brb, Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

Read up on my time at last year’s festival here. You can still grab tickets for this year here.

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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Festivals, VA Craft Beer Month


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Social 52 Celebrating One Year With Backyard Virginia Beer Party Tomorrow

Social 52 AnnivHead out and celebrate one year with Social 52 tomorrow Saturday August 23rd from noon to 6pm:

Can you believe we’ve been here for almost a year now? Thank you for being so supportive of us Richmond!

We wanted to invite all of RVA out to our 1 year anniversary party in hopes that you’ll come celebrate with us!

And what better way to celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary and Virginia Craft Beer Month than to come and drink some local brews with us?!

We’ve just confirmed two additional breweries!! We are now partnering with 8 local VA breweries (listed below) that will be on scene at the event offering pints and samples of their most popular brews.

1) Bold Rock Hard Cider
2) Isley Brewery Company
3) Lost Rhino Brewing Company
4) Devils Backbone Brewery
5) Blue Mountain Brewery
6) Parkway Brewing Company
7) Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
8) Strangeways Brewing

The event will feature live music from local bands and DJs, to include Kung Pao Quartet and DJ MassFX (check them out on FB).

We’ll have some of your favorite Social52 food and sign-ups for our First Annual CORNHOLE Tournament will start around noon.

We will also be giving away prizes all day and our Summmer Gas Grill Giveaway winner will be announced as well! (must be present to win)

The event is 21 and up and doors open at noon!

–$5 entry gets you 2 free samples and a commemorative souvenir Social52 cup!

***Entrance to the backyard party will be through the FRONT DOOR of Social52 and we’ll have one of our employees at the back door ready to let you into the backyard party once you pay your way! We look forward to seeing everyone on August 23rd!

Eat local. Drink local. Be SOCIAL Richmond!

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

Social 52
2619 W Main St
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in VA Beer, VA Craft Beer Month


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Last Call For Allagash Beer Dinner At Patrick Henry Pub & Grille Tonight

Mainly because I forgot it was going on until I was in Patrick Henry last night. I know there are still seats available so give them a call.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Beer Dinner


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Breakfast For Dinner With Hardywood & Midnight At Station 2 Tomorrow

Get your Banana Pancake on tomorrow at Station 2.

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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Tappings, VA Craft Beer Month


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Celebrate The Virginia Oyster Trail With Farmhouse & Wild Virginia Ales At Rappahannock Thursday

Credit: Andrew Cothern

Credit: Andrew Cothern

Earlier today Governor McAuliffe named Virginia as the oyster capital of the east coast with seven flavors of oysters found in seven different regions.  These regions make up the newly named Virginia Oyster Trail along the Chesapeake Bay.  The trail will serve as a major tourism development project to connect travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars, and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

“Virginia produces the best oysters in the world and as the oyster industry continues to grow, we want to let it be known that Virginia is also the Oyster Capital of the East Coast,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “In addition to growing, harvesting and selling the best oysters, our watermen are providing good jobs in their communities, generating revenue and tax dollars throughout their region, and helping improve the environment of the Chesapeake Bay as their oysters filter millions of gallons of water each day.”

Credit: Virginia Tourism

Credit: Virginia Tourism

Rappahannock River Oyster Co farms four different varieties of oysters, each from a different region:

  • Rappahannocks (the 1899 original) from Topping, VA — sweet, buttery full bodied taste with a refreshingly clean, crisp finish
  • Stingrays from Ware Neck, VA — sweet and mildly briny with a clean, crisp finish
  • Olde Salts from Chincoteague Bay, VA — bold sea-side brininess with a smooth, clean follow-through
  • Yorks from the York River — sweet and buttery with a mild brininess

McAuliffe also declared November as Virginia Oyster Month.

If you are like me, you can’t wait over two months to celebrate (read: devour) Virginia oysters. And you won’t have to!

Head over to Rappahannock Restaurant Thursday August 21st starting at 4pm as they tap some Virginia farmhouse and wild ales.

Here are a few of the beers to be tapped:

  • Ardent Craft Ales Saison
  • Lickinghole Creek Rosemary Saison
  • Strangeways Wild Wallonian Dawn Saison
  • Three Brothers Virginia Wild Blend
  • Triple Crossing Single Hop Saison

There will be some other surprises in store so grab a beer and down a dozen oysters or two.


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RVA BrewBQ Returns For Its Third Year This Sunday

RVA BrewBQ logo

Once known as RVA-B-Que, Richmond’s summer beer and barbecue festival returns this Sunday August 17th from Noon to 5pm as RVA BrewBQ at 17th Street Farmers’ Market.  The new name changes the beer focus to our now eleven Richmond area breweries.

Beer samples are $2 each; full pours are $6.

Satisfy your thirst with these Richmond brews:

Ardent Craft Ales — Richmond Center of the Universe — Ashland
Saison Ray Ray’s Pale Ale
Honey Ginger Oktoberfest
Extra Billy’s — Midlothian Hardywood — Richmond
Double Deke Black IPA Singel
My Only Weiss Bohemian Pilsner
Isley Brewing — Richmond Legend — Richmond
Blue Hefner Hefeweizen Oktoberfest
Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter Pilsner
Lickinghole Creek – Goochland Midnight — Goochland
Creator Hoppelbock Granite Oatmeal Stout
Saison Virginia Midway
Rusty Beaver — Ladysmith Strangeways — Richmond
Roy’s Big Bad Brown Ale Albino Monkey
Bucktooth IPA Woodbooger
Triple Crossing — Richmond
Kill the Lights Black IPA

All this local beer plus food from an array of Virginia barbecue producers including Richmond favorites like Halligan’s, Buz and Ned’s, Alamo, and Extra Billy’s.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and take a look at the important reminders below.

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Festivals, VA Craft Beer Month


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Weekend Brewer Hosting Virginia Grown Homebrew Competition With Triple Crossing & RVA Yeast Labs

Not a lot of info (yes, the due date should be 2015) but this should be very cool for you all grain homebrewers out there.  Keep an eye out for when The Weekend Brewer fills out the details on the competition page.

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Homebrewing


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