Guide to Richmond Breweries

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As has happened with much of the rest of the country, the craft beer movement has taken over Richmond, VA.  That’s a great thing of course, because no matter what Brazilians and the English think, Budweiser is an embarrassing product to put forth as a country.  Though, I think that’s more of a “when in Rome” situation.  Carlsburg certainly isn’t Copenhagen’s finest, so I’ll let it slide.

But I digress, the point is Richmond, VA has some great breweries to check out.  There are way too many to see on one visit, but I gave it the old college try and I like to think I put a pretty good dent in it.

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~The Answer Brewpub~

The Answer Brewpub in Richmond, VA

This was the first brewery I went to and one of my favorites!  It was also the first place I experienced what I came to know as “The Richmond Phenomenon.”  This is where parking is a nightmare and there’s not a soul inside, but that’s great for me… because no wait for beer!  I had a wonderful Grapefruit IPA.  The Answer Brewpub has been open for less than a year, but is owned by An Bui, who’s spent years working at Mekong, his family’s Vietnamese restaurant.  Which means great beer and great Vietnamese food!

The Answer Brewpub in Richmond, VA

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~Legend Brewing Co.~

Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond, VA

I spoke a bit about Legend Brewing Co. in my Richmond Rundown (which of course you’ve read).  I won’t bore you with details you’ve already read, but basically their free 1pm tour didn’t start until 2:30pm and I was forced to drink a bit too much in the meantime and then ended up with an inexplicable head wound.  The beer was not as good as The Answer in my opinion, but it was the only place in Richmond that I saw other humans.  So I guess it’s pretty popular.  Bright side, if you’ve read about The Poe Museum (2 shameless plugs in one paragraph!) then you know how much I like tourist attractions with cats.  This guy helped out with our tour!

Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond, VA

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~Blue Bee Cidery~

Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, VA

I stopped here immediately after Legend Brewing Co. as they are pretty close to each other.  I will admit that I’m not the biggest of cider fans.  Usually I find it too sweet, but they had (among some pretty sweet ciders) ciders that were more tart and I actually went home with a bottle.  They also had a tour that left on time and they let me go on it even though I was still pretty buzzed from the hour and a half wait for Legend’s tour and I was still bleeding from the back of the head.  That’s customer service!  The tour was great, and I was a big fan of the Charred Ordinary… not such a big fan of the smoked apple cider, but you can’t win them all.

Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, VA

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~Strangeways Brewing~

Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, VA

Strangeways Brewing was a bit outside of town, but probably one of my favorite breweries I’ve been to.  It was definitely my favorite brewery I visited in Richmond just based on beer.  The Answer has them beat on food even though I got some great brussels sprouts from a food truck outside.  The beer flight we had was a bit on the expensive side, but everything was great.  I told the bartender to surprise us and he did a great job.  My favorite (went home with a large bottle of this too) was the Martian Springs, which was described as a lemon-berry beer.  That’s something I would have never ordered on my own, but I was so pleasantly surprised.  I tend to shy away from any fruit flavored beers, but the flavors were subtle and it was not sweet at all.  They also have a great live music venue and sense of humor.

Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, VA

Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, VA

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~Taste The Local Beer Truck~

Taste the Local Beer Truck in Richmond, VA

If you’re lucky you’ll be able to track down the Taste the Local beer truck and try all the breweries at once. Yes, those are taps right on the side of the truck.  I don’t know how sanitary they are, but I’m willing to take my chances.  Besides, I’m sure the alcohol kills most of the road germs.

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Are there any killer Richmond area breweries that I missed?  What’s your favorite?

31 thoughts on “Guide to Richmond Breweries

  1. I’m becoming a VA resident this year!! And I love me some beer. My boyfriend & I will def check these places out. 🙂

    • Mags

      Awesome! I only scratched the surface, there were tons more breweries and wineries in the area. You’ll love it there!

  2. Sounds like some great breweries. I wish I were local so I could visit them.

    • Mags

      You and me both! I didn’t have nearly enough time to check them all out on a short visit.

  3. Yummm! This looks like my kind of tour! All sorts of fun breweries!
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    • Mags

      It was really great. I had no idea Virginia had such a craft beer scene.

  4. What an awesome experience this must have been. I would love to try all the breweries in the Richmond area.

    • Mags

      There were so many! I’d need to stay for weeks to try all of them (then maybe spend a few weeks in rehab lol)

  5. Elizabeth O.

    My brother would definitely love a tour of these breweries. He’s always on the look out for a good beer.

    • Mags

      Richmond is a great brewery destination. This is really only a small sampling of what the city had to offer.

  6. Those looks great!! I’m going to bookmark this and visit when I go there! (:
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    • Mags

      You’ll have so much fun! Let me know if you want any tips. I was really surprised by how much I like Richmond.

  7. I remember the days before brew pubs and micro brews! The dark of ages of beer in the US. Thank goodness that has changed.
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    • Mags

      Tell me about it! We’ve really turned things around in recent years.

  8. breweries seem to be all the rage these days. I had no idea there were so many different types of beer.
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    • Mags

      I love visiting breweries, but I don’t consider myself a beer expert at all. I’m constantly surprised by the variety!

  9. LOL, you actually went to two buzz tours in one day? I’m not a big beer drinker, but my husband likes good brews, so we’ll have to keep this post handy when we go to VA next time.
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    • Mags

      Sure did! I don’t recommend it necessarily, but I was only there for 3 days and it had to be done 😉 !

  10. You’re right that the craft beer movement has come on strong all over the country. I’m not much of a beer drinker (too bitter for me), but lately when I’m at a brewery I ask for the lightest beer they have and am starting to enjoy it.
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    • Mags

      I used to hate beer! I love it now. I think it’s an acquired taste.

  11. I’m not a fan of beer but I do know friends who are and would definitely go on this tour. I’ll show them your post.
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    • Mags

      Awesome. They’ll have a blast.

  12. Debbie Denny

    What a great roundup. That charred cider sounds interesting. Would be nice to see all these.

    • Mags

      It was really good. And you can do a tasting where you can try a sample of each of their ciders!

  13. I’m not a beer person, but the food looks really good.

    • Mags

      I didn’t used to be a beer person either… but I’ll admit that it’s grown on me! The food’s a nice bonus too!

  14. Wow this seems like an amazing place and I would like to be these some day soon!
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    • Mags

      They’re all really great. You’ll love Richmond.

  15. Carol Colborn

    Interesting places although I like wine better than beer!

    • Mags

      I too tend to like wine more than beer, but desperate times…

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