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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.

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Amber Ox Brewpub Now Open in Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

Williamsburg's newest brewpub, Amber Ox, is now open at 521 Prince George Street in Williamsburg.  

They serve farm-to-table and Southern-style cuisine with a contemporary twist, offering fare like sweet tea-brined pork chops, shrimp and grits and pimento macaroni and cheese. 

Amber Ox brews its own unique beers — like its Country Brunch Stout, Gritz pilsner and Kung Fu Kitten IPA — but also showcases Virginia and regional craft beers, ciders, liquors and all Virginia wines.

Some of our favorite clients were treated to a VIP Soft Opening of the brewpub last week and experienced all that this new spot has to offer! 

 

 

 

"When inspiration hits, sometimes it’s with a mouthwatering plate of smoked beef brisket with spicy tomato chowchow and a mug of full-bodied craft beer. At least that’s how the idea for the Amber Ox came to us. We’ve been friends for decades, working and collaborating together in the restaurant industry, and we share a passion for great food and craft beer. We saw a need for a cool, creative, casual and approachable new eating and drinking establishment in Williamsburg, and we decided to meet it." - Co-owners Chris Cook and Andrew Voss 

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Our Latest Book is Now Available: "101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond"

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

cover-2-1.jpgAs you might imagine, at Liz Moore & Associates we are enthusiastic advocates of living in Richmond and its surrounding communities.  We have the best of all worlds:  four distinct seasons with just enough snow in the winter to have fun; long, lazy summers, and SPECTACULAR springs and falls.  We have great schools, plenty of history and culture, and are convenient to just about everything…the beach, the mountains, Washington DC, and much more.

Who knows the insider secrets of this dynamic area better than the best REALTORS in town?  We’ve compiled 101 of our favorite things about living Richmond and are excited to announce the release of our latest book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond.

The hard part of writing this book was to narrow it down to 101 reasons to love living here.  It would be impossible to include everything, and so we tried to stick to our favorite things.  I’ve we’ve missed something, please don’t hesitate to email us at RVA@lizmoore.com, and we’ll consider adding it to the next edition. 

You can download the electronic version for free, or purchase a hard copy for $5, at lizmoore.com/101.

Now, grab a highlighter, and pick out some fun things to do this weekend!

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Liz Moore Raises over $3,200 for Dream Catchers

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

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This past weekend, Liz Moore, President of Liz Moore & Associates, participated in the Cowboys Uncorked fundraising event at the Williamsburg Winery.  Liz was thrown in the Cowboys Uncorked Jailhouse and needed to raise bail money to be released.  She raised a total of $3,240!

All money raised benefits the Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center.

Dream Catchers is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide life-changing equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs.  Each year, the Center provides over 4,000 lessons to about 500 students from 4 years of age to senior citizens in their 90’s.  

Thank you to all who donated to this amazing cause!

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What's New in the Market?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

We are seeing a lot of encouraging statistics coming out of our three markets!

An increase in homes sold on the Peninsula:

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An increase in median sales price in Williamsburg:

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And a drop in days on market in Richmond:

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It's a great time to buy and sell!  If you are thinking about making a move, email us at info@lizmoore.com and we'll be happy to put you in touch with an agent who specializes in your area. 

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Boathouse Live Coming to City Center in Newport News

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

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If you are like many music loving locals, you spent a lot of time at the Boathouse in Norfolk and were the first to see many bands before they "made it big".  The Boathouse canceled shows in 2003 after damage from Hurricane Isabel, later forcing them to close for good, and the warehouse-like music venue has been missed ever since.

Now, Sean Pepe — one of the people behind Hampton restaurants Barking Dog and El Diablo and Newport News’ Kismet Bistro — will pay homage to the Norfolk icon by opening a venue called Boathouse Live at City Center, Mayor McKinley Price announced Tuesday during his State of the City address.

The venue would be filling a space that has been vacant since 2015, when it was last occupied by Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. It would also fill one of several vacancies on Mariners Row in City Center.

Price described the future venue as “a dynamic atmosphere for artists and audiences alike.”

The venue should be done by the end of November, and a band called The Jauntee is scheduled to play there on Dec. 1. Hailing from Boston, the band’s website describes its sound as “Funk/Rock/Jazz/Progressive/Bluegrass/Psychedelic and Ambient.”

One thing is for sure, this is big news for the Virginia Peninsula!

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The Best Brunch Spots In Virginia - Richmond and Hampton Made the List!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 02:53 PM

Pavilion_cafe_breakfast.jpgVirginia.org recently published a list of the 13 best brunch spots in Virginia.  The list contains spots known for quality food, service, atmosphere...and maybe most importantly, quality cocktails!  Restaurants from Northern Virginia down to Virginia Beach are known to be crowd pleasers, and a few are even located in our backyard!

Venture Kitchen & Bar—Hampton

Sunday 10am-2pm

At Venture Kitchen & Bar, brunch is serious business. Not only does the restaurant have a regular brunch menu that is reliably tasty, but they also have a rotating menu that changes every week so that you can try something new. When it comes to Sunday brunch cocktails, you’ll find some “old faithfuls” like mimosas, but there are many intriguing options as well, like the French 75 and the Queen’s Cousin.

Local Favorites: Fried Eggs Benedict, Orange Blossom Cocktail, Corned Beef Hash

Millie’s Diner—Richmond

Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 9am-3pm

This popular Richmond spot has been around for over 25 years, but their tasty brunch menu never gets old. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Richmond residents flock to Millie’s Diner for one of the best brunches in the city. Although the wait can sometimes be over an hour to get in, the food is more than worth it. Plus, the bartender will fix you up with mimosas or Bloody Marys that will make the time seem to fly by.

Local Favorites: Devil’s Mess, Huevos Rancheros

The Jefferson Hotel—Richmond

Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm

If you’re planning on eating brunch at The Jefferson Hotel, make sure you are ready to “tuck in”, as they say. Sunday Champagne Brunch at this historic Richmond location has seemingly endless tables of some of the finest food imaginable, including a platter of smoked salmon and a full seafood raw bar, an impressive ham carved to order, an omelet station manned by several chefs, a lavish dessert display, and so much more (Including bottomless mimosas and coffee!). We could go on and on about this brunch, but you need to experience it yourself to understand why every Richmonder will recommend The Jefferson as a must-visit brunch destination.

 Local Favorites: Raw Seafood Bar, Omelet Station

Next time you find yourself asking, "where should we eat brunch", consider one of these local favorites!

Great restaurants...just another reason why we Love Where We Live!!!

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Hallsley, Chesterfield

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 02:31 PM

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Hallsley, located in Chesterfield County, offers luxury amenities that are unparalleled by any other community. The Residents Club offers amenities for the whole family to enjoy, as well as a year-round calendar of events.

The Clubhouse itself features an outdoor Cabana bar, as well as covered decks and porches that provide numerous areas for entertainment. Hallsley has received countless awards, including being named the 2017 Best Master Planned Community by the National Association of Home Builders.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Hallsley?  You can live the resort lifestyle in your own backyard! Hallsley’s community pool is unmatched due to its beach-like zero entry, waterslide, waterspouts, lap lanes, and adult area. Hallsey also has their own community swim team, named the The Hallsley High Tides! 

I73A9961.jpgHallsley features outdoor recreation opportunities for all age groups and members of the family. Not only are there activities at the Clubhouse like Bocce Ball and Pickle Ball, but the high-end tennis and volleyball courts provide a space for athletic development and friendly competition. For the children, there is a spectacular treehouse playground that allows them to use their  imagination and spend time outdoors, as well a zipline that  provides them adventure and the opportunity to try new activities.  

Central Virigina’s moderate climate allows many of the Hallsley amenities to be accessible for most of the year. Family and friends living in Hallsley can socialize and fish at the stocked catch-and-release fishing pond, or run, walk, or bike on the miles of trails through the community. Hallsley also provides amenities for the furry, four-legged members of the family! Central Bark dog park is a well-maintained and secure place to bring dogs to socialize and burn off energy. Hallsley has numerous parks spread throughout the community so no matter where you live, nature is close by.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Hallsley?  Living in Hallsley is an experience unmatched by any other community!  For more information, click here to download our Hallsley neighborhood guide.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Kiln Creek, Newport News & York County

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jul 07, 2017 @ 02:59 PM

kiln creek sign-1.jpgKiln Creek is a marvelous cluster of thirty-one complementary neighborhoods stretching from Jefferson Avenue in Newport News into York County along Victory Boulevard. Homes range from one-bedroom condominiums to single family homes in excess of 3,000 square feet.

All are situated in the context of natural beauty and ample amenities: four miles of walking trail, an 18-hole golf course with pro shop, restaurant/grill, conference rooms, a hotel, saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts, a lake view.jpgclubhouse, recreation center, and fitness center. On the York County side of the neighborhood, there are more tennis courts, a community pool, and an adjacent public park. The neighborhood is meticulously maintained.

Living in Kiln Creek, you’ll be within minutes of three major shopping centers, the Newport News- Williamsburg airport, historic Yorktown, Fort Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Training Center, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Braemar Creek, Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

braemar creek sign.jpgNestled amongst 9 holes of Williamsburg National golf course, a 200 acre nature preserve, and a 21/2 acre lake, this condominium community offers a picturesque setting. Just a few minutes from Monticello Marketplace and New Town, Braemar Creek’s location boasts the best of both peaceful living and convenience.

golf view 2.jpgResidents may also take advantage of the nearby recreational trails, beaches, parks, and beautiful Jamestown Island. The community is comprised of townhouse style condominiums with innovative designs. The Woodlands collection features one and two bedroom homes while the Linkside collection offers two and three bedroom homes all with garages and some with screened porches and patios. Amenities include an amazing clubhouse with workout room, full kitchen, game area, and vaulted ceilings. A large porch overlooks the 30 x 60’ pool and tennis courts. Don’t miss the adjacent playground with picnic tables and grill.

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