Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Alex of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Virginia, I stopped in for a tour and tasting outside of normal business hours.  Shout out to Alex!  Thank You!

Alex took me around the entire brewery, told me the whole history and described their current plans. Wow!  He did all that just for me.  We spend well over an hour together.

From humble beginnings, Hardywood has great plans.  I hope to stay in touch and visit again in the future to take part in their success.

In terms of tasting, Alex started me with the Singel which is a delicious Belgian Blonde Ale.  It’s an on-ramp for regular beer drinkers to get them into craft beer.  Well done!  It’s delicious.  From there we went to Pils which is a wonderful German style Pilsner.  Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.  Next I tried the Peach Tripel which I enjoyed so much that I bought a bottle and enjoyed it at home with the family.  Finally, I enjoyed the Bourbon Cru which also rose to he status of bringing a bottle home, but I’m going to age that.  Although I didn’t try it at the brewery, I brought two bottles of Poplar IPA home.  I enjoyed one with the family and it is awesome.  And I shared a bottle with a good friend.

Alex told me about other styles and I could share them with you but I’ll wait until a return  trip and the opportunity to taste them firsthand.

Hardywood is a great place with great people.  Do yourself a favor and stop by!

Adelbert’s Brewery, Austin, TX

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I stopped in at Adelbert’s Brewery in Belgiium – OOPS – Austin, Texas, last night.  While I was sampling their beers I sure felt like I was in Belgium.  Belgian styles are their passion and it shows in every beer.  I especially enjoyed the Tripel B.  It was malty and sweet just as a Belgian Tripel should be.  And it was strong!.  When I mentioned that I was planning to write a blog post, the manager insisted I try every beer on tap.  Honestly, each was delicious. Even the tea they brew to cleanse the palate was tasty.  I wish it were easier to bring beer on a plane, I’d bring some back for my friends at home.  I also wish I had more time to sit back and relax at the outdoor seating area and enjoy the beer but I was on a quick trip in and out of Austin.  I highly recommend this brewery – everyone should stop here.  I hope to the next time I’m in town – and hopefully for a longer stop!

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Lenny Boy Brewing Company, Charlotte, NC

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I stopped in at Lenny Boy Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina and tried both the beer and the kombucha.  I enjoyed the Mirage Belgian Tripel and also the Tart De La Wit Sour Beer.  Both of these were fine beers.  I recommend them both.  A great example of a Belgian Tripel and a refreshing sour beer.  Kombucha is a non-alcoholic fermented beverage that’s high in B-vitamins, probiotics, and amino acids.  I really enjoyed the Good Ol Ginger made with real ginger.  Both tart and sweet.  Lenny Boy Brewing Company is a great place to stop in Charlotte.

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