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American Craft Beer Week RVA 2015: Taste The Local Cask Crawl Returns Tonight


ACBW 2015 tapThere will be a lot of events as Richmond celebrates American Craft Beer Week (May 11 – 17) but none are as beloved as a pub crawl.  Taste the Local has revived the cask crawl that has been so well received in years past for tonight Monday May 11th.

Head out and enjoy three special Virginia beer cask conditioned pin tappings at these locations:

5PM — Portrait House — Ardent Craft Ales Porter with CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus blend) and Jarillo hops
6PM — Cask — Hardywood Great Return with peaches
7PM — Commercial Taphouse  — Lickinghole Creek Imperial Brown with mangoes and habaneros

Ardent Craft Ales: Tonight, Tomorrow, And Next Friday

Ardent Craft Ales is on a roll these days and its sure to increase with the weather getting nicer and their beautiful patio. Here are a few things you should try and check out.

Friday April 3rd

Head down to Station 2 tonight at 5pm as they tap a special cask conditioned pin of Sour Porter. This pin was created in the effort of duplicating a 150 year old recipe when porters were thought to be sour.

These other beers will be on tap as well:

Session IPL
IPA Batch #10
Touchstone Pale Wheat Ale (Triple Crossings collab)


Saturday April 4th

Go out and try their collaboration with Triple Crossing on the patio starting at noon.

Friday April 10th

Just go ahead and get your tickets for Swine & Brine already! Ardent’s first outdoor festival will feature  The Roosevelt, Metzger Bar and Butchery, Saison and ZZQ cooking and grilling whole hogs, a slew of other pork cuts, and sides. Rappahannock River Oysters will also join the festivities with their delicious oysters (I’m hoping for some fried!) and crab cakes.  King Of Pops – Richmond will be there with plenty of desserts to help cool down your Friday afternoon.

Tickets are $18/person and include two tickets redeemable for food or beer as well as a Swine & Brine t-shirt.

All beers and food items will cost one ticket ($5) with the exception of crab cakes from Rappahannock (2 tickets) and King of Pops who will accept cash or credit cards. Guests will be given two tickets as part of their admission, and can purchase additional tickets via cash or credit card at check-in or once inside the event. Free water will be provided at stations around the festival.

If all of this hasn’t gotten you excited, then maybe this list of fifteen beers will.

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Go ahead get your tickets here.

No Fooling. Devils Backbone Mystery Crawl Is Full Of Fun

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Credit: Warren Haskell

Back for its third year, the Devils Backbone mystery pin crawl is your ticket for fun tomorrow Wednesday April 1st.  Guess the mystery ingredients and win some DB swag.

Here are the stops on the crawl along with the base beers at each stop:

5:30PM — Commercial Taphouse — Trail Angel Hefeweizen
6:15PM — Cask Cafe — Dark Abbey Belgian Dubbel
7:00PM — Portrait House —  Cru Noir Black Saison(first ever release!)

Find more information on the Facebook event page here.

Talk Like A Pirate With Heavy Seas At Hurley’s Tavern & Southern Railway Taphouse Today

Credit: Heavy Seas

Credit: Heavy Seas

Once again it is time to celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day today Friday September 19th.  Of course, Heavy Seas is up in the mix but this year they have raised the stakes by attempting to set the record for the largest simultaneous cask tapping in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Making its first debut outside of Heavy Seas’ taproom, the firkin to be tapped at several locations up and down the East Coast will be Loose Cannon IPA with grapefruit zest.

The Richmond area boasts two locations on the list: Hurley’s Tavern and Southern Railway Taphouse. Beyond the firkin tappings, you can expect  many give-a-ways for including t-shirts, eye patches, stickers, temporary tattoos, and a backdrop for pictures.

Southern Railway will also have a live pirate show.

Head over to the Virginia ITLAPD Facebook event for more information and updates. The parties start at 5pm with cask tappings at 6pm.