Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sedona Rolls Out The Barrels For Takeover

Head over to Sedona Taphouse Tuesday February 26th as they roll out an evening of barrel aged beers.  Here is what they will tapping starting at 5pm:

Allagash Curieux
Allagash Interlude
Blue Mountain Dirty Belgian
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
Cooney Island Human Blockhead
Hardywood Bourbon Cru
Hardywood Bourbon DIPA
Hardywood Bourbon Gingerbread Stout
Heavy Seas Bourbon Below Decks
Heavy Seas Siren Noire
Innis and Gunn Scottish Ale-Jim Beam Barrels
Laughing Dog Dogfather
New Holland Dragons Milk
Ommegang Biere D’ Hougoumont
Terrapin Spike and Jerome Barley Ryne
Terrapin Oaked Hoppy Monster
Weyerbacher Insanity
Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
Williamsburg Alewerks Cafe Royal

In addition to the pretty cool lineup, Sedona is allowing growler fills for all of these beers except Bourbon Cru and Gingerbread Stout.

Devil Of A Beer Brunch At Secco This Sunday

Once again it is time for another beer brunch at Secco Wine Bar this Sunday FeBREWary 24th.  This is not like past beer brunches as it features a tap takeover from Devils Backbone, best small brewer in the US, as well as an almost completely new menu.  You should also know if you skip this beer brunch you will have to wait two months for the next one as the last Sunday in March is Easter.

available 11AM – 3PM

coffee cake w/ molasses butter

roasted beets, mixed greens, whipped chèvre, orange vinaigrette, walnuts & smoked honey

celery root soup w/ lemon & chives (option to add fried egg)

grilled porchetta, egg & cheese on house made bun w/ tomato mustarda & house fries

apple, fennel, gruyere & whole grain mustard panino on sub rosa polenta bread w/ house fries

huevos rancheros w/ cilantro crema (option to add braised pork)

French toast w/ vanilla butter, maple syrup, pear compote, house bacon & hash browns

shrimp & scallop quiche w/ mixed green salad

veal meatballs w/ creamy herbed polenta, tomato sauce & fried egg

Devils Backbone Tap Takeover

Schwartz Bier — toasty, german-style black lager

Belgian Congo Pale Ale — Belgian style IPA

Danzig Baltic Porter — special edition spiked with local coffee.

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

Train For Hardywood Twilight Four Miler With Firkin Crawl Thursday

Richmond is truly turning into such a wonderful beer town.  Here I am coming off the meaty-ale high that was the Beer & Charcuterie pairing at The Room at Secco Wine Bar.

charcuterie The Room SeccoYes, it was all delicious.  It us events like this that can make it difficult to pick and choose between all the different beer, live music, and theatre events that are readily abundant and all exceptional.  So here is the series of events making me miss the Hardywood Firkin Crawl this Thursday February 21st:

  1. Originally, I had tickets for Mary Poppins at the Landmark for Friday night.
  2. Burger Blast at Virginia Wine Expo is announced and I scurry to move tickets to Thursday to keep Saturday free just in case…
  3. Hardywood Firkin crawl is announced on Facebook.  I accept forgetting I already had plans which I only remembered yesterday.

So no crawl for me but you should definitely check it out.  I’m really intrigued by that Smoked IPA.

Here are the stops on the crawl:

5:15PM — Commercial Taphouse — ESB dry hopped with Chinook hops
6:00PM — Secco Wine Bar — Smoked IPA dry hopped with Amarillo & Citra hops
7:00PM — Burger Bach — Barrel-aged Hardywood Singel

Craft Beer Enters Virginia Wine Expo’s Burger Blast For First Time This Friday

VA Wine Expo

UPDATE: Burger Blast is SOLD OUT. There will be no tickets at the door.

Now in its sixth year, the  Virginia Wine Expo will offer craft beer for the first time as they present Burger Blast this Friday February 22nd from 5 – 10pm.  Burger Blast will feature artisan burgers with samplings of craft beer and wine.

Tickets include the following:

  • Selection of creative, artisan-made burgers cooked fresh by the regions’ best chefs  – a full meal!
  • Samples of craft beer from Virginia and the U.S.
  • Samples of Virginia wine
  • Live music
  • Riedel crystal wine glass (used for wine & beer)
  • People’s Choice Award for best burger
  • Perfect opportunity to unwind and start your weekend with a Blast!

Carytown Burgers and Fries
Rowland’s Fine Dining
J Sargeant Reynolds
Salt Pork
India K’Raja
Popkin Tavern
On The Rox
Sam Snead’s Tavern at The Homestead
Culinard Culinary Institute of Virginia – Richmond

Virginia Breweries
Hardywood Chocolate Heat – Richmond, VA
Devils Backbone Schwartzbier – Lexington, VA
Starr Hill Saison – Crozet, VA
Center of the Universe Plowed Brown – Ashland, VA
Legend Hopfest – Richmond, VA
O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA – Norfolk, VA
Midnight Granite Oatmeal Chocolate Stout – Goochland, VA
Bold Rock Virginia Draft Cider – Nellysford, VA
3 Brothers Elementary Porter – Harrisonburg, VA
Apocalypse Hopocalypse IPA – Lynchburg, VA
Blue Mountain Barrel Aged Dirty Belgian — Afton, VA

National Breweries
Flying Dog Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy) – Frederick, MD
Dogfish Head My Antonia Pils – Milton, DE
Sixpoint Diesel American Stout – Brooklyn, NY
Wolavers Alta Gracia Coffee Porter – Middlebury, VT
Terrapin Hop Karma Indian Brown Ale – Athens, GA
New Belgium Lips of Faith Cascara Quad – Ft. Collins, CO
Brooklyn Fiat Lux Belgian Style Witbier – Brooklyn, NY
Allagash Grand Cru Belgian Dark Ale – Portland, ME
Ommegang Duvel Rustica Belgian Golden Ale – Cooperstown, NY

Burger Blast will be held in the Ballroom of the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Tickets for the event are $35 (advance) or $48 (at the door if available). For more information and to purchase tickets, head over to the Virginia Wine Expo event schedule here.

Will You Beer My Valentine?

Haven’t made plans for your Valentine celebration? Or just too busy like a lot of us.  No worries, I have a few ideas for you stretching into the next week.

Thursday February 14th

Dancing with Myself 80’s Dance Party

COTU invites you out to rock the casbah at their 80s dance party.  So break out that old prom-wear and get groovy.  Doors open at 4pm with dance starting at 5:30pm.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

The Savory Grain Opening

The Savory Grain will be open for the beer lovers on Valentine’s Day.  The menu over on features several dishes with beer used in the preparation.  I’m definitely going to have to check this place out soon.  Here is a little of what will be flowing from their 24 taps tonight:

Firestone Walker Union Jack
Allagash White
Allagash Dubbel
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
Dogfish Indian Brown
Left Hand Milk Stout

Guesses from menu item
COTU Main St Ale
Legend Brown
Hefeweizen (maybe Legend)

Fat Dragon Couples Menu

There are a few spots left to get in on this menu at Fat Dragon.  Take a look and call (804) 345-9888 to make reservations.

Fat Dragon VDay 2013 Menu

Sunday February 17th

Legend 19th Anniversary Party

Richmond’s oldest operating craft brewery celebrates nineteen years of production with a party starting at 2pm with  brewery tours all day and live music from Xtreme Groove at 6:30pm. General admission will cost $20 and include three food and beverage tickets. Under 21 admission is $12 (includes one food ticket). Admission for under 12 and designated drivers will be $5. Free admission for children under 5.  Extra food or beverage tickets will be $5 each.

Local Suds ‘Legend’ary Brew Tour

Take your love on a Sunday cruise to all of the Richmond area breweries tasting all along the way.  The tour culminates at Legend’s 19th Anniversary Party. Tickets for the tour are $47.50/person and include tastings at each stop as well as admission to Legend’s party. Go here to buy tickets or for more information.

Want to win tickets to the tour? Check out Local Suds’ Facebook page where they are giving away two tickets at 5pm tomorrow.

Tuesday February 19th

Beer & Charcuterie Pairing — The Room at Secco Wine Bar

As Secco celebrates FeBREWary, they invite you into The Room as Alexis Goldstein (Specialty Beverage) & Julia teach the basics of pairing various beer styles with a variety of cured meats.


Duvel (a beloved Belgian strong golden ale)
Prosciutto by Olli Salumeria

Ommegang BPA (a Belgian Pale Ale that balances delicious citrus & tropical fruit aromas with Cascade hops)
Secco’s house-made Country Pork Terrine w/ Bacon & Olives

Ommegang Rare Vos (an Amber Ale styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafes)
Wild Boar Salametto by Olli Salumeria

Ommegang Three Philosophers (a perfect quad with just a touch of Liefmans Kriek)
Secco’s house-made Chicken Liver Pate

Beer, meat and two sassy redheads… what’s not to love?  The Beer & Charcuterie Pairing class takes place from 6:30-8pm at The Room at Secco (2931 W. Cary St).  Tickets are $40/person and include food, drink, and loads of information. Email and reserve your spot today!

Saturday February 23rd

Mad Fox Brewing Barleywine Festival

This one is a ways out but I had so much fun last year that there was no way I couldn’t include it.  Not only do you get an amazing selection of at least 30 barleywines, but you get the top notch food. Here are the barleywines that caught my eye:

  • Mad Fox Headcracker English-style Barleywine 2012 Draught 8% ABV
  • Mad Fox Slobberknocker American-style Barleywine 2012 Draught 9% ABV
  • Mad Fox Oaked Slobberknocker American-style Barleywine 2011 Draught 9% ABV
  • 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom Barleywine 2012 Draught 10.5% ABV
  • Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale 2012 Draught 10.2% ABV
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine 2012 Draught 10.2% ABV
  • Green Flash Barleywine 2011 Draught 10.9% ABV
  • Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine 2010 Draught 10% ABV
  • Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine Cabernet Barrel-aged 2012 Cask 10% ABV
  • JW Lees Harvest Ale Draught 11.5% ABV
  • Legend Barleywine 2011 15.5% ABV
  • Rogue Old Crusty Barleywine 2011 Draught 11.5% ABV
  • Rogue Old Crusty Barleywine 2012 Draught 11.5% ABV
  • Uinta Anniversary Barleywine 2011 Draught 10.4%
  • Weyerbacher Insanity Ale 2011 Draught 11.1% ABV
  • Williamsburg Alewerks Grand Illumination American Barleywine 2011 Draught 11% ABV

Check out the rest of the list here.

Libbie Market Celebrates Three Years With Local Tasting

Libbie Market is celebrating their three year anniversary by hosting a local beer tasting at their Ridgefield location today Saturday February 9th from 1 to 4pm.

Here is what they will be sampling:

Starr Hill: Love, Saison
Legend: Golden IPA, Maibock, Brown Ale
Devils Backbone: Dark Abbey, Schwartz Bier
Bold Rock: Virginia Apple, Virginia Draft
St. George: Porter (draft)
Beach Brewing: Hoptopus (draft)
Blue Mountain (draft)
Midnight: Not My Job Brown (draft)
Mud Hound Brewing: Oatmeal Stout (draft-only) RVA debut
Others: 3 Brothers Brewing & COTU

If that were not enough, drop your name or business card into a drawing for:

(1) Hardywood Original Gingerbread Stout ’12
(1) Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Gingerbread Stout ’12
(2) Hardywood Park Craft Brewery GBS Glasses

Taste something you like? Growler fills will be available on all draft items.

Libbie Market Ridgefield
10470 Ridgefield Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 741-0063

Hardywood Bringing The “Chocolate Heat” Saturday

Hardywood releases your new chocolatey hotness tomorrow Saturday February 9th at 2pm:

Luscious yet piquant, sultry yet fiery, Hardywood Chocolate Heat melds the dichotomy of semi-sweet chocolate and hot chile peppers into one insatiably seductive libation. Brewed with heaps of cacao nibs, some milk sugar and chocolate malts for a touch of chocolatey sweetness, and just the right amount of locally grown scotch bonnet and habanero peppers, Chocolate Heat will arouse your senses and tantalize your palate. The next in our Reserve Series, Chocolate Heat will be available in 750ml bottles, 4 packs, and draft all day.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.