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New This GBS Season: Reservoir GBS Distilled

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Credit: Reservoir Distillery

Richmond, I have a confession to make. I’ve never had Gingerbread Stout. I know it is shocking but I have a good reason to avoid GBS and other milk stouts like it. Unfortunate as it is, that pesky lactose that makes a milk stout, well, a milk stout just doesn’t agree with my digestive system. I wish the solution was a simple as just taking a few pills but I’m afraid that will just not work for me like it might for others.

Fast forward to me discovering that Reservoir Distillery would introduce the second of Mash-Up Series with a spirit distilled from GBS during Hardywood’s GBS release party Saturday November 4th. My first reaction was excitement followed immediately by the question of whether I’d even be able to drink it.

Lucky for me, and for you, it was pretty easy to put my chemist hat on to dispel any fears I had. The main question I had was whether it was possible for lactose to be distilled over with the alcohol.  The simple way to answer that question was to look at the boiling point of lactose which a Google search shows to be 1,236 °F (668.9°C). This means it would be impossible for lactose to be present in the final spirit; even if the distillation was performed under extremely low vacuum condition, the temperature required would still be too high. Yes, I went and used a nomograph to figure out the conditions that would be required but it was kind of crazy.

Ok that’s enough for the chemistry lesson, let’s drink some Christmas bourbon!

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

Specially available at Hardywood Brewery for the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout – Official Release Party!
Reservoir Distillery brings you a special collaboration with Hardywood Park Brewery and their famed Gingerbread Stout. Hardywood made the GBS and Reservoir distilled the stout beer and aged the whiskey in charred new American oak barrels just like the Reservoir Bourbon. The combination of the two styles created a beautiful whiskey carrying the notes of ginger and spices as Christmas in a dram!

 

Gingerbread Stout Season Is Upon Us. New Way To Get Your Fix From Hardywood

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Credit: Hardywood

Richmond, that time is upon us. Yes, the start of Gingerbread Stout season will begin this weekend but today is your chance to secure a bottle from every GBS release this year with Hardywood’s 2017 Gingerbread Stout: The Complete Set.

**UPDATED!**
ANNOUNCEMENT #2:

We are excited to introduce you to a new and exciting way to get your GBS fix!

2017 Gingerbread Stout: The Complete Set is your one-stop opportunity to collect each of our upcoming GBS variants with one simple online payment and one pick-up date. Please review this information carefully before making your purchase.

The set will be available for sale on Wed, Nov. 1 at 12PM EST. Purchase Link:
http://hardywood.bigcartel.com/

2017 Gingerbread Stout: The Complete Set will include ONE bottle of each of our eight 2017 Gingerbread Stout releases and one limited-edition gold metallic-printed GBS goblet. Cost (including tax): $127.92

The bottles include:
1 Original Gingerbread Stout
1 Bourbon Barrel GBS
1 Rum Barrel GBS
1 Apple Brandy GBS
1 Christmas Morning
1 Rye Barrel GBS
1 Kentucky Christmas Morning
1 Double Barrel GBS

IMPORTANT:
– THIS ITEM WILL NOT BE SHIPPED, IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP ONLY.
– The listed price includes VA state tax. Retail value: $120.91
– There are only 225 Complete Sets available.
– The limit is ONE Complete Set per person, while supplies last. You will not be permitted to check out with more than one set in your cart. If you place more than one order, secondary orders will be voided.
– Complete Sets will be available for pick-up at Hardywood’s Richmond brewery on Friday, Dec. 15, during taproom hours. We will NOT be able to accommodate pick-ups prior to Dec. 15 and we will not be able to accommodate pick ups in Charlottesville.
– After Dec. 15th, Complete Sets must be picked up by appointment and must be collected by Sunday, Jan. 7. You will be given instructions on setting appointments after purchase.
– Proxies are permitted.
– Your purchase is non-refundable.
– Must be 21+ to purchase, valid ID will be checked upon pick up

Thank you!

Hardywood will also be releasing a draft only version of GBS, Christmas Pancakes this Friday November 3rd.

Christmas Pancakes is Hardywood Gingerbread Stout refermented on maple syrup. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Join us for the draft only release to kick off the Gingerbread Stout season! Available for growler fills to go!

If you have to have every single variant, the GBS complete set sounds like your best option to scoop them all in one fell swoop. In case you missed it, here is the complete GBS bottle release calendar.

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Credit: Hardywood

Lickinghole Creek’s Four Year Anniversary Party Saturday 

Head out to Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland to celebrate their fourth anniversary this Saturday September 30th starting at noon.

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So I’ll be in Tampa, FL for a week but here are a few things to keep you busy while I’m gone.

Yes, you should absolutely go drink Festbier at Ardent. Maybe save me some, please?

Get “Involved” and support a great cause at the Veil.

Triple Crossing has gone binary with their beer names. Don’t worry, I’ve done the work for you.  “01100111 01110010 01101001 01100100” translates to GRID.

While you’re there, you might as well grab some Clever Girl as well.

Hardywood has a new sipper coming your way in the form of Brandy Cru this Saturday September 23rd. Sounds like it will be a nice beer to curl up with by a fire as the nights get colder. Head over to the Facebook event to learn more.

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Credit: Hardywood

Ring In The Fall At Massey On The River

The Massey Alliance will hold their 8th annual Massey on the River event this Friday September 22nd to benefit the life-saving research of the VCU Massey Cancer Center. This year’s event will be held on Mayo Island with live music, food, and local craft beer and cider.

Tickets ($50/person) can be purchased online here and include:

  • Beer, wine & cider from Steam Bell Beer Works, Hardywood, Buskey Cider, Stone Brewing and more!
  • Live music from local yacht rock legends Three Sheets to the Wind
  • Delicious food from Deep Run Roadhouse
  • Silent Auction including vacation packages, Washington Capitals memorabilia, amazing dinner and wine experiences at local restaurants and so much more!

Massey On The River 2017

Celebrate Final Gravity Two Year Anniversary Party Saturday

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Credit: Final Gravity Brewing

Head over to Final Gravity on Lakeside on Saturday September 16th starting at noon as they celebrate their second anniversary with their first bottle release, limited edition glasses, and guest taps.

Here are the details from their Facebook event:

Thanks to you, we’ve been in orbit for two rotations around the sun and we’re going big this year. We’re expanding our space for the day and spilling into the back parking lot to be able to bring you:

**GUEST TAPS UPDATED**
The Veil Brewing Co.: Jimothy DIPA 8% ABV & Step Step Dad Dad Double Dry Hopped Mosaic DIPA 8.5% ABV
Oxbow Brewing Company: Grizacca American Grisette, 5% ABV
Ardent Craft Ales: Imperial Milk Stout with Coffee, 10% ABV
Triple Crossing Brewing: Clever Girl IPA, 6% ABV & Falcon Smash IPA, 7% ABV
Ocelot Brewing Company: Checkers and Chess IPA, 6.9%ABV
Kent Falls Brewing: Waymaker Brett IPA, 5.6% ABV
The Answer Brewpub: Extra Credit DIPA, 8% ABV
Prairie Artisan Ales: Birthday Bomb Imperial Stout, 13% ABV

**SPECIAL LIMITED FINAL GRAVITY RELEASES**
Foggy Notion DIPA, 8.2% ABV
Gold Foil DIPA, 8% ABV
Dark Matter BBA Stout, 11% ABV
Berliner (with rotating flavors), 5% ABV

– LIMITED FIRST TIME BOTTLE RELEASE Transparent Radiation Brett Wheat Ale Barrel Aged in Red Wine Barrels for 18 Months. Only 200 bottles available. 2 BOTTLE LIMIT

– **100 LIMITED RELEASE** Boombox Spaceman 16oz glasses for sale (one per person)

– PREMIUM FOOD TRUCKS Go Go Vegan Go and Curbside Creations Food Truck providing the fine fare

-LIVE MUSIC with Mighty Joshua going on at 3:30p and DJ’s PJ PJ Sykes and Melissa Koch begin spinning vinyl at noon

**Note: No outside alcohol is allowed on premises.**

All breweries will be tapped at the same time. Guest Breweries with multiple beers will have one beer tapped at a time.

Event ends at 6p and the brewery will close at 7p so the staff can clean up and rest up for another day.

Make sure you’re on time to snag this cool looking Boombox Spaceman glass and their first bottle release. This is as much of a reminder for me as it is for you!

Final Gravity Brewing Co.
6118 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228

Celebrate Thirteen Years of St Benedict’s Oktoberfest This Weekend

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Credit: St Benedict’s Oktoberfest

Quite possibly one of Richmond’s most beloved Oktoberfest will start its thirteenth year at St Benedict’s Oktoberfest tonight Friday, September 15th at 4pm.  Check out the beer list for the weekend long event including the return of Benny & The Fest in the Hardywood tent and the new pumpkin patch. 

Pumpkin Patch – Small Truck

St Benedicts OFest 2017 Pumpkin Beer list

Hardywood Tent on Belmont Ave

St Benedicts OFest 2017 Hardywood tent

Large Truck

St Benedicts OFest 2017 Large truck list

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