Saving the Best For…..

Saturday, November 16th we are going to release our Pumpkin Beer.  This beer was a labor of love.  We planted approximately an acre of Sugar Pumpkins in early Spring, tended them throughout the season, harvested them, cured them, roasted them, peeled them and added them directly to the mash of the beer.

All of this was done to create the Last Pumpkin Beer Release of 2013, Pumpkin Ain’t Easy, Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale, 8% ABV.

Neck label for Pumpkin Ain't Easy Belgian Style Ale
Neck label for Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Belgian Style Ale

We put over 150 pounds of Sugar Pumpkin Pulp into the mash.  I’m not sure if many of you know just how small sugar pumpkins are, but they’re freaking small.  Needless to say, the geniuses of Lickinghole Creek were up till 2:30 in the morning roasting pumpkins for this one.  After doing all of that, we weren’t going to then bury it in spices so you can’t taste pumpkin.  Our version is elegant and spice free.

We will be releasing it at the farm with just a touch of fanfare.  We’ll have three bands, a farmer’s market an artisan fair featuring live demonstrations from Blacksmiths, Gunsmiths and the like.  There will also be tons of kids activities with bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides. Oh and enough food trucks to keep Andre the Giant satisfied.

You can buy tickets at eventbrite, at Lickinghole Creek or from ChiknEgg.com

$20 gets you a pint glass, four pours and entrance into the artisan extravaganza.

We can’t wait to see y’all there.

Cheers!

STP

 

 

 

First Estate Series Release: Gentleman Farmer and Future Estate Series Pumpkin Beer done Lickinghole Creek Style

One of the distinguishing features of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery is that we have the privilege of working on a 220 acre farm everyday.  When we began the process of planning for brewing on the farm, one of the things we wanted to do was use ingredients that we grew on the farm in our beers.  And so the Estate Series was born.

Look, it's where Gentleman Farmer comes from.
Look, it’s where Gentleman Farmer comes from.

Lickinghole Creek’s Estate Series of beers features ingredients that were grown on the farm the brewery is housed on.  Our first release in this series is Gentleman Farmer Fresh Hop Estate Ale.  Gentleman Farmer features hops that were grown on our farm specifically for the purpose of making this one beer.  We just sent several pallets of it out to the distributor last week so if you’re in the Richmond area make sure to ask for it.  It’s a 7.5% ABV Pale Ale with a fantastic malt backbone and great floral hop character.  We only make one batch of it once a year, so get it while you can.

 

Home Grown. Hand Made.
Home Grown. Hand Made.

The next edition of our Estate Series is our Pumpkin Ale.  It’s an 8% ABV Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale made with Pumpkins that we grew on the farm.  The process for our Pumpkin Beer began this past spring when we began preparing the pumpkin patch.  We planted several hundred seeds, fought off hordes of deer, turkeys and countless insects in order to bring this beer to fruition.   We will be releasing it  November 16th at the farm.

 Sugar  Pumpkin in the  Pumpkin  Patch
Sugar Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch

Knolls Point Drive is a private shared gravel road. When visiting the brewery, please drive slowly and responsibly in respect to our neighbors and rural area.

 

 

 

 

And We Are Off

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery finally opened up this past Saturday and we were absolutely overjoyed by the turnout. We are full of gratitude for all of the support from our incredible community.

Fantastic Turnout at the Farm
Fantastic Turnout at the Farm

The nice people from the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce did us the great honor of having a ribbon cutting ceremony.  It was a memorable moment for us considering the time, energy and passion the LCCB crew has put in this week to make the opening happen.

A Long Time Coming
A Long Time Coming

Local blues band Barrelhouse rocked the new patio for an awe-inspiring three hours.

Barrelhouse Laying it Down
Barrelhouse Laying it Down

Three Sheets to the Wind put on the smoothest performance in the history of Goochland County and I even found the time to dance to the Lionel Richie Classic “All Night Long” with my daughter Grace, which was awesome.

Street Lights! People! WoahWoahWoah
Street Lights! People! WoahWoahWoah

All in all it truly was a day that everyone involved with Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery will cherish for a long, long time.  We couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of our family, friends, volunteers and our amazing staff. Thank you to everyone who came out, we hope you had fun.  It’s our mission to make the world a better place one beer at a time and I think we are off to a good start.  Cheers!

Mr. Lickinghole Creek 2013
Mr. Lickinghole Creek 2013
This Guy Needs a Haircut
This Guy Needs a Haircut

Sean-Thomas Pumphrey

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery Hits the Road

Road Trip to the Bluegrass State 

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This weekend I took an impromptu, 1,000 mile round trip, road trip to Frankfurt, KY.  To say we are busy at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery would be a massive understatement.  We are in the middle of preparing for our grand opening on September 28th, going through our first bottling and kegging runs and finishing up work on the farm.  What could possibly possess a reasonably sane individual to drop what they’re doing and go to Frankfurt?

The seductive sight of possibility
The seductive sight of possibility

We were able to procure fifteen, 15 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels, that’s what.  For a brewery of our size, it’s a bit of a big deal and we are now deciding what delicious concoction to create to fill them with.

Be on the lookout sometime over the next year for a very special, limited release batch.

Julian Van Winkle and Sean-Thomas Pumphrey

Cheers!

Sean-Thomas O’Connor Pumphrey

 

Volunteer for the Grand Opening!

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

Please sign up for Lickinghole Creek Grand Opening – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/VuSEpV
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.

Many a First at LCCB This Week

LCCB is a brand new venture and with any new venture, firsts are easy to come by. Like an infant that just found its feet for the first time, we are slowly learning to walk.  The big firsts for us this week were labeling bottles, transferring finished beer to the brite tank, operating a walkie and dry hopping.  These are tasks that will probably become mundane sometime in the near future, but for now they are high-action, intense drama and when we accomplish one of them we act as if we engineered the moon landing.

Dave Can't Hide His Satisfaction
Dave Can’t Hide His Satisfaction
Dave Embracing the Joy of the Present
Dave Embracing the Joy of the Present

 

 

 

Grand Opening Set for 9/28/13 From 2 p.m. to Sunset

We are very excited to announce that our grand opening will be held Saturday September 28th from 2:00 p.m. – Sunset.  This event has been nearly 3 years in the making. LCCB is opening its doors to the public for the first time ever. In honor of this milestone we filled each of our 4 fermenters with 4 distinct beers, a couple of which may not be available again.

Our good friends and America’s Number 1 Tribute to Yacht Rock, Three Sheets to the Wind will be playing the smoothest rock classics North America has to offer.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and enjoy fresh, local beer in a bucolic, family friendly, farm setting.

Sneak Peek Into LCCB’s Beers:

Estate Series:

Gentleman Farmer Estate Hop Ale: 7.5% ABV, ??? IBU The concept for this beer is the reason LCCB exists. We wanted to create a beer with ingredients that we grew on our family farm. Gentleman Farmer was made with hops grown on the farm the brewery is housed on. One of the only of its kind in the Commonwealth, Gentleman Farmer is LCCB’s foray into adding terroir into the world of Craft Beer. Very limited release.

We will also be debuting our flagship beer:

Magic Beaver Belgian Style Pale Ale: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU LCCB’s flagship is named after the nearby Magic Beaver pond on the farm’s property. Premium Belgian Pilsner Malt and Authentic Belgian Yeast are combined with American Grown Galena, Columbus and New Zealand Pacific Jade hops. Magic Beaver is a hop-forward beer that mixes the mystery of Belgium with the flavors of North American and New Zealand hops.

2 Special Release Beers: Descriptions and types to be released later.

Our entire lineup will be available on draft, in growlers, and some will be available in bottles beginning at 2pm. Special Release Beers will be dispersed in different variations throughout the day.

Details to come on gourmet mobile food vendors.

When visiting LCCB please drive safely and slowly and be on the lookout for wildlife.

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