Friday, December 16, 2011

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout and The Magpie

Hardywood's Tasting Room
Yesterday I finally stopped by for a tasting at the new Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, VA.  I’ve been enjoying the Singel, their flagship blonde Abbey-Style Belgian ale, for a couple months now but I was really excited to try Hardywood’s new reserve series Gingerbread Stout - an imperial milk stout brewed with fresh local ginger and honey.  The Gingerbread did not disappoint.  It’s like a meal in a bottle that can quickly put a Scrooge or Grinch in the holiday spirit.  So good, in fact, that we left with a 64 oz Hyrdo Flask growler of it to be enjoyed over the weekend!  At 9.2% ABV, this post-dinner stout is definitely not a beer you want to mess around with and is perhaps best quaffed in small doses either with dessert or as dessert !
Gingerbread Stout
The ultimate growler
The Hardywood folks really seem to know what they are doing and have made quite an impact since opening in October.  The tasting room and brewhouse at 2408 Ownby Lane is currently open to the public 4-7pm Thursdays, 4-7pm Fridays and 2-5pm Saturdays.  In addition, you can now find Hardywood beers in many fine local watering holes and specialty beer stores.  In my opinion the restaurant that pulls the best pints of Hardywood is The Magpie, a gastropub near VCU in Richmond’s historic Carver neighborhood less than one mile from Hardywood's brewhouse.  In addition to Hardywood varieties, The Magpie offers a modest but well-chosen selection of rotating draft beers from other leading breweries to go with their mouthwatering entrees and small plates.  
 Check ‘em out!

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