Valentines for Craft Beer Lovers

Are you in love with a craft beer enthusiast and haven’t figured out how to celebrate Valentine’s weekend? Don’t worry. I have a few options for you to consider.  You’ll have to act fast on this first one as it happens today.

Thursday February 9th

Devils Backbone Beer Dinner
TJ’s at the Jefferson is back for 2012 with a very special beer dinner with Devil’s Backbone! Come out and enjoy some delicious VA beers paired up with seasonal cuisine at TJ’s inside the Jefferson Hotel!  Dinner starts at 7pm and is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Please call 804.649.4672 or email at for more information.


Thursday, February 9th at 7pm
TJ’s at the Jefferson


Salad of Winter Baby Roots with 8 Point IPA
Composed Greens, Pumper-Nut Soil, Malted Barley Vinaigrette

Hay Smoked Duck Breast with Vienna Lager
Braised Escarole and Leeks, Duck Confit & Yukon Potato Cake

Schwartz Braised Lamb Osso Bucco with Schwartzbier
Chestnut Spaetzle, Charred Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions, Natural Jus and Toasted Cream

Winter Fruit Compote Financier with Scotch Ale
Brown Butter Ice Cream, Maple Crumble

$50.00 Per Person
Plus Tax and Gratuity

Please contact Jonathan Kibiloski at 804.649.4672
or by email at

Friday February 10th

Sweethearts for the Arts: Speakeasy

Gallery 5 hosts a night of burlesque and booze to benefit Art on Wheels. If I didn’t already have plans out of town, I would most likely be heading to this event.  Gallery 5 is the only gallery in Richmond where you can get craft beer.  For that reason alone, it has been one of my favorite places to go in the city.  Read more about the event here.

Saturday February 11th

Mad Fox Brewing Barleywine Festival

Looking to get out of the city? Try heading up to Falls Church, VA to sample at least 28 barleywines. This is the second year for Mad Fox Brewing’s Barleywine Festival.  This is actually part of my weekend plan.   Not only do you get an amazing selection of barleywines, but you get the top notch food from Chef Russell. Here are a few barleywines that caught my eye:

  • Mad Fox Oaked Slobberknocker Barleywine 2011 Draught 8% ABV
  • Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine 2010 Draught 15% ABV
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine 2011 Draught 10.2% ABV
  • Hebrew Genesis 15:15 2011 Draught 13.4% ABV
  • Terrapin Beer Company/Brasserie Franches Montagnes Spike & Jeromes Cuvée Délirante, Rum Barrel-Aged Rye Barleywine 2010 Draught 12%+ ABV

Check out the rest of the list here.

Can Can Virginia Tap Takeover

Starting at 5pm Can Can Brasserie will feature draft beer selections from eight of Virginia’s finest breweries. A silent auction and raffle featuring donations from local businesses and artisans that will benefit the Pink Ink Fund set up by Amy Black of Trademark Tattoo in Carytown.

Draft Selection:

Legend Pilsner
Hardywood Park Singel
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
Roanoke Railhouse IPA
Starr Hill The love
O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA
Bull & Bones Maroon Effect
Wolf Hills Wolf’s Den Double IPA


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