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Birthday Weekend Roundup 2014: Rappahannock, Crossroads, RVA Earth Day, Hardywood, & Strangeways

Where did the time go? It is time to celebrate three years of great beers, food, and everything in between.  Here are just a few things that caught my eye this weekend.

Thursday April 24th

Devils Backbone Auster Brau Release at Rappahannock — 4PM

What is Auster Brau?

In addition to their collaboration beer, they will have:

Azrael
Dark Abbey
Gold Leaf Lager
Schwartz Bier
Striped Bass Pale Ale

A beer specifically made to pair with oysters? Sign me up!

Heavy Seas Tap Takeover at Crossroads — 5PM

If you live in Southside and have not check out Crossroads Forest Hill, then you are really missing out.  One visit had me addicted to pistachios with my beer.  Today, six of their sixteen taps are being takeover by Heavy Seas beers.

There will be glassware to steal with these beers on tap:

Black Cannon IPA
Riptide
Peg Leg
Small Craft Warning
Big DIPA
Loose Cannon IPA

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

Strangeways Tap Invasion at AW Shucks Country Store — 6PM

AW Shucks Country Store
6100 Pouncey Tract Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Saturday April 26th

RVA Earth Day Festival, Manchester — 11AM

Style Weekly is proud to bring you the city’s favorite celebration of earth day again this year. Musical entertainment from critically acclaimed local bands, tasty local food, eye-popping local art, thirst-quenching Virginia craft beers and more. In all, you can expect a beautiful day. And it’s FREE to attend.

If you’ve been to the festival in any of the past four years, we’ll be at the SAME GREAT LOCATION — in Manchester, from riverside through Plant Zero. The fun starts on the south of the 14th Street Bridge and continues from East 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th streets, from Hull to Decatur, including riverside and flood wall activities. Look for new activities on Mayo Island.

Benefitting FeedRVA, RVA Earth Day Festival will feature all nine local Richmond breweries with the following beers on tap.

Center of the Universe — Ashland Hardywood — Richmond
Ray Ray’s Pale Ale Singel
Main Street Hoplar
Isley Brewing — Richmond Legend — Richmond
The Bribe – Oatmeal Porter Brown
Lickinghole Creek –Goochland Maibock
Magic Beaver Pale Ale Hopfest
Midnight — Goochland Lager
Rockville Red Strangeways — Richmond
Triple Crossing — Richmond Albino Monkey
Falcon Smash IPA Phantasmic IPA
Devils Backbone — Roseland Bold Rock — Nellysford
Vienna Lager Virginia Apple
Starr Hill — Crozet
RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout

Make sure to head over to the Legend Lounge to continue their 20th Anniversary Celebration and for a special treat.  Legend Brewing will be the site of the official after-party from 7:30 – 11:30pm.

Hardywood x RVA Beard League Barleywine Release — Noon

To celebrate the 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships, Hardywood and RVA Beard League created a small batch of bourbon barrel aged barleywine that they are releasing in capped and waxed limited edition 16oz growlers.  

Sunday April 27th

Strangeways B-Sides Honey Bock Release — 11AM

The trend of a beer being released on my actual birthday continues this year.

Are You Coming To Hardywood Saturday For My Birthday & Bourbon Cru Release?

Hardywood Twilight Cru

Yes, a bit of shameless promotion on my part.  My birthday on Saturday April 27th just happens to be the same date of Hardywood’s Bourbon Cru release for 2013.  Coincidence? I think not. I’m pretty awesome if I say so myself.  I’m happy to share my date with such an awesome beer.

But before we get to Saturday, we get to have some fun.  Tonight Thursday April 25th, Hardywood hosts the Twilight 4 Miler.  Don’t worry if you didn’t sign up for the run/walk; you can still participate in the block party.  In honor of the run, Hardywood will be tapping their Twilight Weiss, a red hued Bavarian style Hefeweizen.

Once you have tried the Twilight Weiss, you are going to want to come back Friday afternoon April 26th at 4pm as Hardywood taps a pin created by yours truly for Firkin Friday.  In honor of my first homebrew back in 2009, I chose to use Hardywood Twilight Weiss adding mango, sage (from my own garden), and pink peppercorns.  I also hope to have a matching Randall for the evening as well.

Hardywood Mango Weiss Pin

This brings us full circle back to the main event on Saturday.  Get the bottles, Richmond!  Here is what I can tell you about Bourbon Cru 2013.  I love it so much more than I did last year.  While I liked last year’s Cru, there were times I felt overwhelmed by the bourbon in that I could not taste the underlying Quad.  2013 Cru harmonizes both bourbon and quad flavors giving the best of both worlds.  I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Add in alternating music sets from Black Girls and The Trillions starting at 5pm and you really have a party on your hands. Plus don’t forget the food from Boka Tako, Super Fresh Carts, Monique Crepes, Estes Barbecue, and my favorite Pizza Tonight.

Oh and if I can find the time. there may be cake.

Welcome to My Birthday Week

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I started this little blog.  I’ve had a lot of fun meeting the multifaceted people  who are responsible for bringing craft beer to the River City. These people range from distribution reps, brewery owners and staff, and restaurants. I especially love when I meet readers of the site.  Here are just a few things that caught my eye this week.

Tuesday April 24th

Goose Island Steal the Glass Night at Capital Ale House

I’ve enjoyed every Goose Island beer I’ve had since it first hit town at Weezie’s Kitchen.  I’m not going to miss my chance to get a glass. I suggest you don’t either.

Friday April 27th

This being my actual birth day will make deciding what to do especially difficult because it’s not as if there isn’t just one choice.  Restaurant Week has had me going back and forth on where to dine this night.  Right now, I’m thinking Bistro 27. I know you’re thinking that’s perfect.  I was reading over Bobby Kruger’s Libation Nation today and thought it’d be awesome to have him make me a signature beer cocktail for the night.

After dinner, I will be seeing the Blue Man group for the first time. I really hope they’re worth the hype.

An after show drink location is still to be determined. I’m open to suggestions.

Saturday April 28th

Hardywood’s timing could not be more perfect.  They are throwing a Spring Frolics party to celebrate the release of their first Barrel Series beer, Bourbon Grand Cru.  This will also mark their sixth month anniversary.  I will definitely be there to get my allotment.  Get more  info at the Facebook event here.

Oh before I forget, there will be cake. I’m still working out all the details but I will be bringing my birthday cake to the party. Right now it is going to be a Beeramisu cake using Hardywood Mocha Belgique.