Updates, Events, Releases, Oh My!

The new year is here and we are moving along swiftly.  The new Tasting Room hours have been a big hit.  Each week we have more and more guests to the brewery than the previous week.  All of us at LCCB greatly appreciate y’all taking the time to visit.  It means a lot to us.  We will continue to offer the best value and the best experience we possibly can to those of you who make the trip to the brewery.

That leads us to my first announcement for this post:  Due to popular demand, we are going to open the Tasting Room tomorrow (Monday, January 20th) from 12-6.  Looks like the weather will be good, making it a great time to visit the farm.  I’ll be there all day leading tours, answering questions, and most importantly… pouring beer.  If it’s busy enough, I may pull a special one-off of Short Pump Saison from the walk in….

The next update has to do with the upcoming events we have going on.  There are so many that I am going to add a new “Upcoming Events” section to the web site after I finish this post.

First Event:

Come on...Steal it!
Come on…Steal it!

Wednesday, January 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Steal the Pint Night at The Halligan Bar and Grill in Short Pump.  Address: 2451 Old Brick Rd., Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.  Phone # (804) 364-2707

Next Event:

Artisan Bacon, Hand Made Sausages, LCCB beer and Violins.  Oh Yeah.
Artisan Bacon, Hand Made Sausages, LCCB beer and Violins. Oh Yeah.

Saturday, January 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A Butcher, A Brewer and a Violinist: 5th Year Anniversary Celebration of Nadolski’s Butcher Shop.  Address 2913 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063. Phone # (804) 556-4888.  Please join us as we celebrate the 5th year of Nadolski’s Butcher Shop.  Festivities also include Wine and Food Tastings with special anniversary pricing on sausage!

New beer releases to be announced later.




Happy New Year!

2013 was a monumental year for LCCB.  We built the brewery from the ground up, brewed our first beers and opened our doors to a beer thirsty public.

We are going to kick off 2014 with expanded tasting room hours and exclusive Tasting Room only beers.

Shannon Ely, our Tasting Room Manager has decided to add Wednesdays and Thursdays to the Tasting Room.  We will be open from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on those days moving forward.

Here’s the Tasting Room schedule:

Mondays and Tuesdays: Closed

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

In addition to expanding the Tasting Rooms hours in 2014 we will also have products that will be available exclusively in the Tasting Room starting this Friday.

This coming weekend we will feature a very limited batch of a dry-hopped version of Three Chopt Tripel and starting in 2 weeks we will have a new cask-conditioned pin every weekend.  The first of which will be a Rosemary infused Short Pump Saison.

We are always open to ideas for our small batch series, so if you’d like to share please send them to sean@lickingholecreek.com.

Cheers and Happy New Year!


Tasting Room Hours

Ah, the Tasting Room.  We have had the most inconsistent tasting room hours in the history of craft beer.  I’ll own that. Quite honestly, we did not think that we would have the demand that we’ve had to this point.

So, in an attempt to run a professional business, we have hired a Tasting Room Manager to oversee the operation of the Tasting Room and provide regularly scheduled Tasting Room Hours.

Here are the Tasting Room hours of operation moving forward:

Fridays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Shannon Ely Tasting Room
Shannon will be running the show

You can also be on the lookout for special one-offs in the tasting room in the near future.  Short Pump Saison finished with Brett and Three Chopt Tripel dry hopped with New Zealand Motueka are a couple that are being worked on.  Also, I may have saved a keg or two of Enlightened Despot that didn’t make it into the Pappy Barrels.  Stay tuned for updates on when those will be released.



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 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.






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