Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hardywood Ends Movember With Mo’Ryed Pale Release

Movember & SonsHead over to Hardywood this afternoon, Friday November 30th, at 4pm as they release their Mo Rye’d Rye Pale Ale.  Here’s more from their event page:

Celebrating 30 days of stachetacular style in support of prostate and testicular cancer initiatives!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

The Parallel Hardy Endeavor Stacheticular Mo Bros proudly present their staches and the release of the Mo Rye’d Rye Pale Ale – a portion of the proceeds benefit the Movember Foundation – a Manhattan-style Rye Pale Ale firkin designed by Mo Bro Jonathan Kennedy, music from Sean Olds, and manly grub from the Olio Cart.

Meet BFM’s Jérôme Rebetez at Mekong Tonight

Frequent Mekong enough and you have probably enjoyed a sour beer or two.  Garnering top scores on Ratebeer and Beeradvocate, it’s no surprise BFM Bon Chien is the most popular sour ordered.

Tonight Thursday November 29th will be a special night as Mekong welcomes BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) founder Jérôme Rebetez.  To start the evening, they will be tapping a Bon Chien vertical of 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Other BFM beers are sure to be tapped throughout the evening.

It is not often that we get visited by someone like Rebetez.  So head out and soak up some Swiss craft beer knowledge.


Here is the beer lineup for tonight with BFM:

Square Root 225th Saison – Saison aged in Bon Chien barrels
La Quatorze – Weizen Bock infused with coffee
La Douze – Swiss golden ale with sea salt
Spike & Jerome Barley Ryne – collaboration Barleywine
Pepe La Pew – Swiss Sour Golden Ale
2009 Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien
2010 Abbaye de Saint bon Chien
2011 Abbaye de Saint bon Chien
Jerome Half Italian Sister – blended wild sour ale
Dark Vader – Swiss wild sour stout
Tart of Darkness – Swiss wild sour dark ale

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout Release Tomorrow

Here’s what you need to know about Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout  release this Saturday November 17th.

Hardywood will be open 10AM – Noon Saturday morning for a pre-sale event for bottles, growler fills and merchandise.  If you’re looking to skip the lines during the party, this is when you want  to be at the brewery.  Now while the lines will be shorter, there will in all likelihood still be some wait.  My recommendation? Patience.

Now the main party runs from 2 – 9PM with Gingerbread Stout available in half or full pints as well as a special randall.  Bands Grease Trigger and Zep Replica playing sets starting at 4 and 6:45pm, respectively.

Whenever you head out for your Beeradvocate 100-rated beer, just remember to relax and have a good time.

Center Of The Universe Grand Opening Friday & Saturday

Virginia’s newest brewery, Center of the Universe (COTU) Brewing will open it’s doors to the public tonight  Friday November 16th from 5 – 10pm and Saturday November 17th from noon – 6pm.  Head out on either date to welcome them to the neighborhood.

COTU will start the following four beer:

  • IPA – West Coast style IPA with lots of flavor and hop aroma
  • Ray Ray’s Pale Ale – Classic Pale Ale brewed with a little honey malt and continuously hopped with Cascade
  • Kölsch – Light, easy drinking session beer modeled after the beers of Cologne, Germany.
  • Altbier – Balanced, medium bodied ale with toasted notes, German malts, and German hops.

Want to save time in the beer ticket line? Consider buying your tickets in advance here; sales end 2pm today.

Local food trucks joining in on the event include:

Boka Tako
Pizza Tonight
Monique’s Crepes
Station 2
Curbside Creations
Flynn’s Foods
Dressed & Pressed
RVA Vegan
Sausage Craft

So all of this, radio station XL102 broadcasting live, and cover band, The Temper, should make for an incredible opening.

COTU Brewing
11293 Airpark Rd
Ashland, VA 23005.

Half Price Growler Sunday At Whole Foods Short Pump

It’s half price growler fills today at Whole Foods Short Pump. Here are the beers they are starting you off with this beautiful Sunday morning:

Flying Dog International Arms Race
Stone Double Bastard
Allagash Bourbon Black
Firestone Union Jack
Avery Ale to the Chief
Bells Expedition Stout
Stone Lucky Bastard
Goose Island Sophie

…and probably a lot more as the day goes on. Enjoy.

RVA Beer Week 2012: Richmond Beer Lovers Bar Bus Tour This Friday

Plenty of room left on this bus tour with Richmond Beer Lovers:

As part of Richmond Beer Week, Richmond Beer Lovers will be hosting a bar tour via the Bottom & Back Bus (2BNB Bus) on Friday, November 9th.The plan is that the 2BNB bus will run starting at Mekong from 6pm to 11pm, with stops at The Camel and Popkin Tavern for ““Broad Street Gets Goose’d”  Goose Island Night.

We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person to help with fuel costs for the bus.  Since the Bottom & Back bus is a 501(c)(3), you can feel good about helping them out.  This event will be limited to 40 people and you must be signed up with Richmond Beer Lovers to be guaranteed a spot on the bus!

1st stop – 6pm

Mekong Restaurant

Grab a beer at the bar and meet up in the back room.  You must check-in to get your pass for the bus.

Featured Beers:

Mad Fox Bourbon Barrel Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Hardywood Park Hazelnut Imperial Milk Stout

The bus will leave ~7pm  for the 2nd stop:

The Camel

Featured Beers:

Goose Island Honker’s Ale
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Pere Jacques

The bus will leave ~8:30 for the 3rd stop:

Popkin Tavern

Featured Beers:

Goose Island Christmas Ale
Goose Island Sofie
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale

The bus will leave ~9:45 to head back to Mekong.

One Week Until Hardywood Gingerbread Stout Pairing Contest

I hope everyone is enjoying RVA Beer Week so far.  Here’s something for you to consider that is only a week out.  If you follow me on Facebook, then you’ve already heard about this competition from Hardywood and Capital Ale House.  Here’s more from Hardywood’s Facebook:

Have an inclination for confection creation? Hardywood and Capital Ale House Richmond want to taste your concept to pair with the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout for the first dessert tasting competition on Monday, November 12th. The winner takes home a case of Gingerbread Stout and the dessert is featured on the Capital Ale House menu!

For more information or to enter, head over to contest entry page here.

PS. I may just be competing right next to you.  Happy baking Richmond and good luck.

RVA Beer Week 2012: Festivals

Saturday November 3rd

Midnight Brewing Harvest Celebration — 1 – 7PM

Midnight unveils two new beers with music from the world-famous Hurricane Johnson Band starting at 3pm.

2410 Granite Ridge Road
Rockville, VA 23146

Sunday November 4th

Autumn Bottom Brews — 12 – 5PM

Probably the most attend event of last year’s beer week.  This event at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market will feature the following Virginia beers:

Big Daddy Hopdog IPA
Big Daddy Sunshine Wit
Bold Rock Virginia Apple
Brass Cannon Muzzle Flash
Brass Cannon Smooth Pour Stout
Bull & Bones Lunch Pale Ale
Bull & Bones Maroon Effect Brown Ale
Devils Backbone 8 Point IPA
Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager (Truck Only)
Hardywood Hoplar aged in 10 year old Bowman’s Bourbon Barrel
Hardywood Saison Rustica
James River Brewing Baltic Porter
James River Brewing Green Eyed Lady Pistachio Saison
Legend Brown Ale (Truck Only)
Legend Chocolate Porter
Legend Winter White
Midnight Kolsch
Midnight Rockville Red Ale
O’Connor/Portsmouth Collaboration Mild Child
O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA
O’Connor Red Nun (Truck Only)
Roanoke Railhouse Switch Monkey Belgian Pale
Roanoke Railhouse Track 1
Starr Hill All Access Belgian-Style Strong
Starr Hill Cryptical Imperial Stout
Starr Hill Double Platinum Dry Hopped Firkin (Gravity poured festival keg)
Starr Hill Gift Winter Bock (Truck Only)
Wolf Hills Troopers Alley IPA
Wolf Hills White Blaze Honey Cream Ale

Saturday November 10th

Taste the Local West Broad Village — 12 – 7PM

Love Canon
4 Play
The Big Payback
People’s Blues of Richmond

Local Beer
Legend Brewing
Hardywood Park
Center of the Universe
Starr Hill
Devils Backbone
O’Connor Brewing
Midnight Brewery
Bold Rock Cidery
Roanoke Railhouse
Bull and Bones Brewhaus

Halligan Bar and Grill
Ledo’s Pizza

Crafts and artisinal products
DeRochonnet Delights
Fruit 66
Denton’s Bottle Openers