The spot in Machester that used to be Blue Bee Cider, then became Twisted Craft Ales was bought out by Basic City Beer Company out of Waynesboro. Owner of Basic, Bart Lanman decided that few changes needed to be made and the little brewery started pouring beers this past weekend out of the Aragon Coffee building right next to Legend.
Basic City Beer Co – RVA doesn’t have their TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) permit so, for now, they are operating under a banquet license three days a week, Friday – Sunday.
We swung by there this past Sunday to check it out. The first thing you’ll notice is how little has changed. There are some new bits of giant machinery but overall the place feels exactly the same.
They had 9-10 beers on tap. Currently, all the beers are being brought up from Waynesboro as they wait for the previously mentioned permit.
This is a partial beer list. The 6th Lord is one of their signature beers but the star of the show for us was the Bask DIPA. The Bask was a much more hazy IPA which just happens to be my particular sweet spot. All the beers we tried were good representations of their style and had excellent flavor.
The staff were extremely friendly and our bartender Skyler was more than happy to talk about the beers and even got us a taste of the untapped Lie De Wit from a secret cache of cans in the back.
The brewery also has a food truck that they operate themselves called Hop Kitchen. The truck serves up some great bar food including tacos and perogies. We didn’t try any of the food but what went by looked tasty. Check out the menu here.
Based on our visit and the beers sampled Richmond has a great new addition to brewery scene check it out in the coming weekends.