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Yes, You CAN Have Sunday Funday At CAN JAM SE At Triple Crossing Fulton Today


Credit: Triple Crossing

The rules of Can Jam Southeast at Triple Crossing’s Fulton location are pretty simple today Sunday February 11th. Pick a can and drink it. Follow that first can with as many as you can handle.

But which can should you start with? Here’s a handy list of the visiting breweries attending and the cans they will be bringing.


Credit: Triple Crossing

The All Star line up for tomorrow! Tickets will be sold for $6 and can be redeemed for any can. There will be some rules to how Can Jam will be operated, so please read these in advance of coming to the brewery Sunday:

1) Triple Crossing packaged products will only be available at our Downtown location on 2/11. There will be no packaged products (or to-go products) of any kind available at our Fulton location for the duration of the event on 2/11.
2) Tickets, which will be exchanged for cans, can be purchased upon arrival. Only 3 tickets can be purchased at a time. You can get in line again to purchase 3 more, if so desired.
3) Each ticket may be exchanged for one brand from one brewery at a time. For example, you may exchange all 3 tickets at once, but it must be for 3 different beers from 3 different breweries. We’ve done this to ensure that as many guests as possible have the opportunity to try out a wide variety of breweries and their beer.
4) Any cans you receive will be opened by our server upon ticket exchange. There are no exceptions to this rule.
5) Absolutely no outside beer will be allowed on Triple Crossing premises.

If you need a memento of your time today, consider the $3 Can Jam SE koozie.


Credit: Triple Crossing

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Triple Crossing Beer – Fulton
5203 Hatcher St
Richmond, VA 23231

Hardywood ‘Day Fresh’ Candemonium This Friday

Hardywood Candemonium 012414In celebration of National Canned Beer Day, the anniversary of the first canning of beer in Richmond on January 24, 1935, Hardywood, Old Dominion Mobile Canning, and Brown Distributing have teamed up to bring “Day Fresh” cans of Cream Ale and The Great Return to various restaurants and shops around the city. 

Here is the full press release with all of the information you’ll need:

Beer in a can, from whence it all began!

Freshness is always good in beer, and at Hardywood Park we strive to offer the freshest beer possible to our customers. In that spirit, and to celebrate the birth of the beer can, the wonders of technology, and the illustrious history of beer in our fair city, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Old Dominion Mobile Canning Company, and Brown Distributing have teamed up for a special event we have named: “Day Fresh Candemonium!”

We have meticulously timed our brewing schedule, enlisted the help of all our employees, our friends, and some amazing volunteers, bought a ton of coffee, set our alarms for entirely too early in the morning, even put out a silly press release to prepare. All for you!

We will be canning fresh batches of Hardywood Cream Ale and The Great Return in the early morning hours of January 24th. Our distributing partner, Brown Distributing, will pick up pallets of these cans, an after processing them, will immediately begin selling them into the market, allowing customers to enjoy our beers the freshest way possible; the day they were canned.

Head out to your favorite watering hole and ask for day fresh Hardywood cans, or join us for a party at the brewery that evening, where Old Dominion Mobile Canning will be hosting a canning seminar.

What better way to enjoy the massive loads of Citra and Simcoe in The Great Return than trying it within hours of it being lovingly canned! Grapefruit, melon, bold resiny pine, we’ve got it for you! Want to impress your friends with how amazing your craft beer street cred is? Instagram or tweet a photo of your can with its canning date printed merely hours before! #dayfreshbeer!

And if for some reason you aren’t able to get out on Friday to enjoy some of these cans, fear not, because on Saturday, they will be 1 day old!

So why decide to create this event in the middle of the winter? Is it because we love the cold? Maybe. Because it’s Janaury and we felt like reviving a local holiday? Possibly. Because we love Richmond and want to warm your hearts? Absolutely!

The inspiration for “Day Fresh Candemonium” is a day long, long ago, longer than most of you reading this can remember. A day that began like any other, but will go on to live in infamy as long as beer in a can exists. Here is the story:

Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company had been brewing beer since the mid-1800s, but had suffered from Prohibition and worker strikes. When The American Can Company approached with the idea of canned beer, it was initially unpopular with Krueger execs, but American Can offered to install the equipment for free; If the beer flopped, Krueger wouldn’t have to pay.

G. Krueger Brewing must have felt it was a huge gamble to be first out with canned beer. It was too big a gamble to release the product in their regional market, instead, Richmond, Virginia was decided upon as a test market. On January 24, 1935, canned beer went on sale. Two brands were sold, Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer, marking the birthday of the beer can.

The 2,000 cans of beer were given to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond; The public loved it, with 91% giving it a thumbs up, and 85% saying that it tasted more like draft than bottled beer1. Reassured by this successful test, Krueger gave canning the green light, and history was made.

Compared to glass, the cans were lightweight, cheap, opaque, and easy to stack and ship. Unlike bottles, you didn’t have to pay a deposit and then return the cans for a refund. By that summer Krueger was buying 180,000 cans a day from American Can2, and other breweries decided to follow.

Beer in a can became the greatest thing since sliced bread, which incidentally was only seven years old at the time.

When we decided to create our first canned beer, we thought it was only right to pay tribute to the original canned beer. Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style that embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks.

With every can we create since that time, we continue to honor and pay homage to those brave souls who gave us the beer can!

Raise a can to RVA, where the canned beer revolution began! 

Celebrate your beer history by cracking open a cold one with us! Cheers! 


We are proud to offer these ‘day fresh’ cans at the following establishments: 

Capital Ale House Downtown
Capital Ale House Innsbrook
Capital Ale House Midlothian
Commercial Taphouse 
Corks And Kegs 
Ellwood Thompson’s 
Fat Dragon
Joe’s Inn Fan
Once Upon a Vine North 
Once Upon a Vine South
Portrait House
Savory Grain
Shields Market
Southern Railway Taphouse 
Station 2
Sticky Rice
Strawberry Street Market
The Camel
The Cask Cafe
Total Wine & More Westland Plaza 
Total Wine & More Robious Hall 
Uptown Deli
Whole Foods Short Pump 


Hardywood Presents: The Great Return…and Pizza Beer Dinner

imageHardywood is debuting their latest canned beer, The Great Return, a West Coast Style IPA, this week.  You’ll start to see the new beer around town soon but here are a couple events to consider.

Tuesday  October 22nd

Head over to The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing at 5pm for Great Return IPA cans:

Bold, resinous and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River as a bounty of vibrant aquatic life, eco-friendly recreational activity, and in our case, fresh brewing water. These efforts have culminated recently with the symbolic return of the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon, a prehistoric, yet majestic behemoth of a fish, spotted as far up the James River as the fall line in Richmond. Let’s celebrate!

$10 from every barrel of The Great Return produced will be shared with the James River Association.

Enjoy other Hardywood drafts as well as appetizer specials as you talk with representatives from Hardywood and James River Association.

At 7PM, head over to Conch Republic for the check presentation to the James River Association. 16 oz. cans of The Great Return and other Hardywood drafts available. Dinner specials.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Thursday October 24th

Great Return Pizza DinnerIf you didn’t know, not only is Hardywood assistant brewer Nick Danger Walthall a great brewer, he is also a pizza fanatic.  He has teamed up with Whole Foods Short Pump for The Great Return Pizza + Beer Dinner.  Nick has let his imagination run wild with pizza toppings and beer pairings to create a truly unique menu.


Appetizer course featuring Olli Salami and Piave
Hardywood Singel


Olive oil, red grapes, pulled roast chicken, rosemary, fresh mozzarella and shaved Robusto
Lickinghole Creek Short Pump Saison

Ricotta with goat cheese crumbles, caramelized onions, Jambon ham and arugula
Hardywood Doppelbock

Roasted red peppers, roasted garlic with Parmesan, Asiago and Fontina cheeses
Hardywood Great Return IPA

Maple roasted pumpkin and apples, pancetta and smoked mozzarella
Hardywood Rum Pumpkin

The cost for the dinner is $40/person. Seating is limited so make your reservations today by calling Whole Foods at (804) 364-4050.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Catch Candemonium with Center of the Universe Brewing Today

I was able to sneak in a visit to COTU Brewing as they canned Ray Ray’s Pale Ale with Old Dominion Mobile Canning. If you listen closely, you can hear co-founder Chris Ray describe part of the process. Cans of Ray Ray’s and Main St Ale will be available at the brewery today June 1st from 3 – 9pm. You will also be able to find them in Richmond area shops very soon.