About five years ago, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh looked at several possible locations in different states for their planned Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
They settled on a location in Richmond and Hardywood started brewing its first batches of beer in mid-2011.
McKay and Murtaugh decided to do things a bit differently from other craft brewers. For instance, they introduced a flagship brand beer called Hardywood Singel that has a sweeter flavor, rather than starting off brewing a heavily hopped beer such as an IPA.
Hardywood announced in July an ambitious $28 million expansion plan to build a new brewery in the West Creek office park in Goochland County.
Hardywood’s growth, its distinctive beer and its integrity for business practices were key reasons why the brewery won the 2015 Impact Award from the Greater Richmond Chamber in the small-business category.
Luck Companies, a Goochland County-based producer of crushed stone and architectural elements, received an Impact Award in the large-business category.
The company, founded in 1923, fosters a highly collaborative and caring culture to promote creativity, integrity, leadership and commitment, the chamber said.
The two awards — along with the Young Professional Workplace and Innovation awards — were announced at the chamber’s annual ceremony at the Richmond Marriott Wednesday night.
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