#75 – Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, VA

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Following a Monday evening enjoying beers and conversation (and $2 burgers!) at the original Capital Ale House location, we enjoyed a solid night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast then strayed just a few miles North West from downtown Richmond for an early afternoon tour of Strangeways Brewing on 3/11/14. The company stays true to its name, a quick look around the taproom leaves one feeling pleasantly engrossed with the quirky eccentricities in decoration and ambiance. Their logo, a barrel seated monkey pondering over a frothy glass of brew, is derived from work done by esteemed comic book cover artist, Glenn Fabry. His work is plastered all over the bar and wall decorations are a variety of other works purchased from a local Richmond artist. The brewery was originally the brain child of Neil Burton and the origination story is quite a long one. I won’t delve into the details but suffice it to say that he had undergone an arduous legal battle in VA with regards to the practice of alternating proprietorship, though eventually successful. Along the way, he met Mike Hiller – a professional brewer with 17 years of experience – at a bill signing at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The two found that they shared a vision and paired up to make that unique dream a reality, finally opening for business May 29, 2013. We were able to meet with Mike and Operations and Events Coordinator, Cheyenne Burnham, that afternoon to discuss their story.

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