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Win a Pair of Tickets to Yorktown's Blues, Brews, & BBQ!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 03:00 PM

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Win two FREE tickets to Blues, Brews, & BBQ (a $60 value)!

Liz Moore and Associates will be sponsoring the Wine Garden at this year's event at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown and we'd love to see you there, too! Click the link below to enter and tell us why you love where you live. The winner will be drawn on May 3rd.

Enter to Win

Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing. This year’s Blues, Brews & BBQ on May 5th, 2018 promises to be the best yet! At 12:30, The Jukes will deliver an entertaining performance steeped in swing, boogie, and down-home blues. Then, at 3:30, the Michael Clark Band will take the mic to blend the Blues with a little soul, rock, jazz and fun. NEW this year – a wine garden included in admission. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, York County, lizlocal, lizlocal-Peninsula

Brickshire HOA to Purchase Brickshire Golf Course

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 @ 03:30 PM

putt green.jpgWith a 70% vote, Brickshire HOA has decided to purchase the Brickshire golf course. As it states on their website, the popularity of this Curtis Strange signature course is easily explained in two words: "player friendly." Discover wide, inviting fairways, artfully sculpted, true-rolling greens, and dramatic elevation changes. Golf Digest readers recently honored The Golf Club at Brickshire with a four and a half star rating. Golf Styles named Brickshire one of the mid-Atlantic's "Must Play" courses.

Wingfield Golf, who currently owns and manages Vinitera Golf, will manage the course.

Brickshire is located in Historic New Kent County, set half way between Williamsburg and Richmond, and is one of the area's best kept secrets. Brickshire is a golf community offering the amenities today's home buyers want, with, price points ranging from the upper $200's for villa style homes and smaller semi-custom homes to well over $1,000,000 for large custom homes. 

Also happening in New Kent County, it is said that Revolutionary Racing is to be purchasing Colonial Downs and has plans for racing, betting and eventually a hotel, etc. A bill allowing horse race video machine betting has passed legislature on Feb. 28, 2018 and is just awaiting the Governor's signature, which is expected quickly.

There's no question that these recent developments are a great thing for the residents of Brickshire!

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2018 Cupcake Wars was a Sweet Success!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

28166914_10156021617104223_4936194321738580410_n.jpgThank you to all who helped make this year's Cupcake Wars fundraiser the most successful yet!!  In just three hours we raised a total of $7,857 for CHKD and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Cupcake Wars is an annual fundraiser for Liz Moore and Associates, so be on the look out for when the 2019 date is announced!

CHKD and L&LS...just another reason why we love where we live!

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Community, lizlocal, lizlocal-Richmond, lizlocal-Williamsburg, lizlocal-Peninsula

Richmond Real Estate Market Predictions for 2018

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

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Tonya Morrow, Managing Broker of our Richmond office, shares what she sees happening in the Richmond real estate market in 2018.

2017 was a solid year for local real estate. Here in Richmond, closed sales finished up 8.13% for the year, with pending sales up over 8%, which indicates a strong start to 2018. Much like last year, we did not experience the typical holiday slowdown, which also bodes well for sales activity in the New Year, despite some early snow events in January.

We are entering 2018 with just over 1.5 months of active inventory, and homes selling, on average, in only 37 days. That is good news for sellers who are priced properly and in good condition, or for prospective sellers who are thinking about diving into the market. Nationwide, most markets are experiencing inventory shortages, which is the single biggest factor keeping a lid on the number of sales.

Prices showed a steady increase during the past 12 months, with the average sales price in Richmond finishing up at $282,257.

Here is what I see in the coming 12 months:

Consumer confidence has been our biggest challenge in recent years, especially during the contentious presidential election. With that now behind us, activity levels have definitely regained momentum. Record activity in the stock market has also translated to increased real estate interest.

My expectation is that there are many sellers who have been waiting for more favorable market conditions to list – and that will continue to happen as we move toward Spring. We have seen a significant jump in new listings over the past few months, signaling that wise sellers recognize the importance of beating the competition to the Spring market.

As prices continue to climb due to the inventory shortage, consumers will realize that moves need to be made ASAP in order to take advantage of an 8 year streak of historically low rates and home values. It’s important to note that the market can shift quickly, and it will not surprise me to see a highly competitive Spring season for homes selling below $500,000.

Interest rates will begin a slow and steady climb this year. Interest rates have been perplexing over the past 12 months. Most predicted the inevitable ascent would begin as the economy gained steam, but rates remained lower than predicted, most likely because the feds were hesitant to do anything that might inhibit the momentum of the recovery.

I believe that 2018 will be the year that interest rates incrementally increase, but the question remains by how much and how frequently. The good news is that this is a sure sign of a strengthening economy, but the bad news is that each hike raises the bar on home affordability. My prediction is that this will add some urgency to the market this year, particularly in the lower price ranges.

Prices will finally begin to show improvement in many neighborhoods. Prices are neighborhood specific, and some areas are definitely improving faster than others. The overall Richmond market appreciated just over 6% in 2017, and I expect that trend to continue into 2018.

If a home purchase is on your New Year resolution list, buy early in the year, as interest rates have a much greater impact than most realize. For instance, waiting for prices to drop 5% to save $12,500 on a $250,000 purchase may cost you an extra $225 per month in payments; if rates increase from 4% to 5.5%, then your payment increases from $1194 to $1419. For most buyers, the affordability index of monthly payments is a more critical consideration.

We were fortunate to be a part of the Richmond Real Estate Market. Your support and referrals are much appreciated, and we promise to deliver the extraordinary client experience that has become our hallmark!

*All stats based on Broker Metrics for REStats CVRMLS, Richmond Metro all home sales in 2017

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this year, email us at info@lizmoore.com.  We'd love to help!

Tags: Buyers, Sellers, Richmond, lizlocal, lizlocal-Richmond

We Love Local Art!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

NN Art Reception-21.jpgAt Liz Moore & Associates, we truly love where we live!  So much so, in fact, that we commissioned local artist Bob Oller of Oller Creative Studios, to create original vector paintings of some of our favorite places!

Oller introduced his LizLocal collection a few months ago in the Newport News Liz Moore office in City Center – introducing the collection at a reception for VIP clients and Liz Moore agents.

5 paintings were unveiled to an eager audience:

Poquoson Flats
Yorktown Skies
Playing Time Lions Bridge, Newport News
Clear Skies, Air & Space Hampton
City Center Newport News

You can enjoy these works in the lobby at 11801 Canon Boulevard in Newport News, or view them online at lizmoore.com/art.  Various size glycee prints are also available via the website.

What’s next?  Stay tuned for the Williamsburg and Richmond office debuts!

For more information, visit lizmoore.com/art!
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Tags: Hampton, Locals - 101 Reasons, York County, Newport News, Poquoson, lizlocal, lizlocal-Peninsula

Peninsula Real Estate Market Predictions for 2018

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:54 AM

Donna Moyer, Managing Broker of our Newport News office, shares what she sees happening in the Peninsula real estate market in 2018.

2017 was a solid year for local real estate. Here on The Peninsula, closed sales finished up 3% for the year, with pending sales up over 5%, which indicates a strong start to 2018. Much like last year, we did not experience the typical holiday slowdown, which also bodes well for sales activity in the New Year, despite some early snow events in January.

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We are entering 2018 with just over 4 months of active inventory, and homes selling, on average, in only 50 days. That is good news for sellers who are priced properly and in good condition, or for prospective sellers who are thinking about diving into the market. Nationwide, most markets are experiencing inventory shortages, which is the single biggest factor keeping a lid on the number of sales.

The exception here is the upper-end market, where sellers need to be significantly more patient – there is currently 12 months of inventory priced at $500,000 and up on The Peninsula.

Prices remained remarkably steady during the past 12 months, with the median sales price on The Peninsula slightly above $180,000 for most of the year, and finishing up at $185,000.

Here is what I see in the coming 12 months:

Consumer confidence has been our biggest challenge in recent years, especially during the contentious presidential election. With that now behind us, activity levels have definitely regained momentum. Record activity in the stock market has also translated to increased real estate interest.

My expectation is that there are many sellers who have been waiting for more favorable market conditions to list – and that will continue to happen as we move toward Spring. We have seen a significant jump in new listings over the past few months, signaling that wise sellers recognize the importance of beating the competition to the Spring market.

As prices continue to climb due to the inventory shortage, consumers will realize that moves need to be made ASAP in order to take advantage of an 8 year streak of historically low rates Real Estate is Local. So are We. and home values. It’s important to note that the market can shift quickly, and it will not surprise me to see a highly competitive Spring season for homes selling below $400,000.

Interest rates will begin a slow and steady climb this year. Interest rates have been perplexing over the past 12 months. Most predicted the inevitable ascent would begin as the economy gained steam, but rates remained lower than predicted, most likely because the feds were hesitant to do anything that might inhibit the momentum of the recovery.

I believe that 2018 will be the year that interest rates incrementally increase, but the question remains by how much and how frequently. The good news is that this is a sure sign of a strengthening economy, but the bad news is that each hike raises the bar on home affordability. My prediction is that this will add some urgency to the market this year, particularly in the lower price ranges.

Prices will finally begin to show improvement in many neighborhoods. Prices are neighborhood specific, and some areas are definitely improving faster than others. The overall Peninsula market appreciated 3% in 2017, and I expect will continue to trend toward more normal appreciation rates (5 to 6%) in 2018 and beyond.

If a home purchase is on your New Year resolution list, buy early in the year, as interest rates have a much greater impact than most realize. For instance, waiting for prices to drop 5% to save $12,500 on a $250,000 purchase may cost you an extra $225 per month in payments; if rates increase from 4% to 5.5%, then your payment increases from $1194 to $1419. For most buyers, the affordability index of monthly payments is a more critical consideration.

We were fortunate to participate in 1 out of every 7 home sales on The Peninsula in 2017, insuring our position as a leader in the local market. Your support and referrals are much appreciated, and we promise to deliver the extraordinary client experience that has become our hallmark!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this year, email us at info@lizmoore.com.  We'd love to help!

Tags: Buyers, Sellers, Hampton, York County, Newport News, Poquoson, lizlocal, lizlocal-Peninsula

Liz's Predictions for the 2018 Williamsburg Real Estate Market

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 02:02 PM

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2017 was a solid year for local real estate. Here in Williamsburg, closed sales finished up 2.1% for the year, with pending sales up over 8%, which indicates a strong start to 2018. Much like last year, we did not experience the typical holiday slowdown, which also bodes well for sales activity in the New Year, despite some
early snow events in January. And, I must brag a little bit on our office, we outpaced the market 5 fold last year!

We are entering 2018 with less than 4 months of active inventory, and homes selling, on average, in only 39
days. That is good news for sellers who are priced properly and in good condition, or for prospective sellers who are thinking about diving into the market. Nationwide, most markets are experiencing inventory shortages,
which is the single biggest factor keeping a lid on the number of sales.

The exception here is the luxury market, where sellers need to be significantly more patient – there is currently 18 months of inventory priced at $750,000 and up in Greater Williamsburg.

Prices remained remarkably steady during the past 12 months, with the median sales price in Williamsburg
slightly above $300,000 for most of the year, and finishing up at $314,900.

Here is what I see in the coming 12 months:

Consumer confidence has been our biggest challenge in recent years, especially during
the contentious presidential election. With that now behind us, activity levels have definitely regained
momentum. Record activity in the stock market has also translated to increased real estate interest.

My expectation is that there are many sellers who have been waiting for more favorable market conditions
to list – and that will continue to happen as we move toward Spring. We have seen a significant jump in
new listings over the past few months, signaling that wise sellers recognize the importance of beating the
competition to the Spring market.

As prices continue to climb due to the inventory shortage, consumers will realize that moves need to be made
ASAP in order to take advantage of an 8 year streak of historically low rates and home values. It’s important to
note that the market can shift quickly, and it will not surprise me to see a highly competitive Spring season for
homes selling below $500,000.

Interest rates will begin a slow and steady climb this year.
Interest rates have been perplexing over the past 12 months. Most predicted the inevitable ascent would begin as the economy gained steam, but rates remained lower than predicted, most likely because the feds were hesitant to do anything that might inhibit the momentum of the recovery.

I believe that 2018 will be the year that interest rates incrementally increase, but the question remains by how much and how frequently. The good news is that this is a sure sign of a strengthening economy, but the bad news is that each hike raises the bar on home affordability. My prediction is that this will add some urgency to the market this year, particularly in the lower price ranges.

Prices will finally begin to show improvement in many neighborhoods.
Prices are neighborhood specific, and some areas are definitely improving faster than others. The overall Greater Williamsburg market appreciated 3% in 2017, and I expect will continue to trend toward more normal appreciation rates (5 to 6%) in 2018 and beyond.

If a home purchase is on your New Year resolution list, buy early in the year, as interest rates have a much greater impact than most realize. For instance, waiting for prices to drop 5% to save $12,500 on a $250,000 purchase may cost you an extra $225 per month in payments; if rates increase from 4% to 5.5%, then your payment increases from $1194 to $1419. For most buyers, the affordability index of monthly payments is a more critical consideration.

We were fortunate to participate in 1 out of every 6 home sales in greater Williamsburg in 2017, insuring our position as the #1 agency in the local market. Your support and referrals are much appreciated, and we promise to deliver the extraordinary client experience that has become our hallmark!

*All stats based on Broker Metrics for WMLS, 23188, 23185, and 23186 residential home sales in 2017

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this year, email us at info@lizmoore.com.  We'd love to help!

Tags: Buyers, Sellers, Williamsburg, lizlocal, lizlocal-Williamsburg

Savoring Williamsburg's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

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The craft brewery boom has beer lovers everywhere hopped up, and Virginia is no exception.

The Commonwealth boasts 206 breweries, 13th most in the nation. They produced nearly 300,000 barrels of traditional and wildly innovative brews last year. That’s part of an explosion that’s seen U.S. craft breweries triple in number to more than 5,000 in just five years. Not coincidentally, 2012 is also when Virginia’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 604 allowing breweries to sell beer and their patrons to drink it on-site. That’s translated into an amazing 486-percent increase in Virginia breweries.

Craft breweries, though, are so much more than high-ceiling warehouses cranking out lagers, stouts, porters and IPAs with cool labels and catchy names. Craft tasting rooms have become modern cultural centers, warm and welcoming community hubs - family and often dog-friendly - that are fun, vibrant boosts to their town's quality of life. Shadowed by looming stainless steel tanks where the hops, yeast and water join forces, tasting rooms thrive now as special-event venues, trivia parlors, music halls, food-truck and corn hole fests, even yoga studios.

Craft breweries and beer tourism add over $9 billion to Virginia’s economy, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who calls Virginia “a premier destination for craft brewers and consumers
from all over the world.” Craft brewing is a collegial world in its own right. It thrives on the principal that all who brew are colleagues, not rivals, inspiring each other to greater creativity and beer innovation.
We’ll drink to that!

Here are a few favorites for relaxed, beer-savoring good times with friends in Williamsburg, where the Jamestown settlers brewed as far back as 1607:

Alewerks Brewing Company
197 B Ewell Road, Williamsburg
Award-winning brewmaster Geoff Logan has operated this craft-brewing stalwart for the last decade on the site of '90s-era forerunner Williamsburg Brewing Company.

Alewerks features seven year-round beers, including only-on-tap Shorty Time IPA and Good Luck Irish Stout, as well as a long line of seasonal, specialty and limited-edition beers. And befitting its tenure, Alewerks has a prominent presence at local fairs and festivals.

Alewerks recently opened a 3,000-square-foot shop in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets serving 10 beers on tap. Alewerks also has teamed with Colonial Williamsburg to produce specialties such as Dear Old Mum Spiced Ale and Old Stitch Brown Ale from 18th-century English recipes. 

Amber Ox Public House
521 Prince George Street, Williamsburg
Founders and longtime friends Chris Cook and Andrew Voss, both restaurant and home-brewing veterans, want Williamsburg's newest brewpub (it opened in December) to maintain “the perfect balance between innovative, Southern-inspired cuisine and an extraordinary offering of regional beers, wines and spirits.”

Their chef, Troy Buckley, has devised a down-home menu deep in locally sourced products and highlighted by fried buttermilk chicken and sweet tea brined pork chops.

Amber Ox, with room to seat 180, has 18 draft handles featuring a combination of its own beers and specially selected “guest draughts.” Its full bar also serves wine and a tantalizing list of creative cocktails.

Brass Cannon Brewing
5476 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg
Phil Norfolk, Scott Kennedy and Tony Artrip founded Brass Cannon in 2012 in a cramped Toano warehouse, brewing with what they call a “Frankenrig” system of leftover industrial parts. It took a while, but Brass Cannon spread out to its state-of-the-art, 20-barrel facility, painted bright green and gold, in 2016.

Brass Cannon offers five year-round beers including Smoothbore Stout, a gold-medal winner at the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup.

The brewery offers a diverse list of limited release beers, none as unusual as its fan-fave Langrage Line. It's an experimental series of small-batch brews produced by random combinations of, as the owners say, “whatever we feel like using at the time.” Langrage beers rotate often and are available only in the tap room.

Virginia Beer Company
401 2nd Street, Williamsburg
College of William & Mary grads Chris Smith and Robby Willey worked in finance before founding Virginia Beer Company in 2016. Brewmaster Jonathan Newman joined them from SweetWater Brewing in Atlanta. They run an inviting tap room and beer garden just down the road from the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

Virginia Beer keeps a fresh draft rotation, mixing seasonal brews, its New World-style Saison and an array of cask and experimental small-batches with its four popular year-round offerings; Wrenish Rye Amber Ale, Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout, Free Verse IPA and Saving Daylight Citrus Wheat.

Interested in finding more things to do in and around the Historic Triangle? Subscribe here to our blog as we post ideas frequently.  You also can purchase a copy of Liz’s recently published book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in the Historic Triangle, in either paperback or e-book version by clicking the button below.

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Savoring The Peninsula's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

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The craft brewery boom has beer lovers everywhere hopped up, and Virginia is no exception.

The Commonwealth boasts 206 breweries, 13th most in the nation. They produced nearly 300,000 barrels of traditional and wildly innovative brews last year. That’s part of an explosion that’s seen U.S. craft breweries triple in number to more than 5,000 in just five years. Not coincidentally, 2012 is also when Virginia’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 604 allowing breweries to sell beer and their patrons to drink it on-site. That’s translated into an amazing 486-percent increase in Virginia breweries.

Craft breweries, though, are so much more than high-ceiling warehouses cranking out lagers, stouts, porters and IPAs with cool labels and catchy names. Craft tasting rooms have become modern cultural centers, warm and welcoming community hubs - family and often dog-friendly - that are fun, vibrant boosts to their town's quality of life. Shadowed by looming stainless steel tanks where the hops, yeast and water join forces, tasting rooms thrive now as special-event venues, trivia parlors, music halls, food-truck and corn hole fests, even yoga studios.

Craft breweries and beer tourism add over $9 billion to Virginia’s economy, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who calls Virginia “a premier destination for craft brewers and consumers
from all over the world.” Craft brewing is a collegial world in its own right. It thrives on the principal that all who brew are colleagues, not rivals, inspiring each other to greater creativity and beer innovation.
We’ll drink to that!

Here are just a few of our favorites for relaxed, beersavoring good times with friends on the Peninsula, where original beer-making remains on the rise:

Bull Island Brewing Company
758 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton
Owner Doug Reier has called the fire that destroyed his originally planned location during construction a in disguise. That’s because he then discovered Bull Island’s current bustling home along downtown Hampton's waterfront and moved on in.

Boasting a wide-open view of the Hampton River, Bull Island is a casual and convivial brew pub that serves light fare and five tasty flagship beers - King Street Kolsch, Waterman’s Wheat, Queens Way IPA, Laura’s Favorite Belgian Tripel and Dare Double Stout - along with a half-dozen seasonals.

As for staple events, circle Taco Tuesdays - $1.50 tacos all day - and live music Friday and Saturday.

Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
81 Patch Road, Fort Monroe
Former police officer Russel Tinsley began living his dream of beer-making in the fall of 2016 by opening Oozlefinch, which overlooks Mill Creek on historic Fort Monroe.

Oozlefinch, a mythical bird used as a U.S. Army artillery mascot, rose from an old Fort Monroe gym. It’s been transformed into a passionate place producing beers that, so says the Oozlefinch website, “pays
homage to the legends of Fort Monroe.”

But Oozlefinch also is all about being thoroughly modern and entertainingly inventive. It has made a fast name for itself with a variety of hazy IPAs and barrel sours such as Dr. Rendezvous, its winebarrel aged Sour Imperial Saison. Other unique, and cheeky, recipes include the Rare Bird Coffee Cream Ale, Cows at Large Imperial Milk Chocolate Stout and Lady in White Hefeweizen. The latter earned a silver medal last year from the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

Tradition Brewing Company
700 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Newport News

Tradition has been a Newport News tradition since, well, June of 2016. That’s when five partners, including brewmaster Dan Powell, teamed up to found the brewery in an Oyster Point warehouse.

Its 20-barrel system pumps out nearly two dozen signature and seasonal beers. Hull 488 IPA, Red Willie Irish Red, Mothership Cream Ale and Sounder American Pale Ale are the ones that are available year-round.

Regular highlights of the Tradition calendar are Monday Industrial Nights, when restaurant and other food and beverage workers get tasting-room discounts just by showing a pay stub, and the Burn and Brew Group Run. Participants gather at Tradition for an early evening three-mile run/walk around City Center before repairing to the Tradition tap room for a wellearned post-workout brew.

Interested in finding more things to do in and around the Historic Triangle? Subscribe here to our blog as we post ideas frequently.  You also can purchase a copy of Liz’s recently published book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in the Historic Triangle, in either paperback or e-book version by clicking the button below.

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Savoring Richmond's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 03:33 PM

beer.jpgThe craft brewery boom has beer lovers everywhere hopped up, and Virginia is no exception.

The Commonwealth boasts 206 breweries, 13th most in the nation. They produced nearly 300,000 barrels of traditional and wildly innovative brews last year. That’s part of an explosion that’s seen U.S. craft breweries triple in number to more than 5,000 in just five years.

Not coincidentally, 2012 is also when Virginia’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 604 allowing breweries to sell beer and their patrons to drink it on-site. That’s translated into an amazing 486-percent increase in Virginia breweries.

Craft breweries, though, are so much more than high-ceiling warehouses cranking out lagers, stouts, porters and IPAs with cool labels and catchy names. Craft tasting rooms have become modern cultural centers, warm and welcoming community hubs - family and often dog-friendly - that are fun, vibrant boosts to their town's quality of life.

Shadowed by looming stainless steel tanks where the hops, yeast and water join forces, tasting rooms thrive now as special-event venues, trivia parlors, music halls, food-truck and corn hole fests, even yoga studios.

Craft breweries and beer tourism add over $9 billion to Virginia’s economy, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who calls Virginia “a premier destination for craft brewers and consumers from all over the world.”

Craft brewing is a collegial world in its own right. It thrives on the principal that all who brew are colleagues, not rivals, inspiring each other to greater creativity and beer innovation.

We’ll drink to that!

Here are just a few of our favorites for relaxed, beersavoring good times with friends in and around Richmond, a nationally acclaimed hotbed of craft breweries:

Center of the Universe Brewing Co.
11293 Air Park Road, Ashland
COTU recently celebrated five years of brewing in the heart of central Virginia. Founded by brothers Phillip and Chris Ray – Chris pitched in the major leagues for six seasons – the brewery features four year-round brews: Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, Chin Music Amber Lager, Pocahoptas IPA and Slingshot Kolsch. Enthusiastic former home brewers, the Rays use traditional, all-natural methods to brew their ales with whole ingredients. They’ve created a comfortable and friendly tasting room - food can be brought in or ordered for delivery - with plenty of space and two dozen options on tap.

Speaking of plentiful, COTU frequently holds Plant Nite, where horticulturally inclined patrons can get their gardener on while sampling the fruits of the Rays’ labor.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond
It’s true destiny that childhood friends Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh teamed to open Hardywood Park in
2011. McKay worked in the craft beer industry for years, becoming a recognized expert, and Murtaugh comes from three generations of brewmasters. They named their own brewery after an Australian sheep ranch familiar to them both. Business is definitely hearty: Hardywood has expanded to Charlottesville and is set to open a brand-new brewing facility in Goochland in 2018.

The owners’ expertise has produced one of Virginia's top rated and most awarded breweries. Hardywood complements its flagship Singel, Pils and VIPA with a staggering number of seasonal, barrel, pilots and “brewer
and artist series” offerings.

Stone Brewing Richmond
4300 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond
Craft-beer aficionados know that Stone rocks. Competition was fierce among cities a few years ago for California-based Stone’s East Coast brewery and distribution center. Richmond’s sky-rocketing craft-brew scene won out.

The evidence is Stone’s striking 220,000 square-foot brewery and company store, part of the Fulton neighborhood's revival. Stone also has plans in the work to build an RVA version of its Southern California World
Bistro and Gardens next door.

IPAs are Stone’s trademark game. It brews six different varieties for year-round enjoyment as well as an impressive menu of seasonals, special releases and collaborations.

Brewery tours are popular, but just relaxing in the comfortable, picnic-table filled tasting room fronted by a
family-friendly patio is fun, too. Pay attention getting to Stone, though: there is no outdoor signage, so it’s easy to drive past the parking-lot entrance.

Veil Brewing Company
1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond
Despite operating only 1½ years, Veil fans rave that their favorite place is among the best and busiest craft
breweries on the East Coast. Located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, the cushy tasting room is already famous for a cool vibe and very welcoming service. Veil draws high marks for all facets of its operation, not the least of which is a pair of its most delicious flagships - Master Shredder, a wheat IPA, and double IPA Crucial Taunt.

Co-owned by brewer Matt Tarpey, Veil in fact was named the third-best new brewery – in the world! – by
RateBeer.com. Make a note to yourself: Must. Visit. Veil.

Interested in finding more things to do in and around Richmond? Subscribe here to our blog as we post ideas frequently.  You also can purchase a copy of Liz’s recently published book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond, in either paperback or e-book version by clicking the button below.

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