Been here twice. Both times were packed. Once for some bluegrass festival and another was because of a private function that forced us to the "smaller" side of the brewery. Service was decent both times. i didn’t feel unwelcome but it didn’t have that "feeling" to it. Beers were pretty good and they had decent selection to go. Would definitely return with hopefully a smaller crowd. Would also like to do a tour, if offered.
Stopped in with le Drake on a busy Thursday night. Thursday nights at Hardywood are apparently a big event, and many local food trucks were present to serve in what felt like a mini food festival. There were probably 6 beers available from a number of different locations around the brewery. No flights available, but a number of offerings were available by the bottle. Service was fine. Prices seemed to be absolutely extortionate. Should I really be happy to pay over $5 for a 12oz pour of a core IPA at a brewery? No. Anyway, worth checking out.
Converted warehouse space with crepes food truck out front. (Didn’t try). They have a stage space for bands inside with decent acoustics. Smoking is allowed inside and so are little kids (both minuses for me). Outside they have a roped off parking lot area for the food trucks and picnic tables, corn hole, etc. woman’s room was clean and well maintained, though single use. Picnic tables are inside as well. weirdly the table was wet even though it was inside. Additional portapotties are outside ( lovely). The brews are 10 oz pours in plastic biodegradable cups (negative) that range from $4 to $6 a pour. 4 beer flights in glass for $11 (I think). Bombers are available for $10ish and growlers of various sizes are available.
Hardywork Park is located in industrial warehouse park somewhere in Richmond. They had a tap room that opens up into a second brewery bar where they fulfill growler fills. They only had 7 available on tap but they had 3 others beers in bombers. Clearly this is a very popular place because there were people everywhere. They have a couple of lots next to their building but they were full so the street was lined with cars. The tap too, filled quickly so we found the last table in brew house which is not air conditioned and when filled with people gets loud and hot very quickly. Other than the four beer samplers, they served their beer in plastic cups which did it no favors. It seems like a place making ambitious beer but as an outing I think I would have preferred to visit on a Thusday afternoon.
Norton (2) Southside, Richmond, Virginia | March 2, 2013
They do a good job of having special yet public events here. Staff is prompt in service and the iPad checkout system is quite the novelty. Strange roped traffic flow for ordering in main area. Even in the middle of winter, the place is musty, humid and somehow hot. Everyone was sweating. Good place for the after work happy hour.
Finally made it here. Clean and nice tasting room and brewery. We had a group of a 100 or so and they kept our glasses full and seemed to love what they do. Just a few, but tasty, brews on tap, including some I hadn’t seen out and about. The prices were better than average. This has kind of become a place-to-be in Richmond- yay! I will probably go back to check out their taco truck night sometime.
Swung by here for the release party for Gingerbread Stout. The event had a really nice crowd, solid live music, good prices, and some other interesting beers (in addition to the Gingerbread, which was really good). I’ve heard good things about their beers from a few other Richmonders, and was looking forward to trying their beer. I was not disappointed. I’ll have to go back for a non-event visit so I can sample a few more of their offerings, but from what I can tell, this is an excellent addition to the Richmond craft scene.
Been coming here since right around the time they opened. Beer is great, employees are great, it’s just gotten super popular which leads to super crowds and long lines. But it’s always worth it! Small front tasting room that leads to the brewery floor, basically open warehouse. If you just stop in at regular tasting hours it’s nice and calm, but go for any kind of event and it’s packed, loud, and hot. They only have their own beers on tap, but typically a good variety and some brewery-only variations on their normal fare. The beer is world-class though. I hope they can expand soon, add more seating, etc.
radagast83 (320) Alexandria, Virginia | July 23, 2012| Updated November 18, 2012
Had to park down the street to get to this one, was pretty darn packed when I got there - a good thing. People are appreciating this place. There were three beer stations - main tasting room, one right off the side and one on the other side of the bar. Nice setup, nice beer, nice live music.