In Kevin’s Words👇
We have been taking a break from our regularly scheduled posts about beer and events for a few days to re-introduce Random Row, tell you our story, where we started, what we’ve learned about ourselves, and give you a glimpse into our future. Check out what Kevin (our brewer and co-founder) has to say, and stay tuned for an exciting post about Random Row’s new look tomorrow!
"I’ve been a part of the Charlottesville community for 10 years now. What really set Charlottesville apart from other places I’ve lived was that although it has the benefits of a small town feel, it also has the amenities of a bigger city. The food and beverage industry sits right in the middle of that. Although the brewing scene here was in its infancy when I first came to Charlottesville, there was already a growing craft beer scene.
I always enjoy telling the story of the first beer I ever brewed. It was a Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA clone recipe that I developed through research. I drove up to Fifth Season on Preston Ave, now just a short walk away from Random Row, to pick up my ingredients to take home and brew for the first time. While I was perusing the ingredient rack I got to talking with another customer also picking up some ingredients. As it turned out, he was my neighbor, and he invited me over to his place to brew with some of his more advanced equipment! So I brewed my first batch at my new neighbors house. I immediately fell in love with brewing and the camaraderie that comes with brewing, and that is what really started my path to opening Random Row Brewing Co.
My favorite part of the Charlottesville brewing community is that even though competition is becoming more and more intense (this is a good thing for the craft beer drinker in Charlottesville!), we have been able to maintain partnerships with other local breweries, working together to bring us up as a whole to give Charlottesville the best local craft beer possible!
The accomplishment that I am most proud of has to be the work we have done with community partners and non-profits. Events like Charity Bingo have helped raise money for numerous non-profits in and around Charlottesville."