ARDENT CRAFT ALES

Continuing along with Richmond breweries, we happily made a short drive to Ardent. Located in Scott’s Addition, Ardent is one of the newer breweries and opened last June. You might already be familiar with Ardent if you’ve had a sip of their Sweet Potato and Sage Autumn Ale this fall, which was featured on tap at many local restaurants. It’s my absolute favorite, but I still am curious about their other brews.

What we had: A flight of Sweet Potato and Sage (farmhouse-style saison), Dark Rye (American imperial stout), Virginia Common (ale-lager hybrid), and Saison (farmhouse style ale). All are great and are flavorful and clean.  They also carry several IPA’s that are extremely distinct in flavor – not all blended with one single hoppy taste.

My favorite still remains their Sweet Potato and Sage. It’s woodsy, sweet, and slightly hoppy at the same time. Any beer that is blended with herbs is a thumbs up in my book.

Flight: $12 for 4

Ashleigh’s take: It’s all about the Sweet Potato and Sage, I’m already looking forward to next fall so I can enjoy one while sitting in the sun on their patio.

Other mentions: Patio is spacious and dog friendly, the space is sexy and open, and they also serve food (think cheese plates and small bites).

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