The Hardywood Community Hopping Project returns to RVA this year, with 1,000 more hop rhizomes on order that we'll be giving out to anyone interested in growing hops locally, and hopefully contributing some late summer to our Community Hopped beer, RVA IPA. For tips or to offer ideas or suggestions in hop growing specific to our region, join the Hardywood Community Hopping Project group on Facebook. Participants will have their signatures featured on the label for our 2014 batch of RVA IPA, and they'll have a private party with some special gifts in their honor prior to the public release of RVA IPA.
Our goals with the Community Hopping Project are to make central Virginia a little greener, to increase the appreciation of one of beer's core ingredients, to offer a fun, community oriented
In 2014, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is investing in quality in a big way. The company’s new quality assurance department will be headed by food scientist Kate Lee, an industry veteran with more than 12 years experience running labs across the country for Anheuser-Busch InBev, and most recently serving as assistant brewmaster at AB-InBev’s Williamsburg, Virginia plant. A Richmond resident, Kate reveals “I’m very excited to be joining the Hardywood team and am looking forward to integrating my experiences into such an amazingly creative environment,” adding “it's great to see the importance that Hardywood places on quality.”
Along with head brewer Brian Nelson and assistant brewer/organic chemistry guru Ken Rayher, Kate is establishing an all encompassing, grain to glass program to keep
What: Hardywood Spring Frolics Pre-event: Thu. - Fri., Apr. 26 - 27, 2012 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main event: Sat., Apr. 28, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA Details: Come enjoy some fantastic local food from Olio and Sausage Craft, great live music from Richmond's own River City Band, and a lineup of great first-released beers. Free entry and street parking. Growlers and gifts to go.
Featured Beer: (Saturday only, available in half or full glasses, and in bottles to go - limit 3 bottles per guest)
Hardywood Bourbon Cru (10.2% ABV)
More Event Beers: (Thursday, Friday and Saturday, available in half or full glasses, and in growlers and bottles to go)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is giving away 1,000 hop rhizomes to make central Virginia a little greener, and the hops in one Richmond beer a little fresher. Hops, the primary bittering ingredient in beer, are small flowers that grow on a perennial bine. Starting Friday, March 9, 2012, Hardywood is offering up to four free rhizomes to home gardeners on a first-come first-served basis via a submission form on their website (below). The brewers hope to use hops harvested from the crop in their once-annual “community hopped” beer, RVA IPA, which was first brewed in a 40-gallon batch in September, 2011, with a few pounds of fresh hops donated by home growers.
The “community hopping” idea came from years of home brewing with freshly harvested hops grown by friends of Hardywood’s co-founders,
What: Hardywood Illumination, a celebration of stout, porter and other merriment enhancing beers When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA Details: Come enjoy some fantastic local food, great tunes, and a lineup of extremely rare, illuminating brews from Virginia's leading craft brewers. Free entry and street parking. Cash bar. Growlers and gifts to go.
Craft beer industry veterans and lifelong friends, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh are preparing to launch the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery this summer on Ownby Lane, smack between the Diamond and the Fan. “With loads of creative energy, ample opportunities for adventure seekers, a rich history, and a growing appreciation for natural, local foods, Richmond has all the makings of a great beer city” states McKay. With a few major new beer events, including the World Beer Festival and Richmond Beer Week, and rumors of an expanding lineup of brewing talent slated to join local craft beer pioneer, Legend Brewing Company, Richmond’s beer culture is certainly on the rise.
McKay and Murtaugh first discovered hand crafted beer in 2001 made by a talented home brewer at a sheep