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American Craft Beer Week RVA 2014 Redux

Richmond will celebrate in a variety of ways this American Craft Beer Week (May 12 – 18).  Stay tuned as I will update this page as I get more information on different events.

Tuesday May 13th

Trivia Tuesday at Strangeways — 4PM

Collaboration Tap Takeover at Cask Cafe — 5PM

Celebrating the collaborative nature of the brewing community, Cask Cafe will tap an eclectic collection of collaboration beers.

Here are the beers expected to be tapped:

Crim Dubbel — Legend & Williamsburg Alwerks
Gentlemen’s Club — Cigar City& Widmer Bros
GAVA Joe — Terrapin & Starr Hill
Collaboration Not Litigation — Avery & Russian River
European Slaycation Belgian IPA — Greg Self (Whole Food’s Growler King) & Champion Brewing Company
Man Crush — Green Flash & Smartmouth
Devil’s Secret — Devils Backbone & Apocalypse
Good Morning Mekong — The Answer & Cigar City.

Pizza Tonight will be cooking up pizza at 5.

Perennial “Meet the Brewer” & Takeover at Brew — 6PM

Brew will host tap takeover with Perennial Artisan Ales out of St Louis, MO as part of their American Craft Beer Week celebration. Owners, Phil and Emily Wymore, will be on hand to talk about their beers.  Brew will raffle off a very special Perennial bottle with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.

Here are the beers on tap for the night:

Luna Mare
Black Walnut Dunkel
Saison de Lis
Heart of Gold
Dual Artisanship

Devils Backbone Mini Takeover at Bucket Trade — 5PM

Bucket Trade will have a trio of Devils Backbone beers on tap to celebrate the week.

Vienna Lager, 2012 Gold World Beer Cup and 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner, is a chestnut colored lager with a malty aroma and subtle toasty sweetness derived from a multi-stage mash. A pinch of noble hops gives this refreshing beer a clean finish. IBUs – 18, ABV – 4.9%

Striped Bass Pale Ale, Golden in color with a light body and pleasant hop bouquet of traditional German hops blended with the intense citrus of American hop varieties. 5.2% ABV 26 IBUs

Schwartzbier, Derived from recipes of medieval Germanic brewers, our Schwartz Bier embodies a millennium of refinement. This black bier gets its characteristically subtle roasted flavor by using the finest toasted malts. Lager yeast creates a quick & dry finish. 5.2% ABV 18 IBUs

Ale of Fergus, Scottish-style 60 shilling ale. Light brown in color, light to medium body with hints of toast and toffee in the finish. 4.0% ABV – 22 IBU

Devil’s Secret – collaboration with Apocalypse Ale Works

Wednesday May 14th

Goose Island vs Firestone Walker at Mekong — 5PM

Of course, you can go to Mekong any time this week to celebrate but Wednesday two breweries battle it out for supremacy.

Goose Island
Bourbon County Brand Stout
Bourbon County Barleywine
Sofie Paradisi
Ogden Triple

Firestone Walker
17th Anniversary
Velvet Merkin
Double Jack
Wookey Jack
Union Jack

Thursday May 15th

Cheers to the Firkin Weekend with Hardywood at Station 2 — 5pm

Debut of Hardywood’s first sour beer — Rum Barrel Saison.

Perennial Takeover & Meet the Brewer at Mekong — 5PM

If you missed your chance at Brew, Phil Wymore will be at Mekong as they tap eleven of his beers.  Here’s what will be on for the night:

Abraxas – Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks
Sump – Imperial Coffee stout with Sump coffee beans
17 – Imperial Stout brewed with huge amounts of chocolate malts, cacao nibs, and mint leaves
Barrel Aged 17 – Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels with cacao nibs & mint leaves
Black Walnut Dunkel – chocolate brown German Dunkelweizen aged on Missouri‐grown black walnuts
Duel Artisanship – collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales – Experimental IPA with Brettanomyces
Heart of Gold – Wheatwine
Aria – Belgian Style Ale with Brettanomyces
Hommel Bier – Dry-hopped Belgian Pale
Saison de Lis – Belgian-style Saison brewed with chamomile flowers
RegaliaBrettanomyces Saison
Regalia with pear and ginger

UPDATE: Abraxas will be replaced with an Andall.

Friday May 16th

Richmond Beer Lovers 4th Anniversary at Hurleys Tavern — 6PM

Richmond Beer Lovers celebrate their 4th anniversary with a Hardywood tap takeover at Hurley’s Tavern.  Here are the beers on tap for the night:

Beaux-Arts Triple IPA (collab with Bluejacket)
Bourbon Barleywine
Gingerbread Stout
2013 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Raspberry Stout
Brian’s Barrel Blend #4
Bohemian Pils
Hoplar (cask conditioned pin)

Saturday May 17th

Nectar & Knife DIPA Release at Triple Crossing — Noon

Triple Crossing releases their latest beer fresh from their tanks:

As IPA lovers ourselves, one of our main goals when opening this place was to release a DIPA that would be a hop-head’s dream come true. We think Nectar and Knife is just that. This beer is dry hopped three separate times with over 18lbs of hops. It sits right around 8%ABV, is a deep golden color and finishes perfectly dry. Prepare your palette!

Oh, and in case you get hungry, we will be having Boka Tako out all day for grub. Come get some.

Goochland Quad Release at Lickinghole Creek — Noon

Lickinghole Creek will fill growlers of their tasty Goochland Quad from noon to sunset on the farm. With its rum-like flavor, it makes perfect sense that the next evolution of this beer will be after spending time in Flor de Cana Nicaraguan Rum Barrels. Flora De Cana is Spanish for sugarcane flower. Look for it in a couple months.


Midnight Brewery Second Anniversary — 1PM

Celebrate the end of the week with Midnight with three special cask pins, two food trucks, and live music:

We opened our doors May 2012. What a ride it has been so far! Come celebrate with us May 17th at the brewery. This will also be the end of American Craft Beer Week. What better way to celebrate than to keep it local. Really looking forward to this. Hope you are too. Cheers!

A Good Day In RVA at Hardywood — 2PM

A day full of live music and Hardywood beers.


RVA Beer Week: Brews for Charity at Virginia Historical Society Saturday

Rotary’s Brews for Charity is a local beer festival happening tomorrow, Saturday at Virginia Historical Society in order to raise money for non-profit organizations around the Greater Richmond Region.  Rotary Club of Richmond has contributed over $300,000 to dozens of non-profits that work to improve the community  over the last five years.

Tickets for the festival are available online here for $20/person (includes 2 drink tickets) or $10/person (non-drinking).  Additional drink tickets are $5 each.  I’m not sure if ticket prices will be increased at the gate so you should get tickets now.

Here are the beers to be served at the event.

Center of the Universe — Ashland Bold Rock — Nellysford
Ray Ray’s Pale Ale Virginia Apple
Main Street Virginia Draft
Hardywood — Richmond Legend — Richmond
Singel Winter White
RVA IPA Chocolate Porter
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Strangeways — Richmond
Magic Beaver Belgian Pale Ale Wallonian Dawn Saison
Three Sheets ESB Phantasmic IPA

Food Trucks
Paris Creperie
Pizza Tonight
Meatball Company
Thai Wagon

Tin Can Fish Band (11-1pm)
Starlighter Band (1-3pm)
The Taters (3-5pm)

428 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

The festival runs from 11am to 5pm.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

RVA Beer Week: Craft Beer Cocktails at Saison

RVA Beer Week LogoPopped into Saison a couple times over the weekend so I could get the details on their beer cocktails for the week.

The list sounds amazing and I’m looking forward to trying more of their creations.

End of Days ($8) — tequila, campari, lime, demerara, IPA.

Imperial Dark & Stormy ($10) — Rum, lime, ginger, ginger beer, imperial stout.

Death Star Flip ($10) — Rum, bourbon, orgeat, Imperial stout.

Apple Jackie Brown ($10) — applejack, apple port, sherry, Averna, Belgian Brown.

Pils Punch ($8) — Gin, St germain, lemon, pils.

3-2-1 Contact ($8) — dry vermouth, rose vermouth, allspice dram, Aperol, Wild Ale.

Rumbarrelstiltsken ($10) — Rum, Madeira, barleywine.

Go check these guys out and grab some of their delicious food while you’re at it.

23 W Marshall St
Richmond, VA 23220

RVA Beer Week: Richmond Brewers United Decending Upon Carytown Tonight

RVA Beer Week LogoWe’re only a few days into this marathon we call RVA Beer Week but tonight is when the real fun begins.  Coincidentially, tonight is also the night to have multiple events in many locations where choosing one over the other may seem like losing.  I assure you though there are no losers during this week.  Hell, you can join in at home just by popping open a bottle you have been saving from your favorite local shop. 

On to tonight’s business. Tonight Monday, November 4th Richmond’s local breweries have united in a show of support for Carytown restaurants for the first ever RVA Brewers Parade.  Look for them to be hitting the streets of Carytown around 6pm starting at Portait House; they will stay at each location for about 30 minutes.  Want to join them? Here’s the route they will be taking:

Portrait House
The Daily Kitchen & Bar
Mellow Mushroom
Can Can Brasserie
Weezies Kitchen
Xtra’s Cafe
Burger Bach

RVA Beer Week 2013: Beer Dinners & Other Specials

RVA Beer Week is finally upon us for 2013. Running from November 1st to 10th, there will be a lot to experience. If you’re looking to eat your way through the week, here are some options.

All Week
Go over to Saison and try one of their special beer cocktails with some of their amazing food.

Tuesday November 5th

Center of the Universe Beer Dinner — Kona Grill — 6PM

Thursday November 7th

Fat Dragon Menu Specials — 11:30am – 9PM

Some pretty cool menu specials coming out of Fat Dragon’s kitchen tonight:

  • Legend Beer Battered Mushrooms
  • Albino Monkey Fries
  • Hardywood Pumpkin Soup.

Additionally, all Richmond beers will at a special low price all day long!

Hardywood Beer Dinner — Popkin Tavern

Popkin is inviting people to come anytime of the night and try their special Hardywood Beer Dinner Menu.  Even still reservations are strongly recommended.


Local tomato, cucumber, feta salad

Beer braised pork belly, cilantro, pickled carrot, sriracha caviar
Hoperation Pink IPA

Truffle Tremor, pickled shallot
2nd Anniversary Ale (Tequila Barrel Aged Tripel)

Dry aged steak burger slider, 2 year gouda, 12 hour tomato, mushroom ketchup
Sidamo Stout 2012

Chocolate pumpkin creme brulee
Rum Pumpkin

There could be special tappings of  their cellared kegs such as Bourbon Sidamo, Bourbon Cru, and Brian’s Blend #1 if interest in the dinner is large enough.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

RVA Charity Beer Dinner — TJ’s at the Jefferson — 7PM

The beer dinners at TJs have always been top notch. This promises to be the same. $5 from every plate goes to 2 Bottom & Back Bus.

RVA Beer Charity Dinner 110713

Double Double Toil & Trouble: Get Wyrd With Strangeways And Screens ‘n’ Suds Tonight

Like all good things, Strangeways Brewing’s contribution to Screens ‘n’ Suds’ Small Batch Beer Series come in threes.   Drawing inspiration from the three witches (weird sisters) from Macbeth, Strangeways has concocted The Wyrd Sisters, three different versions of a Belgian Tripel, each fermented on a different yeast strain — Cordelia (Celis), Ophelia (La Chouffe), Desdemona (Trappist) — then aged in oak barrels.

Head over to the lab tonight Tuesday October 29th at 5pm for your first tastes of these three wicked beers.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Remember this and Screens ‘n’ Suds’ other small batdch beers will be available for purchase only at their Big Event Saturday at Gallery 5.

Kick Off Screens ‘n’ Suds Week With Blue Mountain Brewery At The Camel Tonight

wpid-poster1_web.jpgTonight Monday October 28th starts a week of events leading up to Screens ‘n’ Suds Big Event Saturday November 2nd at Gallery 5.

Head over to The Camel at 6pm and kick things off with Blue Mountain Brewery.  Get a taste of the first of five Screens ‘n’ Suds’ Fifth Anniversary Small Batch Series, Blue Mountain Foxy Mama Red Tripel.

Other Blue Mountain beers on tap will include:

Barrel aged Mandolin
Rip Rap Pale
Dark Hollow Bourbon Barrel Stout
Full Nelson

Take home some Blue Mountain glassware and purchase some art to benefit National MS Society Central and Eastern Virginia Chapter.

Check out the Facebook event for more information

Richmond Beeristoric Tour Tickets Go On Sale October 15th

It may be month away but now is the time to prepare for RVA Beer Week.  Last night, Taste the Local revealed information on this year’s Richmond Beerhistoric Tour.

Trust me when I say, THIS. WILL. SELL. OUT!

This is the fourth annual Richmond Beeristoric Tour. It will feature 8 Richmond area breweries. Historic beer locations around the city, local food, and a few surprises. Sunday, November 10th, 2013. Only 100 people can go on the tour. Tickets are first come first serve.

There are two buses with 50 people each. Each bus will have its own local historian. One Bus leaves from Mekong, the other from Capital Ale House Downtown.
Tickets will go on sale on October 15th and are $45.00 a ticket

-Center of the Universe Brewing will be selling tickets for the Capital Ale House bus
-Strangeways Brewing will be selling tickets for the Mekong bus

Cash or check only for purchasing tickets. Checks should be made out to The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

You must be 21 or over to go on this tour.

Profits will go to the To The Bottom and Back Bus Line

Like the Richmond Beeristoric Facebook page for more details as they become available.

Celebrate Belgian Independence Week With Belgian Brewed & Inspired Beers

Belgian Independence Glass Flag1Once again it is time for a week long celebration of the Belgian Independence from King Leopold starting today July 15th to 21st.  Of course Mekong has you covered but Popkin Tavern is also getting in on the fun.

Popkin Tavern

UPDATE: Christmas in July at Popkin means all drafts are $3 each.

To celebrate, Popkin is going all Belgian all week.  Not exactly sure what it means yet but Popkin will have Christmas in July draft pricing in effect as well.  Here is what Popkin will have on tap to start the week, in no particular order:

Strangeways Phantasmic
Parkway Belgian Blonde
Bavik Petrus Winter #9
Bavik Petrus Aged Pale
Terrapin Monk’s Revenge
Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel
Hardywood Singel
Hardywood Dubbel
Hardywood Tripel
Hardywood Quadrupel
St. Bernardus Abt 12
St. Bernardus Prior 8
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 2012
St. Bernardus Wit
Liefmans Goudenband
Ommegang Three Philosophers Quad
Ommegang Double White (Belgian Independence Day brew)
Sierra Nevada Belgian Blonde IPA
Allagash Black Belgian Stout
BFM Square Root 225 Sour Saison
Boulevard Saison Brett

With more to come:
Delerium Tremens
Goose Island Matilda
Heavy Seas Holy Sheet
Devils Backbone Congo
Weyerbacher Merry Monks

Check out the Facebook event here.


Belgian beers and Mekong. Oh yeah!  Here are the Belgian breweries being featured this week at Mekong:

St Bernardus
Van Steenberge
Val Dieu

Enjoy music from Richmond bands Monday thru Wednesday from 9pm-12am:

Monday — Mekong XPress
Tuesday —  The Southern Belles
Wednesday — DJ Willaims Project

Stay up to date with at the Facebook event here.

American Craft Beer Week RVA 2013: Tastings

American Craft Beer Week is so huge this year, I am now on my fourth post just to get the details out.  Here is where you can sample your way through the week. 

Libbie Market

Libbie Market will have a special tasting Wednesday May 15th to celebrate the release of Hardywood Cream Ale cans from 4:30 – 7PM.  If Libbie Market can get 50 people to confirm they will attend tasting on Facebook, they will break out some beloved Hardywood Reserve Series and Barrel Series releases for the event as well.  Maybe some Gingerbread Stout?

Total Wine W Broad

Total Wine on West Broad will be sampling beer throughout the week.  Here is their schedule:

Monday May 13th
4:30-6:30PM — Sierra Nevada tasting with rep Scott pouring Summerfest CANS, Kellerweis, Pale Ale, Torpedo, Southern Hemisphere and Hoptimum
4 – 7PM — Smuttynose tasting. Luke from Specialty will pour Summer Weizen, Old Brown Dog, IPA, and Noonan Black IPA.

Tuesday May 14th — 5-7PM
Flying Fish Richmond Kickoff with rep Andy Newell (all the way from Jersey, folks!)
Breckenridge tasting with rep Drew

Wednesday May 15th — Big day with three brewery heads in one place!
4-7PM — Starr Hill tasting & Meet the Brewer with founder Mark Thompson 5-6PM
5-7PM — Legend tasting with founder and owner Tom Martin 5-7pm
6:30-7:30PM — Hardywood Park Cream Ale cans debut with co-founder and co-owner Eric McCay

Thursday May 16th  – 4-7PM
–Another big day with two brewery heads in the house! 
Salem, VA’s Parkway Brewing Kickoff with founder and owner Keno
O’Connor Brewing tasting with founder and owner Kevin O’Connor
Bell’s tasting with rep Greg

Friday May 17th — 4-7PM
DC Brau tasting
Flying Dog new canned beer tasting

Saturday May 18th
12 – 3PM — New Belgium – Let’s play the Belgian game Rolle Bolle and taste the new Rolle Bolle beer plus others with rep Julie
12 – 2PM — Finch’s Beer Co. tasting
3 – 5PM — Blue Mountain tasting

Total Wine
8099 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 935-7750