Monthly Archives: June 2012

Celebrate Virginia Beer Independence Tonight at Hardywood

July 1st marks the first day Virginia breweries will be able to legally sell full pints of beer thanks to the passage of SB604.  Head out tonight and join Hardywood from midnight to 1AM for a few pints and get a sneak peek of their new beer “SB604” aka Special Bitter 604.  Fittingly, VA Craft Brewers Guild Chairman and Legend Brewer, Mike Killelea will be there to purchase the first glass.  So head out and raise a glass to this auspicious occasion.  Can’t make out there myself tonight so someone raise a glass for me too.

Shula’s Virginia Beer Dinner Tomorrow

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s Virginia Beer Dinner at Shula’s Steakhouse at The Hilton in Short Pump Town Center.  Join Stephen Tuzeneu from Brown Distributing  and Chef Steven Bailey as they guide you through six beers and five courses.


Welcome Beer
Starr Hill Starr Pils

Wedge Salad
Crisp Iceberg lettuce topped with house made blue cheese dressing, tomatoes,red onions,Gorgonzola cheese, applewood bacon and green onions
Legend Lager
Calamari Fries
Freshly fried strips of calamari served with tomato coulis and mustard aoli
Hardywood Singel
BBQ Shrimp
Jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh basil, wrapped in applewood bacon and dipped in a tangy BBQ sauce
Devils Backbone 8 point IPA
Shula Cut® Petite Filet
Mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus
Legend Brown Ale
7 Layer Chocolate Cake
Raspberry sauce and a fresh strawberry
Hardywood Mocha Belgique
The cost for the dinner is $75/person including tax and tip.  Seating is limited, so make your reservations now by calling Shula’s directly at (804) 565-7000 or by paying through PayPal at the bottom of the dinner website.

Shula’s America’s Steak House
The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa
12042 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 565-7000

Where To Steal The Glass Tonight?

So my plans for tonight were pretty simple.  On The Rox for happy hour to celebrate SMCRVA’s 3rd birthday then Capital Ale House for their Unibroue Steal the Glass night. I was quite intrigued when I found this extensive list of recipes for all of Unibroue’s different beers.

At least that was the plan as of a few minutes ago when I learned that not only is Sedona Taphouse having a Dogfish Head tap takeover with 10 different beers, they will have a limited quantity of Positive Contact and Urkontinent.  Then Sedona drops the hammer by turning by saying they will be giving away these hand blown Dogfish Head goblets.

I’m still on the fence on where I should go tonight but I’m sure wherever I go there will be great beer involved.



Mekong Goes Wild With Barley Legal Beer

As part of their 17th anniversary celebration, Mekong will be tapping wild and sour ales Thursday June 28th starting at 2pm.  Here are the beers scheduled to be tapped though I’m sure there will be some surprises:

BFM Bon Chien 2006
BFM Bon Chien 2007
BFM Bon Chien 2009
BFM Bon Chien 2010
BFM Bon Chien 2011
Baladin Nora Sour
Allagash Interlude 2010
Allagash Coolship Series OLD HLT Aged with cherries
Hardywood Wild Singel Special Blend AKA Patrick Gone Wild
Verhaeghe Eckt Kriekenbier
Bockor Cuvee des Jacobin Rouge
New Belgium Tart Lychee
Bavik Petrus Aged Pale
Evil Twin Ron the Beast Ryan

All beers will be $5/10oz pour!

As a bonus, Townsend Screen Printing developed the shirt pictured above that Mekong is giving away to commemorate the evening.  Only 140 shirts were made so get there early to snag yours.

Comedy of Laughing Dog Comes to Beer Theater

Ben — the Original Logo Dog for Laughing Dog Brewing

Beer Theater is back for another installment in Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall tonight June 21st. Brewmaster Fred Colby of Laughing Dog Brewing will be the guest for this Skype tasting session.   Doors open at 5:30pm; the six beer tasting will run from 6-7pm. Cap Ale will offer happy hour special as well as an after event special.

The tasting menu will be selected from the following beers:

Alpha Dog
Anubis Imp. Coffee Porter
Devil Dog
Huckleberry Cream Ale
Rocket Dog
Sneaky Pete

Cover charge  for the tasting is $10 and can be purchased in advance here or at the door.

Wow! Sounds like a fun time. Wish I could have been there.

All Malt America

Hardywood Park has been working on their newest Reserve Series; a Belgian Witbier with strawberries. However, this is no ordinary Witbier. A typical Witbier is spiced with coriander, orange peels, and other spices. Hardywood decided to focus more on the strawberry taste, so they brewed a Witbier without any spices. Adding strawberries to secondary fermentation to get that added taste seems like an easy step right? Wrong. Be sure to read more to find out the hard work the staff of Hardywood Park and the craft beer lovers of Richmond, Virginia did to make Virginia Strawberry happen.

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Get Your Sais-On At Mekong

Mekong is celebrating the summer solstice with a Summer Sol Stache/ Saison-a-Thon tap takeover Thursday June 21st.

Just look at this list of great beers to be tapped starting at 2pm:

Saison Dupont
Biere de Miel
The Bruery Saison de Lente
Goose Island Sofie
Evil Twin Ron & the Beast Ryan
Dogfish Head Saison Dubuff
Urthel Saisoniere
St. Fieullien Saison
Allagash Fluxus 2011
Stillwater Debutante
Stillwater Cellar Door
Stillwater/Mikkeller Our Side

If you’re looking for a summer beer, you’ll find it here.

Blue Mountain Barrels into Richmond

Blue Mountain Brewery is releasing their Barrel House Series beers into the Richmond market. You’ll get the chance to try these beers for the first time at least two times this week and it all starts tonight!

Monday June 18th

Head over to Joe’s Inn in the Fan for Full Nelson and three barrel series beers:

Local Species (Belgian Pale Ale)
Dark Hollow (Bourbon Barrel Stout)
Mandolin (Tripel)

Tuesday June 19th

Mekong is having a Barrel House Release Party  starting at 5pm with four five barrel series beers:

Dark Hollow
Local Species
Steel Wheels (Extra Special Bitter)
Firkin of Isabel (Chocolate Orange Bourbon Porter with Coffee)

That’s all I have for now.  I’ll update with more as other events pop up.  This is the most Blue Mountain beers that I have seen available in Richmond at one time.  You might not want to miss them. Read more about all the Barrel House beers here.


Friday June 22nd

Capital Ale House Innsbrook joins the Blue Mountain Barrel train into Richmond Friday night.  Here’s what they’ll have:

Dark Hollow
Local Species
Firkin of dry-hopped Full Nelson