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Navigate My Birthday Schedule This Saturday

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This coming Saturday April 27th, I will be turning the grand old age of 42 otherwise known as the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. As is typical in Richmond, there is no shortage (read: too many!) of things I would like to celebrate my birthday. There are so many things I’ve been forced to do something I really hate, write a schedule but I figured if I was going to write a schedule, I might as well share it.

8AM
Herbs Galore & More at Maymont

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No sleeping in like normal for me because Maymont scheduled their yearly herb sale gathering on my birthday. Yes, it goes til 4pm but I have plans. Every year we get shishito peppers and other herbs and vegetable plants from Amy’s Organic Garden. I can’t imagine missing this but it will have to be a quick stop because the next stop is huge.

$5 for Marketplace / free for Maymont members and children 16 & under

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza!

Marketplace on the Lawn

Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event. View the Herbs Galore Vendor Map.

Amy’s Garden
Bright Body
Bungalow Decor
Byrd Farm
Capsaicin Solutions
Charlotte LaRoy Basketry
Colesville Nursery
Cross Creek Nursery and Landscaping
Cymron Cottage
Dominion Energy Green Power
Down the Garden Path
Forest Lane Botanicals
Forrest Green Farm
Garden Gate Landscape & Design
Garner’s Produce
Gathered Threads
Greg’s Antiques & Garden Iron
Hanover Master Gardeners
Harvey Gardens
Herb Angel
Herb Society of America/Virginia Commonwealth Unit
J&B Herb and Plant Farm
Kathleen’s Gardens
KEBaubles Jewelry & Accessories
Living Art
Maymont’s From One Garden to Another
Maymont’s Herb Sale
Medina Mercantile
Morningside Farm and Nursery
People Via Plants
Perrin Cottage Perfumery
Pine Knot Farms
Plant By Design Native Nursery
Plant RVA Natives Campaign
Poplar Ridge Nursery
Prime Cut Crafts
Putnam Hill Nursery
Rabbit and Wren
Red Root & Co.
Roots & Blooms
Shade Metals
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Tricycle Urban Ag
A Thyme to Plant at Lavender Fields Herb Farm
Vera’s Vittles Seasonings
Virginia Vistas Greenhouses
Zapantis Designs

FOOD VENDORS

Check back for vendor updates.

Espresso-A-Go-Go
Gaucho
Gourmeltz
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
King of Pops
Monique’s Crepes
Old Dominion Herb Society
Rivah Southern
Scoop’s
Simply Street Food
Woodhead’s Grill

11AM

Avengers: Endgame

I have tickets to see this 3hr followup to Infinity War in IMAX 3D. Fair warning. If you spoil this movie for me, don’t bother trying to eat or drink in town. I mean I always use my powers for good but this is serious business.

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Noon

Swine & Brine at Ardent Craft Ales

So I’ll still be in the movie when this starts but I’ll definitely want some pork and oysters once it is all said and done.

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Swine & Brine is returning for a fifth annual celebration of pork, seafood, and of course, beer! Join us this Saturday for a local food feast, with a focus on oysters, pork dishes, and homemade sides, along with beer, cider, and prosecco.

Local restaurant lineup:
– ZZQ: Housemade pork sausage over Boracho Beans
– Saison: Pastrami pork ribs, pickled red cabbage & spicy Russian dressing
– Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC: Oysters + crab cakes
– Perch RVA: Filipino pork bbq skewers w/ soy, sugar cane vinegar & garlic
– Southbound & Autumn Olive Farms: Ham salad w/ pork rinds + smoked pork w/ slaw & Duke’s mayo brioche
– Oak & Apple brought to you by Postbellum: Red Fresno spare ribs, apple coleslaw w/ Alabama white sauce
– Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’ll have our full lineup of Ardent beers on tap, as well as Blue Bee Cider and Zardetto Prosecco.
– Highpoint DIPA
– Pilsner
– Defenestrator
– IPA X
– DDH IPA X
– Saison
– Earl Grey Brown Ale
– Honey Ginger
– IPA 14
– Dark Rye
– Dunkel
– Pithy in Pink
– Pink Boots IPA
– Kōyō
– Blue Bee cider – Mill Race Bramble
– Blue Bee cider – Rocky Ridge Reserve
– Zardetoo prosecco

Soda, water, juice, and iced coffee will also be available.

Because of the special event license required to serve outside alcohol, no to-go sales will be available during Swine & Brine, to include bottles, cans, growler or crowler fills. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you’re able to visit us on Friday or Sunday to stock your fridge!

Swine & Brine is open to the public, free to enter, family friendly, rain or shine! Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio, but pets are not permitted inside the taproom.

Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase by cash or card for $6 each. One ticket can be exchanged for one beverage or food item. (Some larger dishes may cost two tickets.)

Interested in volunteering? Sign up now and you’ll get an exclusive custom T-shirt, free food, and extra tickets to use how you’d like: http://signup.com/go/ebwLKca

All oyster shells are being recycled through the VCU Rice Rivers Center Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program in support of Chesapeake Bay restoration, building oyster sanctuaries.

Parking may be limited throughout Scott’s Addition, so consider planning alternate transportation, and please don’t drink and drive!

3rd Anniversary Releases at the Veil Brewing Co.

Yes, the Veil started celebrating their anniversary on Tuesday. Yes, there are desirable releases each day. Let’s concentrate on Saturday though. I mean this is mostly about me.

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Saturday 4/27 will be the release of Coffee Cinnamon Circle of Wolves! It’s one of 28 releases slated for our third anniversary week of 4/23/19 – 4/28/19! 🤙⠀ ⠀ ☁️⚡️⚡️⚡️⠀ Coffee Cinnamon Circle of Wolves is our beloved English Barleywine that is aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 17 months, conditioned with the finest Columbian La Palma Y El Tucan coffee from our friends at @blanchardscoffee. This coffee went through a lactic fermentation process which softens the coffee exhibiting a delicate profile of dates, caramel, and jasmine. The beer itself contains flavors of Toostie Rolls, coconut, plum, sweet festive desert, nuts, and chocolate covered raisins. The coffee creates a great layer of flavor unlike most coffee beers. 12.8% ABV ⠀ ⠀ *Available in 500mL, 1.5L and 3L bottles to-go and on draft. ⠀⠀ ⠀ 500mL⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 450x available at 1pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $25+tax each ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 1.5mL ⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 12x available at 1pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $65+tax each⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 3L⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 2x available at 1pp limit ⠀⠀ ⚡️ $155+tax each ⠀⠀ ⠀ **To reiterate this beer will be released on *SATURDAY 4/27* during our 3rd anniversary week. Please see the event page on our website or Facebook event post for a full release schedule/details for our week-long 3rd anniversary rager. 🤙⠀ ⠀ ***Stay tuned beer buddiez! We’ve got 2 more beers to announce regarding our 3rd anniversary event!⠀ ⠀ ☁️⚡️⚡️⚡️

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Saturday 4/27 will be the release of Make You Feel batch 2! It’s one of 28 releases slated for our third anniversary week of 4/23/19 – 4/28/19! 🤙⠀ ⠀ ☁️⚡️⚡️⚡️⠀ Make You Feel is open fermented with a mixed culture in our koelschip for 48 hours and then transferred into fresh Virginia @RdVvineyards French oak red wine barrels. It then finishes fermentation and further conditions in the barrels for 13 months until mature. Light, vinous, bright wine aroma, balanced elegant acid, subtle honey, hay, musty oak cellar in a good way. 5.9% ABV⠀ ⠀ *Available in 750mL, 1.5L, 3L bottles to-go and on draft. ⠀ ⠀ 750mL⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 1400x available at 4pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $20+tax each ⠀ ⠀ 1.5L⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 27x available at 1pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $60+tax each⠀ ⠀ 3L ⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 6x available at 1pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $135+tax each⠀ ⠀ **To reiterate this beer will be released on *SATURDAY 4/27* during our 3rd anniversary week. Please see the event page on our website or Facebook event post for a full release schedule/details for our week-long 3rd anniversary rager. 🤙⠀ ⠀ ***Stay tuned beer buddiez! We’ve got 6 more beers to announce regarding our 3rd anniversary event!⠀ ⠀ ☁️⚡️⚡️⚡️

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Saturday 4/27 will be the release of Double Barrel Sleeping Forever! It’s one of 28 releases slated for our third anniversary week of 4/23/19 – 4/28/19! 🤙⠀ ⠀ ☁️⚡️⚡️⚡️⠀ Double Barrel Sleeping Forever is our anniversary Imperial Stout aged for 12 months in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels then extracted and put into our favorite Danish cherry wine barrels for another 13 months! Intense cherry and bourbon, silky, refined wine-like character followed by cocoa powder, baking spices, sticky dates, and oak. Double fudge sundae topped with tons of cherries. 14% ABV ⠀ ⠀ *Available in 500mL, 1.5L and 3L bottles to-go and on draft. ⠀⠀ ⠀ 500mL⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 1350x available at 3pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $25+tax each ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 1.5L ⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 12x available at 1pp limit⠀⠀ ⚡️ $65+tax each⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 3L⠀⠀ ⚡️ aprox. 2x available at 1pp limit ⠀⠀ ⚡️ $155+tax each ⠀⠀ ⠀ **To reiterate this beer will be released on *SATURDAY 4/27* during our 3rd anniversary week. Please see the event page on our website or Facebook event post for a full release schedule/details for our week-long 3rd anniversary rager. 🤙⠀ ⠀ ***Stay tuned beer buddiez! We’ve got 7 more beers to announce regarding our 3rd anniversary event!⠀ ⠀ ☁️⚡️⚡️⚡️

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2PM

RVA [All Day] Block Party at the Broadberry

Live music on two stages by some of the best bands in Richmond. What’s not to love? I for one am excited to see No BS! Brass and to snag the release of their live album that was recorded during their 10th anniversary show at the Broadberry.

RVA All Day Block Party at The Broadberry Saturday April 27!

An indoor/outdoor block party extravaganza! We will be closing down the ENTIRE parking lot and setting up the BIG stage yet again!

Early Bird: $10 — SOLD OUT
GA Tier 1: $17 — SOLD OUT
GA Tier 2: $25 – on sale now http://bit.ly/RVAallday
VIP: $75

The OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY for Party for the Planet!!

2:00 – Doors
3:00 – 3:30 – Calvin Presents
3:50 – 4:20 – Piranha Rama
4:40 – 5:20 – Camp Howard
5:40 – 6:20 – Kenneka Cook
6:40 – 7:45 – The Congress
8:15 – 9:45 – NO BS! Brass Band
INDOOR AFTER-PARTY:
10:30 – 12:30 – The Trongone Band
**Schedule subject to change without notice***

Featuring DJ Ghozt on the 1s and 2s all day long!

Honestly, I have no idea how I’m going to make it through all of this but I will damn sure try!!!!

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.