Autumn Adventures: Seasonal brews & ciders

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Do you think of pumpkin-flavored ales and crisp ciders when the fall season rolls around?

If so, you’re in the right place!

We reached out to many local distributors to see what sort of seasonal brews and ciders their serving up this fall.

As you scroll through the list below, we’ve provided links to the brewery’s websites so you can read a description of each brew to help you decide which ones you’re going to try.


Fall Brews

Richmond, as you may already know, has emerged as a premier destination for craft beer heads with a handful of award-winning breweries scattered across the River City.

Whether you pick up a six pack or venture out to enjoy a cold one on site – such as Central Virginia’s oldest brewery, Legend Brewing Company, which offers an amazing view of the city from its patio – we hope you’ll give one or two of these a try!

Legend Brewing Company


Strangeways Brewery

  • Gingerbread Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter (this one is still in formulation)
  • Chocolate Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter
  • Pecan Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter
  • Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

  • Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin

Triple Crossing Brewing 

  • Mask of Red Death (COMING SOON: This Imperial Red Ale is set to be released on Halloween!)

Ardent Craft Ales

  • Sweet Potato and Sage Ale
  • “The One” Pumpkin Ale

Isley Brewing Company

  • ‘Stunt Dubbel’

The Answer Brewpub 

  • Maple Mistress
  • Rum Pumpkin
  • Hopped Cider
  • Pumpkin Down
  • Funky Pumpkin

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

  • Maiden’s Adventure


Hard cider is simply fermented apple juice, just as wine is fermented grape juice. The growingly popular beverage is a Virginia tradition (Did you know that in 2012, Virginia became the first state to have an official “Cider Week” proclaimed by Governor Terry McAuliffe?). This year’s week-long celebration is scheduled for November 13-22 and will feature special tastings, pairings, dinners, events and workshops (Richmond will be hosting its own cider celebration too!). Click here for more information.

Richmond is home to Virginia’s first and only urban cidery, Blue Bee Cider, but you can find others on the outskirts of Central Virginia that are within driving distance.

Blue Bee Cider

This local cidery has two seasonal selections set to be released in the coming weeks:

  • Barrell-Aged Hopsap Shandy (coming the weekend of October 24-25)
  • Millrace Bramble (coming the first weekend in November)

The Answer Brewpub 

  • Hopped Cider

Other Virginia cideries within a 2-hour drive:

Bold Rock Hard Cider 

Castle Hill Cider 

Click here to check out our Autumn Adventures page. It’s full of great ideas to explore this fall season!

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