RVA Beer Week (November 1 – 8) is back for its sixth year. Here’s a word from Taste the Local:
It’s that time again, it’s RVA Beer Week! This is a celebration of our collective craft beer culture. Since 2010, when this week of events was first enacted, our craft scene has exploded! Back then we were on the low end of the national average at about a 5% craft beer share of our total collective beer market. Now however, we are booming! With some estimates hinting at a jump to 16% craft beer share in 2015, more than tripling where we were 5 short years ago.
Craft beer has become an integral part of our restaurants, festivals, and daily social life. Our area breweries have multiplied from 2 at the inception of RBW, to currently 14 area craft breweries pouring. The medals and awards for their amazing creations grow with each passing year. Our craft focused restaurants in town have won tons of accolades as well, and amazing growler stations and expanded bottle selections have opened at independent businesses and at local grocery stores. Even one of the most respected out-of-state craft power houses, Stone Brewing, has noticed Richmond. Choosing our fair city for their highly anticipated east coast location expansion! There is every indication that this is just the beginning of our cities craft beer renaissance, with an additional 7-9 RVA area breweries in planning that will debut to beer fans over the next year!
So help celebrate our collective passion and support our scene! Take the opportunity to introduce a friend to craft beer in Richmond. Go out and drink at your favorite brewery or restaurant. Buy something to share from a bottle shop or growler station. Join us and rally around our amazing beer town! Cheers!
Sunday November 1st
Monday November 2nd
Third Annual RVA Brewers Parade — 6PM
Last year, Richmond’s brewers split their time between between the Fan and Carytown. This year the third annual RVA Brewers Parade hits Shockoe. You can meet up with all the breweries in town starting at 6pm at Southern Railways Taphouse.
Here is the complete route for the evening:
- 6:00PM — Southern Railways-6pm
- 7:30PM — Station 2
- 8:30PM — On The Rox
Beers from all of the RVA breweries will be on tap at each location!
Tuesday November 3rd
In honor of RVA Beer Week you have the chance to play Tuesday Night Trivia with Dylan AAANNND some of special guest stars from local RVA breweries Strangeways, Ardent, Lickinghole Creek, and Hardywood. They will be playing right along side of you to help with some RVA Beer Week Trivia.
Don’t miss the chance to hang out with some awesome people, and you may just walk away with some sweet beer swag! Check out our lineup:
Hardywood: Berliner Weisse & Rum Pumpkin
Strangeways: Room 237, & HAVOC – for the first time in RVA
Ardent: Virginia Common & The One
Lickinghole Creek: Short Pump Saison & Pumpkin Ain’t Easy
See ya soon!
Wednesday November 4th
Our next regular monthly RBL happy hour at Hurley’s Tavern is Wednesday, November 4th. We’ll be celebrating RVA Beer Week with a tap invasion from Richmond’s own Isley Brewing Company.
Featured beers on tap from Isley will be:
Choosy Mother – Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter – 6.6% ABV, 19 IBU
Ruby Red Slippers – Grapefuit Session Pale Ale – 4.8% ABV, 40 IBU
Stunt Dubbel – Pumpkin Belgian Dubbel – 7% ABV, 22 IBU
Plane Jane Blueberry – Blueberry Belgian White Ale – 5.4% ABV, 16 IBU
*Hurley’s regularly features a stellar line-up of other craft beers on tap (total of 20) to choose from as well.
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Revenge of the Gingers at Sticky Rice RVA — 7PM
A night for the red heads! Featuring the first taste of Gingerbread Stout in Richmond and other Hardywood ginger beer variants on tap.
Beers on hand for the event will be:
Great Return with ginger
Berliner Weiss with ginger
Ginger/Molasses Milk Stout (cask conditioned pin)
Thursday November 5th
Make your way around the neighborhood of Scott’s Addition in support of RVA BEER WEEK on Thursday, November 5. At every stop, we’ll offer special pins and kegs of our brews. The schedule is as follows beginning at the brewery:
5:30PM — Ardent Craft Ales – IPA with Citrus
6:30PM — Lunch. Supper! – Bourbon-Aged Dark Rye
7:30PM — Sabai – Saison with Peppers & Thai Basil
8:30PM — Fat Dragon – Bourbon-Aged Honey Ginger
Admission to event is free with tasters and full pours available for purchase along the way.
Friday November 6th
Heavy Seas Tap Takeover at 821 Cafe — 5PM
Unleash your inner pirate and devour some of Kate’s plates along with some Heavy Seas beers:
Desert Island #4
Yule Tide Gingerbread
Saturday November 7th
The UVA Club of Richmond and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery bring you the first annual WAHOO CUP Craft Brewers Invitational, pitting the top breweries in Richmond versus their colleagues from Charlottesville. The winning brew will be selected by beer fans and an all-star panel of judges.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Children of Fallen Patriots, a national charity providing scholarships to the families of soldiers killed in duty.
Head out to the farm for a day in the country with bands, activities for the kids and food for all. UVA Club members will have access to transportation out to Goochland and VIP tent on grounds.
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Participating Breweries Announced So Far
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
South Street Brewery
Champion Brewing Company
The Answer Brewpub
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Strangeways Brewing Company
South Street – Hop Gothic
Three Notchd – Simcoe Tollen Rye IPA
Champion – Shower Beer
LCCB – Chocolate Decadence Imperial Stout
Strangeways – Roten Hell Pumpkin Sour
Answer – Larceny
Kelli Lemon of 92.1
Jack Lauterback of 103.7
Terry Gates from UVA Basketball
Jay Burnham – The Voice of the Flying Squirels
Lee Graves – Virginia Beer Guy
Music (Times TBA):
Red Light Rodeo
Fired Up Pizza
Jadean’s Smokin Six O
Sunday November 8th
Celebrate women in the craft beer industry during RVA Beer Week by bar crawling around The Fan in Richmond!
Female brewery reps will be out WORKIN HARD (aka pounding beers to the face and having the best time ever) while wearing crocheted beers and flannel.