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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Beer Brunch At Ardent Craft Ales Starts At Noon

Beer brunch will be starting soon at Ardent Craft Ales with breakfast pizzas from Pizza Tonight and a special Honey Ginger donut from Dixie Donuts.  There will also be special pin tappings of Saison with Szechuan peppercorns and maybe Honey Ginger with molasses.  Go  get some!

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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in VA Beer


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Cheers To The Firkin National Beer Expo Weekend With Lickinghole Creek At Station 2 Tonight

While not an official National Beer Expo event, this Lickinghole Creek tap takeover should be a good time.  Oh and it looks like my second Farmers Market Saison pin has surfaced.

lickinghole creek firkin_7.17.14


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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Tap Takeover


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Special Richmond Brewery Tappings For National Beer Expo Tonight

National Beer ExpoRichmond area breweries are tapping some special beers in honor of the National Beer Expo today Wednesday July 16th. Most beers will be tapped at 5pm though in some cases when the breweries open.

Hardywood Centennial Wheat

Hardywood is tapping the latest beer in their Pilot Series.

American pale ale meets wheat beer in this hoppy sessionable wheat pale ale. Brewed with a 40/60 split of pale and wheat malts, hopped very generously with both Centennial and Citra hops. Lots of late kettle hop additions plus dry hopping result in a very aromatic beer. Slightly tart with lots of citrus and dank jam fruitiness. 4.8%ABV

Come in to try it on draft and take home a growler – drink specials on Wednesdays! Cielito Lindo on site through the evening.

Isley Brewing Hoptical Illusion

Isley will tap a dry hopped version of their latest beer, a Farmhouse Ale.

Legend Bourbon Barrel Release Party

Legend will tap two bourbon barrel aged beers along with two new cask beers.

Legend NBE Bourbon barrel tappings

Lickinghole Creek Spiced Batchelor’s Delight 

LCCB is tapping a cask condition pin of their rum barrel quad, Batchelor’s Delight, spiced with orange peel, vanilla beans, nutmeg, allspice, and black peppercorns. Somebody please bring me some of this beer to The Jefferson tonight. It sounds amazing!

Midnight Christmas in July

Christmas at Midnight, one of my favorite beers out of this Goochland brewery returns for one night only. It’s also their “Flat 4″ night so beers are $4 each. While you’re there, try the official Virginia State Fair beer, Virginia Midway.

Rusty Beaver Country Road Wet Hopped Harvest Ale

Rusty Beaver in Ruther Glen will tap a wet hopped beer that was brewed using an early harvest of hops from their Country Road Hop Farm just 6 miles from the brewery. The hop farm will be the site of RB’s future larger production facility.

Strangeways Wake Me Up Before You Gose with Hibiscus 

Number 3 of Strangeways’ first anniversary beers gets a dose of flower power. Try it out along with their other anniversary beers and curiosities.

Mid July Heat Buster!. It’s hot as blazes so we have some cool curiosities for ya. If you did not get a chance to taste our 3 anniversary beers (and the curiosity versions), this would be a great time to do so as all tasting goblets are one low price.

Triple Crossing Kill The Lights Black IPA & Trivia

Triple Crossing will host Trivia Night RVA and release their latest beer, Kill the Lights Black IPA. 


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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Festivals


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Capital Ale House Theme Nights For National Beer Expo Week Start Tomorrow

Sours, stouts, and IPAs…oh my! Go get some!

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Festivals


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brb…Charlottesville & Harrisonburg

Champion 3 Bros 3 Notch'd glassesYeah, I know I chose a busy weekend to get away but sometimes you just have to.  Save me some beer though…please!

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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in VA Beer


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