Richmond Breweries United Kickoff Party At The Cask Cafe Saturday

Richmond Breweries United outside Weezie’s Kitchen, RVA Beer Week 2013

Richmond Breweries United outside Weezie’s Kitchen, RVA Beer Week 2013

Here is your invitation to hang out with every single Richmond brewery Saturday August 2nd at The Cask Cafe from 2pm to close:

Hello beer lovers and fellow Richmonders,

This has been something that has been in the works for some time! Richmond Breweries United is a soon to be non profit made up of the Richmond Area breweries, Richmond Regional Tourism, and RVA Beer writers and bloggers. The group was formed to advocate Richmond beer culture and beer tourism. Cask Café on Robinson has jumped in to give us a hand. We are having a release party for the printed Richmond Beer Trail Map that will be freshly available thanks to Richmond Regional Tourism and Style Weekly. Also the first batch of promotion for RVABEER.COM will be available which links to the craft beer section of the Richmond Regional Tourism website. This party is open to the public and a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate the continued success of RVA as a beer town and the beginning of the 3rd annual Virginia Craft Beer Month. hope to see you there!

On more somber note this event will also be a farewell party for Ed Medina who is returning to town to say his last goodbyes to RVA before moving to North Carolina. Ed has beer a huge local beer advocate with his blog site For years he has helped our local beer scene grow, been an integral part of our community, and a great guy to grab beers with.

Here are the beers to be tapped from each of the Richmond area breweries:

  • Strangeways Brewing – Wake me up before you Gose
  • Ex Billy’s BBQ & Brewery – Double Deke Black Rye IPA
  • Ardent Craft Ales – Mild Ale
  • Hardywood – Virginia Blackberry
  • Triple Crossing & The Answer Collab – Street Cred IPA
  • Lickinghole Creek – Bourbon Barrel Tripel
  • Legend – Imperial Bourbon Brown Ale
  • Center of The Universe – RVale
  • Isley Brewing – Tall Dark and Hopsome
  • Rusty Beaver – Bucktooth IPA
  • Midnight Brewery – New Beginning  Kolsch

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

The Cask Cafe
206 S Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220

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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in RVA Beer, VA Beer, VA Craft Beer Month


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Celebrating Station 2’s Third Anniversary Is Great Way To Kickoff Virginia Craft Beer Month

Four Virginia breweries go head to head while raising money for charity.  Go get some!

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

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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in VA Craft Beer Month


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Barrel Aged Tower Takeover at Buz and Ned’s Tonight

barrel aged beersHead over to Buz and Ned’s on W Broad as they tap some barrel aged beers including a blind tasting between Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Tripel and Allagash Curieux.

Climb into these other barrel aged beers as you enjoy some delicious barbecue:

Lickinghole Creek Enlightened Despot
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Hardywood Bourbon Cru
New Holland Dragon’s Milk with Toasted Chili Peppers
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow

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

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
8205 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Tap Takeover


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Brew’s One Year Anniversary Jam Starts Wednesday

Brew 1yr annivBrew Gastropub in Chesterfield is spreading their one year anniversary celebration out through the weekend starting tomorrow Wednesday July 30th by tapping some of their favorite beers that they have been holding onto for a very special occasion. They will follow that up on Thursday July 31st with a Stone Brewing tap takeover featuring basically every barrel aged Stone beer to be released in Virginia.

Here are the beers they are planning to tap Wednesday:

Allagash Victor
Allagash Victoria
Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation
Bruery Tart of Darkness
Founders Imperial Stout
Goose Island Lolita
Hardywood 2nd Anniversary
Hardywood Bourbon Gingerbread Stout
Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Lickinghole Creek Enlightened Despot
Perennial Sump
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Terrapin Wake N Bake
Weyerbacher Insanity

Thursday’s Stone tap takeover will start at 6pm with Melanie from Stone on hand to talk about the beers.  There will also be Stone glassware to take home.

Here is the tap list for the night:

Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard (Virginia Debut)
Reason Be Damned — Abbey ale aged in red wine barrels (RVA Debut)
Cali-Belgique Aged in Wine Barrels
2013 Double Bastard
Old Guardian
Imperial Russian Stout
Tiger Cub Saison — aged in white wine barrels
Sprocketbier — Black Rye Kolsch
Sublimely Self-Righteous
Collective Distortion
Arrogant Bastard

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

6525 Centralia Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Tap Takeover


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Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America Making Two Richmond Stops


Credit: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada partnered with a dozen exceptional craft breweries to create twelve different beers for one mixed 12-pack—including 10 bottles and two cans—a first in the craft beer world. These brewers are coming towards the end of the Beer Camp Across America bus this weekend.

Until now the only way to try these beers was to either snag one of the limited 12-packs, join Virginia breweries for the Philly stop Saturday, or head south to Asheville for the final stop Sunday August 3rd.

Richmond craft beer lovers will have two chances to experience Beer Camp Across America tappings at The Broadberry tomorrow July 29th and Mekong on Monday August 11th.  The Broadberry will have Talking Heads cover band, Fear of Music playing from 7 – 9pm.

Here are the details on the twelve collaboration beers to be tapped at each location:

Myron’s Walk Belgian-Style Pale Ale – Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
Tater Ridge Scottish Ale — Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville, NC
Electric Ray India Pale Lager — Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale — Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock — Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
Torpedo Pilsner — Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
There and Back English-Style Bitter — New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI
Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout — Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
CANfusion Rye Bock — Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO/Brevard, NC
Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blonde — Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
Chico King Pale Ale — 3 Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN
Alt Route Altbier — Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Tap Takeover


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Saturday is Hardywood Barrel Day

Yes, I’m out of town the same weekend Hardywood decides to release Bourbon DIPA and three other beers that have been barrel aged up to 18 months. Am I bitter? No…well maybe just a little. By all means you should go try them all. Maybe just save me a glass.

Here are the beers that will be available by the glass and 32oz growler fills tomorrow Saturday July 26th starting at 2pm:

Bourbon DIPA is hopped with a heavy dose of Columbus, Cascade and Summit hops, fermented with an abbey ale yeast that imparts some subtle tropical fruit and peppery notes and conditioned twelve weeks in freshly emptied Virginia bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where earthy, vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes lend an exquisite mellowness to Bourbon DIPA. Also available in 750mL bottles.

Singel, aged for 18 months on Bowman’s Abraham Bourbon Barrels.

Russian Imperial Stout, aged for 18 months on Makers Mark Bourbon Barrels.

Belgian Quad, aged for 16 months on Cruzan Rum barrels.

Boka Tako Truck, Estes Bar.B.’Que, and Carytown Burgers & Fries will be on site from 2-9pm.  Enjoy live music from The Welcome Hips, White Laces, and The Diamond Center starting at 5:30, 7, and 8pm, respectively.

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


Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Hardywood


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PHOTOS: National Beer Expo: Collabeerate, CRAFT, Taco Throwdown, & Grand Tasting

Last week’s Capital Ale House National Beer Expo events were a lot of fun albeit with a few first year hiccups.  All in all it was a great start to what I hope will come back bigger and better next year.  Take a look at my photos for the various events I was able to attend.

Collabeerate at The Jefferson

CRAFT at Virginia War Memorial

Taco Throwdown

Grand Tasting Walk Around


Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Festivals


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