Daily Archives: November 1, 2013

RVA Beer Week 2013: Tap Takeovers, Pub Crawls & Samplings

Friday November 1st

First Friday 5th Anniversary Screens ‘n’ Suds Party — Gallery 5 — 6 – 10PM
Friday will be the prelude to the Screens ‘n’ Suds Big Event on Saturday. Get a taste of what will be on tap and get your first peek at the month-long Screens ‘n’ Suds retrospective exhibit featuring every beautiful, beer-inspired print produced in their five-year history.

Blue Mountain Invasion & Steal the Glass — 821 Cafe — 7:30PM

Bourbon Barrel DIPA
Blue Reserve
Lights Out
Rip Rap Pale

Max’s Tavern Screens ‘n’ Suds After Party — 11pm-2am
After enjoying great beers and art at Gallery 5, check out the newest addition to the Richmond Beer Scene. Belgian themed Max’s Tavern has 24 taps and a huge bottle list of all Belgian and Belgian-style beers. Kitchen closes at midnight and last call is at 2am.

Legend Brewing Sampling — Olio- 630pm-830pm
Legend sampling featuring seasonal beers

Popkin Tavern-RVA Beer Week Kick Off event- 6pm-Close
Special tappings of various craft beers and a special wooden gravity cask tapping.

El Duderino Kickoff — Center of the Universe Brewery – 4PM
El Duderino is COTU’s highly anticipated White Russian Stout.

Saturday November 2nd
RVA Mustache Dash — Strangeways Brewing — 10:30AM – 3PM
5k run/walk and post party that pays tribute to the borderlands between the upper lip and nose. Participants are encouraged to have a mustache, real or fake. This run is 100% silly.

Beer, live music, food trucks, mustache awards and more. Ready, Set, Grow. http://www.rvamustachdash.com

Train Day Sampling — Caboose Wine and Cheeses of Ashland
Beer sampling featuring Center of the Universe Brewing

Day of the Dead Party — Casa Del Barco — 5PM-Close
Featuring Hardywood 2nd Anniversary Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel. Food and liquor specials as well.

High Gravity Fest — Popkin Tavern — 4PM
Popkin’s High Gravity Fest kicks off at 4pm. You know what else starts at 4pm? Beer school! So get there early and get some free tastes.

Alewerks Bourbon Porter 2012 (9%)
Avery Reverend (10.2%)
Bell’s Expedition 2012 (10.5%)
Bell’s Expedition 2013 (10.5%)
Brooklyn The Companion (10%)
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon (12.5%)
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 2012 (12%)
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 2013 (12%)
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout 2012 (8%)
Founders Imperial Stout 2012 (10.5%)
Green Flash Double Stout (8.6%)
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12yr (8%)
JW Lees Harvest Ale (11.5%)
Nogne-O Sunturnbrew (11%) POPKIN EXCLUSIVE!
Nogne-O Imperial Stout (9%) POPKIN EXCLUSIVE!
Stone Imperial Russian Stout (10.5%)
Terrapin Reunion 2012 (8%)
Thornbridge Bracia (10%)

Sunday November 3rd

Southern Railways Autumn Bottom After Party — 5 – 10PM
SRT has a huge selection of Draft and Bottles craft beers as well as a delicious menu.

Monday November 4th

Carytown-RVA Brewers Parade- 5:30-10pm
The Richmond Area’s breweries will be bar crawling in Cary Town. Starting at the Portrait house- 5:30pm. Brewers and staff from Rusty Beaver, Hardywood, Legend, Midnight, Extra Billys’s, Strangeways, Center of the Universe, Isley Brewing, and Lickinghole Creek will be hitting 7 Carytown restaurants. Join the group and support Richmond beer.

Popkin Tavern — Big Lebowski COTU Tap takeover — 6PM-Close
Featuring the full line up of Center of the Universe beers including their newest El Duderino White Russian Stout.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover — Mekong – 5PM
Full line up of rare and delicious Firestone Walker beers from sunny California.

Some of these beers you might find on later in the week; others will be very rare and may not last the night.

Pale 31 – 4.9% California Pale Ale
Pivo Pilsner – 5.3% Hoppy Pils….Gold Metal GABF 2013
DBA(Double Pale Ale) – .5.0 % English Pale

Union Jack – 7.5% IPA
Double Jack – 9.5% Imperial IPA
Wookey Jack – 8.3 American Black Rye IPA

Walker Reserve Porter – 5.8% Robust Porter
Velvet Merlin – 5.5% Oatmeal Stout
Parabola – 13% Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Agrestic Ale -6.3% Sour Red Ale

Double DBA – 12% Barleywine
2013 Sucaba – 13% Barrel Aged Barleywine
Stickee Monkey – 13% English Barleywine

XVI – 13% Barrel-Aged Blend
XVII – 13.3% Barrel-Aged Blend
XIV (maybe)

2010 Black Xantus – 11% Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
*2012 Sucaba – 13% Barrel Aged Barleywine

Tuesday November 5th

Richmond Beer Lover Election Day Excursion- 5pm-8pm


Capital Ale House (All RVA Locations)- Finch Brewing STGN-5pm
Featuring 3+ beers on from Finch Brewing in Chicago. Buying a beer will allow you to keep the Finch glass it was poured in. Glassware available while supplys last.

Mellow Mushroom- Vote Legend Night-6pm
Election themed Legend night

Steal The Grunt Night — Popkin Tavern —  5pm
Strangeways Grunts and just like growlers only smaller and cuter. Get a grunt of your vary own to take home. Featuring a full selection of RVA’s own Strangeway Brewing on tap all evening.

Wednesday November 6th

UPDATE: Due to various issues, tonight’s pin crawl has been canceled but you can still get some delicious cask conditioned beers.  Commercial Taphouse will have a pin of Devils Backbone Wood Aged Kilt Flasher.  Nearby, Joe’s Inn will have a pin of Hardywood Second Anniversary Ale (tequila barrel aged tripel). 

3rd Annual RVA Pin Crawl — Commercial Taphouse, Cask, Social 52 — 5:30PM

3 Beercentic Locations each with its own special small batch pin (traditional hand-tapped, gravity-fed, casks that have gone through their secondary fermentation process in the vessel.) We will be walking from Cask to Commercial Taphouse to Social 52.

Heavy Seas Tap Takeover — Hurley’s Tavern –  5pm
Heavy Sea rep Brian Gearing will be available to talk to you about his delicious beers. 6 beers on tap and glassware while supplies last.

Barrel Aged Night — Joe’s Inn — 6:30PM
Special barrel aged beer tapped

Legend Brewing Thunderdome — Popkin Tavern — 5PM
Four beers enter, only one can win.

Thursday November 7th

Boathouse at Rocketts Landing- COTU Tap invasion-5pm-9pm

Boathouse at Sunday Park- Legend Tap Takeover-5pm-9pm

Friday November 8th

Things with Wood — The Camel  – 6PM

Featuring Hardywood:

Wild Turkey Russian Imperial Stout
Rum Pumpkin
Bourbon DIPA
Bourbon Cru

Todd Herrington’s solo album release for ‘Things’ starts at 9:30pm

COTU Beer Sampling — Corks & Kegs – 5:30-7:30PM
Sampling of the Center of The Universe beers with live jazz band.

Legend Pin Tapping — Joe’s Inn — 5:30PM
Special filled pin from Legend Brewery.

Popkin Tavern- Kick the Keg Night-6pm

Brews & Burlesque — Strangeways Brewery — 9PM

Join Those Freaking Weirdos as they take to the stage in, of all places, the tasting room of Strangeways Breing. Tickets available at www.tfwburleque.com

Saturday November 9th

Tours, Pins, and Music — Hardywood — 2PM
Offering tours on the hour (2, 3, 4 and 5pm) and a special line up of pins in honor of RVA Beer Week – music following will include My Darling Fury and the Awesome Few.

Craft Sausage Gorging Competition — Strangways Brewing –– 3PM
Strangeways teams up with Sausage Craft to have you contend against your fellow man to see how many Sausage Craft sausages you can shovel down for prizes and bragging rights.

$20 fee includes 5 Sausage Craft sausages with all the fixins (quickest to down 5 wins), a beer during competition and discount specials all day.  1st place receives a $100 Strangeways gift certificate, 2nd place will receive a $50 gift certificate and 3rd place will receive a $25 gift certificate. 

Rules and sign up available at www.strangewaysbrewing.com.

Bottom to Tap. Hardywood Park 3 Miler — 17th Street Farmers Market — 11AM
Presented by Shake and Bake Sports and benefiting the Enrichmond Foundation, the Bottom To Tap is the 3 Miler that starts at the bottom and ends at the tap! This casual run starts in Shockoe Bottom, goes through historic Church Hill and returns to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market for a great party. If you enjoy running and a party with Hardywood on tap, live music and gourmet local food trucks, register here:

Center of The Universe Barrel Aged Event — Mekong — 5PM
5 barrel aged Center of The Universe beers all on tap at the #1 Beer Bar.

Station 2’s Hardywood Hoppyness Day — 5PM

RVA Beer Week 2013: Festivals

Everyone knows Richmond loves festivals.  Here are several to check out at beginning and end of the week.

Saturday November 2nd

Midnight Brewery Harvest Festival — 1PM

Screens ‘n’ Suds 5th Anniversary Big Event — 3-7PM

Head over to Gallery 5 and check out some beer and art. 

Relatively Certain Draft List for the Screens ‘n’ Suds Big Event this Saturday:

Screens ‘n’ Suds 5th Anniversary Small Batch Series
Blue Mountain Foxy Mama Red Tripel
Hardywood: Menagerie Barrel Blend
O’Connor: Mermaid’s Milk Imperial Milk Stout
Strangeways: 3 Wyrd Sisters: Desdemona, Ophelia, Cordelia Belgian Tripels
Three Brothers: Meet Brett IPA 100% Brettanomyces-fermented IPA
*these will also be available to reserve at the Big Event at Gallery5. Pick up will be at Hardywood.

Blue Mountain: Blue Reserve Belgian Pale Ale
Center of the Universe: El Duderino White Russian Stout
Devil’s Backbone: Gold Leaf Lager
Dogfish Head:
Extra Billy’s: Midlo Pale Ale
Firestone Walker: Wooky Jack Black Rye IPA
Green Flash: Double Stout
Hardywood: SB604 Pale Ale
Legend: Urban Legend Vampire Imperial Red Ale
Lickinghole Creek: Short Pump Saison
Lost Rhino: New River Pale Ale
New Belgium: Shift
O’Connor: Great Dismal Black IPA
Sierra Nevada: Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale
Smartmouth: Double IPA
St. George: Pilsner
Starr Hill: Jomo Lager
Strangeways: Albino Monkey Belgian White
The Bruery: Tradewinds Tripel
Three Brothers: Admiral DIPA

Sunday November 3rd

Autumn Bottom Brews — 12 – 5PM

Always well attended, this event at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market will feature over 30 Virginia beers:

Three Brothers — Harrisonburg Apocalypse Ale Works — Forest
Hoptimization IPA Hopocalypse Imperial Red
Tri Brathair Scottish Ale Golden Censer
Center of the Universe — Ashland Bold Rock — Nellysford
Monkey’s Uncle Virginia Apple
Kolsch Virginia Draft
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Devils Backbone — Lexington
Magic Beaver Pale Ale Kilt Flasher
Three Sheets ESB Striped Bass
Extra Billy’s — Midlothian Maibock
Proverbial Porter Dark Abby
Otis Brown Ale  
Legend — Richmond Hardywood — Richmond
Hopfest Farmhouse Pumpkin
Winter White RVA IPA
Midnight — Goochland O’Connor — Norfolk
Red Moon Ryesing Great Dismal Black IPA
Granite Stout Bell’s Beach Saison
Isley Brewing — Richmond Strangeways — Richmond
Plain Jane Belgian Wit Phantasmic IPA
The Bribe – Oatmeal Porter Woodbooger
Starr Hill — Crozet  
Grateful Pale  
Snowblind Doppelbock  

Beer samples available for just $2 each, or get a full 16 oz. pour for $6.

Boka Tako
Grate Pizza
RVA Vegan
Granny’s Ice Cream.

The stage for Autumn Bottom Brews will be rocking throughout the day featuring Andy Vaughn & the Drive Line playing from 11-1pm & finishing the day with a live performance from regional bluegrass favorite, Jackass Flats.

There are ample parking areas in and around the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market on Main and Cary Streets, from 15th Street to 18th Street.

Free Admission

Saturday November 9th

Historical Society Beer Festival — 12 – 5PM

Not a lot on this event yet other than a craft beer and food festival located outside the Historical Society. I’m working on getting more information.

RVA Beer Week 2013: Beer Dinners & Other Specials

RVA Beer Week is finally upon us for 2013. Running from November 1st to 10th, there will be a lot to experience. If you’re looking to eat your way through the week, here are some options.

All Week
Go over to Saison and try one of their special beer cocktails with some of their amazing food.

Tuesday November 5th

Center of the Universe Beer Dinner — Kona Grill — 6PM

Thursday November 7th

Fat Dragon Menu Specials — 11:30am – 9PM

Some pretty cool menu specials coming out of Fat Dragon’s kitchen tonight:

  • Legend Beer Battered Mushrooms
  • Albino Monkey Fries
  • Hardywood Pumpkin Soup.

Additionally, all Richmond beers will at a special low price all day long!

Hardywood Beer Dinner — Popkin Tavern

Popkin is inviting people to come anytime of the night and try their special Hardywood Beer Dinner Menu.  Even still reservations are strongly recommended.


Local tomato, cucumber, feta salad

Beer braised pork belly, cilantro, pickled carrot, sriracha caviar
Hoperation Pink IPA

Truffle Tremor, pickled shallot
2nd Anniversary Ale (Tequila Barrel Aged Tripel)

Dry aged steak burger slider, 2 year gouda, 12 hour tomato, mushroom ketchup
Sidamo Stout 2012

Chocolate pumpkin creme brulee
Rum Pumpkin

There could be special tappings of  their cellared kegs such as Bourbon Sidamo, Bourbon Cru, and Brian’s Blend #1 if interest in the dinner is large enough.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

RVA Charity Beer Dinner — TJ’s at the Jefferson — 7PM

The beer dinners at TJs have always been top notch. This promises to be the same. $5 from every plate goes to 2 Bottom & Back Bus.

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