4 Pillars DIPA and Earth Day Fest

The Earth Day Festival tomorrow (Saturday April 19th) is looking like it is going to be very well attended.  Annie Tobey at Richmond.com just wrote an incredible article about the 4 Pillars Release and Earth Day Festival.  Here’s some updated information for tomorrow:

Address: 4100 Knolls Point Drive.  Goochland, VA 23063.  I find Google maps to work best for directions.

Time of the event: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please remember to drive safely and slowly when visiting LCCB.

You can bring your dog as long as your pet is up to date on its shots and is under your control on a leash.

Andy Vaughn and the Drive Lines will be laying down sweet Country Music starting around 2:00.

Barrelhouse will beginning playing the best Blues music in RVA starting around 5:00.

The Easter Egg Hunt featuring the Grumpy Easter Bunny will begin at 3:30 p.m.  Please bring a basket for the kids.  Children only.  We’ve got about 500 eggs we’re hiding.  Please tell your children not to run.

Please do not bring any outside food or beverages.  There are plenty of wonderful options available from our vendors and, of course, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery.

Bottle Sales for 4 Pillars DIPA start at 1:00.  There is no bottle limit.

Here’s an updated list of vendors for Saturday’s event:

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ChiknEGG Productions, LLC
Yohmans’ Garden
Windmill Outback Nursery
Forrest Green Farm
Bernie’s Baked Goods LLC
Phal Wong’s Noodles & Spring Rolls
Pete’s Mustard Company, LLC
EsoShare Stones
Hobby Hill Farm
Bella Grove
Flower Child
Money Pit Acres Farm
Slideways Mobile Bistro
Whole Foods Market
The Freckled Farm Soap Company
Jolly J’s Kettle Korn
Pawsome Pet Treats
nadolskis butcher shop
Cripple Creek Farms
Simply Sweet
de Rochonnet delights Chocolatier

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be reached via email at sean@lickingholecreek.com or (804) 314-4380.

Huge thanks to Lisa Dearden at Chick n Egg for putting together the vendors for this fantastic event.




Farm Brewery in Action

The seemingly endless winter of 2013-2014 has finally begun to end.  Signs of spring are popping up all over the farm.  Birds we haven’t seen in months have returned, the dogwoods are in bloom and the hops have begun to shoot out of the ground.  All of these things mean we are about to get a heck of a lot busier.

We have some pretty fantastic farm plans for 2014, so we can continue to add to our Estate Series of Craft Beers.  The Estate Series is our attempt to bring terroir into craft beer.  Terroir is loosely defined as a “taste of place”, meaning that the specific environment, geography and growing conditions of agricultural products lead to specific, one of a kind flavors.  Many of you have tried our first two Estate Series Beers: Gentleman Farmer Fresh Hop Ale and Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale.  Both of these beers featured fresh ingredients grown on the farm by the same people that brewed the beer.

We are continuing to brew up more innovative products with ingredients grown right here on the farm.  Without giving too much away, here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Planted a new herb garden

Planted 30 + fig trees

Fig Tree & Herb Garden

Maintained the 13 + acres of barley

Fixed the gravel road leading to the brewery and parking lot

Later this week: Putting in 500 more hop rhizomes

And if all that weren’t enough we also put our unnamed Belgian Style Quad into the Nicaraguan Rum Barrels and are going to brew another gigantic beer – Think of the Biggest IPA you’ve ever had and you’ll be in the ballpark.

We’re looking forward to showing everybody what we’ve been up to this weekend at the 4 Pillars DIPA Release and Earth Day Celebration.





Yes Virginia, There is a Definition for Farm Breweries

The Governor has signed SB 430 into law.  Now there is a definition for Farm Breweries in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Now farm breweries like ourselves how qualify can be treated like what they are – Farms.

It’s going to take some time for the law to get on the books, but we foresee a farm brewery renaissance on the horizon for the Commonwealth and we think that will benefit rural communities, farmers and of course – craft beer lovers.

Thank you to everyone who supported us and this bill.  I’m foreseeing an SB 430 party on the farm sometime in the near future.

Click for info on the bill: SB 430




4 Pillars DIPA & Earth Day Festival 4/19/14

We are finally releasing our DIPA and what better day to do it than near the greenest day of the year, Earth Day.

4 Pillars DIPA is a delicious, hop-induced libation made specifically for your inner hop head. If you are not a hoppy beer fan, we are sorry. If you love massive, unsubtle hop flavor and aroma, you are welcome.

Here’s the details:

Date: Saturday, April 19th

Time: 1:00 – 7:00

4 Pillars Double IPA
7.5% ABV
75 IBU
Double Dry Hopped
English Malts
Hops: Columbus, Apollo, Pacific Jade, Galena
Our House American Yeast Strain
Our Well Water
Tasting notes: Delicious hints of pine and stone fruit, complete with a strong malt backbone and fantastic floral aroma.

Name Origin:
“Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.” – Thomas Jefferson

To celebrate the release of 4 Pillars and Earth Day, we are having another Farm Extravaganza laden with vendors and multiple activities for families. We are truly excited to open up the farm for everyone to visit.

We will offer live music as well as an outdoor farmers market – complete with artisan crafts, farm animals, live demonstrations and children’s activities. The farmers market will feature seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and locally made fine artisan crafts

Live music provided by:

Andy Vaughn & the Driveline - Country and Honky Tonk Style (“Highly competent, widely varied, intriguingly nuanced stone cold country and Texas border music from the heart of Richmond, VA. – Outlaw Magazine)

Barrelhouse - With two guitars, an overdriven harmonica, a notoriously tight rhythm section, and three vocalists, Barrelhouse strives to create something unique, all while giving a respectful nod to the celebrated blues tradition that brought them together.

The times they come on will be released later.

Here’s the list of participating vendors and food trucks (so far) for the event!
Bernie’s Baked Goods
Bella Grove
ChiknEGG Productions
Cripple Creek Farms
Forrest Green Farm                                                                                                      Handmade SS

Hobby Hill Farm
Jolly J’s Kettle Korn
Nadolski’s Butcher Shop
Pawsome Pet Treats
Pete’s Mustard
Phal Wong’s Noodles & Spring Rolls
Plant Smart
Slideways Mobile Bistro
The Freckled Farm Soap Company
Whole Food Market Food Truck
Yohman’s Garden

When visiting Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery please drive safely and slowly in respect to our neighbors and wildlife.

Questions: Please contact Sean-Thomas Pumphrey at sean@lickingholecreek.com

SB 430 Passes the House 97-0

One Step Closer

The Virginia legislature has approved the small-scale existence of farm-breweries in the state. Senate Bill 430 amends the Code of Virginia (15.2-2288.3:1) to create a new Farm Brewery license for breweries that

  • manufacture no more than 15,000 barrels of beer per calendar year
  • are located on a farm in Virginia
  • use agricultural products that are grown on the farm in the manufacture of their beer.

The bill was passed by the Virginia Senate, 35-3, on 30 January, and on February 24th, by the House, 97-0. The bill goes now to Governor McAuliffe for his signature to become law.

Thank  you to everyone who has supported us throughout this process.  All of your signatures, letters and testimonies put this bill over the top and now Virginia is poised for a Farm Brewery Renaissance.

Volunteer For Despot Day at Dover Hall

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for DESPOT DAY at Dover Hall – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:


1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/VYngUf
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.



Despot Day Update

Bottles for Sale at the Brewery.  Party at the Castle.

We have been extremely flattered by the response we have received about The Enlightened Despot release on Saturday March 1st.  For those of you who are interested in purchasing a bottle of The Enlightened Despot, you will need to come to the brewery to get your bottle.  Virginia ABC will not allow us to sell beer for off-premise consumption at Dover Hall.

Here’s the rundown:

Bottle Sales will take place at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Drive (804) 314-4380 on Saturday March 1st from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  There isn’t a bottle limit, but please be courteous to your other craft beer lovers.

The party for the release will be held at Dover Hall, 1500 Manakin Road Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 Phone: (804) 784-605, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. also on Saturday March 1st.  The Enlightened Despot will be available on draft throughout Dover Hall as well as some special casked variants and our traditional lineup of beers. Live music from Barrelhouse should come on around 2:00 and the Big Payback will be coming on between 5 and 6. There will also be fantastic BBQ provided by the Halligan.

I’m looking forward to seeing everybody on Despot Day.