Monthly Archives: October 2011

Pumpkin Beer Waffles


Friday night, I attended the Heavy Seas tasting at Once Upon A Vine South. Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sission was even in attendance had brought a special firkin of Winter Storm filled with Maryland grown Chinook hops. Both Storms were delicious and I even got a signed poster!  A bonus at the tasting were the snacks made using Heavy Seas different beers; you can find a few of those recipes here. It’s only fitting that when I had my first taste of Great Pumpkin, I knew it was destined for the beer waffles I was planning for a scary movie party. Of course, feel free to use your favorite pumpkin beer. Don’t have a favorite yet then there’s still time to get some pumpkin beer at The Camel. In the meantime, here is my recipe for Pumpkin Beer Waffles. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Beer Waffles


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups  pumpkin beer — (12 fluid ounce)
3/4 cup  unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons  honey
1 tablespoon  vanilla extract
1/4 cup  dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons  cornstarch
4 teaspoons  baking powder
1 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon  ginger
1/8 teaspoon  cloves
1/4 teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg*
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin


Lightly oil the waffle iron with vegetable oil, and set it to the desired temperature.

Sift dry ingredients except for brown sugar into large bowl.  Add brown sugar and whisk to combine.

Separate eggs: yolks go in a medium sized bowl and whites get set aside in a smaller bowl.

Add pumpkin, beer, honey, vanilla, and milk to the egg yolks. Whisk to blend and set aside.

Whip egg whites with a hand mixer on high until stiff peaks form – about 1 – 2 minutes. Set aside.

Pour melted butter into the pumpkin beer mixture. As you pour, whisk to combine.

Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix them together until just combined. A little lumpiness is fine. That will smooth out when the egg whites are added.

Slide the whipped egg whites out of the bowl and onto the mixture you just prepared. Gently fold them in until no white bits are obvious.

Once the waffle iron is heated, you’re ready to pour the batter. Cook waffles according to iron instruction.

Yield: 6 Belgian waffles

Six To Try at The Camel’s Pumpkin Tap Takeover

The Camel is putting their newly expanded beer taps to good use by having a Pumpkin Tap Takeover starting Saturday and GayRVA has the scoop:

In the Spirit of Halloween…

The Camel presents a “Pumpkin Tap Takeover”

From Oct. 22 through Oct. 31, check out live music nightly and drink up.  Several pumpkin and OctoberFest brews will be featured on one of The Camel’s 28 beers on tap.

Here are the six Halloween brews I am looking forward to trying and think you should be too.

Punkin Ale

Probably Dogfish’s most popular seasonal beer. Dogfish employees are allowed to take home on e case of beer per month but the demand for Punkin is so high that employees are almost never allowed to take any of it home.


Out of Southern Tier’s extensive selection of beers, Pumking is the only one brewed using pagan spirits.

Farmhouse Pumpkin

Hardywood uses locally sourced pumpkins that are grilled before being added to the boil.    Watch the video of as they brew the beer for the first time here.  Come out to Hardywood’s launch party this Saturday and drink some more pumpkin as well as their other beers.


Heavy Seas has to be one of my favorite breweries around so of course I look forward to trying their Oktoberfest.


Sixpoint’s wet-hopped pumpkin beer using Citra hops in conjunction with ginger and white pepper.  Using freshly harvested hops in beer has become very popular but this is the first pumpkin beer that I’ve heard to use wet-hopping.

Great Pumpkin

Yes, Heavy Seas made the list twice. Well, I did say they are one of my favorites.  Maybe this is The Great Pumpkin Linus was waiting for in that Peanuts special.  Hopefully, Linus found time to enjoy it once he was old enough to drink.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Fantoberfest: A Microbrew and Music Festival

If you can’t find a festival in Richmond this weekend, you’re not trying hard enough. Not only is the Richmond Folk Festival happening this weekend, it’s got a bit of competition.  Fantoberfest is a ten hour microbrew and music festival happening in the Fan, if that wasn’t plainly obvious in the name.  Local bands featured include  Kings of Belmont, The Big Payback (a James Brown cover band), Peoples Blues of Richmond, and No BS Brass Band (last year’s folk festival stand out). Headliners, Less Than Jake, inclusion on the neighborhood fetival ticket had one local music blogger doing a double take; I take this to mean who ever put these acts together did something right. 

Fantoberfest will boast 10 -12 microbrews with $5 pints & $3 half pint tasting portions.  If that wasn’t enough, your first pint is free with the price of admission ($12 in advance/$15 at door).  Virginia breweries featured include two 2011 Great American Beer Festival medal winners, Starr Hill and Devil’s Backbone, and the new guys in town, Hardywood.  Here is the current list of breweries:

Starr Hill Brewery

Legend Brewery

Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Food will be available for purchase from Star-Lite, Lady Nawlins, FW Sullivans, and Delux. Whether you go for the music or the beer, expect to have a great time.

Buy your tickets here. 

Empress Teases Fall Menu with Beer Tasting

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.

The Empress
2043 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
(804) 592-4000

BEER-istoric Tour of Richmond

Well, I totally missed this one.  Tickets for a beer-centric historical tour of Richmond went on sale Oct 3rd at the downtown Capital Alehouse and Mekong. Yesterday, Mekong sold out of their tickets yesterday and as of a few minutes ago Capital Ale only had a few left.  Below is the original copy from the Facebook event

Learn about the history of Richmond Beer dating back to its beginning!

Tickets will go on sale October 3rd at Capital Ale House Downtown and Mekong Is For Beer Lovers.
Last year we only had room for 60 and sold out in less than 2 weeks. This year we have added another bus and increased the size to 100 people!

Those who loved this last year, this tour will be slightly different and so will the beers!

Tickets will be $20.00 per person and all profits will go to the Bottom 2 Back bus line.

Will include at least 5 Beer-centric locations and at least 8 Local Breweries with special brews!

This will be the last event for “Richmond Beer Week”
Sunday November 13th.

Hosts: Virginia Historians Mike Gorman & Eric Mink
Route and Special Guests will be announced October 1st!

With demand being so high and the date being a month away, I’m really hoping they add another bus.  What are you doing still reading?  Get over to Capital Alehouse now and get a ticket.  Buy me two while you’re at it.