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Make some time for this.
There is always a lot to look forward to when Oktoberfest season rolls around. Entering its tenth year, St Benedict Oktoberfest is possibly the most well attended Oktoberfest in the city. The festival starts Friday, September 19th at 4pm and runs all weekend.
There are so many great beers to choose from no matter which day you choose to go. Here is the complete beer list with the numbers to order by:
(1) Spaten-Franziskaner | Original Munchner Helles Lager
(2) Spaten-Franziskaner | Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
(3) Spaten-Franziskaner | Optimator Dopplebock Stark Bier
(4) Spaten-Franziskaner | Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
(5) Sünner GmbH | Sünner Kölsch
(6) Apocalypse Ale Works | Barmegedon
(7) Center Of The Universe | Chin Music Amber Lager
(8) Center Of The Universe | Kölsch
(9) Center Of The Universe | Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
(10) Devils Backbone Brewing | O’Fest Marzen Lager
(11) Devils Backbone Brewing | Schwarzbier Black Lager
(12) Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | RVA IPA Fresh Local Hopped IPA
(13) Legend Brewing Company | Imperial Harvest Wet Hopped Ale
(14) Legend Brewing Company | Legend Octoberfest Marzen Lager
(15) Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery | Creator Hopplebock Dopplebock
(16) Midnight Brewery | New Beginning Kölsch
(17) Starr Hill Brewing | The Love Hefeweizen
(18) Strangeways Brewing | Albino Monkey White Ale
(19) Sunken City Brewery | Sunktoberfest Marzen Lager
NATIONAL CRAFT BRANDS
(20) Heavy Seas | Cutlass Marzen Amber Lager
(21) Lazy Magnolia| Pecan Brown Ale
(22) Magic Hat Brewing | Over the Hills Pils
(23) Sly Fox Brewing | Oktoberfest Marzen
(24) Sly Fox Brewing | Pikeland Pils
(25) Sly Fox Brewing | Royal Weisse
(26) Southern Tier | Harvest Ale ESB
(27) Victory Brewying | Festbier Marzen
(28) Devils Backbone Brewing | Pumpkin Hunter Ale
(29) Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery | Cellared Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Saison
(30) Starr Hill Brewing | Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter
(31) Heavy Seas | Greater Pumpkin Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale
(32) Southern Tier | Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale
(33) Southern Tier | Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout
(34) Weyerbacher | Imperial Pumpkin Ale
(35) Bold Rock | Virginia Draft Cider
TASTE THE LOCAL (DAILY LIST)
(36a) Friday: Uberlin Berliner Weiss
(36b) Saturday: Brewing Placebo Pils
(36c) Sunday: Virginia Vulgarian Bourbon Bock
(37a) Friday: Liberty or Death Vanilla Porter
(37b) Saturday: Rochelle Rochelle Amber Ale
(37c) Sunday: Falcon Smash IPA
(38a) Friday: VA Dark Ale
(38b) Saturday: Marzen Lager
(38c) Sunday: Hellion Lager
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
(39a) Friday: Nuclear Nugget Imperial IPA
(39b) Saturday: Bourbon Aged Three Chopt Triple
(39c) Sunday: Bourbon Aged Three Chopt Triple
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
(40a) Friday: Ginger Bread Stout
(40b) Saturday: Dry Hopped Great Return IPA
(40c) Sunday: German Chocolate Imperial Stout
(41a)Friday: My Only Weiss
(41b)Saturday: Citra Ass Down IPA
(41c)Sunday: Double Deke Black IPA
(42a) Friday: Choosey Mother Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter
(42b) Saturday: Blue Hefner Blueberry Hefe
(42c) Sunday: Tall Dark & Hopsome Black IPA
(43a) Friday: Bucktooth IPA
(43b) Saturday: Roys Big Bad Brown Ale
(43c) Sunday: Pale Ale
Ardent Craft Ales
(44a) Friday: Honey Ginger Ale
(44b) Saturday: Szechwan Peppercorn Saison
(44c) Sunday: IPA
Bold Rock Hard Cider
(45a) Friday: VA Apple Cider
(45b) Saturday: VA Apple Cider
(45c) Sunday: VA Apple Cider
SMALL BATCH JOCKEY BOXES
(46a) Victory Brewing | Victory Hop Ticket Noble IPA
(47a) Weyerbacher Brewing | Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout
(48a) Lazy Magnolia | Timber Beast Rye Double IPA*
(49a) Lazy Magnolia | Southern Hopspitality IPA*
(46b) Mendocino Brewing | Black IPA
(47b) Southern Tier Brewing | 2x Rye Strong Ale
(48b) Finch Beer Company | Chimera Double IPA*
(49b) Finch Beer Company | Secret Stach On Wood (AKA Sanchez Stout)*
(47c) Southern Tier Brewing | 2XOne Conditioned Imperial Pale
(48c) Iron Fist Brewing Iron Fist | Hired Hand Saison
(49c) Iron Fist Brewing Iron Fist | The Velvet Glove Imperial Stout
Check out the St Benedict’s Oktoberfest Facebook page for more information and updates.
Head over to Brew in Chesterfield tomorrow Wednesday, September 17th as they host The Bruery CFO Carl Katz as their guest for a tap takeover featuring two beers making their Virginia debut. Brew will also tap some Bruery beers they have been holding in their cellar for just such an event.
There will be a charity raffle for several special Bruery bottles to benefit Liam’s Lighthouse Foundation fight against Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a life-threatening immunodeficiency. Raffle tickets are $5 each; the drawings will be held at 7pm for these rare bottles.
Here are the beers to be tapped at 6pm:
Although Wednesday is Brew’s growler fill special day, there will be no fills of these beers for the evening. Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates. Maybe I’ll see you there.
6525 Centralia Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Ever since Fire, Flour, & Fork was announced, I have been struggling to choose a schedule from the culinary and cultural tracks. With so many great choices, the task of narrowing down each time slot to a single talk became very overwhelming. If you look at my printout of the schedule, there are several check marks all over the place.
Last week I took you through my Friday picks for Fire, Flour, & Fork culinary tracks. We will look at Saturday next but first let’s review my selection rules:
Now on to Saturday, November 1st.
Flavor Flours — Flour is essential to baking but what happens when the flour is not your typical wheat base? Maybe Alice Medrich can educate this amateur baker.
Fork Over The Hanover Tomato – If you love tomatoes, surely you’ve heard of the Hanover tomato.
The Tao of Bark — Texas barbecue in Virginia?! Sign me up!
DamGoodSweets – I hear they’re…well, I think you can see where I’m going.
Fork In The Road — I love mushrooms and would love to some day try and grow them myself. Until then, I’ll just eat Dave and Dee Scherr’s mushrooms.
Burning Desire – I will have my chocolate! If you’re lucky, I’ll save you some Gearhart’s. Maybe.
There you have it; that’s one possible plan for navigating Fire, Flour & Fork. Use my plan or make your own rules and pick out a schedule. Tickets are $70 for one-day Friday or Saturday tracks or $130 for both Friday and Saturday tracks. Get your tickets here.
There is only one way to describe this weekend — jam packed! There are five festivals featuring Virginia beer so widespread this weekend you may not even have to leave your backyard to get to one. Meanwhile I will be geeking out at Wizard World Richmond part of the weekend so I need you to report back on everything. Let’s not waste any more time…
Friday September 12th
Mystery Beer Release at Strangeways — 4PM
Even I don’t know the secret identity of Strangeway’s Mystery Beer. You’re going to have to go for yourself to find out.
RVA IPA Release at Hardywood — 4PM
Time to drink the hops you grew…
Wine & Beer Classic at Maymont — 7PM
You can hang out with your wine drinking friends…
Enjoy live music by Jubeus while sampling some of Virginia’s finest beverages from Ardent Craft Ales, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Center of the Universe Brewing, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,Isley Brewing Company,Legend Brewing Company, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery,Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Midnight Brewery, Rusty Beaver Brewery, Smartmouth Beer,STRANGEWAYS BREWING, Triple Crossing Brewing Company, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Guests can partake in open cornhole play offered by BeSocial Richmond (for a fee) and enter to win a cocktail raffle prize featuring a home beer brewing kit and two tickets to the Richmond Beeristoric Tour, donated by Loveland Distributing and Brown Distributing- Richmond, VA.
Tickets are $35/person and include unlimited sampling of beers and wine. Buy tickets here.
Saturday September 13th
Richmond Spoke & Hop Fest at Hardywood — Noon – 9PM
Bike lovers this is especially for you though anyone is welcome. Tickets are $35/person and include unlimited sampling of over 50 Virginia beers including those from new to area taps, Heritage Brewing Co. Before anyone complains, yes you must purchase tickets to enter Hardywood grounds on this day. Who among us hasn’t spent $35 on beer?
Brew Jam Craft Beer Fest at Beaverdam — Noon
Head over to Beaverdam and sample beers from breweries such as New Belgium, Left Hand, Blue Mountain, Ommegang, and Brooklyn among others.
Chesterfield Chamber Craft Beer Festival — Noon
I really do like a good Oktoberfest. COTU’s is one of my favorites. Grab a stein…
Then maybe a bratwurst or two…
Oh and there’ll be German music…
Sunday September 14th
Float down the James then enjoy a New Belgium and Foothills tap takeover at Crossroads Forest Hill. Tickets are $40/person and benefit the James River Park System. You can get your tickets here.
Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo at Chesterfield Town Center — Noon
30+ food trucks and 25 Virginia beers. What’s not to love?
Hair of the Dog at Hardywood — Noon
After they’ve spoked the hop, Hardywood throws a brunch with five courses of music.
Legend Brewing, Blue Bee Cider, and Belle Isle Spirits with music from No BS Brass and The Big Payback. What more could you want? Food trucks? Yes, Manchester’s block party has those too.
Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates. Discover why everyone “loves” Manchester.
Members of the Facebook group, Fans of VA Craft Breweries will be heading down to Chester this afternoon Wednesday September 10th for a “Meet & Greet” at The Bucket Trade. For their part, Bucket Trade will tap four beers from Harrisonburg, VA’s Three Brothers Brewing including their latest rum barrel aged beer, Fierce Blonde.
Here is the complete list to be tapped at 5:30pm:
Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.
The Bucket Trade
13131 Rivers Bend Blvd
Chester, VA 23836