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RVA Beer Week 2015: Capital Ale House Special Tappings

RVA Beer Week LogoRVA Beer Week (November 1 – 8) is back for its sixth year and Capital Ale House has lined up special beer tappings for each of their locations each day this week.

Monday November 2nd

Downtown: Strangeways Chocolate Gourd of Thunder
Innsbrook: Strangeways Pecan Gourd of Thunder
Midlothian: Strangeways Rot In Hell Pumpkin Sour

Tuesday November 3rd

Downtown:
Innsbrook: Lickinghole Creek The Source Blueberry IPA
Midlothian: Legend Oktoberfest & Garden Grove Saison

Wednesday November 4th

Downtown: Beer & cheese pairings with tapping of Hardywood/Ardent collab Maple Chesnut Altbier
Innsbrook: Brothers 6lb Locally Sourced Pumpkin Beer
Midlothian: Hardywood Rum Pumpkin

Thursday November 5th

Downtown: Ardent “The One” Pumpkin Ale
Innsbrook:
Midlothian: Ardent Dark Rye Imperial Stout

Friday November 6th

Downtown: Center of the Universe Unseasonable Stout
Innsbrook:
Midlothian: Center of the Universe El Duderino White Russian Stout

I’ll try and fill in the missing pieces as I gather more information.

Roundout Your National Beer Expo Experience With These Events

National Beer Expo 2015The National Beer Expo returns to Richmond for the second year this week from Thursday July 16th to Saturday July 18th.  The Grand Tasting on Saturday July 18th will allow you to sample over 150 craft beers; take look at the list of breweries here.  VIP admission gets you in two hours early plus a few exclusive tastes for $54 versus $42 for general admission. Check out the main ticket page for combo options to save some money.

VIP admission tickets include the following perks:

  • Two full hours of additional time before General Admission ticket-holders may enter. (New for 2015)
  • Enjoy exclusive access to 18+ limited release, rare or vintage beers – many of them pins (cask beers) and bottled beers – tapped especially for VIP/Early Admission ticket-holders. These beers will not be available to General Admission ticket-holders. (New for 2015)
  • There will be a limited allocation of VIP/Early Admission tickets so that this two hour period will offer incredibly fast access to all exhibitors and beer at the Expo and the opportunity to taste all of the cask beers before they are gone.

All tickets include the following:

  • Unlimited beer tastings and a Capital Ale House National Beer Expo tasting glass to take home
  • Wine and cider will be available for tasting (very limited selection)
  • Food will be available to sample (limited selection / not enough for a meal / meal-size portions of food will be sold separately)
  • Complimentary water will be available throughout the convention center so you can hydrate and cleanse your palate and beer glass
  • Shop for beer- and beverage-related accessories and products, including brewery paraphernalia
  • Find high-quality exhibitors who sell products and services related to travel and culinary tourism

If you want to go a bit more in depth, try on these events for size:

Friday July 17th

Taco Throwdown Presented By Style Weekly — 5:30PM — $48

Love tacos? Love beer? Well, I guess you could say they go hand in hand.  Try these tacos on for size and wash them down with over 30 craft beers to sample.

Restaurants
Africanne on Main – Wild Life Taco
Aramark – Chorizo, beef & black bean with tomatoes and srirachi slaw in a flour tortilla
Boka Tako – To be determined
Capital Ale HousePork belly tacos topped with roasted corn salsa, cilantro slaw, and roasted tomato aioli
Casa Del BarcoBraised Lamb Tacos with Mexican Coke BBQ sauce, apple-fennel slaw, crispy polenta and lemon-mint crema
Coco BansChicken Curry with Coconut Rice & Grilled Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Apple Slaw
Culinard – Smoked Chili Braised Octopus, Mexican Street Corn Salsa, Avocado and Cojito Taco And White chocolate Grand Marnier mousse with fresh seasonal berries in a Pecan praline crunch Taco
India K’Raja – Chickpea Taco with Pickled Carrots
MosaicThree Day Prime Short Rib: Lavash Taco, Grilled Spring Onion Salad, Coffee Stout Glace, Crème Fraiche
Strawberry Street CaféMahi Tacos with a Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
The Hungry TurtleBanh Mi Tacos – Choice of either Braised Vietnamese BBQ Pork or Lemongrass Chicken: Topped with julienned carrots and daikon radishes in a sweet & tangy brine, julienned english cucumbers, cilantro and sriracha aioli on a flour tortilla

Saturday July 18th

Flapjack Craft Beer Brunch at Julep’s — 10AM — $45

Head over to Julep’s new location for an amazing, luscious farm-to-table brunch featuring fresh, local ingredients. Served with a flight of locally-made craft beers as well as locally brewed coffee, this is an ideal way to start your day before you attend the Saturday Walk-Around Grand Tasting. You will have time to enjoy FlapJack and walk to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting afterwards at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

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First Course
Sweet Potato Flapjacks with Nutmeg Butter and Spiced Maple Syrup
HOEGARDEN BELGIUM WHEAT

Second Course
Julep’s New Southern Benedict
Lump Crab Cake, Virginia Ham, Corn Meal Grit Flapjack, and a Lemon-Lavender Hollandaise
BLUE MOUNTAIN ESB

Third Course
Biscuits and Gravy Sage Biscuits and Surry Sausage and a Dark Roast Coffee Gravy
PARKWAY KOLSCH

Accompaniments
Peaches and Cream
Rosemary-Black Pepper Roasted Local Potatoes
Fried Pineapples
Julep’s Signature Fried Green Tomatoes

Julep’s
420 East Grace St
Richmond, VA 23219

Stone Brewing’s New RVA Brewery & Extraordinary Beers — 11AM — $15

If you’re looking to learn the latest on Stone Brewing’s new facility coming to Richmond in 2016, this would be the place to do it. Jason Armstrong, National Sales Director, and Pat Tiernan, COO, will guide you through a tasting of Stone’s beers as they explain what is to come for the massive destination Stone is building.

The History of Craft Beer — 11AM — $15

History and craft beer go amazingly well together.

It’s been 40 years since the first post-prohibition microbrewery opened in the United States, but craft beer is only now hitting it’s stride. There are now more than 3,500 small breweries opening in the country, and they are producing some of the most flavorful and innovative brews that have ever been created. Join All About Beer Magazine editor John Holl for a guided tasting through the world of craft beer, with interesting facts, colorful stories, and a look at why beer matters.

The Rise of Sour Beer — 1PM — $15

Are you a sour head or just getting into sour beers? Then this seminar is especially for you.

What’s with all the recent hype around sour beers? Join Michael Tonsmeire (author of American Sour Beers) for a tasting and discussion about tart and funky beers. This is what all beers were before Pasteur, stainless steel, hops, and refrigeration. They are the heirloom, foraged, farm-to-table, artisan beverage of the first 8,800 years of beer’s 9,000 year existence. Come learn about their extraordinary flavors and production.

Brewers of Virginia — 1PM — $15

Learn about the growth of Virginia craft beer from the people making it.

Go behind the scenes of Virginia beer on this lively panel discussion lead by All About Beer Magazine editor John Holl. The panel will be comprised of a variety of head brewers and owners from very diverse backgrounds. Lean about brewpubs, production breweries and trailblazers and how they have build their companies to put beer in your glass.

The Esteemed Panel:
Lisa Pumphrey, Co-Founder of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Brian Knight, Brewer at Strangeways Brewing
Jeremy Kirby, Brewmaster at Sunken City Brewing Company

Get More In Depth With These National Beer Expo Events

National Beer ExpoThe inaugural National Beer Expo will takeover Richmond next week from Tuesday July 15th to Sunday July 20th.  There are so many great events to choose from I had trouble even picking for myself which events to attend.  If you go to only one event, it has to be the Grand Tasting on Saturday July 19th with over 150 craft beers to sample; take look at the full list here.  VIP admission gets you in an hour earlier plus a few exclusive tastes for $50 versus $39.50 for general admission. Check out the main ticket page for combo options to save some money.

You can use the Pombe app to plan out your tasting.

If you want to go a bit more in depth, try on these events for size:

Tuesday July 15th

Ultimate Kickoff Party at Mekong — 5PM — $39

It’s the food you’ve come to love at Mekong with beers selected by An Bui. This is a no-brainer and a great deal at $39/person.  Here’s just a sampling of beers and appetizers to enjoy:

Beers
Triple Crossing/The Answer Brewpub Street Creds Double Session IPA (Mekong exclusive!)
Blue Mountain Hopwork Orange IPA
Boulevard Saison Brett
Three Brothers VA Wild Blend
Stillwater Gose Gone Wild
St Bernadus Extra 4
Strangeways Uberlin Berliner Weiss
Victory White Monkey

Heavy Appetizers
Crispy Spring Rolls
Soft Spring Rolls
Rocket Shrimps
Toasted Shrimps
Dumplings
Banh Xep
Goi Ga
Mekong Famous Wings

Wednesday July 16th

Collabeerate at the Jefferson Hotel — 6PM — $66

There is no menu just yet for this dinner at the Jefferson but I have never been disappointed by the dinners at TJ’s with Patrick Ehemann.  Diners will be in for a treat when Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory join him in the kitchen.

UPDATE: The menu is in and looks delicious.  Take a look.

MENU

Welcome
Collaborative Pin of Hardywood Asian Cream Ale Shandy
Passed Hors (chefs choice)

1st course
Hardywood Hoppy American Summer Wheat
Local Fluke Sashimi with Lychee-Jalapeno Granita, Ginger and Basil

2nd Course
Legend Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
Crispy Pastrami Pork Belly with Compressed Cantaloupe and Twice Cooked VA Peanuts, Arugula and Charred Shishito Vinaigrette

3rd Course
Ardent Craft Ales Honey Ginger Ale
Rice Crusted Mahi, with Charred Turnips, Radish, Bean Sprouts, and Basil in a Chili Pho Broth

4th Course
Isley Brewing Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter
Golden Angels Apiary Honey and Roasted Banana Gateaux

Craft “The Movie” at Capital Ale House Downtown — 8PM — $10

If I were not already attending dinner at the Jefferson, this movie would be my next pick for the night.  Yes, there is no beer included in the $10 ticket but at that price you can choose from any of Capital Ale House’s beer and learn about the people making the industry.

Take a look at the trailer.

Thursday July 17th

CRAFT at Virginia War Memorial — 5:30PM — $60

Enjoy the back drop of the Virginia War Memorial as you take part in this beer and food pairing event.  There will be 20+ small plate items, each paired with at least two delicious craft beers (25+ craft beers for your enjoyment). Your ticket purchase includes unlimited beer tastings and food.

Here are some of the more interesting beer from the list:

Allagash Golden Brett
Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine
Evil Twin Nomander Weisse
New Belgium Gruit
Lonerider Addies Revenge
Lost Rhino Genus Loci Brew
Strangeways Placebo Pils
Three Brothers Wild Virginia Blend
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash IPA

UPDATE: Here is the full menu with the chefs and their beer pairings.

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Brookville Restaurant (Chef Harrison Keevil)
Chilled Gazpacho Shot
New Belgium Gruit

Mini Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Parkway Factory Girl IPA

Melon Salad
Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street Pale

Tomato & Duke’s Mayo Sammy
Sam Adams Tetravis

DeFazio’s Catering (Chef Joe DeFazio)
Arizona Rattle Snake Eggs: Jalapeño peppers stuffed with roasted garlic, cream cheese, and crispy pancetta and broiled
Smartmouth Rule G IPA & Lonerider Cowboy in Black IPA

Mini Rueben: Lean corned beef, layered with Russian dressing, sauerkraut, on rye bread.
Victory Wild Devil IPA

Pepperoni Rolls: Peasant style sweet dough stuffed with imported pepperonis and banana peppers sprinkled with sea salt and Romano cheese.
Evil Twin Nomader Weisse & Blue Mountain Local Species

Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad: Rigatoni pasta, tossed with roasted red and yellow peppers, bocconcini (small mozzarella bites) and toasted almonds, basil, flat leaf parsley, and Extra virgin olive oil.
Strangeways Placebo Pils & Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine

Scotch Egg: Hard-boiled egg wrapped in seasoned sausage, rolled in panko bread crumbs oven roasted. Served with basil aioli or hot sauce
Blue Mountain Sour Banshee & Terrapin Hi-5 IPA

Patina ( Chef Mike Ladesma)
Beer braised kalbi short ribs
Three Brothers Wild Virginia Blend & Legend Crim Dubbel

Local Berry Trifle
Sierra Nevada Single Hop Harvest

Smoked tomato crab compote crostini
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Watermelon salad with cured salami and feta
Boulevard Saison Brett & Lost Rhino Wandering Belgian

Savory Grain (Chef Sean Murphy)
Dry Rubbed & Grilled Chicken Wings, finished with Savory Grain’s signature house BBQ glaze
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash IPA & Hardywood Bohemian Pils

Marinated Kale Salad, marinated in a white balsamic berry vinaigrette, infused with Hardywood Virginia Blackberry; with pickled carrots, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese & toasted almonds
Hardywood Virginia Blackberry

Salted Caramel Popcorn & Peanut Clusters
Allagash Golden Brett & Maine Mean Old Tom

Shaved Beef Skewer, medium rare, with globe grape and bleu cheese crumbles
Wild Wolf Area 151 & Highland Razor Wit

Zucchini Beer Bread with honey butter
Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Tripel

Friday July 18th

Taco Throwdown — 5:30PM — $39.50

Love tacos? Love beer? Well, I guess you could say they go hand in hand.  Try these tacos on for size and wash them down with over 30 craft beers to sample.

Restaurants
Boka Tako Chorizo and onion on a toasted tortilla. topped with napa cabbage, farm cheese, fig ginger compote, chipotle vinaigrette , sage-goat crema, and a sweet soy drizzle.
Aramark  Fresh smoked bbq pork with a cilantro pesto flour tortilla and black beans, blue cheese and blackened slaw
Estilo Veggie Taco: roasted vegetables, fire roasted poblano, pepitas, pickled onion, cancha & crema
Mezzanine Tempura avocado taco with sweet chili and a braised short rib taco. Cabbage, salsa fresca and white sauce for both.
India K’Raja  Indian Veggie Taco: Fresh yellow corn tortillas stuffed with chickpeas & spinach filling topped onions, tomatoes and special India K’ Raja’s salsa.
Capital Ale House Fresh Rockfish grilled and topped with cilantro-lime slaw, pineapple salsa and Ancho chipotle sauce in a freshly fried tortilla
Culinard Saison Braised Pork Carnitas on Blue Corn Tortilla with Mango-Jicama Slaw and Queso Fresco
Casa Del Barco Pork Chili Verde Tacos, with Cotija Cheese, Grilled Cactus & Corn Salsa, Pickled Radish Salad
Savory Grain Crispy Pork Taco, Tossed in a Hoisin BBQ sauce and topped with an Asian Slaw
Cha Cha’s Cantina Chicken tacos with delicious chorizo & portabella, topped with sprinkled goat cheese. And of course lettuce & fresh pico!

Beers
Allagash James Bean
Dogfish Head Kvasir
Green Flash Road Warrior
Highland Little Hump
Starr Hill Soul Shine Belgian Pale
Strangeways Wake Up Before You Gose
Sweetwater Waterkeeper
Terrapin Rye Cubed
Wild Wolf Kick It Hunny

Saturday July 19th

Summer Harvest Lunch at Saison — 11AM — $45

Join Chef Adam Hall and Jay Bayer for an extraordinary local food and craft beer lunch as you prepare for the upcoming Walk-Around Grand Tasting just blocks away at the convention center.

Enjoy Saison’s own interpretation of New Southern Food, which arose from Adam and Jay’s travels through Central America and the Southern U.S. Saison has been garnering awesome reviews for the classic techniques they have applied to the creative dishes they turn out featuring seasonal flavors and cuisine that reflect both a traditional and modern culinary sensibility.

You will be able to enjoy this lunch and take a leisurely walk to the convention center for the Walk-Around Grand Tasting (ticket sold separately).

MENU

1st Course
Melon Gazpacho, Fried Okra, Squash Blossom, Chili Oil
Hitachino Nest Anbai Plum Weizen

2nd Course
House Tasso, Fried Shrimp, Grits, Tomato Gravy
Port City Derecho Common Ale

3rd Course
Habanero Fried Cornish Game Hen, Pickled Watermelon, Blue Basil
Off Color Apex Predator

4th Course
Honey Roasted Peaches, Graham Sable, Vanilla-Hefeweizen Sabayon
Epic Brainless on Raspberries 

Sunday July 20th

Virginia Brewers’ Brunch at Estilo — 10AM — $40

Join us at Estilo for a creative, multi-course brunch made from locally sourced ingredients and paired perfectly with a delicious flight of craft beers. You don’t have to be a champion to enjoy the adventurous comfort food and delicious libations you’ll gobble down in this sleek, indie-inspired establishment.

The “Brewer’s Brunch” will be a private event held at Estilo (7021 Three Chopt Rd. in the Village Shopping Center). The brunch will put two of Richmond’s favorite things together – BEER & BRUNCH! It will highlight the sweet & the savory side of Richmond’s favorite hungover breakfast treats while pairing all Virginia beers. A representative from each brewery will be present. 4oz. tastings of each brew are included in the brunch, and full size beers will be available for purchase.

MENU

Mocha Scone
Starr Hill Brewery – GAVA Joe, Belgian-style Espresso Stout

Omelet of cured chorizo, cilantro, goat cheese with a ginger hollandaise and potato latke
Strangeways Brewing  – Wake Me Up Before You Gose

Jalapeno breakfast sausage hushpuppy
O’Connor Brewing Co. – Spyhop Infused White India Pale Ale

Pecan bacon pancakes with blueberry butter
Three Brothers Brewing – Vicious Appetite Series Vol. 1, Eight Bells

Strangeways Überlin Berliner Weiss Release Party at Capital Ale House Thursday

Head over to Capital Ale House Downtown Thursday June 12th at 6pm as they celebrate the release of their collaboration with  Strangeways Brewing, Überlin Berliner Weiss, Strangeways’ first Germanic sour beer.

This cloudy, sour, wheat beer’s origin dates back to the 16th century in the region of northern Germany in and around Berlin, and was dubbed “The Champagne of the North” by Napoleon’s troops. This refreshing beer, brewed formerly by Frederick the Great himself, can be enjoyed as is, or with a touch of traditional flavoured syrups such as Himbeersirup (Raspberry) or Waldmeistersirup (Sweet Woodruff made from wild baby’s breath). Your senses will witness a sharp tartness beneath a dry, fruity funkiness from the wild yeast fermentation.

In honor of this Germanic sour beer, we will be throwing down mini-Oktoberfest style with German food specials, entertainment, and a Steal the Glass featuring Überlin Berliner Weiss poured into an exclusive 20 oz Strangeways “gargantuan” glass. Throughout the night, there will be chances to win a Strangeways Gift Pack (valued at $232) and a 4-pack of tickets to one of our Oktoberfest VIP tables (valued at $240). We will also be releasing the dates and set list of our upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations.

So, put on your best lederhosen and get ready for a night of German fun with Strangeways and Capital Ale House!

Want to be on our VIP guest list? Look for chances to win on Facebook and Twitter. VIPs will receive special perks throughout the night!

RVA Music Hall
623 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA
23219

Tale of Two Legend Barleywines Tonight at Capital Ale House

Remember when Legend Brewing made a barleywine for Capital Ale House’s 10th Anniversary? I remember it being quite tasty.

Well, it’s back tonight at Capital Ale House Downtown starting at 4pm:

A Tale of Two Barleywines, the Legend continues. Featuring on draft the Legend Barleywine. This beer is generously hopped to balance the huge malty sweetness. We also “Dry Hopped” this one, giving it a nice spiced-floral aroma. Expect a lingering finish with plenty of warming alcohol.15% Alc. By Vol. By its side, we will be serving their 2012 Capital Ale House Anniversary Barleywine from a bottle. This beer was delicious and well balanced the first time around. Aged for a year, this beer will become a lot different as the malt-hop balance changes dramatically. These two big, complex, flavorful beers are perfectly suited for the winter season. You can also try one here and take the other home. Both come with a glass for you to take home! Glassware is very limited so don’t miss out.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

Between Stone & Strangeways Takeovers Tonight

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Here are two interesting tap takeovers for your consideration tonight Friday November 22nd. 

Conundrum of Copious Curiosities & Blitzkrieg Bock Escape Party! — 4PM

Strangeways gets even stranger as they take over all of their taps. Wait?! What?! Yep, those crazy guys will have 25 different beers flowing in the lab on at one time including their new Blitzkrieg Bock.

Here’s the run down on their newest stranger:

Hey ho, let’s go…Blitzkrieg Bock is a revved up black lager brewed with a slew of angst-ridden malts. Opal, Smaragd and Perle hops are piling in the back seat, as healthy additions of cinnamon and cocoa nibs pulsate to the back beat. Blitzkrieg Bock went through a tight wind in some old oak barrels, while simultaneously being intensified with a duo of light roasted local RVA coffees. The brewers are losing their minds worshipping this Punk Anti-Stout. 6.66% ABV/17 IBU

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

Strangeways Brewing
2277A Dabney Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Gargoyle Takeover: Stone Brewing Co. Extravaganza — 5PM

Capital Ale House Downtown is celebrating with a night of all things Stone Brewing. They will have some limited glassware and growlers to steal as well. You will have the opportunity to try some rare and highly sought after beers from this year and years past.

Here’s what they will be tapping starting at 5pm:

Arrogant Bastard
Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Double Bastard
17th Anniversary Ale
Oaked Old Guardian
Belgo Old Guardian
R&R Coconut IPA
Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Farking Wheaton w00tstout
Suede Imperial Porter (collab with BlueJacket in DC)
Ruination IPA

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Capital Ale House
623 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219

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