Something Wicked This Way Comes…..

Happy Holidays Everyone,

The end of the year is here and it’s time to reflect on all the things that we have done and all of the things that we plan on doing.
2013 was an amazing year for us – we finally opened!  It only took 2 1/2 years, but on September 28th, 2013 we brought the dream of opening a brewery on our family farm to fruition.  We have been overwhelmed by the response thus far and are very excited about our prospects moving forward.
Although we are not even 3 months old, we released 6 beers this year:
Magic Beaver Belgian Style Pale Ale
Short Pump Saison
Three Chopt Tripel
Three Sheets
Estate Series: Gentleman Farmer Fresh Hop Ale
Estate Series: Pumpkin Ain’t Easy – Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale
They have all been very well received.  Moving forward Magic Beaver, Short Pump Saison and Three Chopt Tripel will be in the regular rotation and available throughout the year.
That’s enough about 2013, let’s look ahead to 2014:
2014 is going to be an exciting year.  We finally get to put all of our time, effort and energy into running the brewery, instead of putting all of our time, effort and energy into building the dang thing.
Our first new product of 2014 is pretty cool.  It is a Russian Imperial Stout, aged for over 100 days in 15 year old Pappy Van WInkle Barrels.  We call it the Enlightened Despot.  It comes in at nearly 11.5% ABV and over 70 IBU.  We designed the beer specifically to be aged in the Pappy Barrels, using 10 specialty grains in the process.
Mark your calendars, we are releasing the Enlightened Despot on Saturday, March 1st 2014 (Despot Day).
Below is a pic of me (Sean-Thomas Pumphrey) and Julian Van Winkle, taken at Buffalo Trace when I picked up the barrels.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
I know why the guy on the right is smiling
I know why the guy on the right is smiling

Year in Review and Looking Ahead

In the year 2013….

I was recently asked by a local reporter, “what has been the greatest accomplishment for Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery this year?” My answer quite simply was, “opening.”  I’m not sure if she thought I was being obtuse, but I was being sincere.  Opening Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery was a challenge from the very beginning due to the fact that very few people have done anything like it before.

Farm Breweries throughout the country are rather rare, and there are a multitude of reasons for why that is: zoning restrictions, access to enough water, treating waste water and single phase power being the primary ones.  Opening the brewery required us to meet these challenges, as well as several other unforeseen ones, head on.

That’s enough looking back.  Let’s look ahead.  Here’s what we got cooking for 2014:

1.  Releasing Enlightened Despot Russian Imperial Stout aged in 15 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels.  Bottle Release Saturday, March 1st.

2.  Expanding the hop and barley production on the farm

3. Expanding herbs and spices grown on the farm

4.  Creating a barrel-aged program

Thanks for checking us out.

Happy Holidays!







Farm & Craft Brew Fest 411

We are very excited about today’s (Saturday November 16th) activities. I’m going to throw some info out about today’s event for ya:

Starts at 11 am ends at 8 pm

Tickets for entry into the Vendor Extravaganza are $8 at the door.  You can buy them today.

Beer tix are $5 per pour

Kids are free

Music starts at 12:00 with the ReVinyls

3:00 Cashmere Jungle Lords

6:00 Barrelhouse

No Growler Fills

Bottles of Pumpkin Ain’t Easy will be available for sale




Pumpkin Ain’t Easy But it Sure is Fun

We will be having a farm spectacular on Saturday November 16th to celebrate the release of our newest Estate Series Beer: Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Belgian Style Ale.  It comes in at a remarkably drinkable and silky smooth 8% ABV.  We skipped adding Pumpkin Pie Spice to this one and let the spice notes come from the fantastic combination of our house Belgian Yeast and the deliciousness of German Tettnang and Hersbrucker hops.

Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale 8% ABV
Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale 8% ABV

This beer was a labor of love, time and devotion and we hope you enjoy it.


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

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

We can’t wait to see y’all there.






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


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:
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




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