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Welcome


Taproom + Beer Garden

Hours
Monday - Tuesday | 4 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday | 4 - 10 p.m.
Friday | 3 - 10 p.m.
Saturday | Noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday | 1 - 8 p.m.

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Welcome


Taproom + Beer Garden

Hours
Monday - Tuesday | 4 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday | 4 - 10 p.m.
Friday | 3 - 10 p.m.
Saturday | Noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday | 1 - 8 p.m.

Upcoming Events

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Old Molasses Ale: history, science, and beer!

Friday, September 21 / Ardent Craft Ales: 3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA
Saturday, September 22
/ John Marshall House: 818 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA

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Ardent Craft Ales is teaming up with scientists from the University of Richmond and historians from the John Marshall House, a Preservation Virginia historic site, for a weekend of history, science, and beer!

We brewed a special historical beer to celebrate John Marshall’s birthday. Plus, we’re excited for the opportunity to extract yeast from a bottle of Madeira that’s remained preserved in the John Marshall House cellar for hundreds of years, and hopefully use it to brew a modern day beer using the same historical strain!

First, join us in the taproom at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 21, when we’ll introduce our latest pilot brew: Old Molasses Ale. This beer was based on a recipe from John Marshall’s cousin, Mary Randolph, that she brewed in the late 1700s and featured a late addition of molasses in the boil. Representatives from the John Marshall House will also be on hand.

On Saturday, September 22, Ardent heads downtown for a day of history, science, and beer! We’ll be serving Old Molasses Ale at the John Marshall House, which is opening up its doors for free admission to mark Time Travelers Weekend. In addition to touring the house and learning about John Marshall, check out scientific demonstrations about how we hope to capture yeast from bottles of Madeira that have been preserved in the cellar.

The John Marshall House will be open 10am-5pm on Saturday:

  • 12:00: Presentation & discussion with historical brewer Danny Fain

  • 1:00: Scientific demonstration of extracting yeast from corked bottle with molecular biologist Dr. Angie Hilliker

  • 2:00: Presentation & discussion with historical brewer Danny Fain

  • 3:00: Scientific demonstration of extracting yeast from corked bottle with molecular biologist Dr. Angie Hilliker

Dr. Angie Hilliker and Dr. Kristine Nolin with the University of Richmond will be handling the historical Madeira extraction and studying the results. Dr. Hilliker, a molecular biologist, will try to culture microbes from the liquid, as well as sequence DNA extracted from the wine to identify the type of microbes present and perhaps the type of grape used. Dr. Nolin, an organic chemist, will analyze the wine itself for its chemical composition.

John Marshall, a Richmond native, was the longest-serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and is largely responsible for establishing the modern influence of the court. He was also quite fond of Madeira, a Portuguese wine that he shared enthusiastically with friends at his Richmond home.

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The Beers


The Beers


Now on Tap

Sweet Potato & Sage Saison

Sweet Potato and Sage is a dry, farmhouse-style saison. Earthy notes from the sweet potatoes are balanced by the fragrant aroma of fresh, local sage. This fall seasonal features a continental malt backbone and subtle hop presence in a well-rounded beer.

honey ginger

Honey Ginger is a deep gold-colored ale, with medium/high carbonation that enhances the fresh ginger aroma. The malt backbone supports the sweetness of the locally sourced honey and the spiciness of the ginger. A strong yet refreshing and deceptively smooth spiced ale.

robust porter

Robust Porter is a dark brown, medium-bodied American ale with a roasted malt aroma, complex flavor and dry finish. Notes of chocolate and coffee from the malt bill and minimal hoppy bitterness round out this classic porter style.

festbier

Festbier is a traditional German lager with a malty backbone and light hoppiness. Amber color and full body in the classic Marzen style, served in 1/2 liter mugs. Prost!

IPA ❌

IPA X is double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, an exciting combination that provides big citrus and tropical fruit notes in both aroma and flavor. This juicy beer pours a cloudy, deep golden color, with super low bitterness and a silky soft mouthfeel.

 

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On the Shelves


Find Our Flagship Beers and Seasonal Releases Across Richmond

On the Shelves


Find Our Flagship Beers and Seasonal Releases Across Richmond

Featured Four-Packs

IPA

IPA X is double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, an exciting combination that provides big citrus and tropical fruit notes in both aroma and flavor. This juicy beer pours a cloudy, deep golden color, with super low bitterness and a silky soft mouthfeel. • 4 x 16 oz. cans

Ardent Pilsner

Ardent Pilsner is a golden straw, clear pilsner with classic lager aroma that is clean and bready, with light grassiness from 100% Hallertauer mittelfrüh noble hops. Medium body and high carbonation accentuate the soft bitterness, malty sweetness and mild fruitiness. Ardent Pilsner is a crisp, refreshing German-style pils that finishes dry and clean with a creamy, long-lasting head that leaves rich lacing. • 4 x 16 oz. cans

Looking for one of our specialty brews? Our seasonal and specialty releases are available on a rotating basis in four-packs of 12 oz. bottles and 16 oz. cans, available in the taproom and select stores.


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