Monthly Archives: April 2013

Devils Backbone Bringing Basecamp & Outpost Down To Sedona

Devils Backbone RVA logoDevils Backbone is bringing several beers from their Basecamp and Outpost locations for a tap takevoer at Sedona Taphouse tomorrow Tuesday April 30th starting at 5pm. Owner Steve Crandall and head brewer Jason Oliver as well as several DB reps will be in the house to talk about the beers. 

Here is what you can expect to find flowing from Sedona’s taps tomorrow:

Vienna Lager
Eight Point IPA
Schwartz Bier
Congo Belgian Pale Ale
Dark Abby
Reilly’s Red
Wood-aged Kilt Flasher
Ramsey’s Irish Nitro Stout
Beggars & Thieves (CBC collaboration) – German rye lager
Sir Thomas Moore ESB
Vintage Azrael
Striped Bass Pale Ale Pin

Check out the Facebook event for more information.


After Birthday Beer Brunch at Secco Wine Bar This Sunday

This is going to be a pretty awesome birthday weekend for me.  If Hardywood’s Bourbon Cru release on  Saturday was not enough, Sunday April 28th means it is time for another beer brunch at Secco Wine Bar.  Oh and there is soft shell crab on the menu.  Winning!

April Beer Brunch Menu
available 11AM – 3PM

house-made doughnut with lamplighter icing, almonds & cocoa nibs

smoked chorizo sausage on a toasted split-top bun with onions, peppers & cheesy scrambled eggs, served with a green salad

tempura soft shell crab benedict on buttermilk biscuits with Thai red curry hollandaise & grilled bok choy

smoked poblano pepper stuffed with “undirty” rice, over black beans with avocado cream, queso fresco, charred lime & eggs

pork sausage gravy & fried eggs over herbed buttermilk biscuits

chocolate chip pancakes with tart cherry compote, maple syrup & whipped butter, served with bacon and potatoes
(vegetarian version available)

veal meatballs with roasted mushrooms, fregula, tomato sauce & fried eggs

chilled turnip soup with basil, radish & evoo croutons

salad of mixed greens, shaved fennel, grilled green beans, goat cheese, hard cooked egg & olive brine vinaigrette

egg salad on fresh dill bread with cornichons & red onion, served with a green salad

The featured beers for the brunch are still being determined but they are sure to be awesome.

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

Are You Coming To Hardywood Saturday For My Birthday & Bourbon Cru Release?

Hardywood Twilight Cru

Yes, a bit of shameless promotion on my part.  My birthday on Saturday April 27th just happens to be the same date of Hardywood’s Bourbon Cru release for 2013.  Coincidence? I think not. I’m pretty awesome if I say so myself.  I’m happy to share my date with such an awesome beer.

But before we get to Saturday, we get to have some fun.  Tonight Thursday April 25th, Hardywood hosts the Twilight 4 Miler.  Don’t worry if you didn’t sign up for the run/walk; you can still participate in the block party.  In honor of the run, Hardywood will be tapping their Twilight Weiss, a red hued Bavarian style Hefeweizen.

Once you have tried the Twilight Weiss, you are going to want to come back Friday afternoon April 26th at 4pm as Hardywood taps a pin created by yours truly for Firkin Friday.  In honor of my first homebrew back in 2009, I chose to use Hardywood Twilight Weiss adding mango, sage (from my own garden), and pink peppercorns.  I also hope to have a matching Randall for the evening as well.

Hardywood Mango Weiss Pin

This brings us full circle back to the main event on Saturday.  Get the bottles, Richmond!  Here is what I can tell you about Bourbon Cru 2013.  I love it so much more than I did last year.  While I liked last year’s Cru, there were times I felt overwhelmed by the bourbon in that I could not taste the underlying Quad.  2013 Cru harmonizes both bourbon and quad flavors giving the best of both worlds.  I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Add in alternating music sets from Black Girls and The Trillions starting at 5pm and you really have a party on your hands. Plus don’t forget the food from Boka Tako, Super Fresh Carts, Monique Crepes, Estes Barbecue, and my favorite Pizza Tonight.

Oh and if I can find the time. there may be cake.

Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale Makes Richmond Debut Tonight at The Camel

Seeing as music and Starr Hill go hand in hand, it only makes sense that they would choose The Camel for the Richmond debut of their new summer seasonal, Grateful Pale Ale, tonight April 24th at at 8pm.

Grateful Pale Ale creates a fresh spin on the American Pale Ale tradition. A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor. Grateful is a sessionable brew at 4.7% abv.

Don’t worry if pale ales are not your thing.  The Camel will have plenty of other Starr Hill beers including:

Grateful Pale Ale
Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Imperial Stout
Starr Saison
Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout
Northern Lights IPA
Double Platinum Imperial IPA

So head on out and try this new beer and enjoy music provided by Love Canon.  Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Double The Green Flash Tap Takeovers Today & Tomorrow

Green Flash logoYou have probably heard by now that San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing plans on opening their East coast brewery in Virginia Beach next year.  If you have not tried their beers before, you will have two chances to try a good sampling at two tap takeovers today and tomorrow.

Tuesday April 23rd — 5PM

Sedona Taphouse has a solid selection of Green Flash brews for their tap takeover tonight at 5PM.  Sedona will aso have glassware to giveaway with each purchase along with a special pin of Imperial IPA.

Here is what they will be pouring tonight:

Double Stout
Palate Wrecker
Hop Head Red IPA
Hop Odyssey Imperial Red Rye
Hop Odyssey Black IPA
West Coast IPA
Saison Diego
Imperial IPA (cask & draft)

Head to the Facebook event for more information.

Wednesday April 24th — 5PM

Commercial Taphouse will have their own party celebrating Green Flash’s entry into the Virginia craft brew family.   Commercial will tap four Green Flash beers including two of the draft only Hop Odyssey series as awell as a firkin of West Coast IPA. 

Here is what they will be tapping:

West Coast IPA Firkin
Hop Odyssey Black IPA
Hop Odyssey Imperial Red Rye
Double Stout

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Thursday April 25th

Can Can Brasserie will be tapping at least three Green Flash beers:

Le Freak
Saison Diego
Imperial Red Rye IPA

Tale of Two Blue Moutain Beer Dinners

Blue Mountain logo1As I lead up to celebrating two years on the blog, I found two Blue Mountain beer dinners going happening this week for you to check out.

Tuesday April 23rd — 6:30PM  UPDATE: Dinner to be rescheduled to later date.

Kona Grill in Short Pump will host the first Blue Mountain beer dinner for this week.


Mini fried potstickers & mini avocado egg rolls served cocktail style
Steel Wheels ESB

Sunshine sushi roll

Oriental salad
Full Nelson Pale Ale

Caribbean jerk chicken
Local Species

Mini chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream
Dark Hollow

The cost for this dinner is $45/person plus tax and gratuity.   Space is limited and reservation are required. Call (804) 381-4916 to reserve your spot.

11221 W Broad St
Glen Allen, VA 23060-5817

Friday April 26th — 7PM

Head to TJ’s at the Jefferson Friday as  owner and head brewer Taylor Smack as he leads your through a dinner of five Blue Mountain beers paired with Chef Patrick Ehemann food.


Welcome Beer & Bites
Berkshire Lomo wrapped Compressed Apples & Mini Banh Mi Dog Bites
UberPils, Imperial Pilsner

Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Wilted Baby Bok Choy, Caramelized Cipollini Butter
Hibernator Dopplebock

“Chicken and Waffles”
Double Cooked Chicken Thighs, Potato Waffles, Whipped Lardo, Honey Gel & Encapsulated Hot Sauce
Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

Dueling Day Boat Scallops
Hazelnut Butter Crusted Scallop, Roasted Endive Tarts & Butter Poached Scallop, Cauliflower Mousse, Fines Herbs
Local Species, Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Pale with American Hops

Bailey’s Chocolate Terrine
Mint Chip Ice Cream, Smoked Caramel, Raspberry Marmalade
Chocolate Coffee Dark Hollow, Imperial Stout

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

Mekong Welcomes Perennial Ales To Richmond

Perennial Beer logoHead over to Mekong today Thursday April 18th as they host the Richmond release party for Missouri brewery Perennial Artisan Ales.  Perennial is a small batch brewery in St Louis, MO focusing on farmhouse ales, seasonal beers using local ingredients, and barrel aged varieties.  Perennial has the adventurous craft beer drinker in mind with each batch brewed.

Here are the beers Mekong will be tapping today:

Aria — Belgian Style Ale with Brett
Saison de Lis — Belgian Style Saison
Hommel Bier — Dry-hopped Belgian Pale
Black Walnut Dunkel — Dunkel Weiss with black walnuts

Beers will be tapped at 5pm.  Today, Perennial is the answer.

New Belgium Beer Dinner at Peter Chang China Cafe Next Week

So I could go and try list every publication that has named Peter Chang as one of the top chefs in the country. Maybe I could tell you about how so beloved New Belgium beers are that their sucess will have them opening an East Coast brewery near Asheville, NC. 

Instead I’ll just tell you Peter Chang China Cafe is hosting a New Belgium Beer Dinner next Wednesday April 24th at 6pm.  You will have great food with beer pairings to match.  You will enjoy every bite, even the bites where your mouth seems to be searing from the heat. As a bonus you will also be taking home some New Belgium glassware. Take a look at the menu.



Bamboo Fish with Cumin, Dry Fried Eggplant, Stir Fried Shrimp Wonton with XO Sauce
Fat Tire

Table Appetizers

Zhong Dumplings
Fat Tire

Han Zhong Style Noodle
Rampant Imperial IPA

Main Courses

Sizzling Boneless Duck
Cascara Quad

Beef Tendon in Szechwan Chili Sauce
Cascara Quad

Shrimp with Onion & Chili
Rolle Bolle Ale

Stir Fried Scallop on Iron Plate
Rolle Bolle Ale

Fruit Rice Cake
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

The cost for the dinner is $55/person excluding tax and tip.  Call the restaurant at (804) 364-1688 to reserve your spot.

Peter Chang China Cafe
11424 W. Broad St
Glen Allen, VA 23230