Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Camel Goes All In For Virginia Beer Tap Takeover

The Camel is going all in for the start of the inaugural Virginia Craft Beer Month on Wednesday August 1st.  In what had to be an astounding task to coordinate, Virginia craft beer  will be flowing from all of their 28 taps.  This list is a sight to behold:

Williamsburg Alewerks Caledonia
Williamsburg Alewerks Springhouse Ale
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
Blue Mountain Full Nelson
Blue Mountain Isabel
Blue Mountain Local Species
Bold Rock Virginia Apple Hard Cider
Brass Cannon Caliber Red Ale
Bull & Bones Maroon Effect Brown Ale
Devils Backbone 8-point IPA
Devils Backbone Azrael Golden Ale
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
Hardywood Belgian IPA
Hardywood Bourbon Cru
Hardywood Hoplar
Hardywood Singel
Hardywood Virginia Strawberry
Legend Brown
Legend Saison
O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA
Roanoke Railhouse Amber lager
Roanoke Railhouse IPA
Starr Hill Double Platinum
Starr Pils
Wild Wolf Alpha Ale
Wild Wolf Blonde Hunny Ale
Wolf Hills Imperial Stout
Wolf Hills Lonesome Pine Porter

Head out and try these beers while you can.

The Camel
1621 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-4901

Secco Beer Brunch Every Month Starting This Morning

Cupboards bare, struggling to figure out what to cook or just plain too tired to care this morning?  Then get a move on over to Secco Wine Bar because beer brunch is back today July 29th and returning the last Sunday of every month, at least for now.

Just take a look at the today’s brunch menu and tell me you’re not drooling.  My top three choices are the steak, BLT, and of course, the blueberry pancakes.  Whatever you get, it is sure to be outstandingly fresh, delicious, and making you pray to the beer gods to convince Secco to do this more than  once a month. Say it with me now: Every week!

(available 11AM – 3PM)

Grilled flat iron steak, salsa verde, poached eggs and hash browns

Prosciutto and melon with blackberries and mint

Quiche with Maryland blue crab, corn and fresh chives

House-made brioche, peach-cava preserves and whipped butter

Heuvos rancheros with cilantro crema (option to add braised pork shoulder)

Stack of blueberry pancakes with house smoked bacon and hash browns

BLT – House-smoked bacon, butter lettuce, heirloom tomato and avocado mayo with hand-cut fries

Curried egg salad sandwich with fried onions and hand-cut fries

Border Springs Farm lamb burger, feta, harissa yogurt and red onion with hand-cut fries

Field green salad, cucumbers, pine nuts, chevre, smoked salmon, za’atar

Featured Beers

Hardywood Virginia Strawberry
Belgian-style White ale brewed with fresh local strawberries 5.8% ABV

Potter’s Craft Cider
Farmhouse-style hard cider made using local Virginia apples and traditional production methods.

This is a non-ticketed event and all items are served a la carte. Seating will be done on a first come, first served basis. Email or call (804)353-0670 to get reservations for parties of five to eight.  Keep in mind that Secco’s size means the smaller your party, the quicker they will be able accommodate you.

Secco Wine Bar
2933 W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 353-0670

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout Alert!

Were you excited to learn this years Hardywood Gingerbread Stout will be released November 17th?  Or were you bummed once you realized how far away November is?  Don’t worry Richmond, there are at least two places serving up Gingerbread in the next week.  You’re first chance is TODAY!

Friday July 27th

Commercial Taphouse will be tapping a keg of Gingerbread Stout at 4:30pm.  Rachel and Kenzie from Hardywood will be there handing out swag.

Thursday August 2nd

Mekong will have a keg as part of their first event for Virginia Craft Beer Month.  I’ll have more on that later.

Richmond, go out and get your GBS on!

Virginia Craft Beer Month Kickoff at Legend

Richmond, are you tired of waiting for August to get here so we can celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month.  Virginia Tourism is just as excited as you and is throwing a kickoff party at Legend Brewing today July 25th starting at 4pm.  They’ve even extended you an invitation:

You have likely heard about Virginia’s reputation as a wine and culinary destination, but Virginia is also brewin’ up some award-winning, hand-crafted beers.  In fact, the Travel Channel just named Virginia as one of the top seven beer destinations.  This is great timing as this August Virginia craft breweries will have the spotlight all month long in Virginia during the first-ever August Virginia Craft Beer Month.

Bring a friend and get ready to share the love of Virginia craft beer with us on Wednesday, July 25 at 4p.m. at Legend Brewery for our Love on Tap: August Virginia Craft Beer Month kick off event. Get there right on time because the first 100 people to show up will score some free Virginia is for Lovers craft beer swag.

All attendees will have the chance to meet with some of Virginia’s craft brewers and get the scoop on the month’s theme, fun events, travel packages and more.

Cheers, hope to see you there!

Oh and if you’re lucky, you might just snag a Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers shirt like this one:

See you there! Prost!

Legend Brewing Co.
321 W. 7th St.
Richmond, VA 23224
(804) 232-3446

DuClaw Brewing Launch Party at Sedona Tonight

DuClaw Brewing has been slow in it’s expansion into the Richmond market.  I’ve seen a few of their beers on tap at Whole Foods but can not recall any restaurants in town serving their beers.  This all changes tonight  Tuesday July 24th as Sedona Taphouse hosts DuClaw Brewing Richmond launch party starting at 4pm. 

Here are the beers Sedona will have for the evening:

Serum xxIPA
EuForia Toffee Nut Brown
Bare Ass Blonde
Mysterium Belgian Spiced Ale
Soul Jacker
X-5 Sorachi Ace IPA
X-1 Oak Aged Imperial Rye Porter
2010 Oak Aged Black Jack Stout (Aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels)
Devil’s Milk

Head over to DuClaw’s beer listing to find out more about each beer.

There will also be a glass giveaway so head over to Sedona and enjoy as this regional brewery comes to town. 

Station 2 Celebrates One Year with Three Day Extravaganza

It’s hard to believe Station 2 will have been open for a full year this Saturday but it’s true and they are ready to party.  Station 2 invites you out to their three day celebration with a different featured Virginia brewery for each night. it all starts

Thursday July 19th

Midnight Brewing
Pin of Watermelon Lime Kolsch
New Beginning Kolsch
Rockville Red Red Ale
Update: Pin of Raspberry Lemon Kolsch instead of Watermelon Lime

Friday July 20th

Blue Mountain
Pin of Full Nelson dry hopped with Amarillo hops
Summer Haze
Double IPA
Full Nelson
Rockfish Wheat
Kolsch Lager

Blue Mountain Barrel House
Local Species
Uber Pils
Dark Hallow
Steel Wheels

Saturday July 21st

Wild Wolf
Alpha Ale
Blonde Hunny
Strawberry Schwartzcake
American Black Ale
White Ale
Ginger Lager

Acacia Mexican Beer Dinner This Thursday

It’s fair to say I have no real love of Mexican food.  I mean my typical choice when I ate Mexican was limited to to fajitas. I know you’re saying, “but what about tacos?”  Tacos usaed to be the thing I fixed at home that I considered very simple that I never desired to have it out. 
That being said you should check out Acacia Midtown’s Mexican Beer Dinner on Thursday July 19th.  Just as with their Goose Island dinner, the menu will be served throughout the night from 5:30 – 9pm.   Oh and before you knock Mexican beers, I’ve had Negro Modelo and Dos Equis Amber and was pleasantly surprised by both beers.  There’s no doubt the food will be top notch as well.  I for one am intrigued and may just be exposing myself to some new cuisine as I did at their last dinner. Hop spiced pate, anyone?!
1st Course
Negro Modelo
Tortilla Soup Consomme with Roast Chicken & Nopalitos Salad with Cactus Pear Vinaigrette

2nd Course
Dos Equis Amber
Chorizo and Potato Molote, Beef Tongue Taco, Pork Belly Tamale

3rd Course
Pork Chop al Pastor, Black Bean Puree, Rice Pilaf


Carta Blanca
Red Snapper Veracruzana, Glazed Plantains, Braised Greens

Cost for the dinner is $25/person plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations are recommended. Call (804) 562-0138 to RSVP.

2601 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 562-0138

Meet Heavy Seas Founder at Sedona Taphouse Takeover

Head over to Sedona Taphouse and join Heavy Seas founder Hugh Sisson for a tap takeover today  July 17th from 5pm until midnight.

Free your inner pyrate with eight Heavy Seas beers, a special keg of 2011 Great Pumpkin, and a cask conditioned pin of Loose Cannon IPA with Palisade, Centennial and Simcoe hops, and Red and White Birch chips.

As with all of Sedona’s takeovers, there will be a glass giveaway component to the night.

Have fun or prepare to walk the Plank.

Mekong Belgian Independence Week

Leopold of Saxe-Coburg was crowned as first king of the Belgians on July 21, 1831.  Naturally, Mekong will celebrate this independence with a week of Belgian beers.  Here are some of the beers you can expect to see starting today with more sure to come as the week progresses:

D’ Achouffe Biere du Soleil
La Rulles Grand 10
Brasserie Dupont Biere de Miel
Brasserie Dupont Foret
Van Steenberge Gulden Draak
Van Steenberge Draak 9000
Urthel Samaranth
St Bernardus Abt 12
Dubuisson Scaldis Triple
Muskeeters Troubadour Magma
Bosteel Triple Karmeliet
Chimay Cinq Cents
Oud Beersel Framboise
Bockor Jacobins Rouge
Bavik Petrus Aged Pale

All draft beers are priced at $5. Tapping starts at 5pm so head out and enjoy.