Monthly Archives: July 2015

Brew Chester Celebrates Two Year Anniversary With Three Notch’d Tap Takeover Tonight

Three Notch'd logo2Brew is the midst of celebrating the two year anniversary of their Chesterfield location. Tonight Thursday July 30th they will celebrate with tap takeover featuring Three Notch’d Brewing out of Charlottesville, VA.  The tap takeover will consist of twenty four beers including Biggie S’mores and the debut of Brew’s collaboration with Three Notch’d, Game Theory, a vanilla bean Russian Imperial Stout.

Here are the beers that will be tapped starting at 6pm:

“40 Mile” IPA
“40 Mile to the Border” Agave IPA — collab with O’Connor Brewing
“Biggie S’mores” Bourbon Barrel-Aged Graham Cracker Stout
“Blackwell’s” ESB
“Brew Betties” Maibock
“Drake’s 10K” Smoked Barleywine
Dry Irish Stout
“Game Theory” Vanilla Bean Russian Imperial Stout
“Ghost of the 43rd” American Pale Ale
“Gradyator” Doppelbock
“Hallowed Be Thy Ale” English Old Ale
“Hydraulion” Irish Red
“Jack’s Java” Espresso Stout
“Jazzfest” Sugarcane and Pecan Ale
“Method to Your Madness” Dark Mild
“Notch’d Your Everyday” Hefeweizen
“No Veto” English Brown
“Oats McGoats” Oatmeal Stout
“Of, By, For” Pilsner
Passionfruit Pale Ale
“Peach 40 Mile” IPA
“Session 42” Best Bitter
“The Tart Side” Grapefruit IPA
“Tollan” Rye IPA

Brew – Chester
6525 Centralia Road
Chesterfield, VA 23835

Pale Fire Brewing Brings Champion Along For Ride To Jack Brown’s This Thursday

Pale Fire Salad Days SaisonA taste of the latest brewing sensation out of Harrisonburg, VA is coming our way Thursday July, 30th in the form of Pale Fire Brewing. Here’s their invitation to you:

Dear RVA,

We, Pale Fire Brewing Company, would like to take Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint Richmond out for a quick spin this Thursday. We’ll pick JB’s up at 5pm and drop em back off at 11.

Nothing crazy, just a little getting to know you session. We’ll most likely talk work… “Salad Days” Saison, “Deadly Rhythm” Pale Ale, “Village Green” x2 IPA & “Saving Grace” Table Beer. Maybe get into some of our side projects like “Golden Hour” Hoppy Wheat, “Red Molly” Irish Red & “Lucille” Oatmeal Stout as well. We’ll just see where the conversation takes us.

Our good friend Champion Brewing Company will be there too. We worked on a collaborative, “Sculler” Pale Ale together and it’s truly outstanding. Southern Hemisphere hops, 6% abv, and double the brewery love. Lot’s of other great Champion beers will be on as well. It’s awesome we already have a friend in common.

We’re not just talkers though, we want to hear what you like too. Music, books, movies? We want to hang out with you, RVA, for a good long while.

Looking forward to Thursday!

Here is the complete lineup of beers from Jack Brown’s Facebook event:

Pale Fire
Salad Days Saison
Golden Hour Hoppy Wheat Ale
Deadly Rhythm Pale Ale
Red Molly Irish Red
Saving Grace Table Beer

Sculler Pale Ale
Bourbon Barrel Black Me Stout

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint Richmond
5810 Grove Ave
Richmond, VA 23226

Five By Five: Berliner Weisses & Bands At Hardywood Tonight

Floret Duet tea blend (Credit: Hardywood)

Floret Duet tea blend (Credit: Hardywood)

Head over to Hardywood tonight Friday July 24th at 5pm as they pair up five bands with their Berliner Weiss and her four sisters. Tonight will also be the debut of two new Berliner variants — Cucumber Eve and Floret Duet.

Here are the descriptions of the sister Berliner Weiss on tap tonight:

  • Cucumbers Eve – Berliner loaded with 200lbs of cucumbers grown in Hanover County by our friends at Origins Farm
  • Floret Duet – Over a pound of Chamomile and Peach Blossom White Teas from CaryTown Teas lend a dynamic soft floral and tart fruit character to our Berliner
  • Blueberry Berliner Weisse – Berliner refermented on fresh blueberries from Swift Creek Berry Farm and Greenhouse
  • Passionfruit and Mosaic Berliner – In collaboration with Jay Bayer and James Kohler of Saison, inspired by the syrup designed for our 3rd anniversary, refermented with passion fruit and Mosaic hops.

Due to their limited nature, these beers will not be available for growler fills. So enjoy them while you can.

In addition, Hardywood will have five bands to provide the soundtrack to your evening:

  • Beat Awfuls (KY) — lo-fi indie punk with members of Viva Viva and Lady God (
  • Jovontaes (KY) — surf rolls + howling chorused-out guitar (
  • Bummers Eve (OH) — punk fuzz from Cincinnati to RVA (
  • Christi (RVA) — rock n roll and scruffy punk (
  • GT \\// (AL) — psychedelic anthemic thrill ride power trio (

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

UPDATE: Apparrently, there will be one more surprise Berliner variant and Pizza Tonight!

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23230

Roundout Your National Beer Expo Experience With These Events

National Beer Expo 2015The National Beer Expo returns to Richmond for the second year this week from Thursday July 16th to Saturday July 18th.  The Grand Tasting on Saturday July 18th will allow you to sample over 150 craft beers; take look at the list of breweries here.  VIP admission gets you in two hours early plus a few exclusive tastes for $54 versus $42 for general admission. Check out the main ticket page for combo options to save some money.

VIP admission tickets include the following perks:

  • Two full hours of additional time before General Admission ticket-holders may enter. (New for 2015)
  • Enjoy exclusive access to 18+ limited release, rare or vintage beers – many of them pins (cask beers) and bottled beers – tapped especially for VIP/Early Admission ticket-holders. These beers will not be available to General Admission ticket-holders. (New for 2015)
  • There will be a limited allocation of VIP/Early Admission tickets so that this two hour period will offer incredibly fast access to all exhibitors and beer at the Expo and the opportunity to taste all of the cask beers before they are gone.

All tickets include the following:

  • Unlimited beer tastings and a Capital Ale House National Beer Expo tasting glass to take home
  • Wine and cider will be available for tasting (very limited selection)
  • Food will be available to sample (limited selection / not enough for a meal / meal-size portions of food will be sold separately)
  • Complimentary water will be available throughout the convention center so you can hydrate and cleanse your palate and beer glass
  • Shop for beer- and beverage-related accessories and products, including brewery paraphernalia
  • Find high-quality exhibitors who sell products and services related to travel and culinary tourism

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

Friday July 17th

Taco Throwdown Presented By Style Weekly — 5:30PM — $48

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.

Africanne on Main – Wild Life Taco
Aramark – Chorizo, beef & black bean with tomatoes and srirachi slaw in a flour tortilla
Boka Tako – To be determined
Capital Ale HousePork belly tacos topped with roasted corn salsa, cilantro slaw, and roasted tomato aioli
Casa Del BarcoBraised Lamb Tacos with Mexican Coke BBQ sauce, apple-fennel slaw, crispy polenta and lemon-mint crema
Coco BansChicken Curry with Coconut Rice & Grilled Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Apple Slaw
Culinard – Smoked Chili Braised Octopus, Mexican Street Corn Salsa, Avocado and Cojito Taco And White chocolate Grand Marnier mousse with fresh seasonal berries in a Pecan praline crunch Taco
India K’Raja – Chickpea Taco with Pickled Carrots
MosaicThree Day Prime Short Rib: Lavash Taco, Grilled Spring Onion Salad, Coffee Stout Glace, Crème Fraiche
Strawberry Street CaféMahi Tacos with a Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
The Hungry TurtleBanh Mi Tacos – Choice of either Braised Vietnamese BBQ Pork or Lemongrass Chicken: Topped with julienned carrots and daikon radishes in a sweet & tangy brine, julienned english cucumbers, cilantro and sriracha aioli on a flour tortilla

Saturday July 18th

Flapjack Craft Beer Brunch at Julep’s — 10AM — $45

Head over to Julep’s new location for an amazing, luscious farm-to-table brunch featuring fresh, local ingredients. Served with a flight of locally-made craft beers as well as locally brewed coffee, this is an ideal way to start your day before you attend the Saturday Walk-Around Grand Tasting. You will have time to enjoy FlapJack and walk to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting afterwards at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.


First Course
Sweet Potato Flapjacks with Nutmeg Butter and Spiced Maple Syrup

Second Course
Julep’s New Southern Benedict
Lump Crab Cake, Virginia Ham, Corn Meal Grit Flapjack, and a Lemon-Lavender Hollandaise

Third Course
Biscuits and Gravy Sage Biscuits and Surry Sausage and a Dark Roast Coffee Gravy

Peaches and Cream
Rosemary-Black Pepper Roasted Local Potatoes
Fried Pineapples
Julep’s Signature Fried Green Tomatoes

420 East Grace St
Richmond, VA 23219

Stone Brewing’s New RVA Brewery & Extraordinary Beers — 11AM — $15

If you’re looking to learn the latest on Stone Brewing’s new facility coming to Richmond in 2016, this would be the place to do it. Jason Armstrong, National Sales Director, and Pat Tiernan, COO, will guide you through a tasting of Stone’s beers as they explain what is to come for the massive destination Stone is building.

The History of Craft Beer — 11AM — $15

History and craft beer go amazingly well together.

It’s been 40 years since the first post-prohibition microbrewery opened in the United States, but craft beer is only now hitting it’s stride. There are now more than 3,500 small breweries opening in the country, and they are producing some of the most flavorful and innovative brews that have ever been created. Join All About Beer Magazine editor John Holl for a guided tasting through the world of craft beer, with interesting facts, colorful stories, and a look at why beer matters.

The Rise of Sour Beer — 1PM — $15

Are you a sour head or just getting into sour beers? Then this seminar is especially for you.

What’s with all the recent hype around sour beers? Join Michael Tonsmeire (author of American Sour Beers) for a tasting and discussion about tart and funky beers. This is what all beers were before Pasteur, stainless steel, hops, and refrigeration. They are the heirloom, foraged, farm-to-table, artisan beverage of the first 8,800 years of beer’s 9,000 year existence. Come learn about their extraordinary flavors and production.

Brewers of Virginia — 1PM — $15

Learn about the growth of Virginia craft beer from the people making it.

Go behind the scenes of Virginia beer on this lively panel discussion lead by All About Beer Magazine editor John Holl. The panel will be comprised of a variety of head brewers and owners from very diverse backgrounds. Lean about brewpubs, production breweries and trailblazers and how they have build their companies to put beer in your glass.

The Esteemed Panel:
Lisa Pumphrey, Co-Founder of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Brian Knight, Brewer at Strangeways Brewing
Jeremy Kirby, Brewmaster at Sunken City Brewing Company

Celebrate Strangeways’ Second Anniversary With Two Gose Variants And Barbecue Today

Strangeways 2nd Anniv Gose variants2Don’t let the rain keep you from heading over to Strangeways to celebrate their second anniversary today Saturday July 11th starting at noon.

Wake Me Up Before You Gose returns along with two new variants: Hibiscus Red Wine Barrel Aged and Ghost Pepper Rum Barrel Aged. All three variants will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft.

Get there early to get your hands on some delicious barbecue and sides from ZZQ from noon-5:30pm. Their brisket has been a sell out hit at their popups over at Ardent Craft Ales.

More food will be on hand from Campus CookiesKing Of Pops – Richmond, and The Hot Dog Man RVA through different parts of the day and night.

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

Strangeways Brewing
2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Triple Crossing Debuts Gluten-Reduced Element 79 Today

Triple Crossing GR Element 79

UPDATE: Triple Crossing has given more details on this change to Element 79 over on their blog:

Element 79 – Leaner, meaner.. well maybe just gluten leaner

Our incredibly sessionable amalgamation of an American Blonde/British Golden Ale has undergone a significant change for those that have a gluten intolerance – and basically zero change for those that don’t.  We decided to try a relatively new product to reduce gluten levels in our  summer ale after an integral member of our team found that his gluten intolerance reached a level that forced him to stop drinking beer altogether – unacceptable in our eyes.

So, after hearing some positive reports about White Labs Clarity Ferm, we decided to give it a try.  The short of it is that Clarity Ferm is an enzyme that, while added prior to fermentation, significantly reduces the gluten content in beers made with barley and wheat.  The majority of beers tested fall below the current international standard of 20ppm gluten. For more information check out the White Labs spec sheet here.

Given that Element 79 is nothing more (or less) than 100% Pale Ale malted barley, we’d hoped this stuff would work its magic.  Sure enough, after a completely normal fermentation and normal everything else for that matter, we were left wondering what if anything actually happened.  The beer seemed like its old self, no changes… until we had our aforementioned guinea pig give it a shot – via two 16 oz pints.  Zero.  Issues.  But please be aware of the following: 1) the beer was made from a grain that contains gluten; 2) there is currently no valid test to verify the gluten content of fermented products; and 3) the finished product may contain gluten.  Needless to say, we’re thrilled he can enjoy his favorite beer again, and we couldn’t be happier to offer this beer to those with any sort of gluten intolerance, in the hope that they can once again enjoy barley based beer.

Team TCB

Head over to Triple Crossing today Friday July 10th at 4pm as they debut their reworked Element 79 as gluten reduced:

Times they are a’changing and we’ve decided to make Element 79 a ‘gluten-removed’ beer going forward!

That’s right, one of our flagship brands has been crafted to remove gluten. But please be aware of the following: 1) the beer was made from a grain that contains gluten; 2) there is currently no valid test to verify the gluten content of fermented products; and 3) the finished product may contain gluten.

This batch of Element 79 was treated with Clarity Ferm, a White Labs product designed to remove gluten from the beer.

To celebrate, we’ll have Relay Foods on site with gluten free products available to hand out to visitors. We’ve also got VCU jazz musician Willie D playing some jams throughout the evening.

Whether people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease will be able to enjoy this beer is a complicated question. For one while crafted to greatly reduce the gluten content of the beer, it is still brewed in an environment with barley, wheat, and rye grains. Secondly, the range of sensitivities for people suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac disease are different from person to person.

With those warnings out of the way, this beer should hopefully provide a new option for people who would not have been able to enjoy it all in the past.

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Triple Crossing Brewing Company
113 S Foushee St
Richmond, VA 23220

Independence Day 2015, Richmond Beer Style

Independence Day is on a Saturday this year so most likely many of you have today Friday July 3rd off. What ever your situation, Richmond breweries have you covered. Take a look at a few things going on this weekend.

Friday July 3rd

July 4th on July 3rd at Triple Crossing — Noon

Triple Crossing July 3rdJoin us a day early as we celebrate July 4th on July 3rd! We’ll be opening at noon on Friday and have events throughout the day, including Southern Charm BBQ Company and The Go Nowheres RVA playing tunes from 8-11p.

ZZQ Barbecue at Ardent Craft Ales — 5PM

First Friday of the month means ZZQ will be back slinging their Texas ‘cue at Ardent. If you’re in the mood for brisket, get there early because when it’s gone it’s gone for the night.

Saturday July 4th

Bay Day Blonde Release & BBQ Dinner  at The Answer Brewpub — Noon

Belle & James Pig Roast at Lickinghole Creek — Noon – 6PM

LCCB July 4th pig roastThere will be no shortage of barbecue this weekend. Head over to Goochland for a pig roast featuring some of the best heritage pigs around, Berkshire pigs.

Join LCCB and Belle and James for our FIRST ANNUAL PIG ROAST. Belle & James is bringing all their gear to roast two Mojo spiced whole Virginia hogs braised in Three Chopt Tripel on site! We are also tapping a keg of Enlightened Despot for this glorious event!

Tickets are only $15 plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite. Entry to the brewery is free, but you’ll need a ticket if you want to eat this unbelievable meal. Check it out:

Ticket covers food, all beverages are sold separately.

Main Course:

Mojo spiced whole Virginia hogs braised in Three Chopt Tripel on site

Fantastic Side Dishes:

Jalapeño Smoked Gouda mac n cheese

Bacon and Purple Corn Cornbread
Kale and Brussels Leaf Salad with Maple-Tahini Dressing
Braised Collard Greens
Apple-Fennel Slaw
Sweet Corn and Black Bean Relish
Ticket covers admission and food, all beverages are sold separately.

Fireworks Minutes From LCCB!

Goochland County will be hosting their annual Fireworks Display at the Goochland Sports Complex, which is less than 10 minutes from the brewery, and on your way home from LCCB if you’re traveling back to Richmond. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.


We’ve got 8 of the nicest Cornhole Boards around. Lots of opportunity for good old fashioned fun.


Velvet Devils (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Special Pin:

Rosemary & Cedar Saison (Tapping it at 1:00 p.m.)

Independence Day Celebration at Hardrywood — 3PM

Join us in celebrating our nation’s birthday, beginning at 3pm! Soul-rock and psych-pop all day from 5 RVA bands, great eats from a dozen of your favorite gourmet mobile food vendors, culminating in 4th of July fireworks over the Diamond.

Hardywood’s Independence Day Celebration will be open to the public, all ages with no entry fee. Bracelets will be available for people 21-years of age and over to purchase draft and cans.

**** **** **** ALL BEER TICKETS ARE $6 **** **** ****

Cash is encouraged at the event as we would love to serve everyone as quickly as possible! Tickets will be on sale during tasting room hours beginning Friday, June 26th. Get yours in advance!

Hardywood July42015


The Weekend Brewer To Close For Last Time This Saturday

Weekend Brewer store frontSad news coming out of Chester as The Weekend Brewer announced their last day of operation July 4th. I know I wouldn’t be doing this today if not for Bob and Jeanne. It was one day back in the summer of 2009 when I first purchased my homebrewing starter kit and the ingredients to make a mango hefeweizen. At the time, I was living close to my day job so I could just email Bob my recipe, pick everything up at lunch and be ready to brew when I got home.

Cheers Bob and Jeanne and enjoy the retirement you have earned after years of service!

Read their closing notice here:


Notice of Closing

The WeekEnd Brewer Home Brew Supply was founded in 1988. Born from the knowledge of both the ‘Beverage Equipment Company’, that started business in Richmond, Virginia 1972. And ‘Eitzen Enterprises’, Brewery Equipment Installation, that started in the late 1980s. The combined knowledge from Jeanne, Bob & Wayne helped create ‘The WeekEnd Brewer’ into one of the most successful Home Brew supply stores on the East Coast.

Now after 27 years as the ‘WeekEnd Brewer’ and 43 years also as the ‘Beverage Equipment Company’, it has been decide by the Henderson’s to retire.

The business has grown through the years and has been sustained by increased growth in both the Home Beer and Home Wine industry.

The WeekEnd Brewer is grateful for the notoriety, of being one of the largest Suppliers on the East Coast.

Maintaining a large variety of Brewing Supplies has promoted our name as a premium supplier and with our customers help we have maintained a plus rating on all of the Customers Service forums.

We would like to thank not only all our great customers for their support through the years, but also all the Beer and Wine clubs we have had the privilege to start and be a part of.

We have been lucky to pair with some wonderful manufactures and suppliers that have through the years given us great support.

Please continue to teach and share and enjoy this wonderful craft.

At 5:00 pm. July 4th 2015 we will close our doors for the last time.

Thank you All

Bob & Jeanne Henderson

The WeekEnd Brewer
4205 West Hundred Road
Chester, VA
804 796 9760