Bluffton, South Carolina

Artist in Residence | Hardywood Brewery

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh host a week of workshops at Palmetto Bluff

Introduced as kids through their parents’ friendship, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh formed a strong connection from the start. Years down the road, a well-timed meet-up at a sheep station in Australia brought their shared passion for home brewing and the craft beer culture into focus. It was there, at Hardywood Park, that they shared their first glass of full-flavored, home-brewed beer, inspiring the next ten years of hard work and planning. With Eric on the business side and Patrick helming the brewing, the duo turned their dream into reality with the launch of Richmond, Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2011. One of only two craft breweries in Richmond at the time, Hardywood later hosted the signing of SB 604, allowing craft breweries to sell beer from their taprooms directly to consumers, thus paving the way for Richmond to become one of the top craft beer destinations in the world. Today, Hardywood operates a 20-barrel brew house and taproom, plus another 60-barrel brew house, continuing to deliver on its promise of quality brewing, local sourcing, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

MONDAY May 4 | 4–6PM
Meet and Greet
Artist Cottage | $25


Gallery Hours
Artist Cottage | Complimentary


THURSDAY May 7 | 5–7PM
Beer & Food Pairing Workshop
Artist Cottage | $100


FRIDAY May 8 | 3–5PM
Barrel Aging Workshop
Artist Cottage | $75

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Palmetto Bluff Artist in Residence.