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Thank Goodness It’s Firkin Friday

Have you been in a funk all week and don’t know why?  Well, today is the perfect day to shake it off because there be firkins afoot. (Last part said in my best pirate voice.)

First off, today marks the start of a series of Firkin Fridays at TJ’s at the Jefferson.  They will have Highland Brewing’s cask-conditioned Kashmir IPA dry-hopped in the cask with Calypso hops, which add notes of apple, pear or lemon, depending on the beer. Have fun discovering the flavors that develop with Highland’s IPA.  Also being tapped tonight is Highland’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale, an amber ale spiced with cranberry, raspberry, and hazelnuts extracts.  This spice level in this beer is raised further with cinnamon and vanilla beans.

TJs will feature several appetizer specials throughout the evening as wells as charcuterie from Olli Salumeria in Manakin Sabot. Read more over at the Facebook event here.

The other firkin of the night will be at Capital Ale House Downtown.  They will have a firkin of Starr Hill’s  dry hopped Northern Lights filled with toasted oak chips.

Enjoying great food and beer should be just what you need to get out of that funk, plus you can fill your growler while you are at either location. Both firkins are supposed to be tapped at 5pm but I wouldn’t be surprised if they started a little early due to wonderful warm weather we have been enjoying.

One Night at BlowToad…

 

Late Friday night, I decided to check out BlowToad to see if it was worth the hype. I am really glad I did.  As you can tell from the picture above, BlowToad has a diverse selection of craft beers on tap.  Most beers are available as 10 or 16oz pours.  One surprise I found was Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher, as it was only available in small quantities for the Richmond kick off. BlowToad also has a pretty sizable bottle collection right below the taps.

I was also pleasantly surprised that vegan cheese was an option for pizza.  I found my vegan cheese with pepperoni, black pepper sausage, and surry bacon to be quite tasty.  In talking with the staff, I came away with a couple of their future plans:

Beer Tasting Classes: Soon on Saturdays, BlowToad will offer two ounce pours of beers along with free pizza to participating guests.

Growler Fills: Look at the top of that pic again.  Yep, those are stainless steel growlers identical to Hardywood’s but with the BlowToad logo.  They have not set growler prices but expect to do so soon.

In the meantime, cozy up to the bar for a few brews and try the pizza.  Check out BlowToad’s Facebook page for updates.