Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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"WELCOME TO OUR FARM

Lickinghole Creek is located on 290 acres of rolling hills, fields of barley, hops, wheat, corn, pumpkins, sunflowers, trees, and a whole lot more. We are a water-conscious brewery, because the main ingredient to beer (and life) is... water. We source our water about 500 feet below the surface to tap into the purest, cleanest water around. Brewing also uses a ton of water to make beer, so we take the higher road and filter all of our wastewater before returning it to the Lickinghole Creek / James River watershed. It's not easy, but it's the right thing to do.

Our Farm Brewery location is out in Goochland County, about 35 miles west of Richmond, and about 35 miles east of Charlottesville. It's kind of hard to find, but that's ok, because once you arrive at the brewery you won't see any trace of civilization. It all started on a teeny, tiny 1/2 barrel (BBL) SABCO pilot brew system in Sean and Lisa's house. Now, the brewery boasts just under 5,000 square feet, and a 20 BBL system - JVNM (American Made!) Brewhouse, x5 40 BBL fermentation vessels (FV) and x1 gigantic 80 BBL fermentation vessel.

We love sharing our workspace with customers. Stop by and schedule a behind the scenes tour of our shiny stainless steel vessels.

ABOUT

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery is Virginia's award-winning Farm Brewery, located on 290 pristine acres in Goochland County, Virginia, USA, Earth. We love to make innovative, premium beers for beer lovers. Sometimes it's hard to find, because we don't have those fancy machines, where you push a button and beer comes out. Small batch flavor, and hard-to-come-by are just a by-products of the craft, ingredients and care that goes into each brew.

We grow a lot of our own ingredients, like: wheat, barley, hops, berries, pumpkin, and what we can't find—we source it from local farmers, or from global farming communities in need. We are global stewards of good water. And, unlike most breweries in the world, we sustainably source our own water onsite. All this takes time, of course. And if that's not enough of a time killer for you, many of our beers are aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels for up to 6 months. 

HISTORY

This was never supposed to happen. A Farm Brewery? That's insane. Adding "farm" in front of anything will be: a) too much work b) no sleeping in c) and will certainly loose money. After a casual beer infused conversation at Mekong (a local beer bar, for you out-of-towners) the three co-founders, Lisa, Sean and Farris went on their way to enlist the help of local marketing legend, part-time super model, and author of this post, Adam, who was at the time working at a local ad agency. The brewery had the land, now she just needed a name.

The property had inherited some pretty unique names, and some gems that were pre-fabricated into the local lexicon, like "Goochland" (be sure not to look up "gooch" in the Urban Dictionary), Magic Beaver Pond, and Little Lickinghole Creek, which runs right through the backwoods of the property and empties into the James River. I'm fairly certain, that the runner up brewery names were something Jeffersonian and boring, which made the winning name stand out even more: Lickinghole Creek. Yes, it's one word: Lickinghole. Spellcheck hates that word. It will always try to separate it into two words for you. Don't let it do that. It's one word, because the it pre-dates "good English" and stuff. "Lickinghole" is a pre-colonial term used to describe a place where wildlife would go to find good water to drink. You probably thought it was something else.

If you read in between the lines of our seemingly silly name, you can decode that our backbone is about the clean water, for creatures both great and small, nature and people. That's why this unique farm brewery business model is so challenging,  yet so rewarding. If it was easy to farm your ingredients, filter your wastewater, and keep bears out of your grain, every brewery would be a farm brewery; but only one can be Virginia's Farm Brewery."


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