Monthly Archives: October 2013

Great Pumpkin Takeover at Bucket Trade Tonight

This is going down at Bucket Trade tonight October 31st at 5pm:

After the kids have their tricks and treats stop by for an evening of all treats! Join us for the return of the Great Pumpkin! Featuring:

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Farmhouse Pumpkin poured through a pumpkin

Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumking
21st Amendment Brewery He Said Pumpkin Tripel
AleWerks Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale

As a special treat we also have Ace Cider pumpkin cider on tap and bottles of Southern Tier’s Warlock.

Learn more over at the Facebook event.

13131 Rivers Bend Boulevard
Chester, VA 23836

Double Double Toil & Trouble: Get Wyrd With Strangeways And Screens ‘n’ Suds Tonight

Like all good things, Strangeways Brewing’s contribution to Screens ‘n’ Suds’ Small Batch Beer Series come in threes.   Drawing inspiration from the three witches (weird sisters) from Macbeth, Strangeways has concocted The Wyrd Sisters, three different versions of a Belgian Tripel, each fermented on a different yeast strain — Cordelia (Celis), Ophelia (La Chouffe), Desdemona (Trappist) — then aged in oak barrels.

Head over to the lab tonight Tuesday October 29th at 5pm for your first tastes of these three wicked beers.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Remember this and Screens ‘n’ Suds’ other small batdch beers will be available for purchase only at their Big Event Saturday at Gallery 5.

Kick Off Screens ‘n’ Suds Week With Blue Mountain Brewery At The Camel Tonight

wpid-poster1_web.jpgTonight Monday October 28th starts a week of events leading up to Screens ‘n’ Suds Big Event Saturday November 2nd at Gallery 5.

Head over to The Camel at 6pm and kick things off with Blue Mountain Brewery.  Get a taste of the first of five Screens ‘n’ Suds’ Fifth Anniversary Small Batch Series, Blue Mountain Foxy Mama Red Tripel.

Other Blue Mountain beers on tap will include:

Barrel aged Mandolin
Rip Rap Pale
Dark Hollow Bourbon Barrel Stout
Full Nelson

Take home some Blue Mountain glassware and purchase some art to benefit National MS Society Central and Eastern Virginia Chapter.

Check out the Facebook event for more information

Firkin Your Friday At Brew With Lickinghole Creek’s Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Pin

Simply put, today Friday October 25th at 5pm will be your first chance to have an idea of what Lickinghole Creek’s Estate pumpkin beer, Pumpkin Ain’t Easy, will taste like except with spices.  Brew in Chesterfield is tapping a pin containing 90% Pumpkin Ain’t Easy, 10% Three Chopt Tripel, and cinnamon nibs. Yes, cinnamon nibs not cocoa. I had to look it up; they are a real thing. They will have other Lickinghole Creeek beers on tap as well.  Owner Sean-Thomas Pumphrey will be there as well to answer your questions as well. 

Maybe ask why not call the beer “Punkin Ain’t Easy.”  I guess that’d require new neck labels.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

6525 Centralia Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832
UPDATE: Apparently, double the Lickinghole Creek firkin goodness is on tap for today.  Bucket Trade in Chester is tapping a pin containing 90% Short Pump Saison, 10% Three Chopt Tripel, and reconditioned 2006 Pu-erh tea.
According to wikipedia:

Pu-erh or Pu’er tea is a variety of fermented dark tea produced in Yunnan province, China.[1][2][3]Fermentation is a tea production style in which the tea leaves undergo microbial fermentation and oxidation after they are dried and rolled.[4] This process is a Chinese specialty and produces tea known as Hei Cha (黑茶), commonly translated as dark, or black tea (this type of tea is completely different from what in West is known as “black tea”, which in China is called “red tea” 红茶). The most famous variety of this category of tea is Pu-erh from Yunnan Province, named after the trading post for dark tea during imperial China.[5]

Bucket Trade will tap their pin at 5pm. Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

The Bucket Trade- Craft Beer, Growlers and Provisions
13131 Rivers Bend Boulevard
Chester, VA 23836

Navigate the “Brew Quarter” Saturday With Boulevard Pumpkin Festival, Hardywood Second Anniversary, & Isley Brewing Opening

Brew Quarter3A new brewery opening, a festival, and an anniversary–all happening Saturday October 26th just north of Broad St in a section of town I will now lovingly refer to as Richmond’s Brew Quarter.  You could easily spend all day checking out these three events but what should you do first?  Any order is probably fine but I will share my planned attack order.

Boulevard Pumpkin Festival — Noon

Yes, the pumpkin festival is where I’m starting simply because it starts the earliest.  Make sure you don’t eat lunch beforehand. has the all the details on pumpkin dishes to be served at the festival but here are a few that stood out to me:

  • Fat Dragon: Pumpkin seafood soup, pumpkin fried rice, beer battered fried pumpkin This just might be the holy trinity of pumpkin dishes
  • Sasion: Pumpkin mofongo I don’t know what mofongo is but I sure am having fun saying it.
  • The Camel: Fried chicken and pumpkin waffles, pumpkin shrimp & grits Pumpkin waffles & chicken, I mean someone had to do it!
  • Mosaic: Pumpkin curry, pumpkin chili, crispy chicken with cornbread I could see the pumpkin used in place of potatoes in Mussuman curry or just pureed with coconut milk to serve as the broth. Either way sure to be delicious.

Isley Brewing Grand Opening — 1 – 7PM

Now, this one caught me totally by surprise as I did not realize they were this far along.  They will have four beers for people to try:

Plain Jane Belgian White Ale
Plain Jane Blueberry Belgian White Ale
The Bribe Oatmeal Porter
Decadence Coconut Cocoa Oatmeal Porter

Have to say I’m intrigued by the Blueberry White Ale.

Isley Brewing Co
1715 Summit Ave
Richmond, VA 23230

Hardywood Second Anniversary Party — 2 – 9PM

Last but certainly not least, end the day at Hardywood for tequila or at least their Tequila barrel aged Second Anniversary Ale.  Definitely get there before 6pm as Goldrush will provide a live soundtrack for Godzilla Destroy All Monsters.

Side note: Is it too late for me to go as Godzilla for Halloween? 

Second Anniversary Ale will be available by the pint as well as a limited number of  750mL bottles starting at 2pm.  Special event beers are to be announced. RVA Street Foodies will bring the yum with  Pizza TonightMonique’s Crepes, Super Fresh CartsThai Cabin, Estes Bar.B.’Que,  Cielito LindoSoul-Ice Vending, Inc., and Station 2.

Additional music will be provided by Scorpio Brothers Marty Key and Troy Hurt (rare garage, soul and funk) and The Green Hearts (power pop & rock ‘n’ roll) at 2 and 4:30pm, respectively.

Hardywood Presents: The Great Return…and Pizza Beer Dinner

imageHardywood is debuting their latest canned beer, The Great Return, a West Coast Style IPA, this week.  You’ll start to see the new beer around town soon but here are a couple events to consider.

Tuesday  October 22nd

Head over to The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing at 5pm for Great Return IPA cans:

Bold, resinous and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River as a bounty of vibrant aquatic life, eco-friendly recreational activity, and in our case, fresh brewing water. These efforts have culminated recently with the symbolic return of the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon, a prehistoric, yet majestic behemoth of a fish, spotted as far up the James River as the fall line in Richmond. Let’s celebrate!

$10 from every barrel of The Great Return produced will be shared with the James River Association.

Enjoy other Hardywood drafts as well as appetizer specials as you talk with representatives from Hardywood and James River Association.

At 7PM, head over to Conch Republic for the check presentation to the James River Association. 16 oz. cans of The Great Return and other Hardywood drafts available. Dinner specials.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Thursday October 24th

Great Return Pizza DinnerIf you didn’t know, not only is Hardywood assistant brewer Nick Danger Walthall a great brewer, he is also a pizza fanatic.  He has teamed up with Whole Foods Short Pump for The Great Return Pizza + Beer Dinner.  Nick has let his imagination run wild with pizza toppings and beer pairings to create a truly unique menu.


Appetizer course featuring Olli Salami and Piave
Hardywood Singel


Olive oil, red grapes, pulled roast chicken, rosemary, fresh mozzarella and shaved Robusto
Lickinghole Creek Short Pump Saison

Ricotta with goat cheese crumbles, caramelized onions, Jambon ham and arugula
Hardywood Doppelbock

Roasted red peppers, roasted garlic with Parmesan, Asiago and Fontina cheeses
Hardywood Great Return IPA

Maple roasted pumpkin and apples, pancetta and smoked mozzarella
Hardywood Rum Pumpkin

The cost for the dinner is $40/person. Seating is limited so make your reservations today by calling Whole Foods at (804) 364-4050.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Hey Chester! Check Out Bucket Trade Grand Opening This Weekend


They’ve been going through their soft open for awhile but this weekend The Bucket Trade will have their official grand opening starting tonight Friday October 18th at 5pm.  Special guests Friday night  include Melanie from Stone and Ben from Hardywood.  As a special treat, they will be serving Hardywood Rum Pumpkin from a pumpkin!

Saturday, they will be doing it all over again, a little bit early at 4pm with Sean from Lickinghole Creek will  with a pin of Three Chopt Tripel.  Nat from Brown will also be there talking about other Virginia beers on tap.

So go trade some buckets this weekend.

13131 Rivers Bend Blvd
Chester, VA 23836