Since moving to Richmond three months ago, friends and acquaintances have urged me to visit Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. On Saturday, Kyle and I found ourselves without any plans. Bright sunshine glared through our living room windows, and the warm temperature beckoned us to step outside and explore. We decided to see what the fuss was about and headed to Hardywood.
As we arrived, I first noticed an open garage door on the front of the rustic building. The sound of drum beats and guitar chords echoed into the parking lot, which was filled with picnic tables and food trucks. The live music was a huge bonus to our visit. Customers danced around the room, sloshing their beers around joyfully. Christmas lights were strung around the ceiling, which added a cozy ambiance to the brewery. I really loved the laid-back atmosphere and promptly ordered a beer flight.
My favorite beer was the Hardywood Singel. The blonde ale was light, crisp, and incredibly smooth. We also tried the Raspberry Stout, Gingerbread Stout and Cream Ale. After listening to the band for awhile, we stepped outside and devoured a plate of homemade chips in the bright sunshine.
Now that I've visited Hardywood, I feel like I can officially say I'm a resident of Richmond. I can't wait to go back this summer for a pint of Virginia Blackberry.