Two Roads Diverged In The Woods And The Beer Traveled To Richmond

Two Roads Brewing, out of Stratford, CT, is making their Richmond debut this week through Specialty Beverage.

I had the opportunity to try a few of the beers last night at a launch event at Commercial Taphouse. My personal favorites were the Worker’s Comp Saison and Persian Lime Gose.

Head over to these events this week to try out these beers yourself.

Tuesday February 20th

Two Roads Brewing Comes To Sergio’s — 4PM

Sergio’s will tap nine of Two Roads’ beers with members of the Two Roads team and Specialty Beverage hanging out.

Here are the beers they will have on:

Honeyspot Road IPA
Ol’ Factory Pils
Road 2 Ruin DIPA
Tanker Truck Series: Plum Gose
Tanker Truck Series: Persian Lime Gose
Worker’s Stomp Saison — saison aged in chardonnay barrels
Igor’s Dream — Russian imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels
Zero to Sixty  — tart IPA
Lil Heaven Session IPA

Thursday February 22nd

Two Roads Brewing Launch Party — 4 – 7PM

Bottleworks  will welcome Two Roads to Richmond with Road 2 Ruin DIPA and Igor’s Dream on draft for growler fills as well as other packaged beers.

Growlers To Go in Short Pump will also have a tasting from 5 – 8 pm.

Friday February 23rd

Two Roads Tap Takeover — 4PM

The Caboose  Market & Cafe in Ashland will have five of Two Roads beers on tap and will be cooking up pizzas to go with them.

Two Roads RVA Launch Tasting — 5:30 – 7:30PM

Corks & Kegs will feature Two Roads for this week’s edition of their weekly free tastings.   Chat up the Two Roads crew as they sample out Honeyspot IPA, Road 2 Ruin DIPA, and Espressway Stout. C & K will also have a limited amount of 2015 Igor’s Dream available on draft for growler fills.

I’m pretty sure with their road less traveled flavors, Two Roads will fit in quite nicely on the palates of Richmonders.

Yes, You CAN Have Sunday Funday At CAN JAM SE At Triple Crossing Fulton Today

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The rules of Can Jam Southeast at Triple Crossing’s Fulton location are pretty simple today Sunday February 11th. Pick a can and drink it. Follow that first can with as many as you can handle.

But which can should you start with? Here’s a handy list of the visiting breweries attending and the cans they will be bringing.

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The All Star line up for tomorrow! Tickets will be sold for $6 and can be redeemed for any can. There will be some rules to how Can Jam will be operated, so please read these in advance of coming to the brewery Sunday:

1) Triple Crossing packaged products will only be available at our Downtown location on 2/11. There will be no packaged products (or to-go products) of any kind available at our Fulton location for the duration of the event on 2/11.
2) Tickets, which will be exchanged for cans, can be purchased upon arrival. Only 3 tickets can be purchased at a time. You can get in line again to purchase 3 more, if so desired.
3) Each ticket may be exchanged for one brand from one brewery at a time. For example, you may exchange all 3 tickets at once, but it must be for 3 different beers from 3 different breweries. We’ve done this to ensure that as many guests as possible have the opportunity to try out a wide variety of breweries and their beer.
4) Any cans you receive will be opened by our server upon ticket exchange. There are no exceptions to this rule.
5) Absolutely no outside beer will be allowed on Triple Crossing premises.

If you need a memento of your time today, consider the $3 Can Jam SE koozie.

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Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Triple Crossing Beer – Fulton
5203 Hatcher St
Richmond, VA 23231

The Phantom Of The Opera Is Beer Inside Your Mouth At Hardywood Saturday

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*Organ music plays*

A chorus sings “the Phantom of the Opera is beer inside….your mouth.”

Oh wait, that’s not right, is it? No matter, I’ve been waiting for the day when Hardywood would release the beers they brewed with the cast of Phantom of the Opera since December.

Join Hardywood on Saturday February 10th to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Broadway musical and try Drink of Me Fondly and Pint of No Return starting at 1pm.

ABOUT THE BEERS

DRINK OF ME FONDLY:
Brewed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Drink of Me Fondly is a festive and effervescent sparkling ale, with bright notes of tangerine zest bursting through subtle apricot and white grape undertones. Rose hips deliver a light floral aroma. 4.1% ABV.

PINT OF NO RETURN:
Pursue your deepest urge in this black Lager by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, The Happy Hour Guys and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. A paradox for the senses, Pint of No Return is a clean and crisp lager that pours as black as night with notes of toasted pecan, a mild hint of black currant and smooth roasted undertones. 5.5% ABV.

Pint of No Return is our official Broadway Brews beer, and will be available at The Majestic Theatre in NYC in mid-2018 (stay tuned for NYC launch updates!). A portion of the sales of Pint of No Return will benefit Musicians On Call.

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

In the meantime, here are a few clips to put the phantom inside your mind….

 

New This GBS Season: Reservoir GBS Distilled

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Richmond, I have a confession to make. I’ve never had Gingerbread Stout. I know it is shocking but I have a good reason to avoid GBS and other milk stouts like it. Unfortunate as it is, that pesky lactose that makes a milk stout, well, a milk stout just doesn’t agree with my digestive system. I wish the solution was a simple as just taking a few pills but I’m afraid that will just not work for me like it might for others.

Fast forward to me discovering that Reservoir Distillery would introduce the second of Mash-Up Series with a spirit distilled from GBS during Hardywood’s GBS release party Saturday November 4th. My first reaction was excitement followed immediately by the question of whether I’d even be able to drink it.

Lucky for me, and for you, it was pretty easy to put my chemist hat on to dispel any fears I had. The main question I had was whether it was possible for lactose to be distilled over with the alcohol.  The simple way to answer that question was to look at the boiling point of lactose which a Google search shows to be 1,236 °F (668.9°C). This means it would be impossible for lactose to be present in the final spirit; even if the distillation was performed under extremely low vacuum condition, the temperature required would still be too high. Yes, I went and used a nomograph to figure out the conditions that would be required but it was kind of crazy.

Ok that’s enough for the chemistry lesson, let’s drink some Christmas bourbon!

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

Specially available at Hardywood Brewery for the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout – Official Release Party!
Reservoir Distillery brings you a special collaboration with Hardywood Park Brewery and their famed Gingerbread Stout. Hardywood made the GBS and Reservoir distilled the stout beer and aged the whiskey in charred new American oak barrels just like the Reservoir Bourbon. The combination of the two styles created a beautiful whiskey carrying the notes of ginger and spices as Christmas in a dram!

 

Gingerbread Stout Season Is Upon Us. New Way To Get Your Fix From Hardywood

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Richmond, that time is upon us. Yes, the start of Gingerbread Stout season will begin this weekend but today is your chance to secure a bottle from every GBS release this year with Hardywood’s 2017 Gingerbread Stout: The Complete Set.

**UPDATED!**
ANNOUNCEMENT #2:

We are excited to introduce you to a new and exciting way to get your GBS fix!

2017 Gingerbread Stout: The Complete Set is your one-stop opportunity to collect each of our upcoming GBS variants with one simple online payment and one pick-up date. Please review this information carefully before making your purchase.

The set will be available for sale on Wed, Nov. 1 at 12PM EST. Purchase Link:
http://hardywood.bigcartel.com/

2017 Gingerbread Stout: The Complete Set will include ONE bottle of each of our eight 2017 Gingerbread Stout releases and one limited-edition gold metallic-printed GBS goblet. Cost (including tax): $127.92

The bottles include:
1 Original Gingerbread Stout
1 Bourbon Barrel GBS
1 Rum Barrel GBS
1 Apple Brandy GBS
1 Christmas Morning
1 Rye Barrel GBS
1 Kentucky Christmas Morning
1 Double Barrel GBS

IMPORTANT:
– THIS ITEM WILL NOT BE SHIPPED, IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP ONLY.
– The listed price includes VA state tax. Retail value: $120.91
– There are only 225 Complete Sets available.
– The limit is ONE Complete Set per person, while supplies last. You will not be permitted to check out with more than one set in your cart. If you place more than one order, secondary orders will be voided.
– Complete Sets will be available for pick-up at Hardywood’s Richmond brewery on Friday, Dec. 15, during taproom hours. We will NOT be able to accommodate pick-ups prior to Dec. 15 and we will not be able to accommodate pick ups in Charlottesville.
– After Dec. 15th, Complete Sets must be picked up by appointment and must be collected by Sunday, Jan. 7. You will be given instructions on setting appointments after purchase.
– Proxies are permitted.
– Your purchase is non-refundable.
– Must be 21+ to purchase, valid ID will be checked upon pick up

Thank you!

Hardywood will also be releasing a draft only version of GBS, Christmas Pancakes this Friday November 3rd.

Christmas Pancakes is Hardywood Gingerbread Stout refermented on maple syrup. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Join us for the draft only release to kick off the Gingerbread Stout season! Available for growler fills to go!

If you have to have every single variant, the GBS complete set sounds like your best option to scoop them all in one fell swoop. In case you missed it, here is the complete GBS bottle release calendar.

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Lickinghole Creek’s Four Year Anniversary Party Saturday 

Head out to Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland to celebrate their fourth anniversary this Saturday September 30th starting at noon.

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So I’ll be in Tampa, FL for a week but here are a few things to keep you busy while I’m gone.

Yes, you should absolutely go drink Festbier at Ardent. Maybe save me some, please?

Get “Involved” and support a great cause at the Veil.

Triple Crossing has gone binary with their beer names. Don’t worry, I’ve done the work for you.  “01100111 01110010 01101001 01100100” translates to GRID.

While you’re there, you might as well grab some Clever Girl as well.

Hardywood has a new sipper coming your way in the form of Brandy Cru this Saturday September 23rd. Sounds like it will be a nice beer to curl up with by a fire as the nights get colder. Head over to the Facebook event to learn more.

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