In just a few hours, I’ll be hopping on a plane to head out to sunny San Diego, California for ten days of fun that will end at the National Homebrewers Conference. Part of me hates that the timing of this trip because there are so many cool events I will miss.
Thursday June 4th
Ardent’s Honey Ginger Retruns at Mellow Mushroom — 6PM
Honey Ginger returns starting with a tap release at Mellow Mushroom tonight!
RVA Playlist 5th Birthday Party at The Broadberry — 7PM
This is the event it kills me the most to miss. Andrew Cothern, RVA Playlist, is one of my best friends, and I have no idea how he covers as much local music as he does day in day out. All the bands he has selected to play his 5th year shindig at The Broadberry are personal favorites of mine that I might not have heard of if not for him. Check out his spotlights on Goldrush, Jonathan Vassar & the Badlands, and No BS! Brass then get your tickets here.
Saturday June 6th
Cover to Cover Presents: BACK TO BLACK at Hardywood — 6:30PM
This is the second music entry in this post. RVA Playlist, does this officially make me a music blogger?
If you haven’t experienced Spin, Spit, & Swear’s Cover to Cover band, then you really need to. I fell in love with them when they performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” I have no doubt (Hmmm…maybe an idea for their next project) their performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” will be anything less than stellar.
OFF Broad Appetit at Pasture — 6:30PM
I’ve had the pleasure of attending this the past two years. It’s a shame I will miss this year as the money goes to a great cause. Get your tickets here.
Join Richmond magazine and the National Pork Board on Saturday, June 6th for a Broad Appetit kick-off feast at Pasture on Grace! Here you will discover five amazing chefs (and one kick-ass winemaker) all representing true farm to table cuisine. These famed chefs will present amazing dishes featuring local food producers from across Virginia, all done with the flair that has made them famous. Virginia wines, brews and ingredients will be featured throughout the evening. Our chef line-up includes:
Chef & Owner of Seersucker in Brooklyn, NY will be serving
Executive Chef at Public in New York City
Chef at chi SPACCA in Los Angeles
Director of Food Service Marketing, National Pork Board
Chef at Comfort & Pasture Restaurants in RVA
Chef and owner of Capital and Miel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Chef at RN74/the Mina Group in Seattle, WA
Executive Chef at VOLT in Frederick, MD
André Hueston Mack
Owner and Winemaker at Mouton Noir, NY
Full Menu Coming Soon!
Bar snacks: pimento cheese, tons of pickles, pork rinds with home-made hot sauce, and crab spiced boiled peanut dip
Esteemed local beverages being served include:
Foggy Ridge Cider
Only 125 tickets are available.
Tickets to this incredible event are $125 per person. Net proceeds benefit FeedMore.
Support provided by National Pork Board, Richmond magazine, Brown Distributing/Taste the Local, Pasture, Hilton Garden Inn, & Duke’s Mayonnaise/CF Sauer and Echelon Event Management.
Sunday June 7th
Broad Appetit on W Broad St Between Henry & Adams — 11AM – 6PM
Find a new favorite restaurant through $3 plates from some of the best Richmond has to offer.
Saturday June 13th
Ardent Craft Ales Year One Anniversary Block Party — 1PM
This one really stings. I love these guys and really wanted to be here to celebrate with them. Please raise several glasses for me.
One year down. Wow. To celebrate, come out Saturday, June 13 to officially mark exactly 365 days (no joke) since we opened and joined the incredible Richmond beer community! We are hosting a massive block party at the brewery from 1 to 8 p.m. that will feature our biggest line-up of beer, local food, live music, and outdoor fun. On this day only, we will offer more than a dozen of our own brews including:
1 / Honey Ginger
2 / Session India Pale Ale
3 / Diamond Pale Ale
4 / Virginia Common
5 / IPA Batch #12
6 / IPA Batch #13
7 / IPA Batch #14
8 / Saison
9 / “Defenestrator” Dopplebock
10 / Touchstone Wheat Ale
11 / Berliner Braunbier
12 / Szechaun Peppercorn Saison
13 / Earl Grey Brown Ale
14 / Dark Rye
15+ / Casks: No fewer than two casks, to be announced next week!
Beyond our own beers, we will have local cider and several guest brews from nearby brewery friends on tap for the day. In addition, we will release a special anniversary beer just available for the day in 750 mL bottles and to be announced a few days before the party.
There will a long line of food trucks running along West Leigh Street including some of Richmond’s finest: KavaKava gourmet , The Return of the Mac, Goatocado, Bonbontruck, Happy Empanada, River City Wood Fire Pizza, Hungry Turtle Food Truck, Station 2, and King Of Pops – Richmond. No one is going hungry.
Finally, we’ve invited some incredible regional bands to perform throughout the day, as follows:
2 – 3pm / Peace Beast
3 – 4pm / Clair Morgan
4 – 5pm / The Milkstains
5 – 6pm / Christi
6 – 7pm / NO BS! Brass Band
Event is free to enter with beverage and food tickets for sale at the door and inside the event with cash or credit. One ticket = $1. Attendees must be 21 and over and present valid ID to consume alcohol. Event is rain or shine.
Want to volunteer at this event? If you are interested, please visit: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/06417988010
Hardywood Vinalia Urbana Release w. Lady God, The Ar-Kaics & Dave Watkins — 2PM
This sounds like it will be delicious. Please save me some.
Named after the Roman festival held to bless and sample the wine of the previous season, Vinalia Urbana, a Belgian-style strong golden ale, is aged for months in freshly emptied Sauvignon Blanc barrels. This maturation process lends some light vinous notes and a hint of oak that blend beautifully with the subtle fruit and light spicy character imparted by the Belgian yeast. Vinalia Urbana is delightfully dry and delicate on the palate with lingering white grape and stone fruit undertones. 9.0 % ABV
Hardywood Vinalia Urbana will be available at 2:00pm on draft and in 750mL bottles. King Of Pops – Richmond, BoDillaz, Slideways Mobile Bistro, Cheezilla’s Grilled Cheese on site through the day.
Live music with:
minimalist appalachian math rock live looping sound explosion
…play troglodyte teenbeat 60s-style punk.
Bristling surf guitar, webby bass lines, and sneering dual vocals compose an oddly satisfying vintage rock n’ roll salad we call “Slink.”
Sunday June 14th
3rd Annual Richmond Bacon Festival at 17th St Farmers Market — 11AM
Bacon dishes and Devils Backbone beer! What more could you need? Ok. How about a couple food photos?