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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Expanding to Northern Virginia with Brown Distributing

on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 2:50pm

This November, through its partnership with Brown Distributing, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will introduce its portfolio of beers to select restaurants and stores in northern Virginia.

Jacob Brunow, head of the Craft and Import Department at Brown says “we are ecstatic about representing our hometown beer in new markets,” adding “to us, Hardywood is the epitome of Richmond’s amazing beer culture, and like any beer that invokes excitement, we can’t wait to share Hardywood’s portfolio with the rest of the beer lovers in Virginia.”

Brown’s strategy, which earned it the 2012 Craft Beer

The Hardywood Community Hopping Project Returns to RVA!

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:56am


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

Brewdependence Day 2012 - An Epically Well Attended Learning Experience

on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:08pm

After getting a little rest and absorbing a ton of helpful live, emailed, Facebooked and Tweeted feedback from attendees at our inaugural 4th of July celebration, we wanted to share our thoughts.

First and foremost, we’re extremely grateful and proud of the team of 35 employees and volunteers, as well as the fantastic food vendors, who worked their tails off to put on this event. Next, we were thrilled to have had such a diverse, enthusiastic and patient crowd celebrate Independence Day with us.

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout Earns a Perfect 100 Rating in BeerAdvocate Magazine

on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 1:21pm

In the April 2012 issue (#63) of BeerAdvocate magazine, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout was rated a perfect 100. I heard this first on April 1 from a friend who had access to an advance copy, and I was initially suspicious that his snapshot of the review was a photoshopped April Fool’s prank. The next day, a few sporadic Twitter mentions shared the same news, then we started receiving emails from all over the country inquiring about availability of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout (only in Richmond, once a year, after we’ve harvested the beer’s signature ingredient: fresh, local, Casselmonte Farm

Local, hand crafted and eco-friendly - our new tap handles

on Tue, 03/20/2012 - 2:41pm

Over the coming weeks, you may start to see some of our new tap handles pop up that are just a bit more in-line with our way of thinking. In collaboration with Richmond-based CitiWood, whose mantra is “making the most of every urban tree,” we’ve created a new tap marker hand carved out of sustainably harvested (or “TreeCycled” as CitiWood calls it) White Oak trees that have fallen in and around Richmond. We hope our new handles reflect our approach to brewing - with a great appreciation for heritage, a love of Richmond and central Virginia and utmost respect for our environment.

SB 604 has Passed! What this Means for Virginia Beer

on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 1:06pm

Minutes ago, Senate Bill 604 passed the Senate floor, and is on its way to Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk for signing. We've talked a bit about SB 604 recently via Facebook and Twitter, but if you haven't spoken with us directly, a 140 character tweet probably doesn't suffice to explain what the bill is all about, or what we think it means for us specifically, and for Virginia’s beer culture at large.

SB 604, introduced by Senator Jeffrey L. McWaters and Senator William M. Stanley Jr., gives brewery license holders permission to sell their beer for on-premise consumption where it is made.

Big Mash in a Little Tun

on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 11:27pm

Mash in, 8:00 AM. I can hear it in my head. The voice mimics Chris Farley, Tommy Boy style. “Big mash in a little Tun, Big mash in a little Tun.” You all know, and you will be giggling presently. As this chorus reverberates through my brain, I witness our tiny, valiant 20 barrel Mash Tun on the verge of splitting her seems as massive amounts of malt co-mingle with hot water. Danger is present. Success is imminent. What are we to do? Are we to believe the manufacturers capacity specifications of this vessel, heed their warning, and be conservative?

Real Football and Real Ale

on Sun, 12/04/2011 - 8:01pm

The English Football Hooligan is a myth, fairytale, a legend that strikes fear into the hearts of non UK’ers as they lament over attending games, for they have concern for their safety. The cost of the tickets was almost enough to scare me away, but the legendary hooligan debauchery was more potent of a deterrent. But against my better judgment and my bank account balance, I followed my deranged passion for the game of soccer, and with my side kick Brett traveled across the pond to the Land of Real Football and Real Ale.

We had two goals.

Stay Balanced, Keep Moving

on Sat, 12/03/2011 - 3:15pm

I have a motto, “Stay Balanced, Keep Moving.” I can’t claim it as my own; however, I think if any one's wisdom should be followed it would be that of Albert Einstein, from whom the quote derived. I believe the full quote from the physics master is as follows: “Life is like a riding a bicycle, you must keep moving to stay balanced.” I say damn right friends. But what does that have to do with me being the Head Brewer at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery? A brief history may be in order.

I started home brewing beer after reading the Joy of Homebrewing, in my college senior year apartment.

Discovering a Legacy

on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:45pm

I think it is pretty safe to say that most people share at least these two objectives in life: 1.) to find something they are truly passionate about, and 2.) to display some level of originality. There was a time, not too long ago, that I would have put a check mark next to both of those goals. Originality has since been put on suspension, pending further review.

For generations before me, my family has been kept in employment by one of the oldest professions on earth. I know what you're thinking, and no, I do not, in-fact, hail from a long line of prostitutes.