Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Scott Elmquist

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Friday, June 1, 2018

VA Craft Beer Cup, pizza on the patio, and other food news

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 4:07 PM

Remember that time Richmond was named the No. 1 beer destination in the country? We do, too. And in a few days, we’ll get to see how RVA’s brews hold up against some of the other breweries around the Commonwealth.

On Monday, June 4, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild will host the seventh annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup right here in town.

Last year more than 100 breweries competed, and Richmond was well represented. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery took home a silver in the pale bitter European beer category, and Ardent Craft Ales won silver for its Defenestrator in the category of international lager and strong European beer. Other local winners included Strangeways Brewing, Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, Legend Brewing Company and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery.

We’ll announce this year’s Richmond winners as soon as we’ve got ‘em!

The Lion comes to town

He’s British, he’s known as the Lion, he’s apparently one of the nicest guys in the industry, and he’s coming to Richmond. David Walker, who co-owns California-based Firestone Walker Brewing Co. along with his brother-in-law, Adam “the Bear” Firestone, will team with local chef Adam Hall to hold a six-course beer pairing dinner at Saison on Monday, June 11.

Tickets cost $100 per person, and you can reserve your spot by either visiting or calling the restaurant. The all-inclusive dinner will feature six of Firestone Walker’s beers: a lager, Cuvee No. 2, Parabola, Sour Opal, Under Currants and Bretta Rose.

Gin with a splash of politics

We don’t often talk about political races in the Bite, but we also don’t often see business owners in the food and drink world run for office. You may have seen the news earlier this week that Republican Rep. Tom Garrett will not seek re-election in the coming midterms. Garrett announced that he struggles as an alcoholic, and will instead seek treatment.

The first Virginia Republican to publicly announce his candidacy following Garrett’s withdrawal is distillery owner Denver Riggleman. A former Air Force intelligence officer, Riggleman owns Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, which produces vodka, gin, rye whiskey and moonshine. It’s about an hour and a half from here, and if you haven’t made your way out there yet, go ahead and add it to your day-trip list.

Pizza on the patio

Last week, our photographer popped by Pizza and Beer of Richmond at Cary and Robinson streets. He snapped a quick picture of the not-yet-crowded patio and posted it on Instagram along with a caption announcing that the new restaurant was officially open for business. Y’all have some love for pizza and beer, apparently, because by the end of the weekend the post had more than 750 likes.

I chatted with the market director and indulged in a couple pizzas myself, and I have to say, I get the hype. It’s owned by Eat Restaurant Partners, whose other businesses include Fat Dragon, Foo Dog and Boulevard Burger and Brew, so we could already tell you that the team behind this place knows what’s up. The menu is extensive without being overwhelming, the draft list features a rotating selection of local, regional and national brews, and the creative take on pizzas includes toppings like fried eggs — yep, over-medium eggs with perfectly runny yolks.

Read more next week in Short Order.

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