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Old Molasses Ale: history, science & beer!

Ardent Craft Ales and the John Marshall House, a Preservation Virginia historic site, are teaming up for a weekend of 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

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, keep an eye out for scientists demonstrating 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
2:00: Presentation & discussion with historical brewer Danny Fain
3:00: Scientific demonstration of extracting yeast from corked bottle

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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We're hiring a taproom server

Are you passionate about craft beer? Come join us at Ardent Craft Ales! We’re looking to hire a taproom server who’s as dedicated as we are to providing great customer service.

This position is full-time with benefits and will include Sunday shifts. Previous serving/bartending experience is a requirement, brewery experience preferred.

Email jobs@ardentcraftales.com with your resume to be considered.

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 21.

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