There’s something to be said for visiting a place in those quiet hours before the storm, when final preparations for opening day are taking place. Unloading furniture (some of the most beautiful brewery seating I’ve seen with table seating and lounge areas), preparing to run tap lines (with Hill Farmstead coming to help with draft set-up), sampling beers (beers which by now you all know are out of this world fantastic). It was all going on and then some during our sneak peek of The Veil Brewing Co. a few days before their official grand opening. A huge thank you to both Dave Michelow, co-owner of The Veil, and Lee Graves for hosting and arranging the behind the scenes visit!
Welcome to Part One of our Richmond Beercation! Just let that word sink in a little. Beercation. I’ll get back to it in a bit.
Our trip to Richmond last weekend was full of many firsts for us. It wasn’t our first visit in the River City as we’d spent a weekend in town a few years ago for the Virginia Wine Expo. But it was a first in a lot of ways, some known going in and others completely unexpected. It was our first time using AirBnB, which was such a wonderful experience. I wanted to “live like the locals” on this trip, and the spot we stayed at, a “Gem in the Heart of the Fan”, gave us that experience. I love to explore cities by just walking around and taking everything in, and Jill’s place allowed us to do just that despite the chilly April temps! I mean, who else can say they’ve stayed in a super chic and stylish apartment that was once an old Cadillac dealership or walked along in the Monument 10K on your way to drink beer at 10AM?!
For the past few years Cody and I have taken a long weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We pack up the pups (who require more stuff than we do), blow off work Thursday afternoon and head off on a weekend full of craft beer tasting and searching for some of the best Virginia eats around. A few breweries in Harrisonburg, VA have been on our list to visit for quite some time, and with neither of us visiting the area before, our long weekend trip for February was the perfect time to pay the town a visit. Harrisonburg indeed delivered.