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 Richmond.com 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 nicole@seccowinebar.com 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.

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