New brewery pours into Northside

Nic Caudle and Travis Dise. (Photos by Mike Platania)

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported that Tabol Brewing is the 20th brewery to open in the city of Richmond and the 34th region-wide. It is the 21st brewery in the city and the region’s 35th. 

The Richmond brewery wave officially has spilled into the city’s Northside.

Tabol Brewing opened during the weekend at 704 Dawn St. near Battery Park.

Founders Nic Caudle and Travis Dise purchased the 8,000-square-foot building for $287,500 in October 2017 and began converting it into a brewery. The building had been vacant and previously home to Research Glass, a glass fabrication shop.

Tabol brews mostly barrel-aged beers made with wild yeast. Caudle said they don’t have a designated flagship beer, but they do use a base “house beer” that’ll be aged in barrels to make a variety of beers.

“That’s one of the quirks with the woods. It’s not the traditional stainless steel where you pretty much know what you’re getting every time,” Caudle said. “With this, you can kind of help guide (the beer), but you have to roll with it.”

Tabol is debuting with six beers, including a stock ale, a tart ale brewed with cranberries, a dark ale and a porter.

Tabol Brewing opened near Battery Park over the weekend.

“I like the stock ale. It’s a bigger wild ale with different flavors you might not expect,” Dise said.

Tabol is bottling some of its beer in 750-milliliter bottles, and Dise said they’re doing about 200 bottles per run.

In addition to an open, 3,000-square-foot taproom area, Tabol also built a large outdoor patio area, and Dise said they plan to regularly bring in food trucks.

Caudle and Dise said they’re still working out Tabol’s hours of operation. The duo hired a front-of-house manager and a brewer.

While Tabol is the first brewery to open in the city’s Northside, it has at least one established peer in the vicinity and another newcomer on the way. Final Gravity Brewing Co. has been in business for several years on Lakeside Avenue, just over the Henrico County line, while Safety Team Brewing is planned to open along Brookland Park Boulevard.

Tabol is the 21st brewery to open in the city limits, and 35th to open in the region.

Tabol converted a former glass fabrication shop into a brewery and taproom.

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Congrats Nic!

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Looks like this area is finally ready to come up.