Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Lisa and Sean-Thomas Pumphrey founded Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (LCCB) in rural Goochland County, Virginia, a rural 45-minute drive west of Richmond. The brewery with a Belgian flair sits sit on a 221-acre farm where the Pumphreys began growing hops years ago. Sean and Lisa both hail from the Richmond area, but Sean got interested in craft beer while attending the University of Montana, drinking Moose Drool and other northwestern brands. They began seriously contemplating their own brewery in 2009. In 2011 they convinced Goochland County to allow farm breweries on agriculturally zoned land. The local ordinance limits them to producing 15,000 bbl a year.
Sean uses his homebrew system to conduct test batches. Once they decide on a recipe, brewer David Achkio -who’s been brewing for 20 years, brewing at Pyramid, and a bunch of breweries out in Pennsylvania-scales it up for the larger system.
Along with hops, the Pumphreys grow other crops, such as barley (which is malted at Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville), pumpkins, blueberries, figs and sunflowers. Their “Simon & Garfunkel” herb garden contains over 80 herbs, including parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, which are featured in their Estate Series beers; Sugar pumpkins for Pumpkin Ain’t Easy, hops for Gentleman Farmer, barley for Mango Habanero Brown Ale.
The brewery uses unfiltered well water for brewing and has its own treatment plant.Wastewater is purified and returned to the water table clean. The brewery donates a portion of each barrel sold to non-profits like the Center for Rural Culture and the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services.