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Hardywood gets creative during COVID quarantine

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 07:55:49-04

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Most businesses (and people for that matter) have changed the way they do things since COVID arrived.

For many in the food and hospitality industry, that change has been drastic.

Hardywood Craft Brewery co-founder and brew-master Patrick Murtaugh and vice president of operations and quality Kate Lee joined Scott and Robey for a special, socially-distant, live podcast event at Hardywood West Creek where they discussed their personal journeys that led them to Richmond and how COVID prompted Hardywood to get creative.

"Of course, people love Richmond Lager over and over again, and Singel, and Pils. But we were finding that people were really seeking innovation, and creativity during the quarantine," Lee said. "And so we responded to that. And we really started brewing a lot of what we call one-off beers, really just trying to keep people interested and coming back week to week give them something new to look forward to."

The live podcast was recorded at a Real Local RVA event.