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It’s The Great Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Saturday Richmond!

Scotts Addition Pumpkin Fest 2014The Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival returns for its second year Saturday October 25th from Noon to 6pm.

Last year’s Boulevard Pumpkin Festival was a great success drawing in over 13,000 people.  Organizers changed the name to focus on the area businesses as a whole thereby including the local breweries who call the area home.

Here are some of the pumpkin and seasonal dishes being served at the festival:

  • Buz & Ned’s: Roasted Pumpkin Brunswick stew, Pumpkin Funnel Cake
  • Iron Horse: Roasted Pork BBQ on Pumpkin Yeast Roll, Cranberry Apple Coleslaw with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Chiffon Dessert topped with graham cracker crumbs and toasted coconut
  • Nacho Mama’s: Pumpkin Empanadas
  • The Camel: Candied Bacon
  • William’s Bakery: Apple-Walnut Bread, Pumpkin Cakes, Pumpkin Donuts, Pumpkin Rolls
  • Mosaic: Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese
  • Martin’s: Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Fat Dragon: Bao with filling and Pumpkin Dish
  • Mark’s Airborne Kettle Corn: Kettle Corn and Apple Cider
  • Alamo BBQ: Jalapeno mac n cheese, Texas Caviar, Pumpkin Pie
  • Moore St. Café: Pumpkin Crab Cake Sliders
  • Polar Roller: Self Serve Frozen Yogurt featuring Pumpkin/Cheesecake, Pumpkin/Pecan Praline with full-serve toppings

Beers on tap for the festival include:

Ardent Pumpkin
Ardent Sweet Potato & Sage Saison
Ardent Virginia Common
Bud Light
Hardywood Singel
Hardywood Pils
Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin
Isley Tall Dark & Hopsome Black IPA
Isley Choosy Mother
Isley Stunt Dubbel Pumpkin
Strangeways Albino Monkey
Strangeways Woodbooger
Strangeways Gourd of Thunder

VIP ticket holders will gain access to these limited pumpkin beers:

Heavy Seas Great’r Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin
Twisted Manzanita Witches Hair Imperial Pumpkin
Weyerbacher Aries Pumpkin Imperial Stout
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

VIP tickets are $30/person in advance or $35 at the door if available. Buy your tickets here.

Once the festival ends, head over to the Redskins Training camp for free showings of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Monsters, Inc.”

Rescheduled Manchester Block Party Is On For Tonight!

If you missed Spin, Spit & Swear’s Cover to Cover performance of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours at Hardywood, the Manchester Block Party rescheduled for tonight Thursday September 25th is giving you a second chance.  The party starts at 4pm with the Cover to Cover band going on at 6.

Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates.

St Benedict Celebrates Ten Years Of Oktoberfest This Weekend

St benedict Oktoberfest 2014There is always a lot to look forward to when Oktoberfest season rolls around.  Entering its tenth year, St Benedict Oktoberfest is possibly the most well attended Oktoberfest in the city. The festival starts Friday, September 19th at 4pm and runs all weekend.

There are so many great beers to choose from no matter which day you choose to go. Here is the complete beer list with the numbers to order by:

(1) Spaten-Franziskaner | Original Munchner Helles Lager
(2) Spaten-Franziskaner | Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
(3) Spaten-Franziskaner | Optimator Dopplebock Stark Bier
(4) Spaten-Franziskaner | Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
(5) Sünner GmbH | Sünner Kölsch

(6) Apocalypse Ale Works | Barmegedon
(7) Center Of The Universe | Chin Music Amber Lager
(8) Center Of The Universe | Kölsch
(9) Center Of The Universe | Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
(10) Devils Backbone Brewing | O’Fest Marzen Lager
(11) Devils Backbone Brewing | Schwarzbier Black Lager
(12) Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | RVA IPA Fresh Local Hopped IPA
(13) Legend Brewing Company | Imperial Harvest Wet Hopped Ale
(14) Legend Brewing Company | Legend Octoberfest Marzen Lager
(15) Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery | Creator Hopplebock Dopplebock
(16) Midnight Brewery | New Beginning Kölsch
(17) Starr Hill Brewing | The Love Hefeweizen
(18) Strangeways Brewing | Albino Monkey White Ale
(19) Sunken City Brewery | Sunktoberfest Marzen Lager

(20) Heavy Seas | Cutlass Marzen Amber Lager
(21) Lazy Magnolia| Pecan Brown Ale
(22) Magic Hat Brewing | Over the Hills Pils
(23) Sly Fox Brewing | Oktoberfest Marzen
(24) Sly Fox Brewing | Pikeland Pils
(25) Sly Fox Brewing | Royal Weisse
(26) Southern Tier | Harvest Ale ESB
(27) Victory Brewying | Festbier Marzen

(28) Devils Backbone Brewing | Pumpkin Hunter Ale
(29) Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery | Cellared Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Saison
(30) Starr Hill Brewing | Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter
(31) Heavy Seas | Greater Pumpkin Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale
(32) Southern Tier | Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale
(33) Southern Tier | Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout
(34) Weyerbacher | Imperial Pumpkin Ale
(35) Bold Rock | Virginia Draft Cider


Strangeways Brewing
(36a) Friday: Uberlin Berliner Weiss
(36b) Saturday: Brewing Placebo Pils
(36c) Sunday: Virginia Vulgarian Bourbon Bock

Triple Crossing
(37a) Friday: Liberty or Death Vanilla Porter
(37b) Saturday: Rochelle Rochelle Amber Ale
(37c) Sunday: Falcon Smash IPA

Three Brothers
(38a) Friday: VA Dark Ale
(38b) Saturday: Marzen Lager
(38c) Sunday: Hellion Lager

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
(39a) Friday: Nuclear Nugget Imperial IPA
(39b) Saturday: Bourbon Aged Three Chopt Triple
(39c) Sunday: Bourbon Aged Three Chopt Triple

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
(40a) Friday: Ginger Bread Stout
(40b) Saturday: Dry Hopped Great Return IPA
(40c) Sunday: German Chocolate Imperial Stout

Extra Billy’s
(41a)Friday: My Only Weiss
(41b)Saturday: Citra Ass Down IPA
(41c)Sunday: Double Deke Black IPA

Isley Brewing
(42a) Friday: Choosey Mother Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter
(42b) Saturday: Blue Hefner Blueberry Hefe
(42c) Sunday: Tall Dark & Hopsome Black IPA

Rusty Beaver
(43a) Friday: Bucktooth IPA
(43b) Saturday: Roys Big Bad Brown Ale
(43c) Sunday: Pale Ale

Ardent Craft Ales
(44a) Friday: Honey Ginger Ale
(44b) Saturday: Szechwan Peppercorn Saison
(44c) Sunday: IPA

Bold Rock Hard Cider
(45a) Friday: VA Apple Cider
(45b) Saturday: VA Apple Cider
(45c) Sunday: VA Apple Cider


(46a) Victory Brewing | Victory Hop Ticket Noble IPA
(47a) Weyerbacher Brewing | Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Bourbon Barrel Stout
(48a) Lazy Magnolia | Timber Beast Rye Double IPA*
(49a) Lazy Magnolia | Southern Hopspitality IPA*

(46b) Mendocino Brewing | Black IPA
(47b) Southern Tier Brewing | 2x Rye Strong Ale
(48b) Finch Beer Company | Chimera Double IPA*
(49b) Finch Beer Company | Secret Stach On Wood (AKA Sanchez Stout)*

(47c) Southern Tier Brewing | 2XOne Conditioned Imperial Pale
(48c) Iron Fist Brewing Iron Fist | Hired Hand Saison
(49c) Iron Fist Brewing Iron Fist | The Velvet Glove Imperial Stout

Check out the St Benedict’s Oktoberfest Facebook page for more information and updates.


Stepping Outside Richmond Dining For Fire, Flour, & Fork: Saturday

Fire Flour Fork 2014

Ever since Fire, Flour, & Fork was announced, I have been struggling to choose a schedule from the culinary and cultural tracks.  With so many great choices, the task of narrowing down each time slot to a single talk became very overwhelming. If you look at my printout of the schedule, there are several check marks all over the place.

Last week I took you through my Friday picks for Fire, Flour, & Fork culinary tracks. We will look at Saturday next but first let’s review my selection rules:

  1. As much as I love our local dining talent, I will look for speakers coming from out of town.
  2. The topic needs to be of personal interest to me, in that maybe I could learn techniques to put into practice in my own kitchen.
  3. No beer. Yep, I said it. Yes, I could listen to our local breweries talk about beer all day long and sometimes I do.

Now on to Saturday, November 1st.


My Pick
Flavor Flours — Flour is essential to baking but what happens when the flour is not your typical wheat base? Maybe Alice Medrich can educate this amateur baker.

Fork Over The Hanover Tomato — If you love tomatoes, surely you’ve heard of the Hanover tomato.


My Pick
The Tao of Bark — Texas barbecue in Virginia?! Sign me up!

DamGoodSweets — I hear they’re…well, I think you can see where I’m going.


My Pick
Fork In The Road — I love mushrooms and would love to some day try and grow them myself.  Until then, I’ll just eat Dave and Dee Scherr’s mushrooms.


  • Apple Stack Cake — I bet you were thinking apples only went in pies. Travis Milton will teach you about different heirloom apple varieties and how he uses them.
  • Smoked and Charred Cocktails T Leggett’s cocktails. Nuff said.


My Pick
Burning Desire — I will have my chocolate! If you’re lucky, I’ll save you some Gearhart’s. Maybe.


  • On a Roll — I first had Drew Thomasson’s baking at D’lish in Chester, VA. To say I miss having that lunch option is an understatement.  I’m happy to see Drew put his bread stamp on Richmond.
  • The Three Sisters — Someone put a beer in my pumpkin. Someone put pumpkin in my beer! It’s the fall how could you not indulge.

There you have it; that’s one possible plan for navigating Fire, Flour & Fork. Use my plan or make your own rules and pick out a schedule.  Tickets are $70 for one-day Friday or Saturday tracks or $130 for both Friday and Saturday tracks. Get your tickets here.

If You Can’t Find Something To Do This Weekend, You’re Trying Too Hard

There is only one way to describe this weekend — jam packed! There are five festivals featuring Virginia beer so widespread this weekend you may not even have to leave your backyard to get to one. Meanwhile I will be geeking out at Wizard World Richmond part of the weekend so I need you to report back on everything.  Let’s not waste any more time…

Friday September 12th

Mystery Beer Release at Strangeways — 4PM

Even I don’t know the secret identity of Strangeway’s Mystery Beer. You’re going to have to go for yourself to find out.

RVA IPA Release at Hardywood — 4PM

Time to drink the hops you grew…

Wine & Beer Classic at Maymont — 7PM

You can hang out with your wine drinking friends…

Enjoy live music by Jubeus while sampling some of Virginia’s finest beverages from Ardent Craft Ales, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Center of the Universe Brewing, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,Isley Brewing Company,Legend Brewing Company, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery,Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Midnight Brewery, Rusty Beaver Brewery, Smartmouth Beer,STRANGEWAYS BREWING, Triple Crossing Brewing Company, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Guests can partake in open cornhole play offered by BeSocial Richmond (for a fee) and enter to win a cocktail raffle prize featuring a home beer brewing kit and two tickets to the Richmond Beeristoric Tour, donated by Loveland Distributing and Brown Distributing- Richmond, VA.

Tickets are $35/person and include unlimited sampling of beers and wine. Buy tickets here.

Saturday September 13th

Richmond Spoke & Hop Fest at Hardywood — Noon – 9PM

Bike lovers this is especially for you though anyone is welcome. Tickets are $35/person and include unlimited sampling of over 50 Virginia beers including those from new to area taps, Heritage Brewing Co.  Before anyone complains, yes you must purchase tickets to enter Hardywood grounds on this day.  Who among us hasn’t spent $35 on beer?

Brew Jam Craft Beer Fest at Beaverdam — Noon

Head over to Beaverdam and sample beers from breweries such as New Belgium, Left Hand, Blue Mountain, Ommegang, and Brooklyn among others.


Beaverdam Brew Jam

Chesterfield Chamber Craft Beer Festival — Noon

Oktoberfest & Das Bier Run at Center of the Universe — 3PM

I really do like a good Oktoberfest. COTU’s is one of my favorites. Grab a stein…

Then maybe a bratwurst or two…

Oh and there’ll be German music…

Sunday September 14th

2nd Annual Tubes & Taps at Crossroads Coffee — 11:30AM

Float down the James  then enjoy a New Belgium and Foothills tap takeover at Crossroads Forest Hill.  Tickets are $40/person and benefit the James River Park System. You can get your tickets here.

Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo at Chesterfield Town Center — Noon

30+ food trucks and 25 Virginia beers. What’s not to love?

 Hair of the Dog at Hardywood — Noon

After they’ve spoked the hop, Hardywood throws a brunch with five courses of music.



Stepping Outside Richmond Dining For Fire, Flour, & Fork Culinary Tracks: Friday

Fire Flour Fork 2014

Ever since Fire, Flour, & Fork was announced, I have been struggling to choose a schedule from the culinary and cultural tracks.  With so many great choices, the task of narrowing down each time slot to a single talk became very overwhelming.  If you look at my printout of the schedule, there are several check marks all over the place.  Finally, I came up with a selection method that I thought would work that would satisfy my desire to learn new stuff and be in line with the goals of the event.

First I needed some rules:

  1. As much as I love our local dining talent, I will look for speakers coming from out of town.
  2. The topic needs to be of personal interest to me, in that maybe I could learn techniques to put into practice in my own kitchen.
  3. No beer. Yep, I said it. Yes, I could listen to our local breweries talk about beer all day long and sometimes I do.

Today, we will look to navigate a schedule for Friday October 31st.


My Pick
Relish Fork — I’ve always wanted to learn more about pickling and possibly get into canning so I thought this demo from Paul Virant of Vie would be a great choice.

Budino with Bereika — Do you have any idea how much I hate choosing against learning from Tim Bereika?!


My Pick
Pie for Breakfast — Um…I like pie! I like making them and eating them.  Maybe Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar will share her secrets for making Crack Pie. I hear it’s addictive.


  • Chocolate Packing Heat — Yes, I could eat chocolate all day but somehow pies won out.  Maybe because my favorite pie is a Kentucky Pecan Pie with chocolate and bourbon.
  • Meat Fork — Jason Alley will teach you how ham is made. Have you had the ham cured ribs at Pasture? Delicious!


My Pick
Professor Pitmaster — I have been working on my barbecue skills but still have a long way to go before I’m ready for competition.  Help me Tuffy Stone, you’re my only hope.


  • Rise of Richmond Brewing — Did you really think beer wouldn’t be mentioned here? Mike Gorman will make you love the history behind our growing beer town.
  • Oyster Fork —  Did you hear about the Virginia Oyster Trail? Now is the time to fall in love with them.
  • Pickle Fork — Who knew you could pickle things other than cucumbers?  David Schulz of Pickled Silly, that’s who.


My Pick
From Farm to Fork — Ok, I might be breaking rule #1 with this one. Nicole Lang is local but Craig Rogers of Border Springs Farm is not. Lamb is also one of my favorite things to cook.


  • Charred Ordinary — Yes, Richmond has a local cidery!
  • Fork TenderKendra Bailey Morris will change your perception of the slow cooker.  I have used my slow cooker a lot more since buying her book.

That’s one possible plan for get through Friday’s culinary tracks for Fire, Flour & Fork. Use my plan or make your own rules then pick out a schedule.  Tickets are $70 for one-day Friday or Saturday tracks or $130 for both Friday and Saturday tracks. Get your tickets here.

Come back later this week to see what I pick for Saturday.

Hardywood & Starr Hill Collaboration Amped Up Ale Only At Fall Line Fest This Weekend

Fall Line Fest Amped Up AleFall Line Fest rolls back into town Friday and Saturday nights with 50+ bands at six local venues turning the weekend into musical insanity.  You’re going, right? I had a blast last year.  Head over to RVA Playlist’s Fall Line Fest Beginners Guide to get started.  I’m working on my schedule as I type this — so many choices!

Building on the success of last year’s exclusive Fall Line Fest ale from Hardywood, organizers have raised the bar by teaming with Hardywood and Starr Hill breweries to collaborate on this year’s beer.  Aptly named by RVA’s own Page Hayes, “Fall Line Fest Amped Up Ale” is a Farmhouse ale, dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace and Mandarina Bavaria hops and spiced with fresh local ginger. I’m hearing from multiple sources that it is quite delicious. The beer debuted for a short time in Starr Hill’s taproom but will be served exclusively at Fall Line Fest venues as well as key accounts involved with the festival.

Hardywood’s head brewer, Brian Nelson, had this to say about the beer:

I think for us, collaborating with Starr Hill was probably long overdue. When the idea was proposed to create a beer together for Fall Line Fest, you could see and hear the excitement building as we all discussed what was possible…In the end, I think we captured the brewing styles and concepts of both breweries in the Fall Line Fest Amped Up Ale. Cheers to Robbie O’Cain and the Starr Hill crew for helping to make this beer excellent—the only thing left to do now is bring on the music!

Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations, relayed:

It is always great to work with Virginia brewers, especially when it involves new ingredients and new processes. One of the great things about the industry, especially in Virginia, is that we share ideas and process knowledge while maintaining our own unique way of doing things…Brian Nelson and the brewing team at Hardywood did a great job with the pilot batch, which allowed us to hone in on the final recipe. We are excited to present this beer in collaboration with our good friends at Hardywood, and we hope Fall Line Fest patrons will enjoy this brew while listening to some awesome music.

Get you tickets here, drink the beer, and have an awesome time!