Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 3,151
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.51/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$
Keep in mind it rained like hell the day we visited so i'm sure that put a damper on things. They had six taps and nothing really exciting but solid beer overall. They have food trucks outside if your hungry and I hear it draws a good crowd, just not while we were there. Promising place
07-27-2014 03:40:13 | More by thekrouse
3.54/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I was able to "stop in" (less than one hour visit) on my way back from vacation in North Carolina, with the wife and (small) kids in tow. We opened the place up at 3:00 PM. There was one other large table of adults there. My 2-year-old was stir crazy from the car ride, and he was a little loud and obnoxious... staff did not throw us out, but they did not make us feel overly warm-and-welcome having the kids in tow.
The space is beautiful. Lots of open floows, two bars connected by an open floor plan, and large oak tables, booths, and stools. A large glass window allows you to peer in to the magical barrel-aging room that Hardywood is building such a great reputation for...
Selection on-premise wasn't great. Only four options. They'll do you "small pours" (I'm guessing around 6 ounces) for $3. And they offered me a flight of all 4 of their beers for... $12. That's not a discount. 4x3 = 12. So the "flight" isn't any more economical than just buying the "smaller pour" of whatever you want to try next.
The bartender told me that it gets crazy on Thursday nights, so as a result he couldn't give me glassware. So I drank from brewery-labeled plastic cups.
Parking is interesting. They have a great big lot... and no signs saying "don't pull in here", but on the one side they have patio furniture that apepars to be intentionally placed to make pulling in difficult... Food trucks were setting up in the "middle area" of the parking lot. We pulled in and parked on the other side. When we went to leave, they had put up cones barring our exit... so clearly we weren't supposed to park there. But we never saw a sign indicating such.
Coming in, the only two Hardywood beers I'd tried were The Great Return and their 2nd Anniversary triple, both of which I'd loved. The four beers they had on draft the day I visited were all "good", but none of them were on that sort of a level.
In the one corner they offer bottled beers to-go, and I once again was a little disappointed at the selection. I wasn't expecting to get a crack at GBS or anything like that, but they had very little to offer other than the 4 I had just tried in my flight... I picked up 2 bottles of Bourbon Cru, as that was the only thing there that both interested me and I hadn't just had...
I kind of hate to give this place a sub-par rating... maybe it's my fault that I brought the kids? Maybe I didn't get to experience the "Hardywood Social Scene" by getting there at 3:00 PM on a Friday? But, coming in, expectations were high... and although I was glad I got to make the stop, and this place struck me like it MIGHT be great when busy / without kids / during GBS / etc, my visit wasn't exceptional...
07-10-2014 14:04:02 | More by psuKinger
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, VA
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.