GigANtical Perennial Tap Takeover At The Answer Today

Perennial Artisan Ales co-founder and brewmaster, Phil Wymore will be in the house at The Answer Brewpub as they host a gigantic tap takeover tonight Wednesday December 17th. Perennial is a small batch brewery in St Louis, MO focusing on farmhouse ales, seasonal beers using local ingredients, and barrel aged varieties.  Perennial has the adventurous craft beer drinker in mind with each batch brewed.

Here are the beers to be tapped today at the Answer:

Abraxas – Imperial Stout with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks
Coffee Abraxas – Sump coffee beans (Brewery Only)
Savant Blanc – 100% Brettanomyces fermented Belgian Blonde Ale aged for 5 months in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes. (a white wine hybrid grape.)
Southside Blonde (brewery Only)
Stefon – collab with Solemn Oath – Dark Rye Wild Saison
Tart Hopfentea – collab with Hopleaf – Berliner Weisse with Hibiscus tea
Peach Berliner Weisse – Berliner Weisse with fresh Missouri peaches
Dual Artisanship – collab with Prairie – Dry-Hopped Red Saison with Brett
Saison de Lis – Saison with Chamomile
Aria – Wild Belgian Style Ale
Hommel Bier – Dry Hopped Belgian Pale
Fete de Noel – Strong Winter Ale

All beers will be tapped at 4pm except for Coffee Abraxas which will be tapped at 6pm..  Today, Perennial is the answer.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

The Answer Brewpub
6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Tap Takeover


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Orange You Glad It’s Friday? Center of the Universe & O’Connor Brewing Made You A New Stout

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.  COTU releases their collaboration with O’Connor today Friday December 12th at 4pm. And it all began in a RV.

Center of the Universe Brewing
11293 Air Park Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

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Posted by on December 12, 2014 in RVA Beer


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Gingerbread Stout Plus Black Hand Coffee Equals Hardywood Christmas Morning Saturday

Hardywood Christmas MorningThis year Hardywood is giving you not one, not two, but three versions of Gingerbread Stout. Well, that’s three versions as of Saturday December 13th as Hardywood releases Christmas Morning.

A blend of Brazilian and Sumatran coffee beans from Richmond’s Black Hand Coffee Co take this variation of our Gingerbread Stout to a whole new level of decadence. Christmas Morning offers layers of gingerbread flavor complimented by the smooth nuances of freshly brewed coffee. We hope you make this part of your holiday tradition in the years to come.

Christmas Morning will be available starting at 2pm in 750ml bottles (limit 4 bottles/person) and on draft in the tasting room. There will be no growler fills due to limited availability.

Enjoy live music from Cary Street RamblersLoversville, and Andy Vaughan and The Driveline starting at 4, 6:30, and 8pm respectively along with the return of the River City Barn Dance at 4pm.

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.


Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Hardywood


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Brew Hosts Terrapin Wake ‘N Bake Off As Pre-Opening Event At Midlothian Location Saturday

Brew Terrapin Wake N Bake Off2Brew Midlo is not open yet. Let me repeat, Brew Midlo is not open yet but they are hosting their first annual Terrapin Wake N Bake Off this Saturday December 13th from noon to 5pm celebrating the  10th anniversary of Terrapin’s Wake N’ Bake, an imperial stout made with coffee and oatmeal.

This is a ticketed event only with all proceeds from ticket sales go to the Richmond SPCA. Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased online here. Tickets include a special 10th Anniversary WNB Mug, your first pour of original Wake n’ Bake, samples of the dishes (while supplies last), a raffle ticket, and a ballot so that you can vote for your favorite dish.

Brew has invited several restaurants from around town to join them at their version of the annual event held at the Terrapin Brewery in Athens, Georgia. Restaurants will provide samples of dishes made with a Terrapin beer.

Sugar Shack Donuts
Sub Rosa
Jean Jacques Bakery
Union Market
American Taproom
Savory Grain
The Camel
Monument City Coffee & Records
821 Cafe
Lady N’Awlins
Uptown Market
Deep Run Roadhouse

Brew will also have these other Terrapin beers on tap:

Wake N’ Bake
Substance Abuse (barrel aged Wake N’ Bake)
French Toast’d Wake N’ Bake
Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter

Brew Midlothian
11400 W. Huguenot Road
Chesterfield, VA 23113

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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Festivals


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Screens ‘n’ Suds Big Event 6.0 At The Answer Brewpub This Saturday

Screens N Suds Big Event 6.0 120614Screens ‘n’ Suds brings back their big beer and art event for its sixth year Saturday December 6th at The Answer Brewpub starting at 1pm. You should definitely check this out as proceeds go to benefit National MS Society, Pink Ink Fund, and Gallery 5.  There will be awesome screen printed art for sale, live music, and delicious craft beer including the return of SnS’ small batch series.

Screens ‘n’ Suds 2014 Small Batch Series consists of seven beers which will be available on tap and in limited bottles to go:

  • Hardywood Park – Sixtel – Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout with berries; (base beer is same as the much-lauded Trickery)
  • Lickinghole Creek/Champion Collaboration – Procrastination – Belgian Pale Ale
  • O’Connor Brewing – Ibrick – Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout
  • Strangeways Brewing – The Wyld Sisters – 3 American Wild Ales, each with a different Brettanomyces yeast strain
    Olivia – Blackberry Wild Sour Ale
    Portia – Raspberry Wild Sour Ale
    Beatrice – Mixed Berry Wild Sour Ale
  • Three Brothers – Contortoise – Turtle candy-inspired Imperial Brown Ale

New this year is the addition of a VIP Speakeasy featuring tastes from rare bottles donated by members of the local beer community. The speakeasy is already sold out but you can win tickets along with some other goodies. Deadline for entering the raffle is Friday December 5th at noon.

Head over to the Facebook event for more details including the complete tap list for the day.

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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Festivals


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Center of the Universe Turns Two This Weekend

COTU 2yr party 111414Center of the Universe will celebrate their two year anniversary all weekend long starting today Friday November 14th at 4pm. They will have something special in store each day of their weekend long party.

Maybe Mike will wear the yellow suit?

Friday, November 14th  4 – 9PM

Day one marks the return of “The Richard” aka the happy accident of a double IPA during COTU’s first brew.

This aggressive Imperial IPA keeps getting bigger as our brewers keep pumping more and more grain and hops into this monster.  This year, the brew will be clocking in at a whopping 9.0%  As is always the case with this delicious libation, we will be filling growlers!  So, grab a friend, a relative, or your dancing shoes and come out to see what all the fuss is about.  LONG LIVE THE RICHARD!

Saturday, November 15th  1 – 9PM

They are still revealing beers but day two will feature guest taps from their Homefront IPA partner breweries.

Sunday, November 16th  1 – 9PM

Day three sounds like so much fun I’ll just let COTU tell you about their Stout Fest and beer, chocolate, and cheese pairings.

It’s always Sunday Funday at COTU, but today, you know because we are 2, we are going to be doing something amazing. We will be doing our first event STOUT FEST and BEER CHOCOLATE, and CHEESE PAIRINGS!  Enjoy these two events along with our amazing beer lineup, live music from Something Shiny, and food trucks!


For the first time ever, we will be pouring 5 different stouts here at the brewery. These are extremely limited edition stouts and include the elusive, provocative, dream making, Shut Up.  To go along with Shut Up, we will be featuring El Duderino, The Dude, Unseasonable Stout, and a Coffee Imperial Stout. Don’t miss this chance to try the full line up of the darkness!


Picture this: 6 4 oz. pours of COTU brews, 3 different artisan cheeses, and 3 different hand made chocolate truffles all mixing in your mouth and creating some of the most unique, smooth, and delectable flavors you have ever experienced. Oh yeah, its only $20 per person and includes an expert in each field to lead you on this culinary journey. This portion of the party is ticketed and advanced tickets can be purchased at the brewery for the following time slots: 3pm & 5pm. 20-25 person max per session.  Tickets can be purchased the day of, if slots are still available.

Chocolates: Chocolates by Kelly: Chocolate is not a luxury, it’s a way of life, at least for Kelly Walker and her ardent followers it is. Her family tree is chocolate dipped and she continues and grows the tradition by crafting each of her lovelies by hand. Salted caramels, cranberry vodka cordials and many many more confections are awaiting you. Check her out here.

Cheeses: The Caboose Wine and Cheese: The Caboose Wine & Cheese has been providing the Hanover and greater Richmond area the finest selection of wine, beer and specialty foods since 1997. Located on the railroad tracks of historic Ashland, Virginia, we offer the friendly service you’d expect from a small town, and a selection that is sure to surprise and delight. Check them out here.

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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in RVA Beer


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Get Stung By Virginia Stingo At Strangeways This Weekend

This has to be the strangest video for a beer release yet.

How did Strangeways come up with the name Virginia Stingo?

The name Stingo, derived from a fashionable slang word in the 1700’s for a strong or old English ale, likely comes from the sharp or “stinging” flavor arising from this barrel-aged style of beer. Gigantic amounts of malt were split between two separate mashes, and then blended back into the kettle to provide an extremely solid backbone into which dark candi syrup and coconut sugar were intertwined. Virginia Stingo then spent nine months maturing in oak barrels that originally housed red wine from Virginia’s Horton Vineyards. The result is a big, boozy, yet balanced ale, meant to be sipped and savored like a fine red wine.

Getting stung by @strangewaysrva VA Stingo! #RVABeeristoric #rva #rvabeer #vabeer #craftbeer

A photo posted by RIchmond Beermeister (@rvabeermeister) on

You can get stung by this British invasion starting today Friday November 14th starting at noon.  Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates.

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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


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