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Michael Lee’s Food Reviews has a set of photos from the Ardent Craft Ales shed, Jefferson Avenue’s “brewery-in-planning”:

We have been brewing as homebrewers out of a garage in Church Hill and finalizing recipes on a half-barrel pilot brewing system for the past two years. We are finalizing the negotiations for a location in Scott’s Addition to open a new craft brewery in Richmond in 2013.

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Houdon
Houdon
7 years ago

Wish you were sticking around and could find a place in the neighborhood.

Lucky Canine
Lucky Canine
7 years ago

*Really* wish Ardent would stay in CH!! We need a brewery!

Crystal Koch Pintac
Crystal Koch Pintac
7 years ago

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Observer
Observer
7 years ago

Agree with #1 and #2 above! Why not move across the street to the law office that’s for sale? That would be the PERFECT fit!

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

I also agree with the previous posts. Find a spot on the Hill!!

bozatwork
bozatwork
7 years ago

Movie theater on 25th Street!

AmyN-B
AmyN-B
7 years ago

I too would love craftbrew in Church Hill, but I imagine this might be about zoning.

zookeeper
zookeeper
7 years ago

Find a church not in use and make it “Church” Hill brewery, like in Pittsburgh……

UnionHillRVA
UnionHillRVA
7 years ago

Hey @ArdentCraftAles, we all want you to stay on the Hill: http://t.co/AlpgAz8m

Wedlo
Wedlo
7 years ago

Ardent is making a good decision.

PTG
PTG
7 years ago

I was just talking about these guys. I concur with the bulk of the thoughts, not just because it would be awesome to have them stay in the neighborhood, but because Church Hill is QUICKLY becoming (arguably “has become’) a hot spot for dining. The relationships that could be forged in just a few block radius with existing restaurants could be incredible. It’s worth considering, at the very least.

Amy N-B
Amy N-B
7 years ago

@zookeeper – I love the Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh. Awesome idea!

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Agree that it would be great for them to be east of Capitol. Have to travel west too often as it is for things, especially beer!

Lucky Canine
Lucky Canine
7 years ago

Good point #10! Plus CH has beer in its history – the infamous Chimborazo beer vaults! Using the old movie theatre is a such a cool idea.

Magneto
Magneto
7 years ago

@#6 – You’re correct; it’s a zoning issue. I spoke with these guys about it about a year ago. If I remember correctly, breweries are permitted by right in the M-2 Heavy Industrial District and the B-7 Mixed Use Business District. It could also be permitted via a SUP. Since Church Hill doesn’t have any of the zoning to support such a use, and since the rezoning/SUP process can be rather costly (and unpredictable sometimes), it’s my assumption that’s why they’d prefer to relocate to somewhere where it’s permitted by right. Are there any lawyers specializing in zoning in the… Read more »

JD
JD
7 years ago

These guys brew tasty beer! Wish they’d stay in Church Hill but acknowledge the zoning issue.

Houdon
Houdon
7 years ago

I think the zoning issue is an excuse that’s being used to do what they want – move to Scott’s Addition. Our councilwoman would move heaven and earth to attract a business to that or any corridor in the East End.

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Hi, this is Tom from Ardent. First, let me thank everyone for the kind words of support. When we rented the garage in 2010 (in order to move out of our kitchens and begin thinking about a possible commercial effort), we had no idea anyone in the neighborhood would even notice us. Over the years, more and more have people stopped by our Sunday brew sessions to say hello and try a sample or two, and it’s been great. We hope that everyone knows that when the doors are open, everyone is welcome to share the fruits of our labors.… Read more »

Crystal Koch Pintac
Crystal Koch Pintac
4 years ago

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