Legends Brewery

Our Beers

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The Taproom Series

  • We've joined forces with a local distiller of fine spirits to bring you a rich and bold experience. We've taken our Legend Brown Ale and allowed it to mature in the oak bourbon barrels of the A. Smith Bowman Distillery for six weeks. Aromas of butter-pecan ice cream and toasted coconut lead into a rich malty body of caramel and oaky barrel char. A layer of boozy heat counters the richness and a dry finish calls for a re-load! Take this sippin' beer slow and easy. | 6.0% alc. by vol.
  • To celebrate our Anniversary and pay tribute to our Brown Ale, every year we brewed a bolder and robust version of the Legend Brown. The imperial version has an even fuller body, stronger malt flavors, and an added hop character. Seven types of barley malt yield a deep, rich body evoking biscuit, caramel, chocolate and coffee flavors. Our house ale yeast adds a level of fruity esters, and a moderate hop bite combines with alcohol warmth for a balanced finish. | 20th Anniversary Ale, 8.3% alc by vol.
  • Six months of aging brings a soft smoothness to this sweet, complex ale. Legend Tripel is brewed on a Belgian abbey style yeast strain which imparts flavor combinations such as banana, clove, apple, pear, even bubblegum. This is best served with friends and pairs well with mild cheeses, roasted pork, and even Thai food. | Specialty Tap Room Series, 9.2% alc. by vol.

  • Legend Hopfest originated in 2005 as a one-off seasonal beer. Hopfest was brewed to celebrate Legend’s eleventh year of brewing craft beer (we called it micro-brew back then)! Expect a deep golden colored beer with a distinct pine/fruit hop character. This sturdy and balanced IPA layers Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops on top of a sturdy specialty malt background. An additional week of post fermentation dry-hopping yields a juicy aroma. Finding the elusive balance between flavor intensity and approachability, Legend Hopfest IPA has earned a spot as one of the “brewer’s favorites.” We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 7.5% Alc by Vol.

Urban Legend Series

  • This Habanero Oatmeal Stout is inspired by the Urban Legend surrounding the notorious Richmond Theatre fire. One day after Christmas in 1811, seventy two men and women died when the building for unknown reasons erupted into flames. The last play ever seen on that stage was one called the Bleeding Nun, a play about an evil spirit epitomizing the sin of erotic desires who haunts the castle of Lindeberg cursing its inhabitants. The disaster sparked reactions that the tragic fire was divine judgement for the play's focus on evil themes, or even-God forbid the presence of that evil spirit itself. Expect a dark roast malt body with a fiery finish. 6.66%ABV
  • In 1952, a Ringling Brother's and Barnum and Bailey circus train derailed outside Evington, Va. Thirty-five gorillas escaped the wreckage and ran loose for three decades climbing on houses, peeking in windows, and harassing family pets. Every attempt to recapture and detain a single escapee failed and only one photograph was ever successfully developed. Eventually vanishing into the woods of central Virginia and into urban legend, these unlikely neighbors are the source for the Gorilla Train Coffee Stout. Brewed with locally roasted coffee, this malt-forward ale bears strong roasted malt flavors and hints of dark chocolate and might just have you doing some monkeying around on your own. 6.5% ABV

Year Round

  • A step above mass produced lager beers, Legend Lager offers the comfort of easy drinkability while also bringing a depth of flavor due to our use of 100% barley malt, yielding a pure, bright malt flavor and a medium body. Modest hopping and cool fermentation temperatures make for a smooth character and a clean finish. | 4.8% alc. by vol.
  • Legend Bohemian-style Pilsner starts with a rich gold color and a firm malt background. A substantial body yields a dry and crisp finish. This beer exudes more aggressive flavors than our Lager. Expect a smooth mouthfeel and a complementing marriage of malts and a hop bite. Floral and spicy hop flavors are evident throughout. | 6.0% alc. by vol.
  • Our most popular beer, Legend Brown Ale is a full bodied version of a British-style Brown Ale. Generous amounts of specialty malts bring flavors of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, coffee, and molasses, all perfectly balanced by a steady but cautious hop dryness. Fruity undertones brought forth by our house yeast strain round out Richmond's favorite brew. Expect a rich, malt-forward brew with a beautiful mahogany tone. | 5.8% alc. by vol.

  • Rich, roasty, and loaded with chocolate and coffee flavors, this sweet black ale is robust and full bodied. This beer is an excellent pair to any meal, especially meat dishes and desserts. A unique brewing practice allows us to achieve a remarkable flavor profile, by marrying flavors of chocolate, coffee, as well as raisin, caramel, sour fruit, and candy. | 5.8% alc. by vol.
  • In the image of an English IPA, Legend Golden is a big, full-bodied brew with the perfect balance between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Years ago, as an experimental brew, this underdog of a beer found its way into the hearts of Legend patrons and became a cult classic in Richmond. This strong ale sports a rich gold color, an aroma of sweet malt and clean hops, and an earthy, fruity flavor. | 7.6% alc. by vol.
  • Our American style Pale Ale is a hop lover's dream. We craft this copper colored ale to supply a moderate bitterness and an aggressive hop flavor and aroma. Columbus hops pitched early in the boil give a clean, soft bitterness. Late kettle hops include Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Chinook for plenty of pungent pine and citrus character. Judicious amounts of four specialty malts add counter and depth. Expect a medium bodied brew with an assertive, complex flavor and a dry finish. | 5.5% alc. by vol.

Seasonal & Limited

  • Porter by standard description is a rich, sweet, opaque ale. Porter by Legend standards exceed these parameter, for its flavors are sharp and elevated. We generously added dark malts to this brew, including Caramel and Chocolate malts. By blending in natural cocoa, this brew exudes a strong choco-nose and a forward dark chocolate flavor. German Tettenang hops are also added for a clean balancing bitterness. Expect a dark black beer with a rich and sweet aromatic presence. The flavor is of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and more dark chocolate. | Tap Room Specialty Series, 5.8% alc. by vol.
  • Emerging from the heights of Appalachian Mountains, The James River flows down to the banks of Richmond City and beyond, passing through a series of majestic dams and rapids along the way. To show our appreciation for our great friends at the James River Outdoor Coalition and one of the dams in particular, we've named our Summer Seasonal in honor of the iconic Z Dam which connects Pony Pasture to William's Island. This pale-gold ale sports a light body and a clean malt flavor. Refreshing and quenching, Z Dam evokes an acute zestiness driven by a balance of late kettle hops and the addition of ginger, orange, and lime in the boil. Our Z Dam Ale is perfect to enjoy while basking in the sun on your patio, or when toasting a successful descent through the rapids of the mighty James River.

The Taproom Series

  • Six months of aging brings a soft smoothness to this sweet, complex ale. Legend Tripel is brewed on a Belgian abbey style yeast strain which imparts flavor combinations such as banana, clove, apple, pear, even bubblegum. This is best served with friends and pairs well with mild cheeses, roasted pork, and even Thai food. | Specialty Tap Room Series, 9.2% alc. by vol.

Retired Beers

Crim Dubbel Abbey Dubbel (Urban Legend Series 2014) 
Guardian Dog Dopplebock (Urban Legend Series 2013) 
Locomotive 231 Double Amber Lager (Urban Legend Series 2013) 
Lost City Saison (Urban Legend Series 2013) 
Teach's Oyster Stout (Urban Legend Series 2014) 
Vampire Imperial Red Ale (Urban Legend Series 2013)