An Enlightened Despot Needs A Castle

Due to the overwhelming response we’ve gotten from people from around the country for our Bourbon Barrel Stout release on Saturday March 1st, we had to find a larger space to accommodate everyone.  Since we wanted to keep Despot Day in Goochland we reached out to the only place as extravagant as the Enlightened Despot…Dover Hall.  They graciously accepted our request and we are very proud to parter with Jennifer McBride and her awesome team to bring Virginia a one of a kind beer release event.





Dover Hall


The Grounds of Dover Hall


Dover Hall is a private estate located in the rolling hills of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, conveniently situated in between Richmond and Charlottesville, and a two hour drive from Washington, DC.  The estate’s 33,000 square feet command a majestic view of 55 acres of rolling hills and woodlands.

Known as Goochland’s Castle, this larger than life venue is the perfect setting for releasing a one of a kind beer.

But Wait.  There’s More:

Live music will be provided by Richmond Blues Legends Barrelhouse and the The Big Payback, a musical powerhouse, dedicated to recreating the music of James Brown as accurately and as passionately as possible.

It Keeps Getting Better:

There will also be one of a kind Cask-Conditioned versions of the Enlightened Despot only available during Despot Day.  Each variant will be released at different times during the day.

Vanilla Despot

Chocolate Despot

Coffee Despot

Beer Release Details:

Enlightened Despot

Date: 3/1/14

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

No Cover Charge

Place: Dover Hall

Address: 1500 Manakin Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Phone Number: (804) 784-6051

Beer Name: Enlightened Despot

Beer Type: Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout

Type of Bourbon Barrels: 15 Year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve

ABV: 11.3%

Number of Specialty Grains: 10

IBU: 78

Only just over 2,000 bottles available

Type of Bottle: 750 ml

No bottle limit

Price: $15 per bottle