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Brewery of the Week
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, particularly if the sun is shinin’. They have a great park-like area with shade trees, a patio with covered tables, lawn games, and a grassy area perfect for a family picnic.
The Hardywood Park taproom has a welcoming, open-air type vibe to it that makes for some excellent sampling. At Craft Crawler, we love to taste beer where you can see and smell the brewing operations. (Truth is, we love to taste beer anywhere, but especially right in the brewery.) At Hardywood Park, you are right there with brew kettles and tanks on one side and a wall of wood barrels on the other. We visited on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The large roll-up doors were open, and there was a decent crowd both inside and outside. Adjacent to the main brewery and taproom, Hardywood has a second building for live music and other special events.
Hardywood Park has been brewing since 2011. Their brewers produce a wide variety of beers, including a number of barrel-aged brews. They have won medals at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, so you know these guys aren’t playing around when it comes to their recipes.
We tried several of their beers but particularly enjoyed the Capital Trail Pale Ale – A refreshing clear gold colored ale, light citric and orange peel tasting notes, with a slightly piney aroma and a flawless finish. In addition to pouring in the taproom, Hardywood Park also fills growlers and sells kegs. Their beer is available in stores and restaurants throughout Virginia and DC.
Even as we write about what a cool setup they have at the current Hardywood Park location, they are planning to build an even cooler site. They have secured a 24-acre site in Goochland County. They have plans for a “destination brewery campus” with a taproom, beer garden, walking trails and a natural amphitheater for live performances. A description and drawings of the new campus are posted on their website at hardywood.com. We will be tracking their progress and looking forward to visiting the new campus
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