Monthly Archives: November 2013

This Weekend Is A Prime Example Of Why I Have A Hard Time Leaving Town

I always have a tough time deciding when to take trips out of town.  There is always something awesome going on.  If you haven’t noticed, Virginia craft beer is better than it has ever been and shows no signs of slowing down.  Sometimes you just need to get away so I’ll be off to Washington, DC to check out Bluejacket and their restaurant, The Arsenal.  While I’m doing that, I’m going to need you to fill in for me at some events this weekend.

Center of the Universe First Anniversary

COTU is throwing a three day party to celebrate one year of great beer in Ashland.  This all starts tonight Friday, November 15th at 4pm with the return of  The Richard Imperial IPA.  Originally released at their grand opening, Richard was the happy accident of COTU’s first brew on their system.  A little off here, short some water there, and they were left with a double IPA very similar to Pocahoptas, but much stronger. COTU will also be tapping some “Barrel Aged wonders,”  barrel-aged versions of a selection of COTU beers.  Something Shiny will provide live music for the evening.

Saturday, the celebration resumes at 3pm with guest taps from Homefront IPA collaborating breweries. Left Hand, Cigar City, 21st Amendment, and Stone have provided 2 kegs of limited release beers. Enjoy music from The Hippy House Band and Chuck County.


Sunday, the party continues with music from The Royal We. and growler fills of all remaining guest taps.  Football fans can enjoy the Redskins/Eagles game on COTU’s 22 foot screen in the back.

“There are a lot of people in Virginia, as well as around the country, that have helped us get to where we are today.  This weekend is a celebration for them, and a thank you to our community and industry friends. Lets celebrate beer!” – Chris Ray, co-founder of Center of the Universe Brewing Company

Center of the Universe Brewing Company opened its doors in Ashland, VA on November 16th 2012. Brothers Phil and Chris Ray, who started as homebrewers turned their hobby into an obsession that is now a successful brewery in Virginia.

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout Release

Hardywood is releasing Gingerbread Stout Saturday November 16th at 2pm but the night before Mekong is hosting a pre-release party with some Hardywood beers that haven’t been seen in awhile.

Brian Barrel Blend #3
Heaven Hills Imperial Stout
Four Rose Imperial Stout
Bourbon Sidamo
Bourbon Cru
Raspberry Stout
Mocha Belgique
Virginia Blackberry
Andall Gingerbread Stout

If you’re looking to skip the lines during the party, Hardywood will be open 9 – 10:30PM Friday night for a pre-sale event for bottles (4 bottle/person limit) and other seasonal merchandise.   The lines will be cut off at 10:30, and there will be no on-site consumption.

The main party runs from 2 – 9PM with Gingerbread Stout available in 6oz and 12oz pours.  Samson Trinh & The Upper East Side Big Band (really hate I’ll miss them; check out their Abbey Road Project) and  Zep Replica will play sets at 4 and 7pm respectively.

Enjoy Boka Tako Truck, Pizza Tonight, Estes Bar.B.’Que, Mosaic, Station 2, Thai cabin, Olio Cart VCU, The Official Gelati Celesti Ice Cream Makers and a cart from Phoenix Garden Vegetarian Restaurant all day!

Lickinghole Creek Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Release & Farm Fest

LCCB is releasing the last pumpkin beer of the season Saturday, November 16th during a farm festival from 11AM to 8PM.  Pumpkin Ain’t Easy features sugar pie pumpkins grown on LCCB’s farm.  LCCB chose to omit the typical pumpkin pie spices in favor of their Belgian house yeast strain and German Tettnang and Hersbrucker hops.

The festival will feature a farmer’s market, artisan crafts (blacksmiths & gunsmiths), and children activities(bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides).  Music will be provided by the ReVinyls, Barrelhouse, and Cashmere Jungle Lords.

Advance festival tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite here and include the following:

$5 advance entry ticket only/ $8 day of entry ticket only

Advance Purchase Only Brew Fest Ticket: $20 (Plus Fees) Good for entry to the vent, four 15 oz beer pours, an LCCB pint glass, access to farm and craft vendors, music, and activities. Discounted Brew Fest Tickets are only available online in advance. You must be 21 years of age or older to buy a this ticket. One ticket per person.

Win a CoolShip at Allagash Tap Takeover at Brew Today


Head over to Brew in Chesterfield today, Wednesday November 13th for their Allagash Brewing tap takeover which will include some rare and vintage kegs.  You can steal a cool Allagash chalice with any Allagash beer or flight. Les Addis from Allagash wll be joining the fun talking all things Allagash so bring your questions. Brew will also be raffling off a very special beer from  Allagash’s coolship series to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

UPDATE: Taplist has increased to ten beers below. Brew will be holding raffle at 7pm for a bottle of Resurgam.

Here are the beers they will be tapping starting at 5pm:

Hugh Malone
Midnight Brett
Confluence 2012
Interlude 2012 
Fluxus 2013 – porter with blood orange pulp & zest
James Bean – Curieux with coffee

Head over to the Facebook event for more details.

6525 Centralia Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

RVA Beer Week: Brews for Charity at Virginia Historical Society Saturday

Rotary’s Brews for Charity is a local beer festival happening tomorrow, Saturday at Virginia Historical Society in order to raise money for non-profit organizations around the Greater Richmond Region.  Rotary Club of Richmond has contributed over $300,000 to dozens of non-profits that work to improve the community  over the last five years.

Tickets for the festival are available online here for $20/person (includes 2 drink tickets) or $10/person (non-drinking).  Additional drink tickets are $5 each.  I’m not sure if ticket prices will be increased at the gate so you should get tickets now.

Here are the beers to be served at the event.

Center of the Universe — Ashland Bold Rock — Nellysford
Ray Ray’s Pale Ale Virginia Apple
Main Street Virginia Draft
Hardywood — Richmond Legend — Richmond
Singel Winter White
RVA IPA Chocolate Porter
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Strangeways — Richmond
Magic Beaver Belgian Pale Ale Wallonian Dawn Saison
Three Sheets ESB Phantasmic IPA

Food Trucks
Paris Creperie
Pizza Tonight
Meatball Company
Thai Wagon

Tin Can Fish Band (11-1pm)
Starlighter Band (1-3pm)
The Taters (3-5pm)

428 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

The festival runs from 11am to 5pm.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

RVA Beer Week: Craft Beer Cocktails at Saison

RVA Beer Week LogoPopped into Saison a couple times over the weekend so I could get the details on their beer cocktails for the week.

The list sounds amazing and I’m looking forward to trying more of their creations.

End of Days ($8) — tequila, campari, lime, demerara, IPA.

Imperial Dark & Stormy ($10) — Rum, lime, ginger, ginger beer, imperial stout.

Death Star Flip ($10) — Rum, bourbon, orgeat, Imperial stout.

Apple Jackie Brown ($10) — applejack, apple port, sherry, Averna, Belgian Brown.

Pils Punch ($8) — Gin, St germain, lemon, pils.

3-2-1 Contact ($8) — dry vermouth, rose vermouth, allspice dram, Aperol, Wild Ale.

Rumbarrelstiltsken ($10) — Rum, Madeira, barleywine.

Go check these guys out and grab some of their delicious food while you’re at it.

23 W Marshall St
Richmond, VA 23220

RVA Beer Week: Richmond Brewers United Decending Upon Carytown Tonight

RVA Beer Week LogoWe’re only a few days into this marathon we call RVA Beer Week but tonight is when the real fun begins.  Coincidentially, tonight is also the night to have multiple events in many locations where choosing one over the other may seem like losing.  I assure you though there are no losers during this week.  Hell, you can join in at home just by popping open a bottle you have been saving from your favorite local shop. 

On to tonight’s business. Tonight Monday, November 4th Richmond’s local breweries have united in a show of support for Carytown restaurants for the first ever RVA Brewers Parade.  Look for them to be hitting the streets of Carytown around 6pm starting at Portait House; they will stay at each location for about 30 minutes.  Want to join them? Here’s the route they will be taking:

Portrait House
The Daily Kitchen & Bar
Mellow Mushroom
Can Can Brasserie
Weezies Kitchen
Xtra’s Cafe
Burger Bach

RVA Beer Week: Pin Tappenings at Southern Railways Taphouse Tonight

If you were thinking about skipping the Autumn Bottom Brews after-party at Southern Railways Taphouse, you may want to think again.

They are tapping to cask condition pins tonight Sunday, November 3rd at 5pm:

  • Hardywood Great Return dry hopped with Simcoe and Citra hops
  • Strangeways Albino Monkey with coriander, pink peppercorns & juniper berries

Also, check out their RVA Beer Week flights.

RVA Beer Week: Teach A Friend To Homebrew Today & Homebrew Canning Next Saturday

Photo Credit: Brad Cooper

Photo Credit: Brad Cooper

I had forgotten but today Saturday November 2nd  is National Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day.  Head down to the Weekend Brew in Chester for their annual clusterbrew going on right now.  So head down and check out the action with the James River Homebrewers.

Weekend Brewer
4205 W Hundred Rd
Chester, VA 23831
(804) 796-9760

Been homebrewing for awhile now? Want to learn to can? James River Homebrewers and Old Dominion Mobile Canning have teamed up to present Candemonium next Saturday November 9th. To reserve a spot contact Paul Teller at

JRHB ODMC Candemonium 110913