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A visit to Kindred Spirit Brewing

Goochland brewery has opened up and it’s worth the trek.

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Finding ourselves at loose ends on a Saturday afternoon we decided to head out to the newest brewery in the area Kindred Spirit Brewing. The brewery has only been open since August 27th and it’s alway fun to check out the new kid and see their approach in a crowded beer field.

It was a little bit of a drive from town and is tucked into a corner off of West Creek Parkway (12830 W Creek Pkwy). Any parent that has a child in Strikers soccer or works on the West Creek Capital One Campus will be familiar with this area and it will make a nice stop after a hot afternoon game or rough day of work.

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It’s nondescript from the exterior but the interior shows a polish and welcoming atmosphere that you seldom see in brand new spots.

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The day we were there it was packed with thirsty patrons but extremely well staffed so that nobody was lacking for beer. A cover band keep things lively and got a few folks up and dancing.  The staff were quick with baskets of complimentary popcorn, a practice that all Richmond breweries should adopt.

The IPA’s we tried (Planetary, Paid in Full, Headspace) were fine examples of the style. I regret not trying the Hoppy Brown which seemed quite popular but that gives me the perfect excuse to head back.

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One section of the bar opens up to the brewery.  It looks very similar to every other brewery you’ve ever seen.

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Until your eye catches this contraption.

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Our questions to staff resulted in the owner Joe Trottier coming over and talking to us. In laymen’s terms it’s a giant squishy thing that takes the mash and filters out all the good stuff.

Here’s a truly technical description from Craft Brewing Business:

The mash filter is a simple pneumatic press. With a mash filter, HEBS users don’t use a screen. “We mix the grain and the water, however, the grain is ground much finer — we grind our mill to .45 thousands, which is basically equivalent to flour,” Morgan said.

This mash mixture is stirred thoroughly for 45 minutes while saccarafication occurs, and then the team begins to pump the mash into the filter. The filter is setup with a membrane and a companion. The membrane is equipped with essentially a water bladder that, when actuated, will squeeze the grain against the companion sheet and recover almost every drop of wort and doing so at a crazy high level of efficiency.

Morgan said they produce really brite worts, sitting at 91 to 93 efficiency for wort extraction.

It’s part of a High Efficiency Brewing System or HEBS. Joe was very easy to talk with and said that the system cuts brewing time roughy in half and pointed to the panel that is control center for the brewing process.

If you’re beer geek wanting to see a bit of cutting edge brewing technology you should head out to Goochland. You should also head out there if you’re game for some new beers in a comfortable atmosphere. We’ll certainly be back.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Postbellum Will Post No More

After 10 years the fan bar/restaurant is calling quits.

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The decision to close was announced on Facebook.

Thank you all for 10 years of support and loyal patronage.

Postbellum will be permanently closing at the end of this month. Our last day of service will be Sunday January 29th, 2023.

Any outstanding gift certificates or coupons will remain redeemable at our other restaurants (Station 2 and Oak & Apple).

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Eater Shows the Hard Work to Make a Tasty Croissant

Sub Rosa Bakery bakers Evin and Evrim Dogu step you through the process of making the pear and ricotta croissant.

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Torchy’s Tacos hosting grand opening of new Short Pump location today

Torchy’s is kicking off grand opening day on January 11th by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Short Pump location.

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Torchy’s Tacos, the popular Austin-based craft-casual brand known for its “Damn Good Tacos and addictive Green Chile Queso” according to its news release, is growing in Virginia with the opening of its newest restaurant on Wednesday, January 11th at 11120 West Broad Street, Suite A in Short Pump. This new location joins Torchy’s Charlottesville as the company’s second restaurant in Virginia, with an additional location in Carytown Exchange planned for February 2023.

Torchy’s is kicking off grand opening day on January 11th by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Short Pump location.

The Short Pump location boasts a 4,020-square foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy options like the Baja Shrimp taco, plant-based Mofaux taco and Torchy’s Taco of the Month while sipping fresh-made margaritas and signature cocktails. The company says every taco, queso and margarita is made-to-order.

Highlights from the Short Pump location include, per the press release:

  • Damn Good Tacos: Torchy’s inventive taco creations served on fresh, housemade corn or flour tortillas like Green Chile Pork featuring pork carnitas, green chiles and cotija cheese, MoFaux made with plant-based, cowboy-style Beyond Beef, the famous Trailer Park inspired by Torchy’s beginnings in an Austin food trailer with fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo and cheddar jack cheese (or make it “trashy” by removing the lettuce and adding Green Chile Queso) and many more

  • Breakfast Tacos: Served all day long, with options like The Wrangler made with cage-free eggs, smoked beef brisket, potato, cheese and tomatillo sauce,Migas made with cage-free eggs, corn tortilla strips, green chiles, avocado, pico de gallo and cheese, and more

  • Taco of the Month: Torchy’s ever-changing monthly promotion of unique and mouth-watering tacos that keep Taco Junkies guessing and relishing year-round, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Torchy’s charitable partners including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, MD Anderson, and Phoenix House

  • Flavorful Sides: Including Green Chile Queso + Chips, Juan’s Refried Beans,Street Corn and fresh-made guacamole and salsa

  • Freshly Squeezed, Hand-shaken Margaritas and Local Brews: Happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. for dining in, with drink specials including $1.50 off draft and bottled beer and $2 off Damn Good Drinks

The restaurant’s hours of operation are:

  • Sunday: 9AM – 9PM
  • Mon-Thu: 10AM – 10PM
  • Friday: 10AM – 11PM
  • Saturday: 9AM – 11PM

Torchy’s Short Pump is currently hiring for all restaurant positions including cashiers, bartenders, food runners, expo, prep, grill cooks and dishwashers. Those interested can visit torchystacos.com/careers or stop by 11120 West Broad Street, Suite A to apply.

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