The craft beer scene in Richmond is booming. RVA’s newest addition — Garden Grove Brewery Co. (opening on February 14, 2015) — will be the 100th brewery in the Commonwealth. Legend Brewing Company has been around for over 20 years and more than a dozen craft breweries have opened in Richmond and the surrounding area in the past 5 years. Specialty stores like Corks & Kegs and the newly-opened Growlers To Go (with 56 beers on tap including many local varieties) are thriving in the River City.
With California’s Stone Brewing Co. set to open its east coast headquarters in Richmond (including a brewery and a restaurant) by late 2016, Richmond will soon be a national destination for beer lovers. In fact, it already is.
Here are 10 RVA craft beers that you need to try if you live in or visit Richmond:
Jeremy, was raised by homebrewers and acquired a love for beer after living in Germany for three years. Jeremy has immersed himself in what it takes to make great craft beer, and can be found on any given day constantly tweaking his recipes in the pursuit of perfection. In late 2012 he partnered up with Adam, a fellow home brewer, and Scott an avid beer lover to begin work on planning Triple Crossing Brewing Co. Read More
A cold weather game changer of a beer, Embrr is every bit as rich and tasty as its sonorous name suggests. A true wake up call if you haven’t started packing away your Summer whites yet. Embrr (not a typo!) is brewed with a hefty portion of rye and flaked rye to give this smooth porter a rich chocolaty body and hint of spice. Read More
This stout has a bold blend of aromas and flavors from the dark malts. Notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and toffee permeate the complex flavor profile stemming from the ten different malts used in the recipe. Read More
Photo: Champion Brewing Company
Charlottesville is home to Champion Brewing Company, South Street Brewery, C’villian Brewing, Three Notch’d Brewing Company and several tap houses and restaurants with amazing beer lists like Michael’s Bistro and Beer Run. On the outskirts of Charlottesville, you can find Blue Mountain Brewery, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, James River Brewing, Devils Backbone Brewing Company and a bunch of cideries. Read More