Despot Day 2015 - Saturday, March 7th

Virginia’s Farm Brewery Proudly Presents:

Despot Day 2015

Enlightened Despot Bottle Release

Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Place: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Address: 4100 Knolls Point Dr. Goochland, VA 23063

The Despot Doth Come

Beer Information:
Enlightened Despot
Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
11.3% ABV, 78 IBU
Just over 2,500 Bottles Produced
1 Case Limit Per Person

Enlightened Despot

The Enlightened Despot is an amazingly rich, complex and surprisingly drinkable Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and delicious Bourbon round out this robust stout. Aged for 8 months in the most premium Kentucky Bourbon Barrels available. The Enlightened Despot is made with 10 specialty grains and contains over 78 IBU of American Hop flavor. This truly is a one of a kind beer.

In the June 2014 edition of Beer Advocate, the Bros rated the Enlightened Despot a 94 saying, “The beer geeks love their Imperial Stouts, and a small handful garner enough hype to draw massive crowds around their release. This one is just as deserving as the next. A sweet malt bomb with roasted grain and alcohol is not all that is going on here; there’s also layers of chocolate and coffee met by alcohol warmth. Something to savor.”

Check out this great article featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch about Despot Day 2015

Variant Bottle Releases:

Hug the Despot
Vanilla + Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
11.3% ABV, 78 IBU
Only 500 Bottles Produced
2 Bottle Limit Per Person

Vanilla Enlightened Despot.  Watch out, he hugs.

Awaken the Despot
Coffee + Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
11.3% ABV, 78 IBU
Only 500 Bottles Produced
2 Bottle Limit Per Person

Coffee Enlightened Despot.

Limited Release Enlightened Despot Pins*:

12:00 p.m. – Cherry Pie 

1:00 p.m. – Graham Cracker & Honey

2:00 p.m. – Coffee & Biscotti

3:00 p.m. – Mixed Berry

4:00 p.m. – Mint

5:00 p.m. – Pecan Pie

Draft List:

Enlightened Despot – Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout

Virginia Black Bear – Base Beer for Enlightened Despot

Vanilla Virginia Black Bear – Base Beer for Hug the Despot

Redneck Soap Opera – Rum Barrel Spiced Quad

La Calavera Catrina – Tequila Barrel Three Chopt Tripel

Nonesuch – Double IPA

Gentleman Farmer – Estate Series Fresh Hop Ale

Thoroughbred Brown Ale – Estate Series American Brown Ale

Magic Beaver – Hop Forward Belgian Style Pale Ale

Short Pump Saison – Rye Farmhouse Ale

Three Chopt Tripel – Hoppy Belgian Golden Strong Ale

‘Til Sunset Session IPA – Cascade & Centennial Low ABV IPA

We don’t have Despot Variants available on draft


Barrelhouse:  Performing Time: 12:30-3:30*

Barrelhouse emerged out of a shared obsession with the raw authenticity of blues in the summer of 2006. On the top floor of a vintage music store in downtown Richmond, VA, three of the six members exchanged numbers after a community jam session. A few short years later, Barrelhouse has shared stages with ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Herring, and Jason Isbell.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.

   Vexine: Performing Time:  4-7*

Vexine is “Sexy, soulful, edgy rock”. 

Featuring Sarah Gleason’s incendiary vocals, Vexine delivers a powerful, high-energy show with Paul Pearce on guitar and vocals, Michael Skiffington on bass guitar and electric upright bass, and Jorge Santamaria on drums and percussion.

Gourmet Food Vendors:
The Halligan Bar & Grill
Fired Up Pizza Truck
KavaKava gourmet
Carytown Burgers & Fries
Great White Buffalo Food Truck


We will be offering a complimentary shuttle with The Hop RVA departing from Capital Ale House Innsbrook beginning at 11:30am. Last Departure from Lickinghole Creek at 6:30pm



Join the Order of the Beaver and help out on Despot Day.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

The Despot is Coming. Look Busy.

What to Wear:

Although the weather is calling for it to be sunny and almost 50 degrees on Despot Day, it will be snowy and muddy on the Farm.  Please dress for cold weather and wear the appropriate footwear.

General Info:

LCCB is a family friendly environment. We will have activities for children of all ages.

Due to the number of people who come to our events we can not offer tasting flights or fill growlers.

Dogs are welcome at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Please make sure their shots are up to date, clean up after them and keep them on a leash.

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

We accept cash and credit cards.

*Times Subject to Change