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Virginia Craft Beer Month: Henrico’s best breweries and its ties to America’s oldest

The city may be hopping with new breweries, but plenty of great destinations lie just west in Henrico County.

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The craft beer industry has quickly boomed in Virginia, from a few breweries two years ago to more than 100 today. Henrico is home to several breweries, brewpubs and taphouses, and residents will soon enjoy a new place to sip a beer when Sedona Taphouse expands to Nuckols Place.

Supporting our growing love of craft beer are long-standing beverage distribution companies Brown Distributing Company and Loveland Distributing Company. Both have been a part of our business community for many years, but did you know that Henrico County is also linked to America’s oldest brewery?

Now-abandoned beer caves, said to be built in 1868, can be found at 4920 Old Main Street (editor’s note: this area was originally part of Henrico County before the City of Richmond was annexed). The pre-refrigeration-era caves were part of the James River Steam Brewery, built by D.G. Yuengling Jr., son of the founder of D.G. Yuengling and Son brewery.

The caves were designed to hold 6,000 barrels of beer, and the location near the banks of the James River was chosen for easy transport via rail or boat. Much as they do today, business owners of the 19th century appreciated Henrico’s prime location for getting products to their customers.

The old James River Steam Brewery caves entrance sits between the luxurious waterfront community of Rocketts Landing and the invigorating Virginia Capital Trail, which attracts thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each month. Every day, bikers and visitors pass by the caves, many never noticing the interesting landmark.

Not far from the caves are Richmond International AirportWhite Oak Village and businesses like BES studios, whose employees are enjoying the benefits of a new location close to the city.

All roads lead to Henrico, and during Virginia craft beer month, we hope those roads take you to one of these great destinations!

Top Virginia Craft Beer Month destinations in Henrico County:

Editor’s note: This article originally ran in Henrico Now.

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Go Bird Drive-thru Now Open

If you want tenders and fries and not much else this is the spot.

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The Drive-thru line was pretty long when I drove by at 12:30.

Go Bird has one other location in Portsmouth. The Richmond one is located at 6801 Forest Hill Ave in the old Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a straight-up to-go place offering chicken tenders and fries. It mixes things up a little with a few sauces (Homemade Ranch, Bird Sauce, Frank’s Hot Sauce) but as you can see the menu is refreshingly simple. Yes, that is the full menu you see below.

 

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Cookie Monster Rejoices as Tablespoons Bakery Opens on Wednesday

The cookies will be available for purchase at their bakery located at 1707 Westover Hills Boulevard starting at 8 AM, closing at 2 PM.

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The cookie bakery doing wonderful things and making good cookies posted the announcement on Instagram.

A ton of love, hard work, sprinkles, and late nights have built up to this announcement. And, here we are: we will open our doors to the community next Wednesday! 🎉

Our Cookie Crew cannot wait to share this space with you all. Please join us from 8-2.

Throughout this journey, we have been humbled by your love and support. Cheers to you all and the big dreams that you’ve helped us reach. Now, we are all just getting started…

Tablespoons Bakery (1707 Westover Hills Boulevard) is a vocational culinary training program through the non-profit Next Move Program, that provides internship experiences and employment opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities. Launched in 2017 with the support of the Virginia Department of Education and professional baker Britt Falabella.

If you were at the South of the James Farmers Market on Sunday you might have lucked out and been able to try their wares. I have previously and can confirm everything is extremely tasty.

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Alert Your Tastebuds Richmond Restaurant Week Has Begun

There are over 50 restaurants participating so no matter what you’re craving there is a restaurant for you.

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You’ve got even more options on dining and supporting FeedMore this year with Richmond Restaurant Week.

We are excited to introduce a new way for our community to experience RRWeek! We are putting YOU, the dining guest, in the drivers seat. Choose your restaurant, choose your dining location, and choose your donation amount. You get the same exceptional cuisine, our restaurants get support and promotion, and Feed More gets to provide more hunger relief to our community. It’s an all around big win for the Richmond community. Are you excited to join us?!

FIRST, CHOOSE YOUR RESTAURANT(S)

With over a two dozen local restaurants participating, you are sure to find a longtime favorite or brand new love to explore and taste. Each restaurants’ menu will vary depending on their current offerings. There won’t be any special meals for RRWeek, but there will still be loads of incredibly delicious fare to choose from.

SECOND, CHOOSE YOUR DINING LOCATION

Each restaurant’s locations will vary, but you may have the option to eat inside, al fresco, or opt for take out or delivery. Spruce up your weeknight meal with delivery, plan a social distanced weekend event, or grab takeout and enjoy a picnic outdoors! The options are endless.

THIRD, CHOOSE YOUR DONATION AMOUNT

Finally, when you make your order, don’t forget to add a donation to Feed More! Each participating restaurant will have $5 donations available on their online menu for the duration of RRWeek. A $5 donation provides up to 20 meals for a neighbor in need. Feeling generous? Toss a few fivers in the cart and help Feed More give even more to our community’s most vulnerable populations.

There are over 50 restaurants participating so no matter what you’re craving there is a restaurant for you.

 

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