Monthly Archives: September 2013

Yes, Yes You Should Go To Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery’s Grand Opening Tomorrow

wpid-20130622_112849.jpgIf for one reason alone, you should attend Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery’s Grand Opening because it is absolutely gorgeous!

I mean just look at this view from my visit back in June.  Go ahead and click the photo to see the full breathtaking image.

20130622_112826Oh but you want to know about the beer.

When owner Sean Thomas-Pumphrey took me on a tour of the farm, he mentioned they would be brewing mostly Belgian style beers naming out a saison, tripel, and pale ale to start.

Seeing as it was their first brew, I’m guessing Three Chopt Tripel will be available in bottles Saturday

If you made it over to St Benedict’s Oktoberfest last Saturday, you’ve probably had Short Pump Saison:

Short Pump Saison Virginia Farmhouse Ale, 6.8 % ABV, 35 IBU. Our ode to Belgian Farmhouse Ale. The Short Pump name comes from the colonial era Short Pump Tavern, a famous mid-way point between Richmond and Charlottesville. Lickinghole Creek’s Saison matches Premium Imported Belgian Pilsner Malt with two types of Rye. First Wort Hopped (an old German brewing technique) with American Grown Galena Hops and Hop Bursted (a newer American technique) with large amounts of Columbus and Nugget hops. The combination of the malt, rye and hops creates a beer with a distinguished hop aroma, a more undeviating bitterness and a more balanced beer. Limited quantities of this one!

I hear those three kegs went very quickly.

Now for the rest of the beers, here’s what LCCB has outlined:

Estate Series:

Gentleman Farmer Estate Hop Ale: 7.5% ABV, ??? IBU The concept for this beer is the reason LCCB exists. We wanted to create a beer with ingredients that we grew on our family farm. Gentleman Farmer was made with hops grown on the farm the brewery is housed on. One of the only of its kind in the Commonwealth, Gentleman Farmer is LCCB’s foray into adding terroir into the world of Craft Beer. Very limited release.

We will also be debuting our flagship beer:

Magic Beaver Belgian Style Pale Ale: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU LCCB’s flagship is named after the nearby Magic Beaver pond on the farm’s property. Premium Belgian Pilsner Malt and Authentic Belgian Yeast are combined with American Grown Galena, Columbus and New Zealand Pacific Jade hops. Magic Beaver is a hop-forward beer that mixes the mystery of Belgium with the flavors of North American and New Zealand hops.

2 Special Release Beers: Descriptions and types to be released later.

Our entire lineup will be available on draft, in growlers, and some will be available in bottles beginning at 2pm. Special Release Beers will be dispersed in different variations throughout the day.

I am most interested in the concept of terroir in the Gentleman Farmer series.  I know one of these will be a pumpkin beer using pumpkins grown on the farm.  These pumpkins were just sprouting at the time of my visit.  Another aspect of this principle will be seen in the planting of boysenberries, blueberries, and blackberries as well as wild blackberries on the farm.  These berries could easily find their way into the saison or tripel and who knows maybe even the pale.

Right now only four food trucks are listed for the opening:

Paris Creperie
Haywood Grill
Piedmont Smokehouse

So how about this? Bring the family and a picnic.  It is sure to be a perfect day for it. Maybe take a stroll through the hopyards.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.  Music will be provided by Barrelhouse and Three Sheets to the Wind.

Drink & Eat At California Pizza Kitchen Short Pump To Benefit Screens ‘n’ Suds Tonight

Head over to California Pizza Kitchen in Short Pump tonight September 26th at 5pm as they tap a few Dogfish Head beers and display art in support of Screens ‘n’ Suds’ fifth year of raising money for MS Society.  The chef will be preparing several unique menu items specifically created to pair with Dogfish Head’s craft beers.

Beers on tap for the night include:

Punkin Ale
90 Minute IPA
Midas Touch

There will also be Dogfish Head glassware to steal.

Be sure to print the flyer below or grab the PDF here and give it to your server and CPK will donate 20% of your bill to Screens ‘n’ Suds.  

CPK Screens&Suds Flyer 092613

Tale of Two Oktoberfests This Weekend

Oktoberfest RVA 2013Summer has ended and the weather has started to cool off. You know what the means? It’s time for Oktoberfest.  But which fest should you go to? I have two that have peaked my interest for this weekend.

St Benedict’s Oktoberfest

There’s a lot to look forward to as St Benedict’s Oktoberfest enters it’s ninth year.  Possibly the most well attended Oktoberfest in the city, the festival starts 4pm today Friday, September 20th and runs all weekend.  Taste the Local put together a nice breakdown of the beer offerings:

LOTS OF BEER AT THIS YEARS ST BENEDICT! Some of these are in short supply so get there early!

Sunken City Sunktoberfest
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery Magic Beaver
Lickinghole Creek Craft Shortpump Saison

Franziskaner Hefe
Spaten Lager
Spaten Oktoberfest
Spaten Optimator
Sunner Kolsch

3 Brothers Tri Brathair Scottish Ale
3 Brothers & Devils Backbone Collaboration
Apocalypse Ale Works WET HOPPED HARVEST
Bold Rock VA
COTU Main Street Alt
COTU Oktoberfest
Devils Backbone O-Fest
Devils Backbone Reilly’s Red
Devils Backbone Vienna
Extra Billy’s Otis Brown
Extra Billy’s & Lickinghole Creek Collab Contiental Shift
Hardywood Fall Line Fest
Hardywood RVA IPA
Hardywood Singel
Legend Harvest IPA
Legend Hopfest
Legend Lager
Legend Oktoberfest
Midnight Kolsch
Midnight Mitternacht Oktoberfest
O’Connor Bells Beach Fall Saison
Roanoke Track One
Rusty Beaver Big Bad Brown
Starr Hill Pils
Strangeways Albino Monkey
Strangeways Woodbooger

Darkhorse Fore Smoked Stout
Darkhorse Perkulator Dopplebock
Finch Wet Hot Weiss
Goose Island Oktoberfest
Heavy Seas Black Cannon Black IPA
Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils
Oskar Blues Mamma’s Pils
Southern Tier 2XRye
Twisted Pine Anniversary Biships Elbow ESB
Victory Festbier
Victory Red ThunderWine Barrel Baltic
Victory Yakima Glory

Starr Hill Pumpkin Porter
Devils Backbone Ichibod Crandall
O’Connor Punkleweiss
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
Southern Tier Pumpking Imperial Pumpkin
Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin
Heavyseas Greater Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin

You can get more information at St Benedict’s Oktoberfest Facebook page here and event listing here.

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest

Saturday September 21st, Capital Ale House is giving their 10th Oktoberfest a Virginia accent with fall beers from local breweries.  Here are the Virginia beers they will be tapping:

Center of the Universe
Main Street Alt


Devils Backbone
Ichibod Crandall

Special Rye Dopplebock (Capital Kick off)

Ümlaut Böktoberfest (Bourbon Barrel lagered Oktoberfest)- RVA Debut

Starr Hill
Boxcar Pumpkin Porter

Cap Ale’s fest runs from 11:30am to 10pm with two table seatings for VIP ticket holders.  Get more information at the Facebook event.

On Tap This Weekend: RVA Street Art, Hardywood, Strangeways, & Sours & Saisons

Late post as the day is almost over.

Here’s what you’ll find going on around town this weekend or as I like to say On Tap.

Friday September 13th

I’m going to try and check out RVA Street Art Festival before they close down at 6pm.  If you miss it, don’t worry they’ll open back up at 11am Saturday.  Also, don’t forget to grab some grub from Acacia’s side door.

Saturday September 14th

Heading over to look at more street art? Stop by Cask Cafe’s pre-opening sneak peek.  They will be grilling up Sausage Craft.

Hardywood releases RVA IPA starting at 2pm at the brewery with bands playing later.  I wonder how it would work in this IPA mustard recipe.

Popkin Tavern is featuring two of their favorite styles in a tap takeover, Sours & Saisons.  Here’s what they will start tapping at 4pm:

Brasserie de Blaugies La Moneuse
Brasserie de Blaugies Saison d’Epeautre
Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe-Mere
Boulevard Tank 7
Perennial Aria
BFM Square Root of 225
Anchor Zymaster
Vapeur Saison de Pipiax
De Ranke Saison de Dottignies
Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison

Petrus Aged Pale
Cuvee de Jacobin Rouge
The Bruery Tart of Darkness
The Bruery Sour in the Rye
Van Steenberge Monk’s Cafe
Ichtegems Grand Cru
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
Strangeways Word!
Laughing Dog De Achtste Hond

Popkin also has their free beer school at 4pm so if you can get there, you’ll get treated to a few cool beers.

Finally, Strangeways presents Brews & Burlesque at 9pm.  Tickets are $8/person and can be purchased online here.

Hardywood Unveiling Special Beer This Weekend At Fall Line Fest

Needless to say I was very intrigued when Taste the Local announced earlier today that Hardywood had created a special beer for Fall Line Fest this weekend.

Of course, I had to go find out more.  Here’s what I have learned about the beer.

Hardywood’s Fall Line Fest beer is a blend of Bourbon Barrel Aged Hoplar and Saison Rustica to give it a nice fall spice. It is also dry hopped with Strisselspalt and comes in around 6.6% ABV.

Check out the acts here and buy a weekend pass to the festival here.