Monday, April 14, 2014

Brewery Spotlight: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery and Midnight Brewery!

Sam and I had the pleasure of experiencing the first (of hopefully many to come) annual RVARock$ OnTap! on Mayo Island, in our home town of Richmond. It’s a beautiful thing when one can travel to a single location (in my case, a five minute walk from my home) and experience the brilliant concoctions of brewing masterminds. Every brewery in Central Virginia was present showcasing one to three of their best brews and proving that they are not competitors but brothers and sisters of the Virginia Craft Brew family.

About halfway through our quest to try every brew on the menu, we had the pleasure of talking to Sean and Shawn of Lickinghole Creek and Midnight Breweries, respectively. The two, being the gentleman that they are, were kind enough to tell us about the breweries that they represented, the beer we were sampling, and extend invitations to come visit soon (we will keep you abreast on that adventure as it pans out).


First up to bat was Midnight Brewery. Shawn offered us their Rockville Red, an Irish Red Ale that tastes as beautiful as it looks. The Not My Job, a Southern English Brown Ale, was a delight. I personally can’t wait till we can visit Midnight and sample their full array of offerings.

Subsequently, we stepped next door to Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Here, Sean introduced us to to the bit of heaven that is Magic Beaver Belgian Style Pale Ale. Lickinghole’s second brew was their Three Chopt Triple, which seemed to be one of the hits of the party, as the tap ran dry just before we arrived. We will have to save that one for another day.

I know it was a very busy day for all of the breweries that participated and everyone was a delight to meet, but I want to extend a special thank you to the time both of these gentlemen took with us. Midnight Brewery and Lickinghole Creek Brewery may be relative newcomers to the big stage, but make no mistake, these two are on par with the best RVA has to offer.

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