Monthly Archives: November 2012

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

RVA Beer Week 2012: Tap Takeovers, Pub Crawls & Samplings

Friday November 2nd

Once Upon A Vine South – Seasonal Beer Sampling — 5 – 8PM
Starr Hill The Gift
Goose Island Christmas Ale
Heavy Seas Winter Storm
Legend Winter White
Legend Barleywine
Legend Wee Heavy

Saturday November 3th

South of the James Farmers Market 9AM – Noon
Bold Rock Cider Sampling

Crossroads Forest Hill Oskar Blues Tap Takeover and Bike Invasion Event — 1PM
Oskar Blues Dales Pale
Deviant Dales IPA
Ten Fidy
Old Chub

Sunday November 4th

Station 2 Autumn Bottom After Party — 6PM
Starr Hill The Love
Hardywood Park Farmhouse Pumpkin
O’Connor Mild Child
Devils Backbone Old Virginia Dark
Midnight Head First Pale
Roanoke Railhouse IPA
Big Daddy Trailhead Nut Brown
Wolf Hills Chocolate Milk Stout
Mad Fox Keller Kolsch
James River Burning Bruges
Bold Rock
Legend Pilsner

Monday November 5th

Pins & Pint Parade
A bar crawl focusing on some of the Fans’ favorite beer bars with a freshly tapped cask beer at each location:

5:30 PM –Commercial Taphouse- Mad Fox “Mason’s Mild”
6:30 PM –Secco- Devils Backbone “Ichabod Crandall”
7:30 PM — Weezie’s- Hardywood Park “Bourbon Barrel Milk Stout”

Tuesday November 6th

Joes Inn (The Fan) Hardywood Park Tap INNvasion — 6PM
Mocha Belgique
Farmhouse Pumpkin
Bourbon Cru
Bourbon DIPA
Belgian DIPA
Pin of Milk Stout with Vanilla and a hint of Orange Peel
Hoplar (Aged in 10yr old Bowman’s Bourbon Barrel)
Saison Rustica
Habanero IPA

Wednesday November 7th

Station 2 Victory Steal the Glass Night 5PM

Headwaters Pale
Yakima Glory

Thursday November 8th

Sedona Taphouse Pins and Pints — 5PM

O’Connor Punk con Cocoa pin- Punkelweisse infused with Chocolate (3 different, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Bars)
Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Aged Virginia Blackberry pin

Friday November 9th

Attack of The Rare and Wonderful-5pm
You’d have to try really hard not to have a great time at a Mekong event.  Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:

Mad Fox Bourbon Barrel Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County
Hardywood Hazelnut Milk Stout Pin

“Broad Street Gets Goose’d” Goose Island Night — 6pm.

The Camel & Popkin Tavern-  Join Greg Barrett from Goose for different beers at each location.

Kick off for VA Cider Week — 5 – 8 PM

Once Upon A Vine South — VA Cider Sampling

Bold Rock: Virginia Apple, Virginia Draft, Crimson Ridge Vat #1

RVA Beer Week 2012: Four Beer Dinners & A Brunch

With four beer dinners and a brunch this week, I will most likely be very fat by the end of RVA Beer Week. Fat and very happy.

Sunday November 4th

Secco Wine Bar’s October beer brunch had to be moved due to Hurricane Sandy so now we are welcoming them to RVA Beer Week.

Update:  Secco will be donating 10% of the proceeds from this Sunday’s brunch to the American Red Cross.

available 11AM – 3PM

biscuits & Border Springs lamb sausage gravy

roasted apple and walnut pancakes, house-made bacon and hash browns

huevos rancheros with cilantro crema (option to add braised pork shoulder)

smoked paprika sausage, braised collard greens, potatoes and soft egg

hash browns “all the way” (sauteed onions, Mahon cheese, diced ham, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms and chili)

house-made brioche with raspberry preserves and whipped vanilla butter

Mike’s bagel, smoked salmon spread, shaved radish and field greens

tortilla Espanola with potato, onion and Mahon cheese

grilled Border Springs lamb burger, harissa yogurt, feta and sliced red onion with fries

field green salad, chevre, pistachios, lemon-thyme vinaigrette

Featured Beers

Potter’s Cider

Founders Breakfast Stout

Bahnhof Leipziger Gose

Stillwater/Mikkeller “Our Side” (on deck)

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

Tuesday November 6th

Blue Goat Devils Backbone Beer Dinner — 6:30PM

Attending a Devils Backbone beer dinner hosted by The  Blue Goat in conjunction with Slowfood’s RVA Chapter could be the no brainer of the week.  I don’t have a menu yet but I’m working on getting one.

Beer Menu

Skull Crushing Ape– strong black wheat ale

Four Point Pale Ale– extra hoppy low gravity beer. The beer is slightly floral with a pleasant resinous note Scottish-style Wee Heavy “Kilt Flasher“- Deep rich dark brown ruby hued beer Vienna Lager- 2012 Gold World Beer Cup, 2012 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, and 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner

8 Point IPA– American-style India Pale Ale, medium in body with intense hop flavor and aroma

Cost for the dinner will be $65/person plus tax and tip.  If you prefer not to wait for a menu, call the restaurant at (804) 288-8875 to RSVP.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm

Wednesday November 7th

Fat Dragon Virginia Beer Dinner — 6:30PM

Fat Dragon is not even open yet and they’ve already scheduled their first beer dinner.  Their Virginia Beer Dinner will be five courses featuring beers from Hardywood, O’Connor, and Starr Hill.  Cost for the dinner will be $45/person excluding tax and tip.  I will post a menu as soon as I receive it.

Thursday November 8th

Libbie Market Ridgefield — 7PM

Libbie is hosting a Fall Harvest Victory Beer Dinner benefiting the James River Association starting at 7PM.


Mushroom Napoleon with Roasted Mushroom, Red Pepper, Peppered Asparagus, Cheese and Spinach Saute
Victory Prima Pils(German Pilsner)

First Course
Fall Harvest Salad with Mixed Mesclun Greens, Virginia Apples, Cranberries, Asiago & Pecans
Victory Headwaters Pale Ale(Am Pale Ale)

Second Course
Mixed Cheese Plate with Cheryl’s Libbie Market Selections
Victory Hop Devil(Am IPA)

Third Course
Libbie Market’s BBQ Glazed Atlantic Salmon with Chinese Short Ribs
Victory Hop Wallop ( American Double Imperial IPA)

Fourth Course
Libbie Market’s Chocolate Decadence
Victory Storm King Stout (Russian Imperial)

The cost  for the dinner $35/person.  Reservations will be required so call Libbie Ridgefield at (804)741-0063 or email to RSVP.

If you can’t attend the dinner, there will be a free pre-dinner tasting at 6PM featuring Otto in Oak, Dark Intrigue, Yakima Glory-just added and Ranch Double IPA.  Donations to the James River Association will  gladly be accepted.

Libbie Market Ridgefield
10470 Ridgefield Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233

Friday November 9th

TJ’s at the Jefferson — 7PM

TJs probably has the most interesting dinner concept of the week.  For their Whole Hog & VA Cask Beer Pig & Pins Dinner, Chef Patrick Ehemann has crafted a 5 course whole hog dinner to pair with cask beer from Mad Fox, O’Connor, Hardywood, Legend and Devils Backbone.


Family Style Appetizers
Poached Oysters & Lardo on Braised Collard Greens, BBQ’d Scrapple & Apples, Buffalo Spiced Pork Rinds
Mad Fox Mason’s Mild

Crispy Pigs Feet Confit with Shredded Root Slaw, Horseradish Pommery Vinaigrette
O’Connor Black Saison Dry Hopped with Amarillo Hops

Pastrami Style Pork Belly with Caraway Potato Puree, Brussels, Pulled Pork Hash, Dry Hopped Pig Tea
Legend Weizenbock

Molasses Glazed Pork Flank Steak with Braised Pork Shank Hominy, Fried Collard Greens
Devils Backbone Smokehouse Porter

Bacon Coconut Snowballs
Hardywood Park Milk Stout with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans and Coconut

The cost for the dinner is $50/person plus tax and gratuity.  Call TJ’s at (804) 649-4672 or email for more information or reservations.

TJ’s at the Jefferson
101 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 649-4672

RVA Beer Week 2012: Capital Ale House Anniversary Party

Capital Ale House is giving you three chances to celebrate their 10th anniversary starting tomorrow Friday November 2nd.  They will be tapping two special beers from Legend Brewing, Anniversary Barleywine and California Common Ale (Steam Beer).  To get the schwag, you’ll need to buy tickets here and select the date you want to attend.  The anniversary beers will be tapped at 5pm Friday.