Monday, July 16, 2012

Richmond Brewery Founder Earned His 'Beer Education' in Montana

Sean-Thomas Pumphrey, founder of forthcoming Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Richmond, Virginia, says he got an education in beer while attending the University of Montana-Missoula. 

According to a story on, Pumphrey "discovered good beer in Montana...[and] got really into beers like Big Sky Brewing Co.

When he returned home to Richmond, he was dissatisfied with the craft beer scene, so he decided to do something about it. His only local craft brewery then was Legend Brewing Co., and so he saw a "real hole" in what was being offered. Today, though, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery will join alongside other Richmond breweries, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Midnight Brewery.

After homebrewing beer for several years and working on his family's rural 221-acre farm, he began to wonder if he could grow everything he needed for beer on the farm. After discovering that hops would indeed grow on the farm, he quit his career as a car salesman and devoted himself to building a brewery on the family farm. 

He hopes to be open by early 2013. The flagship beer will be a Belgian-style India Pale Ale, with possibilities of a double-IPA and seasonals using pumpkin and blackberries, which are also grown on the family farm.

Photos used by permission of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery.

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