Monthly Archives: May 2016

Blackbeard’s Brunch With Heavy Seas At Sedona Taphouse This Sunday

Walk the plank over to Midlo!

Help Heavy Seas Beer put the finishing touches on American Craft Beer Week this Sunday [May 22nd] at Sedona Taphouse Midlothian! We’ll be tapping ‪#‎RVA‬‘s first kegs of Blackbeard’s Breakfast Bourbon Barrel Coffee Porter and our second Partnerships beer, a “Hoppelbock” brewed with Tröegs Independent Brewing, as well as Smooth Sail Summer Ale and the brand new and imminently poundable Pounder Pils. We’re offering up the desert for your ‪#‎ACBW2016‬ feast with brunch and donut pairings from local RVA confectioners as well! #‎climbaboard‬

Heavy Seas Blackbeard Brunch at Sedona Taphouse

Sedona Taphouse
15732 WC Main St
Midlothian, VA 23113

Criminal Mischief Available For Your Cocktail Mixing Pleasure At Garden Grove Sunday

Criminal Mischief Garden Grove1

Credit: Garden Grove Brewing

If you’ve followed my Instagram feed lately, you may have noticed that I have a new obsession. Craft cocktails at home!

My obsession started with the purchase of Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails. Something about the explanations on why this type of glass or why a drink is served on ice versus without really spoke to me. Before you knew it, my liquor selection had increased exponentially. I knew I was hooked when I started to make my own bitters.

Naturally, I was excited when I heard Garden Grove had collaborated with T Leggett of the Roosevelt to make beer in the spirit of vermouth but hearing T and Brandon Peck have created cocktail recipes for the beermouth to be used in?! Ecstatic!

Criminal Mischief – our collaboration brew with the Roosevelt’s T Leggett brings a unique twist to craft Vermouth.

Featured by Robey Martin (“Bitter is the New Black”) for Richmond Mag in early March, the long-awaited release happens this Sunday, May 15th at the brewery’s taproom in Carytown, RVA after months of barrel ageing.

This “beer-mouth” was brewed with an assortment of locally grown ingredients (aronia berry, rosemary, lemon thyme) and botanicals from around the globe (bitter orange, chamomile, vanilla, hibiscus flowers, juniper berries, coriander, fresh Valencia orange peel); along with an addition of Cabernet Franc grapes grown by Naked Mountain Winery & Vineyard in Markham, VA.

A limited number of 32oz Growler fills will be available for sale beginning at 2pm on Sunday, May 15th only and will be accompanied by a cocktail recipe card courtesy of craft mixologists T Leggett & Brandon Peck of the Roosevelt.

Beyond this limited release, the one-of-a-kind brew will be available for several weeks on tap at the brewery- and for a very limited time on tap or via unique concoction at the Roosevelt in Church Hill.

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

Garden Grove Brewing Company
3445 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221

Pickles Get Their Time To Brine Saturday At Center Of The Universe

Pickled Fermented COTUCalling all pickle lovers! Get yourself over to Center of the Universe Brewing this Saturday May 14th for the Pickled & Fermented festival.

The festival will also feature a pickle themed beer: Pickle Gose Ale, COTU’s first foray into sour beer.

Pickle Lovers Unite! The Artisan Pickle Club is hosting Pickled & Fermented – a celebration of all things pickled and fermented! We’re talking more than pickled cucumbers here – we don’t discriminate when it comes to pickled things. Pickled fruit, pickled veggies, hot sauce, kimchi, BEER, Kombucha… if it’s pickled or fermented, we’re celebrating it!

Join us at Center of the Universe Brewing Company for a day of pickle tastings, live music from Ashland’s Buckeville Hootenany, a pickle themed beer and loads of pickle shenanigans! We will also be hosting the very first Best Pickle Competitions. We will be taking entries from Richmond Restaurants as well as home picklers for two pickle competitions:

Richmond’s Best Pickle Competition
The Artisan Pickle Club is soliciting entries from any restaurant in the Richmond Region to compete for best pickle.

Best Pickler Competition
If you love to pickle at home, this competition is for you! In addition to naming the best local pickle, they will be naming the best local pickler.

Categories for both include:
Savory Pickles
Sweet Pickles
Cabbage (Sauerkraut, Kimchi)
Drinkable Ferments (non-alcoholic)
Sourdough Bread

Center of the Universe Brewing
11293 Air Park Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

Three Bourbon Picks For Derby Day

We can all pretend the Derby Day is about the horses competing in the Kentucky Derby but let’s be real. It’s about the bourbon. Maybe you already have a party planned but if not here are three options around town.

Fearnought Bottle Release & Derby Day Party at Lickinghole Creek — Noon

LCCB Fearnought Brown

Join us as we celebrate the first Saturday in May in style. We’ll have tons of activites for kids including horse back rides and derby day hat making. This is one of our favorite events of the year.

Beer Info:

Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale
10.5% ABV, 28 IBU
Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for 4 Months
Made with Virginia Thoroughbred Barley grown at LCCB

Available in 750 ml Bottles
Just over 2,000 available
Fearnought will receive Virginia Distribution

Very Limited Draft Availability

Fearnought is named for the famous colonial era Virginia stallion whose bloodline is at the heart of American horse racing. Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale is made with Thoroughbred Barley grown on the farm the brewery is housed on, hopped generously with American grown hops and aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for four months.

Fearnought is the same base beer as Estate Series Mango Habanero Brown Ale & Thoroughbred Brown Ale.

Specialty Pin:

Mint Fearnought – Tapped at 12

Bourbon Cru Release at Hardywood — 2PM

Hardywood Bourbon Cru

Hardywood Bourbon Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel ageing. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained, half-decade old Virginia bourbon barrels from Fredericksburg’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Cru.

Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish. 12% abv

The tasting room opens at 2pm with Bourbon Cru on draft and in 750mL bottles, Curbside Creations Food Truck, Sammich and KavaKava gourmet, live music and vinyl sets from Hardywood’s DJ TimmyTImmyTimmy, rock schlock gold from 1050-1969 and beyond, starting at 5:00pm.

Third Annual Derby Party at Rogue Gentlemen — 4PM


Richmond’s best Derby Day party is back again for the 3rd year in a row! As usual, Mint Juleps on draft will be flowing all day along with several variations by everyones favorite bartenders, Paul & Shaun! Chef will have a small menu available as well.

Pre-game with us at 4pm. Race starts at 6:34pm. Party keeps going until ? Seersucker suits, obnoxious hats, and fascinators too large for your head are highly encouraged.

Celebrate One Year Of Brewing At The Answer Brewpub This Weekend

Inside The Answer Brewpub1Head over to the Answer Brewpub this weekend as they celebrate their one year brewing anniversary starting tonight Friday May 6th.  They will be partying for two days with limited release guest beers, live music, and their first anniversary beer — She Bangin’, a triple IPA with Mosaic & Amarillo hops.

Friday May 6th

The Answer will tap these special guest beers for their Pre-Anniversary Party:

Firestone Parabola
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Perennial 17
Ardent Barrel Aged Dark Rye
Hardywood Foolery
Hardywood Barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout
Hardywood Christmas Morning
Hardywood Quadrant
Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Raspberry Stout w/ Vanilla Beans
Lickinghole Creek Enlightened Despot
Lickinghole Creek Supreme Leader
Avery Uncle Jacob’s
Avery Samael’s
Goose Island Lolita

Live music by Barrelhouse at 9:30pm

Saturday May 7th

More guest beers plus the tapping of their First Anniversary beer: She Bangin’ — Triple IPA brewed with Mosaic & Amarillo — 10%

Live music by Life On Mars: A Tribute To David Bowie at 9:30pm

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

The Answer Brewpub
6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230