Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

May Artist of the Month May 4-8

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

Richmond, Virginia

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about  Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

Introduced as kids through their parents’ friendship, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh formed a strong connection from the start. Years down the road, a well-timed meet-up at a sheep station in Australia brought their shared passion for home brewing and the 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. With Eric on the business side and Patrick helming the brewing, the duo turned their dream into reality with the launch of Richmond, Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2011. One of only two craft breweries in Richmond at the time, Hardywood later hosted the signing of SB 604, allowing craft breweries to sell beer from their taprooms directly to consumers, thus paving the way for Richmond to become one of the top craft beer destinations in the world. Today, Hardywood operates a 20-barrel brew house and taproom, plus another 60-barrel brew house, continuing to deliver on its promise of quality brewing, local sourcing, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

Meet + Greet

Monday May 4, 2020 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Meet + Greet

Artist Cottage | $25

Meet childhood friends, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh, and learn about Hardywood Park Craft Brewery at the Artist Cottage.

Gallery Hours

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Gallery Hours

Artist Cottage | Tuesday through Friday | Complimentary

Stop by the Artist Cottage during Gallery Hours to meet Eric and Patrick, and learn more about their craft.

Beer and Food Pairing Workshop

Thursday May 7, 2020 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Beer and Food Pairing Workshop

Artist Cottage | $100

Working with Hardywood beer experts and a Palmetto Bluff chef, guests will create a pairing menu of bites and brews to highlight various seasonal ingredients. A broad range of flavors and pairings will be represented, from savory to sweet, as each of the brand’s beers features its own strong tie to local agriculture and ingredients.

Barrel Aging Workshop

Friday May 8, 2020 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Barrel Aging Workshop

Artist Cottage | $75

This workshop delves into the world of barrel-aged beer, a method that has earned Hardywood multiple international awards. Participants will deconstruct a spirits barrel that has been used for this process, noting the individual staves and the depth that beer penetrates into the wood as it ages. The Hardywood team will explain various beer and barrel pairings and why they are used, then offering samples of bourbon barrel-aged beer alongside the non-barrel-aged version of that same brew. Guests will also have the opportunity to taste Hardywood’s exclusive cellared options, aged for 36 months or longer, to compare and taste the effects of continued aging.

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