Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ardent’s Swine & Brine Returns For Year Two This Friday

Ardent Swine & Brine

Ardent Craft Ales’ hit outdoor festival Swine & Brine returns for its second year this Friday April 22nd starting at 4pm. Returning to the festival this year are restaurant favorites  The Roosevelt, Metzger Bar and Butchery, Saison and ZZQ. Newcomers to the festival, Sabai and Amuse join in on the  cooking, smoking, and grilling a bevy of pork dishes and homemade sides. Rappahannock River Oysters will also join the festivities with crab cakes and their delicious oysters raw, steamed, and roasted. Take a look at the menu and beer list.

Amuse — Carnitas Tacos with Onion, Cilantro, & Lime
Metzger — Pork Meatball Sliders with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Fontina & Arugula Pistou
Rappahannock Oyster — Raw Oysters and Crab Cakes
The Roosevelt — Smoked Pork Sausage with Field Pea Salad
Sabai — Pork Skewers + Pork Riblettes
Saison — Pastrami Ribs + Pickled Red Cabbage
ZZQ — Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Bone-in Pork Belly

Beer List
Virginia Common
New England IPA
IPA Batch #9
IPA Batch #18
IPA Batch #19
IPA Batch #20
Robust Porter
Batch 100
Lawnmower Golden Ale
Earl Grey Brown Ale
Szechuan Peppercorn Saison
Oyster Porter Cask

Tickets are $20/person and include two tickets redeemable for food or beer as well as a limited edition Ardent Craft Ales bandanna.

All beers and food items will cost one ticket ($5) with the exception of a few larger portions. Guests will be given two tickets as part of their admission, and can purchase additional tickets via cash or credit card at check-in or once inside the event. Free water will be provided at stations around the festival.

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates. Go ahead get your tickets here.

Ardent Craft Ales
3200 W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230

The Veil Brewing’s Grand Opening This Saturday Is So Fancy…But You Already Knew


Richmond, we’re in the fast lane to The Veil Brewing‘s grand opening this Saturday April 16th from 11am to 11pm. From moment the Veil landed on Facebook, we have seen little peaks inside the mind of Matt Tarpey. (Fun fact: if you’ve interacted with them on Facebook, you were speaking directly to Matt. He has been running their social media from day one.) Saturday though, the gates swing wide open. Let’s go through a few of their updates to see what to expect.

First off, there will be four beers on tap:

  • Sleeping Forever — Imperial Stout (next year’s release will have bourbon barrel version blended in)
  • Dull Fangs — IPA with Galaxy & Nelson hops and organic grapefruit
  • Master Shredder (guitar not evil TMNT villain) — wheat IPA; year round flagship
  • Crucial Taunt — double IPA

Let’s get the rest of your questions out of the way.

Can I get these beers to go? Yes. Yes, you can. No growlers though.

What about glassware? How do you feel about gold and platinum?

Will there be shirts? Limited realness.

Posters? Why wouldn’t there be posters?

Ok, smart guy. What about food and entertainment? ZZQ, Stroops, Boka, and two DJs. Yeah, it’s that kind of party.

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

The Veil Brewing Co
1301 Roseneath Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Peppercorns Are In Season At Southbound Tonight

Southbound peppercorn beers 041416-1Head over to Southbound tonight Thursday April 14th as they tap four peppercorn saisons from four different breweries — Ardent Craft Ales, Ommegang Brewery, Starr Hill, and Terrapin.

Each of the beers will be available by the glass as well in a  flight. Upgrade your experience with specially paired snacks.

Here are the beers that will start pouring at 5pm:

  • Ardent Craft Ales Szechuan Peppercorn Saison
  • Ommegang Glimmerglass — saison with pink peppercorn & orange peel
  • Starr Hill Daily Grind — Peppercorn Farmhouse Ale
  • Terrapin Poivre Potion (Side Project #26) — saison with pink peppercorns & dry hopped with Amarillo hops

Reps from each brewery will be on hand to answer your questions so go out and give these beers a try.

3036 Stony Point Rd
Richmond, VA 23235

Whole Foods Short Pump’s New Pub Opens Today


Whole Foods Short Pump Pub

Credit: Shannon Ely (Old Bust Head Brewery)

This is no April Fools joke. Whole Foods Short Pump will open their new pub today April 1st at noon. Short Pump Pub will feature:

  • 48 taps
  • Wine by the glass
  • Choose a flight: beer, wine, or Barefoot Bucha.
  • Pub chef station for lunch & dinner
  • Happy Hour 4 – 6PM, Monday – Friday
  • Wine classes
  • $1 oyster nights
  • Tap takeovers & meet the brewer events

Check out the following events for their Grand Opening weekend.

Friday 4/1 Noon
Grand Opening Toast & Growler giveaway to first 50 guests

Saturday 4/2 5PM
Steal the Pint Night (First 100 guests)

Sunday 4/3 10AM – 1PM
Brunch, Bucha, & Bluegrass

Oh and there’s also this.