Daily Archives: December 8, 2012

Richmond Make Sure To Follow The Rules Of SantaCon

SantaCon is also happening tonight. Wikipedia explains it simply:

SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill.[1]

Sometimes known as Naughty Santas, Cheapsuit Santas, Santarchy, Santapalooza, and Santa Rampage, SantaCon incorporates elements of a flash mob in the context of cheerful bawdy and harmless behavior, the singing of naughty Christmas carols, and the giving of small gifts to strangers.

If this sounds like fun to you, you’ll want to join SantaCon RVA as they hit a few bars downtown.  They have added a charity portion this year with Toys for Tots.  Here are their scheduled stops:

6:00 pm – Gibson’s Grill, 700 E. Broad Street.

8:30 pm – Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main Street. (downstairs game room)

10:30 pm – Sine’ Irish Pub, 1327 East Cary Street.

Toy collection boxes will be at both Gibson’s and Capital Ale. They will not be collecting toys at Sine.

Have fun but  make sure you follow the rules:

  1. Santa does not make children cry. Really, if you see kids, don’t do anything to freak them out. Give them a nice smile and possibly a gift of some kind.  Don’t be that Santa.
  2. Santa doesn’t whine. Santa is here to have fun. Don’t be that Santa.
  3. Watching Santa get drunk and rowdy is fun. Babysitting Santa while he vomits in an alley is not. Don’t be that Santa.
  4. Bring Cash – Managing 50+ tabs is not fun. Closing out 50+ tabs at the same time is pretty darn near impossible.
  5. TIP WELL!!!! The Bartenders and wait staff that will be serving us are going to be working hard and dealing with a bunch of drunk people. Reward them properly.
  6. Dress up! You don’t have to dress exactly like Santa. In fact, unusual interpretations of Santa-ness are much appreciated, both by those we bring joy to – as well as your fellow santas: elves, reindeer themes etc. are fine as well!
  7. Santa doesn’t drink & drive and neither should you. If you’re going to drink you must make sure that you can get safely home without driving yourself.
  8. Please remember that this is all about having fun. Most santas like to take their fun with a little alcohol which is fine. What is not fine, however, is getting completely sh#t-faced to the point that santas end up being abusive or violent. Remember that there is no “bail fund” for incarcerated santas and if you cross the line you’ll be on your own. Don’t be that Santa.

You’ll find more info about the event here.

Image via NYC PR girls

Twelve Beers To Sample At Holiday Cheer & Beer Classic

Holiday Cheer Beer Classic 2012Don’t forget the Holiday Cheer & Beer Classic at The Meadow Event Park today Saturday December 8th from noon to 7pm.  Your best option as far as sampling is concerned will be the $10 passport for 12 samples; that’s  two free samples.

But where to start?

Here is the beer list again with my twelve selections to start you off in bold based on what I know about them but often abject curiosity:

Corcoran Once You Go Black IPA
Corcoran Grey Ghost Double IPA
Bold Rock Virginia Apple
Brass Cannon Muzzel Flash Red
Brass Cannon Smooth Bore Stout
Bull & Bones Lunch Pale Ale
Bull & Bones Maroon Effect Brown
Center of the Universe Main Street Alt
Center of the Universe Richard Imperial IPA
Centerof the Universe Winter Spice
Devils Backbone Azrael Belgian Golden
Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
Extra Billy’s Copper Bock
Extra Billy’s Pils
Goose Island Bourbon County Imperial Stout* – 5pm tapping
Goose Island Naughty Goose
Goose Island Winter Mild
Hardywood Bourbon Gingerbread Stout* – 1pm FIRST TAPPING EVER
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Hardywood Mo Rye’d Ale
Hardywood Singel
Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout
Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils
Kona Pipeline Coffee Porter
Kona Fire Rock
Krombacher Dunkel
Legend Brown
Legend Imperial Stout
Legend Winter White
Magic Hat #9
Midnight Christmas at Midnight Spiced Ale
Midnight Cranberry Kolsch
O’Connor (ODIS) Nitro Stout
O’Connor Red Nun
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red
Red Hook ESB
Roanoke Railhouse IPA
Roanoke Track 1
Spaten Pils
St Martin Blonde Ale
Starr Hill Gift Winter Bock
Starr Hill Monticello
Van Eeke Pompering Hommel
Victory Kolsch
Victory Yakima Glory Dark Ale
Widmer Brrr
Widmer Rotator IPA

*Limited to samples only with tappings at specified times.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates. Have fun and I hope to see you out there today.

13111 Dawn Blvd
Doswell, VA 23047