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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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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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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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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: Hampton Park, Chesterfield

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

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Hampton Park masters outdoor living while located in the heart of convenient Chesterfield County. Enjoy all the benefits of living 20 miles from downtown Richmond and the dining and entertainment selections in the suburbs, but you can step out your front door to miles of walking trails and outdoor amenities.

Hampton Park is centered around families, with Winterpock Elementary School and Swift Creek Middle School located within the community, and high schoolers attending the nearby Cosby High School. Chesterfield County Public Schools are nationally ranked and recognized, and living in Hampton Park allows students access to a premiere education.

I73A0654-Edit.jpgHampton Park has countless amenities for residents to enjoy and take advantage of. With two water parks, separate biking and walking trails, a putt-putt golf course, Celebration Park, and more, Hampton Park is the ideal community for those who love activity. Residents can host festivals or parties by renting out the Hampton Park pavilion, as well. In the summertime, residents can relax poolside at the luxurious swimming complex, including two pools, water slides, a kids area, and lap lanes. Not only are the facilities impeccably maintained, they allow Hampton Park residents a luxurious place to relax.

One of the major benefits of Hampton Park living is the emphasis on local business and community development. The Swift Creek YMCA is located within Hampton Park, which provides easy access to healthy lifestyles and recreation for the whole family. Celebration Park in Hampton Park also provides a great outdoor place for the family. On the Hampton Park website, the community features resident-owned businesses. This sense of dedication to local business allows Hampton Park residents to support each other and grow their companies. This mentality creates a family atmosphere among residents unlike other communities in the area.

Hampton Park is every child’s dream neighborhood! Not only is it filled with families and kids of all ages, Hampton Park places an emphasis on activities for the whole family. The Funhouse is a space unique to Hampton Park, and allows dedicated areas for children and their parents to come, play, and live like kids! This space includes playgrounds, putt putt, soccer fields, and more. Every summer, Hampton Park hosts a Summer Sports Camp, where kids can spend the day, be outside, learn a new sport, or develop their skills in one they already play! Kids can also be involved by swimming for the community swim team, the Hampton Park Hammerheads! This is a great way for kids to spend time with their friends, be outside, and stay active!

For more information, click below to download our Hampton Park neighborhood guide.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Brandermill, Chesterfield

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 @ 02:30 PM

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Brandermill is a master planned community located in Chesterfield County along the shores of the Swift Creek Reservior. Located a convenient 18 miles from downtown Richmond, Brandermill is every nature-lovers dream retreat.

Brandermill provides outdoor activities for individuals of all ages, including playgrounds, walking/ biking trails, swimming pools, and waterfront recreation. Because of Brandermill’s strategic location, residents have easy access to dining, entertainment, and the benefits of downtown, while maintaining their nature-driven lifestyle.

I73A8779.jpgBrandermill is home to numerous clubs and organizations that thrive in this community. Some of these are the Neighborhood Residents Council, the Brandermill Rotary Club, the Brandermill Sailing Club, the Brandermill Women’s Club, the Brandermill Swim Team, and several others. These give residents an opportunity to not only connect within their community, but to use their skills, time, and efforts to better Chesterfield County and beyond.

Brandermill offers numerous unique amenities that helped the community receive the “Best Planned Community in America” award by Better Homes & Gardens magazine only four years after the first residents moved in. Some of these amenities include swimming pools, trails, Heritage Farms Garden, The Green Market, the Clubhouse which residents may rent for events, the Marina filled with endless activities, unique pavilions and playgrounds for the family, a secured RV and boat storage area, and even “Resident Only” parking spaces. Residents of Brandermill are offered several more amenities, which contributes to the positive atmosphere for those who live here.

For more information, download our Brandermill neighborhood guide.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Woodlake, Midlothian

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 02:11 PM

I73A0928.jpgHave you ever dreamed of life on a lake? The Woodlake Community in Midlothian, VA is a suburban neighborhood located close to the city of Richmond. While it is nearby popular dining and entertainment options, Woodlake maintains the serene lifestyle that accompanies lake-front living. Woodlake is home to over 7,000 residents, and provides quick access to local schools, playgrounds, trails, and activities for the entire family.

The Woodlake Community Association is a board tasked with maintaining the community and providing programming to engage residents.

I73A0850-1.jpgWoodlake features unparalleled amenities and facilities for its residents that distinguish the community above others in the area. Not only are there recreational spaces always available for use, Woodlake residents can rent or reserve different facilities throughout the community. The Woodlake Community Clubhouse is located at the Swim & Racquet Complex, and the clubhouse, patio, and pool can all be rented for events. The Woodlake Community Association also facilitates a boat rental program where individuals can rent out paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and more. Another unique feature of the boat rental program is their famous Pontoon boat rentals that hold up to 14 adults. This program is exclusive to Woodlake residents and can be reserved for anytime during the day or evening. No other community in the area provides such an extensive list of recreational options, rental facilities, water activities, and more.

East West Legacy Park is one of the finest locations within the Woodlake community. It boasts some of the best views of the lake, and offers a pavilion with picnic tables perfect for any gathering! The Pavilion itself can be reserved but is otherwise open to community members to relax, enjoy the views, and spend time with loved ones. East West Legacy Park is one of many facilities and amenities that make Woodlake an incredible community to live in.  

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2017 Cupcake Wars was a Sweet Success!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 03:45 PM

CupcakeWars_Sticker-1.jpgThank you to all who helped make this year's Cupcake Wars fundraiser the most successful yet!!  In just four hours we had 2,354 cupcakes donated and raised a total of $5,800 for CHKD and Comfort Zone Camp!

Cupcake Wars is an annual fundraiser for Liz Moore and Associates, so be on the look out for when the 2018 date is announced!

CHKD and Comfort Zone Camp...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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