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


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

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

Enjoy The Smoky Beers Of Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge At Capital Ale House Midlothian Saturday

Copper Fox Brewfest 051615Let me tell you, I love smoky flavors in food. I keep a stock of several different smoking woods for anytime I’m grilling out; right now I have apple, cherry, orange, peach, oak, hickory and mesquite wood chips. Anytime I see a new type of wood, I have to pick it up even if I have no clue how or when I will use it.

So it should come to no surprise that I was very excited when I heard about Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge happening this Saturday May 16th at Capital Ale House Midlothian starting at noon. Yes, my love of smoke extends to beers. While I’ve never had a traditional rauchbier (I need to get around to that), I have had some favorite interpretations over the years:

  • Allagash Smoke & Beards — a smoky tripel, who knew?
  • Fullsteam Hogwash — Fullsteam smokes their own malt over hickory for this porter. People loved this beer so much that when their smoker was stolen the community rallied together to raise money for a replacement and a security system.
  • Brothers Craft (fka 3 Bros) Rocktown Smoked Brown — I had this beer on one of my first trips out to this Harrisonburg, VA brewery. Every so often I’ll see Adam and ask when it’s coming back. I hear other people have been ask for it recently as well!

Now I’m ready to try ten new smoked beers created using Copper Fox’s Mesquite Malt by ten of Virginia’s finest breweries. The key to the successful use of smoked malt in different beer styles will be finding the proper usage level for the malt. You don’t want to use too much and overpower the more delicate flavors in a particular style. By the same token, you want to be able to tell that the smoke is there.

The event will be held from 12 pm – 5 pm in the spacious parking lot at Capital Ale House Midlothian. Live music will be provided by Notch 9, a Richmond based bluegrass and folk band. There will also be homemade BBQ and other fare to pair with the smoky ales.

For guests 21 and over, tickets are $20 and include the following:

– Entrance into the event
– A commemorative Copper Fox glass
– 9 taster tickets to sample every brew
– Opportunity to try some of Copper Fox’s whiskies and gins
– Live entertainment
– Opportunity to vote for your favorite brew with the chance to win a Barrel Kit from Copper Fox that you can use to age your own whisky

For guests under 21, non-taster tickets will be available for $5 and include entrance and live entertainment. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and entrance is free.

Here are the different beers you will be able to try with tasting notes by the breweries and smoked malt percentages as detailed by Annie Tobey:

  • Adroit Theory Smoked Roggenbier (10% CF malt; 8.3% ABV) A slightly hazy beer with a nice smoke note and smooth rye spiciness to go along with the hop bill, which consisted of Galena and New Zealand Green Bullet hops.
  • AleWerks Mesquite Smoked Brown (21.5% CF malt; 6.4% ABV)
  • Center of the Universe PlayHator Smoked Doppelbock, (15% CF malt; 7.7% ABV) Fermented with a classic Munich lager yeast and conditioned after fermentation for 4 weeks, this light amber dopplebock  was then filtered for a clean and crisp taste and appearance.
  • Hardywood Mesquite Scotch Ale (14% CF malt; 8.5% ABV) smoke-filled vortex of nutty malt flavors, caramel, and dark fruit undertones with a warming alcohol note in the finish.
  • Isley Jah’s Fire Smoked Marleywine (20% CF malt; 10% ABV) This English Barleywine combines bready and rich English Maris Otter as its base malt. Jah’s Fire has a complex balance of bitter, sweet, and smoky flavors add an incredible aroma.
  • Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Fire Pit Smoked Porter (7% CF malt; 6.3% ABV) Named for the fire pit at Lickinghole Creek where cold winter nights are made to feel just right. Fire Pit Smoked Porter is a delicious, full flavored smoked porter that embodies the style and tastes just right.
  • Midnight Midnight Smoke Brown Ale (28% CF malt; 6.7% ABV) Light bodied and smoke forward, this smoked brown ale is the perfect companion to sticky, sweet barbeque!
  • O’Connor South by SouthWit (16% CF malt; 5% ABV) Coriander, lime zest, agave nectar, and white sage paired with the smokiness of Copper Fox’s Mesquite smoked malt makes this a unique witbier. We are certain you will agree!
  • St. George Stumbling Peasant Smoked Vienna Lager (10% CF malt; 10% applewood/cherrywood-smoked malt; 6% ABV) Brewed using European Malts to provide a beautiful amber color, rich malt character and balanced hop presence. This Vienna style lager has a smokey nose and a sweet smoked finish that are sure to please any palate.
  • Three Notch’d Cobre Zorro (7% CF malt; 6.9% ABV) amber ale with hearty body. The sweetness of the beer is balanced by the use of First Gold hops and rye malt which provides a hint of spiciness.

You don’t want to miss this. You can get your tickets online here or at the door.

American Craft Beer Week RVA 2015: Taste The Local Cask Crawl Returns Tonight


ACBW 2015 tapThere will be a lot of events as Richmond celebrates American Craft Beer Week (May 11 – 17) but none are as beloved as a pub crawl.  Taste the Local has revived the cask crawl that has been so well received in years past for tonight Monday May 11th.

Head out and enjoy three special Virginia beer cask conditioned pin tappings at these locations:

5PM — Portrait House — Ardent Craft Ales Porter with CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus blend) and Jarillo hops
6PM — Cask — Hardywood Great Return with peaches
7PM — Commercial Taphouse  — Lickinghole Creek Imperial Brown with mangoes and habaneros

Mekong’s Surprise American Craft Beer Tapping

American Craft Beer Week in Richmond has been truly exceptional this year.  Just when I had figured out what I was doing tonight, An Bui decided to throw a monkey wrench into my plans.  Mekong will be tapping some great American craft beers starting at 2pm today!  Especially exciting are the two beers from Great Divide because their beer is currently not available anywhere else in Richmond.

2009 Dogfish Head Fort
2009 Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
2009 Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
2010 Great Divide Grand Cru
2009 Smuttynose Barleywine
2009 Bells Expedition Stout
2009 Founders Breakfast Stout
2010 Allagash Curieux
Weyerbacher Fifteen
2012 Hardywood Grand Cru
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
New Belgium La Folie
Stone Oak Arrogant Bastard
Allagash White
Hardywood Singel
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Now how’s that for a monkey wrench? Once again Mekong proves beer is the answer!

Midnight Brewery Open House This Friday

Midnight Brewery invites you to their open house this Friday May 11th from 4 – 8pm.  One of the beers you get to taste will be their collaboration with Hardywood, Banana Pancake.  Watch as RVA Buzz films them talking about brewing this hefeweizen.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.  Welcoming a new brewery to the area sounds like a perfect way to kick off American Craft Beer Week!

2410 Granite Ridge Rd
Rockville, VA 23146