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11.29: Champion Hires Ken Rayher as Richmond Taproom Brewer

Champion Brewing Company announced today the addition of two linchpins to its new Richmond operation. Ken Rayher, formerly of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, will be Champion’s Richmond Taproom brewer, and Cary Carpenter, formerly of The Whiskey Jar in Charlottesville, will manage the bar. The new brewpub, due to open at the end of this year, will be at 401 E. Grace Street, in the former Aurora space in downtown Richmond.

“We’re excited to have Ken join the Champion team, and to have Cary making the move to Richmond to manage the taproom. Our expansion into downtown Richmond is greatly enhanced by the team we’ve been fortunate enough to attract,” said Hunter Smith, founder of Champion.

Ken Rayher

Ken Rayher

Rayher, a Roanoke native who has lived in Richmond for more than 17 years, won a Great American Beer Festival silver medal for his Grosse Teufel, a Lichtenhainer weisse brewed under Hardywood’s Brewer and Artist series in 2016 and contributed to the recipe for Hardywood’s flagship pils, a gold medal winner in the Virginia Craft Brewer’s Cup in 2015.  “I’ve always been a fan of Champion’s passion and commitment, not just to brewing but to music, culture, and the collaborative spirit that comes through in the finished product. I think the Taproom is going to be a great fit for Richmond’s creative culture,” said Rayher.

Cary Carpenter has been a fixture in Charlottesville’s restaurant scene, with stints at Parallel 38 and the Charlottesville Champion Taproom, as well as being a former partner in The Whiskey Jar. Carpenter’s move to Richmond coincided with the Champion opportunity. “The Richmond food and drink culture is especially exciting with more than 10 craft breweries and cideries within the city limits,” said Carpenter.

As announced in August, 2016, the taproom will feature a sandwich and taco menu offered by chefs Jason Alley and Michele Jones of Pasture and Comfort restaurants.

 

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Full house today! We had some very special friends join us today to brew up a special collab to benefit the Unity C-ville organization, which was established to help provide relief to the victims in the events of August 12. We'll be releasing some event details in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, this Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with the love of our neighboring pals will be happily fermenting away. Thanks to our friends from Pale Fire Brewing Company Starr Hill Brewery Fine Creek Brewing Company Sinkland Farms Brewery and Imbibe Solutions for being there with us today and the many others who reached out in support. #unitycville ... See moreSee less

Full house today! We had some very special friends join us today to brew up a special collab to benefit the Unity C-ville organization, which was established to help provide relief to the victims in the events of August 12. Well be releasing some event details in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, this Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with the love of our neighboring pals will be happily fermenting away. Thanks to our friends from Pale Fire Brewing Company Starr Hill Brewery Fine Creek Brewing Company Sinkland Farms Brewery and Imbibe Solutions for being there with us today and the many others who reached out in support. #unitycville

 

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Way to go guys! It would have been cool to brew with you all. Maybe next time? Cheers!👍🏾✊🏾🍻

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Oct 13 4:16PM

Booze worlds collide! We just bottled up our first collab with Vitae Spirits Distillery! Collab #1 is Violator whiskey! Ian and his team distilled over 1000 gallons of our Violator doppelbock into a unique white whiskey that retains the malty, raisiny characteristics of Violator. Keep your eyes peeled for release party details! ... See moreSee less

Booze worlds collide! We just bottled up our first collab with Vitae Spirits Distillery! Collab #1 is Violator whiskey! Ian and his team distilled over 1000 gallons of our Violator doppelbock into a unique white whiskey that retains the malty, raisiny characteristics of Violator. Keep your eyes peeled for release party details!

Oct 6 3:32PM

You knuckleheads ready? Ruby the Hatchet outside on the stage TONIGHT! We're live at 8. Come early so you don't miss the great Serqet and Desert Altar! FREE to all!

We're open at 1 as usual. We'll have draft available inside. ALL GLASSWARE MUST STAY INSIDE. We'll start selling drink tickets for cans and plastic cups outside starting at 5:30. Our kitchen will be up and running and we'll also have 106 Street Food here to help feed the hoards. See you all tonight! 🤘🏼

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You knuckleheads ready? Ruby the Hatchet outside on the stage TONIGHT! Were live at 8. Come early so you dont miss the great Serqet and Desert Altar! FREE to all!

Were open at 1 as usual. Well have draft available inside. ALL GLASSWARE MUST STAY INSIDE. Well start selling drink tickets for cans and plastic cups outside starting at 5:30. Our kitchen will be up and running and well also have 106 Street Food here to help feed the hoards. See you all tonight! 🤘🏼

 📸: Rich Tarbell

 

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Oct 3 5:46PM

Join us at the Champion Tap Room this Friday night for Ruby the Hatchet, Desert Altar, and Serqet! Show's free and kicks off at 7.

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