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Inside the Veil’s taproom in Scott’s Addition
Inside the Veil’s taproom in Scott’s Addition
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17 Essential Breweries in Richmond, Virginia

Where to find German lagers, smooth stouts, and hoppy IPAs in the capital city

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Inside the Veil’s taproom in Scott’s Addition
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Along with a restaurant scene that holds its own against more prominent East Coast cities, Richmond, Virginia, boasts a craft brewing community that commands national — if not global — attention. In 2018, VinePair named the capital city its number one beer destination in the world. There are over 40 breweries, cideries, and distilleries listed on Richmond’s celebrated Beer Trail, all ready to explore by bus, trolley, or tuk tuk. Standouts include the meticulously produced, buzz-worthy beers at the Veil, thoughtfully crafted ciders at Blue Bee, and an exciting lineup of internationally influenced options at the Answer Brewpub. Here’s a look at 17 breweries that merit a trip down I-95 for D.C.-based drinkers.

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1. Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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11293 Air Park Rd
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 368-0299
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Brothers Chris and Phil Ray opened COTU in their hometown of Ashland, just twenty minutes from downtown Richmond, to celebrate a wide range of ale styles, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on the production brewery’s seasonal beer menu. COTU produces seasonal specials and a core lineup that includes Pocahoptas, a West Coast-style IPA, and an easy-drinking Slingshot Kölsch. Check out COTU’s collection of pinball tables and a pup-friendly patio with food trucks on the weekends.

2. Final Gravity Brewing Co.

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6118 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 264-4808
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Located in the quiet Lakeside neighborhood of Richmond’s North Side, Final Gravity has 15 to 20 taps that provide a versatile selection of IPAs and lagers. Original Gravity, a nicely stocked supply shop for home brewers, is the precursor next-door, and there may be no better place to talk shop with experts.

3. The Answer Brewpub

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6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 282-1248
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The Answer’s 56 taps pour a mix of inventive sours, super fruity quads, and smooth stouts. Thanks to the influence of sister Vietnamese restaurant, Mekong, the brewpub has one of the best bar menus in town, with options like rocket shrimp, crispy spring rolls, and pan-fried pork dumplings. In 2018, the James Beard Foundation named founder An Bui a semifinalist for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer.

A Streets of Hopton West Coast IPA from the Answer Brewpub
A Streets of Hopton West Coast IPA from the Answer Brewpub
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4. Strangeways Brewing (Multiple locations)

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2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 303-4336
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Strangeways’ flagship location is a 8,400-square-foot production brewery with an oddity-stuffed barroom that boasts ample indoor seating, arcade games, and a festive, pup-friendly biergarten. The 36 rotating taps contain a diverse selection, including a consistent Nucleus Series of lagers, IPAs, and white and brown ales. At a Scott’s Addition location, Strangeways is conveniently nestled next to Smohk RVA BBQ.

5. Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop

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3406 W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 912-1794
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It might be tempting to overlook the second-oldest craft brewery in Virginia, but don’t be fooled — Charlottesville-born Starr Hill continues to produce some of the best beers around at its Richmond outpost. A rooftop boasts views of other breweries scattered across Scott’s Addition. While IPAs are the brewery’s strong suit, sours and stouts like a Little Red Rooster coffee cream brew are equally pleasing.

6. Väsen Brewing Company

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3331 W Moore St
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 588-5678
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Väsen’s Belgian-meets-American style marries funky Belgian sours with cool IPAs and DIPAs. Co-founders (and cousins) Joey Darragh and Tony Giordano are committed to sustainable production and donating to environmental causes. Weekly events include climbing, running, and mountain biking clubs, all of which make enjoying Väsen’s Styrian Saison that much more refreshing.

7. Ardent Craft Ales

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3200 W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 359-1605
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This Scott’s Addition production brewery, taproom, and beer garden offers some thirst-quenching beers, from the big, tropical Leigh Street DIPA to the Summer American Sour Blend, a small-batch blend of aged saison with a pleasantly peppery finish. Ardent’s patio, festooned with red umbrellas, borders exceptional Texas barbecue outfit ZZQ. Bringing smoked meat back to Ardent is highly encouraged.

8. The Veil Brewing Co. (Multiple locations)

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1301 Roseneath Rd
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 355-5515
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Since opening in 2016, the Veil came out swinging, claiming awards for Best New Brewer in Virginia and #3 Best New Brewer in the world, according to Rate Beer. Each of the brewery’s three locations has a distinct vibe. The original in Scott’s Addition is an austere lounge with a solid line-up of food trucks on the weekend. An industrial-modern stunner in Forest Hill shares a space with Y Tu Mamá taqueria, Blanchard’s Coffee, and Charm School Study Hall. The eclectic and cozy Funkhaust Café taproom in the city’s West End has a small but significant sampling of crushable beers. 

9. Blue Bee Cider

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1320 Summit Ave
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 231-0280
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Owned and operated by Courtney Mailey, Blue Bee Cider bills itself as Virginia’s first urban cidery. Right in the middle of Scott’s Addition, Blue Bee’s stone-walled patio is transporting, reminiscent of a European garden. Truckle Cheesmongers, a cheese and charcuterie counter, sells scrumptious grilled cheeses next to the indoor cider salon. Snag a cheese board and blackberry ginger frosé before posting up on the patio.

10. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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2410 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 420-2420
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One of Richmond’s most celebrated breweries, Hardywood earned a following for its Gingerbread Stout (GBS among devotees), which draws long winter lines. The brewery’s 20-barrel brew house also puts out a well-rounded collection of lagers such as Hardywood Pils and IPAs like the piney Great Return.

11. Bingo Beer Co

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2900 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 386-0290
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This beer hall-meets-arcade is a family-friendly spot buzzing with pinball, skee-ball, air hockey, and other arcade favorites. Bingo excels at classic German lager styles, including pilsners and Vienna-style lagers, like the deliciously chocolatey Black Lager. Bingo’s full kitchen offers a fun menu of beer-adjacent bites, from wings to subs, and the beer-averse will appreciate Bingo’s well-tended bar and original cocktail menu.

12. Tabol Brewing

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704 Dawn St
Richmond, VA 23222
(804) 303-5528
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A hopping North Side spot, Tabol is a small-batch brewery that excels at making sours and classic styles like the Aspect lager, a malty, dry beer that stands up brilliantly to the food truck fare customers consume on a sprawling deck on the weekends. Tabol uses wood barrels and foeders to age and ferment wild ales like Yo Soy Nada, which picks up its characteristic tang from prickly pear and lime.

13. Main Line Brewery

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1603 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 387-9670
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The beer-brewing offshoot of Cirrus Vodka, Main Line focuses on live music and chill vibes with IPAs, stouts, and hard seltzers that go down easy. Try the crisp, clean Zeitgeist Kölsch on a hot summer day, or the Fresh Fluff American Stout for a creamy, marshmallow-tasting beer that borders on dessert.

14. Canon & Draw Brewing Company

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1529 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-0536
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From its a sleek and sophisticated tasting room in the Fan neighborhood, Canon & Draw pours fruity goses and malty porters as well as selections from sister brewery Steambell. Grab a group of friends for a night of trivia and pool at this cozy taproom. 

15. Richbrau Brewing

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5 S 20th St
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 621-4100
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Located in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, Richbrau brews beer that feels steeped in history, from Ghost in the Gallery, a DIPA that celebrates the ghost of Richmond’s Byrd Theater, to Key Lime Trolley, a cheek-puckering gose that recalls the city’s late 19th century Union Passenger Railway trolley system.

16. Stone Brewing Tap Room - Richmond

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4300 Williamsburg Ave
Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 489-5902
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The only East Coast location of 25-year-old, California-based Stone Brewing has more than 20 taps pouring year-round and special releases. That includes Richmond originals like Give Me Stout or Give Me Death, a hoppy, berry-tinged imperial stout brewed in collaboration with locals Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood. Non-beer lovers who tag along will appreciate Stone’s Buenavida Hard Seltzers, available in black cherry, mango, and watermelon lime.

17. Triple Crossing Beer - Fulton

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5203 Hatcher St
Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 495-1955
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Triple Crossing feels a bit like a hidden gem in Richmond’s Fulton neighborhood, offering visitors a a draft list brimming with hazy IPAs and crispy lagers, a satisfying food menu that includes Neopolitan-style pizzas pulled from a gorgeous wood-fired oven, and a pet-friendly patio. Try the Precursor Pils for a taste of summer in a pint glass.

1. Center of the Universe Brewing Company

11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005

Brothers Chris and Phil Ray opened COTU in their hometown of Ashland, just twenty minutes from downtown Richmond, to celebrate a wide range of ale styles, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on the production brewery’s seasonal beer menu. COTU produces seasonal specials and a core lineup that includes Pocahoptas, a West Coast-style IPA, and an easy-drinking Slingshot Kölsch. Check out COTU’s collection of pinball tables and a pup-friendly patio with food trucks on the weekends.

11293 Air Park Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

2. Final Gravity Brewing Co.

6118 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228

Located in the quiet Lakeside neighborhood of Richmond’s North Side, Final Gravity has 15 to 20 taps that provide a versatile selection of IPAs and lagers. Original Gravity, a nicely stocked supply shop for home brewers, is the precursor next-door, and there may be no better place to talk shop with experts.

6118 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228

3. The Answer Brewpub

6008 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230
A Streets of Hopton West Coast IPA from the Answer Brewpub
A Streets of Hopton West Coast IPA from the Answer Brewpub
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The Answer’s 56 taps pour a mix of inventive sours, super fruity quads, and smooth stouts. Thanks to the influence of sister Vietnamese restaurant, Mekong, the brewpub has one of the best bar menus in town, with options like rocket shrimp, crispy spring rolls, and pan-fried pork dumplings. In 2018, the James Beard Foundation named founder An Bui a semifinalist for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer.

6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

4. Strangeways Brewing (Multiple locations)

2277A Dabney Rd, Richmond, VA 23230

Strangeways’ flagship location is a 8,400-square-foot production brewery with an oddity-stuffed barroom that boasts ample indoor seating, arcade games, and a festive, pup-friendly biergarten. The 36 rotating taps contain a diverse selection, including a consistent Nucleus Series of lagers, IPAs, and white and brown ales. At a Scott’s Addition location, Strangeways is conveniently nestled next to Smohk RVA BBQ.

2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

5. Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop

3406 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230

It might be tempting to overlook the second-oldest craft brewery in Virginia, but don’t be fooled — Charlottesville-born Starr Hill continues to produce some of the best beers around at its Richmond outpost. A rooftop boasts views of other breweries scattered across Scott’s Addition. While IPAs are the brewery’s strong suit, sours and stouts like a Little Red Rooster coffee cream brew are equally pleasing.

3406 W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230

6. Väsen Brewing Company

3331 W Moore St, Richmond, VA 23230

Väsen’s Belgian-meets-American style marries funky Belgian sours with cool IPAs and DIPAs. Co-founders (and cousins) Joey Darragh and Tony Giordano are committed to sustainable production and donating to environmental causes. Weekly events include climbing, running, and mountain biking clubs, all of which make enjoying Väsen’s Styrian Saison that much more refreshing.

3331 W Moore St
Richmond, VA 23230

7. Ardent Craft Ales

3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230

This Scott’s Addition production brewery, taproom, and beer garden offers some thirst-quenching beers, from the big, tropical Leigh Street DIPA to the Summer American Sour Blend, a small-batch blend of aged saison with a pleasantly peppery finish. Ardent’s patio, festooned with red umbrellas, borders exceptional Texas barbecue outfit ZZQ. Bringing smoked meat back to Ardent is highly encouraged.

3200 W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230

8. The Veil Brewing Co. (Multiple locations)

1301 Roseneath Rd, Richmond, VA 23230

Since opening in 2016, the Veil came out swinging, claiming awards for Best New Brewer in Virginia and #3 Best New Brewer in the world, according to Rate Beer. Each of the brewery’s three locations has a distinct vibe. The original in Scott’s Addition is an austere lounge with a solid line-up of food trucks on the weekend. An industrial-modern stunner in Forest Hill shares a space with Y Tu Mamá taqueria, Blanchard’s Coffee, and Charm School Study Hall. The eclectic and cozy Funkhaust Café taproom in the city’s West End has a small but significant sampling of crushable beers. 

1301 Roseneath Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

9. Blue Bee Cider

1320 Summit Ave, Richmond, VA 23230

Owned and operated by Courtney Mailey, Blue Bee Cider bills itself as Virginia’s first urban cidery. Right in the middle of Scott’s Addition, Blue Bee’s stone-walled patio is transporting, reminiscent of a European garden. Truckle Cheesmongers, a cheese and charcuterie counter, sells scrumptious grilled cheeses next to the indoor cider salon. Snag a cheese board and blackberry ginger frosé before posting up on the patio.

1320 Summit Ave
Richmond, VA 23230

10. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220

One of Richmond’s most celebrated breweries, Hardywood earned a following for its Gingerbread Stout (GBS among devotees), which draws long winter lines. The brewery’s 20-barrel brew house also puts out a well-rounded collection of lagers such as Hardywood Pils and IPAs like the piney Great Return.

2410 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23220

11. Bingo Beer Co

2900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

This beer hall-meets-arcade is a family-friendly spot buzzing with pinball, skee-ball, air hockey, and other arcade favorites. Bingo excels at classic German lager styles, including pilsners and Vienna-style lagers, like the deliciously chocolatey Black Lager. Bingo’s full kitchen offers a fun menu of beer-adjacent bites, from wings to subs, and the beer-averse will appreciate Bingo’s well-tended bar and original cocktail menu.

2900 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

12. Tabol Brewing

704 Dawn St, Richmond, VA 23222

A hopping North Side spot, Tabol is a small-batch brewery that excels at making sours and classic styles like the Aspect lager, a malty, dry beer that stands up brilliantly to the food truck fare customers consume on a sprawling deck on the weekends. Tabol uses wood barrels and foeders to age and ferment wild ales like Yo Soy Nada, which picks up its characteristic tang from prickly pear and lime.

704 Dawn St
Richmond, VA 23222

13. Main Line Brewery

1603 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220

The beer-brewing offshoot of Cirrus Vodka, Main Line focuses on live music and chill vibes with IPAs, stouts, and hard seltzers that go down easy. Try the crisp, clean Zeitgeist Kölsch on a hot summer day, or the Fresh Fluff American Stout for a creamy, marshmallow-tasting beer that borders on dessert.

1603 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23220

14. Canon & Draw Brewing Company

1529 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

From its a sleek and sophisticated tasting room in the Fan neighborhood, Canon & Draw pours fruity goses and malty porters as well as selections from sister brewery Steambell. Grab a group of friends for a night of trivia and pool at this cozy taproom. 

1529 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

15. Richbrau Brewing

5 S 20th St, Richmond, VA 23223

Located in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, Richbrau brews beer that feels steeped in history, from Ghost in the Gallery, a DIPA that celebrates the ghost of Richmond’s Byrd Theater, to Key Lime Trolley, a cheek-puckering gose that recalls the city’s late 19th century Union Passenger Railway trolley system.

5 S 20th St
Richmond, VA 23223

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16. Stone Brewing Tap Room - Richmond

4300 Williamsburg Ave, Richmond, VA 23231

The only East Coast location of 25-year-old, California-based Stone Brewing has more than 20 taps pouring year-round and special releases. That includes Richmond originals like Give Me Stout or Give Me Death, a hoppy, berry-tinged imperial stout brewed in collaboration with locals Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood. Non-beer lovers who tag along will appreciate Stone’s Buenavida Hard Seltzers, available in black cherry, mango, and watermelon lime.

4300 Williamsburg Ave
Richmond, VA 23231

17. Triple Crossing Beer - Fulton

5203 Hatcher St, Richmond, VA 23231

Triple Crossing feels a bit like a hidden gem in Richmond’s Fulton neighborhood, offering visitors a a draft list brimming with hazy IPAs and crispy lagers, a satisfying food menu that includes Neopolitan-style pizzas pulled from a gorgeous wood-fired oven, and a pet-friendly patio. Try the Precursor Pils for a taste of summer in a pint glass.

5203 Hatcher St
Richmond, VA 23231

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