Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft BreweryHardywood Park Craft Brewery
BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
79 Beers
821 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 18
Visits: 129
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, Virginia, 23220-1319
United States
phone: (804) 420-2420

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hardywood

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Place added by: nandemo1 on 09-02-2011

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 129
Photo of BeerSD
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Rad brewery! The staff is amazing and they were really knowledgeable and really accommodating. We got a bunch of information on the brewery, their capacity, their barrel program, plus we got to buy some bottles we couldn't find anywhere else in town.
We had some great beers including their berliner weisse with an added syrup made locally in Richmond. Great experience, wouldn't miss it if you're headed to RVA. (413 characters)

Photo of BierMeJohn
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Really nice atmosphere. They've roped off the parking lot and set up picnic tables, lots of people bring their dogs... ambience inside is really nice with barrels lining two of the walls and string lights above. Servers were friendly and quick, but also willing to chat about the beers. Only down mark is beers served in plastic cups, which I totally understand, but still... (377 characters)

Photo of jimh67
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The BEST in Richmond! and soon to be elsewhere.
A MUST visit when passing thru Richmond-right off I-95 in the Diamond district.
The vibe is off the charts. They have created a very chill scene to be enjoyed with some very tasty brews- most all done with fresh local ingredients..
The "Great Return" is one of the best West coast style IPA's I've tried.
The Gingerbread is worthy of all the awards and praise.
Always something new and exciting on tap-
I wish I lived closer, I might move in next door. (502 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Been there several times throughout their existence and enjoyed beer and conversation in the old taproom as well as their new digs. With exception to the unfortunate Strawberry beer, debacle, everything else I have had has been as a minimum, very good all the way up to make you want to cry great. If traveling through RVA, you gotta stop in. And if you live in RVA or central VA but haven't' been there yet, please do yourself a favor and make the time to get there. (468 characters)

Photo of qchic
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Great beer, funky atmosphere, and someone found me some stickers on my way out. Don't mind advertising for this place, or rather brag a bit that I've sampled some of the best that VA has to offer. Sits in an industrial park, but inside are fun loving people, a food truck, picnic tables, entertainment, and delicious beer. Will I finally get a hold of the gingerbread stout this year? Dun, dun, DUNNNN..... (406 characters)

Photo of Bru-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

One of my favorites in Virginia. Been to a few times. Seems to always have something going on, like live bands, races, etc., and food. Tasty beers, including the GABF gold medal winning Raspberry Stout. Also recommend the Blackberry and Russian Imperial Stout. No place better to enjoy the wonderful Virginia weather on the Hardywood patio enjoying some fine craft beers. (376 characters)

Photo of thekrouse
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
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 (287 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
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... (2,690 characters)

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Atmosphere's somewhat interesting: Last time there it was corn hole in the parking lot; the time before that it was indoor square dancing. Very stripped down, and with limited seating, though I think they've expanded next door. It's a decent place, though not one that I specifically seek out. (295 characters)

Photo of Shrek
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | 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. (487 characters)

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 !! (986 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (823 characters)

Photo of maxk
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Hanzo
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (2,413 characters)

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, VA
92 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.