Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 2,492
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
4.78/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my personal favorite of all our local breweries. My wife and I unknowingly befriended one of the owners at a tapping of the first gingerbread stout. I was able to volunteer at the brewery and frequently am a patron there as well. Hardywood is like beer family. I have seen the brewery and tasting room morph into what it is today. Multiple tasting rooms, one with outside access. Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable of beer. The quality of the beers they brew is very high. They have set the bar in Virginia for all other breweries. The GBS and Bourbon GBS are 2 highly sought after and traded beers. Brew on Hardywood team.
01-31-2014 14:54:27 | More by Shrek
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The tasting room is great! You can try all their current beers ON TAP including the famous gingerbread stout. They also offer growler fills on most beers as well as bottles to go. Wish they had good service but they do get a roach coach now and then. Wish it was open every day but you have to make the beer sometime. Nice to talk to the brew masters and learn a thing or two. Since they had some of their rare limited quantity beers on tap, you should visit off you get the opportunity.
11-29-2013 14:44:48 | More by uvachief
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Well I finally made it up to Richmond and Hardywood for the 2013 release of their Gingerbread Stout on 11/16/2013. I saw the "Raleigh Crew" was there and as I stood in line I shot the breeze with old and new Friends. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to the 2 p.m. release and there was a good vibe going on. It was an excellent fall day and the aroma of smoke and food hung in the air from the DELICIOUS food trucks/vendors that were parked in the driveway.
Once the release started, the well behaved crowd started moving forward in three separate lines and I made my purchase of 4 GBS's, a GBS tee shirt, and a bottle opener ($65 total). Then we moved into the barrel room to try several offerings on tap. All were quite tasty !!
I purchased several bombers to bring back with me (the Chocolate Heat was a steal @ $5 a bomber) and headed out into the crowd to enjoy the remainder of my stay. Great people, outstanding brews, and fantastic food. This was a most excellent adventure !!
11-23-2013 13:08:53 | More by RedneckBeerz
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I love about an hour away and have been here a couple of times. The first time was at a random time during the summer where they didn't have a lot of there beers to buy or on tap. I tried a flight in which I was not very pleased. I did leave with a couple of bottles though. The second time was what impressed me! Fast forward to the GBS pre-release. I had to park in a field and walk to get in line for this beer. As far back as I was, once the line started to move at 9pm sharp. The brewery was clean as whistle and the service was quick, accurate, and pleasant. It probably took 3 of us less than 20 mins to make it through the line, buy our beer, and make it back to the car. Plus I got to meet some cool people and BA's there. I will be going back for the BBGBS release anticipate it will be just as organized. Cheers!
11-17-2013 23:52:14 | More by Cubatobaco
4.25/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Been here twice, once in January 2013 and once a few weeks ago. Awesome brewery. There isn't much as far as a tour is concerned, but that's fine. Once you've been on a few tours, you get the idea. The tasting room is the real reason to come here. It's awesome. They've got a handful of beers on tap, rotating with their seasonal releases. There's a nice ambiance and often live music. They don't sell food on site, but there was a food truck right outside. There are lots of little standing tables to crowd around and you're in a huge industrial room, fenced off from the brewing equipment. Definitely would recommend visiting.
10-28-2013 15:15:46 | More by maxk
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Hardywood Park is a pretty cool brewery that has a really nice atmosphere for a downtown brewery. This is the second time I have been to Hardywood, but the first where I spent a lot of time. Started of with a couple flights of each of their draft offerings. Most were very good. Grabbed a pitcher of their ESB to split with some friends while there was some live music playing. For being downtown, it is really a nice place to go and enjoy the weather. With the warehouse they opened next to the brewery, there is walk up service for drafts and a nice bar area. Worth stopping by to grab some bottles if driving through, and worth stopping for some pints if in the area.
10-10-2013 23:44:16 | More by stephenjmoore
4.23/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Wow, can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet. Prior to their expansion I would have been way more harsh since my first experience was three beers on tap and a Randall which I am usually not a fan of, but this most recent trip really impressed me. They have quite a few different beers on tap as well as several bottles (whatever is in season), their tasting room is spacious and comfortable. They are cranking out some tremendous beers and I can only see them getting better. Can't wait for them to start distributing to Hampton Roads.
09-26-2013 02:31:07 | More by Hanzo
3.82/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
One of the nicer breweries with tap room that I have visited on my infrequent trips away from Va Beach. Not a complaint but if you're looking for a taproom with some type of entertainment, whether it be music or tv or games, this ain't it. Nothing but some cornhole and a bunch of indoor and outdoor seating. As I have experienced at most of these places, a younger, "hipper", crowd on hand. People were friendly, trying beers, the service was quick, knowledgeable, and friendly. The main reason to come is for the beers and they have good ones on tap and on bottle. I didn't think the beers matched the hype but they were indeed very good and got a bomber for home. In a nutshell, nice place to visit, try a couple of brews which I'm sure you'll like if not love, and BS either inside or outside depending on weather. Oh, and they have both a food truck and cart if you're hungry and I've never seen this before but they were selling hops to homebrewers. That's a nice perk.
08-18-2013 21:01:29 | More by clayrock81
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Am I really the first person to review Hardywood Park? Ok then. Well, the brewery is in the midst of a commercial/industrial section of Richmond, so there's typically lot or street parking. I've been to the place twice now, and it's pretty much been balls-to-the-walls busy each time. The first visit was for a bottle release, so it's understandable, but the second was just a midday stop, and it was still slamming. I suppose it is the best brewery/tasting room in the city (the other choice being Legend...bleh), so the people know where to go for good local brews, even though their hours are very limited as of yet.
Anyway, the place is pretty huge, situated in a refurbished warehouse of some kind. There are two bar areas in the brewery, one up front as soon as you walk in the door, and one in the warehouse section. It was pretty chaotic, but from the looks of it, the front bar handles growler pours and bottle sales, while the back bar caters more towards the people who are settling in for a session of drinking and socializing. You can't sit at the bars, rather you stand in line, get your beers, and move aside. There are several picnic tables and a lot of standing room, with the brewery functions and barrel lineup in full view. There is also an ample outside area.
There seemed to be a good selection of beer on tap, maybe 8 choices or so, a few basics and a few more on the edgy/adventurous side. I've yet to really be amazed by any of HWP's beers--including their famous GBS--but these guys are definitely not your everyday run-of-the-mill brewers. They take risks and put some good recipes together, and as you can tell when you go into the brewery, they're not averse to experimenting with barrels.
Service was fine. Line up and get your stuff...there's really nothing else you can do considering how busy it gets. I'm sure the staff would have some interesting beer tales to tell if there was ever a slow moment here, but it doesn't seem like there are many.
No food, but I'd imagine you can bring outside food, and it seems like they often have food vendor carts outside as well. Plenty of merch, including bottles and BBQ sauce.
I'm not as crazy about their beers as many people seem to be, but regardless, this is definitely a spot worth checking out if you find yourself passing through the area, and with their sense of innovation, I'm sure they have a quite a future ahead of them.
07-06-2013 07:50:15 | More by Rifugium
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, VA
93 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.