Monthly Archives: November 2013

Between Stone & Strangeways Takeovers Tonight

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Here are two interesting tap takeovers for your consideration tonight Friday November 22nd. 

Conundrum of Copious Curiosities & Blitzkrieg Bock Escape Party! — 4PM

Strangeways gets even stranger as they take over all of their taps. Wait?! What?! Yep, those crazy guys will have 25 different beers flowing in the lab on at one time including their new Blitzkrieg Bock.

Here’s the run down on their newest stranger:

Hey ho, let’s go…Blitzkrieg Bock is a revved up black lager brewed with a slew of angst-ridden malts. Opal, Smaragd and Perle hops are piling in the back seat, as healthy additions of cinnamon and cocoa nibs pulsate to the back beat. Blitzkrieg Bock went through a tight wind in some old oak barrels, while simultaneously being intensified with a duo of light roasted local RVA coffees. The brewers are losing their minds worshipping this Punk Anti-Stout. 6.66% ABV/17 IBU

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Strangeways Brewing
2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Gargoyle Takeover: Stone Brewing Co. Extravaganza — 5PM

Capital Ale House Downtown is celebrating with a night of all things Stone Brewing. They will have some limited glassware and growlers to steal as well. You will have the opportunity to try some rare and highly sought after beers from this year and years past.

Here’s what they will be tapping starting at 5pm:

Arrogant Bastard
Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Double Bastard
17th Anniversary Ale
Oaked Old Guardian
Belgo Old Guardian
R&R Coconut IPA
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Farking Wheaton w00tstout
Suede Imperial Porter (collab with BlueJacket in DC)
Ruination IPA

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Capital Ale House
623 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219

Virginia Craft Beer Invades Visual Arts Center’s Craft + Design Show Saturday

Craft + Design Pins 112313-3 Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s 50th Anniversary Craft + Design Show will open to the public Saturday November 23rd at 10am showcasing local favorite craft artists as well as artists from California to Maine and members of VCU’s Contemporary Craft Society. This year some of Richmond’s favorite craft breweries and local food vendors have also been invited to participate.

As a special treat, each brewery was paired with a local artist to decorate and fill pins with cask beer.  Here are the cask to be tapped Saturday:

  • COTU & Diego Sanchez: El Duderino with Mexican cinnamon & sugar, dried peppers, vanilla bean, and cocao nibs (inspired by Mexican hot chocolate).
  • Hardywood & Ed Trask: Gingerbread Stout with cocao nibs & Blanchard’s Dark as Dark coffee beans.
  • Lickinghole Creek & Chris Milk: Three Chopt Tripel conditioned on 2006 Pu-er tea.
  • Strangeways & Mickael Broth: new Blitzkrieg Bock with vanilla beans & cocao nibs

Here are the other beers on tap for the event:

Center of the Universe — Ashland Hardywood — Richmond
Pocahoptas Singel
Main Street Dry Irish Stout
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Strangeways — Richmond
Magic Beaver Belgian Pale Ale Albino Monkey
Three Sheets ESB Woodbooger
Bold Rock Cider — Nellysford
Virginia Apple

Alamo BBQ and Mosaic will be the featured food vendors.  Go out and enjoy craft beer and some of the finest contemporary crafts in the nation!

General admission for the show is $8/person or $6/person with valid student ID or VisArts or Science Museum membership.  Craft beer tickets will be $6 each or you can get a commerative tasting glass for $12 that includes four tasting tickets.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

Rules for Starting a Nanobrewery

No plans to go pro? Read #6!

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Thinking of starting a nano?  It seems like every homebrewer’s dream.  It was my dream.  If you’ve ever thought about it, let me just be honest about a couple of things.  First, it is some of the hardest work you will do for the least amount of money.  Second, it can be really, really fun.  Keeping that in mind, here are ten rules I wrote for starting a nano.

1. Nanos are just like any other business.  To be successful, you need to make money.  Enough money to cover costs, pay yourself and pay off any loans you have to take in a reasonable amount of time.  If you are fine with not making any money and just want to have a go at it as a hobby business, you can ignore the rest of what I have written here if you want.

2. Nanos won’t work in every area…

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Hardywood Throwing Tantrum Of A Takeover at Joe’s Inn Tomorrow

Hardywood is celebrating their Terrible Two’s by taking over the entire draft lineup at Joe’s Inn tomorrow Wednesday November 20th. 

Here is what Joe’s will be tapping starting tomorrow morning except for all GBS variants, which will be tapped at 6pm:

Virginia Blackberry
Bourbon DIPA
Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout
Sidamo Coffee Stout
Bourbon Cru
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout
Saison Rustica
Coconut Porter
Hardywood Singel
Belgian Dubbel
Belgian Tripel
Belgian Quad
Hoperation Pink
2012 Farmhouse Pumpkin
2013 Farmhouse Pumpkin
2013 Gingerbread Stout — tapping at 6PM
Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Heaven Hills Barrels
Nitro Gingerbread Stout — tapping at 6PM
2nd Anniversary Ale (Tequila Barrel Aged Tripel)
Rum Pumpkin (Farmhouse Pumpkin aged in Caribbean Rum Barrels)
Gingerbread Stout (cask conditioned pin)  — tapping at 6PM

Go out and celebrate!  Check out the Facebook event for more information.

205 N. Shields Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Rare & Vintage Tappings at Mekong Tonight

Head over to Mekong tonight Monday November 18th as they tap some rare and vintage kegs An Bui has been holding on to.  Tonight is also another installment of Mekong’s weekly RVA Appreciation Night so I’d expect a lot of these to be priced at $5.

Here’s the list of what they are tapping so far:

Dogfish Head 2009 World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head 2010 120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head 2011 Palo Santo Marron
Goose Island 2012 Big John
Great Divide 2010 Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti
Bells 2009 Expedition Stout
Founders 2010 Breakfast Stout
Founders 2010 Backwood Bastard
Weyerbacher 2009 Heresy
Hardywood 2011 Mocha Belgique
Hardywood 2011 Bourbon Cru
Evil Twin 2011 Imperial Biscoti Break
Oskar Blues 2010 Ten Fidy
Heavy Seas 2012 Bourbon Below Decks
Allagash 2009 Curieux
Allagash 2010 Four
Hebrew 2010 Vertical Jewbelation

6004 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23230