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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

UPDATE: AS OF MONDAY, MARCH 25 AT 11:20PM, ALL OF OUR 2013 RHIZOME ORDER HAS BEEN RESERVED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST, AND FOR EVERYONE WHO REGISTERED EARLY. WE WILL CERTAINLY LOOK TO EXPAND THIS PROGRAM IN 2014.

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.

Why Richmond?

on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 4:13pm

As we've started sharing the exciting news about our forthcoming brewing venture, a few people have asked us why we decided on Richmond as the future home of our brewery. Well, there are quite a few reasons, which I figured I'd share in my first blog post as a professional brewer-to-be.

The demand for craft beer is growing rapidly across the country, but faster in the southeast than anywhere else. Virginia has a dynamic demographic set with millions of well educated people with an appreciation for the finer things in life.