Monthly Archives: March 2012

Hardywood Park News Roundup


If you follow them on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve seen a lot of news come out of Hardywood this week. I’m going to do my best to summarize it all.

First off, Thursday March 29th from 4 – 8pm, Hardywood will launch their Pilot Series.  The Hardywood Pilot Series  will initially feature Strawberry Basil Witbier, Cedar IPA, Grand Cru, Bourbon Mocha Belgique, Bourbon Singel, and Bourbon Imperial Milk Stout. This exercise in creativity for the brewers will give them the opportunity to gather feedback on potential future commercial-scale releases.  So head up to the tasting room and weigh in on which beer Hardywood will send up to the big leagues.  I really want to taste the Strawberry Basil Witbier so I hope there is some Friday or Saturday when I’m able to make it by.

That’s not all Thursday has to offer from Hardywood.  Whole Foods Short Pump will be having a local cheese and beer tasting with Hardywood’s Patrick Murtaugh as a special guest.  The tasting goes from 5 – 7pm.

Probably, the biggest news of the week is the next entry in Hardywood’s Reserve Series, Hoplar.  Hoplar is an imperial India Pale Ale (IPA) conditioned on Virginia Tulip Poplar wood.  In keeping with their local and environmental focus, Hardywood is using Tulip Poplar recycled from trees that fell during Hurricane Isabel on Bell Creek Rd in Mechanicsville.  Richmond-based CitiWood Urban Forest Products helped transform the fallen Poplar into custom designed infusion sticks to enhance both flavor and aroma. You’re first chance to get this beer will be Saturday, March 31st from 2 – 8pm.

Remember how awhile back I was very excited over Hardywood going to SAVOR? Well, the time is coming up fast on when you will be able to buy tickets if you plan on joining them in Washington, DC.  Here are the details on how to get tickets from the Brewers Association:

Tickets On Sale April 5

Tickets to the 2012 edition of SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience go on sale to the public Thursday, April 5 at 10:00 am MDT.

SAVOR takes place June 8-9, 2012 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. All tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster. Each individual may purchase a total of four (4) tickets to any combination of the Friday and Saturday night sessions. Ticket buyers may only purchase a Salon ticket(s) for the night that corresponds to their general admission ticket(s).

Membership Status for Presale

Members of the Brewers Association (BA) and the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) are eligible to purchase tickets during the members presale, April 3 at 10:00 am MDT. You must join or renew (AHA; BA) before March 30 to be eligible for the pre-sale. Tickets will likely sell out the day of the general public sale.

Doggy Draft Takeover at Station 2

Today, March 27th, Station 2 releases the hounds in its most creatively named tap takeover to date.  Benefiting, Fetch A Cure, their Doggy Draft Takeover will feature beers or breweries with dog in the name.  You can even vote for your favorite to be featured during their dog days of summer.  Without further ado, here’s the pack line-up:

The hounds will be loosed at 6pm.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

2016 East Main St.
Richmond, VA 23223

Richmond Taps the Oberon

Bells Oberon tappings are happening nationwide today, March 26th.  Richmond is no different. In fact, I know of at least three places around town where you’ll be able to snag some of this beer: 

Whole Foods Short Pump
11173 W. Broad St.
Glen Allen, VA23060
(804) 364-4050

Cary St Cafe
2631 W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-7445

Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
3600 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 231-2030

All tapppings start at 5pm.  Hopefully unlike the mythical Oberon, disputes over this beer will not adversely affect the weather. 

Craft Beer Seminars at Sedona Taphouse

Haven’t had a chance to check out Sedona Taphouse?  Me either, but that should change today. Sedona has been having beer seminars every Sunday since February. Sunday, March 25th at 1pm, Mike Killelea will be talking about the history as well as the bright future in store for Virginia breweries. Mike is the chairman of the VA Craft Brewers Guild as well as the head brewer at Legend Brewing.  The VCBG is responsible for leading the charge for the passing of SB604.  Due to their efforts, you will be able to enjoy a pint at your favorite VA brewery on July 1st. So head over to Midlothian and check out what he has to say and thank him for what the VCBG has done and will continue to do to promote Virginia beer.

Sedona Taphouse
15732 Wc Commons Way
Midlothian, VA, 23113
(804) 379-0037

Founders All Star Night at Cap Ale Innsbrook

Did you miss out on the Founders KBS  that hit town earlier this week?  Not to worry, Capital Ale House Innsbrook is giving you another chance to get some at their Founders All Star Night. March 23rd at 6pm. They will have all the coveted Founders beers for your enjoyment!

The All Star lineup is as follows:

Founders KBS
Founders Blushing Monk
Founders Backwoods Bastard
Founders Imperial Stout
Founders Double Trouble
Founders CBS (Tasters only)

These beers will go quickly so be there early to get your share.  For  more info, head over to the Facebook event here.

Two Beer Cases and a Tasting

The rebirth or Ellwood’s Cafe inside of Ellwood Thompson’s isn’t the only thing happening inside Carytown’s favorite local grocer.  Take a look at their new beer cooler.

Doesn’t it look amazing?!  Admit it, you want to go buy some beer right now.  Best of all, this is in addition to the cooler in the back of the store.

Welcome AW Shucks Country Store to the growing number of places where you can find craft beer in the greater Richmond area.  You will find beer in packs, singles, as well as draft. Be on the look out for a selection from Virginia breweries at their “Virginia door.”  Friday, March 23rd, AW Shucks will be tasting Devil’s Backbone Belgian Congo, the brewery’s brand new Belgian pale ale, from 6 – 8pm.

AW Shucks Country Store
6100 Pouncey Tract Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 364-0977

Belgian Beer Dinner at The Blue Goat

There are only a few seats left for The Blue Goat’s Belgian Beer Dinner on Tuesday March 20th.  If you’re still on the fence about this dinner, take a look at the tasty course from Chef Kevin LaCivita.


Melitzano Eggplant Caviar : Roasted then blended and served chilled with extra virgin olive oil, parsley & lemon over bruschetta
Hardywood Singel

Moules-frites. Sauteed with Belgium Beer with garlic butter in a fînes herb sauce
Westmalle Dubbel

Pollen dusted seared scallops, basil oil drizzle with tallegio cheese
Weyerbacher Merry Monks

House made Ravioli stuffed with braised goat, ricotta, Swiss chard with sage brown butter sauce and shaved Pecorino Romano
La Trappe Quadrupel

The dinner starts at 6:30pm and costs $45/person excluding tax and tip . To RSVP: call (804) 288-8875 or email but make sure  you act fast.

The Blue Goat
5710 Grove Ave.
Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 288-8875

Capital Ale House Anniversary Beer: Month 3

Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, Capital Ale House will unveil it’s third tenth anniversary beer on Friday, March 16th at 6pm.  Fittingly, the beer will be from O’Connor Brewing from Norfolk, VA. Barmbrack (/ba:mbrak/) Irish Stout was brewed using an old family Irish bread recipe using raisins, black currants, and cinnamon.  You can expect notes of chocolate melding with the fruitiness from the raisins and black currants followed by a pleasing cinnamon finish.  While this high gravity (8.5% ABV) Irish stout will be tapped at all Cap Ale locations, you will only be able to meet brewery owner Kevin O’Connor at the Downtown location.  For more information, go to the Facebook event.

Growler King Says…

It’s time for half off growler fills at Whole Foods Short Pump.  That’s right all day Friday March 16th, you can walk into Whole Foods and have your growler filled for half of what it normally costs. But what’s a day like this without something to look forward to? Here’s the list of of kegs to be tapped for Whole Foods Half off day:

This is just a sampling of what will be available; there’s bound to be some surprises as well.  Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

Not in Richmond? So far I’ve only heard that the Charlottesville location to be having the half off specials.  If the Whole Foods near you has draft available, you might want to go ask about this.

Special guests at Short Pump include Eric and Patrick from Hardywood, Mike from Legend and Jonathan from Heavy Seas.

It all starts at 8AM and goes until close or THEY RUN OUT OF BEER!


Come Brew with Us: RVA Edition

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to brew your own beer but lack the motivation? Loveland Distributing, in conjunction with Samuel Adams, is hosting a Text-to-Win contest to help you do just that.  They have recruited James River Homebrewers‘ members, yours truly included, to act as mentors to the lucky winners.

To Enter: Text “BREW” to 71280.  A message will pingback with a link to an online form.

The last day to enter is March 17th. Winners will be selected on March 19th and paired with mentors.  Five winners will receive the following supplies as a starter kit:

7.8 gallon Primary Bucket
5 gallon Glass Carboy
Fermentation Lock and Stopper
Autosiphon and tubing
Triple Scale Hydrometer with sampling tube
Floating Thermometer
Bottle and Carboy brush
Bottle Filler
The Complete Joy of Home Brewing

Winners and mentors will develop recipes to brewed at Original Gravity on March 31st.  Finally, apprentice brewers will have the opportunity of pouring their beers at the Flavor Beer and Food Festival at Innsbrook Pavilion on June 2nd.