Monthly Archives: July 2017

Celebrate Four Years Of Curiosities With Strangeways


Credit: Strangeways

For four years, those mad scientists at Strangeways Brewing have been stoking your curiosity with their wildly imaginative concoctions. Celebrate with them this weekend with their Wake Me Up Before You Gose and its variants (Hibiscus, Red Wine Barrel Aged & Ghost Pepper, Rum Barrel Aged).

Year Four of the Curious Pour!
Come celebrate our Four Year Anniversary Celebration July 29th, as we toast to four years of being Richmond’s purveyor of curiously delicious drafts. There will be CAKE and of course a plethora of BEER.

Wake Me Up Before You Gose and two variants! 
Plus 36+ Brews to Choose from.

Northern Neck Oysters
Cheezilla’s Grilled Cheese
Trunkles Cheese Pop Up

Gelati Celesti Ice Cream Truck – Try a Double Decadence Beer Float
Ravenchase Adventures
Face painting
Merchandise Summer Sales
Corn Hole
Over-sized outside games

It’s fun for all, FREE to attend, kid friendly and well-behaved, leashed dogs are always welcome on our patio.

Strangeways Brewing

Heart & Soul Gets A Little Gold. Or Cuvée Gold, Now With More Soul


Credit: Hardywood

HeART & Soul Brew Fest returns for its second year at Hardywood this Saturday July 29th starting at 1pm. If you missed it last year, you missed some of the best soul food Richmond has to offer served with that delicious Hardywood beer. Personally, it was one of my favorite events from last year. I’ve said it before but it was very uplifting to see more African Americans like myself at a beer event even when I honestly didn’t know it was something missing from my life.

I for one look forward to getting down on some Mama J’s catfish but here is the full food lineup for this year.

Mama J’s
Croaker’s Spot Restaurants
Minibar RVA
Jus Cukn, LLC
Inner City Blues home of Carolina Bar B Que
Mo’s Sweet Minis
Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets
RVA Street Foodies

Kelli S. Lemon has the reasons you should check out each of these spots.


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This year the festival will also be paired with the release of Cuvée Gold, a remix of Hardywood’s Vinalia Urbana.

Hardywood Cuvée Gold artfully blends the elegance of French wine country with the gentle and balanced characteristics of a traditional Belgian-style Golden Ale. Combining both young and mature vintages aged in freshly emptied Sauvignon Blanc barrels, Cuvée Gold offers light earthy aromatics, a subtle sweetness and a hint of toasted oak that are delightfully dry and delicate on the palate, with lasting white grape and stone fruit undertones.

Head over to the Facebook events for the festival and beer release, here and here,  for updates and more.

Forever Summer Returns For Year Two. Tickets On Sale Sunday.


Credit: The Veil Brewing Co.

Forever Summer, the Veil Brewing’s festival celebrating hoppy beers, returns for the second year Saturday August 12th. Once again the proceeds from the festival will benefit ChildSavers. There will be no after party this year so the day will be split into three sessions:

  • Session A: 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Session B: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Session C: 6:00p – 9:00p

Tickets will go on sale both online and in the Veil’s taproom this Sunday July 9th promptly at noon.

Tickets are $90(+ fees)/person  and include:

  • 1x Forever Summer Festival glassware which will be used during your session for all 3oz pours
  • 1x 3oz pours from each brewery represented

When looking to buy your tickets, pay very close attention to these rules:

2x tickets max per person. 1x ticket for you, and 1x ticket for a guest. You will not be allowed to redeem two tickets for one person. If you do not know who your guest will be, we highly suggest putting both tickets under your name. There will be no physical tickets. This event will be 100% will call list. Tickets are NON-TRANSFERABLE, NON-REFUNDABLE, **NO EXCEPTIONS**. Must have ID/CC, purchaser must be present with guest.


With this list of breweries you can expect this festival to sell out quickly. Online tickets will probably be gone in minutes and there will be a line at the taproom. So before you go buying:

  1. make sure  you don’t already have plans you can’t change
  2.  know which session you want (A, B, or C) especially if you’re trying to coordinate with friends
  3.  remember it will not be the end of the world if tickets sell out without you getting one. There will always be other events.

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Hardywood, Ardent, & Center of the Universe Invite You To Live Free, Live Proud With “Tropic Like It’s Hot”


Credit: Hardywood

Following on the heels of 2016’s Virginia Pride collaboration beers, Georgie and Porgie, Ardent Craft Ales and Center of the Universe have been joined by Hardywood to create this year’s beer. “Tropic Like It’s Hot” is a German-style wheat beer brewed with passion fruit, pineapple, and lime.

In conjunction with Virginia Pride, Hardywood, Ardent Craft Ales, and Center of the Universe will feature “Tropic Like It’s Hot” at events hosted at each brewery leading up to September’s Pride Festival and invite you to “Live Free. Live Proud.”

Tropic Like It's Hot Events

Credit: Hardywood

Learn more about Hardywood, COTU, and Ardent’s respective events: here, here, and here.