Monthly Archives: March 2013

Can You Solve The Devils Backbone Mystery Pins?

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Credit: Warren Haskell

In celebration of April Fools’ Day, Taste the Local has designed a pin crawl with the intent to fool you.

Here’s the rub: The first three stops will feature a pin of Devils Backbone beer, each with a “mystery” ingredient. We’ll tell you the base beer but you have to guess what’s in it. All votes will be tallied at the fourth bar, where the winner will receive a DB Prize Pack.

Here are the stops on the crawl along with the base beers at the first three stops:

5:30PM — Commercial Taphouse — Eight Point IPA
6:30PM — New York Deli — Schwartz Bier
7:30PM — Weezie’s Kitchen — Beggars & Thieves (CBC collaboration, anti-imperial rye lager)
8:30PM — Burger Bach — Dead Bear Imperial Stout (on tap)

Find more information on the Facebook event page here.

Any Day This Week Will Be A Great Day For Barrel Aged Beers At Mekong

Mekong shirt logo2Mekong will kick off the celebration of their 18th anniversary all this week starting tonight March 25th with a festival of barrel aged beers.  They even got you a gift by expanding to fifty taps including a new Andall setup.  When ever you decide to go to Mekong this week, know that you find many of these great beers on tap including:

Goose Island Bourbon County 2012
Hardywood Bourbon DIPA 2012
Hardywood Bourbon Hoplar
Hardywood Barrel Blend #3
Hardywood Barrel Blend Blackberry/Grand Cru
Hardywood Bourbon barrel Imperial Stout
Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo (coffee stout aged in Maker’s Mark barrel)
Hardywood Bourbon GBS 2012
Hardywood Bourbon Pumpkin 2012
Hardywood Barrel Aged Singel
Hardywood Special Pin Rachael Cardwell Special Blend
Del Ducato Blueberry Nightmare
BFM Abbaye de St Bon Chien 2011 & 2012 (maybe)
BFM Sq Rt 225 Saison Aged in Bon Chien barrel
Baladin Wayan Sour
Allagash Curieux 2009, 2010, & 2011
Allagash Interlude 2011
Allagash Bourbon Black
Allagash FV 13
Loverbeer Madamin
t’Smisje Oudanarde Imperial Sour Red
De glazen Toren Cuvée Angelique Ransom Barrel
Barley Friska Romanto Barrel
Hofstetten Kuelbelbier Ransom Barrel
Firestone Walker 16th Anninersary
The Bruery Smoking Wood
The Bruery Sour in the Rye
COTU Oak Aged PocaHOPtas
COTU Barrel Aged Scotchtown 2012
COTU Bourbon Barrel 13% Imperial Milk Stout
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti 2009
Great Divide Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti 2009
Great Divide Oak Aged Espresso Yeti
Barley Toccadibo aged in Bella late harvested Zinfandel Barrel
J W Lees Harvest Calvados 2011
Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo 2012
Bavik Petrus Aged Pale
Liefmans Oud Bruin
Duchesse de Bourgogne
Ichtegem Grand Cru
Bockor Cuvée de Jacobin Rouge
De Proef/Hair of Dog Flanders Fred
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Coffee
Blue Mountain Barrel Aged Dirty Belgian
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 2010, 2011
Dogfish Head Red n White 2010
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster
Founders Backwoods Bastard 2010
Ommegang Biere d’Hougomont
Trolls Palanfrina Special Batch aged in Ramsom Spirit barrel
Harviestoun Bitter & Twist aged in Gin/Pinot Noir barrel
Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia aged in Ransom Whisky
Reisdorf Kolsch aged in Channing Daughter’s PAZZO barrel
Uinta Sea Legs Baltic Porter aged in 16yrs Ritterhouse Whisky
Uinta Cockeye Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Uinta Labyrinth Black Ale aged in Rye and Bourbon barrels
Mad Fox Oak Aged Wee Heavy
Mad Fox Crazy Ivan Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Mad Fox Batch 100
Laughing Dog 2010 Bourbon Barrel Dogfather Imperial Stout
St Bernardus ABTO
Heavy Seas Bourbon DIPA
Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
New Belgium Lip of Faith Julie Kessler Select 1
Lost Rhino Woody Stout
Legend Barrel Aged Brown
Legend Barrel Aged Doppelbock
Legend Barrel Aged Hopfest
Legend Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
Legend Wee Heavy Aged in Rye Whisky Barrel
Sierra Nevada Brandy Barrel Quad
Sierra Nevada Scotch Whisky Barrel Aged Bigfoot
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Ovila Quad
Midnight Barrel Aged Series #1
New Holland 2009 Dragon’s Milk Stout

Here are the Andalls that have been lined up for the week so far:

  1. Blackberry Gueuze — Hardywood Blackberry and Gueuze TBD
  2. Untamed Italian Wild — Madamin and Bon Chien
  3. Strawberry Gueuze — Hardywood Strawberry and Gueuze TBD
  4. Bon Berry — Hardywood Blackberry and Bon Chien
  5. Plead the Fifth  with oak chips n vanilla beans
  6. Tamarind chili Stout — tamarind fruit, habenero, Bourbon oak chips and stout yet to be pick
  7. Peach Sour in the Rye — Sour in the rye and fresh peach
  8. Sour Peach — fresh peach and Gueuze TBD

Mekong will tap beers beginning at 5pm Monday March 25th.  Good luck!

Belle Vie Belgian Beer Dinner Thursday

Check out this Belgian Beer Dinner tomorrow at Belle Vie in Midlothian Thursday March 21st starting at 6:30pm.  Six Belgian beers will be paired with the cuisine of Chef Xavier.


1st course
La Soupe à la Bière Belge (Belgian Beer Soup)
Chimay White

2nd course
Les Coquilles St Jacques au Velouté de Choux Fleur (Scallops served with a Cauliflower Velouté)
Le Poulet à l’Estragon (Chicken with tarragon special sauce)
Hommel Popperings

3rd Course – Le Trio d’Entrées
Le Hachis Parmentier Facon « Bruxelles » – (Mashed potatoes with meat and sauce)
Le Chicon au Gratin – (Endive with ham, served with Bechamel sauce)
Le Filet de Cabillaud et Sabayon à la Kriek (Filet of Cod served with a Cherry Kriek Sabayon)
Monks Café, Leffe Blonde, Maredsous 10

Le Dessert
La Véritable Gauffre de Bruxelles et sa Glaçe au Spéculoos
(Traditional Belgian Waffle served with Homemade Speculoos Ice cream)
Lindermans Peche

The cost for the dinner is $60.95/person plus tax and tip.  Call Belle Vie at (804) 379-3338 to make reservations.

Belle Vie European Bistro
1244 Alverser Plaza
Midlothian, VA 23113

Celebrate St Patty’s Weekend & Avoid Green Beer

Most of Richmond will spend their St Patrick’s Day weekend down in Shockoe Bottom for Shamrock The Block.  Don’t get me wrong if you can stand the crowd, it can be an interesting time.  If that’s your plan, know that On the Rox or Station 2 will serve as your craft beer oases.  If you’re looking to avoid the sea of green beer and the crowds that come with it this weekend here are a few under the radar events for you to checkout.

Saturday March 16th

Hardywood Raspberry Stout Pilot Release — 1PM

Hardy wood taps their newest pilot beer, a Russian Imperial Stout aged on local raspberries with music from Zep Replica starting at 5pm.

Crossroads’ Southern Tier St. Patty’s Stout Spectacular — 3PM

Crossroads Forest Hill will tap five different Southern Tier imperial stouts with music from the Beer Ticks starting at 7:30pm.  Here are the stouts plus two other Southern Tier beers they are tapping:

2x Milk
Creme Brûlée
Eurotrash Pilz

Update: You can also get a Southern Tier pint glass to take home.

Sunday March 17th’s St Paddies Brew Tour — 1PM

There are only four tickets as I type this so get on snacking them up here.  The tour will start at Capital Ale House’s St Patrick’s Day Celebration continuing on to Legend, Hardywood, and Midnight Breweries.  Each brewery is opening up especially for the tour so you will have them all to yourself.

Capital Ale House’s 11th Annual St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Capital Ale House’s St Patrick’s Day celebration has grown over it’s eleven years to cover all five of it locations.  Head to the one near your for over ten different Irish & Scottish style ales, traditional Irish food, and music.

Saison’s “Local Is Green” Tapping — 4PM

Saison will tap these five great Virginia beers St Patrick’s day:

Alewerks Bitter Valentine
Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo
Port City Two Smoked Porter
Wolf Hills Wolf’s Den DIPA

Vote For Hardywood Brewer In Best Beard Of Craft Beer Finals

Alright Richmond, now is the real time to vote.  Nick Walthall has made to the finals of’s Best Beards of Craft Beer contest.  Head over here and vote for #19 to grab another win for RVA!

From earlier post:

Hardywood’s Nick Danger Walthall is in the running as one of the best beards in craft beer through



Head over and like Nick’s photo on Facebook to push him on to the finals. Who knows, soon we may have another #1 title to add to Richmond’s tally.

Andy Hannas’ Farewell Devils Backbone Beer Dinner At Acacia

Next week will be  Andy Hannas’ last week as sous chef at Acacia Midtown before leaving Richmond at the end of the month. To commemorate this event,  Devils Backbone rep Warren Haskell and Andy have planned a beer dinner next Wednesday March 13th starting at 6:30pm. Andy has been responsible for planning the menus for many of Acacia’s past beer dinners and desert pairings.  If youhave enjoyed any of his past preparations, you are going to want to come and say good bye.   


Chapel Creek Oyster on the Half Shell with Pickled Ginger Mignonette
Pin of Garland (dry hopped blonde ale)

1st Course
Fluke Sashimi, Pickled Plums, Tempura Sea Beans, Yuzu Ponzu, Foie Gras Emulsion
Congo Belgian IPA

2nd Course
Miso Glazed Grouper Cheek, Napa Cabbage Salad, Toasted Rice Powder
Vienna Lager (classic german style amber lager)

3rd Course
Housemade Spiced Pork Sausage, Peanut and Scallion Waffle, Bok Choy, Hoisin Sauce
Schwartz Bier (german style black lager)

Cost for the dinner is $30/person excluding tax and gratuity.  Reservations are recommended. Call (804) 562-0138 to RSVP.

2601 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 562-0138

Meet The Brewers Night Goes Southside With Legend And Hardywood

Take a trip over to Southside Richmond for a couple of  “Meet the Brewer” events tonight Tuesday March 5th.

Head over to Bailey’s Southside to join the folks from Hardywood for a few beers starting at 5pm. Richmond Beer Lovers will be also be in the house for their happy hour meetup.  Join up with them to hear about their other events.  Beers for the night include:

Chocolate Heat
Bourbon Sidamo

Bailey’s Pub and Grille
11581 Robious Rd
Richmond, VA 23235

Meanwhile, Sedona Taphouse will be the site of a Legend Tap Invasion.  Enjoy a few beers, chat up the brewer and take home some glassware.  Beers for the night  include:

Brown Ale
Guardian Dog Dopplebock

Sedona Taphouse
15732 WC Main Street
Midlothian, VA 23113