Monthly Archives: July 2014

Special Richmond Brewery Tappings For National Beer Expo Tonight

National Beer ExpoRichmond area breweries are tapping some special beers in honor of the National Beer Expo today Wednesday July 16th. Most beers will be tapped at 5pm though in some cases when the breweries open.

Hardywood Centennial Wheat

Hardywood is tapping the latest beer in their Pilot Series.

American pale ale meets wheat beer in this hoppy sessionable wheat pale ale. Brewed with a 40/60 split of pale and wheat malts, hopped very generously with both Centennial and Citra hops. Lots of late kettle hop additions plus dry hopping result in a very aromatic beer. Slightly tart with lots of citrus and dank jam fruitiness. 4.8%ABV

Come in to try it on draft and take home a growler – drink specials on Wednesdays! Cielito Lindo on site through the evening.

Isley Brewing Hoptical Illusion

Isley will tap a dry hopped version of their latest beer, a Farmhouse Ale.

Legend Bourbon Barrel Release Party

Legend will tap two bourbon barrel aged beers along with two new cask beers.

Legend NBE Bourbon barrel tappings

Lickinghole Creek Spiced Batchelor’s Delight 

LCCB is tapping a cask condition pin of their rum barrel quad, Batchelor’s Delight, spiced with orange peel, vanilla beans, nutmeg, allspice, and black peppercorns. Somebody please bring me some of this beer to The Jefferson tonight. It sounds amazing!

Midnight Christmas in July

Christmas at Midnight, one of my favorite beers out of this Goochland brewery returns for one night only. It’s also their “Flat 4” night so beers are $4 each. While you’re there, try the official Virginia State Fair beer, Virginia Midway.

Rusty Beaver Country Road Wet Hopped Harvest Ale

Rusty Beaver in Ruther Glen will tap a wet hopped beer that was brewed using an early harvest of hops from their Country Road Hop Farm just 6 miles from the brewery. The hop farm will be the site of RB’s future larger production facility.

Strangeways Wake Me Up Before You Gose with Hibiscus 

Number 3 of Strangeways’ first anniversary beers gets a dose of flower power. Try it out along with their other anniversary beers and curiosities.

Mid July Heat Buster!. It’s hot as blazes so we have some cool curiosities for ya. If you did not get a chance to taste our 3 anniversary beers (and the curiosity versions), this would be a great time to do so as all tasting goblets are one low price.

Triple Crossing Kill The Lights Black IPA & Trivia

Triple Crossing will host Trivia Night RVA and release their latest beer, Kill the Lights Black IPA. 


Get More In Depth With These National Beer Expo Events

National Beer ExpoThe inaugural National Beer Expo will takeover Richmond next week from Tuesday July 15th to Sunday July 20th.  There are so many great events to choose from I had trouble even picking for myself which events to attend.  If you go to only one event, it has to be the Grand Tasting on Saturday July 19th with over 150 craft beers to sample; take look at the full list here.  VIP admission gets you in an hour earlier plus a few exclusive tastes for $50 versus $39.50 for general admission. Check out the main ticket page for combo options to save some money.

You can use the Pombe app to plan out your tasting.

If you want to go a bit more in depth, try on these events for size:

Tuesday July 15th

Ultimate Kickoff Party at Mekong — 5PM — $39

It’s the food you’ve come to love at Mekong with beers selected by An Bui. This is a no-brainer and a great deal at $39/person.  Here’s just a sampling of beers and appetizers to enjoy:

Triple Crossing/The Answer Brewpub Street Creds Double Session IPA (Mekong exclusive!)
Blue Mountain Hopwork Orange IPA
Boulevard Saison Brett
Three Brothers VA Wild Blend
Stillwater Gose Gone Wild
St Bernadus Extra 4
Strangeways Uberlin Berliner Weiss
Victory White Monkey

Heavy Appetizers
Crispy Spring Rolls
Soft Spring Rolls
Rocket Shrimps
Toasted Shrimps
Banh Xep
Goi Ga
Mekong Famous Wings

Wednesday July 16th

Collabeerate at the Jefferson Hotel — 6PM — $66

There is no menu just yet for this dinner at the Jefferson but I have never been disappointed by the dinners at TJ’s with Patrick Ehemann.  Diners will be in for a treat when Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory join him in the kitchen.

UPDATE: The menu is in and looks delicious.  Take a look.


Collaborative Pin of Hardywood Asian Cream Ale Shandy
Passed Hors (chefs choice)

1st course
Hardywood Hoppy American Summer Wheat
Local Fluke Sashimi with Lychee-Jalapeno Granita, Ginger and Basil

2nd Course
Legend Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
Crispy Pastrami Pork Belly with Compressed Cantaloupe and Twice Cooked VA Peanuts, Arugula and Charred Shishito Vinaigrette

3rd Course
Ardent Craft Ales Honey Ginger Ale
Rice Crusted Mahi, with Charred Turnips, Radish, Bean Sprouts, and Basil in a Chili Pho Broth

4th Course
Isley Brewing Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter
Golden Angels Apiary Honey and Roasted Banana Gateaux

Craft “The Movie” at Capital Ale House Downtown — 8PM — $10

If I were not already attending dinner at the Jefferson, this movie would be my next pick for the night.  Yes, there is no beer included in the $10 ticket but at that price you can choose from any of Capital Ale House’s beer and learn about the people making the industry.

Take a look at the trailer.

Thursday July 17th

CRAFT at Virginia War Memorial — 5:30PM — $60

Enjoy the back drop of the Virginia War Memorial as you take part in this beer and food pairing event.  There will be 20+ small plate items, each paired with at least two delicious craft beers (25+ craft beers for your enjoyment). Your ticket purchase includes unlimited beer tastings and food.

Here are some of the more interesting beer from the list:

Allagash Golden Brett
Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine
Evil Twin Nomander Weisse
New Belgium Gruit
Lonerider Addies Revenge
Lost Rhino Genus Loci Brew
Strangeways Placebo Pils
Three Brothers Wild Virginia Blend
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash IPA

UPDATE: Here is the full menu with the chefs and their beer pairings.


Brookville Restaurant (Chef Harrison Keevil)
Chilled Gazpacho Shot
New Belgium Gruit

Mini Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Parkway Factory Girl IPA

Melon Salad
Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street Pale

Tomato & Duke’s Mayo Sammy
Sam Adams Tetravis

DeFazio’s Catering (Chef Joe DeFazio)
Arizona Rattle Snake Eggs: Jalapeño peppers stuffed with roasted garlic, cream cheese, and crispy pancetta and broiled
Smartmouth Rule G IPA & Lonerider Cowboy in Black IPA

Mini Rueben: Lean corned beef, layered with Russian dressing, sauerkraut, on rye bread.
Victory Wild Devil IPA

Pepperoni Rolls: Peasant style sweet dough stuffed with imported pepperonis and banana peppers sprinkled with sea salt and Romano cheese.
Evil Twin Nomader Weisse & Blue Mountain Local Species

Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad: Rigatoni pasta, tossed with roasted red and yellow peppers, bocconcini (small mozzarella bites) and toasted almonds, basil, flat leaf parsley, and Extra virgin olive oil.
Strangeways Placebo Pils & Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine

Scotch Egg: Hard-boiled egg wrapped in seasoned sausage, rolled in panko bread crumbs oven roasted. Served with basil aioli or hot sauce
Blue Mountain Sour Banshee & Terrapin Hi-5 IPA

Patina ( Chef Mike Ladesma)
Beer braised kalbi short ribs
Three Brothers Wild Virginia Blend & Legend Crim Dubbel

Local Berry Trifle
Sierra Nevada Single Hop Harvest

Smoked tomato crab compote crostini
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Watermelon salad with cured salami and feta
Boulevard Saison Brett & Lost Rhino Wandering Belgian

Savory Grain (Chef Sean Murphy)
Dry Rubbed & Grilled Chicken Wings, finished with Savory Grain’s signature house BBQ glaze
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash IPA & Hardywood Bohemian Pils

Marinated Kale Salad, marinated in a white balsamic berry vinaigrette, infused with Hardywood Virginia Blackberry; with pickled carrots, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese & toasted almonds
Hardywood Virginia Blackberry

Salted Caramel Popcorn & Peanut Clusters
Allagash Golden Brett & Maine Mean Old Tom

Shaved Beef Skewer, medium rare, with globe grape and bleu cheese crumbles
Wild Wolf Area 151 & Highland Razor Wit

Zucchini Beer Bread with honey butter
Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Tripel

Friday July 18th

Taco Throwdown — 5:30PM — $39.50

Love tacos? Love beer? Well, I guess you could say they go hand in hand.  Try these tacos on for size and wash them down with over 30 craft beers to sample.

Boka Tako Chorizo and onion on a toasted tortilla. topped with napa cabbage, farm cheese, fig ginger compote, chipotle vinaigrette , sage-goat crema, and a sweet soy drizzle.
Aramark  Fresh smoked bbq pork with a cilantro pesto flour tortilla and black beans, blue cheese and blackened slaw
Estilo Veggie Taco: roasted vegetables, fire roasted poblano, pepitas, pickled onion, cancha & crema
Mezzanine Tempura avocado taco with sweet chili and a braised short rib taco. Cabbage, salsa fresca and white sauce for both.
India K’Raja  Indian Veggie Taco: Fresh yellow corn tortillas stuffed with chickpeas & spinach filling topped onions, tomatoes and special India K’ Raja’s salsa.
Capital Ale House Fresh Rockfish grilled and topped with cilantro-lime slaw, pineapple salsa and Ancho chipotle sauce in a freshly fried tortilla
Culinard Saison Braised Pork Carnitas on Blue Corn Tortilla with Mango-Jicama Slaw and Queso Fresco
Casa Del Barco Pork Chili Verde Tacos, with Cotija Cheese, Grilled Cactus & Corn Salsa, Pickled Radish Salad
Savory Grain Crispy Pork Taco, Tossed in a Hoisin BBQ sauce and topped with an Asian Slaw
Cha Cha’s Cantina Chicken tacos with delicious chorizo & portabella, topped with sprinkled goat cheese. And of course lettuce & fresh pico!

Allagash James Bean
Dogfish Head Kvasir
Green Flash Road Warrior
Highland Little Hump
Starr Hill Soul Shine Belgian Pale
Strangeways Wake Up Before You Gose
Sweetwater Waterkeeper
Terrapin Rye Cubed
Wild Wolf Kick It Hunny

Saturday July 19th

Summer Harvest Lunch at Saison — 11AM — $45

Join Chef Adam Hall and Jay Bayer for an extraordinary local food and craft beer lunch as you prepare for the upcoming Walk-Around Grand Tasting just blocks away at the convention center.

Enjoy Saison’s own interpretation of New Southern Food, which arose from Adam and Jay’s travels through Central America and the Southern U.S. Saison has been garnering awesome reviews for the classic techniques they have applied to the creative dishes they turn out featuring seasonal flavors and cuisine that reflect both a traditional and modern culinary sensibility.

You will be able to enjoy this lunch and take a leisurely walk to the convention center for the Walk-Around Grand Tasting (ticket sold separately).


1st Course
Melon Gazpacho, Fried Okra, Squash Blossom, Chili Oil
Hitachino Nest Anbai Plum Weizen

2nd Course
House Tasso, Fried Shrimp, Grits, Tomato Gravy
Port City Derecho Common Ale

3rd Course
Habanero Fried Cornish Game Hen, Pickled Watermelon, Blue Basil
Off Color Apex Predator

4th Course
Honey Roasted Peaches, Graham Sable, Vanilla-Hefeweizen Sabayon
Epic Brainless on Raspberries 

Sunday July 20th

Virginia Brewers’ Brunch at Estilo — 10AM — $40

Join us at Estilo for a creative, multi-course brunch made from locally sourced ingredients and paired perfectly with a delicious flight of craft beers. You don’t have to be a champion to enjoy the adventurous comfort food and delicious libations you’ll gobble down in this sleek, indie-inspired establishment.

The “Brewer’s Brunch” will be a private event held at Estilo (7021 Three Chopt Rd. in the Village Shopping Center). The brunch will put two of Richmond’s favorite things together – BEER & BRUNCH! It will highlight the sweet & the savory side of Richmond’s favorite hungover breakfast treats while pairing all Virginia beers. A representative from each brewery will be present. 4oz. tastings of each brew are included in the brunch, and full size beers will be available for purchase.


Mocha Scone
Starr Hill Brewery – GAVA Joe, Belgian-style Espresso Stout

Omelet of cured chorizo, cilantro, goat cheese with a ginger hollandaise and potato latke
Strangeways Brewing  – Wake Me Up Before You Gose

Jalapeno breakfast sausage hushpuppy
O’Connor Brewing Co. – Spyhop Infused White India Pale Ale

Pecan bacon pancakes with blueberry butter
Three Brothers Brewing – Vicious Appetite Series Vol. 1, Eight Bells

Three Weekend Events To Get You Ready For The National Beer Expo

There will be a variety of events centered around the National Beer Expo next week July 15th to 20th.  Sorry, a break is just not in the cards if you were expecting to take things easy this weekend.  You get delicious Virginia beer in return so you come out on top in the end.

Here are a few things to look forward to this weekend.

Strangeways Three Day Anniversary Celebration — July 11th – 13th

Strangeways will celebrate their one year anniversary with three brand new beers plus eighteen new curiosities all in three days starting Friday July 11th.  There will be special bottle and draft releases for each day.

Learn more at the Facebook event.

Lickinghole Creek Batchelor’s Delight Release — Saturday July 12th 1PM

I really don’t think I need to say much more about this but Lickinghole Creek is releasing their rum barrel quad, Batchelor’s Delight, Saturday July 12th starting at 1pm.  If you loved their Goochland Quad, then you will really want to get your hands on it after aging three months in Flora De Cana rum barrels Oh and there will be pirates.


Learn more at the Facebook event.

Hardywood Virginia Blackberry Release — Saturday July 12th 2PM

Summer must be here because Hardywood Virginia Blackberry is back Saturday July 12th starting at 2pm.

Learn more at the Facebook event.

Richmond Breweries Open For Independence Day

Looks like last nights impending storm gave way to a beautiful Independence Day.  Here is a quick rundown of Richmond breweries open today Friday July 4th.

Ardent Craft Ales — Noon

Ardent has pre-filled growlers ready for you to pick up and take to that cook out or party you forgot to grab something for.  They will be tapping a special pin today as well.

UPDATE: Ardent will tap a pin of IPA dry hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy hops at 5pm.

Center of the Universe — Noon

COTU has cans and growlers waiting for you to fill them.

Lickinghole Creek — Noon

They are only open until sunset but it should be a beautiful day to head out on the farm.

Midnight — Noon

Midnight will be open until 9pm for pints and growler fills. See what they have on tap here.

Strangeways — Noon

Try their new counter pressure filler and steal a vessel or grunt today. They have refill specials as well.

Isley Brewing — 2PM

It’s the Fourth of July already! Our full lineup includes all American favorite foods with Carytown Burgers & Fries and River City Wood Fire Pizza
We will also have a dessert truck thanks to de Rochonnet Delights Chocolatier. Our music will be provided by Rick Hollowell.
We’ve got three very special beer guests for you guys, including ‘Mimomo Milk Stout’, ‘Choosy Mother’, and ‘Tout le Reste Farmhouse Ale’!
AND the best patriotic outfit will win and Isley Brewing tshirt!

We open at 2pm!

Hardywood — 3PM

Hardywood has their yearly Brewdependence Day celebration with a good view to see fireworks after the Squirrels game at The Diamond. Look out for these treats:

  • “Float Beer” — retooled version of SB 604 session ale
  • Brian’s Barrel Blend #5 — Bourbon DIPA + barrel aged Sidekick porter
  • Potter’s Citra & Amarillo hopped cider
  • Bold Rock Virginia Draft cider


Triple Crossing — 3PM

Triple Crossing brings back their Falcon Smash IPA just in time for the holiday.


Join The Richmond Beer Lovers As Three Brothers Takeover Hurley’s Tavern Tonight

Richmond Beer Lovers are hosting their monthly happy hour at Hurley’s Tavern tonight Wednesday July 2nd starting at 5pm.  This month’s featured brewery is Three Brothers Brewing out of Harrisonburg, VA.

Adam Shifflett, brother number one,  will be joining the beer lovers for the night so make sure to chat him up too learn more about the brewery.

Here are the beers being tapped for the night:

Hoptimization IPA — big American IPA with citrusy aroma and serious bite.
Senantoa Brown — Chocolate, floral notes and spicy bitter bite.
Virginia Dark Ale — smooth black IPA
Wild Virginia Blend — Wild Barrel Aged Blend

There will also be glassware to steal to add to your collection.  Learn more about Richmond Beer Lovers meetup group and their upcoming events here.