Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bucket Trade Hosts Mini Three Brothers Tap Takeover For Fans Of Virginia Craft Breweries Meet & Greet

Members of the Facebook group, Fans of VA Craft Breweries will be heading down to Chester this afternoon Wednesday September 10th for a “Meet & Greet” at The Bucket Trade. For their part, Bucket Trade will tap four beers from Harrisonburg, VA’s Three Brothers Brewing including their latest rum barrel aged beer, Fierce Blonde.

Here is the complete list to be tapped at 5:30pm:

Admiral IPA
Fierce Blonde

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

The Bucket Trade
13131 Rivers Bend Blvd
Chester, VA 23836

Stepping Outside Richmond Dining For Fire, Flour, & Fork Culinary Tracks: Friday

Fire Flour Fork 2014

Ever since Fire, Flour, & Fork was announced, I have been struggling to choose a schedule from the culinary and cultural tracks.  With so many great choices, the task of narrowing down each time slot to a single talk became very overwhelming.  If you look at my printout of the schedule, there are several check marks all over the place.  Finally, I came up with a selection method that I thought would work that would satisfy my desire to learn new stuff and be in line with the goals of the event.

First I needed some rules:

  1. As much as I love our local dining talent, I will look for speakers coming from out of town.
  2. The topic needs to be of personal interest to me, in that maybe I could learn techniques to put into practice in my own kitchen.
  3. No beer. Yep, I said it. Yes, I could listen to our local breweries talk about beer all day long and sometimes I do.

Today, we will look to navigate a schedule for Friday October 31st.


My Pick
Relish Fork — I’ve always wanted to learn more about pickling and possibly get into canning so I thought this demo from Paul Virant of Vie would be a great choice.

Budino with Bereika — Do you have any idea how much I hate choosing against learning from Tim Bereika?!


My Pick
Pie for Breakfast — Um…I like pie! I like making them and eating them.  Maybe Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar will share her secrets for making Crack Pie. I hear it’s addictive.


  • Chocolate Packing Heat — Yes, I could eat chocolate all day but somehow pies won out.  Maybe because my favorite pie is a Kentucky Pecan Pie with chocolate and bourbon.
  • Meat Fork — Jason Alley will teach you how ham is made. Have you had the ham cured ribs at Pasture? Delicious!


My Pick
Professor Pitmaster — I have been working on my barbecue skills but still have a long way to go before I’m ready for competition.  Help me Tuffy Stone, you’re my only hope.


  • Rise of Richmond Brewing — Did you really think beer wouldn’t be mentioned here? Mike Gorman will make you love the history behind our growing beer town.
  • Oyster Fork —  Did you hear about the Virginia Oyster Trail? Now is the time to fall in love with them.
  • Pickle Fork — Who knew you could pickle things other than cucumbers?  David Schulz of Pickled Silly, that’s who.


My Pick
From Farm to Fork — Ok, I might be breaking rule #1 with this one. Nicole Lang is local but Craig Rogers of Border Springs Farm is not. Lamb is also one of my favorite things to cook.


  • Charred Ordinary — Yes, Richmond has a local cidery!
  • Fork TenderKendra Bailey Morris will change your perception of the slow cooker.  I have used my slow cooker a lot more since buying her book.

That’s one possible plan for get through Friday’s culinary tracks for Fire, Flour & Fork. Use my plan or make your own rules then pick out a schedule.  Tickets are $70 for one-day Friday or Saturday tracks or $130 for both Friday and Saturday tracks. Get your tickets here.

Come back later this week to see what I pick for Saturday.

Hardywood & Starr Hill Collaboration Amped Up Ale Only At Fall Line Fest This Weekend

Fall Line Fest Amped Up AleFall Line Fest rolls back into town Friday and Saturday nights with 50+ bands at six local venues turning the weekend into musical insanity.  You’re going, right? I had a blast last year.  Head over to RVA Playlist’s Fall Line Fest Beginners Guide to get started.  I’m working on my schedule as I type this — so many choices!

Building on the success of last year’s exclusive Fall Line Fest ale from Hardywood, organizers have raised the bar by teaming with Hardywood and Starr Hill breweries to collaborate on this year’s beer.  Aptly named by RVA’s own Page Hayes, “Fall Line Fest Amped Up Ale” is a Farmhouse ale, dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace and Mandarina Bavaria hops and spiced with fresh local ginger. I’m hearing from multiple sources that it is quite delicious. The beer debuted for a short time in Starr Hill’s taproom but will be served exclusively at Fall Line Fest venues as well as key accounts involved with the festival.

Hardywood’s head brewer, Brian Nelson, had this to say about the beer:

I think for us, collaborating with Starr Hill was probably long overdue. When the idea was proposed to create a beer together for Fall Line Fest, you could see and hear the excitement building as we all discussed what was possible…In the end, I think we captured the brewing styles and concepts of both breweries in the Fall Line Fest Amped Up Ale. Cheers to Robbie O’Cain and the Starr Hill crew for helping to make this beer excellent—the only thing left to do now is bring on the music!

Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations, relayed:

It is always great to work with Virginia brewers, especially when it involves new ingredients and new processes. One of the great things about the industry, especially in Virginia, is that we share ideas and process knowledge while maintaining our own unique way of doing things…Brian Nelson and the brewing team at Hardywood did a great job with the pilot batch, which allowed us to hone in on the final recipe. We are excited to present this beer in collaboration with our good friends at Hardywood, and we hope Fall Line Fest patrons will enjoy this brew while listening to some awesome music.

Get you tickets here, drink the beer, and have an awesome time!

At Long Last, The Answer Brewpub Grand Opening Is Tonight

It mAnswer Brewpub2ay have felt like forever but you can finally get a look inside The Answer Brewpub at their grand opening tonight Tuesday September 2nd starting at 4pm. They will be serving up street food like a Vietnamese tamale and banh mi sandwiches.  They are still working on the brewing space so for now you will have to choose from 36 guest beers.

Here is the tap list for tonight:

On The Wings of Armagedon – DC Brau
Corruption – DC Brau
Public Pale – DC Brau
Citizen – DC Brau
The Tradition – DC Brau
Straffe Hendrick Quad – De Halve Maan
Pacific Pear – Crispin
Double Trouble – Founders
Rubaeus – Founders
All Day IPA – Founders
Brainless Raspberries – Epic
Brainless Peaches – Epic
Admiral – Three Brothers
Gingerbread Stout – Hardywood
Great Return – Hardywood
Great Return firkin – Hardywood
Belgian Dubbel Pilot – Hardywood / The Answer collab
Goudenband – Liefmans
Curieux – Allagash
Hop Nosh – Uinta
Go To IPA – Stone
Street Cred – Triple Crossing / The Answer collab
Witte – Ommegang
Sweet Baby Jesus! – DuClaw
Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas
Night Time – Lagunitas
Oarsman Ale – Bell’s
Earth – Blue Mountain
Enlightened Despot – Lickinghole Creek
To Peach His An – Strangeways / The Answer collab
Heiss Señorita – Strangeways / The Answer collab
Wampus Cat – Strangeways
Uberlin – Strangeways
IPA – Ardent
Racer 5 – Bear Republic
Dragon’s Milk – New Holland
Killer Kolsch – Champion

FYI…the entrance to The Answer is from the parking lot behind the building.  Enjoy!

The Answer Brewpub
6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230