Monthly Archives: August 2012

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!

RVA-B-Que, Crab Freakout, and Pop-Up Dinner This Sunday

There’s no shortage of awesome food and beer events happening this Sunday August 12th.  The trick will be figuring out how to do them all.

RVA-B-Que — 17th St Farmer’s Market — noon – 6pm

Feed your local beer and barbecue addiction.

Legend Brewing                      Starr Hill                                  Devils Backbone
Brown Ale                                 Starr Pils                                   Vienna Lager
Oak Aged Dopplebock                Northern Lights IPA                    Azrael Belgian Golden
Oktobefest                                Belgian Dark Strong                   Ale of Fergus

Midnight Brewery                    Hardywood                              Brass Cannon
Rockville Red                             Singel                                       Hazelnut Coffee Brown
Watermelon Lime Kolsch            Belgian Double IPA                    Caliber Red                                                                                            Virginia Blackberry

Wolf Hills Brewing                   Bold Rock                                Bull and Bones
English Dark Mild                       Virginia Apple Cider                   Maroon Effect Brown
Nelson Sauvin Belgian Pale                                                        Lunch Pale Ale

Big Daddy Brewery                  Mad Fox Brewing                    James River
Black IPA                                  Molotov Hoptail Double IPA         Rock Island Red
Sunshine Belgian Wit                 Kolsch                                      River Runner Bitter

O’Connor Brewing
El Guapo IPA
Red Nun Red Ale

All this local beer plus barbecue from over twelve of the best in RIchmond including the llikes of Halligans, Buzz and Ned’s, Alamo BBQ, and Ronnie’s.

Crab Freakout! — Pasture — 4pm until

Head over to Pasture for $2.50 crabs and $8 half pounds of steamed shrimp and Rappahanock oysters.  The featured beers for the evening are both from Flying Dog: Gose (made with Old Bay) and Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout(Rappahanock oysters).  Rappahanock oysters are my new obession so I will definitely be checking this out. It’s just a question of when. 

‘And For The Last Course…..’ Pop-Up — Avalon — 5:30 – 9 (reservations recommended) has the story on Chef Ethan “Knox” Vaughn’s last supper in Richmond.  You just might want to check it out.  I think I went to Avalon once for drinks but pretty sure I’ve never eaten there. Probably a shame if the brussel sprouts were as good as everyone claims. 

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Night at Mekong

Mekong continues their celebration of Virginia Craft Beer Month with a night dedicated to breweries belonging to the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.  The Guild is the group responsible for leading the charge to get SB 604 passed so that you can go into local breweries like Hardywood and order a pint of beer.  Mekong will be donating $500 to support the Guild’s future initiatives.  Breweries representing the for the night are:

Hardywood Park — Richmond, VA
Legend — Richmond, VA
Starr Hill — Crozet, VA
Devils Backbone — Nelson Co, VA
O’Connor — Norfolk, VA
Blue Mountain — Afton, VA
Bold Rock — Nelson Co, VA
Wolf Hill — Abingdon, VA
Midnight — Goochland, VA
James River — Richmond, VA

So head out tonight  Thursday August 9th starting at 4pm and support these wonderful local breweries.

Hardywood Virginia Blackberry Gets Randallized

Hardywood continues their celebration of Virginia Craft Beer Month with the official release of Virginia Blackberry today August 8th from 4 – 8pm.  Yes, it has already been on tap at the brewery for a few days now but it will be the first time the beer has been given the randall treatment.  I have the extreme honor of  crafting tonight’s randall with blend of dark Belgian candi sugar, fresh lemon, and fresh purple basil from my garden.

Here’s more about the release from Hardywood’s Facebook page:

Hardywood Virginia Blackberry is a Belgian wheat beer brewed with over 1 lb. per gallon of fresh, local Agriberry CSA and Farm blackberries. Agriberry will be on hand with some of their latest harvest, The Official Gelati Celesti Ice Cream Makers will be serving up a special batch of Hardywood Virginia Blackberry ice cream, and Station 2will be grilling up some delicious burgers. Growlers and bottles will be available to take home.Look for Hardywood Virginia Blackberry later this week at Richmond’s best restaurants and beer stores.

Come on out and try this beer for the first time again.

Tempting Goose Island Beer Dinner at The Magpie

The Magpie is having a beer dinner featuring Goose Island tomorrow Wednesday August 8th at 6pm.  The menu from Owen Lane sounds absolutely delicious. I really wish I could attend but a food allergy and another commitment will make me miss it.  This just means you will have to go for me.  The Magpie has long been on my list of need to check out restaurants in Richmond.  With a menu like this, I may have to check them out sooner rather than later.


Course One
Nelson county peaches, prosciutto vinaigrette, fresh mozzarella ice cream, fried basil

Course Two
Butter braised lobster BLT, Pecan wood smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, romaine hearts, deviled quail eggs, caviar

Course Three
Poblano braised Berkshire pork cheeks, banana encrusted smoked camembert, spiced rum reduction

Course Four
Smoked pheasant sausage, sous vide black, sweet bleu cheese, basil, pecans
Pere Jacques

Course Five
Pepe Nero ice cream float, vanilla ice cream, art in the age root liqueur
Pepe Nero

The cost for the dinner is $60/person. Call the restaurant at (804) 269-0023 for reservations.

Maybe tweet me a picture or two so I can live vicariously through your meal.

The Magpie
1301 W Leigh St.
Richmond, VA 23220