Monthly Archives: May 2012

New Belgium Takeover at Bar Louie

Today is just the day of dueling tap takeovers.  If you’re going to be in Short Pump tonight, Thursday May 31st, check out Bar Louie for a New Belgium tap takeover.

Bar Louie will have the following New Belgium mainstays:

Fat Tire
Ranger IPA
Belgo IPA

But wait, there’s more. Three beers from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series also on hand for the evening:

Cocoa Mole Ale
Tart Lychee
Biere de Mars

Bar Louie
11788 W. Broad St.
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 440-7301

Devils Backbone Steals Sedona’s Taps

Tonight, May 31st, head out to Sedona Taphouse for Devils Backbone Steal the Glass/Tap Takeover night! Beers featured for the night include:

  • Bavarian Dark Lager
  • Gold Leaf Lager
  • Reilly’s Red Ale
  • Black Rock Milk Stout
  • Pear Lager
  • India Pale Lager
  • Vision Quest (collaboration with Beer Run)
  • Vienna Lager
  • 8 Point IPA
  • Belgian Congo Pale Ale
  • plus, a special cask conditioned pin

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

Flavor Festival Enters Second Year

Flavor – Beer, Wine, & Food Festival is back for its second year this Saturday, June 2nd from noon to 6pm at the Innsbrook SnagAJob Pavilion. A $25 sampling ticket will grant you access to over 60 beers on tap in the main area of the festival, including 9 beers from Wild Wolf, 10 from Sierra, 6 from Sam Adams, 4 Duck-Rabbit (including the new Hoppy Bunny ABA!) and many, many others.

For $10 more, you can get into the VIP section, which will feature a cheese and chocolate pairing by Whole Foods Short Pump with 9 special beers exclusive.

Exclusive Beers
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
Sierra Nevada 2010 Bigfoot Barleywine
Ovila Belgian Quad
Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA
Wild Wolf Strawberry Schwarzcake
Brew Ridge Trail Collaboration Ale (Belgian Wit brewed with honey and pear), brewed by Blue Mountain, Devil’s Backbone and Wild Wolf at Wild Wolf Brewery
Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA
Samuel Adams Norse Legend Sahti (Nordic Ale brewed with juniper berries)
Cricket Hill Imperial IPA

Cheeses (all Whole Foods Market exclusives):
Havanero Cheddar
Robusto (Aged Gouda)
Smoked Seaside Cheddar
Azores Flores
Belavitano Balsamic

Caramel covered with Dark chocolate and sea salt paired with Bigfoot Barleywine

Head to the Facebook event page or festival website for more information.  Buy tickets for the festival here.

Innsbrook SnagAJob Pavilion

4901 Lakebrook Drive
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

Hardywood Throws Great Corn-Holy-O Tournament!

I know there’s a Beavis & Butthead joke to be made here.  Get it out of your system now.



Hardywood will hold their first annual corn hole tournament Saturday June 2nd at 11:30am.  Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit Area 10 Global’s 2012 Mission Team to Petit Bourg de Borgne, Haiti.  First prize in the tournament includes a private tour of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery with the founders for the winning team and eight of their friends. 

Team registration ends Friday June 1st.  Use promo code “Hardywood” to save 30% on registration here.

Heaed over to the Facebook event for more information.

James River Homebrewer’s Dominion Cup Goes Pro-Am

Homebrewers, how would you like to have one of your beers brewed by Hardywood?  Well, here’s your chance.  James River Homebrewers have partnered with Hardywood to make the 19th annual Dominion Cup a Pro-Am competition.  Hardywood Park will collaborate with the winning homebrewer to scale up and brew their beer on their professional equipment and offer for sale to their distribution area. The brew will also be entered into the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Pro-AM Competition for further consideration.  The Dominion Cup will be held on August 11, 2012; entries are due by July 30th at either Hardywood Park, Weekend Brewer, or Original Gravity.  Last year’s Dominion Cup saw over 700 entries.  The competition will most likely far exceed that number but that should not stop you from entering.  Besides you can’t win if you don’t enter.  See full competition details here.

My Designs for New Capital Ale House Growlers

Capital Ale House try these new Hydroflask growler designs on for size. These are the same stainless steel growlers used by Hardywood.  On the left, you’ll see I used your 10th Anniversary logo; this limited edition growler would be a great take home item for your fans to celebrate the occasion.  People will still want growlers after the limited version is gone; image on the right shows growler with your current logo.

Richmond Food Cart Derby Revs Up This Sunday

The final event of American Craft Beer Week is almost here.  The Richmond Food Cart Derby will take place on Sunday, May 20th at the 17th St Farmer’s Market from 11am-6pm. Presented by Taste the LocalStyle Weekly, Monkey Dish Media, 2BNB, Richmond 17th Street Farmers Market, Clear Channel, Radio Rubber Room, and Brown Distributing, the event will celebrate Virginia beer and local food. 

Take a look at all the trucks/carts scheduled to be on hand:

The following Virginia breweries will be pouring their unique beers as well:

This will be a great event you should not miss.  Come on out and get some local food and beer.  I will see you there!

Mekong’s Surprise American Craft Beer Tapping

American Craft Beer Week in Richmond has been truly exceptional this year.  Just when I had figured out what I was doing tonight, An Bui decided to throw a monkey wrench into my plans.  Mekong will be tapping some great American craft beers starting at 2pm today!  Especially exciting are the two beers from Great Divide because their beer is currently not available anywhere else in Richmond.

2009 Dogfish Head Fort
2009 Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
2009 Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
2010 Great Divide Grand Cru
2009 Smuttynose Barleywine
2009 Bells Expedition Stout
2009 Founders Breakfast Stout
2010 Allagash Curieux
Weyerbacher Fifteen
2012 Hardywood Grand Cru
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
New Belgium La Folie
Stone Oak Arrogant Bastard
Allagash White
Hardywood Singel
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Now how’s that for a monkey wrench? Once again Mekong proves beer is the answer!