Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sedona Taphouse Belgian Independence Day Glasses Still Available

Sedona Belgian Independence Glasses4

Somehow I missed that Sedona Taphouse had joined in on the Belgian Independence Day fun yesterday.  They were giving away the cool glasses pictured above but luckily they still have a few glasses left and will repeat the giveway tonight Thursday July 18th. 

Here are the earlier details from Sedona; they are already out of the tulip glasses so I crossed it out.

Tomorrow, Sedona Taphouse, Belgian Independence Day.

This one’s special.

Taplist (to be updated/added to):

Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Double White Ale
Ommegang/d’Achouffe Gnomegang
Brasserie d’Achouffe Biere de Soleil
Brasserie d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Liefmans Goudenband
Maredsous 10 (Tripel)

Now for the special part (for those still reading)…

We have a very, very, limited supply of stemmed Liefmans glasses, Maredsous chalices, Brasserie D’Achouffe Tulips, and Duvel Tulips to take home.

These will begin to be distributed at 5PM, SHARP, and special pours will be served in the appropriate glassware when you purchase your beer/glass. One per person, and when we run out, we’re out.

They’re really awesome btw…

Hope to see some out!

Weekend Brewer 25th Anniversary Sale Going On Now

The Weekend Brewer in Chester,VA is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing supplies to homebrewers and home wine makers of the Richmond area.  Head into the store from today Tuesday July 16th to Friday July19th to take advantage of the specials listed below as well as select in-store specials. 

Beer Specials

10% off — All WeekEnd Brewer Beer Ingredient Kits

15% off Whole Briess ‘Brewers 2 row Malt’ bag ($46.66; while supplies last)

10% off  — Induction Ready Pots with 1/2 “Valve (Limited Supplies)
10gal – $86.39
15gal – $227.00
20gal – $258.57
25gal – $293.76

Special ‘2 ounce Pack’ Cascade Pellet Hops — $1.50 each; Limit 2 per visit

Wine Specials

15% off — All ‘Vintners Reserve’ Wine kits and ‘World Vineyard’ Wine kits
20% off — All ‘Selection’ Premium Wine Kits 15 liters
20 % off — All ‘Selection’ Premium Wine kits 16 liters
25% off —  All ‘Eclipse’ (Estate) Wine Kits — July 19th only
25% off — All Selection Premium Wine kits with Skins — July 19th only

Moscato kits on sale all of July @ 25% off (while supplies last)

25% off — 3 gallon PET Carboy —  $20.17 (reg.  $26.90 )
15% off — 5 Gallon PET Carboy — $23.71 (reg. $ 27.90 )

Don’t miss out on many more in store specials and giveaways each day (Wine Glass Sets, Beer Bottle Openers, Gear and Accessories). Stop in Friday July 19th for cake. Congrats on 25 years Bob and Jeanne!

One Night Only! Hardywood Basil & Beets Beer at Ellwoods Tomorrow

Available for one night only, Wednesday July 17th, Ellwood Thompson’s, Hardywood, and Origins Farm joined forces to craft a summer brew with locally sourced beet and basil.

Honestly, I’ve been on the fence on about this beer since I first learned of it. While I love basil, beets have never a favorite at least those canned purple ones of my youth. My more recent experiences with beets of different colors have been well received.

When I inquired about the base beer style for the brew, I really expected Hardywood to say this was their Belgian Wit recipe used to make Virginia Blackberry.  To my surprise, I was informed the base beer is an IPA making me even more curious about how these flavors will work.

Learn the origins of this beer directly from its creators Brian Nelson, Hardywood’s Head Brewer, and Alistar Harris, owner Origins Farm.  Remember this beer is only available for one night and only available at Ellwood Thompson’s.  Only $5 gets you in the door and some light appetizers and $3 per 8oz pour at the event.  Register for the event online here.

Celebrate Belgian Independence Week With Belgian Brewed & Inspired Beers

Belgian Independence Glass Flag1Once again it is time for a week long celebration of the Belgian Independence from King Leopold starting today July 15th to 21st.  Of course Mekong has you covered but Popkin Tavern is also getting in on the fun.

Popkin Tavern

UPDATE: Christmas in July at Popkin means all drafts are $3 each.

To celebrate, Popkin is going all Belgian all week.  Not exactly sure what it means yet but Popkin will have Christmas in July draft pricing in effect as well.  Here is what Popkin will have on tap to start the week, in no particular order:

Strangeways Phantasmic
Parkway Belgian Blonde
Bavik Petrus Winter #9
Bavik Petrus Aged Pale
Terrapin Monk’s Revenge
Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel
Hardywood Singel
Hardywood Dubbel
Hardywood Tripel
Hardywood Quadrupel
St. Bernardus Abt 12
St. Bernardus Prior 8
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 2012
St. Bernardus Wit
Liefmans Goudenband
Ommegang Three Philosophers Quad
Ommegang Double White (Belgian Independence Day brew)
Sierra Nevada Belgian Blonde IPA
Allagash Black Belgian Stout
BFM Square Root 225 Sour Saison
Boulevard Saison Brett

With more to come:
Delerium Tremens
Goose Island Matilda
Heavy Seas Holy Sheet
Devils Backbone Congo
Weyerbacher Merry Monks

Check out the Facebook event here.


Belgian beers and Mekong. Oh yeah!  Here are the Belgian breweries being featured this week at Mekong:

St Bernardus
Van Steenberge
Val Dieu

Enjoy music from Richmond bands Monday thru Wednesday from 9pm-12am:

Monday — Mekong XPress
Tuesday —  The Southern Belles
Wednesday — DJ Willaims Project

Stay up to date with at the Facebook event here.

Kickoff Virginia Craft Beer Month at Coliseum With Virginia Beer Live!

Ladies and gentlemen get ready for the official kickoff for Virginia Craft Beer Month, Virginia Beer Live at The Richmond Coliseum Friday August 2nd starting at 5:30pm. First of its kind at The Richmond Coliseum, this indoor  craft beer festival will feature over 20 Virginia based breweries. Presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, this event will focus on local foods and music plus an unprecedented selection of Virginia’s finest craft beers.

Tickets can be purchased now at Ford Box Office at the Richmond Coliseum at 601 East Leigh Street, Richmond, VA, 23219.
Box office hours
Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-3pm
Day of event 10am-8pm

Ticket Pricing (with applicable fees)

• $37 Advanced Preferred Admission (limited to 300 tickets)- Unlimited samples, early entry to avoid crowds, commemorative sampling glass.
• $22 Advanced General Admission with unlimited samples
• $27 Day of General Admission with unlimited samples
• $12 Advance Designated Driver Tickets
• $17 Day of Designated Driver Tickets

Tickets also available online through Ticketmaster with additional fees here.

Breweries (with more to come)
Three Brothers Brewing — Harrisonburg, VA
Apocalypse Ale Works — Forest, VA
Bold Rock — Nellysford, VA
Center of the Universe Brewing — Ashland, VA
Devils Backbone Brewery — Lexington, VA
Extra Billy’s — Richmond, VA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery — Richmond, VA
James River Brewing — Scottsville, VA
Legend Brewing — Richmond, VA
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Goochland, VA
Lost Rhino Brewing — Springfield, VA
Mad Fox Brewing — Falls Church, VA
Midnight Brewing — Goochland, VA
O’Connor Brewing — Norfolk, VA
Parkway Brewing — Salem, VA
Port City Brewing — Alexandria, VA
Roanoke Railhouse — Roanoke, VA
Rusty Beaver Brewing — Ladysmith, VA
Starr Hill Brewery — Crozet, VA
Strangeways Brewing — Richmond, VA
Wolf Hills Brewing — Abingdon, VA
Wild Wolf Brewery — Nellysford, VA

Come out to celebrate the work of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild by sampling over forty beers and meet the brewers who create them.  You will see why “Virginia Is For Craft Beer Lovers!”

Stay tuned for updates at the Facebook event here.

Hang With River City Beer Betties at Strangeways Tonight

Head over to Strangeways Brewing tonight Thursday July 11th to meet up with coolest craft beer loving ladies around, the River City Beer Betties.

If you haven’t met these ladies, then you really need to.  Oh and they’ve got swag to giveaway; I hear someone may be getting a grunt.

But wait there’s more.

Hot off their beer,  waffle, and fried chicken revival this past Sunday, Tarrant’s Cafe Food Truck will be back serving up eclectic fare that is sure to please the most finicky eater.

Things will kickoff at 4pm.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230