Hardywood closing Charlottesville taproom

Hardywood’s Charlottesville location will close in late December after about three years there. (Hardywood)

A Richmond brewery soon will turn off the taps at its Hooville location.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will shutter its Charlottesville taproom at the end of 2019, the company announced Monday.

It opened the 3,300-square-foot location in February 2017 in the Uncommon Building at 1000 W. Main St., roughly equidistant to the UVA campus and Downtown Mall. It was dubbed Hardywood Pilot Brewery & Taproom, and operated a 3.5-barrel brew system to experiment with new brews.

In a post on its Facebook account on Monday, Hardywood wrote that the 2-year-old outpost has been central to its research and development, but is going to close on Dec. 23. It will relocate the pilot program to its West Creek facility at 821 Sanctuary Trail Drive in Goochland.

Hardywood will relocate the pilot program to its West Creek facility in Goochland. (BizSense file photo)

Co-founders Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh weren’t available for comment at press time.

Hardywood invested about $300,000 into the location.

Per the social media post, all Hardywood employees in Charlottesville have been invited to remain with the company.

Hardywood’s announcement comes a few weeks after it closed on a $766,000 capital raise to help fund a restaurant it’s building at its West Creek location.

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Eric Vaughan

That’s too bad. My wife and I enjoyed overnights to Cville and we always ended the night there. Great staff.

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Michael Dodson

The craze is over now comes the contraction. We lost Champion and I am sure a few other will be retreating in the coming year.

Eric Vaughan
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Eric Vaughan

Just because the market is, IMHO way over saturated, does not mean the craft beer craze is over. Once you’ve had decent beer it’s hard if not impossible to go back. Price is an issue though to many people. I agree we will probably see many more closings next year.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2019/04/02/beer-sales-stay-flat-craft-beer-grows-share-114-b-us-market/3341312002/

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charles Frankenhoff

I disagree – not about closings, but about the craze. It’s a fundamental change in beer consumption, craft, local beer is here to stay.

There is enough competition you can’t just show up with whatever anymore though. And the truth is, Hardywood isn’t that great, ex it’s winter stouts. I love craft beer and basically never drink it anymore, and rarely see it on tap going out.

Jim Koch
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Jim Koch

You must not get out much. Craft beer has become ubiquitous.

Eric Vaughan
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Eric Vaughan

LOL. Well played sir!

Chris Muller
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Chris Muller

Hardywood is very good at what they’re good at. Stouts, barrel-aged beers, and lagers, particularly. (Their Pils is excellent, at least IMO, and has gotten some good press as well.) I’d say we’re still in the throes of the IPA dominating craft beer, though, and IPAs are not their forte. With IPA-heavy outposts like The Veil, Vasen, and Triple Crossing in the neighborhood (not to mention Final Gravity and others) maybe it’s better business sense to focus their energies elsewhere, even if it means less non-seasonal taps.