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American Craft Breweries: Legend Brewing Company, Richmond, VA

Legend Brewing Company is one of the many craft breweries in Richmond, Virginia. Caroline and I visited this unique brewery last week and, literally, sampled all the beers they had on tap.

Legend Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia

Legend Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia

Owner and brewmaster Tom Martin began brewing beer in Richmond in late 1993 and opened a taproom/pub was off an old gravel road in Richmond’s Historic Old Manchester district. Inspired by the location near the James River, Tom was also fascinated by the tale of James VI of Scotland, who became King James I of England, Scotland and Ireland, and the legend of the lost unicorn. Hence, the unicorn in the brewery’s logo.

Legend Brewing Company is one of the oldest operating craft breweries in Virginia. It has a 30-barrel brewhouse and keeps its beers exclusive by only distributing them across Virginia and D.C.

The current taproom and pub has expanded way beyond what it was when it first opened. Nowadays, there is room for 180 people in the restaurant and 200 extra people on the outdoor deck (which offers great views of the Richmond skyline) and in the beer garden.

Fried chicken sandwich, Legend Brewing Company
Fried chicken sandwich, Legend Brewing Company

This large brewery serves a wide variety of pub food, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, hot dogs, appetizers and beer-inspired desserts. Its spacious restaurant decorated with swords and coats of arms and filled with wooden tables and chairs reminded me of European taverns.

The beer menu at Legend Brewing Company consists of a year-round section, seasonal and limited beers, and beers of the taproom series. There’s plenty of choice and some of their beers are exceptionally good. My personal favorites were the Porter, the Lager and the Belgian-style Tripel, which, I thought, was the best beer on the menu.

Please visit the brewery’s website for more information about events, new releases and other good stuff. They are also active on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Brewery Ratings

Beer: 8/10

Setting: 8/10

Atmosphere: 7.5/10

Facilities: 8/10

Service: 8.5/10

Total: 40/50

Cheers!

Note: the beers suggested is this post may be limited batches and may not be available in the future. Check Legend’s website or, of course, the beer menu in the taproom to see what’s on tap.

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Published by Bram Reusen
Bram Reusen is a Belgian travel photographer, writer and the founder of Travel. Experience. Live. He now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. From backpacking and adventuring to slow travel and cycling trips, Bram focuses on nature and adventure travel. His passions are hiking in national parks and sampling craft beers.

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