RTD profile of Ardent Craft Ales

Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh St. is scheduled to open June 13.

Not that long ago Legend Brewing was the only place to get a local beer but over the past 3 years that has changed dramatically. I don’t think RVA can ever have too many breweries and it’s a good thing I think that way because another one, Ardent Craft Ales (3200 W. Leigh Street) is getting set to open mid-June.

You can read the full RTD article to get the background of how this brewery came to be but if you’re like me you read an article about a brewery to find out about the beer. Here you go.

The brews produced in Ardent’s 15-barrel system, however, were ready for tasting. O’Leary, head brewer and a veteran of Cambridge Brewing Co. in Massachusetts, gave a handful of curious adventurers tastes of four beers: the Saison, a refreshing version of the farmhouse style with spicy hints from the yeast; the Virginia Common, crisp yet fruity in the tradition of hybrid steam brewing; Honey Ginger Ale, sweet yet not cloying; and Ardent IPA, a wonderfully balanced ale with a fragrant, piney nose and sufficient malt to complement the hops.

Flavorful, yes. And these beers represent a shared passion for historical styles. The name of the brewery comes from their pre-Prohibition research, where the phrase “ardent spirits” kept popping up.

Image: Ardent Craft Ales

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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