5:00pm.

Third Annual Derby Party at Rogue Gentlemen — 4PM


Richmond’s best Derby Day party is back again for the 3rd year in a row! As usual, Mint Juleps on draft will be flowing all day along with several variations by everyones favorite bartenders, Paul & Shaun! Chef will have a small menu available as well.

Pre-game with us at 4pm. Race starts at 6:34pm. Party keeps going until ? Seersucker suits, obnoxious hats, and fascinators too large for your head are highly encouraged.

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