Around Town: Brew Tour w/ My Parents

So as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, last night I introduced my parents to a few of the most popular breweries in Richmond, and it was a success!

First up was Hardywood. My dad and I each got our own sampler of any four beers off the menu. I got a sample of the Singel, Raspberry Stout, Bourbon Barleywine, and the Walpurgisnacht Smoked Malbock. Dad got the Singel, Pils, Great Return, and the Walpurgisnacht Smoked Malbock. I don’t have a photo of all of them, but I think my favorite out of all those is still Hardywood’s classic Singel. The Raspberry Stout and Bourbon Barleywine were sweet, syrupy, and heavy. The Walpurgisbacht was actually refreshing, with a bacon-like taste. I’m really bad at describing these, can you tell? I’m not a huge craft beer drinker. One fancy shmancy beer and I’m usually good to go. I’m more of a Miller Lite girl, but last night was an exception 🙂

The atmosphere at Hardywood was a little too chaotic for my parents, but they hung in there. Excuse the poor picture quality. Some are grainier than others – gah!

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Next we went to Ardent. This was much more my parents speed. A more intimate setting to enjoy a second flight of beers, whew! Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Honey Ginger, on tap, which is my favorite, so I got a sample of the Sweet Potato Sage, Farmhouse, Saison, and Douple IPA. The Farmhouse and Sweet Potato Sage were my favorites. 

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Here’s my cute mom holding court at the table.

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Time to whip out the selfies. They were having so much fun, and so was I!

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Our third and final stop was Isley Brewing Co. There was a good folky-blue grass band there, and again, the atmosphere was one that my parents could handle. We snagged some stools right at the bar. Dad ordered the Plain Jane and I got the Root of All Evil, which satisfied my craving for Ardent’s Honey Ginger.

We were pretty right after Isley, so we ducked into Lunch/Supper for dinner. Your classic “hole in the wall” spot, this place has some seriously good food!! I got the eggplant Parmesan with side of their bacon brussel sprouts. Yum, yum, yum! Highly recommend.

It was a fun night out on the town acting like tourists with my parents, and they had a blast! I will certainly look back on this time, glad that I spent some quality time with them.

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OOO,

Ellen

 

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