Whether you’re a stout, lager or IPA fan, no one can dispute the fact that Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery produces some delicious beers. And visiting the brewery out in Goochland makes for a fun time. But the thing is, if you live in Richmond, making the trek to Lickinghole does take up a large part of your day. It sure would be nice if there was a closer place where you could taste some of Lickinghole’s latest creations and maybe grab a growler to go when you’re a little short on time or on the way to an event. Well, your hop-soaked fantasy is about to come true. Lickinghole is just about ready to open its second location, Lickinghole Goodwater Brew Pub in Shockoe Bottom. I got a sneak peak last week.
Welcome Lickinghole Goodwater Brew Pub to Shockoe Bottom
The brew pub has been beautifully renovated. A spacious bar features a tap system that’s a combination of nitrogen and carbon dioxide so the beer tastes creamy and doesn’t get overly carbonated.
The 6,000 square-foot facility includes a main floor and a small upstairs perch for people watching, a seven-barrel brewing system downstairs, and a pseudo food truck on the main floor that opens into a full kitchen. “I’m an amateur chef and I like cooking at home,” said co-owner Farris Loutfi. “I wanted there to be enough here to allow someone to cook a good meal.” The brewing system will feature smaller, more experimental beers. Oh, and yes there are also three flat-screen TVs if visions of local brews and sports are dancing in your head.
The name Goodwater is a reference to Lickinghole’s commitment to sustainability and the brewery’s philanthropic focus of bringing clean water to Nine Mile, Jamaica. For more information, read Annie Tobey’s article in Style Weekly.
Lickinghole Also Launches Canned Beers
Along with the new brew pub, Lickinghole is also about to launch canned beers for the first time ever. The first one, Goodwater India Pale Ale, features colors from the Jamaican flag on the can and hoppy, refreshing flavors that would taste perfectly refreshing in the island climate. Partial proceeds from the beer will help to provide improved clean water access to the Nine Mile community.
Maidens Blonde Ale is the lightest of the three beers and will help promote James River Cleanup. And part of the proceeds from Scarlet Honey Hoppy Red Ale, which definitely has characteristic IPA flavors balanced by the brewery’s own honey, will be used to purchase apiaries.
Taste and See It All for Yourself on Black Friday
You can taste the new canned beers and be the among the first to get a look at the new taproom on November 24, Black Friday. The brew pub officially opens at 12 p.m. and is open until 9 that night. So skip the shopping, head to Shockoe Bottom and “Let the Goodwater flow.”