Monday, June 2, 2014

VBB Brewery Spotlight: Isley Brewing Company

An amazing day for amazing beer. 
Sam and I recently had the immense pleasure of stopping by Isley Brewing in the Scott's Addition neighborhood of Richmond. What started as an impromptu beer sampling turned into an educational experience.
Sam and the Flight
As Isley newbies, we started with the recommended flight (a choice made easier by their excellent variety and price). All of the brews were excellent, but once again the "Choosy Mother" Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter stole the show. 
Six Samples of Heaven

A description of the days offerings

The back door of the brewery will serve as access to the new deck. 

During the tour, we were informed that the brewery is currently working at 50% capacity. With the planned addition of more brew houses, Mr. Isley hopes to increase the brewery's capacity to 100% soon.

Waiting to be filled with perfection.

The future home of Isley's second bar. Drink and watch the brewers work their magic. 

During the day, Mr. Isley works with Winter Plumbing. The company did the original plumbing work for the building when it was built in 1920 and again when it was updated for the brewery opening.

Mr. Isley was kind enough to let us sample some of his private stock. This included a Bourbon Porter and a Bourbon Ginger that knocked our socks off. Brewed as an experiment but ultimately too high for legal sale (16%), these two brews were a treat but far above the 14% sellable ABV limit.  

If you're like us and drool at the thought of Isley Brewing Company's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter, make sure you get out and Grab a Choosey Mother while it lasts (if you are reading this, it may already be too late) because the next batch wont be around until October. 

Looking for delicious taste for a good cause? 100% of Conundrumheller's proceeds go to Bon Secours Hospitals in honor of  Mr. Drumheller. A longtime friend of the Isley family, he tragically passed away from cancer. After the loss, the idea of using the brew to raise money for research was developed.

So much room for activities!

Beer and's a beautiful thing. 

Before we left we took a tour of Isley's new deck. A welcome addition to the neighborhood, patrons will now be able to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather with a cold beer (not to mention an excellent view of fireworks being launched at the Diamond after Flying Squirrels games.) We were also very excited to hear that Mr. Isley and company are planning a second location coming to the Woodlake area of Chesterfield (county red tape permitting.) After you leave the Diamond's Carytown Beer Festival this Saturday, you can enjoy the newly completed deck and have a delicious Isley Brew at their Luau! We hope to see you there! 

Finally, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr. Mike Isley for taking the time to give us a tour of his beautiful facility, samples of his brews, and filling us in on the Isley Brewing story. We can't wait for this weekends Luau and to see what Isley Brewing has in store for us next!

The work in progress

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