Scott’s Addition In RVA!

If you are planning a mini-vacation, a weekend getaway, or just a night out, I can’t think of a better place than Scott’s Addition in Richmond, VA. This historical district currently boasts 5 craft breweries, 2 craft cideries, a meadery, and a craft distillery, not to mention over a dozen restaurants, coffee houses, and even a bakery: all within a 4-block radius!

Scott’s Addition was originally planned as a residential neighborhood. However, in 1927 it was re-zoned for industrial and a number of large plants, commercial buildings and warehouses were built, sometimes replacing the existing homes. The area thrived for a time, but then it started to decline. More and more buildings became empty as businesses began to close or relocate to larger and more modern facilities.

Fortunately, in 2010 a renaissance began in this mostly forgotten neighborhood. Buildings were renovated and turned into apartments, new apartments were built, and businesses began to return. Seeing the potential of this revitalizing neighborhood, Isley Brewing Company was the first craft brewer to move into Scott’s Addition, opening their doors on Oct. 23, 2013.

Since then they have been joined by Ardent, The Veil, Väsen, and Three Notch’d craft breweries. Buskey and Blue Bee cideries also moved into the neighborhood, as well as Black Heath Meadery. And of course, we shouldn’t forget Reservoir Distillery who opened their tasting room doors in 2009!

But there are more than just craft beverages in Scott’s Addition. Each brewery is likely to have a gourmet food truck parked right there, and if you’re looking for something a little different, there’s the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café, Peter Chang’s, Lunch|Supper, ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue, The Dairy Bar, and many more restaurants. No matter what you are in the mood for; Chinese food, barbecue, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, or even a hearty breakfast, it’s there.

And did I mention The Circuit? It’s an arcade bar and, while it’s not a brewery, it does feature 44 self-service taps with both craft and non-craft beer,  ciders and wines, and an arcade with pinball machines and some of the best classic arcade games like Crazy Taxi, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Defender, Frogger, Galaga, NBA Jam, Guitar Hero, Packman and more!

If you’re into award-winning craft beer or cider, mead, finely crafted distilled spirits, good food, live music, and/or vintage video games, you should check out Scott’s Addition.

So, what are you doing this weekend?

Self Serve Beer Taps?

So you’re in a brewery with some friends having a good time when you realize your glass is inexplicably empty. What do you do? There is nothing more frustrating than waiting to order another beer. You get the server’s attention and order another draft, but the server has to order it from the bartender. The bar could have 4 taps or 20 taps, it doesn’t matter.  If there is only one bartender, your beer will have to wait to be poured, then wait again for the server to pick up your beer to bring it to you. What if you could just walk over to the taps and pour yourself another beer? In your dreams, right? Well, not any more.

Not only is this real, but Ono Brewing in Chantilly, VA has self serve beer taps ready and waiting for you!

You’re probably wondering how that would work, so let me explain.  You walk into Ono Brewing and see a host or hostess and either start a tab with your credit card or load a card with any cash amount. You are now set. Walk over to the wall of beer, pick the beer of your choice, tap your card on the tap and fill your glass.

Don’t want a full glass? No problem. Get just a taste or a half glass. You only pay for what you pour. It’s that simple.

Ono Brewing is using a system designed by PourMyBeer, which is currently being used in over 200 establishments (including a beer wall in Chicago’s O’Hare airport) in 28 states and parts of Canada.

So raise a pint and make a toast.  To craft beer, and not having to wait to be served!

What a glorious age we live in.