Monthly Archives: January 2014

Three Reasons You Should Get Craft Beer From Whole Foods Short Pump This Weekend

Whole Foods Beer Sale

  1. There is a huge sale on 750ml and 22oz bomber bottles going on right now, Friday January 31st, like as a I type this now!  The word used to describe the discounts was “DEEP.”
  2. The discounts will expand to include growler fills tomorrow February 1st from 8AM – Noon.
  3. They will tap Foothills Sexual Chocolate Saturday at 1PM. No growlers of this Imperial Stout as it is very limited.

Double Your Barrels With Brandy Blue Bee Cider and Hardywood Bourbon Coffee This Saturday

There are some cool things coming out of barrels this Saturday February 1st.  You can try one or the other but there’s plenty of time to get them both in.

Blue Bee Rocky Ridge Release — Noon

From noon to 7PM, Blue Bee Cider debuts their sixth and final cider from their very first harvest in 2012.  Rocky Ridge Reserve was aged for five months in brandy barrels before packaging into hand numbered bottles.  There looks to be only 356 bottles available so get these while you can cider fans. 

So go out and get a taste then take a bottle or two home.  Olio’s food truck will offer an ala carte menu to pair with Blue Bee’s ciders. Music will be provided by the Cider Sippers throughout the afternoon with traditional Appalachian tunes.

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

212 W. 6th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo Release — 2PM

Hardywood’s Bourbon Sidamo returns for its second year starting at 2PM.  Aged for three months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this coffee stout will have you prepared for whatever Punxsutawney Phil sees on Sunday. 

Enjoy Bourbon Sidamo on draft while chowing down on food from Station 2Hungry Turtle Food TruckCielito LindoSuper Fresh Carts or Goatocado.  Be sure to grab some bottles to go as well in case we are hit with another polar vortex.

Music will be provided by Fear of MusicThe Shangri-Lords, and special guests Full Moon Fever starting at 4:30, 6:15, and 7pm respectively. 

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

Score Thirty-six Points with Devils Backbone and Pizza Tonight at The Cask Cafe

Credit: Devils Backbone

Credit: Devils Backbone

UPDATE: Sadly, Pizza Tonight will not be out tonight due to the snow, but the show must go on.


Head over to The Cask Cafe today Wednesday January 29th as they serve up thirty six points of Devils Backbone beers including their latest limited release, 16 Point Imperial IPA plus a fresh cask conditioned beer.  Pizza Tonight will be there as well baking their delicious pies including this new offering:

Here is the complete lineup for the evening to be tapped at 5pm:

  • 4 Point Pale Ale
  • 8 Point IPA
  • 16 Point Imperial IPA
  • 8 Point IPA — cask conditioned pin with Virginia Cascade hops

Head over the Facebook event for more information and updates.

The Cask Cafe
206 S Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220

Hardywood, Strangeways, & Lickinghole Creek Heading to SAVOR This May

SAVOR 2014At the same time the VA Craft Brewers Guild elected new leadership, Brewers Association announced breweries participating in this year’s SAVOR: American Craft Beer & Food Experience on May 9th & 10th in Washington, DC.  Of the seventy six participants, five breweries are from Virginia including three from the Richmond area:

Devils Backbone Brewing Co — Roseland, VA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery — Richmond, VA
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Goochland, VA
Port City Brewing Co — Alexandria, VA
Strangeways Brewing — Richmond, VA

Richmond will be very well represented at this year’s event. Hardywood even became a Supporting Partner for this year.  See who else made it on the list this year here. The American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members-only presale is March 25 with public ticket sales starting March 26.

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Elects New Leadership For 2014

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild elected new leadership for 2014 at their VA Beer Caucus meeting held last night at Capital Ale House.

Leading the guild will be:

Chair — Mark Thompson, Starr Hill
Vice Chair — Mark Shrader, Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill
Legislative Chair — Hayes Humphreys, Devils Backbone
Marketing/Tourism Chair — Eric McKay, Hardywood

Congrats to the new officers.  Looking forward to see what the guild has planned for this year.

SweetWater Rolling Through Richmond Tonight Starting at American Tap Room

By now you may have heard about SweetWater Brewing coming to town.  They have already started showing up in a few bottle shops around town, but today January 28th is when they kick things into high gear.

Head over to American Tap Room as SweetWater floods the taps beginning with 420 Extra Pale.

When does all this start? Well, 4:20 of course.  Chat up some brewery reps to earn some swag.

Here is the complete of the line up for the evening:

420 Extra Pale Ale
Blue — blueberry wheat
Georgia Brown
Whiplash White IPA

American Tap Room RVA
1601 Willow Lawn Dr, Ste 840
Richmond, VA 23230

Can’t make it to American Tap Room? Then be on the look out for the SweetWater crew because they plan on hitting the town later making stops at Commerical Taphouse, Capital Ale House, and Station 2.

Head over to the Facebook event for more updates.