Monthly Archives: September 2015

Know Good Beer & Music Festival On Brown’s Island Saturday

Know Good Beer & Music Festival will arrive in Richmond for the first time on Brown’s Island  tomorrow Saturday September 19th from 2 to 9pm. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door) and include unlimited 4, 8,or 12oz pours as well as a KGB mug. Check out the beer list and get your tickets here.

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Here’s the music lineup for the day. You might just find me up front for Kopecky!

Richmond Breweries To Walk Out Of The Darkness In Honor Of Hardin Brotherton Saturday

The Richmond beer community will join together to honor the memory of Hardin Brotherton (brother of Lisa Brotherton Pumphrey of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery) by participating in the Richmond chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” walk at Deep Run Park Saturday September 19th starting at 8am.

If you’d like to participate in the walk, you can join RVA Craft Beer’s team here. Please also consider helping us support AFSP’s mission by contributing here.

Lisa shared this about her brother Hardin:

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leader in the fight against suicide. They fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has 75 local chapters with programs and events nationwide.

Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined.

  • In 2013 (latest available data), there were 41,149 reported suicide deaths.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 15 and 64 years in the United States.
  • Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • A person dies by suicide about every 12.8 minutes in the United States.
  • Every day, approximately 112 Americans take their own life.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • 494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide.

25 million Americans suffer from depression each year.

  • Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.
  • Depression affects nearly 5-8 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year.
  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression has to be recognized.

The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and other mood disorders.

Reconnect With Richmond Beer This Fall At Ardent, Center of the Universe, Lickinghole Creek, Hardywood, and Strangeways Today

Hello Richmond.

Sorry for the empty pages over the last month. It has been a busy one here as we completed our second and final move of the year. Sadly, I ended up missing most of Virginia Craft Beer Month but I’m sure you had a great time. I’ve seen the pictures. Now that I am a full fledged city resident, I am excited to reconnect with our breweries to see what they will be up to these coming fall months.

Let’s see what is in store this weekend.

Ardent Craft Ales

Sweet Potato & Sage Saison is back.

Hanover Oktoberfest & Das Bier Run at Center of the Universe 

COTU makes one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. You are missing out if you haven’t tried simmering bratwurst in it before grilling.

Also, I hope there are some of these smoked beers left because I missed out.

Maiden’s Adventure Release & Pumpkin Picking Party at Lickinghole Creek

Show LCCB some love this weekend as they go from summer into fall in one weekend.

Farmhouse Pumpkin & RVA IPA Release at Hardywood

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin

Brewed in the style of the farmhouse ales of Belgium’s southern countryside, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin utilizes a blend of rye, wheat and barley in the grain bill, earthy flavoring hops and a classic saison yeast. Ripe, flame roasted Virginia sugar pumpkins and brown sugar provide a hearty backbone to this 8.5% ABV beer. Freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon, whole Grenada nutmeg, whole Madagascar clove and whole allspice harmonize with pounds of freshly sliced organic ginger root.Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale incorporates local ingredients from Grandma’s Pumpkin’s of North Chesterfield, Ellwood Thompson’s, Sauer’s Spices and Penzeys Spice Company.

Hardywood RVA IPA

Our “community hopped IPA” is brewed exclusively with freshly harvested local hops, from the first bittering hop addition to the flavoring/aroma additions to a final wet hop addition, more than 300 pounds of local Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Glacier, Magnum, Nugget and Centennial hops were used in this 60-barrel batch of beer. Brewed just once a year when hops are at their peak freshness, RVA IPA is sure to go quickly!

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin and RVA IPA will be available in 750mL bottles, 4 packs and for growler fills at 2pm. Roundabound Pretzels,BoDillaz and Slideways Mobile Bistro on site through the day!

Join us for a special performance of the seminal Paul Simon album, Graceland, presented as RVA production company Spin, Spit & Swear‘s Cover To Cover at 7pm:

Gourd of Thunder Release at Strangeways

Strangeways Gourd of Thunder

Your favorite pumpkin brew is back- with one twist- it’s now available on draft and in 750 ml bottles.

Gourd of Thunder is a dark and gnarly Imperial Pumpkin Porter brewed with freshly picked local pumpkins that were ripened on the vine while continuously listening to heavy metal. The malty pumpkin backbone fuses robustly with a milky sugar creaminess. Bourbon vanilla beans lay down a rock-steady foundation that drives the cinnamon, ginger and clove spices through your skull. This brew does not merely mimic the flavor of a mortal pumpkin pie. Gourd of Thunder will cataclysmically blow your mind with its face-melting, high-voltage attitude. Headbangers Unite!

9.2% ABV | 18 IBU

Beautiful Day For Beer At The 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

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Craft Beer in the Blue Ridge Mountains – Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2015

Saturday August 22nd was a beautiful day to celebrate the craft brewing industry in the Old Dominion as breweries poured their finest during the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. The event was once again held at the Devils Backbone Basecamp in Roseland, Virginia, and over 3,000 craft beer lovers attended the Fest.

For me, the highlight of the day was sampling the variety of Virginia beers that extended past the flagship IPAs. From smoked porters aged on Serrano peppers, to a cranberry gose, to a pilsner infused with coffee, there was something to stretch the palate of anyone open to the creativity of the local beer scene.

Blue Mountain Brewery - Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2015

Blue Mountain Brewery Hops

And when you needed a break before taking another spin around the brewery tents, there was a corral of food trucks serving tasty hand food, and an arcade to relive your misspent youth.

Arcade - Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2015


While the breweries shared their beers with spectacular mountain views surrounding them, there were eight limited edition beers being served in the air-conditioned VIP area, too. These ran the gamut from double IPAs from Champion and Triple Crossing, to a lemongrass tripel from Center of the Universe, and a wild ale from Three Notch’d Brewing named “Brettadocious.”

The exponential growth of new breweries in Virginia over the last year is mirrored in the growth of the Fest, too. In 2014, 32 breweries attended the event and this year the number of breweries almost doubled to just over 60.

Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers - Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2015

Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers

Some of this huge growth is credited to SB604, which passed into law in 2012. This allowed breweries to sell their own products to customers for on-premise consumption. These taproom sales lessen some of the start-up barriers for new breweries since they can begin with less capital and become profitable much faster than they could through standard distribution. This has led to a gold rush of new breweries in the state, and Virginia surpassed the 100 craft brewery mark in January of this year.

The Fest also serves as the awards ceremony for the Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition. That judging happened during the previous weekend at Port City Brewing in Alexandria, where over 302 entries were judged against 24 categories. The Best of Show gold medal went to The Answer Brewpub for their Larceny IPA, the silver went to O’Connor Brewing for their Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA and the bronze went to Devils Backbone Brewing for their Schwartz Bier. The full list of awards can be found at the bottom of this post.

Virginia Craft Brewers Cup Awards 2015

Virginia Craft Brewers Cup Awards 2015

The top breweries by awards were Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Licking Hole Creek Craft Brewery and O’Connor Brewing Company which each took home 4 medals. By region, Richmond breweries won a total of 18 medals, Charlottesville breweries scored 12 medals, Virginia Beach breweries won 11 medals and the Northern Virginia breweries were not far behind with 10 medals.

These are the halcyon days of craft brewing in the state of Virginia. The number of new breweries opening in the state shows no signs of slowing, and recognition of Virginia breweries continues to grow through awards at the GABF (Great American Beer Festival) and increased distribution outside of the state.

But the question of how many breweries can a state support is slowly becoming a topic of discussion on both state and national levels around the country. In the end, it all comes back to the quality of the beer. Although many associate “craft” as synonymous with “quality”, these new breweries need time and feedback to dial-in their beers and processes. Which, in the end, might be just as difficult as running a small business.

When it comes to the business of beer, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, who puts on the Fest and Cup, supports the membered Virginia breweries on economic and business development, as well as supply chain management, tourism and government affairs.

After a long day of sampling Virginia beers, I feel we are very lucky to have such a growing and blossoming beer scene. Although much more competition between breweries for tap handles and shelf space looms in the distance, it is exhilarating to know that Virginia is producing world-class beers and the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest has once again demonstrated that the skill and imagination of our local breweries is not in question.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2015

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2015

The 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup winners are as follows:

Best of Show

  • Gold – The Answer – Larceny
  • Silver – O’Connor Brewing Company – Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA
  • Bronze – Devils Backbone Brewing Company Outpost – Schwartz Bier

Light Lager

  • Gold – Seven Arrows Brewing Company – Skyline Lager
  • Silver – Bull and Bones Brewhaus – All Night Light
  • Bronze – Devils Backbone Brewing Company Outpost – Turbo Cougar


  • Gold – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Pils
  • Silver – Port City Brewing Company – Downright Pilsner
  • Bronze – Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery – ForeCzech

Amber and Dark Lager

  • Gold – Devils Backbone Brewing Company Outpost – Schwartz Bier
  • Silver – Devils Backbone Brewing Company Outpost – Vienna Lager
  • Bronze – Starr Hill Brewery – Jomo

Light American Ale

  • Gold – Beer Hound Brewery – Olde Yella
  • Silver – Sunken City Brewing Company – Crooked Road Cream
  • Bronze – Old 690 Brewing Company – Old 690 Blonde Ale

Kolsch and Altbier

  • Gold – Midnight Brewery – New Beginning
  • Silver – Wolf Hills Brewing – Altbier
  • Bronze – Blue Mountain Barrel House – Kolsch 151

British Bitter

  • Gold – Brothers Craft Brewing – Ordinary Bitter
  • Silver – Capitol City Brewing Company – English Summer Ale
  • Bronze – Triple Crossing Brewing Co. – Element 79

Scottish and Irish Amber Ale

  • Gold – Midnight Brewery – Rockville Red
  • Silver – Three Notch’d Brewing – Hydraulion Red
  • Bronze – Capitol City Brewing Company – Canny Lass

American Amber and Brown Ale

  • Gold – Rusty Beaver Brewery – Roy’s Big Bad Brown Ale
  • Silver – Wolf Hills Brewing – Creeper Trail Amber ale
  • Bronze – O’Connor Brewing Company – Red Nun Red Ale

English Mild and Brown Ale

  • Gold – Three Notch’d Brewing – No Veto Brown
  • Silver – Midnight Brewery – Not My Job
  • Bronze – Garden Grove Brewing Company – Broke Down Soldier

American Pale Ale

  • Gold – Redbeard Brewing Company – Pennyroyal Pale Ale
  • Silver – Alewerks Brewing Company – Shorty Time
  • Bronze – Three Notch’d Brewing – Ghost of the 43rd


  • Gold – The Answer – Larceny
  • Silver – Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery – Citra Ass Down
  • Bronze – Young Veterans Brewing Company – Semper Fi. PA

Imperial IPA

  • Gold – Parkway Brewing Company – 4 Damn Fights to a Pint
  • Silver – O’Connor Brewing Company – Heavy Footer DIPA
  • Bronze – The Answer – Hard In The Paint


  • Gold – Devils Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp – Danzig
  • Silver – Big Ugly Brewing – Ghost Rider Porter
  • Bronze – Parkway Brewing Company – Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter


  • Gold – Apocalypse Ale Works – 6th Seal
  • Silver – O’Connor Brewing Company – ODIS
  • Bronze – Spencer Devon Brewing – Rocko’s Milk Stout

Russian Imperial Stout

  • Gold – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Virginia Black Bear
  • Silver – Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery – Sin Bin
  • Bronze – St George Brewing Company – Imperial Stout

Strong Ale

  • Gold – Heritage Brewing Company – Kings Mountain
  • Silver – Mad Fox Brewing Company – Wee Heavy Ale
  • Bronze – Lickinghole Creek Brewery – Nuclear Nugget

German Wheat Beer

  • Gold – James River Brewery – Fluvanna Fluss
  • Silver – Sunken City Brewing Company – Nachthexen
  • Bronze – Lost Rhino Brewing – Final Glide HefeWeizen

Belgian Session Ales

  • Gold – Smartmouth Brewing Company – Alter Ego
  • Silver – Brothers Craft Brewing – Grisette
  • Bronze – Strangeways Brewing – Martian Spring

Belgian Strong Ales

  • Gold – Chaos Mountain Brewing – Agents of Chaos
  • Silver – Pleasure House Brewing – Glo
  • Bronze – James River Brewery – Green Eyed Lady

Sour Ale

  • Gold – Alewerks Brewing Company – Lover’s Greed
  • Silver – Reaver Beach Brewing – Jolie Rogue
  • Bronze – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Berliner Weisse

Smoked and Wood Aged Beer

  • Gold – O’Connor Brewing Company – Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA
  • Silver – Adroit Theory Brewing Company – Devil Made Me – Bourbon Aged
  • Bronze – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Li

Herb, Spice, and Vegetable Beer

  • Gold – St George Brewing Company – Pumpkinfest
  • Silver – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Heir Apparent
  • Bronze – Blue Mountain Barrel House – Spooky

Fruit Beer

  • Gold – River Company Brewery – Peachicot Blonde Ale
  • Silver – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Raspberry Stout
  • Bronze – Alewerks Brewing Company – Pumpkin Ale


  • Gold – Port City Brewing Company – Ways & Means IPA
  • Silver – Parkway Brewing Company – Gose Both Ways
  • Bronze – Lost Rhino Brewing – Tmavy