Monthly Archives: May 2017

Fine Creek Grand Opening And Castleburg Anniversary Also On Tap This Memorial Day Weekend

The sun being out this beautiful morning must be a sign of great things to come today Saturday May 27th. What is better than celebrating the anniversary or grand opening of a local brewery? How about celebrating a grand opening AND an anniversary?! That’s right, Richmond. Today is a twofer!!

First up, over in Powhatan, Fine Creek Brewing will open their doors to the public for the first time this weekend, May 27 -29, from noon to 7pm each day.

The pictures that I’ve seen of the taproom are simply stunning! Plus look at that tap list for the weekend!

Our subway tile backsplash acts as our rotating tap list, with illustrated icons and handlettered titles acting as a grid. . TAP LIST FOR OPENING WEEKEND Helles Lager Lemon Zest Cream Ale House Mixed Culture Grisette New Zealand Saison, Hopped with Wakatu and Moteuka Azacca, Citra, and Cascade Pale Ale Citra and Wakatu IPA Tractor Juice Belgian Double IPA Thai Tea Milk Stout . . . . . . #hophead #f52grams #beerstagram #instadaily #beerporn #brewoftheday #fromthebarrel #brewcrew #pursuitofportraits #beerpackaging #richmondbeer #instadrink #craftbeer #beerlover #drinks #illustration #beeradvocate #beersnob #barrelaged #bar #sourbeer #imbibe #imbibegram #winebarrel #logodesign #cheers #postthepeople Photo Credit: @tothefourthdesign

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I know a certain someone that will love the fact there is lemon zest in this cream ale. Also,thank you to the hand zesters!

Keep up to date with Fine Creek Brewing on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Fine Creek Brewing
2425 Robert E Lee Rd
Powhatan, VA 23139

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Credit: Castleburg Brewery

Next up, Castleburg Brewery celebrates their one year anniversary today May 27th from 1 to 10:30pm with the release of their Queen’s Garde:

Robust and malty, this rich Biere de Garde, “a beer which has been kept and lagered”, is a traditional artisanal ale brewed in early spring and kept in cool cellars. The Queen’s Garde personifies this tradition with its toasty character and sweet caramel notes.

In addition to nine other beers on tap, Castleburg will have music from The Killer B’s RVA (7-10pm) and food by RVA New York Style (2-8pm).

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

Castleburg Brewery and Taproom
1626 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23220

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend The Richmond Beer Way

Richmond, another Memorial Day weekend is upon us! Whether you’re just looking for a beer to take a cookout or if you’d rather leave the cooking to the professionals, I have your look at the days ahead.

Steal the Vessel at Strangeways — ALL WEEKEND

This actually started yesterday but I missed it earlier:

It’s the Thursday before a long holiday weekend. If you’re headed out of town or headed to a backyard barbeque, you need to stock up on the juice that keeps the party going. Lucky for you Steal the Vessel day has arrived. Purchase To-Go beer for a Growler, Grunt, Blue Ball mason jar, or CAN-ABLE Crowler, and receive the vessel for free every Thursday. Already have plenty? Bring back in your Strangeways glass for discounts on refills. For all you holiday travelers coming through RVA, stop by… we’ve extended Steal the Vessel for the entire holiday weekend. Take a little strange on vacation or home with you.

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Credit: Strangeways Brewing

Friday May 26th

Double Dry Hopped Clever Girl IPA Release at Triple Crossing Fulton — Noon

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She’s more lethal than ever. Double citra and double mosaic for an even heavier hop punch. Available for the first time ever in cans, this Friday in Fulton, 5/26. 4x 4packs per person limit.

Tomorrow's can release at Fulton starts at 12p. 4x4pk limit. Be careful, she's lethal.

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Saturday May 27th

Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe — Noon

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Credit: Center of the Universe Brewing

COTU has prepped the soundtrack for your weekend with their 5th annual Summer Moon Music Festival featuring two days of 13 local bands battling to support the charity of their choice. New to the festival this year is the addition of an acoustic stage to up the live music factor.

In addition to the regular lineup of beers, COTU will be pouring their Summer Moon Raspberry Lemonade Wheat Ale, a summer ale brewed with 600 pounds of fresh raspberries and the zest of 700 lemons.

Here are the bands playing for day one:

Main Stage

Acoustic Stage

ZZQ at Ardent Craft Ales — Noon

An extra long weekend deserves monstrous beef ribs from ZZQ.

Cuvée Peach Release at Hardywood — 1PM

I have been waiting very patiently for this beer to come out. Cuvee Peach is the newest addition to Hardywood’s barrel series line. Rather than beer from barrels aged the same amount of time, Hardywood has taken a blended barrel approach where their Peach Tripel was aged in chardonnay barrels anywhere from 10 weeks up to two years. Ethen Adams, Hardywood’s Wood Cellar Manager, explains more on that here.

Sunday May 28th

Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe — Noon

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Credit: Center of the Universe Brewing

The music continues for day two of COTU’s Summer Moon Festival.

Main Stage

Acoustic Stage

Lucy’s Burger Pop-up at Ardent Craft Ales — 1PM

Have a Sunday Funday and let Lucy’s and Ardent take care of the burgers and beer!

Sculpin Six Ways At Ballast Point’s 40 Tap Takeover Of Southern Railway Taphouse Thursday 

Celebrate 10 years of Sculpin at Southern Railway Taphouse tomorrow Thursday May 25th starting at 4pm.

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Looks like Ballast Point’s east coast brewery just outside of Roanoke is just about ready.

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

Southern Railway Taphouse
100 S. 14th St
Richmond, VA 23219

Kickoff American Craft Beer Week With Collaboration Beers At Three Notch’d RVA Collab House Today

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Credit: Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

Richmond, it is once again time to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 15 – 21). Three Notch’d RVA Collab House will be have something in store each day of the week but tonight’s kickoff will be something else. 3NB has been saving up some of their favorite RVA collaboration beers and will tap them today May 15th starting at 4pm.

Here are the beers you can expect to be flowing this afternoon:

  • There Will Be Braggot Tripel (Black Heath Meadery)
  • Bloom Gose w/ Passionfruit and Guava (Stefan Original)
  • Local Leann Dry Stout (The Local Irish Pub)
  • Whize Guys IPA (Whize Apparrel)
  • Heroes PrevALE Cream Ale (Connor’s Heroes)
  • Grassroots Gose w/ Lemongrass, Hibiscus & Ginger (Goatocado)
  • Last Call Imperial Brown Ale (Library of VA)
  • Daily Ration Belgian Table Beer (American Civil War Museum)
  • Let’s Brew This! IPA (Gather Scott’s Addtion)
  • “Falstaff’s Folly” English Brown Ale (Bard Unbound)
  • “Juicy J” IPA (Joey Johnson)
  • Route 33 Imperial Porter – Bourbon Barrel-Aging since Dec 16′ (Mary Morgan 3NB Hburg Headbrewer)

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

Three Notch’d Brewing Co RVA Collab House
2930 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Grapefruit, Orange, & Cherry Make Three Totally Tubular Radlers At Strangeways Today 

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The unofficial bikers’ beer of summer returns threefold today May 11th at Strangeways.

Totally Tubular Radlers:
Apfelsine (Orange) 
Pampelmuse (Grapefruit)
Kirsche (Cherry)
3.2% ABV~20 IBU

Three thirst-quenching radlers rolling out together in one release! Originally brewed in honor of the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond in 2015, this style has been dubbed a hammock beer, a lawnmower beer, and a porch-swinging beer thanks to it’s easy-drinking characteristics and low ABV. This is one brew you can enjoy all.day.long.

The Radler style was invented in the Roaring 20’s by Bavarian Franz Xaver Kugler. The story goes that Kugler had arranged for the construction of a twelve mile bike trail through the forest from Munich straight to his establishment, in an attempt to improve business by catering to a post WWI emerging movement of recreational cycling amongst the working class. A good problem/bad problem arose when 13,000 cyclists descended upon his beer garden on a fine Saturday in June of 1922. While Kugler counted heads, he quickly surmised that he did not have enough beer to quench the thirst of all his patrons. Being a sharp businessman, the quick-thinking entrepreneur remembered he had several thousand cases of lemon soda in his cellar, a beverage that had proven a tough sell to the beer-loving Bavarian public. To save the day, while at the same time liquidate some virtually useless inventory, Kugler mixed his lager beer with the lemon soda. To further entice the cyclists to try his new creation, he dubbed the drink the Radler, which is Bavarian dialect for the German word Radfahrer, or cyclist in English. He whimsically told his customers he had developed the mixture to keep them upright on their bikes during their journey back to the city. Needless to say, it became a lasting tradition that carries on to this day in Germany. Prost and ride on!

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

Big Brew Day Turns Sweet Sixteen Saturday

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Saturday, May 6th, marks the 16th annual Big Brew Day sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. Homebrewers from around the  world choose from predetermined recipes to brew on that day.  AHA is celebrating Big Brew’s birthday by by providing three sample recipes from the upcoming 4th edition of How to Brew.

Starting at 10am, Richmond’s oldest local homebrew club, the James River Homebrewers, will be brewing at Original Gravity over on Lakeside Ave.  This is a great opportunity to learn how beer is made and promises to be a great time for all.  So drive on down and join on the fun.  Get there by 1pm to join in on the worldwide toast. Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Original Gravity
6118 Lakeside Ave.
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 264-4808

UPDATE: Sierra Nevada has shared the homebrew version of their Ruthless Rye IPA.

In Richmond, Cinco de Mayo Means Lager For Beer 

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Cinco de Mayo is this Friday May 5th.  In the beer world that means you drink lagers, specifically Mexican lagers.

Richmond, if you are looking for a local option, you are in luck because both Hardywood and the Veil will have events Friday evening featuring their own Mexican lagers starting at 4pm.

Wax Museum Vinyl Showcase + Blancoveza Draft Release at Hardywood

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It’s First Friday AND Cinco de Mayo! Our taproom opens at 4PM with a new draft-only beer, Blancoveza, a crisp and clean Mexican-style lager from our lead brewer, Kevin Storm. Beat the heat and kick off the weekend with a refreshing glass of this classic style!

Tonight’s entertainment (5PM) includes vinyl DJ’s and original artwork being created on the spot! Wax Museum is a curated audio-visual experience presented by some of RVA’s most established vinyl selectors in collaboration with Hardywood and NATIVES. It is a celebration of the analog beauty of record album culture in this hyper-digital era that we live in. This monthly event brings the public closer to classic creative soireé environments while also blending unique “flavors” of sound similar to the variety of brews on tap at Hardywood.

This month’s Artists On Location are Sarah Gossett (http://saragossett.com/home.html) and Chris Visionz. They will be painting live and delivering some interpretations of the hand selected tracks from the evening’s selectors:

Area Woman
Rattan
Mikemetic¬ – Afro-Latin Rhythmatics
The man behind RVA’s Afro Beta and Brazilica events digs in the crates to bring global dance rhythms that cross the electronic spectrum
Negrita – Swingin’ Jazz + Calypso
As RVA’s only mother-to-be on the turntables, Negrita will be deviating from her normal Cold Cruel Swirl, and will be bringing some swinging jazz and calypso sounds to the Hardywood soundsystem

Sammich will be here serving great eats all evening long!

Cinco de Mayo & Jackson Flavor can release at the Veil Brewing Co.

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Credit: The Veil Brewing Co

Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us and Intergalactic Tacos. We will be releasing our Mexican Lager, Jackson Flavor in cans and on draft ($12+tax/4pack; approx 90-100 cases; 3x 4 packs per person). Intergalactic Tacos will be slinging tacos until they sell out. Open 4-10pm. Come Hang!

There are no limes required for these beers but no one will fault you if you feel like partying.

Cheers!