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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.

RVAHub Staff



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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