The beer will be available in markets as early as Monday, but Hardywood is offering a preview at the brewery (2408 Ownby Lane) on Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. Beer will be available for sale by the glass, and live music will be performed by The New Belgians. Station 2 will supply burgers, and Monique’s Crêpes will offer gourmet crêpes, such as a banana-and-Nutella version made with the Virginia Strawberry beer.
Also on Saturday, cocktail master Bobby Kruger will be working with Hardywood to add even more flavor to the Virginia Strawberry beer. Kruger is putting together a Randall — a clear glass tube that sits on top of a keg and infuses beer with the ingredients in the tube, in this case, vanilla beans, pink peppercorns and dark Belgian candy sugar, Hardywood’s Patrick Murtaugh says.
Kruger, who is dividing his time between Richmond and New York City, where he has a job bartending at Back Forty West, will also be at Balliceaux on Monday serving some cask-conditioned Virginia Strawberry beer, flavored with cardamom and basil.
Murtaugh says a blackberry beer will follow in early August. “We picked up blackberries [Wednesday] from Agriberry,” he says. To produce the fruity brews, the berries are smashed to a puree, which infuses the beer with flavor for a couple of weeks.