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Strangeways Brewing

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Based on:
64 Beers
618 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 13
Visits: 65
Avg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 14
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

2277 Dabney Rd
Ste A
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-3335
United States
phone: (804) 303-4336

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @strangewaysrva

Place added by: Strangeways1 on 07-30-2013

Tasting Room Open
Monday-Thursday 12p-10p
Friday-Saturday 12p-12a
Sunday 12p-8p.
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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 65
Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

A small place with great service and a separate tasting room inside the brewery. Occasionally they set up a stage back there (surrounded by barrels), where they have live music, burlesque shows, etc. They also have dog friendly events and are dog friendly in general(outside). There is always at least one food truck. They have a pretty wide selection of styles, and have bottles, crowlers and growlers to go. There is usually a firkin/cask beer available also, and nitrogen selections. One of my local "go-to's" for sure. When you are in search of something out of the norm or "strange", this is the place to go. See you there.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The ambiance is a bit strange - two separate bars, one back in the barrel room, a few scattered tables up front, dark with flashing lights and video games in the back. It all gives the impression of being somewhat haphazzard. The big plus here is the odd diversity of offerings - though they are hit or miss - running the gamut from hoppy beers to sours infused with bizarre ingredients like lucky charms. In a way the selection reminds me of a more whimsical Cascade Barrel House. Prices, particularly on small pours, is a bit steep. Nevertheless, a fun spot to visit when in town.

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Photo of Loco-JoCo
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If you want a truly unique craft experience, this is the brewery for you! It may seem like a humble brewery from the parking lot but step inside and gaze upon the crazy artwork this place boasts. Then peruse the list of crazy experimental beers they offer! But wait, there's more! You can bypass the front tasting room to enter their beautiful and impressive brewing and bottling room where you can taste more beer, play board games and jinga. There is always a food truck around, the regulars are a ton of fun and it is just always a good time! I love my Strangeways and you'll have a good time trying all of the innovative styles they create. If there is one thing we need in craft beer, its experimentation and freedom to push the limits and Strangeways does it better than any brewery in the state. You might not enjoy all of their beers but i guarantee you'll find a few that make you grin from ear to ear.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Interesting review for me in that I can't precisely seem to numerically assign ratings for each category, so in other words my review score is more of an estimate with a slight +/- error. Anyway, place is worth stopping at if you're from out of town (read: me) but you might like it, you might hate it. Only serve their own beers (which you expect, I hope) but with 25 taps and additional beers that sold in bottles you probably will find at least one thing you want to try. However, most of the beers are spinoffs of other beers and they seem to make a lot of beers that straddle the line between interesting collaboration of ingredients and throwing a bunch of crap together and hope it works. Had a couple of beers and one was good and one was not good. As for the other characteristics of a brewery, can't really describe staff b/c this place was packed at 5PM on a Saturday and the beer ordering line (which moved at a slow pace) was an assembly line. The vibe seemed to be a mix of college kids and families with lots of people relaxing outside.

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Photo of cj8311
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

V - in an industrial office park setting, but inside the vibe is great - Unique decor, one big screen, good music (not too loud), and plenty of space to spread out between tables, decent sized bar, and then another full sized section in the production area with more tables, etc. Unique branding / image that is consistent through the space (cool bar top!). Outdoor area a well with umbrella covered tables and cornhole.

Q - Great quality if wilds, sours, and experimental stuff is your bag. But, there's plenty for everyone here.

S - great service - plenty of staff on site, all of whom were friendly, willing to chat, making sure everyone was taken care of. Great service vibe.

Selection - 25 different taps, plus 15 bottles available, hard to ask for much more diverse selection at a brewery.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Visited on a Father's Day Sunday with family, including dog.

V - I would describe it as industrial beer geek brings family to work. A business park setting, but when one walks in the door it is all about the beer. Beer taps in the tap room as well as in the production side of the facility offer an opportunity to look at the equipment as well as their barrel program. My only complaint is their biergarten. Its not a biergarten but rather a parking lot with lots of picnic tables, food trucks, corn hole, etc. The place is definitely dog and kid friendly. 4.5

Q - How can you complain about the quality of beer when you are drinking at the brewery. 4.25

S - We arrived early but the service was already struggling inside. Having only one wireless register to run credit cards and cash was really slowing down things. Folks seemed very friendly though. Talked up someone in the production area about barrel availability and how they acquire their barrels. 3.75

S - 25 beers on tap. At least ten beers available in bottles, not all duplicates of the taps. Of course, all taps available in various size growlers. 4

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Photo of afish
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really awesome brewery to visit - over 30 beers to choose from. Great sours and wild options, lots of barrel aged varieties. Service is really terrific, the crew really wants you to enjoy your visit and find something you'll like. Inside is really cool, outdoor seating in the parking lot actually works well.

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Photo of BC4MFRED1
4.7/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Our favorite place to visit in Richmond's growing craft beer scene. Always 25 different beers on tap (albeit many are flavored versions of base beers), Neil and his folks are always gracious and welcoming. Love the offbeat style of beers and the cool eclectic decor. Always something fun happening there.

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Photo of Coach_Dog
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

I was very impressed by Strangeways. It is the third local brewery I've visited, and it was my favorite so far (between Hardywood and Legend). This place is a little bit tucked away, but if you find it it's good vibes, excellent service, and an overall quality joint. You can't go wrong with any of their main beers, and I must admit that since it was my first visit I was so adventurous to try some of their 'Curiosities.' That said, The brews I had were very good.

The service was awesome, and everybody was not only knowledgeable of their craft, but also eager to help people decide between their interesting selection. They weren't dismissive, or stand-offish as I have found at the other breweries in the area (see above).

I really liked this place, and would highly recommend anyone to stop by and check out what's on tap. Additionally, I would recommend you try their Freeze Ray eisbock; it was quite a malty treat, and a relatively rare find.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Made my first visit for the Tinkin one year anniversary party. Great atmosphere and I really like the tasting room set up. Staff is very knowledgeable. Somewhere around a dozen different brews on tap, had Disintegration, which I have to say is the first offering from them I've been wowed by. Nice selection, decent brews, great setup and staff.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Went by for the first time a couple weekends ago. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and after getting 6 beers to try from the back bar, the "Laboratory", we sat out on the picnic tables and enjoyed. The samples weren't as cheap as other breweries in the area but they are a little bit more out there in my mind and I don't mind paying a little bit more for something that no one else is doing. Ended up getting growlers of the Melon Whap! and the Peach Phantasmic IPA, both were delicious.

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Photo of jfmorey
3/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This is Richmond, VA and I am from Northern VA, where the cost of living must be double.
So why a $3-5 price on a 5.5 oz taster in a bare room at the brewery, not a real brewpub?

I only tried two; a biere de mars which was thin and weak, and the Woodybooger "Belgian" brown which was thick and weak for the style claimed. $8 for less and a glass of beer? At home I pay that for a flight (4 x 4 oz) of good craft beers.

The brewing could use some work, but the name itself and graphic designs on the labels and t-shirts is outstanding. So they think that marketing is the important part of having a modern business?

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Photo of Shrek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My first time visiting the brewery. I really liked the tasting room it felt unique. There seemed to be decent seating capacity and many different types of seats available, bar chairs, benches, or stand at a table or bar. Nice range of beer styles actually had a very nice sour and a heavy sweet seasonal on tap.The servers were all quite knowledgeable and would answer your beer questions.I really enjoyed this brewery.

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Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, VA
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.