First Round of Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout

Well the first batch of Hardywood’s award winning Gingerbread Stout was brewed last week. A little early for the November 17 release you say? This batch is going to be the third in their barrel aging series so it needed to be brewed in time for it age in barrels for about 10 weeks. Whose excited?

Hardywood Park Gingerbread Stout

I know I am.

WORK Beer Merchandise!

A few months ago, I wrote a piece on the story of WORK Beer. Recently I have been informed by the wonderful people at WORK Labs that there are some pretty cool looking WORK Beer pint glasses for sale:

Pint Glass, WORK Beer

Anyone who has ever had a rough day at work knows that a nice beer at the end of the day is one of the best ways to unwind, and a WORK Beer pint glass is a great way to remind you that “You Earned It”. If you’re interested in a glass (or four), head on over to WORK Beer’s online shop!

Hardywood Park’s Gingerbread Stout Release Party

Hardywood Park Gingerbread Stout

Hardywood Park’s next batch of Gingerbread Stout will be released on Saturday November 17, 2012. Yes, the same Gingerbread Stout that won a Bronze Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup and scored a perfect 100/100 from BeerAdvocate.

The release party for the Gingerbread Stout will be something extraordinary, so stay tuned as more details unfold in the next couple of months!

Hardywood Park’s Virginia Strawberry

Hardywood Park has been working on their newest Reserve Series; a Belgian Witbier with strawberries. However, this is no ordinary Witbier. A typical Witbier is spiced with coriander, orange peels, and other spices. Hardywood decided to focus more on the strawberry taste, so they brewed a Witbier without any spices. Adding strawberries to secondary fermentation to get that added taste seems like an easy step right? Wrong. Be sure to read more to find out the hard work the staff of Hardywood Park and the craft beer lovers of Richmond, Virginia did to make Virginia Strawberry happen. Continue reading

Virginia is for (Craft Beer) Lovers!

Virginia is For Craft Beer Lovers

Great news for Virginia’s craft breweries! Governor McDonnell signed new legislation that will help Virginia craft breweries throughout the Commonwealth. Senate Bill 604 allows breweries to sell their beer at retail on premises to visitors while House Bill 359 allows manufacturers to lease space to small-scale brewers and breweries. This new legislation will help reduce the startup costs of breweries which will help them grow and create more jobs throughout Virginia.

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Hardywood Park Releases Their Bourbon Cru

You have probably noticed I have been writing a lot about Hardywood Park Craft Brewery recently. Well the reason is simple enough; they brew phenomenal beer and are located about 1 mile from where I live so I’m helping out there as much as I can. Last week they received two brand new 80-barrel fermentation tanks which doubled their capacity. Hopefully with these new tanks they will be able to start keeping up with the demand of the Richmond area (they were running at capacity two months after they opened).

*80 Barrel Fermentation Tanks

New tanks. Photo courtesy of Brad Cooper, Assistant Brewer at Hardywood

Continue reading to learn about their newest Barrel Series release.

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Craft Beer Ad Campaigns: The Story of WORK Beer

The story of WORK Beer is simple enough. Back in 1998, coworkers gathered at their favorite tavern after work to drink their usual beers while sitting on their usual stools. However, one evening they broke from their monotony and had an epiphany; they had grown tired of the beer they had been drinking. They were hard workers and they deserved to drink something better! So, WORK Beer was born. In its first 7 months, WORK Beer became the #1 selling beer in four states. Unfortunately, WORK Beer’s brewery partner Main Street Brewing Company went out of business, so production halted. Why is a beer that is no longer brewed important you ask? Keep reading to find out. Continue reading

Hardywood’s Hoplar Imperial IPA

Hardywood Park Hoplar IPA
Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is releasing their Spring Reserve Series beer; an Imperial IPA conditioned with Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood. Seeing as IPAs are up there on my favorite type of beers list, I’m extremely excited to get a taste of this. Check out the info here:
Beer style: Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA Conditioned on Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood
Strength (ABV): 8.5 % ABV
Color (SRM): 12 °L
Bitterness (IBU): 100 IBUs
Availability: Early spring