Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

November Artist of the Month November 8-12

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

Richmond, Virginia

about  Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh

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.

Monday Nov 8, 2021 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.

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Gallery Hours

Artist Cottage | Tuesday through Friday | Complimentary

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

Thursday Nov 11, 2021 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Terroir of Beer: Brewing with Local Ingredients

Artist Cottage | $85

Since opening in 2011, Hardywood has brewed with more than 300,000 pounds of local ingredients, ranging from blackberries and raspberries to baby ginger and wildflower honey. In this workshop, Hardywood’s founders will take you on a journey through central Virginia farms while sharing the history behind perennial favorites including the Virginia Roots Series including Peach Tripel, Farmhouse Pumpkin, Virginia Blackberry, and major award winners Gingerbread Stout (World Beer Cup Bronze Award, 2012, Perfect 100 Rating, BeerAdvocate Magazine) and Raspberry Stout (World’s Best Specialty Beer, 2017 AIBA, GABF Gold Medal, 2014). Guests will enjoy first hand accounts about partnerships with farmers, a range of delicious beer samples, and an exclusive Hardywood gift bag.


Friday Nov 12, 2021 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Barrel Aging Workshop

Artist Cottage | $85

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, 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.