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Meet Our November Artists in Residence

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Oct 1, 2021

On November 8, we are excited to welcome our next Artists in Residence, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, to Palmetto Bluff.


Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh were introduced as kids through their parents’ friendship, and it wasn’t long before the two formed a strong connection of their own. Years down the road, a well-timed meet-up at a sheep station in Australia brought their shared passion for homebrewing and craft beer culture into focus. It was there at Hardywood Park that they shared their first glass of full-flavored, home-brewed beer, inspiring the next ten years of hard work and planning. The duo finally brought their dream into reality with the launch of Richmond, Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2011. Today, Hardywood operates a 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom in the one-time German Brewing District and another 60-barrel brewhouse and destination in the West Creek area, continuing to deliver on its promise of quality brewing, local sourcing, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.