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Our Story: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Thank you to Beth from LCCB for being with us during the month of April! We learned a lot and had a great time!

A Little Background

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery is located in Goochland, VA and named for the creek that runs through the farm’s rolling hills. Since pre-colonial times, the creek has been known as the lickinghole where wildlife stopped to drink from the nourishing waters. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery continues to support the surrounding wildlife by promoting trails that allow the animals to continue to access the creek today.

Their Journey

Owners Sean and Lisa Pumphrey have been lovers of craft beer since their college days in Montana. Sean was a home brewer for years, and Lisa's family owned land in the Goochland area that was not being used. It wasn’t long before Sean and Lisa began to grow hops and small crops on the farm for Sean's homebrews. With a passion for beer-making, Lisa had toyed with the idea of opening a brewery, but not if it hurt the environment. Through a lot of research, Lisa figured out how local agriculture and beer could come together in VA. A true win-win! At first, it was extremely challenging because breweries were not allowed in agricultural zoning, but with Lisa's law background, she was able to change the law in Goochland--and eventually in the state of VA. So, as Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery started its own journey, the owners also paved the way for other hopeful VA brewers! We think that’s pretty great.

Why VA?

Virginia is Sean and Lisa Pumphrey’s home. They are both from Richmond, and although they could have opened a brewery elsewhere, they decided to stay here and fight the good fight for all breweries in VA. 

Lisa Pumphrey is also a huge advocate for local farmers and farms in VA. She explains, “we are trying to help Goochland farmers look into harvesting beer barley as a more viable income source than feed barley.” 

Who knew that the delicious beer you’re drinking comes from such a cool, conscientious place?  

We asked if Sean and Lisa had a favorite beer. And since they’re all so tasty, we should have guessed that their answer would be, “All of our beers have their own special places in each of our hearts!”

Come Join Us!

We had a blast with Beth from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery! Don’t miss your chance to sample some amazing product, enhance the flavors with an amuse bouche, and try a dinner special that perfectly complements our visiting vendor's product. 

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