Monthly Archives: July 2012

Richmond You Can Win A Hydroflask Growler!

How much do you love your Hardywood stainless steel growler?  Do you want another one like it? Well, Hydroflask, makers of said growler, is celebrating their third anniversary by giving away thirty 64oz growlers and you can win one!

More from Hydroflask’s Facebook:

It’s our 3-Year Anniversary and we’re giving away gifts! Tell us why you love Hydro Flask and you could win a 64oz Stainless Steel Growler. We’ll draw at 1PM Pacific from Facebook comments & posts. (Those who have already posted or commented this morning will be included in the drawing automatically.) Thanks for being fans of Hydro Flask! 

So simple to enter, how could you not try? Post a comment here to enter. You have until 4pm EST today. Good luck!

Saturday Virginia Beer Dilemma

Ever have one of those days where you want to be two places at once but know there is no way on earth you could do both.  This Saturday July 14th is one such day for me.  This dilemma involves two of my favorite Virginia breweries: Mad Fox Brewing and Hardywood.

Now you’ve probably heard me talk about Mad Fox in the past but what I probably haven’t mentioned is one of my favorite beers to get from them is their Orange Whip IPA.  This is very strange considering I typically drink on the maltier side of the beer spectrum.  To think I’ve only had Orange Whip once and it left such an impression on me that I look for it every time I visit Mad Fox.

When Mad Fox said they were tapping Orange Whip to kickoff their Second Anniversary Party, I almost died.  I was so set to go but guess what happened.

Hardywood had a little announcement of their own: Virginia Strawberry is ready to be unleashed on the masses.  Saturday from 2 – 8pm will be your first chance to get Hardywood’s latest Reserve Series beer.  What’s more, famed Richmond mixologist Bobby Kruger is making a special trip back from NYC to create a signature Randall especially for this release.   Two of the ingredients I hear Bobby will be adding to the Randall are pink peppercorns and dark Belgian candy sugar.  Of course, there will be music and food to enjoy as well.

Two great brewery events to have to pick from is a pretty cool dilemma to have.  What would you choose?

Terrapin Tap Takeover at BlowToad

Sedona’s Blue Mountain Takeover is only a beginning to the fun in store for this week.  Beer will be flowing straight from Georgia tomorrow Wednesday July 11th when BlowToad has eight of their taps taken over by Terrapin Beer Company.  Included in the selection for the evening is one beer normally available only in Georgia.  Chat up Terrapin rep Dustin “Ranger” Walker as he gives away Terrapin glassware.  Turtle beer will flow until it’s gone.

Here are all the beers on hand for the evening:

Rye Pale Ale
Hopsecutioner IPA
Hop Karma India Brown Ale
Easy Rider
Monk’s Revenge Belgian IPA
Golden Ale (first time in RVA!)
Phlux Capacitor
10th Anniversary Ale

I think I’ll be looking for some Phlux Capacitor.

Blue Mountain Tap Takeover Tonight at Sedona Taphouse

Sedona Taphouse has been having a string of great events making it a stand out beer destination in Midlothian, VA.  Tonight Tuesday July 10th is no different as Sedona holds Blue Mountain tap takeover featuring all of their Barrel House Series beers plus a pin of  dry hopped Full Nelson.  As with each of their tap takeovers, Sedona sweetens the deal by holding a glass giveaway as well.  So if you missed your chance  to try the new Barrel House beers last month, tonight’s your chance.

Custom Hardywood Cornhole Boards Stolen

This is sad people. I really have no other words, at least words I can type here.  If you know something, please help.

From Hardywood:

Our beloved cornhole boards disappeared from the field across the street on July 4. These were one of a kind and given to us as a gift by someone who put a lot of passion into them. We’d like your help in getting them back. We’re offering a $200 gift certificate for their safe return or information leading to their safe return. Please help!

Beer & Tacos Social with Smuttynose Brewing

Whole Foods Short Pump is hosting a Smuttynose Brewing Beer & Taco Social Tuesday July 10th at 6pm.  They will have a pin of Homunculus Belgian IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo Hops as well introducing the new Rye IPA on draft.  You will have the chance to chat up a rep from Smuttynose Brewing as he talks about the beers. The cost for the social is only $10/person. Munchies include tacos, guacamole, and a nacho bar.

 Space is limited to 25 people so register now here.

Legend Throwing Diabetes Fundraiser For Local Family

Head out to one of the best patios in Richmond for a good cause on Saturday July 7th. Here are the details from Legend Brewing’s Facebook page:

On July 7 at 12:00 noon Legend Brewing Company and Sports Radio WRVA will be hosting a fund raising event for Devin Dunn, a local 10 year old boy with type one diabetes. Devin has to have his blood sugar tested 15 times a day. This fund raiser is to help the family buy a Diabetes Alert Dog. The dog will alert Devin’s parents to high or low blood sugar. Not only can it alert them 25 to 45 minutes faster than a meter, it will also allow him more freedom to be a young boy.

The first 300 people in attendance will receive a Support a Cure bracelet. Minimum $3 donation at the door required for entry Two live music sets will start at 3:30 and 7:30 lasting for 3 hours each. A portion of the proceeds from food and beverage truck sales will go to Devin.  Donations will be taken inside the pub as well. 

Claim Your Brewdependence at Hardywood Tomorrow

If you follow them on Facebook, you know Hardywood is throwing a Fourth of July party unlike any other.  They will be celebrating the release of their newest beer SB (Special Bitter) 604 in honor of Virginia breweries gaining the right to sell pints of beer.  Here are some of the beers to be featured at the event:

  • SB 604, 3.8% ABV, American-style special bitter (served in commemorative handled mason jar)
  • Singel, 6.2% ABV, Belgian Abbey-style Blonde Ale
  • Singel Shandy, 3.1% ABV, half Hardywood Singel, half Francie’s Lemonade (fresh squeezed ginger lemonade)
  • Hoplar, 8.5% ABV, Dry-hopped Imperial IPA Conditioned on Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood
  • Nick Palmer, 7.5% ABV, the perfect blend of Singel and Hoplar
  • Bourbon Cru, 10.2% ABV, Belgian Quadrupel aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels
  • Mint Julep, 10.2% ABV, rear inside bar only, Bourbon Cru poured through a Randall of fresh mint leaves and dark Belgian candi crystals

Food will be available for sale by Sausage Craft, Pizza Tonight, Station 2, and Gelati Celesti.  You may also bring a picnic if you so desire just no grills or outside alcohol.   

Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic blanket and grab a prime music/fireworks viewing spot in the nTelos Field across the street from the brewery.

So come out and join the celebration. Head over to the Facebook event for parking and other details.

Half Off Growlers & Pints at Whole Foods

Whole Foods Short Pump is slashing growler fill and pint prices in half all day July 4th. Let me say that again, HALF PRICE ALL DAY!  If you’re looking to get beer for a party, you can’t go wrong here. Just take a look at the list of kegs they will be tapping thorough out the day:

DuClaw Sorachi Ace IPA
Cigar City Ligero
Cigar City Saison
Left Hand Chainsaw
Sam Adams Old Kentucky Ale
Sam Adams Blueberry Kellerbier
Epic Brainless Corruption
Alewerks Caledonia
Heavy Seas Letter of Marque
Heavy Seas Land Ho
Bells Two Hearted
Hardywood Hoplar
Stillwater As Follows
Redhook 2009 Eisbock
Hebrew RIPA
Leffe Blond
Speak EZ Vendetta IPA
21st Ammendment Saison
Sierra Harvest
Dogfish Theobroma
New Belgium/Lost Abbey Collab Mo’ Betta Bretta
Peak brewing Weiss Principal
Green Flash Retro Pale
Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat
Blue Mountain Steel Wheels
Sierra Bigfoot
Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin
Terrapin Monks Revenge
RJ Rockers Patriot Pale

Founding Father Tap Takeover

How are you celebrating the night before Independence Day? How about a tap takeover featuring beer named after one of our country’s founding fathers?

Capital Ale House Innsbrook is hosting a Samuel Adams tap takeover today July 3rd starting at 4pm.

Here is the list of beers on hand for the evening including a few RVA debuts:

Boston Lager
Tasman Red IPA
Third Voyage Double IPA, 8%
Norse Legend Sahti Ale, 7%
Double Bock, 9.5%
New World Tripel 10% RVA Debut
Blueberry Hill Kellerbier, 5% RVA Debut
Dark Depths Baltic IPA, 7.6%
East-West Kolsch, 5%
Old Kentucky Ale (Bourbon Oak-aged Ale), 5.7% RVA Debut
Griffin’s Bow Blonde Barleywine, 10%
Imperial White, 10.3%

So head out and raise a few pints to Boston!  I’m also hearing their will be a Steal the Glass feature with this event though I’m not sure on the exact details.