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Ardent Craft Ales working to become full-time brewery

RVA News has a profile of Jefferson Avenue’s Ardent Craft Ales:

Paul Karns, Kevin O’Leary, and Tom Sullivan met two years ago and began working to hone the skills required to bring a new brewery to market. Once a month they put their blood, sweat, and tears into brewing their beer (I can vouch for the sweatiness, it was 93 degrees in the garage when I stopped by) and hope to start operating a licensed craft brewery next year. Though they haven’t yet found the perfect location, the team is actively searching Scott’s Addition […]

The brew space is a small garage, perhaps 300 square feet all together, and half of it’s shared with a baker named Evrim who’s opening Sub Rosa Bread around the corner. They currently do all of their brewing on a half-barrel brewing system that produces approximately 12 gallons of beer per batch. A small corner of the garage has been transformed using insulation panels and an air conditioner into a keg chilling room. This smaller scale of brewing allows them to tinker and change their recipes while minimizing risk and allowing them to scale their operation up to a full-time craft brewery in the future.

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just a neighbor
just a neighbor
8 years ago

Are they still operating in the garage? I drove by the other day and it looks empty.

Houdon
Houdon
8 years ago

Why can’t they stay in the neighborhood, preferably along Jefferson? Can’t we find them a suitable space?

Lucky Canine
Lucky Canine
8 years ago

Yea!!

robsmithiii
robsmithiii
8 years ago

RT @tamzcam: Sweet! @chpn: Ardent Craft Ales working to become full-time craft brewery http://t.co/CMcTeIdJ #rvadine #VABeer

tamzcam
tamzcam
8 years ago

Sweet! @chpn: Ardent Craft Ales working to become full-time craft brewery http://t.co/CMcTeIdJ #rvadine #VABeer

Observer
Observer
8 years ago

I’m with Houdon. It’d be AWESOME if they stayed in the neighborhood. They did an open house last year (and will always chat with people who stop by as they are working in the garage). It would be great if that continued!!

JD
JD
8 years ago

Would love to see them stay in CH!

Julia H
Julia H
8 years ago

Please stay in the neighborhood!!

JustinDoyleRVA
JustinDoyleRVA
8 years ago

RT @chpn: Ardent Craft Ales working to become full-time craft brewery http://t.co/F5YQ8M3w #rvadine

Gillian
Gillian
8 years ago

Yes! Please stay in the neighborhood!

stephGausby
stephGausby
8 years ago

I second everyone else. Stay in Church Hill!!

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

There are certainly great places in Church Hill that could support them. Church Hill needs more great “3rd Places” to truly become even a greater walkable neighborhood. Hell, I’d give up some of the “give me more of the same” crappy loft conversions to see a real commercial use go into some of our great tobacco and/or warehouse buildings in the area.

Lucky Canine
Lucky Canine
8 years ago

Please stay in Church Hill! What kind of space is needed?

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