Monthly Archives: February 2014

Virginia Farm Brewery Bill Passes General Assembly, Waiting On Governor Signature

VA Craft Brewers Guild logoAnother landmark bill supporting Virginia’s growing craft beer industry has passed both houses of the General Assembly.  Shepparded by Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery’s Sean-Thomas and Lisa Pumphrey, SB 430 only awaits Governor Terry McAuliffe’s signature before it can become law.  I would not be surprised to see a “SB 430” beer from Lickinghole Creek in the future similar to Hardywood’s creation of SB 604.

Here is the full press release from the VA Craft Brewers Guild.

Bill Allowing Brewery on a Farm License Passes

RICHMOND, VA – Senate Bill 430, a bill which legally defines breweries located on a farm, passed both houses of the Virginia General Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), has led the business coalition supporting this bill, which will grant breweries located on a farm similar privileges as farm wineries. The farm breweries are required to grow and use their agricultural product, such as hops or barley, in its beer.

Senator John Watkins led the bill through the Virginia Senate, where it passed 35-3. The House of Delegates passed SB430 unanimously Monday, 97-0.

“The craft beer industry is a growing part of Virginia’s economy, ” said Lisa Pumphrey of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. “Senator Watkins recognized that farm breweries offer an avenue for small business generation in rural areas. The bill will allow new breweries to flourish and contribute to Virginia’s tourism industry.”

SB 430 builds on the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s record of legislative success. The Guild also successfully pressed for legislation enabling breweries to sell beer for consumption in their tasting rooms. SB 604, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law in 2012, changed a provision limiting on-premise consumption. Since the law was changed, the craft beer industry in Virginia has seen 75% growth in the number of breweries, supporting 8,123 FTE jobs and granting the Commonwealth an economic impact of $623 million.

About Virginia Craft Brewers Guild
The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s craft beer industry supports 8,163 FTE jobs, and has an economic impact of $623 million. Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association. The purpose of the Guild is to organize craft brewers for purposes of economic development, business development, supply chain management, tourism and government affairs. For more information on the Guild, go to

Blue Mountain Tap Takeover at Buz and Ned’s W Broad Thursday

Head over to Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue on W Broad today Thursday February 27th as they take you on a trip to the first stop on the Brew Ridge Trail with a  tap takeover featuring Blue Mountain Brewery.  Since beer and barbecue make an excellent combination, Buz will be cooking up food specials made with Blue Mountain beers all night long, like this one:

Here is what they will have on tap starting at 5pm:

Bluster Barleywine
Dark Hollow Imperial Stout
Full Nelson Pale Ale
Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel
Local Species Belgian Pale Ale
Barchetta Rye IPA
Mandolin Tripel

Get there early to snag one of the limited number of Blue Mountain Brewery pint glasses available for giveaway.

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

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
8205 W. Broad St.

All About Stoutmania at Mekong Tonight

Head over to Mekong tonight Wednesday February 26th as they tap some most excellent stouts.

Here is what will tapped starting at 4:20:

Hardywood Sidamo
Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo
Hardywood Raspberry Stout
Dark Horse Plead The 5th
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry
Perennial Sump Coffee Stout
Bourbon County Brand Stout
COTU El Duderino
Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break
Allagash Black
Allagash Red Howes
Terrapin Wake N Bake
Del Ducato Verdi Anniversario
Heavy Seas Siren Noire

Sounds like a perfect way to fend off this recurring cold weather.

The Story Behind Legend’s Teach’s Oyster Stout. Try It Tonight at Pig & Pearl.

Legend Teach's Oyster Stout001Legend Brewing has teamed up with seasoned brewers from around the state for their 2014 Urban legend Series as part of their 20th Anniversary celebration. Each collaborator is coming up with an urban legend from their brewery’s area and choosing a complementing beer style.  Andy Rathmann, brewmaster of St George Brewing, is the first of the series and brings the story of Blackbeard to create Teach’s Oyster Stout.

Here’s more on that story from Legend Brewing:

The story behind Teach’s Oyster Stout is based off the story of Blackbeard’s capture in the Ocracoke Inlet. Blackbeard was history’s most widely recognized pirate who lived by his alias, Edward Teach. Leading up to his death, Blackbeard terrorized ships up and down the East Coast, pillaging vessels and causing trouble. Supposedly, Blackbeard was cornered and met his death at the hands of a Virginia naval crew; and to flaunt their triumph, the crew mounted Blackbeard’s head on a stake in the Hampton seaport. This urban legend argues that Blackbeard’s body still swims those waters in search of his severed head.

Andy Rathmann (Brewmaster, St. George Brewing) and John Wampler (Brewmaster, Legend Brewing) decided, almost instantaneously, that they wanted to make an Oyster Stout due to the close proximity of St. George to the Hampton waters. Andy had a buddy in the area who he visited frequently for fresh seafood, so he picked up 300 oysters from him to throw in the boil. The brewers were also really amped to tread in unfamiliar waters and brew a style of beer neither of them had brewed before.

What to expect from the beer: a smooth roast body balanced by the pleasant spiciness of East Kent Golding hops. You’ll notice a hint of brine and subtle sweetness from the shellfish.

Ready to taste?  Your first chance to try the beer will be tonight Monday February 24th at Pig & Pearl starting at 5pm.  Of course, you will be able to select from Potomac River Whitecaps, Choptank, James River, or Rappahannock River Oysters ($2-3/shuck) to have with the beer.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

Brand The Brew with Richmond Kickers and Wild Wolf Brewing

Wild Wolf RVA Kickers BeerWild Wolf and the Richmond Kickers have designed and named their team beer.  All you have to do is create the logo.  Read more in the press release below.


Introduce “Kick It Hunny” as Exclusive Team-Specific Beer


RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, February 20, 2014) – The Richmond Kickers are proud to introduce the limited-edition, team specific beer, Kick It Hunny, and are pleased to launch a Brand the Brew Contest to proceed the official unveiling in March. The Kickers are inviting fans to submit Kick It Hunny logo designs no later than Thursday, March 13 for a chance to win invitations to the VIP launch event, a custom Kickers jersey and a private party for 25 at a Kickers home game.

Hand-crafted by brewers, members of the media, Kickers fans and Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Kick It Hunny is a Belgian inspired American Pale Ale derived from the brewery’s popular Blonde Hunny. The smooth drinking session ale will tickle taste buds with hints of honey before finishing with a burst of citrus and hops. Lively aromas of crisp Citra hops, honey, and light malt mingle to create a refreshing nose. A hat trick of pilsner, wheat, and oat malts team up to give it a pale, cloudy yellow color and a thick, frothy white head. Kick It Hunny is a beautiful beer for fans of the beautiful game and is sure to become a favorite of soccer brewligans across RVA.

“We could not be more thrilled with how this entire process has gone,” commented Hunter Leemon, Richmond Kickers Director of Sales. “Working with Mary and Danny at Wild Wolf was such a great experience. They were willing to let a small number of our fans, Red Army members and media representatives participate in helping to craft the final product which was a tremendous experience. We are excited to share Kick It Hunny with our fans and the entire beer-loving community here in Richmond.”

Kick It Hunny

Style: Belgian-American Session Pale Ale
ABV: 4.5 (TBD)
IBU: 30
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Oat
Hops: Citra
Yeast: Blend of house Belgian and house American

The distinctive, one-of-a-kind blend, crafted specifically for Richmond Kickers fans will be exclusively available during Kickers 2014 home games at City Stadium and will also be featured at participating bars around Richmond.

Brand the Brew Contest
Fans wishing to enter the Kick It Hunny Brand the Brew Contest should submit logo designs to Hunter Leemon, Richmond Kickers Director of Sales at Final logo submissions must be received no later than Thursday, March 13, 2014. The winning design will be unveiled the week of March 17, 2014.

About Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Wild Wolf Brewing Company is one of just a few mother-son breweries in the country. Opening its doors November 11, 2011, the 6000+ square foot facility is located on ten acres in the heart of Nelson County, VA. The property features a restaurant which is housed in the original schoolhouse for Nelson County, a new building housing the brewery and old tobacco barns which have been converted into boutique shops.

Our Brewmaster, Danny Wolf, attended America’s oldest brewing school, Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, including a month long program in Europe. Danny and our brewery team work tirelessly to create interesting and unique beers. Wild Wolf beers are also distributed across all of Virginia and in D.C. and can be found in many bars and restaurants. Our 12oz cans and 22oz bottles can be found in most grocery stores and specialty shops.

For more information, contact Wild Wolf Brewing Company at 434-361-0088 or at

About Loveland Distributing
Loveland Distributing is the sole distributor of major brands like Miller Lite, Coors Light, Yuengling and Corona in the Greater Richmond, Virginia region. Carrying a wide variety of imports and craft beers ranging from Sam Adams to Sierra Nevada to Guinness to Virginia’s own Wild Wolf and Lost Rhino brands, Lovelands’ portfolio can meet any need. Loveland also supplies non-alcoholic beverages through a partnership with Redbull and the Nestle Family of ready to drink brands such as Nesquik.

Virginia Wine Expo’s Burger Blast Year Two Is SOLD OUT. Here’s What You’ll Miss

As promised, the second year of Virginia Wine Expo’s Burger Blast, returning tonight Friday February 21st at 5pm, is completely SOLD OUT.  Bigger and better than last year, Burger Blast will feature artisan burgers created by fifteen talented Richmond chefs with unlimited samplings of Virginia beer and wine.

Take a look at the delicious burgers to be served and the Virginia beers to be served tonight.

Restaurants & Burgers

  • American Tap Room: ATR Short Rib Sliders — Slow cooked braised Short Ribs served with all the fixins to build your own slider masterpiece with pickled shallots, mustards, red wine sauce, premium cheeses and grilled pineapple
  • AramarkBeef & Italian Sausage Slider with Cilantro, Saga Blue Cheese, Red Beans, Applewood Bacon with Smoked Tomato Aioli and Sliced Havarti with Micro Greens served on a Challah Roll.
  • Brew: Pepperoni Pizza Burger: Freshly Ground Beef Laced with Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Mozzerella Topped with Sundried Tomato/Marinara Aioli, Served with Fresh Cut House Fries.
  • BurgerworksThe Bleus Burger Slider (last year’s people’s choice winner) — All natural, locally-sourced Angus beef patty topped with Danish Bleu Cheese, suateéd onions, bacon and a housemade Balsamic-port wine glaze.
  • Capital Ale House: Italian SliderVeal and Lamb Patty with Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce and Parmesan Cheese Crisp
  • Carytown Burgers & Fries: To be decided
  • Culinard: Duck/Turkey Burger on a Turmeric Brioche Bun with Hoisin Ketchup and Sakura Cress
  • India K’ RajaVeggie Burger on Wheat with Tamarind Spread
  • J Sargeant ReynoldsShort Rib and Bison Slider — Short Ribs and Bison with Virginia Dark Lager and Bacon Glaze topped with Smoky Munster, Cherry Tomato ‘Jam’, Pickled Red Onion, Watercress Salad on a Housemade Brioche Bun with Grainy Mustard Aioli and House Half Sour Pickle
  • MezzanineLocally Ground Chicken and Avocado Slider with a Red Onion and Pineapple Relish 
  • Omni Resorts The HomesteadThe Fairway Burger: Wagyu Beef, Cambozola Cheese, Pepper Bacon, Caramelized Onions on a Ciabatta Roll
  • SaisonSmoked Mushroom “Burger”, Saison Yellow Mustard Fancy Sauce and Pickled Mushrooms on a Potato Bun 
  • Savory GrainBurger Blast Savory Slider: House made blend of Angus chuck, brisket, short rib, and rib-eye; topped with a local seasonal winter ale house cured glazed bacon, crumbled chevre, pickled red onions, and micro greens, finished with a VA pinot noir aioli, served on a fresh baked Lucille’s challah petite roll
  • Slideways Mobile BistroBlack and Blue Slider:Angus ground beef with crumbled Blue Cheese mixed in the slider, Blackened seasoning, and sautéed onions with our chili aioli sauce.Thai Chili and Peanut Butter:Angus ground beef with Thai chili’s mixed in the slider smothered in peanut butter. Mac and Cheese Slider: Angus ground beef topped with bacon, our homemade Mac and Cheese, and spicy ketchup. Black Bean Slider:vegetarian black bean slider mildly spiced topped with Swiss Cheese
  • Toast: Salmon Burger Slider: Salmon Burger with Poached Shallot and Dill Cream Cheese and Rappahanock Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reduction

Virginia Breweries

Apocalypse Ale Works — Forest Bold Rock — Nellysford
Winter Snack Spiced Stout Virginia Apple
Glorious Dead ESB Virginia Draft
Center of the Universe — Ashland Devils Backbone — Lexington
Scotchtown Pear Lager
Slingshot Kolsch Schwartz Bier
Extra Billy’s — Midlothian Hardywood — Richmond
Midlo Pale Ale Raspberry Stout
Isley Brewing — Richmond Legend — Richmond
Plain Jane Blueberry Wit Hopfest
The Bribe – Oatmeal Porter Maibock
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Midnight — Goochland
Magic Beaver Pale Ale Rockville Red Ale
Three Chopt Tripel Not My Job Brown Ale
O’Connor — Norfolk Rusty Beaver — Ladysmith
El Guapo IPA Roy’s Big Bad Brown Ale
Red Nun Red Ale
Starr Hill — Crozet Strangeways — Richmond
Bandstand Barleywine Freeze Ray Eisbock
Starr Saison Room 237 Biere d’hiver
Sunken City — Smith Mountain Lake Three Brothers — Harrisonburg
Tartan Tent Scottish Ale Hoptimization IPA
Senantoa Indian Brown

Check out the Facebook event for further updates.

Because Every Despot Deserves Their Day, Lickinghole Creek’s Gets A Castle

UPDATE: Due to ABC regulations, Lickinghole Creek will be selling Enlighten Despot bottles ONLY at the brewery starting at Noon Saturday March 1st.

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Dr
Goochland, VA 23063

Save the date for March 1st from 1 – 8PM when Lickinghole Creek will debut their Enlightened Despot at a castle!

Due to the overwhelming response we’ve gotten from people from around the country for our Bourbon Barrel Stout release on Saturday March 1st, we had to find a larger space to accommodate everyone. Since we wanted to keep Despot Day in Goochland we reached out to the only place as extravagant as the Enlightened Despot…Dover Hall. They graciously accepted our request and we are very proud to partner with Jennifer McBride and her awesome team to bring Virginia a one of a kind beer release event.

Dover Hall is a private estate located in the rolling hills of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, conveniently situated in between Richmond and Charlottesville, and a two hour drive from Washington, DC. The estate’s 33,000 square feet command a majestic view of 55 acres of rolling hills and woodlands.

Known as Goochland’s Castle, this larger than life venue is the perfect setting for releasing a one of a kind beer.

Enlightened Despot is a Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout aged just over one hundred days in  15 year old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve barrels.  Brewed with ten specialty grains this beer racks in at 78 IBU and 11.3% ABV. There will only be just over 2000 bottles available at $15/bottle with no bottle limit.

There will be special cask versions of Enlightened Despot tapped at different times throughout Despot Day:

Vanilla Despot
Chocolate Despot
Coffee Despot

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.  Music will be provided by Barrelhouse and The Big Payback.

Dover Hall
1500 Manakin Road
Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103
(804) 784-6051

Heavy Seas Tap Takeover at Brew Tonight

Head over to Brew tonight Tuesday February 18th at 5pm for their  Heavy Seas tap takeover.  They’ll have ten of their brews on tap and glassware to plunder.   Chat up heavy Seas Rep Brian Gearing and learn more about the brewery and their beers.

Here is the taplist for the evening:

Loose Cannon IPA
Black Cannon Black IPA
Small Craft Warning Uber Pils
Yule Tide — Imperial Red with ginger aged in Jamaican Rum barrels
Siren Noire — Imperial Chocolate Stout aged in Bourbon barrels
Peg Leg Imperial Stout
Powder Monkey Pale Ale
Great’er Pumpkin — Bourbon Barrel aged Pumpkin Ale
Cutlass Amber Lager
Red Sky at Night Saison

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

6525 Centralia Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832