Monthly Archives: August 2012

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin at On The Rox

I didn’t know it was already time for this but I received a tip last  night that On The Rox will tap Starr Hill’s Boxcar Pumpkin Porter tonight August  29th at 6pm.

Grab a bite at On The Rox early during their half off happy hour from 3 – 6pm then stay some pumpkin. 

While perusing their Facebook page this morning, I saw Starr Hill’s Brewmaster Mark Thompson was riding around Richmond last night.  If we’re lucky, maybe he’ll stop into The Rox. 

UPDATE: Apparently, I was right abot Mark Thompson still being in town.  He will be talking up the pumpkin porter at Station 2 according to their tweet.



Steal Some Tap Takeover Glasses

If you are looking to steal a glass tonight August 28th, there are some very unique tap takeovers going on around town where you can do just that.


Sedona Taphouse will feature Wolf Hills Brewing for their tap takeover.  Claim a glass with one of these  brews:

Trooper’s Alley IPA
Wolf’s Den Double IPA
English Dark Mild
White Blaze Honey Cream Ale


Capital Ale House is having Blue Mountain Barrel House Extravaganza where you can get your hands on the very limited Barrel House stemmed glassware.  Here are the featured beers:

Dark Hollow firkin with Espresso beans added
Local Species
Full Nelson


Meanwhile, Cap Ale Innsbrook is being taken over by Ommegang.  They will be giving away a gold-rimmed BPA glass for one of eight Ommegang beers including the brand new Scythe & Sickle, which is brewed with a blend of four grains: barley, wheat, oats and rye.  Here are the rest of the beers they will be tapping:

Abbey Ale
Three Philosophers

Brighten Your Morning With Secco’s August Beer Brunch

Did last night’s storm leave you without power or the desire to cook this morning?  Well, Secco Wine Bar has exactly what you need in their August Beer Brunch menu today, Sunday August 26th.  I’m out of town today so I can’t make it myself. Last month I enjoyed their BLT for the first time and recommend you do the same.  Also if someone could get the breakfast sandwich with seared foie gras and let me know how amazing it’s sure to be.

(available 11AM – 3PM)

biscuits with Border Springs Farm lamb sausage gravy

beignets with fresh Agriberry blackberries & preserves

frittata with Tomten Farms padron peppers, mahon cheese & preserved lemon

house-made brioche, Agriberry peach-cava preserves & whipped butter

heuvos rancheros with cilantro crema (add pork shoulder $3)

stack of blueberry pancakes with house smoked bacon & hash browns

breakfast sandwich–fried Ringer Farms chicken egg, seared foie gras & sweet pepper relish on Billy Bread

BLT–house-smoked bacon, butter lettuce, local heirloom tomato & avocado mayo (served with fries)

Border Springs Farm lamb burger, feta, harissa yogurt and red onion (served with fries)

smoked salmon sandwich, with shaved radish, dill crème fraiche and greens (served with fries)

salad of wheatberries, olives, shaved celery, feta, lovage & mint

Featured Beers

Wild Wolf Blonde Hunny Ale
Unfiltered Belgian-style blonde brewed with local honey  7.1% ABV 21 IBU 

Williamsburg AleWerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
Boozy Imperial Porter aged in Virginia Gentleman barrels

Devils Backbone Super-exclusive White Ale
Possibly from their second batch of the Wit Bier served at the brew pub.

Belgian-style wheat . The second batch of our Belgian-style wheat beer. Hazy straw in color with fruity yeast notes and subtle hints of spice from coriander, orange peel and a third secret spice. 4.4% abv, 15 IBUs

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

Help Wish TJ’s A Bar Voyage

TJ’s at the Jefferson is giving their bar a facelift and needs your help to close down the old bar in style.  Head out todayt Saturday August 25th to help them clear out the shelves and empty out the fridges for one last night. Food and drink specials will be available  all day long as they prepare for the remodel of the bar and lounge. 
TJ’s will debut the upgraded bar on Saturday, September 8th with a Flying Dog tap takeover and Charity Oyster Festival.

Flying Dog Lands at Sedona For Tap Takeover

Sedona Taphouse is having a Flying Dog tap takeover today August 21st from 5 – 10pm.  As with all of their past tap takeovers, they will be giving away glasses as well.  The beer list includes multiple brew house rarities:

Sour Cherry
Single Hop Citra Imperial IPA
Horn Dog Barleywine
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
Imperial Red
Disobedience Abbey Dubbel
Barrel Aged Gonzo
Pearl Necklace on Nitro
Pin of Raging Bitch with mango and habanero
Underdog Atlantic Lager
Doggie Style Pale Ale

Virginia Beer Makes The New York Times

Great article in the New York Times focusing on Virginia craft breweries:

From industrial outskirts of Richmond to the pastoral landscapes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, an army of artisans are turning their love of beer into business.

Armed with an arsenal of barley and hops, these craft brewers are looking to cash in on a growing interest in all things local, including alcoholic libations. And recent changes to state law are helping craft brewers grow their business.

Read more of the article here

Dark Horse Rides Into Richmond

Dark Horse Brewing rides into town this week bringing their Beer Advocate 100 rated Crooked Tree IPA along with several of their other beers. They are known for experimenting with anything from baby formula to doughnuts.  Obviously, these guys are crazy; I mean, come on baby formula?!  Anyways I think their beers will fit in just fine in Richmond.  Thanks to Brown Distributing, Dark Horse will be exclusive to Richmond for the entire state of Virginia.

Here are a few place where you can try their beers on for size this week:

Tuesday August 21st

BlowToad will host the draft debut with a tap takeover of five Dark Horse beers:

Boffo Brown Ale
Kmita Kolsch
Reserve Special Black Ale
Sapient Trip Ale
Crooked Tree IPA

Wednesday August 22nd

Head to Whole Foods Short Pump at 4pm to sample some Dark Horse brews and fill your growlers.

Friday August 24th

Total Wine West Broad will have a tasting of Dark Horse beers from 4 -7PM.

Friday is RVA Day at Station 2

Head out to Station 2 Friday August 17th to support two hometown breweries.  Station 2 will feature six taps each from Legend and Hardywood.  That’s twelve taps of Richmond craft beer.

Legend                                              Hardywood
Oktoberfest                                         Belgian DIPA
Imperial IPA                                         Mocha Belgique
Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock                   VA Strawberry
Pale                                                    VA Blackberry
Pilsner                                                Bourbon Barrel DIPA
Brown                                                 Singel


But that’s just their Friday plans;.  If you go to Station 2 tonight August 16th, you will get to experience a pin of Bourbon DIPA stuffed with brown sugar local grilled peaches, vanilla bean, and cinnamon.

Center Of The Universe Taps Mike Killelea as Head Brewer

Wow, what a day!  RVA-B-Que packed 17th Street Farmers’ Market with loads of people hungry for Virginia beer and barbecue.

After the festival, I had the opportunity to chat with Phil Ray, one half of the brotherly team behind Center of The Universe Brewing (COTU).  He shared the exciting news that their new head brewer would be none other than Mike Killelea.  Mike, a brewer at Legend Brewing since 2006, also serves as chairman of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.  You might know him as the guy behind a little bill called SB604.  A new head brewer position sounds like a sweet reward  for the guy who helped lead the charge for us to enjoy pints at our Virginia breweries.  With a location found and equipment purchased, it looks like things are coming together for  COTU and I for one can’t wait to see what comes next.

Congrats Mike!