Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Review of Richmond Beer Week

One of the things that my husband and I are trying to do is explore the things available in our new home town. Especially after living apart for so long, it is sometimes easier to just spend the weekend hanging out at home rather than looking for things to do. Last week was a busy one; we both ran the Richmond Half Marathon and took in a few of the events that are part of Richmond Beer Week.

Tuesday night we headed over to Whole Foods in Short Pump for a beer dinner. We had a delicious four course dinner and each course was paired with a delicious beer. Breckenridge Brewery provided the beer and, while they may not be local, they make some great beers. The Agave Wheat was my favorite beer of the night.

On Sunday, we went over to Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond to catch the bus for a Beer Historic Tour of Richmond. This was a great way to see the city, and celebrate our success in the half marathon. We discovered some great new restaurants and attractions, and we learned a lot about the history of Richmond. Did you know that there are beer caves in Richmond?

Yuengling Beer Caves
The tour lasted most of the day and made stops at five or six beer related locations around the area. We wrapped up at the Hardywook Park Craft Brewery where we had two of the best beers of the day. They let us sample Hardywood Singel right from the line and it was amazing. Their farmhouse pumpkin is also delicous. I would highly recommend a trip to the brewery for those in the Richmond area. The best thing about the tour was that it is a fundraiser for the Bottom and Back Bus, so we were helping the community and having fun.

Richmond Beer Week was a nice surprise and it seems to be a little bit of a Richmond secret. I have mentioned it to a couple of life-long Richmonders who didn’t even know it existed. I don’t think I am doing the Richmond half marathon next year, so I should be able to experience more of the beer week festivities.