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American Craft Beer Week RVA 2015: Festivals & Parties

Credit: Brewers Association

Credit: Brewers Association

American Craft Beer Week officially runs from May 11th to 17th but as in years past Richmond will start the party early.  Here are some details on festivals and parties happening during the week.  Bookmark this page and check back for updates.

Saturday May 9th

Virginia Hops and Barley Fest — Noon – 6PM

The fifth annual Virginia Hops & Barley Festival will feature over 30 Virginia craft beers.  Tickets are $20/person in advance or $25/person at door if available and include unlimited sampling of all the beers. VIP tickets are $50/person and include:

Parking
Food
Specialty Collectable Glass
Tented Area
Complimentary Beverages
Private Restrooms

Order tickets here.

Take a look at the beer list:

Apocalyspe — Forest Adventure — Fredericksburg
Heavy Red Horsemen Backpack Wheat
Devil’s Secret Expedition IPA
Ardent — Richmond Bold Rock Cider — Nellysford
IPA VA Draft Apple
Saison Pear
Brothers Craft (3 Bros) — Harrisonburg Center of the Universe — Ashland
Great Outdoors Ray Ray’s Pale Ale
Hoptimization Monkey’s Uncle Tripel
Chaos Mountain — Callaway Devils Backbone — Lexington
Agents of Chaos Vienna Lager
Cocoborealis Trail Angel Weiss
Isley Brewing — Richmond Hardywood — Richmond
Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter Pils
Blueberry Plain Jane Hoplar
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Legend — Richmond
Nuclear Nugget Oak Aged Brown
Til Sunset Utebier
O’Connor — Norfolk Midnight — Goochland
El Guapo New Beginning Kolsch
Great Dismal Black IPA Not My Job Brown
Starr Hill — Crozet Rusty Beaver — Ruther Glen
Soul Shine Roy’s Brown
King of Hop Bucktooth IPA
Sunken City — Hardy Strangeways — Richmond
Damn Lager Albino Monkey
Crooked Tree Cream Ale Uberlin
Extra Billy’s — Midlothian Triple Crossing — Richmond
Citra Ass Down Falcon Smash IPA

Check out the Facebook event here.

Historic Malvern Farm
288 Hugenot Trail
Midlothian, VA 23113

Science On Tap — 2 – 6PM

This should be interesting.

They will be featuring craft beers from your favorite breweries including:

Ardent Craft Ales
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Midnight Brewery
Strangeways Brewing
Triple Crossing Brewing Company

Richmond Beer Lovers 5th Anniversary at Hurley’s Tavern — 5PM

Richmond Beer Lovers will celebrate five years of good times with a nice lineup of beers over at Hurley’s Tavern:

Hardywood- Apple Brandy Milk Stout
Hardywood – Bourbon Cru
Hardywood – Walpurgisnacht
Ardent – Defenestrator
O’Connor – Lil SIPA
Kronenbourg – 1664 Blanc
Blue Mountain – Summer Haze
Brooklyn – Summer Ale
Devils Backbone – Trail Blazer
Sunken City – Crooked Road Cream Ale
Tripel Crossing – Black IPA
Three Brothers – Hoptimization
Alewerks – Drake Tail IPA
Stone – Imperial Russian Stout
Founders – Rubaeus
Lost Rhino – New River Pale Ale
DC Brau – Brau Pilsner
Midnight – Rockville Red

Hurley’s Tavern
4028-J Cox Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Saturday May 16th

Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge at Capital Ale Midlothian — Noon – 5PM

I will get more information on the beers but so far I’m excited by O’Connor’s “South by SouthWit” and Hardywood’s Mesquite Scotch Ale.

Join us on Saturday, May 16 as we host the Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge!

Nine Virgina breweries teamed up with Copper Fox Distillery to create nine new beers EXCLUSIVELY for the event. This beer isn’t just any beer, though. Each brewery created their beer using a special ingredient: Copper Fox’s Mesquite Smoked barley malt. The exciting new brews range in styles from Wit to Doppelbock, to Pale, Brown, and Porter and can’t be found anywhere else!

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.

The Brewfest celebrates Virginia agriculture, Virginia brewers, and Virginia ingenuity, and highlights Copper Fox Distillery as one of America’s original modern-day craft maltsters. Come on out and support our local breweries!

Participating breweries include:
Adroit Theory Brewing Company
AleWerks Brewing Company
Center of the Universe Brewing
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Isley Brewing Company
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Midnight Brewery
O’Connor Brewing Co.
StGeorge BrewingCo
Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Midnight Brewery 3rd Anniversary — Noon – 10PM

Midnight will celebrate their anniversary by releasing Man Overboard! Belgian Tripel.

Midnight 3rd Anniv

Show Strangeways Your CANable To Win SOLD OUT Richmond Beeristoric Tour Tickets

Remember how I told you the Richmond Beeristoric would sell out? Well Strangeways is giving you a chance to get on board.

Introducing RVA’s newest beer can..the giant 32oz CanAble crowler (can+growler)! Fill with your choice of 30+ unique Strangeways beers on tap this week for your chance to win a pair of Beeristoric tickets and a $50.00 Strangeways Gift Certificate! Can You Dig It!

Here’s how it works:

1. Stop by Strangeways to pick out your favorite beer (might we suggest filling it with one of this week’s Gingerbread Curiosities?), and get your CanAble filled up.
2. Think strange! Take a unique photo with your CanAble and post it to Twitter, Instagram, or the Contest Facebook Event Page with the #CanAble and tag us in it! (FB: Strangeways Brewing. Twitter and Instagram: StrangewaysRVA)
3. Enlist the help of your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers…our Facebook winner will be chosen by the number of “likes” the photo receives! The Instagram/Twitter winner will be chosen by Strangeways staff, so be clever!
4. Win! Entries must be received by 4PM Saturday, and winners will be posted to this event page at 5PM.

Prizes:
-Facebook winner: A Pair of Beeristoric Tour Tickets and a $50.00 Strangeways Gift Certificate
-Instagram/Twitter winner: A Pair of Beeristoric Tour Tickets and $50.00 Strangeways Gift Certificate

Contest rules:
Must be 21+ to enter. Participants may enter on all social media platforms with one photo per platform. Must be prepared to show photo ID to claim prize. Contest runs from Monday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 8 at 4PM Winners will be posted Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5PM.

Head over to their Facebook event for more information and updates. Good luck!

RVA Beer Week 2014: Beer Dinners & Food Pairings

The yearly celebration of Richmond’s burgeoning craft beer scene is here as RVA Beer Week  runs November 1 – 9. Here are a few options if you would like to eat your way through the week..

Monday November 3rd

Sam Adams Beer Dinner at Maggiano’s — 6:30PM

Check out the menu for this Sam Adams Beer Dinner at Maggiano’s in Short Pump.  I don’t have the exact cost for this dinner but past dinners have been $65/person including tax and tip. Call the restaurant at (804) 253-0910 for more information and to reserve your spot.

Maggiano's Beer Dinner Menu

Tuesday November 4th

Smartmouth Beer & Food Pairings at Urban Tavern — 6PM

Head up to The Urban Tavern as they sample four Smartmouth beers and pair them with Tim Bereika’s food.  Call the restaurant to reserve your spot.

Smartmouth Urban Tavern Tasting 110414-3

Wednesday November 5th

Bites & Flights at Toast & Estilo — 5PM

Join Estilo & Toast RVA as we celebrate RVA Beer week by featuring a flight from some of our favorite breweries, paired with delicious bites from Executive Chef Ian!

4 beers & 4 bites at each restaurant!

Estilo Menu

Candied Pumpkin Quesadilla
Three Brothers Fairground Fall Ale

Chicken Mole Taquito
Devil’s Backbone: Coco Danzig Baltic Porter

Buffalo Sope
Terrapin: Hopzilla

Pepita Brownie with ginger blood orange glaze
Champion: Blood Red Hibiscus Hefeweizen

Toast Menu

Green Tomato Bruschetta
Champion: Tart Berliner Weisse

Citrus & Sambal Chicken Wing
Devil’s Backbone: Bravo 4pt

Savory Cheesecake with balsamic pears & goat cheese
Terrapin: So Fresh & So Green, Green

Salted Caramel Espresso covered Cherries
Three Brothers: Dear Watson

Featured Beers
Bravo 4pt & Coco Danzig from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Tart Berliner Weisse and Blood Red Hibiscus Hefeweizen from Champion Brewing Company
So Fresh & So Green Green and Hopzilla from Terrapin Beer Co.
TBD – Three Brothers Brewing

Only $40 (plus tax & gratuity) to sample all 8 bites & beers

Estilo
7021 Three Chopt Rd
Richmond, VA 23226

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:

Abraxas
Sump
17
Vermilion
Luna Mare
Regalia
Black Walnut Dunkel
Aria
Saison de Lis
Hommelbier
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
Sofie Paradisi
Ogden Triple
Lolita

Firestone Walker
Parabola
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:

Singel
Beaux-Arts Triple IPA (collab with Bluejacket)
Bourbon Barleywine
Sidamo
Gingerbread Stout
2013 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Raspberry Stout
Kristallweiss
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
Mosaic
Chupacabra
Meatball Company
Thai Wagon

Music
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.

Saison
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
Mezzanine
Burger Bach