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Cheers To The Foothills Weekend At Station 2, Siné Irish Pub, And Pasture

Ease into the weekend with Foothills Brewing starting tonight Thursday June 19th as Station 2 gets things started with a tap takeover plus a cask conditioned pin of Hoppyum with Summit hops.

Siné Irish Pub brings back Foothills’ winter seasonal, Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, for what should be a lively Friday night.

Finally, Pasture will prepare a few small plate pairings Saturday June 21st at 5pm to compliment their pin of Pilot Mountain Pale Ale with tangerines. Pasture will also have pint glasses for you to take home.

Lickinghole Creek Farmers’ Market Saison At The Camel For RVA Playlist 4th Birthday Party Tomorrow

RVA Playlist Bday LCCB Pin posterMy good friend RVA Playlist will celebrate 4 years of highlighting the Richmond music scene with a birthday party at The Camel Wednesday May 28 starting at 7pm.  The feature of the night will be a FREE show from Richmond bands Vexine, My Darling Fury, and The Trillions.  Before the music starts at 8pm, The Camel will tap my collaboration with Lickinghole Creek, Farmers Market Saison.

Created especially for  RVA Playlist’s 4th Birthday Party, Farmers Market Saison is cask conditioned version of Short Pump Saison with ingredients found on the first day of South of the James Market’s spring season.

On May 3rd, I found Agriberry strawberries,  Pleitez Produce’s pickling cucumbers, and Village Garden’s herb blend.  The strawberries were coated with turbinado sugar and some of the herb blend then grilled over charcoal.  The cucumbers were simply peeled and chopped.  Small additions of lemon peel, cracked white peppercorns, more herb blend and homegrown mint were added to the pin before allowing it to condition for three weeks.

The pin will be tapped when the doors open at 7pm.  So come out and enjoy a beer and stay for what will surely be a great night of live music.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information and updates.

The Camel
1621 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

821 Cafe Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Tonight

821 Cafe Growlers (2)Head over to 821 Cafe tonight Tuesday April 22nd starting at 5pm as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.  To mark the occasion they share with Salvation Tatto, 821 went to Strangeways Brewing to create a special cask beer — a barrel aged Belgian IPA with mango, limes, and tangerines.

If the cask was not enough to get you out, maybe the rest of their tap list for the night will:

Bells Expedition Stout 2012
Off Color Brewing DinoS’mores
Evil Twin Justin Blåbær
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 2013
Cuvee De Jacobins Rogue
Lagunitas Sucks
Hofbrau Maibock
Bee Nektar Necromangocon
Perennial 17
Hebrew Funky Jewbelation
Breckenridge Oaked 471
Blue Mountain DIPA
Blue Mountain Marsedon Quad
Allagash Odyssey
Avery Salvation
Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter
Duclaw Devine Retribution
Sugar Maple Mead — Cask

Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates.

821 Cafe
825 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220

Good Friday For A Hardywood Manhattan Cru Pin Tapping At Heritage

Remember these couple of Instagrams from a few weeks ago?

This was an exciting project from an idea that started to take shape just before Hardywood’s Bourbon Cru release.  The idea seemed simple; transform Bourbon Cru to taste like a Manhattan. No big deal right? Just add some vermouth and bitters then call it day? Too easy.  Early on, I consulted John Maher, now of Rogue Gentlemen, on how to get the vermouth flavors without actually adding vermouth.  He was able to point me towards using red wine, oranges and a combination of spices but we were too late.  2013 Bourbon Cru was already packaged making it too late to do any sort of cask.

Needless to say, the gang at Hardywood were thrilled with the idea behind this pin.  So off to work I went again.  This time though I consulted the man who’s bar I have dined at on numerous occasions — Mattias Hagglund of Heritage.  One email from Mattias sent me on a whirlwind idea of making sweet vermouth from scratch just to use for this cask.  This was looking to get very expensive.  Thankfully, Mattias suggested using Cardamaro, a wine based digestif, otherwise we might have missed our chance.  Luckily, I had just bought some blood oranges.  Last thing I needed was something to absorb the flavors of the amaro — wood and some dried fruit.  But what kind of wood? Oak would have been an obvious choice but I figured it would be use something different than what the beer was aged in.  The wood and dried fruit would end up being the same flavor, cherry!  Most of the dried cherries in stores are of the tart variety, a flavor I did not want added.  Luckily, Trader Joe’s carried the dark sweet cherries I was looking for.  Once selected, I combined the ingredients in a jar then poured in the Cardamaro and letting the ingredients soak for about a week until the cherries were noticeable plump.  After that, it was off to Hardywood for addition to a pin.

That was a long explanation to tell you how this idea came about.  Here is all you need to remember.  This pin will be tapped Friday April 18th at 5:30pm at Heritage.  Come join me and taste the fruit of our labor.

Oh and this not the only idea I have for Hardywood cask beer.  The only clue will give you is a drink from Heritage’s menu — Bramble!

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates.  This will be a nice lead in to Saturday’s Bourbon Cru release.

1627 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

Who knows maybe I will get the chance to make some cask beers with other breweries in town in the future.

Devils Backbone Magical Mystery Pin Tour Is Back For April Fools

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Credit: Warren Haskell

In what is turning into a yearly April Fools’ Day celebration, the Devils Backbone mystery pin crawl is back for a second installment today April 1st.  Guess the mystery ingredients from the first three stops on the tour and win some DB swag.

Here are the stops on the crawl along with the base beers at the first three stops:

5:30PM — Cask Cafe — Azrael Belgian Golden Ale
6:30PM — Portrait House — Eight Point IPA
7:30PM — Can Can Brasserie — Schwartz Bier
8:30PM — Mellow Mushroom

Find more information on the Facebook event page here.

Fans of Virginia Craft Beer Celebrate One Year With Two Special Pins At Midnight Brewery Saturday

If you love Virginia craft beer and I can’t imagine why not, you should become a member of the Facebook group, Fans of Virginia Craft Beer.  “Dedicated to the great beers brewed by Virginia Craft Breweries,” members post pictures, event details, and chat about their favorite Virginia beers not just in Richmond  but statewide.

They will celebrate their one year anniversary Saturday March 8th at Midnight Brewery starting at 1pm.  Midnight will tap two special cask beers to mark the occasion:

  • “Not My Job” Brown Ale with fresh ginger and Nugget hops from Piedmont Hops.
  • Purdy Mechanic IPA with fresh pineapple and Amarillo hops.

The first pin will be tapped around 1:30pm and the second depending on size of crowd but most likely by 3pm. Station 2 will be on site serving up delicious burgers.  So head out and raise a glass.

Cheers guys!

Experience The Evolution of Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout with a Pin Crawl Thursday

Taste your way through the evolution of Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout from base beer to bourbon barrel aged with a pin crawl tomorrow Thursday February 6th starting at 5:30PM.

Here are the stops on the crawl:

5:30PM – Commercial Taphouse & Grill — Russian Imperial Stout — base beer

6:45PM  – The Cask Cafe — Sidamo Coffee Stout — base beer plus coffee beans from Lamplighter Roasting Company

7:30PM – Portrait House — Bourbon Sidamo — coffee stout aged in Jim Beam barrels

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

Virginia Craft Beer Invades Visual Arts Center’s Craft + Design Show Saturday

Craft + Design Pins 112313-3 Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s 50th Anniversary Craft + Design Show will open to the public Saturday November 23rd at 10am showcasing local favorite craft artists as well as artists from California to Maine and members of VCU’s Contemporary Craft Society. This year some of Richmond’s favorite craft breweries and local food vendors have also been invited to participate.

As a special treat, each brewery was paired with a local artist to decorate and fill pins with cask beer.  Here are the cask to be tapped Saturday:

  • COTU & Diego Sanchez: El Duderino with Mexican cinnamon & sugar, dried peppers, vanilla bean, and cocao nibs (inspired by Mexican hot chocolate).
  • Hardywood & Ed Trask: Gingerbread Stout with cocao nibs & Blanchard’s Dark as Dark coffee beans.
  • Lickinghole Creek & Chris Milk: Three Chopt Tripel conditioned on 2006 Pu-er tea.
  • Strangeways & Mickael Broth: new Blitzkrieg Bock with vanilla beans & cocao nibs

Here are the other beers on tap for the event:

Center of the Universe — Ashland Hardywood — Richmond
Pocahoptas Singel
Main Street Dry Irish Stout
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Strangeways — Richmond
Magic Beaver Belgian Pale Ale Albino Monkey
Three Sheets ESB Woodbooger
Bold Rock Cider — Nellysford
Virginia Apple

Alamo BBQ and Mosaic will be the featured food vendors.  Go out and enjoy craft beer and some of the finest contemporary crafts in the nation!

General admission for the show is $8/person or $6/person with valid student ID or VisArts or Science Museum membership.  Craft beer tickets will be $6 each or you can get a commerative tasting glass for $12 that includes four tasting tickets.

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

Hardywood Throwing Tantrum Of A Takeover at Joe’s Inn Tomorrow

Hardywood is celebrating their Terrible Two’s by taking over the entire draft lineup at Joe’s Inn tomorrow Wednesday November 20th. 

Here is what Joe’s will be tapping starting tomorrow morning except for all GBS variants, which will be tapped at 6pm:

Virginia Blackberry
Bourbon DIPA
Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout
Sidamo Coffee Stout
Bourbon Cru
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout
Saison Rustica
Coconut Porter
Hardywood Singel
Belgian Dubbel
Belgian Tripel
Belgian Quad
Hoperation Pink
2012 Farmhouse Pumpkin
2013 Farmhouse Pumpkin
2013 Gingerbread Stout — tapping at 6PM
Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Heaven Hills Barrels
Nitro Gingerbread Stout — tapping at 6PM
2nd Anniversary Ale (Tequila Barrel Aged Tripel)
Rum Pumpkin (Farmhouse Pumpkin aged in Caribbean Rum Barrels)
Gingerbread Stout (cask conditioned pin)  — tapping at 6PM

Go out and celebrate!  Check out the Facebook event for more information.

205 N. Shields Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

RVA Beer Week: Pin Tappenings at Southern Railways Taphouse Tonight

If you were thinking about skipping the Autumn Bottom Brews after-party at Southern Railways Taphouse, you may want to think again.

They are tapping to cask condition pins tonight Sunday, November 3rd at 5pm:

  • Hardywood Great Return dry hopped with Simcoe and Citra hops
  • Strangeways Albino Monkey with coriander, pink peppercorns & juniper berries

Also, check out their RVA Beer Week flights.