Hardywood Brewery

Hardywood Brewery

Richmond, VA

Market Sector: Hospitality
Size: 9,900 SF
Year Completed: 2021

Hardywood Brewery

Hardywood’s new patio and taproom revitalized the building and consolidated brewing operations for the Scott’s Addition location. This redesign sought to introduce food service through a new pizza kitchen, convert an asphalt parking lot to comfortable outdoor seating, and showcase the brewing process.

The pizza kitchen creates an easily maintainable, but still accessible, food service point of contact and puts the large pizza ovens on display. Hardywood is now able to directly provide a food service option for their guests that was previously only achieved through food trucks.

The patio is designed to support gathering for large events, such as concerts, while still providing a cozy, intimate setting for individual groups. The raised decking acts as both a suitable seating element for larger gatherings and a divider for smaller table groupings and benching. Uplighting, greenery, string lights, and umbrellas help define space and add to the ambiance. A clear and simplified entry sequence clarified a once-muddy, multiple-door scenario, helping wayfinding and operations. A coat of a vibrant paint and large logo graphic on the building helps visitors know Hardywood’s location from a distance.

Lastly, the barrel room was revamped to create a large opening showcasing the brewing process. Large steel barrels are front and center, hit with spotlighting and surrounded by a wood frame to further support the priority of the barrels in the space. A large mural telling the story of the process surrounds the opening and speaks to the mission of Hardywood to educate its patrons.