Hardywood Park Craft Brewery:  Small-Batch Success in Charlottesville

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.”

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Summer Stouts!

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.

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Powhatan State Park & Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery 

I suppose it is a bit romantic to think that my oars were baptized in the same water used to make the beer I was currently drinking; truly the circle of life for a kayaker. The brewery also grows many of the ingredients utilized to create their heavenly ales, which certainly explains the fresh flavors. Lickinghole Creek is a bit like a Middle Ages, self-sufficient manor, with a more progressive edge.

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Going Rogue - What Makes Strangeways Brewery So Strange? 

Whether you’re a purist, a true craft beer enthusiast, or a newcomer to the industry, the bottom line, as Erin Brunner sums it up, is this: “We still want to make great beers. We’re here to make beer that doesn’t have to fit into a box. It most likely will not fit into a box. There’s a lot of going rogue. That’s what makes us different and peculiar. When it comes down to it, we’re going to make good beer.”

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New Game for Grain: Malting Barley Industry Sprouts in Virginia

Although I grew up on a family farm, I left for college with no intention of returning to farming. Years later, after pursuing other interests, I decided to return to the farm. Once there, I succumbed to a tendency that affects many budding produce farmers - I planted almost every crop under the sun, with minimal regard to the actual likelihood of success in growing them.

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2017 Craft Brewers Conference

Topping off the festivities was a speech from Virginia Governor, and craft beer advocate, Terry McAuliff, who reminded us why craft beer is great for our state.  This industry bring hundreds of jobs to us, increases tourism to different parts of the state and most importantly, provided families, friends and communities a place to come together, get to know one another and enjoy some delicious local beer

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Storming The Beach - Young Veterans Brewing Co.

People can change, but not completely. This is something I have always believed. I also think that in life, you mostly get back what you give. I think it is also true about the brewing industry. It’s changing, more now than ever, but the core remains the same. This is a story of how the experience of opening a brewing business with one of my best friends changed me, and how the effort we have put forth in pursuit of our dreams has given back to us.

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