Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Totally Different Kind of Beer: It’s Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Week Richmond

Crabbies logoHere’s the thing, I have never tried ginger beer. I’d never really given it much thought.  Imagine my surprise when some of the toughest craft beer enthusiasts I know responded with more zeal than a hophead hunting down a 1000 IBU IPA.

What is ginger beer?  According to Wikipedia, ginger beer is brewed by leaving water, sugar, ginger, and ginger beer plant (composite organism of fungus and yeast) to ferment.

Produced in the UK, Crabbie’s is the most popular of alcoholic ginger beers. All this week Crabbie’s is introducing their newest flavor, Spiced Orange.  They have scheduled a week full of tastings around town as well as a special night at Burger Bach.  See all the details in the full press release below:

RICHMOND, VA – From Monday, March 24 through Saturday, March 29Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, a 4.8% ABV, refreshing ginger beer – only for grown-ups, will host, “It’s Time for a Crabbie’s Week” including complimentary tastings and a special event to showcase the already popular Original and introduce the newest flavor, Spiced Orange.  Crabbie’s, which Bon Appetit hailed “a ginger beer that lives up to its name,” is ideal served chilled over ice with a slice of citrus.

“The people of Richmond have been incredible supporters of Crabbie’s since it first became available so we are really excited to launch Spiced Orange in the area,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s.  “We look forward to the week and hope to meet new friends and fans and enjoy these delicious drinks together.”

Crabbie’s is the United Kingdom’s number one selling bottled beer and has established, and is leading, the alcoholic ginger beer category in the United States.  Crabbie’s Original is carefully crafted from a recipe that combines ginger shipped from the Far East with four secret ingredients that are cold steeped for up to six weeks.  The result is a refreshing, light bodied ginger beer with a spicy fresh ginger flavor, notes of citrus and a warming finish.  The newest addition to the Crabbie’s portfolio is Spiced Orange which offers the same refreshing taste as the Original but with a lighter ginger profile and a zesty orange flavor.

The line-up for “It’s Time for a Crabbie’s Week” includes:

  • Monday March 24
    • Kroger – 3507 West Cary Street, Richmond – complimentary tasting from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Kroger – 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond – complimentary tasting from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday March 25
    • Fresh Market – 1527 N Parham Rd, Richmond – complimentary tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.
    • Fresh Market – 1200 Huguenot Road, Midlothian – complimentary tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday March 26
    • Whole Foods – 11173 West Broad Street, Glen Allen – complimentary tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday March 27
    • Burger Bach Carytown – #Crabbiestime party at 10 South Thompson Street 4 to 8 p.m.  (see below for more details)
  • Friday March 28:
    • Total Wine – 10036 Robious Road, Richmond – complimentary tasting from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday March 29:
    • Total Wine – 8809 West Broad St, Richmond – complimentary tasting from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 27, Burger Bach will feature both Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange as it is meant to be served, over ice with a slice of citrus, for just $4.  For guests who’d like a bite with their Crabbie’s, the kitchen will prepare a special “Crabbie’s Burger” for the evening:  New Zealand Grass-Fed Beef Burger topped with roasted jalapeno remoulade, NZ organic cheddar cheese, onions caramelized in Crabbie’s Original, chipotle Crabbie’s Spiced Orange bbq sauce and uncured bacon.  Burger Bash was voted “Best Burger” by Style Weekly in its annual “Best of Richmond” issue.

Since Crabbie’s entered the U.S. market, it has received high praise from Huffington Post and The Dallas Morning News.  Huffington Post’s “Taste Test” concluded that “the UK’s best-selling ginger beer is finally available in the U.S., and we are quite pleased about it.”  The Morning News called Crabbie’s “moderately gingered and not too sweet…a smooth, refreshing drink,” and Crabbie’s was named “Best in Show” by greater San Francisco’s Fairfax Beer Festival, where it stacked up against some of the nation’s top domestic craft breweries.

The Crabbie’s adventure dates back to 1801 in Edinburgh, Scotland and the shipping port of Leith.  Pioneering drink merchant John Crabbie began creating new offerings to sell in his shop at 99 Giles Street.  He looked to the Far East to source the best ingredients including the finest ginger and exotic spices;  elephants were traditionally used to transport these goods to ships to import to Scotland.  More than 200 years later, Crabbie’s elephant logo symbolizes its heritage and search for ingredients which are still used today to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of its alcoholic ginger beer.

Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats:  a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle.  Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Dark and Crabbie and the Moscow Mule.

Crabbie’s is currently available throughout Virginia where it is distributed by Specialty Beverage.  For more information on Crabbie’s, please visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram(@CrabbiesUSA) #icewithaslice.

Hardywood Tap Takeover For The Bucket Trade James’ Birthday

Birthdays seem to be the theme of the week. James over at The Bucket Trade in Chester will celebrate his today with a Hardywood tap takeover today March 19th starting at 5pm.

Here is what they will be tapping for the occasion:

  • The Great Return — West Coast IPA — cask conditioned pin
  • Singel — Belgian Blonde Ale
  • New Zeal & Pale — New Zealand Hopped Inspired Pale Ale
  • Raspberry Stout — Russian Imperial Stout with chocolate and local raspberries
  • Sidamo Coffee Stout — Russian Imperial Stout with locally roasted coffee

Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates.

Devils Backbone Vegan Beer Dinner At Postbellum Tomorrow

Postbellum Devils Backbone logoThere have been vegetarian beer dinners in town but to my knowledge, Postbellum’s Devils Backbone dinner tomorrow Tuesday March 18th at 7pm will be the first ever vegan beer dinner in Richmond.  Check out the menu.


Mocky Mountain Oysters, Curry Coleslaw, Radish Remoulade
Reilly’s Irish Red

Enoki Mushroom and Parsnip Poutine, Golden Raisins, Herb Gravy, Beluga Lentils
Schwartz Bier — Black Lager.

Soy Chorizo and Avocado Tacos, Leek Flower, Jade Parsley Sauce
Eight Point IPA.

Thai Curry Tofu and Poached Persimmons, Basil, Daikon Radish, Coconut Cream
Belgian Quad.

Smoked Cashew Cheese, Coriander Peach Puree, Oatmeal Walnut Cookie
Smokehouse Lager

The cost for the dinner is $50/person.  Stop by or call the restaurant at (804) 353-7678 to reserve your spot. Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

1323 W Main St.
Richmond, VA 23220

One Year In The Making: Mekong and BFM’s Festival of Forty Starts Tonight

wpid-2014-03-16-23.16.21.jpg.jpegBFM’s Jerome Rebetez and Mekong’s An Bui have been working very hard over the past year planning the blowout of birthday parties to celebrate turning forty.  Best part is that you are all invited to the week long celebration.  Head over to Mekong tonight Monday March 17th at 5pm for the start of the Festival of Forty.

Here are some of the special beers to be tapped for the event:

Single Barrel Bon Chien — 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel
Single Barrel Bon Chien — 2010 Rum Barrel
Bon Chien 2010
Bon Chien 2011
Bon Chien 2012
Pedro Jimenez Bon Chien
Bourbon Bon Chien
“We’re Turning 80” Bon Chien — An Mekong and Jérôme Rebetez blended on a getaway romantic night in Swiss
Square Root 225 — saison
Square Root 225 Shiraz
Square Root 225 Cornalin
Square Root 225 Humagne Rouge
Square Root 225 with Apricot
B.A.T.S. — smoked beer
Barrel Aged B.A.T.S.
Cuvee du 7eme Zymotore
Oude Bruin — Jerome’s take on Flanders Sour Brown
La Torpille — Brown ale
La Douze
La Muele — hoppy golden ale with hint of sage
Cuvee Alex le Rouge — Jurassian Imperial Stout
La Mandragore — winter stout
Bon Bon — Bon Chien with Cacao nibs
Bon Berry — Bon Chien with Blackberry

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

Just When You Planned To Stay Far Away From Boulevard Saturday, Hardywood Says Two Words: Bourbon Barleywine

Yes, that’s right. Hardywood will release the latest addition to their Barrel Series, Bourbon Barleywine, tomorrow Saturday March 15th at 2pm:

A sipping beer to the core, Barleywine by itself is a traditional British digestif. After months of maturation in Bourbon barrels, our barleywine mellows thoroughly, with a luxuriously rich mouthfeel and a soft, rounded finish. Caramel malts shine through on this copper hued ale with hints of vanillin imparted by the toasted oak barrels, making Bourbon Barleywine a decadent accompaniment to sweets, or a dessert all by itself.

Enjoy Hardywood Bourbon Barleywine on draft with food from Boka Tako TruckGoatocadoMonique’s Crepes, and Super Fresh Carts plus gourmet coffee from Alchemy Coffee.  750mL bottles and 4 packs will be available to take home. Music will be provided by Even Better Than The Real Thing and members of Exebelle & The Rusted Cavalcade at 2 and 6pm, respectively.  

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

Beware the Ides of March, indeed!