Hardywood makes Christmas Morning more fun!

  Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Christmas Morning, Richmond, VA, 9.2%abv. is dark opaque brown with a fluffy dark brown head that quickly recedes. The dark roasted malt on the front of the nose is compliments by aromas of Gingerbread, dark cacao and coffee beans. The palate comes alive with flavors of Christmas morning cappuccino sweetened with honey and gingerbread spices. Hardywood describes the brew like this, “Hardywood Christmas Morning lends a cheerfully heightened decadence to our Gingerbread Stout through deep conditioning on locally roasted Mexican Chiapas coffee beans from Black Hand Coffee Co. Hints of sweet honey and oven baked … Continue reading Hardywood makes Christmas Morning more fun!

Les Dauphins, Puyméres, Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, Villages, France, 2014

is dark ruby red. It has nose pleasing aromas of plum, cedar, toasted oak, hints of black peppercorns and minerals. The palate is filled with mouth pleasing tart red fruit up front. The Les Dauphins has a full mouth feel with soft tannins. The tart red fruit provided enough acidity to make the palate nicely balanced. All of the components of the Les Dauphins, Puyméres are in perfect harmony. Les Dauphins, Puyméres is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan. Les Dauphins makes the perfect everyday wine and should take up a lot of real estate on … Continue reading Les Dauphins, Puyméres, Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, Villages, France, 2014

Hardywood’s Gingerbread Ales

Perhaps it is the most anticipated beer release in all of Richmond, VA, Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout. Even people who claim they aren’t beer drinkers were looking forward to getting their hands on a couple of bottles this year. There was also reports that people were lined up around the block to get their hands on bottles the night it was released. It is easy to taste why Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout has such a fan base. Inky black with a thick brown head, aromas of fresh baked gingerbread rise from the drinking vessel of choice. Dark chocolate and coffee aromas and … Continue reading Hardywood’s Gingerbread Ales