ISLEY BREWING COMPANY

Isley Brewing Company, another recently opened brewery (October 2013) in Scott’s Addition makes you feel as if a mini RVA Brewery Tour is absolutely doable, located within a mile radius of Hardywood and Ardent.

Nestled into a narrow space between Lamplighter and trendy lofts, I was surprised at its massive space stretching lengthwise with a decent back deck.  In the front, you’ll find pool tables, big screen tv’s and tons of tables.  Back towards the bar, you’ll find cheerful bartenders that happily pour and chat it up with customers.

So far, their beer offerings are the most whimsical and sweet-tooth-inspired from their Sour Relationships (blueberry sour) to the Choosy Mother (peanut butter oatmeal porter) and Double Dare (bourbon barrel aged pumpkin double ale). Think dessert meets hops, but they’re not too sweet, they’re actually well balanced and adventurous.

We both decided to split a flight of 6 beers choosing wisely from 10 beers scribbled on a large chalkboard and went with the Blue Hefner (blueberry hefeweizen) Apple Brown Betty (apple brown ale), Size Doesn’t Matter (ginger ex strong bitter), The Bribe (oatmeal stout), Stunt Dubbel (pumpkin double ale), and Wild Honey Pie (Honey IPA).  Each beer shocked our taste buds with a pleasant transition.

My favorite? The Size Doesn’t Matter, I love ginger and the subtle spiciness of it balances well with the malt. Ashleigh claimed the Apple Brown Betty as her favorite and I couldn’t blame her, it was delicious as it resembled notes of apple butter.

As we sipped our flavorful flight, we played Jenga for the first time in years and relished in our skills.

Ashleigh’s take: Their flavors … it was like sampling from the dessert table at Thanksgiving; pumpkin pie, blueberry cobbler … delicious!

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