Monthly Archives: September 2012

Richmond Got Questions For Center of the Universe Brewing? Ask Them Now.

Tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday September 26th, I will be heading up to Ashland, VA to check out Virginia’s newest brewery, Center of the Universe Brewing.   I know you have questions so here is your chance to get answers.  Leave your questions in the comments and I will do my best to get the answers.

For now, watch this video with brothers Chris & Phil Ray along with head brewer Mike Killelea.

Smuttynose Turns Up At Sedona Taphouse

Sedona Taphouse will be featuring Smuttynose Brewing for a tap takeover of 6 beers tonight, Tuesday  September 25th. 

The Smuttynose rep will be on hand to answer your questions about their beers.  They will also be giving away glassware for you to take home.

Here are the beers they will be tapping:

Wheat Wine Ale
Pumpkin Ale
Old Brown Dog
IPA — Either Finestkind IPA or Big A IPA
Really Old Brown Dog


Oktoberfests In and Out of Richmond This Weekend

Summer has ended and the weather has started to cool off. You know what the means? It’s time for Oktoberfest.  But which fest should you go to? I have three that have peaked my interest for this weekend.

St Benedict’s Oktoberfest

Entering it’s eighth year, this festival came to my attention las year but I was unable to attend.  That will change tonight.  The festival runs all weekend.  I look forward to trying some of the following featured beers:


Legend Oktoberfest Firkin
Mad Fox Imperial Red IPA
O’Connor Punkelweisse
Starr Hill All Access Belgian Strong
Heavy Seas Plank 2
Victory Alt


Starr Hill Love Firkin with fresh orange peel
Legend Weizenbock
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
Hardywood Belgian  DIPA

See the complete beer list for the weekend here.

Top of the Hops Beer Fest

Starr Hill and Beer Run present the 3rd Annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival in Charlottesville, VA Saturday September 22nd.  $40 ($45 at the gate) gets you unlimited sampling of over 150 craft beers from breweries such as Devils Backbone, Hardywood, Ommegang, Goose Island to name a few.  Tak a look at the breweries and their beers here.  Go here to buy tickets.

Mad Fox Hoppy Oktoberfest

Mad Fox Brewing in Falls Church has taken a different spin on Oktoberfest by celebrating hops Sunday September 23rd starting at 11am in their Biergarten.  If you need one beer to make the trek up, Mad Fox’s Orange Whip IPA is that beer.  They will also have their own Oktoberfest beer on tap and cask; I had the pleasure of having the cask version last night at Station 2.  You can see all of the beers they will have here.

Terrapin Tap Takeover At The Roosevelt

What could be more exciting than Lee Gregory’s food at The Roosevelt?  How about a beer event at The Roosevelt?  Don’t get me wrong, I  don’t think they need to have events with the amazing food that flows out of that kitchen. It is just cool that they sometimes do.

Tonight, September 20th, ride over to The Roosevelt for a tap takeover with Terrapin Beer Company. Terrapin rep  Ranger will be hanging out for the evening with glassware to give away.  Here are the beers they will be tapping:

All American Imperial Pilsner
Hop Karma (Brown IPA)
Hopsecutioner  IPA (American IPA)
Easy Rider (Hoppy Session Ale)
Rye Pale Ale
Pumpkin Fest

Meet up with Ranger for a little Georgia beer and grab a bite from Lee.

Talk Like A Pirate At Gallery 5

Today, September 19th, is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  I know what you’re thinking but it’s really a thing.

Head over to Gallery 5 for The Pirate Plunder and check out their brand new bar.  In keeping with the pirate theme, Gallery 5 will have Heavy Seas beers on tap and samples of the Belgian beers Piraat and Buccaneer.

Music will be provided by Peoples Blues of Richmond and DJ Reinhold.

Entry is free with all profits going to Gallery 5.

This video with Heavy Seas Founder Hugh Sission will help get you ready to plunder.

Rock The Mekong Vote With Allagash

Maybe you’ve heard a little about Mekong competing in’s Great American Beer Bars Finals.  If not, get out there and vote here.


Mekong demonstrates why they are a Great American Beer Bar with an Allagash Brewing tap takeover today September 18th starting at 5pm.  Here are the beers they will be tapping:

Black Andall with Oak chip, Bourbon oak chip, and raisin
Smoke n Beards  Smoked Triple collaboration with De Molen

The Andall sounds delicious.  Plus Allagash drafts are all $5/glass.  Go out and get some.

Devils Backbone Striped Bass Pale Ale at Conch Republic Tonight

The only three kegs of Striped Bass Pale Ale from Devils Backbone will be tapped at a party tonight September 12th at Conch Republic

Devils Backbone founder Steve Crandall will be in attendance to present the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with a check for $30,000 to support their efforts to restore and protect clean water in Virginia’s streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

The party starts at 6pm

Conch Republic Rocketts
11 Orleans St.
Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 226-6242

Wild Wolf Brewing Tap Takeover at Sedona Taphouse

Pirates not your thing, maybe you prefer the wolf?  Well then, head over to Sedona Taphouse as they host a Wild Wolf Brewing tap takeover today September 11th starting at 5pm. They will have six beers on tap including Wild Wolf’s new Pumpkin Ale:

Alpha Ale
Blonde Hunny Ale
Wee Heavy
Pumpkin Ale
White Wolf White IPA
Double IPA

Brewers Danny and Josh will be in the house to answer questions and talk beer.

Great Pumpkin Rides To The Camel For Heavy Seas Tap Takeover

Head out to The Camel and hang with Heavy Seas owner/founder Hugh Sisson as he taps a fresh 2012 Great Pumpkin today September 11th.

Plus, Ben Petty is getting older.  Who is Ben Petty? Maybe you know him from his time bartending at Capital Ale House, Tarrant’s Cafe, or The Belvidere at Broad. Or maybe you know him as the Hardywood tree in this video.

Yep, that’s Ben in a nutshell.

It wouldn’t be a party  without some amazing beer so The Camel is staging a Heavy Seas tap takeover with these beers:

Plank II
Land Ho!
Peg Leg
Loose Cannon
Small Craft Warning
2012 Great Pumpkin

Come on out for all kinds of pirate swag, amazing beer, eyepatches, live music, people yelling “Aaarrgh!” and lots of great times. Party begins at 6pm.