Award-winning Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, from Richmond, Virginia, is launching in the UK for the first time with a three-strong range of authentic, hand-crafted, high-quality beers.
Co-founder, Eric McKay, said: “The UK has tremendous historical relevance in terms of beer culture and a dynamic and exciting craft beer scene that appeals to us. We are encouraged by the trend towards drinking craft beer from smaller breweries and the continued appetite for American craft beer in the UK.”
Co-founder, Patrick Murtaugh, added: “Our range offers an authentic, high-quality, full-flavoured taste of Virginia that we believe UK drinkers will appreciate, and with the UK craft beer market in the ascendancy there is plenty of scope for new kids on the block, especially those, like us, that produce excellent quality beer, brewed with local ingredients, renewable energy and a whole load of passion!”
Ed Firth, founder of the American Craft Beer Company, which is importing the beers, said: “Craft beers, and specifically US craft beers, offer the most excitement to consumers and retailers.
“Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has an impressive beer pedigree and, when you weave this together with their great story, then we are sure to have a range of beers that consumers are looking for. We are thrilled to be working with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and their beers are simply exceptional.”
All three beers will be available in 24 x 355ml bottles and 30-litre kegs from the end of June.
Meet the beers
Hardywood Singel (6.2% ABV): Belgian abbey-style blond ale
Pouring a sunshine golden colour, tropical fruity esters are perfectly balanced with spicy hop aromatics and a veil of Belgian yeast to give a delicate body and mellow dry finish. Hardywood Singel is a classic Belgian style, inspired by the rich history of the Trappist brewers of western Europe. It pairs well with seafood, chicken and cheeses like Edam, Gouda and Brie.
Hardywood Pils (5.2% ABV): German-style Pilsner
Hand-crafted with only the finest European Pilsner malt and German noble hops, Hardywood Pils is the quintessential lager beer in its purest form, brewed in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot law. It offers a crisp, clean and incomparable quaffability that refreshes the palate. Pair with sausage, sushi, smoked fish, Asian-inspired dishes or Cheddar cheese.
Hardywood VIPA (5.2% ABV): ‘Virgindia’ Pale Ale
This Virginia India pale ale, or Virgindia pale ale, is crafted from locally-sourced ingredients and offers an alluring tropical aroma and refreshingly delicate body, with a bright, juicy finish. Heirloom Virginia barley rounds out the malt bill and balances perfectly with citrussy Virginia hops to give a refreshing and flavourful beer, suitable for the humid days of summer or cool winter evenings. Pair with roast chicken, pork, grilled fish or citrus salads.