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Libbie Market is celebrating their three year anniversary by hosting a local beer tasting at their Ridgefield location today Saturday February 9th from 1 to 4pm.
Here is what they will be sampling:
Starr Hill: Love, Saison
Legend: Golden IPA, Maibock, Brown Ale
Devils Backbone: Dark Abbey, Schwartz Bier
Bold Rock: Virginia Apple, Virginia Draft
St. George: Porter (draft)
Beach Brewing: Hoptopus (draft)
Blue Mountain (draft)
Midnight: Not My Job Brown (draft)
Mud Hound Brewing: Oatmeal Stout (draft-only) RVA debut
Others: 3 Brothers Brewing & COTU
If that were not enough, drop your name or business card into a drawing for:
(1) Hardywood Original Gingerbread Stout ’12
(1) Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Gingerbread Stout ’12
(2) Hardywood Park Craft Brewery GBS Glasses
Taste something you like? Growler fills will be available on all draft items.
Libbie Market Ridgefield
10470 Ridgefield Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233
Head over to Mekong this Saturday February 9th to participate in a bottle share thrown by the Good People Beer Club with Screens N Suds to raise money to benefit MS Society.
The bottle share will be GPBC’s first and they hope annual event run at the same time with an event in NYC. They are focusing on more malt forward beers for this sharing session and ask that you bring your best stouts, porters, barleywines, scotch ales, etc. $10 gets you in at the door and you will receive 10 pours for each 22oz bottle and 5 pours for each 12oz bottle you bring.
Beer Theater is back for another installment in Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall tonight June 21st. Brewmaster Fred Colby of Laughing Dog Brewing will be the guest for this Skype tasting session. Doors open at 5:30pm; the six beer tasting will run from 6-7pm. Cap Ale will offer happy hour special as well as an after event special.
The tasting menu will be selected from the following beers:
Cover charge for the tasting is $10 and can be purchased in advance here or at the door.
The Brewer’s Association has released the breweries selected to attend SAVOR for 2012. Congratulations go out to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for being selected to attend SAVOR this coming June in Washington, DC! Richmond, you should be very proud to have Hardywood represent us at the premier food and craft beer event in our nation’s capital. Other Virginia breweries selected to attend include Devils Backbone (Supporting Brewery), Capitol City Brewing, and Port City Brewing. View the full list of breweries here and read up on my experience at last year’s SAVOR here. Once again, congrats Hardywood on the well deserved selection! I hope to be joining you up there this year!
In their last Tuesday Tasting of the month, The Empress will take diners on a tour of five dark beers and exciting food pairings. Aaron Hoskin’s first pairing gives me something I’ve been waiting to see in Richmond for a long time, DUCK FAT FRIES!
Unlike most of their tastings this one is not gluten-free and there will not be gluten-free options available. However, there will be vegetarian options available for the tasting. The tasting is $25 and starts at 7pm sharp and reservations are strongly recommended. See more over at the Facebook event here.
2043 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Saturday after Thanksgiving I was able to make it back into town to experience Stout Fest at Wine & Beer Westpark. Now I have been to Westpark’s Beer Theater but never a tasting combined with a general store queue. So imagine my excitement when I come across Westpark’s monthly tasting scheduled for tonight starting at 5:30. Tonight Westpark presents Advanced Tastematics with exhilarating beers from Cigar City, 21st Amendment, DuClaw, Dogfish Head, The Bruery, Stone, Schneider and BFM. Here’s the list of brews to be sampled:
Wine & Beer Westpark
9631 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060
5:30 — 7pm
The Empress will be holding a seasonal beer pairing as they unveil their new Fall/Winter menus. They will be pairing the beers below with five items from the new dinner menu. Unlike previous Tuesday Tasting, they are keeping the food pairings a secret. Normally, I would be concerned not knowing the menu but this is Empress we are talking about. Anyone who has eaten there knows that anything that comes out of that kitchen will be nothing short of spectacular.
Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale
Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle & clean as Colorado-snow finish with flavors of pale & caramel malts with a touch of bitter hops. ABV 5.41%
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
Aclassic German Oktoberfest with sweet malt throughout, a touch of hops at the finish and some hints of orange & spice. ABV 5.8%
Buffalo Bill’s American Pumpkin Ale
George Washington may have made the first American pumpkin beer. This beer uses with real baked & roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg , this microbrew delivers “pumpkin pie in a bottle.” ABV 5.2%
Crispin English Dry Cider (Empress Style)
Traditional farmhouse cider bouquet with soft subtle natural apple sweetness up front & a slightly woody dry lingering finish. Spiked with Empress Apple Cider to create the most wonderful cold seasonal cider experience in RVA. ABV 5.8%
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Beer with a kick. a dark ale & espresso bean brew with elements of chocolate, malt, cocoa and vanilla with a balanced sweet bitterness. ABV 7.5%
Head over to the event page to read more about the tasting. Call to reserve your spot. Tasting starts at 7pm for $25. I hope to see you there and be surprised right along with you as we taste our way into Fall.
2043 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
So here I am in Denver and all I can think about is how awesome tonight’s beer pairing at The Empress. Ok, maybe not the only thing, but if I were there this would be on my top of my list of things to do tonight. So why all the excitement over this pairing? Well, imagine for a change that you could not enjoy a majority of beers because of the debilitating side effects caused by being a celiac. Now, I’m actually surprised it’s taken Carly & Melissa this long to come up this event. I imagine finding six gluten free beers that would pair well with food was a challenge. I remember going to Whole Foods and looking for gluten free beer to take to a friend and only finding two choices. I’m pleased to see that this number has increased. I am a true believer that there should be a beer for everyone to enjoy without risking their health. With their plans to produce a strawberry gluten-free beer, it appears that Dogfish Head agrees with me. I hope the inevitable success of this beer prompts other craft brewers to follow suit.
Wow, sorry about getting all soapboxy on you. I’ll step down and get back to the food. If there is anyone in Richmond that could pull this off, it would be the ladies of The Empress. Take a look at the menu below complete with personal invitation from The Empress(es) themselves.
This week we are treating all of our fellow “glutenites” to a night of carefree fun. Our 6 gluten free beers (no ciders tonight) will be paired with 6 foods we crave yet can NEVER eat. You don’t have to be gluten free to enjoy this tasting, but if you are then you might just be in heaven. Our menus are much more health conscious usually, but we wanted to really give you all what we think you crave the most.
St Peters G-Free 4.2% with GF Fried Cheese Sticks
Described as ‘a clean, crisp gluten-free ale with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin from American Amarillo hops.
New Grist Sorghum Session 5.75% with GF Seitan Sliders on GF Italian Rolls
Lighted toasted malts upfront. Possibly some hop character hiding in the background, lending just a hint of bitterness. Finish is sweet and tart like green apples.
Redbridge 4.8% with GF Deep Pan Pizza w/ Crispy Chorizo, Mozzarella, Bella Vitano & Fresh Basil with Homemade Tomato Sauce
A rich red ale, full-bodied lager brewed from sorghum for a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste.
Brooklyn Bards 5.0% with Bison, Vegetable, & Cheese Stuffed GF Shells with Red Sauce
Grainy malt up front with some lightly sour bread notes. Some dry caramel in the middle and a bit of spicy hop character. The dry toast character lingers into the finish with moderate hop bitterness and some more herbal hop flavor.
Greens Triple 8.5% with GF Fried Chicken w/ Red Cabbage Slaw
Similar to the aroma, it is too sweet and grainy. That said, it has some nice layers of fleshy fruit, banana and clove. Ends with a stitch of spicy hops
Greens Endeavor Dubbel 7% with GF Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
The taste is red fruit, sweet, overripe grapes, some nondescript earthy graininess, and soft, slightly funky, Belgian yeast. The carbonation is average, the body light, and a bit watery. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness persisting, getting warmer in concert with the temperature.
The Empress has doubled the number of seats they normally hold becuase of the buzz surrounding this tasting. Make sure you get yours by reserving a spot on the event page. Tasting starts at 7pm for $25.
2043 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
After almost two months, today is the day when Richmond will finally get the opportunity to enjoy New Belgium beers locally. You saw what my initial picks were back then. We will see if any of those besides Fat Tire were selected. A little birdie tells me that Whole Foods in Short Pump will be sampling their New Belgium selection all day today. So head out and give something new a try.