Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft BreweryHardywood Park Craft Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, Virginia, 23220-1319
United States

(804) 420-2420 | map

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Added by nandemo1 on 09-02-2011

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The wife and I went down to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a weekend of beer, food and art, and our first stop was Hardywood in Richmond. It was a Saturday at 3pm right after the brewery had opened and the place was already buzzing and bustling. Thank goodness they have a massive amount of space!

Two bars, one of them right as you go in with a merchandise stand next to it and another one located next to the tanks. Both have different taps so you get to try goodies here and there.

Service is efficient and pretty friendly, and the beers are tasty. I tried the bourbon-barrel barleywine and enjoyed it so much that I bought two bottles. The wife enjoyed her Hoplar Imperial IPA (aged in local wood), so we bought more bottles. I wasn’t a fan of the bourbon coffee Sidamo stout, but I’m glad I tried it.

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Photo of WesHowl
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great location and building. The acoustics could have been a bit better. Service was outstanding but selection left a bit to be desired; I would have preferred more of their option on draft.

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Photo of Riff
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Spacious layout with two buildings. The main building has picnic tables setup outside for warmer weather. Two bars inside the main building with a moderate amount of merchandise for sale. Friendly staff who are quite helpful and generally pretty easy to find and ask questions. Music is loud enough to be heard but low enough to allow for conversation without having to strain to hear each other. Nice place to hang out for a few beers and just enjoy the night.

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Photo of oskinker
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Hardywood is tucked into an Industrial Park not too far from Redskins training camp. Staff is always very friendly and attentive even during their massive beer releases. Nice stop when in Richmond

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Large, spacious indoor/outdoor facility that seems to work exceptionally well with the community, hosting local bands, authors, charity activities. Experience varies with the weather -- if it is relatively warm, numerous outdoor tables and a handful of food trucks make for a nice spread out atmosphere -- even when the brewery is relatively crowded. When it is cold or rainy, a few standing tables in one of the tap rooms -- very serviceable for a draft or two, but less suited for a longer hang-out. For me, quality peaks around December when you can get Ginger Bread Stout (GBS) or one of its wonderful derivatives on tap. IMO Hardywood stouts are at the world class/outstanding level, but the lighter colored beers drop off a bit from there. Very easy to get to from the highway. Normally ample parking in the area, but can get a little more tricky during major beer releases.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Can't think of a better place to visit at Christmas time given their expertise in Christmas Stouts. It was unseasonably warm, even for Virginia, so plenty of seating outside. Also, two food trucks set up shop in the parking lot (I will take this opportunity to recommend the Black Sheep a few blocks away for excellent sandwiches you can bring to the brewery). Very nicely restorded inside, especially the high ceilings and the aging barrels. Lots of variety on tap including the coveted Christmas Morning. Also had a book signing for a number of local authors.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hardywood is a great in town brewery for RVA. Their stouts are top notch and I think they have mastered their barrel aging. The venue typically provides multiple tap rooms as well as food trucks setup in the parking lot. Depending on the event, parking is typically reasonable. For the more sought after events, I would recommend getting there at least 2 hours early to ensure you can get both parking and the product.

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Photo of BeerNW
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The staff here was awesome. Super friendly and just nice for an out of town guy. Willing to chat and even had one of the staff come over and say hi to invite me on a tour. The 4th Anniversary brew was fantastic and overall solid selection. Great experience.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Awesome brewery right in the heart of Richmond. Really enjoy going to events here. Nice area inside and out for live music. Not super hot on many of their staple beers, but the specialties and seasonals are incredible!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Two buildings and rapidly expanding. Live band spacein one building along with barrels and several different indoor spaces in the other building. Over the warmer months the outdoors is like a mini-street fair with tables scattered, food trucks, etc. Beer quality is very good; service is friendly and helpful. With only 6-8 taps flowing the diversity could be a bit better; there wasn't a single darker beer on tap when I was there ... not a porter, stout, even amber or darker lager.

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Photo of BeerSD
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of BierMeJohn
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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...

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Photo of jimh67
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of qchic
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.....

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Photo of Bru-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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Photo of thekrouse
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
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

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Photo of psuKinger
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
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...

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Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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Photo of Shrek
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of uvachief
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 !!

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of maxk
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, VA
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