RVA Brews News: Starr Hill, Main Line, and Puerto Rican

By Annie Tobey | January 8th, 2020

What's new with Richmond brews


Starr Hill Richmond Beer Hall and Rooftop
Photograph by Starr Hill Richmond Beer Hall & Rooftop


Charlottesville-based brewery’s new satellite taproom

You may recall the original Starr Hill Music Hall in Charlottesville. Opening in 1999, it showcased popular bands and shared space with Starr Hill Brewery, Virginia’s second oldest craft brewery. The newest Starr Hill taproom will similarly showcase live music and craft beer, with food trucks providing sustenance. More than 20 beers on tap will come from an on-site 10-barrel system and foeders (producing wild ales) as well as from the Crozet production facility. The new Scott’s Addition space combines a generous first-floor beer hall and deck with a second-floor rooftop bar and beer garden. ~ AT

3406 W. Leigh St., Richmond



Main Line Brewery
Main Line Brewery

Get on board at Richmond’s newest brewery

With a range of beer styles, lots of seating and two music stages (indoor and out), Main Line Brewery is positioned for wide appeal. Beers in the opening weeks included approachable honey cream ale and blonde ale, two rich sweet stouts and a West Coast IPA. Choose from two indoor seating areas or several outdoor seating options, covered and open-air, and play board games and yard games. In its first weeks, the brewery hosted a diversity of bands, including Americana, a Southern-funk-rock group, and a classic-rock, beach and Motown band that drew in the baby boomer crowd. ~ AT

1603 Ownby Lane, Richmond



A food truck grows roots in Ashland

A local Puerto Rican food truck found a permanent home at Center of the Universe Brewing. Freekin’ Rican is open – loosely – during brewery tasting room hours (the kitchen sometimes closes earlier than the taproom). In addition to traditional foods such as Cerdo Rico (marinated pork with rice, black beans and plantains), the kitchen dishes up American cuisine, like burgers and brats, with Caribbean touches. The food may not serve as a destination in itself, but it provides a nice complement for COTU beers, from easy-drinking Chin Music amber lager to rich stouts and hoppy IPAs. ~ AT

11293 Air Park Road, Ashland

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