Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft BreweryHardywood Park Craft Brewery
Hardywood Park Craft BreweryHardywood Park Craft Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(804) 420-2420 | map
hardywood.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.12
Beers:
160
Reviews:
1,610
Ratings:
9,503
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.25
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
200
pDev:
10.59%
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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

V: This place is in a somewhat industrial section of town (more gentrified than when they opened), so don't expect much scenery. It has a fairly large amount of floor space, with two bars (only one was in use at the time) and room off to the side for special events. A decent amount of seating, though not excessive. Lots of merch.

Q: Everything seemed super-fresh to me - all made on premises.

S: The service was friendly and prompt , though I didn't ask any beer-related questions.

S: A decent selection of Hardywood beers, with twelve taps: GBS, Singel, Peach Tripel, and my favorite of the night, Apple Brandy Mega GBS. They also had a ton of bottles for sale; some were old classics and others were one-offs (i.e., their 8th Anniversary stout).

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Photo of roan22
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It is a huge warehouse and we went on a cold night, but it was very warm inside and the lighting + their holiday design was beautiful. There was a talented bluegrass band playing live. Staff were nice and helpful. Also I loved the food truck outside too. Lots of outside seating, perfect for great weather.

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Photo of Jdstratt
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It is a sprawling facility with a very nice and accommodating staff. The beers are always very good. They offer live music but each time I've gone it was folk music. Not quite a fan of folk music.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.34/5  rDev -44.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

I must be getting old but wow was this an obnoxious stop--I was ready to move on to the next as soon as I stepped in. And finding a parking spot wasn’t easy either. Being in an industrial parkway that curves and loops, street parking seems to be the only option, and due to the nature of the zoning this can turn into an unnecessarily long walk when there seems to be large groups of people driving solo to meet each other at Hardywood.

Anyway, walking in, it seemed like we were heading straight into a small bar with taps, but no one was tending. There were a few chairs by the entrance, and some high tops to the left, but there was a deafening screeching noise coming from our right. Turns out a girl punk band was playing in their brewery/garage(?) space, and they drew a huge crowd. The line for taps in that space ran directly through the crowd trying to watch the band, and it was almost impossible to get a single beer. It was a hassle for all involved, including the bartenders who acted like we should be there to watch the band and not drink the brewery's beer, which was bland when contrasted with the dumpster fire happening before us.

It's a shame that their secondary spot right next door was closed to the public, because it appeared to have 10x the space, with a cleaner look and more tables and taps. But it is apparently solely used for private events--and whatever event they were having in there had a total of 10 people in attendance, which seems like a complete waste.

Based on their branding alone, I thought this was going to be the most chill, receptive stop during our time in Richmond, but it was exactly the opposite, and to their detriment. The funny thing is, I normally like punk, but that's not why we came here, and I couldn't even enjoy the beer we did order, which also happened to come in a plastic cup. I don't understand how this is an acceptable way of doing business at a brewery on a Saturday night, but every other brewery in Richmond is happy to pour beer, believe it or not, and even provide plenty of seats and tables. And there's plenty of breweries to choose from!

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to Hardywood for many beer releases, which are all very organized and efficient. It's also a great place to visit in general. Plenty of space to move around and places to hang out in the parking lot when it's warm outside. I usually try to make a visit here whenever I'm in town.

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Photo of Mikemister
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They are inventive, innovative. Both sides of brewery are spacious, one side is usually hosting live bands to entertain, the other side is where the long lines take place for purchasing new releases. Family and pet friendly, food trucks onsite most of the weekends.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.91/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Other than their stouts, I haven't enjoyed one of their beers yet. Their GBS and variants are excellent but haven't been blown away by anything yet.

Place looks like it would be a cool place to hang out on a nice night. I was there when it was 25 degrees out so we were stuck inside, which is a solid place to hang but nothing all that different from any other brewery that has a good size brew pub.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Finally got to check out Hardywood after having been to Richmond several times over the last few years and never getting there. Had to park in a lot across the street since they have most of their parking area blocked off for outdoor seating. The place is pretty large, not surprised by the amount of beer they've been putting out now. The vibe of the place wasn't all that special and there weren't a lot of people there either. Their selection wasn't super impressive, it was pretty standard stuff really which was a little disappointing. The service was good though, I can't complain about that at all. I have to say though, it seems like they're getting less business due to the rise of some of the smaller/newer places opening up in the Richmond area.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Hardywood is amazing. You will likely park your car at least a couple blocks away. When you walk up you will probably see 100 or so people sitting at picnic tables enjoying a beer and maybe food from one or two of the food trucks. Inside you will have 6-8 different beers in bombers to choose from to go. And you will have 6-8 beers on tap to enjoy. Only downside is out door beers come in a plastic cup. Gotta go, it's fun.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +2.6%
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 -0.7%
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 VABA
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A great brewery to go to specially towards the end of the year when all the great tasting Barrel aged stouts come out. Easy to get to location in the middle of Richmond

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Photo of oskinker
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -8%
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 -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 +8%
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 0%
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 +0.7%
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 -6.8%
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 +17.6%
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 +5.2%
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 +17.6%
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 -5.9%

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 0%

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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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, VA
Brewery rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 9503 ratings