This new brewery sits right above the KOA. To say we were blown away would be a gargantuan understatement. We sampled all of the brews, but particularly loved the Strong Ale and the IPA. Get a flight from the friendly staff and sit outside and take in the view.
When I arrived at the park, I was again impressed with the demographics of the gathering. There were young and old, beer enthusiasts of all ethnicities, smiling, laughing and greeting one another as we all jostled our way through the crowds. Folks were relishing the day, sharing their own tasting notes with anyone who happened to be standing nearby. It was certainly refreshing to see people from all walks of life coming together to share their passion for great craft beer.
Mead is growing in popularity here in the U.S. According to the American Mead Makers Association, the number of commercial meaderies has jumped from around 30 in 2003 to over 500 in 2017.
The new Charlottesville outpost opened on February 28, with the goal of introducing the western region of the state to Hardywood and also serving as a test kitchen of sorts. The 3600 sq. ft. space is located at 1000 W. Main Street between the Downtown Mall and the University of VA Medical Campus, near the bustling area of bars, shops and restaurants known as “The Corner.”
The two ways American brewers have “Americanized” European brews are by either using American rather than European hops or by ramping up the strength and intensity of the beer.
You can try to live on lagers, pale ales, and wheat beers all summer. You'll also fail. So let us offer some suggestions to switch it up every once and a while with some great food ideas to go along with it. Your taste buds will thank you, and your friends will stare at you awkwardly. Then hopefully they'll put down the rancid adjunct "light" lager they're grimacing over and take the taster of your delicious stout with silent gratitude. Only issue full pours once the groveling begins.