Monthly Archives: October 2016

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

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