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Three Bourbon Picks For Derby Day

We can all pretend the Derby Day is about the horses competing in the Kentucky Derby but let’s be real. It’s about the bourbon. Maybe you already have a party planned but if not here are three options around town.

Fearnought Bottle Release & Derby Day Party at Lickinghole Creek — Noon

LCCB Fearnought Brown

Join us as we celebrate the first Saturday in May in style. We’ll have tons of activites for kids including horse back rides and derby day hat making. This is one of our favorite events of the year.

Beer Info:

Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale
10.5% ABV, 28 IBU
Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for 4 Months
Made with Virginia Thoroughbred Barley grown at LCCB

Available in 750 ml Bottles
Just over 2,000 available
Fearnought will receive Virginia Distribution

Very Limited Draft Availability

Fearnought is named for the famous colonial era Virginia stallion whose bloodline is at the heart of American horse racing. Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale is made with Thoroughbred Barley grown on the farm the brewery is housed on, hopped generously with American grown hops and aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels for four months.

Fearnought is the same base beer as Estate Series Mango Habanero Brown Ale & Thoroughbred Brown Ale.

Specialty Pin:

Mint Fearnought – Tapped at 12

Bourbon Cru Release at Hardywood — 2PM

Hardywood Bourbon Cru

Hardywood Bourbon Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel ageing. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained, half-decade old Virginia bourbon barrels from Fredericksburg’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Cru.

Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish. 12% abv

The tasting room opens at 2pm with Bourbon Cru on draft and in 750mL bottles, Curbside Creations Food Truck, Sammich and KavaKava gourmet, live music and vinyl sets from Hardywood’s DJ TimmyTImmyTimmy, rock schlock gold from 1050-1969 and beyond, starting at 5:00pm.

Third Annual Derby Party at Rogue Gentlemen — 4PM


Richmond’s best Derby Day party is back again for the 3rd year in a row! As usual, Mint Juleps on draft will be flowing all day along with several variations by everyones favorite bartenders, Paul & Shaun! Chef will have a small menu available as well.

Pre-game with us at 4pm. Race starts at 6:34pm. Party keeps going until ? Seersucker suits, obnoxious hats, and fascinators too large for your head are highly encouraged.

Double Your Barrels With Brandy Blue Bee Cider and Hardywood Bourbon Coffee This Saturday

There are some cool things coming out of barrels this Saturday February 1st.  You can try one or the other but there’s plenty of time to get them both in.

Blue Bee Rocky Ridge Release — Noon

From noon to 7PM, Blue Bee Cider debuts their sixth and final cider from their very first harvest in 2012.  Rocky Ridge Reserve was aged for five months in brandy barrels before packaging into hand numbered bottles.  There looks to be only 356 bottles available so get these while you can cider fans. 

So go out and get a taste then take a bottle or two home.  Olio’s food truck will offer an ala carte menu to pair with Blue Bee’s ciders. Music will be provided by the Cider Sippers throughout the afternoon with traditional Appalachian tunes.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

212 W. 6th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo Release — 2PM

Hardywood’s Bourbon Sidamo returns for its second year starting at 2PM.  Aged for three months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this coffee stout will have you prepared for whatever Punxsutawney Phil sees on Sunday. 

Enjoy Bourbon Sidamo on draft while chowing down on food from Station 2Hungry Turtle Food TruckCielito LindoSuper Fresh Carts or Goatocado.  Be sure to grab some bottles to go as well in case we are hit with another polar vortex.

Music will be provided by Fear of MusicThe Shangri-Lords, and special guests Full Moon Fever starting at 4:30, 6:15, and 7pm respectively. 

Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

Bourbon Stout Day Tonight At Hardywood

Hardywood Bourbon Stouts1UPDATE: So I did hear one of the last barrels wrong. The last two distilleries have been revealed as Bowman’s and Heaven Hills. Growler fills from 8-9pm! 

Head over to Hardywood tonight  Friday May 31st at 5pm as they tap seven Russian  Imperial Stouts that have been aged in bourbon barrels from seven different distilleries .  Pick your favorite bourbon or try them all in a flight.  Five of the seven barrels that have been revealed thus far include:

Four Roses
Maker’s Mark
Wild Turkey
Jim Beam
Stitzel Weller

The last two barrels are due to be unveiled this morning on Hardywood’s Facebook page  but I’m hearing one of them may be a Reservoir barrel. Learn more at the Facebook event here.

Bourbon Your Saturday With Hardywood And Starr Hill

Bourbon Weekend 030213Looking for bourbon barrel aged stouts this Saturday March 2nd? Here are two ways to get your fix.

Hardywood Bourbon Sidamo Release

Hardywood celebrates the release of their barrel aged Sidamo Coffee Stout with a bottle-only sale in the morning followed by tasting room opening for bottles, draft, and food vendors at 2pm.   and an acoustic evening of Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade!

Hardywood will be open 10AM – Noon Saturday morning for a pre-sale event for bottles and merchandise.  If you’re looking to skip the lines before tasting room hours start at 2PM, this is when you want  to be at the brewery.

Tasting room hours will be open from 2 – 9PM with Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout available in half or full pints with most likely a special randall.  Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade will play acoustic sets starting at 5:30pm.

Food vendors for the night will be Monique’s Crepes, Estes BarBQue, and Station 2.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

Starr Hill ROCK MS Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Release

First off, thanks to  Screens N Suds for making me aware of this event

Take the scenic drive up to Starr Hill in Crozet, VA as they kick off their month-long celebration of ROCK MS.  They will be having a special tapping of their rare Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Imperial Stout in their tasting room.

While bottles will be made available at a later date, tastings, pints and growler fills will be available. Sign up to stake your claim for special Bourbon Barrel Cryptical bottles from their super limited run of this extremely rare brew.

Local food truck favorites Delicious George and The Lunchbox will be serving grub. If you have what it takes you compete in a fierce corn hole tournament for VIP tickets to ROCK MS, Starr Hill merchandise  and more. Come for the afternoon to sample and sip on this limited-edition extraordinary brew.

This Saturday marks the first of many community events surrounding Starr Hill’s  fundraising efforts for the National MS Society Blue Ridge Chapter and the James Q. Miller MS Clinic at UVA. The main event, ROCK MS will be held at the Jefferson Theater on Saturday, April 13th featuring the soul legend Charles Bradley.

To donate directly to Walk MS, click here: http://bit.ly/WGFkwp

To purchase tickets to ROCK MS featuring Charles Bradley, click here: http://www.jeffersontheater.com/rock-ms

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

Cozy Up To Hardywood Bourbon GBS Saturday

Hardywood Bourbon GBSRichmond Hardywood Bourbon Gingerbread Stout will be released tomorrow, Saturday December 15th.

Hardywood will open from 10AM – Noon Saturday morning for a pre-sale event for bottles and merchandise.   There is no doubt that people will be lining up for this just as they did for Gingerbread Stout.  Keep in mind there will be a 2 bottle/person limit.

Bourbon GBS will be available in half and full pints from 2 – 9PM.  The Joey Ciucci Trio and Paulo Franco & the Rateros playing sets starting at 3 and 6:30pm, respectively.

Only 30 barrels were filled with this beer. So when it’s gone, it’s gone.  Growler fills seem unlikely due to the limited nature of the beer.  This is not unusual.  If you remember, this was the same situation with Bourbon Cru.  At any rate, enjoy the beer while you can.

Go here for more information.