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Mash  Boil → Ferment → Condition → Enjoy  Repeat



Mash  Boil → Ferment → Condition → Enjoy  Repeat


What We Do

Ardent Craft Ales is a brewery, taproom, and beer garden in the Scott's Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. We began as a co-op in a Richmond garage, a space where we sought to create innovative beers and introduce others to historic brewing methods and beer styles. As a production brewery, our mission remains the same: to produce and celebrate exceptional and ambitious beers with the ever-growing craft beer community.


The Team

The Team


Who We Are

Making a product we're proud of and delivering it to you is a team effort. Meet the people behind the beer.


Tom Sullivan

Co-Founder, General Manager

Tom Sullivan

Role at Ardent    Signing checks and ignoring emails.

Favorite Ardent beer    I like the funky stuff.

Favorite non-Ardent beer    See above.

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Sleeping.

Favorite book, movie, band, etc.?    Having a favorite thing seems so limiting. I like variety. 

Power of flight, or power of invisibility?    I reject binary constructions as a general rule. I read that in a book. With lots of pages. Actually I overheard it at a bar and it sounded smart. I’m not sure what it means.


Lincoln Smith

Taproom Manager

Lincoln Smith

Role at Ardent    Providing a welcoming and relaxed environment for guests to gather and enjoy drinking delicious craft beer with their friends and family. Encouraging new friendships, be it dogs, children, or someone you happen to sit next to at a community table. Helping to educate curious folks new to the craft beer experience, or geeking out with the beer nerds.

Favorite Ardent beer    Dark Rye. Some would have you believe it’s the Rum Barrel–Aged Dark Rye. But it's not. Although that’s pretty darned good too.

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Anything from Potter's or Blue Bee. Wait. Does cider count?

Hobbies or interests besides beer?    As a parent of two beautiful children, my hobbies are in the arts and crafts department, as well as soccer and ballet.

Favorite travel destination?    So far, Alaska. I have been twice. Driven both times. Once in the summer and once in the winter. Have had the sun shining through my tent at three in the morning, and I have ridden on a dogsled. Drank some really good barleywines and stouts under the aurora borealis. 

Unlimited time travel, or unlimited outer space travel?    I would have to see a real brachiosaurus  up close. Set up a secret brewery during Prohibition. Hang out in Atlantis for a spell. Befriend van Gogh and take painting lessons. Hunt in a buffalo stampede with the Mohegan tribe of Connecticut. Woodstock. And to the future—take a trip to Mars and see what kind of beer the Martians are drinking.


Greg "The Growler King" Self

Sales Associate

Greg Self

Role at Ardent    I hustle our beer to the world.

Favorite Ardent beer    Company Man pilsner

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Champion’s European Slaycation

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Competitive dancing

Favorite animal?    Goat

Playing with a dozen puppies, or playing with a dozen kittens?    Playing with puppies, because I can train them to do my bidding eventually.


Steve "Steve!" Randolph


Steve Randolph

Role at Ardent    Putting beer in things, taking beer out of things, and cleaning the things that beer goes in and out of.

Favorite Ardent beer    Defenestrator

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Saison de Rude

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Falling asleep on the couch with my dog.

Favorite book?    A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.

Playing with a dozen puppies, or playing with a dozen kittens?    I’m allergic and a masochist, so I’ll take the kittens.


Danny Fain

Cellarman, Packaging

Danny Fain

Role at Ardent    Handling the cold side of the production area. I carbonate the beer and put it into either kegs or bottles. I also clean the tanks, kegs, and hoses we use.

Favorite Ardent beer    Tokaj barrel sour

Favorite non-Ardent beer    BFM Bon-Chien

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Fantasy sports and Golden Tee

Favorite sports team?    Minnesota Vikings and UVA Cavaliers

Ability to teleport, or ability to read minds?    Teleport definitely. I'd still probably be late to work but at least there'd be no traffic!


William Poole


William Poole

Role at Ardent    Making the beer

Favorite Ardent beer    Brett Saison (the Chardonnay Brett Saison with Apricot is my all-time favorite)

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Russian River Supplication

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Canoeing & gardening

Favorite sports team?    The Atlanta Braves—my dog's name is Chipper Jones.

Playing with a dozen puppies, or playing with a dozen kittens?    Puppies! However, I did slightly overcommit to the whole dog thing. Turns out I am probably more comfortable with six. It's a lot, a lot of energy to deal with.


Erin Cochran

Cellarman, Lab

Erin Cochran

Role at Ardent    I spend a decent amount of time with the yeast—counting it, feeding it, tracking how it ferments, trying new ways to make it live longer. And sometimes I clean stuff.

Favorite Ardent beer    Company Man

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Uhhh ... wine?

Hobbies or interests besides beer?    Baking

Favorite book, movie, band, etc.?    Change is inevitable in everything. There is no use for having favorites because it'll just change.

Playing with a dozen puppies, or playing with a dozen kittens??    Play with a dozen puppies, because puppies make everything better.

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Brickman's Garage

Brickman's Garage


Where We Started

In 2010, Tom Sullivan and Paul Karns launched a homebrewers co-operative and purchased a Sabco half-barrel pilot brewing system to further their brewing knowledge and experience. Tom and Paul had been homebrewers for several years, and while setting up the co-op, they met Kevin O’Leary, who had recently moved to Richmond from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as a brewer at Cambridge Brewing Company. The three men began brewing with other members of the co-op on Sundays in a Church Hill garage, where they opened their doors to members of the local community who were interested in brewing and beer. The community response was overwhelming: week after week, people visited the garage in order to learn about the brewing process and taste various beer styles. As the weeks turned into months, the partners concentrated on recipe development. They reviewed and brewed traditional styles made with traditional ingredients, and then varied the ingredients in order to create beers that reflected these styles but were distinctly their own. To further their knowledge, they attended seminars on brewing technology, brewery management, and brewery marketing at the annual Craft Brewer's Conferences.

In 2012, the partners wrote their business plan, and began their pitch to potential investors. In July 2013, the generosity of friends old and new allowed Ardent Craft Ales to officially join the community of Richmond breweries. A lease was signed and renovations were begun on a 1940s warehouse in Scott’s Addition. They purchased a 15-barrel DME brewhouse and started placing orders for raw materials. Thanks to the kindness and belief of many, Ardent Craft Ales, a brewery and taproom, opened in June 2014. Kevin, Tom, and Paul look forward to a lifetime of celebrating beer with the Richmond community.