Monthly Archives: October 2015

RVA Beer Week 2015: Tap Takeovers, Pub Crawls, & Special Events

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

Dark Side of Oz Vinyl Flight Night at Triple Crossing — 6PM

Dark Side of Oz at Triple Crossing 110115

Monday November 2nd

Third Annual RVA Brewers Parade — 6PM

RVA Brewers Parade 110215Last 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

RVA Beer Week Trivia at Jack Brown’s — 9PM

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

Richmond Beer Lovers Happy Hour featuring Isley Brewing at Hurley’s Tavern — 5PM

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. 

Cheers!

Hurley’s Tavern
4028-J Cox Rd
Glen Allen, VA

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.

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Beers on hand for the event will be:

Great Return with ginger
Berliner Weiss with ginger
Farmhouse Pumpkin
Ginger/Molasses Milk Stout (cask conditioned pin)

Thursday November 5th

Ardent Craft Ales Scott’s Addition Crawl — 5:30PM

Scotts Addition Crawl 110515Make 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:

Stoop Sitter
Desert Island #4
Winter Storm
Greater Pumpkin
Cutlass
Cross Bones
Loose Cannon
Yule Tide Gingerbread
Weizen Doppelbock

Saturday November 7th

Wahoo Cup at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Noon

Wahoo Cup at LCCB 110715-cropThe 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.

Ticket Information for UVA Alumni

Join the Club for exclusive event discounts. Click Here

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

Beer List

Charlottesville
South Street – Hop Gothic
Three Notchd – Simcoe Tollen Rye IPA
Champion – Shower Beer

RVA
LCCB – Chocolate Decadence Imperial Stout
Strangeways – Roten Hell Pumpkin Sour
Answer – Larceny

Celebrity Judges
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):
Karamazov
Sturgeon City
Red Light Rodeo

Food Trucks
Fired Up Pizza
Jadean’s Smokin Six O

Two Year Birthday Party For The Cask Cafe

The Cask Cafe 2yr BdayThat’s right, the Cask Cafe is turning 2 years old and we’re celebrating by having a big ‘ole party in our parking lot. We’ve got a bunch of crazy kegs we’ll be tapping, a DJ and lot’s of hotdogs!

Sunday November 8th

Lumber Ladies Bar Crawl — 2PM

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.

Lumber Ladies Bar Crawl 110815
Proceeds from brewery swag raffles at each stop donated to UnBoundRVA in honor of female entrepeuners, Carolyn and Ciara.

Come join us! This will be social media GOLD.
#lumberladiesbarcrawl #RVABeerWeek

Richmond Beeristoric Tour Tickets Sales Start Wednesday At Strangeways

Outside Yuengling beer caves; Credit: Richmond Beeristoric

Outside Yuengling beer caves; Credit: Richmond Beeristoric

UPDATE 10/21/15 12:10PM: Tickets on sale now. Go and get them!

If you’ve heard about this tour in the past and wished you had the chance to attend, make sure to get yourself over to Strangeways Wednesday October 21st before tickets are gone. Being the final and one of the most anticipated events of RVA Beer Week, this tour will sell out quickly. Trust me on this!

Two Times The Oktoberfest At Metzger This Sunday And Next

Between this Sunday and next, you will have two chances to celebrate Oktoberfest at Metzger Bar & Butchery down in Church Hill.

Head over tomorrow Sunday October 18th from 1 to 8PM as Metzger hosts an Oktoberfest block party complete with Fest-biers, Marzens, sausages and stein holding competitions. The event is free but if you buy tickets early on Eventbrite you will get a free Metzger Oktoberfest T-shirt. Beer and food tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each.

Metzger Oktoberfest

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

Next Sunday October 25th, Metzger will host an Oktoberfest beer dinner featuring Devils Backbone.  Take a look at the menu.

MENU

Nuremburger stuffed Napa Cabbage, goulash
Altbier

Potato and Apple Soup, Quark, Speck
Berliner Metro Weiss

“Fish and Chips”
Olive oil poached Halibut, Potato Latke, Beer Batter Crunch, Malted Tartar Sauce
Dortmunder Lager

Short Rib Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, Zweigelt, Gingersnap
Oktoberfest

Vanilla Bean and Smoked Apple Cake, Sorrel Sorbet, Anglaise
Smoked Dunkel Weiss

Seatings for the dinner will start at 5pm and will be available throughout the night. Seats are $60/person and reservations can be made by calling Metzger at 804.325.3147.

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

Get The Last Pumpkins At Strangeways And Lickinghole Creek Today

We are coming to the end of the release season for pumpkin beers. If you missed earlier releases, Strangeways and Lickinghole Creek have you covered today Saturday October 17th starting at noon.

Head over to Strangeways as they release their final Gourd of Thunder variant, Oak Aged Gingerbread. The original GOT and its variants will be available in a 4-pack at a special price for this weekend only.

Strangeways GOT Pumpkin Porters

Strangeways Brewing
2277 Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Meanwhile LCCB sees the release of “Pumpkin Ain’t Easy” using pumpkins grown at the farm brewery and roasted at Short Pump’s Tazza Kitchen. In addition to their spiceless version, LCCB will offer two spiced variants — “Pumpkin Is Easy” (pumpkin spice) and “Spiced Pumpkin Latte” (pumpkin spice & coffee). Only 500 bottles of each variant were made and are limited to 2 bottles per person.

LCCB Pumpkin Aint Easy & variants 2015

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Dr.
Goochland, VA 23063

Brewmongous Ballast Point Tap Takeover At Brew Chesterfield Saturday

Credit: Joey Johnson, Beer Buyer, Brew Gastropub

Credit: Joey Johnson, Beer Buyer, Brew Gastropub

Head over to Brew Gastropub’s Chesterfield location Saturday October 17th at 6pm for a Ballast Point tap takeover so big I’ve dubbed it “brewmongous.”

Here are the thirty one beers that will be tapped:

  • Commodore American Stout
  • Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale
  • Pescadero Pils
  • Habenero Sculpin IPA
  • Indra Kunidra Curry Export Stout
  • Piper Down Scottish Ale
  • Thai Chili Wahoo
  • Ginger Big Eye
  • Big Eye IPA
  • Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale
  • Dorado DIPA
  • Even Keel Session IPA
  • Longfin Lager
  • Victory At Sea Coffee Porter
  • Calm Before the Storm — cream ale with coffee & vanilla
  • Sculpin IPA
  • Boob Check
  • Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
  • Barmy — 12% ABV ale with Malted 2-row barley, palisade hops, orange blossom honey, White Labs California Ale Yeast, apricots and San Diego carbon filtered tap water
  • Grunion Pale Ale
  • Calico Amber Ale
  • Dead Ringer Oktoberfest
  • Wahoo White Ale
  • Pale Ale the Original
  • Black Marlin Porter
  • Fathom IPL
  • Sextant Nitro — Oatmeal Stout
  • Mango Sculpin IPA
  • Schooner Wet Hop — 100% fresh (wet) Cascade hops
  • Peach Even Keel Session IPA
  • Blackberry Sour Wench

Brew Gastropub – Chesterfield
6525 Centralia Road
Chesterfield, VA 23835

Get The Oktoberfest Burger During Old Bust Head Takeover At Burger Bach Short Pump Tonight

Old Bust Head logoHow do you up the ante of the already winning combination of burgers and beer? For Burger Bach, the answer was simple — Oktoberfest burger!

Old Bust Head, out of Warrenton, VA, is a relatively new offering in the Richmond area. So while you’re enjoying that burger make sure to try a few of the beers on tap for the evening:

Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout
Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager
Old Jail Pumpkin Peach Brown Ale
Graffiti House West Coast IPA

The beers will be tapped starting at 5pm and there will also be glassware to steal. Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Burger Bach – Short Pump
2225 Old Brick Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23233