Sculpin Six Ways At Ballast Point’s 40 Tap Takeover Of Southern Railway Taphouse Thursday 

Celebrate 10 years of Sculpin at Southern Railway Taphouse tomorrow Thursday May 25th starting at 4pm.

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Credit: Ballast Point

Looks like Ballast Point’s east coast brewery just outside of Roanoke is just about ready.

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

Southern Railway Taphouse
100 S. 14th St
Richmond, VA 23219

Kickoff American Craft Beer Week With Collaboration Beers At Three Notch’d RVA Collab House Today

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Credit: Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

Richmond, it is once again time to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 15 – 21). Three Notch’d RVA Collab House will be have something in store each day of the week but tonight’s kickoff will be something else. 3NB has been saving up some of their favorite RVA collaboration beers and will tap them today May 15th starting at 4pm.

Here are the beers you can expect to be flowing this afternoon:

  • There Will Be Braggot Tripel (Black Heath Meadery)
  • Bloom Gose w/ Passionfruit and Guava (Stefan Original)
  • Local Leann Dry Stout (The Local Irish Pub)
  • Whize Guys IPA (Whize Apparrel)
  • Heroes PrevALE Cream Ale (Connor’s Heroes)
  • Grassroots Gose w/ Lemongrass, Hibiscus & Ginger (Goatocado)
  • Last Call Imperial Brown Ale (Library of VA)
  • Daily Ration Belgian Table Beer (American Civil War Museum)
  • Let’s Brew This! IPA (Gather Scott’s Addtion)
  • “Falstaff’s Folly” English Brown Ale (Bard Unbound)
  • “Juicy J” IPA (Joey Johnson)
  • Route 33 Imperial Porter – Bourbon Barrel-Aging since Dec 16′ (Mary Morgan 3NB Hburg Headbrewer)

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

Three Notch’d Brewing Co RVA Collab House
2930 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Grapefruit, Orange, & Cherry Make Three Totally Tubular Radlers At Strangeways Today 

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The unofficial bikers’ beer of summer returns threefold today May 11th at Strangeways.

Totally Tubular Radlers:
Apfelsine (Orange) 
Pampelmuse (Grapefruit)
Kirsche (Cherry)
3.2% ABV~20 IBU

Three thirst-quenching radlers rolling out together in one release! Originally brewed in honor of the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond in 2015, this style has been dubbed a hammock beer, a lawnmower beer, and a porch-swinging beer thanks to it’s easy-drinking characteristics and low ABV. This is one brew you can enjoy all.day.long.

The Radler style was invented in the Roaring 20’s by Bavarian Franz Xaver Kugler. The story goes that Kugler had arranged for the construction of a twelve mile bike trail through the forest from Munich straight to his establishment, in an attempt to improve business by catering to a post WWI emerging movement of recreational cycling amongst the working class. A good problem/bad problem arose when 13,000 cyclists descended upon his beer garden on a fine Saturday in June of 1922. While Kugler counted heads, he quickly surmised that he did not have enough beer to quench the thirst of all his patrons. Being a sharp businessman, the quick-thinking entrepreneur remembered he had several thousand cases of lemon soda in his cellar, a beverage that had proven a tough sell to the beer-loving Bavarian public. To save the day, while at the same time liquidate some virtually useless inventory, Kugler mixed his lager beer with the lemon soda. To further entice the cyclists to try his new creation, he dubbed the drink the Radler, which is Bavarian dialect for the German word Radfahrer, or cyclist in English. He whimsically told his customers he had developed the mixture to keep them upright on their bikes during their journey back to the city. Needless to say, it became a lasting tradition that carries on to this day in Germany. Prost and ride on!

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

Big Brew Day Turns Sweet Sixteen Saturday

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Saturday, May 6th, marks the 16th annual Big Brew Day sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. Homebrewers from around the  world choose from predetermined recipes to brew on that day.  AHA is celebrating Big Brew’s birthday by by providing three sample recipes from the upcoming 4th edition of How to Brew.

Starting at 10am, Richmond’s oldest local homebrew club, the James River Homebrewers, will be brewing at Original Gravity over on Lakeside Ave.  This is a great opportunity to learn how beer is made and promises to be a great time for all.  So drive on down and join on the fun.  Get there by 1pm to join in on the worldwide toast. Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Original Gravity
6118 Lakeside Ave.
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 264-4808

UPDATE: Sierra Nevada has shared the homebrew version of their Ruthless Rye IPA.

In Richmond, Cinco de Mayo Means Lager For Beer 

Cinco de Mayo is this Friday May 5th.  In the beer world that means you drink lagers, specifically Mexican lagers.

Richmond, if you are looking for a local option, you are in luck because both Hardywood and the Veil will have events Friday evening featuring their own Mexican lagers starting at 4pm.

Wax Museum Vinyl Showcase + Blancoveza Draft Release at Hardywood

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It’s First Friday AND Cinco de Mayo! Our taproom opens at 4PM with a new draft-only beer, Blancoveza, a crisp and clean Mexican-style lager from our lead brewer, Kevin Storm. Beat the heat and kick off the weekend with a refreshing glass of this classic style!

Tonight’s entertainment (5PM) includes vinyl DJ’s and original artwork being created on the spot! Wax Museum is a curated audio-visual experience presented by some of RVA’s most established vinyl selectors in collaboration with Hardywood and NATIVES. It is a celebration of the analog beauty of record album culture in this hyper-digital era that we live in. This monthly event brings the public closer to classic creative soireé environments while also blending unique “flavors” of sound similar to the variety of brews on tap at Hardywood.

This month’s Artists On Location are Sarah Gossett (http://saragossett.com/home.html) and Chris Visionz. They will be painting live and delivering some interpretations of the hand selected tracks from the evening’s selectors:

Area Woman
Rattan
Mikemetic¬ – Afro-Latin Rhythmatics
The man behind RVA’s Afro Beta and Brazilica events digs in the crates to bring global dance rhythms that cross the electronic spectrum
Negrita – Swingin’ Jazz + Calypso
As RVA’s only mother-to-be on the turntables, Negrita will be deviating from her normal Cold Cruel Swirl, and will be bringing some swinging jazz and calypso sounds to the Hardywood soundsystem

Sammich will be here serving great eats all evening long!

Cinco de Mayo & Jackson Flavor can release at the Veil Brewing Co.

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Credit: The Veil Brewing Co

Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us and Intergalactic Tacos. We will be releasing our Mexican Lager, Jackson Flavor in cans and on draft ($12+tax/4pack; approx 90-100 cases; 3x 4 packs per person). Intergalactic Tacos will be slinging tacos until they sell out. Open 4-10pm. Come Hang!

There are no limes required for these beers but no one will fault you if you feel like partying.

Cheers!

Under Construction…

October? Yes, October. That was the last time I felt like putting any energy into this blog.

Why? It’s not really its fault but let’s blame 2016. For much of the year, it felt like talking about beer was silly considering there were much more important things than beer happening in the world. Honestly, I still feel that way sometimes. For six months, I have struggled with depression and let it stop me from sharing my love for Richmond, VA. It was all too easy to convince myself that the obstacles that kept me from writing were so insurmountable that it was better to quit all together. That was a mistake.

I’m going to do my best to change that today. Past readers should notice a new format to the site. What do you think? I’m not totally sold yet. There may be a few more changes down the line.

There is no telling what the future holds but for now here are some things to get you by.

Swine & Brine at Ardent Craft Ales — April 8th Noon to 6pm

Swine & Brine has moved to Saturday for its third year at Ardent. Ardent has done away with the previous years’ ticket costs and made this year free to enter. Food and beer tickets are $6 each though some food items may take multiple tickets. Check out this menu.

Food menu for Swine & Brine is up, check it out! This and more info on our Facebook (link in bio), website, and Untappd events.

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Oysters, pork, and beer! What more could you want?

Party for the Glorious People at Lickinghole Creek — April 8th Noon to 9pm

Goochland, Lickinghole Creek has you covered with a double release of Supreme Leader and Great Commander. Get over to the farm for these award winning beers.

Three Year Anniversary Party at Triple Crossing Foushee — April 15th Noon

Triple Crossing will celebrate the anniversary of their downtown location with a special edition of Clever Girl IPA double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic. In addition to their own beers, TC will have a few guest taps flowing.

Third Thursday at the Veil — April 20 4pm

Yes, their anniversary party sold out in no time flat but you can still toast to their success by checking out the Third Thursday event.

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Credit: The Veil Brewing Co

The Spins: Vinyl Listening Party with Gorillaz ‘Demon Days’ at Triple Crossing Foushee — April 27th 7pm

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Credit: Vinyl Me, Please

This listening party has me excited like nothing else before it.  For one, taking on record collecting as a new hobby became a comfort when all I could feel was sad and angry. Of course, I was buying a lot of blues early on. Joining Vinyl Me, Please was the best decisions I’ve made so far. I’ve wanted to attend one of these listening sessions for past records-of-the-month but the closest location, Starr Hill Brewing, was just too far on a Thursday night. I’m ecstatic to see that Triple Crossing will start hosting these with the Gorillaz “Demon Days” reissue.  They are even bringing back their Demon Days Hoppy Red Ale for this.

Oh yeah and the 27th also just so happens to be my 40th birthday. If that’s not a reason to celebrate then I don’t know. Let’s party, Richmond!

Sign up for the club and get $10 to use in their store through this link.

Thank you to my friends who have encouraged me even if they didn’t know how much I was hurting. Let’s just not call this a comeback….you know the rest.

Take it LL…..

Celebrate Richmond Beer’s Renaissance At Hardywood’s Fifth Anniversary Saturday 

The renaissance of the Richmond beer scene start with the opening of Hardywood five years ago. Celebrate their success this Saturday October 22nd starting at 1pm.

Offering for the first time, the backbone of Trickery, Foolery & Ruse: Hardywood Cassowary!

Cloaked in black and crowned with vibrant color, the cassowary is the embodiment of prehistoric grace and primal ferocity. Our imperial milk stout is equally bold and unapologetically rich, presenting a balanced aroma of chocolate truffle and dark fruits followed by leather, toffee and almond that linger on the palate and earn the name Hardywood Cassowary; a graceful behemoth in the beer world. 11% ABV

Hardywood Cassowary will be available in 750mL bottles ONLY (no draft at this time). 4 bottle limit per guest! Here’s how it’s going to work:
·There will be a 4 bottle limit per person for this first time run.
·With this being a first release, we will plan for a line.
·At 11:45AM we will distribute tickets to the first 270 guests, reserving ticket holders an opportunity to purchase up to 4 bottles.
·The bottle sale will begin at 1PM when the brewery opens for service.
·You must be in line, in chronological order at 1PM to redeem your ticket for bottles.
·If bottles remain after the first 270 guests, we will continue to sell through at a 4 bottle limit per person until the last bottle is sold.

[Hardywood Cassowary WILL be returning both in bottles AND on draft in the future. Our brewers are working hard to make more of this beer available soon. STAY TUNED!]

In celebration of 5 years of collaboration with our friends at Brown Distributing- Richmond, VA, we’re showcasing the work of fellow brewers from around the state of Virginia! Here’s the list:

Ardent Craft Ales – New England IPA
Bold Rock Hard Cider – IPA (India Pressed Apple) 16oz. cans
Center of the Universe Brewing – Oktoberfest
Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Wood Bear
Isley Brewing Company – Choosy Mother
Kindred Spirit Brewing – Headspace
Legend Brewing Company – Ghost Rider
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Supreme Leader
Midnight Brewery – Purdy Mechanic IPA
Steam Bell Beer Works – Tiramisu Stout
STRANGEWAYS BREWING – Must Be Nice
The Answer Brewpub – Sailboat Worthy
Triple Crossing Brewing – Falcon Smash

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

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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