The Richmond region boasts sixteen craft breweries – everything from rural farm breweries to hip, urban destinations and everything in between. Below we’ve put together a list so that you can plan your next beer adventure and explore all that the Richmond brewery scene has to offer. It would be ambitious to try to visit them all at once – be safe, designate a driver or choose from one of the tour companies such as Richmond Brewery Tours or RVA Trolleys that specialize in brewery tours. Cheers!
7 Hills Brewing Company
115 S. 15th Street
7 Hills Brewing Company & Pub opened in September 2015 and is located in the popular Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. 7 Hills features 5 year round brews including Belle Isle Blonde Ale, 42nd Street Stout, Brown’s Island Brown Ale, Pipeline Pale Ale, and Shiplock IPA – all named after sections of the James River. Soon to be released seasonals include Canal Street Coffee Stout (Feb. 6) and Riverside Rye Pale Ale (March 5). The pub features a full bar and an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-12am; Sunday 11am-10pm
Ardent Craft Ales
3200 West Leigh Street
Originally started as a co-operative housed in a Richmond garage, Ardent Craft Ales has evolved into a full blown brewery and beer garden located in Scott’s Addition. The brewery is located in an old warehouse and the taproom has a very industrial feel with exposed wood beams, concrete walls, large windows and skylights. Outside features an impressive beer garden patio area. Ardent features three year round beers Virginia Common (sessionable ale-lager), Saison, and IPA. Current seasonal beers include a Rye Kolsch, Dark Rye Imperial Stout, and Sweet Potato & Sage Ale.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 4-10pm; Saturday noon-10pm; Sunday 12-6pm
Center of the Universe
11293 Air Park Road
With a passion for brewing great beer and a pride for their local community, brothers, Chris & Phil Ray opened Center of the Universe Brewing Company in November 2012. COTU features five year-round brews including Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, Main Street Virginia Ale, Chin Music Amber Lager, Pocahoptas IPA, and Slingshot Kolsch. Current seasonals include Orange is the New Stout, a delicious imperial chocolate stout crafted with oranges in collaboration with O’Connor Brewing Company, Travesty, and imperial milk stout aged in rum barrels, Wort Share Session IPA, and Barrel Aged Ray Ray’s.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 4-9pm; Saturday 1-9pm; Sunday 1-6pm
1110 Alverser Drive
Extra Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery is the second oldest brewery in Richmond. The smokehouse serves mouth-watering pork BBQ, ribs, brisket, smoked chicken, Texas smoked sausage, prime rib, steaks, and more. Beer is rotated regularly on five taps. Currently on tap, you can find Ass Down (American IPA), Tripel Overtime (Belgian Tripel), Ten Bell (Robust Porter), Bloodshot Billy (Irish Red Ale), and Double Deke (Black Rye IPA). Also in rotation is Two Bills (Belgian Dubbel), HopTrick (American IPA), Puck Drop (American Pale Ale), Sin Bin (Russian Imperial Stout), My Only Weiss (German Hefeweizen), Billy’s Brown (American Brown Ale), ForeCzech (Czech Pilsner), FaceOff (Imperial IPA) and Oodalolly (Oatmeal Stout).
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11:30am-10pm; Sunday 12-9pm
Final Gravity Brewing Company
6118 Lakeside Avenue
Final Gravity is a nano-brewery located in Original Gravity homebrew supply store. They offer five year round beers – Venus IPA, Venus Rising DIPA, Fire Station 5 amber ale, Irish Goodbye imperial stout, and Go with the Flo pale ale. Current seasonal offerings include Saison DeMeyer, The Big Payback (Belgian Dark Strong), and James (Brown Ale). In addition, they usually feature two beers that are infused through a Randall. Examples include Grapefruit IPA, Coconut Stout, and Coffee Brown to name a few.
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10am-6pm; Thursday-Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am-6pm
Garden Grove Brewing Company
3445 West Cary Street
Co-owners Ryan Mitchell and Michael Brandt opened their nano-brewery in 2013, in the trendy Carytown neighborhood. Their beer is influenced by Belgian and British brewing traditions. Nine beers are currently offered on draft – The Farmhouse Saison, Carytown Brown, American IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Pink Panther (wine-like sparkler), Eazy E (English Mild Ale), Chili & The Chocolate Factory (Chocolate Chili Pepper Porter), Hipster Monk (Belgian Single), and Tomb of the Taj Mahal (English Barley Wine). Weekly entertainment includes game night, trivia night, and live music.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 4-10pm; Thursday 4-11pm; Friday-Saturday 12pm-1am; Sunday 12-10pm
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Lane
Lifelong friends and now business partners, Erik McKay and Patrick Murtaugh, opened Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in October 2011 in an industrial area between the Diamond and the Fan. The brewery currently operates in two adjacent buildings. But, expansion plans are underway for a brewing facility, taproom, and entertainment venue in Goochland set to open in Spring 2017. Year round offerings include: Hardywood Singel (Belgian Abby-style Blonde Ale), Hardywood Pils (German-style pilsner), The Great Return (West Coast style IPA), and Hardywood Cream Ale. Also, on tap currently…2015 Gingerbread Sout, Christmas Morning, Give Bock, Hansom Cab (ESB), Pils, Pineapple Great Return, and Sidamo (Imperial Stout).
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 4-9pm; Saturday 2-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm
Isley Brewing Company
1715 Summit Avenue
Michael Isley opened his namesake brewery in October 2013 in Scott’s Addition. The large tasting room features a bar with seating, several tables, and a laid-back sitting area with leather couches. Multiple TVs, board games, Jenga and shuffleboard keep you entertained while you enjoy your beer. A patio is located just off the brew house. Most Saturdays include live music and food trucks. Isley features one flagship beer – ‘The Bribe’, an oatmeal porter. At press time, they had the following on tap…Plain Jane (Belgian White Ale), Plain Jane Blueberry, Off the Boulevard (Red Ale), Ruby Red Slippers (Grapefruit Session Pale Ale), Wolfman’s Brother (IPA), Tall Dark & Hopsome (Double Black IPA) Drunken Uncle (Hard Root Beer), and Choosy Mother (the infamous Peanut Oatmeal Porter).
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm; Friday 4-10pm; Saturday 12-10pm; Sunday 12-6pm
Legend Brewing Company
321 W. Seventh Street
Legend Brewing Company is Richmond’s oldest microbrewery, celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year! The brewery and brewpub are located in Richmond’s historic Old Manchester District overlooking the James River. The pub serves a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees. Outside boasts a 200 seat deck offering fantastic views of the River and Richmond skyline. Year round beers include Legend Lager, Legend Pilsner, Legend Brown Ale (their most popular beer!), Legend Porter, Legend Golden IPA, and Legend Pale Ale. Current seasonals include Legend Winter White (Belgian Witbier), Legend Oktoberfest, and Legend Chocolate Porter. The Taproom Series, available in 220z bottles, includes Legend Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale, Legend XXI Anniversary Legend Imperial Brown Ale, Legend Tripel, and Legend Hopfest. Legend also features an Urban Legend series in which they create a beer based on a local urban legend. The current beer in the series is the Legend Bleeding Nun Spicy Stout, a habanero oatmeal stout, inspired by the Richmond Theater fire in 1811.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm; Friday-Saturday 11:30am-12am; Sunday 11am-10pm
Lickinghole Creek Craft Farm Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Drive
Sean-Thomas and Lisa Pumphrey opened their eco-friendly farm brewery in September 2013. The brewery is situated on a 290 acre farm west of downtown Richmond (about 45 minutes). Hops, barley, herbs and spices are grown on-site and well water is used to brew the beer. Year round beers include Heir Apparent (Mexican-Spiced Imperial Stout), Virginia Black Bear (Russian Imperial Stout), Magic Beaver (Belgian-style Pale Ale), ‘Til Sunset (Session IPA), and Three Chopt Tripel. Seasonal beers include: Chai Tea Virginia Black Bear (Russian Imperial Stout with Chai Tea), Vanilla Virginia Black Bear (Vanilla Russian Imperial Stout), Goochland Quad (Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale), and Citra Fresh (IPA).
Hours: Saturday-Sunday 12-7pm; Tours by appointment Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
2410 Granite Ridge Road
Midnight Brewery, established in 2011, is located in Rockville (Goochland County) just a few minutes from Short Pump. Owner Trae Cairns likes to focus on making high quality, approachable beers. Flagship beers include Rockville Red (Irish Red Ale), New Beginning (Kolsch Style), Not My Job (Southern English Brown Ale), Head First (Pale Ale), Purdy Mechanic (IPA), and Midnight Granite (Oatmeal Stout). Also, currently on tap: VA Midway (American Wheat) and FDT (Hefeweizen).
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4-8pm; Friday 4-9pm; Saturday 1-8pm; Sunday 1-6pm
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
11800 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery started in 1991 in Denver, Colorado. Today, there are 32 locations throughout the country with two in Virginia – one in Arlington and one in Short Pump in Richmond. Rock Bottom offers four beers in its core line-up including Rock Bottom IPA, Rock Bottom Kolsch, Rock Bottom Red Ale, and Rock Bottom White Ale. The Short Pump location also features Coffee Cream Stout on Nitro, Sweet Nut Brown, Citra Pale Ale, Cascade Amber, and Belgian Strong. Four guest beers are also in rotation. The food menu is extensive and includes appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and dessert. A full bar is also available.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-midnight
Rusty Beaver Brewery
18043 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Rusty Beaver Brewery opened in June 2013 and is located just off I-95 in Ruther Glen, approximately 40 minutes from downtown Richmond. Rusty Beaver is a farm brewery inspired by their family hop and veggie farm in Beaverdam. They produce unfiltered and unpasteurized ales insuring the need for the beer to stay cold and local. They source local, organic ingredients whenever possible. Currently on tap: Roy’s Big Bad Brown Ale, Bucktooth IPA, Smashed Bastard (Single Malt, Single, Hopped Kolsch), Quake Stout (Imperial Stout), Zen (Quake Stout & Smashed Bastard brew), Fugged Up (Amber Ale), Krampus Smoked Porter, and the Beaver Barrel Stout. Upcoming releases include DIPA Brothers, O Damn Milk Stout, and Wabid Wabbit.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-8pm; Friday-Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm
2277 Dabney Road
Owner Neil Burton and Brewmaster Mike Hiller have a penchant for the unusual and off-the-wall when it comes to their vast beer creations. Strangeways has four core beers: Albino Monkey (White Ale), Woodbooger (Belgian-style Brown Ale), Phantasmic (East Coast IPA), and GWAR Blood (Hopped Up Red Ale). In addition, there are five other specialty categories. The Migration series currently features five brews including the Richmond Breweries Collaboration Belgian IPA. The Woodsman beers are barrel aged and include such beer as The Snake & The Snowman, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale and collaboration with metal/punk drummer Dave Witte. Sours & Wilds feature 13 funky creations such as the O.T.I.S. Tequila Barrel Aged Lime Cucumber Melon and Beatrice Wyld Sisters Mixed Berry Wild. The Annihilation Series has bold, high alcohol beer (10-11% ABV) including Ape Armageddon Caribbean Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Lastly, the Curiosity Series features beer infused with peculiar ingredients. For example, the Smuckers Jelly Berliner Weisse is infused with Black Edlerberry German syrup. The tasting room is vibrant and fun with colors of turquoise and red and accented with unique pieces of art. Get out of your comfort zone and try some of these strange beer creations!
Hours: Monday-Thursday noon-10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-midnight; Sunday 11am-10pm
The Answer Brewpub
6008 West Broad Street
The Answer Brewpub is An Bui’s second creation (the first being Mekong, his Vietnamese restaurant with an impressive, award-winning beer selection) and venture into the beer making world. The Answer opened in September 2014 and features 56 taps, 2 bars, and a stage for live music. At last year’s Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, The Answer’s Larceny (Citra IPA) won Best In Show in the fourth annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup Competition. Current Answer Brewpub beers on draft include She Gone (Amarillo & Mosiac DIPA), Mouth Hug (All Citra DIPA), Hard in the Paint (All Mosiac DPA), Larceny, Consumption (Tart Berliner Weisse), Morning Juice 9 (Unfiltered Berliner Weisse with Dragon Fruit & Passion Fruit), and Mango Passion (Unfiltered Berliner Weisse with Mango & Passion Fruit). The food menu features the famous Vietnamese sandwich and snacks, soup & pho, sliders, salads, and rice bowls.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 4pm-midnight; Thursday-Saturday 12pm-midnight; Sunday 12-10pm
Triple Crossing Brewing Company
113 S. Foushee Street
Triple Crossing, founded by friends Jeremy Wirtes, Adam Worcester, and Scott Jones, is located in the heart of Richmond between Virginia Commonwealth University and the downtown business area. Enjoy your beer in the tasting room or on the outdoor patio and be entertained with an array of games, foosball, and Jenga plus live music on the weekends. Current tap selections includes: Alternating Current (IPA), Element 79 (Blonde Ale), Falcon Smash (IPA), Nights Lands (Imperial Stout), Paranoid ALEdroid (Pale Ale), Single Hop Saison, Udderly Beautiful (Stout), and Pineapple Saison.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 4-10pm; Saturday 12-10pm; Sunday 1-8pm