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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.

Heritage
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.