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About


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About


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.

 
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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    Whatever is necessary.

Favorite Ardent beer    I like the funky stuff.

Favorite non-Ardent beer    See above.

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    I love reading about history.

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

Rich with a lifetime of no beer, or poor with beer for life? Apparently, I have already chosen.

 

William Poole

Head Brewer

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Role at Ardent    Making beer and keeping people happy.

Favorite Ardent beer    Pilsner

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Saison Dupont

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Gardening, baseball, canoeing, and camping

Favorite animal?    Chipmunk. They're so freaking cute!

Playing with a dozen puppies, or playing with a dozen kittens?    Yes.

 

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.

 

Wesley Morley

Taproom Manager, Events Coordinator

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Role at Ardent    I am responsible for planning events, booking table reservations and selling Ardent's superior lagers and ales to the masses.

Favorite Ardent beer    IPA X

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Bingo More a Bramble

Hobbies or interests besides beer?    Collecting clocks and mid-century bric-a-brac with my boo.

Favorite movie    All That Heaven Allows - 50's Sirkian Technicolor melodrama! Enough said.

Ability to see 5 minutes into the future, or ability to see 100 years into the future?    I think 5 minutes into the future would be ideal, then I could always find my keys.

 

Greg 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.

 

tyler huband

Sales Associate

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Role at Ardent    Bringing the good word of Ardent Craft Ales to the people of Richmond and Hampton Roads.

Favorite Ardent beer    Tossup between Pilsner and IPA X

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Orval

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Reading, gaming, grilling and being a dad.

Favorite food    Pizza, sushi and probably also pizza.

Unlimited time travel or unlimited space travel?    Unlimited time travel because it worked out great for Bill & Ted and I could always go back in time and change my mind.

 

Steve "Steve!" Randolph

Brewerperson

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.

 

Brandon Tolbert

Brewer

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Role at Ardent    I make sure everything is clean, and occasionally brew beer

Favorite Ardent beer    Pilsner

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Undetermined

Hobbies or interests besides brewing?    Woodworking

Favorite sports team?    Chicago Bears

Ability to teleport, or ability to read minds?    Teleport. Reading minds could be cool, but most likely it’s a burden. Traveling wherever in an instant? Yeah, I’ll take that one.

 

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!

 

Erin Cochran

Cellarman, Lab

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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.

 

aaron stallings

Cellarman

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Role at Ardent    Daily cleaning, upkeep, and monitoring of nearly anything that has to do with getting our beer ready for packaging/distribution.

Favorite Ardent beer    Barrel Aged Bourbon Milk Stout

Favorite non-Ardent beer    The Veil: Child Support

Hobbies or interests besides beer?    Script, screenplay, and storyline writing.

Favorite book, movie, band, etc.?    My all time favorite musician is Frank Zappa, he had the ability to create “hits” or commercially appealing music but decided to use his talents for humor instead. Most people never get past his purposely outrageous titles or themes and miss out on some incredible instrumentation, he never took himself seriously and tons of folks disliked it. I can truly relate.

Unlimited time travel, or unlimited outer space travel?    Born too late to explore Earth, but born too early to explore space… I’d love to spend the rest of my life wandering the universe. Space is truly the final frontier, I couldn’t imagine anything more spectacular than traveling around a futuristic pit stop on a comet somewhere out in the galaxy.

 

nic clinch

Finance Manager

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Role at Ardent    I manage the back office operations. I also work with Tom on analysis and reporting to ensure everything is running as smoothly as possible.

Favorite Ardent beer    Leigh St DIPA or Robust Porter, depending on time of year.

Favorite non-Ardent beer    Triple Crossing Falcon Smash.

Hobbies or interests besides beer?    Being outside with my family. We bike, swim, run, and camp. But we really do it to be together outside.

Favorite animal?    Otter, enough said.

Ability to teleport, or ability to read minds?    Totally the ability to teleport, I can already do the other one.

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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.