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Richmond Beeristoric Tour Tickets Sales Start Wednesday At Strangeways

Outside Yuengling beer caves; Credit: Richmond Beeristoric

Outside Yuengling beer caves; Credit: Richmond Beeristoric

UPDATE 10/21/15 12:10PM: Tickets on sale now. Go and get them!

If you’ve heard about this tour in the past and wished you had the chance to attend, make sure to get yourself over to Strangeways Wednesday October 21st before tickets are gone. Being the final and one of the most anticipated events of RVA Beer Week, this tour will sell out quickly. Trust me on this!

Local Suds Goes For All The Marbles With Capital City Brew Tour

Local Suds Brew ToursLocal Suds has been doing a great job exposing new and old craft beer lovers to Virginia breweries through their series of brew tours.  They have upped their game by going bigger and more creative with the tour offerings.  Capital City Brew Tour, this Saturday January 26th, is their  biggest tour to date encompassing the four breweries in the greater Richmond area: Hardywood, Legend, Center of the Universe and Midnight.

The tour will pick up from Captial Ale House downtown at 1:30pm and dropping off just in time for the start of the Great Hopocalypse where Capital will be tapping these special hoppy beers:

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
Dogfish Head 120 Minute
Hardywood Bourbon Barrel DIPA
Bells This One Goes to 11 Ale
Bear Republic Racer X

The cost for the tour is $45 with a portion of the proceeds going to 2BNB.  Go to the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets.  Check out their Facebook page for more information on Local Suds and their future events, like their Lord of The Rings themed brew tour and burlesque.

Journey to Center of the Universe Brewing


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Center of the Universe Brewing in Ashland, VA.  Brothers Chris and Phil Ray along with head brewer Mike Killelea lead Edmond Medina (@va_beergeek; read his take here) and myself on a tour of the site with our first stop being the 60 seat tasting room with a freshly finished bar and one prototype tap handle. It’s a pretty awesome looking taphandle!

With the recently installed fermentors and bright tanks in place, the only thing that was missing from main brewhouse was their 15 barrel brew system. Although it was delivered the next morning, it will take some time to get it fully installed and tested.

Once COTU is up and running what type of beers can you expect to see from them.   I can’t tell you exactly but here are a few tidbits:

  • Hanover water quality perfect for delicate styles
  • German & English malts were have been received
  • Non filtered beers
  • Targeting four year round beers; pale ale & IPA (possibly West Coast style) vying for first two slots
  • Access to family farm to source hops, pumpkins, and maybe tomatoes. Yes, I’ve warmed to the idea of a tomato beer.
  • Homefront IPA for Chris Ray’s charity Hops for Heroes available Memorial Day 2013.  COTU joins Cigar City, Perennial Artisan Ales, Fremont, SlyFox, St. Arnold’s, and 21st Amendment breweries to make this a nationwide effort.  Proceeds from each beer goes to local Operation Homefront chapter.

At the end of the day, COTU has a lot going for them.  Chris and Phil have an endless amount of enthusiasm for taking their love of homebrewing to craft brewing.  Mike Killelea praised the brothers for their well developed homebrew recipes that we may see in some form. 

Center of the Universe Brewing will open their doors in November.  I encourage you to take a trip up and check them out.  For now, Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for announcements and pictures detailing their progress.