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Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Beer style: 
Imperial Milk Stout Brewed with Fresh Local Ginger and Honey

Brewed with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout captures the terroir of central Virginia in a rich, creamy libation with a velvety mouthfeel and an intriguing evolution of flavors from milk chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb and cinnamon to a snap of ginger in the finish. Deep, dark chocolate in color with a mahogany tint and a frothy, caramel colored head, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout offers aromatics of holiday spice originating from the ginger, and balanced with a generous dose of whole Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon. Milk sugar (lactose) contributes to the full body of this stout and tames its roasty character, while oats lend a silky quality. Enjoy fresh, or cellar for a special occasion. We hope Hardywood Gingerbread Stout contributes to your merriment this season.

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Hardywood Gingerbread Stout is exquisite as a dessert pairing beer. An absolute wonder with crème brûlée or fresh chocolate pudding, rich desserts with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or chocolate really bring out the flavor of Gingerbread Stout, and vice versa. By itself, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout also makes a fine digestif while enjoying a cold night by a crackling fire.

100 Score (out of 100), Beer Advocate Magazine, April 2012
Silver, 2012 Virginia Beer Cup, Dark Beer Category
Bronze, 2012 World Beer Cup, Herb and Spice Beer Category
Gold, 2013 Virginia Beer Cup, Fruited, Herb and Spice Beer Category
Best in Show Silver Medal, 2013 Virginia Beer Cup

"Tastes like freagin' Christmas in a bottle..." - Todd and Jason Allström, BeerAdvocate

" didn't need dessert because the beer was just so incredible." - Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Original Gravity (O.G.): 
Strength (ABV): 
9.2 % ABV
Color (SRM): 
40 °L
Bitterness (IBU): 
55 IBUs
Early Winter
Next release date: 
Sat, 11/07/2015
First release date: 
December 2011
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout - In the Making

Behind the scenes of the making of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, a 9.2% ABV Imperial milk stout brewed with fresh local ginger from Casselmonte Farm in Powhatan, Virginia, and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms in Louisa, Virginia.

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Gerard's picture

Had one on draft last night at the Midlothian Capital Ale House--exceptional beer!
VA's picture

What bars, aside from Capital Ale House, serve this delightful beverage?
Anonymous's picture

The Camel
Chris's picture

Found this on tap Wednesday at T Millers sports bar, in the downtown Marriott. An awesome surprise
kldough's picture

I was surprised to find both GB Stout and Single at my local Wal-Mart at Hull and Winterpock last night. Bought a bottle of the Stout for the holidays. I also had the Single on tap at Halligan's Bar in Short Pump this week.
KJ's picture

Had GB Stout on tap at Tarrant's, 1 West Broad corner of Broad and Foushee
Collins's picture

THANK YOU kdough for posting about finding GB Stout at Walmart! As soon as I read that I drove there and bought the last 3 bottles. I tried Once Upon a Vine in my northside neighborhood and they were out. Could Hardywood perhaps post a list of places to check out when we need to get our fix? It would be greatly appreciated!
Seb's picture

Just had some for lunch. Wow! What a beautiful concoction! I hope you guys get nationwide famous. This is great stuff!
Bellytimber tavern's picture

we will always have the seasonal on draft...we're looking forward to the coffee stout.
Village Cafe's picture

We have about a 1/2 a 1/6 left as of right now. Come get it tonight if you want it.
Katey's picture

I stopped by Hardywood last night, looking to fill my growler with some Gingerbread Stout but it wasn't available anymore. What will the next seasonal brew be and when will it be available?
eric.mckay's picture

Hi Katey, thanks so much for coming to visit us - we wish we still had some Gingerbread Stout!! Our next Reserve Series beer, Mocha Belgique, will be released this Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4PM in the tasting room, and will be available at local stores and restaurants starting on Friday. Mocha Belgique is a Belgian chocolate porter brewed with locally roasted coffee. See more details here:
DougPauline's picture

Hi, we just ran across your product on an ad on Facebook and it looks really yummy, but; however we are not sure if we can buy it in where we live. Can you please tell us if this product can be bought in Western Washington? thank you very much's picture

correction: it was on msn one of tehir headlines: Creative Beers Crafted Across America, that we found you, then later found your site on Facebook
Erwving Bailey's picture

I just saw the same article on msn and was wondering can I find your selections in store or bars in the Manassas/ Fairfax/ Arlington area.
Tom's picture

This beer sounds amazing! Is there an event on 11/17 that accompanies the release? Is there a way to buy bottles from your brewery on the 17th? Also (last question I promise), when will it be available in stores in the Richmond area?
eric.mckay's picture

Hi Tom, Thanks for reaching out. We're holding a launch event for Hardywood Gingerbread Stout at the brewery on Nov. 17 - details are here: The majority of what we brew will be sold through the best restaurants and beer stores in the Richmond area starting mid-November. We'll have a few batches of this beer, so it will be rolled out over a few week period. We're also currently aging a batch of Gingerbread Stout in bourbon barrels for a mid-December release...details to follow.
Matt Rust's picture

I live in Massachusetts but my friend lives in Virginia so I already asked her to pick me up some Gingerbread Stout around it's release! I can't wait to try it! Hope Hardywood gets much bigger and that way our store here in Ma. can start selling Hardywood! Every beer looks excellent!
Gary's picture

This beer is amazing. I shall be coming by the brewery to buy more after work tody. Is there a buying limit on it? i also was suprised to see that you guys are offering it in growler fills. Was that just a release special?
Aaron's picture

Does anyone know where I can find this brew around the Nashville TN market? Thanks
Becca's picture

Is this available at all in the Seattle area? I've heard great things from a friend in Victoria, BC.
Flavia's picture

Is there anywhere I can find this beer in the tristate area??
Shimp's picture

These beers dont leave RVA
Andrew's picture

Other then having friends in the area you can check beer advocate for trades. The Bourbon is simply amazing!
Hermes 's picture

Now that it's winter, we could make it into ice blocks and skate on it! And then melt it in the spring time and drink it!
keith's picture

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout can this still be found anywhere on tap or in the bottle?
tee's picture

what an awesome freakin' brew !!!! My wife doesn't even like beer but absolutely loves this creation. It's unfortunate that it all appears to be gone...........or is it ?????
Mark's picture

I'll be in Richmond on Sunday 6/16, and I'm looking for a bottle of Gingerbread Stout. Anybody know where I can find one?
Dean Hovell's picture

Love the video, getting to see and meet you all through the process of making beer. You all are doing a great job! Thanks, dean