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Richmond is #1 beer destination in the world

Richmond is #1 beer destination in the world

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We know Richmond has an amazing craft-beer scene, but now it’s official:

We’re No. 1!

VinePair, a web magazine on drinking and culture, has published “The World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2018,” and Richmond tops the list, beating out hot spots such as New York, Beijing and Seoul, South Korea, among others.

The article lauds Richmond for its rapid craft-beer growth, “From one craft brewery to 22 in less than 10 years, RVA is officially on the map.”

The story continues:

“Beer has blossomed in Richmond, and it’s time we all take notice. As the recently revamped Richmond Beer Trail will tell you, this Southern city is now rich with breweries. First there was Legend; then there was Hardywood; and now, more than 20 breweries have opened in the city itself, and 32 are in the area.”

The article mentions The Answer, The Veil, Triple Crossing and Garden Grove Brewing as exemplary examples of Richmond craft brew.

It also mentions Ardent Craft Ales as paving the way for the booming brewery scene in Scott’s Addition.

“The breweries that came before us were very open and willing to share their experiences and challenges with us. That tone and openness is the hallmark of what has made Richmond a great beer scene,” Ardent co-founder Tom Sullivan said by phone. “We’ve tried to be helpful to the breweries that came behind us. Over time, that open sharing of information has created a pretty great beer scene.”

He added that Richmond breweries are “friendly but competitive.”

“Each time one brewery sets a new standard, we try our best to rise to it in our way,” Sullivan said.

That collaborative spirit coupled with competitiveness has helped make the beer scene here stand out, Sullivan added.

The VinePair article also notes other reasons Richmond is worth a visit in 2018, including new direct flights, the Terracotta Army exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Graduate Richmond hotel.

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Speaking of beer news, Strangeways Brewing has been named as the best brewery taproom in Virginia by RateBeer for the fourth year in a row.

RateBeer, an independent site for craft-beer enthusiasts, is known for its consumer-driven beer ratings and annual RateBeer Best competition.

Strangeways, located at 2277-A Dabney Road, recently expanded with a second tasting room in Fredericksburg.

In honor of being named “Best Brewery Taproom in Virginia,” Strangeways is hosting special happy hours this month, where 13-ounce pours of Strangeways favorites, including Ape Armageddon, Caramel Woodbooger and Curiosities, which normally run $5 to $9 per pour, are just $4. The next events are from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7-9.

— Colleen Curran

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