Head over to Hardywood tonight Friday May 31st at 5pm as they tap seven Russian Imperial Stouts that have been aged in bourbon barrels from seven different distilleries . Pick your favorite bourbon or try them all in a flight. Five of the seven barrels that have been revealed thus far include:
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I’ll be doing a similar recipe tonight but this one sounds tasty as well.
If you check this blog out at all you are well aware that I am all about hitting up the area’s farmer’s markets and using the ingredients to make recipes. Now I am not going to sit here and act like I have been on farmer’s markets for years before it seemed like the cool thing to do. I am not going to lie; a couple of years ago, my idea of a farmer’s market was Food Lion. As far as I was concerned it was a market and they had shit that came from a farm too right? RIGHT! So what caused the change? Well I am also not going to besmirch myself and say its my desire to save the earth because I work on an oil rig and was rolling around in Florida last month in a gas guzzling convertible with the A/C on (true story) so…
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Strangeways Brewing released a note on their Facebook page detailing their rollout this Saturday May 25th starting at noon. Before you ask, I have no idea which beer styles are represented by Secret Batches 1 & 2.
Here you go:
Strangeways Brewing’s RVA Bar Crawl Starts at Noon This Saturday!
Come out and taste Secret Batch 1 and Secret Batch 2 of RVA’s Newest…….Strangeways Brewing!
The beers will be available on draft at ALL of these fine establishments starting at Noon unless otherwise listed:
- Capital Alehouse (ALL 3 RVA Locations/Downtown; Innsbrook; Midlothian)
- Mellow Mushroom
- Sedona Taphouse
- Joe’s Inn
- Station 2
- Don’t Look Back
- Portrait House
- Burger Bach
- City Dogs-Fan
- Extra Billy’s
- TJ’s (3:00)
- Commercial Taphouse (4:00)
- Comfort (4:00)
- Fat Dragon (4:30)
- Popkin Tavern (4:30)
- Saison (5:00)
- The Camel (5:00)
- Rappahannock (5:00)
- Blue Goat (5:30)
A.F.M. says, “Come Join the Troop”
Read more about the history behind Strangeways from Richmond.com here.
Yesterday, Center of the Universe released details about where you can try their edition of Homefront IPA leading up to this Memorial Day weekend starting Thursday May 23rd at the Flying Squirrels game at The Diamond. Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson will serve as Hops for Heroes‘ ambassador for Homefront IPA and will be in attendance at the game as well. Here is the posting from their blog; one of those bats might make someone a nice Father’s Day gift:
We’ve got a great line-up of patriotic events leading up to Memorial Day to celebrate the release of Homefront IPA!
Homefront IPA is a West Coast style IPA, brewed with orange peel and aged on Louisville Slugger bats donated by none other than Louisville Slugger. After the beer is brewed, the bats will be dried and auctioned off. 100% of the proceeds for the beer and the auctioned off bats will go to Operation Homefront. Last year, with the help of 6 participating breweries and other organizations that donated the hops and grains used to make the beer, Hops for Heroes (the name of the organization in charge of planning and coordinating everything for Homefront IPA) was able to raise $165,000 dollars for Operation Homefront. [Read more about the beer here].
Because this beer is baseball themed, we’re releasing it on Thursday, May 23rd at the Flying Squirrels stadium in Richmond followed by a tasting on Friday at Whole Foods and an official party at COTU on Saturday. Here is our line-up of events.
Homefront IPA Release at the Diamond
Date: Thursday, May 23rd
Time: game starts at 6:00 pm
Location: The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard
Details: Homefront IPA will be on tap at the Taste the Local stand. There are also fireworks scheduled for that night, and there will be some military presence to help celebrate. [More details here]
Homefront IPA BBQ and tasting at Whole Foods
Date: Friday, May 24th
Location: Whole Foods Glen Allen, 11173 W Broad St
Details: Meet us at Whole Foods for BBQ, live music and a Homefront IPA tasting. Bottles of Homefront IPA will be available for purchase that day. More details here.
Homefront IPA Party at COTU
Date: Saturday, May 25th
Location: Center of the Universe Brewing Company, 11293 Air Park Rd.
Details: Live music from Tristan Thorndyke and his band, and food trucks (Curbside Creations and Slideways Mobile Bistro).
Homefront IPA is a collaborative beer brewed for the sole purpose of giving back. All of the ingredients needed to brew Homefront IPA, as well as bottles, labels, tap handles, and other supplies were graciously donated. This beer is being brewed by a total of 9 breweries nationwide and 100% of the proceeds will go to local chapters of Operation Homefront – a military charity that gives back to military families in need.
Want to know the story behind Homefront IPA and the other 8 breweries participating? Check out the Hops for Heroes website here.
American Craft Beer Week is so huge this year, I am now on my fourth post just to get the details out. Here is where you can sample your way through the week.
Libbie Market will have a special tasting Wednesday May 15th to celebrate the release of Hardywood Cream Ale cans from 4:30 – 7PM. If Libbie Market can get 50 people to confirm they will attend tasting on Facebook, they will break out some beloved Hardywood Reserve Series and Barrel Series releases for the event as well. Maybe some Gingerbread Stout?
Total Wine W Broad
Total Wine on West Broad will be sampling beer throughout the week. Here is their schedule:
Monday May 13th
4:30-6:30PM — Sierra Nevada tasting with rep Scott pouring Summerfest CANS, Kellerweis, Pale Ale, Torpedo, Southern Hemisphere and Hoptimum
4 – 7PM — Smuttynose tasting. Luke from Specialty will pour Summer Weizen, Old Brown Dog, IPA, and Noonan Black IPA.
Tuesday May 14th — 5-7PM
Flying Fish Richmond Kickoff with rep Andy Newell (all the way from Jersey, folks!)
Breckenridge tasting with rep Drew
Wednesday May 15th — Big day with three brewery heads in one place!
4-7PM — Starr Hill tasting & Meet the Brewer with founder Mark Thompson 5-6PM
5-7PM — Legend tasting with founder and owner Tom Martin 5-7pm
6:30-7:30PM — Hardywood Park Cream Ale cans debut with co-founder and co-owner Eric McCay
Thursday May 16th – 4-7PM –Another big day with two brewery heads in the house!
Salem, VA’s Parkway Brewing Kickoff with founder and owner Keno
O’Connor Brewing tasting with founder and owner Kevin O’Connor
Bell’s tasting with rep Greg
Friday May 17th — 4-7PM
DC Brau tasting
Flying Dog new canned beer tasting
Saturday May 18th
12 – 3PM — New Belgium – Let’s play the Belgian game Rolle Bolle and taste the new Rolle Bolle beer plus others with rep Julie
12 – 2PM — Finch’s Beer Co. tasting
3 – 5PM — Blue Mountain tasting
Richmond, VA 23294
There will be a lot of tap takeovers as Richmond celebrates American Craft Beer Week May 13 – 19. I’m still in the process of gathering details on a lot of items but here is what I have so far. As always, I recommend you bookmark this page to check back for updates.
Monday May 13th
Pins for the Win — 5pm
In lieu of the normal pin crawl, it seems Taste the Local is going for a more choose your own adventure type of night with Virginia beer pin tappings at three special locations. All pins will be tapped at
Update: Joe’s will tap thier pin at 6:30pm; this should make it easier on folks trying to enjoy all three pins.
5PM — Commercial Taphouse — Hardywood Belgian DIPA with Amarillo hops
6:30PM — Joe’s Inn in the Fan — Legend Hopfest with Centennial hops, sweet orange peel, & Reservoir bourbon chips. Filled by Matt & Ben.
5PM — The Camel — Three Brothers Oatmeal Stout with coffee & maple syrup
$2.50 Pints at Popkin
Every night of American Craft Beer Week, you will be able to enjoy $2.50 pints at Popkin Tavern all night long.
Parkway Brewing RVA Launch at Capital Ale House Innsbrook
Salem, Virginia’s Parkway Brewing will make their Richmond debut at Cap Ale Innsbrook with tappings of their Bridge Builder Blonde and Get Bent Mountain IPA.
New Belgium at Buffalo Wild Wings VA Center
Buffalo Wild Wings VA Center Commons location will be featuring New Belgium all week where they will have Rampant Imperial IPA, Ranger IPA, and Fat Tire on tap.
Tuesday May 14th
Head over to Station 2 for 80’s music and costumes as they tap beers from Anchor Brewing, America’s first craft brewery.. Beers on draft will include:
Check out the Facebook event for more information.
Heavy Seas Night at Tarrant’s Cafe — 5PM
A night of Heavy Seas beers featuring Ellen Boucher’s firkin of Peg Leg Imperial Stout with cherry, vanilla, coconut, and coffee beans.
Tarrant’s will also be tapping the following Heavy Seas beers:
Head over to Midlothian as Sedona taps some Williamsburg Alewerks beers and take home a glass.
Update: Alwerks’ head brewer Geoff Logan will be hanging out at Sedona tonight as they tap the following beers:
Drake Tail IPA
Chesepeake Pale Ale
Firkin of Coffeehouse Stout with cocoa
Flying Dog Tap Takeover at O’Banks — 5PM
O’Banks in Hanover will host a tap takeover of Flying Dog beer featuring:
Green Tea Imperial Stout
Kujo Coffee Stout
Snake Dog IPA
Underdog Atlantic Lager
Woody Creek Belgian White
10392 Leadbetter Rd
Ashland, VA 23005
Wednesday May 15th
Register for this event here.
Devils Backbone Tap Invasion at Can Can — 5PM
Brewpub only releases plus a special firkin
Update: Devils Backbone is the featured brewery of the night at Can Can Brasserie. They will have a special unfiltered Vienna Lager pin with cocoa nibs, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, Oak chips, and Czech Saaz hops. Here is their draft and bottle selection for the night:
Congo Pale Ale
Wood-Aged Kilt Flasher
Eight Point IPA
Striped Bass Pale Ale Cans!
Starr Hill ‘Steal the Glass’ at Capital Ale House — 6:30PM
Capital Ale House will feature Starr Hill for a Steal the Glass night at all of their locations with Grateful Pale and Whiter Shade of Pale on tap. Meet brewer and owner Mark Thompson at the downtown location at 6:30.
Thursday May 16th
Cheers to the Firkin Weekend with Hardywood at Station 2 — 5pm
Goose Island Night at Fat Dragon — 5pm
Richmond debut of Sofie Paradisi along with the rest of the vintage ales
Friday May 17th
COTU Oak Battle at Mekong — 5pm
Center of the Universe taps some of their oak offerings Friday nigght at Mekong.
Oaky Pokey — Oak Aged Pocahoptus
Oak Aged Crazy Bet
Crazy Oaky Pokey
Richmond will celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 13 – 19 with three beer dinners. And these are just the ones I have counted thus far. Check out the details below and bookmark this page for updates
Tuesday May 14th
Devils Backbone Progressive Beer Dinner — 5:30pm CANCELED: Hopefully to be rescheduled for VA Craft Beer Month in August
Join Devils Backbone for Richmond’s first Progressive Beer Dinner. Launching from Popkin Tavern, we will be strolling though the Arts District and dining on delectable delights at five different locations. Your palate will be dazzled along the way with artfully selected beer and food pairings. We hope that you will join us for this one of a kind event.
Maibock – Spring Lager
Poached Golden Tilefish with Spring Onions, English Peas, & Kumquat Agra-dulce
Tamarind Pork Tamales with Maracuya/Mulatto Chile Sauce
Tasmanian Pale Ale
Mixed Fry of Clams, Pickles, and Okra with Red Slaw and Tartar Sauce
Ale of Fergus
Carytown Cupcakes Assorted Cupcake Buffet
Friday May 17th
Hardywood Beer Dinner at Olio in the Fan — 6:30PM
UPDATE: The cost for this dinner is $50/person which includes taxes but not gratuity.
Charity Rye Beer Dinner at TJs at the Jefferson — 7PM
TJ’s teams up with Greg Self from Whole Foods for a Charity Rye Dinner benefitting the Whole Planet Foundation. Take a look at the menu.
The cost for the dinner is $55/person plus tax and tip. Call TJ’s at (804) 649-4672 or email email@example.com for more information or reservations. Head over to the Facebook event for more details.
TJ’s at the Jefferson
101 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220