Daily Archives: June 6, 2013

First Annual Richmond Bacon Festival This Sunday

RVA Bacon FestRichmond, if you do only one thing this weekend, make it Richmond Bacon Festival!  Unless you’ve been living under rock you have heard plenty about the event.  If so, the premise is quite simple, all bacon, all the time with more than twenty Devils Backbone beers. Think Broad Appetit but infinitely more awesome simply because of bacon. 

Richmond.com has the full details on restaurants serving food at the festival but here are a few dishes I am intrigued by:

The Roosevelt — Chef Lee Gregory — Pork belly slider with cabbage slaw
Berkeley Hotel — Chef Carly Herring — bacon sea salt dark chocolate truffles
On the Rox — Chef Mike Pendergrast — something about bacon salt and oysters? Yes, please!

On the Rox will also be the site of the after-party.

Here is the full beer list from Taste the Local along with a few of my favorite or “new to me” DB beers in bold:

Devils Backbone
Ale of Fergus – Scottish Ale (limited)
Azrael – Belgian Strong Ale (limited)
Beggars & Thieves – Rye Pilsner (limited)
Belgian Wit – Belgian White Ale (limited)
Danzig – Baltic Porter (limited)
Dark Abby – Belgian Abbey Dubbel
Eight Point IPA – American IPA
Gold Leaf Lager – Dortmunder Lager (limited)
Kilt Flasher – Wee Heavy
Maibock – German Maibock
Ramsey’s Stout – Dry Irish Stout (limited)
Reilly’s Red – Irish Red Ale
Schwartz Bier – German Schwarzbier
Skull Crushing Ape – Weizen Doppelbock (limited)
Smokehaus Lager – Smoked Lager (limited)
Striped Bass – American Pale Ale (limited)
Tectonic Barleywine – English Barley Wine (limited)
The Congo – Belgian IPA (limited)
Wintergreen Weiss – German Hefeweizen (limited)
Wood Aged Kilt Flasher – Barrel Aged Wee Heavy (limited)

Bold Rock Hard Cider
Virginia Apple
Virginia Draft

The 10 Types of Craft Beer Drinkers

#RVA what kind of craft beer drinker are you? I’m some kind of mix of 1, 4, and 9.

Literature and Libation

With an ever-increasing selection of high-quality beers available, well, pretty much everywhere, craft beer enthusiast are experiencing an age of taste enlightenment, a malt and hops renaissance clad in glass, bearing colorful, cleverly labeled heraldry. With so many options, it was inevitable that drinkers and drinking habits would naturally stratify, form groups based on behaviors and preferences and concentrations of alpha acids. I give you, distilled from the hot mash of beer culture, the ten archetypal craft beer drinkers. For the record, I’m some kind of mix between #4 and #9.

(Side note: I used the pronouns “he” and “his” for simplicity only, and am by no means suggesting this is a male-only thing. We’ll just assume that “guy” in this context is as gender malleable as “dude.” Everyone is a dude, male or female or equine or mythological.)

1. The Local

This guy drinks beer brewed in his home state…

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