Brewery Name: The Answer Brewpub
Type of Brewery: I mean, it’s in the name.
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Facebook: The Answer Brewpub
Background: Beer is always the answer. This is the same story I have been telling you all for some time. Guy runs awesome beer bar, says “hey, I’m good at pairing beer, I should make it!” Always a concept that breeds skepticism for cynical people like me. Well, this is the most impressive brewery I have been to since our trip to Vermont. Honestly, I am still so in awe of how much I enjoyed this place that I regret not drinking more of their beers while I was there. An Bui, the Answer’s Founder and Chief Beer Officer, is on my bucket list of people to meet in this world, not just in beer. He took a Vietnamese restaurant named Mekong and just turned it into the BEST BEER BAR IN THE COUNTRY. Yes, arguably the best beer bar in the country isn’t in DC, NYC, Burlington, Portland, San Francisco...it’s in good old Richmond, Virginia. Anyone who can elevate serving beer and food to this level deserves some sort of award from the President.
But I was still skeptical about the whole brewing thing. The location wanted to do big IPAs like the Hill Farmsteads of the world. High place to aim for, but everything I have heard about this place was that the beer was just awesome. The location also has over 50 beers on tap besides their house beers and apparently there isn’t much on the draft list that overlaps with Mekong, which is located conveniently in the next building over. So much good beer so closeby. Why would you ever leave?
Growlers: Yes, for some of the beers. Also crowlers, but very, very limited. They can their beers very, VERY rarely, and they are always really popular.
The Beers: Oh, where to begin...
You can just buy a flight of tasters of their beers and not want to try anything else. These were all amazing, and I didn’t even get to try everything because it was so filling with this many stouts.
Vibe: The phrase "perfect bar" is a subjective one. Some people want classy, some people want divey. I want a divey, approachable bar with great food and great beer. This place has everything I could ever want in a bar. If I lived in Richmond, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The place has got a good setup to play live music, they have a ton of games and space, and unless it is slammed, it definitely seems like a place that always has a place for you (depending on what you are looking to do). When you are in the right place, you just know it. The music is right, the lighting is good, and you look at the menu and can’t decide because it has everything you want. This is that kind of place. If you don’t want their beers, you have 50 others to choose from. The staff was great, and everyone just has a positive vibe. I don’t know when I will get back here, but I can’t wait.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $
Food: It’s all Vietnamese sandwiches and appetizers. It’s filling, spicy, amazing bar food. Perfect with beer. You might think it’s not going to work, but spicy food and the beers they have on just go so well together. Everything is also very affordable. Nothing on the menu was more than $10, and all the tasters were really well priced. You could sit at a table there for hours and just drink and eat all day without breaking the bank.
Final Thoughts: The most impressive brewery I have been to in a while. Great beer, hype is more than lived up to. It’s wonderful seeing businesses like this because you just can’t help but root for them and hope they decide to expand to your area.
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