Every time we run an errand in Richmond, we make a point to try something new. The other day, this brought us to Hardywood Brewery for the first time. Pulling up, the brewery was packed, so we knew this must be something we have been missing out on. After finding parking, which was not easy, we headed up and entered the first door we came to towards a bar. Turns out the day we went was their release day of the Hardywood Foolery (a clearly popular beer.)
Rather than picking our usual favorite brew styles, we went with a flight of the bartender’s choice. This included:
- Hardywood Foolery – aged in bourbon barrels, this brew had a unique taste and high alcohol content (13%). I liked this beer and the bourbon spice-edge, but it was heavy so I would not drink this on the regular.
- Hardywood Singel – this brew is for the beer lover. It was not one of my personal style-tastes, but my boyfriend loved it. He said this brew reminded him of a Hoegaarden.
- Hardywood Pils – this pilsner had a summer citrus zest to it. While not one I would have picked out to sample on my own, I liked this light beer, perhaps the best of the flight.
- Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Raspberry Stout – this brew is a dark, wintery beer with a chocolate raspberry taste. Definitely more of a dessert beer.
In addition to the flight, we each got a cup to chill on. I decided to try a fifth beer to keep up the explorations and settled on the Hopper. This ended up being my favorite of the beers sampled for the day. The Hopper was true to its name, offering a citrus, hoppy taste. It went down smooth and left an orange zest taste behind. This would make the perfect summer-time or sports-watching beer.
The brewery was dog friendly, and there were a lot of tables for sitting, sipping, and eating. The day we went there were food trucks galore. Families were gathered along the lawn or by the bocce ball court. There were a number of bars spread out for the crowd, so the lines kept moving at a quick pace. Fortunately, there were plenty of bathrooms as well, so no lines here. The brewery felt more like a park with fun drinks.
I am glad we had a chance to explore this brewery I have heard so much about. They offered a beer for every taste, and the prices were right. Visitors could purchase a glass, fill their growlers, or even take home a keg. Brewery tours are offered on select times Saturday and Sunday – we missed the 4pm Saturday tours, unfortunately. I must visit Hardywood again this fall when they release their pumpkin beer, and again when they release their gingerbread. If we lived closer to Richmond, I could see visiting this place all the time to meet up with friends. It was a fun atmosphere for a Saturday social outing.