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Celebrate National IPA Day At The Answer Brewpub As They Take On The World

National IPA Day 2015 The AnswerHead over to the Answer Brewpub  today Thursday August 6th as they celebrate National IPA Day starting at 4pm.

For National IPA Day we’re bringing some of the best and brightest brewery talent around for an IPA Challenge!
Enjoy them all, and then vote for your favorite.
We’ll post the results on Friday.

We’ll have the following flight options available for the challenge:

The Answer vs. RVA
Hardywood Great Return
Ardent IPA
Strangeways Legalize It Kulture
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash
The Answer Larceny
Extra Billy’s Citra Ass Down

The Answer vs. VA
Brothers Craft Brewing Admiral
Center of the Universe Pocahoptus
Lickinghole Creek ‘Til Sunset
Starr Hill Northern Lights
The Answer Hard in the Paint
Devil’s Backbone Eight Point

The Answer vs. The World
Victory DirtWolf
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
Ballast Point Sculpin
Bullfrog Edgar IPA
The Answer Larceny
AleSmith IPA

(This will be a blind taste test-order above is irrelevant 🙂 )

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

The Answer Brewpub
6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Where Can You Find Waldo in Richmond? Whole Foods Short Pump Is The Place.

Whole Foods Short Pump is the place to be at 4:20 if you desire to have one of Lagunitas Brewing’s most sought after beers. Only released at select bars across the country, Waldo is described as the “dankest  and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas.”

The last time this beer was tapped in Richmond was Strange Matter in 2012.

Whole Foods Short Pump
11173 W Broad St
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Catch Up With Stone’s Mitch Steele At Capital Ale House Tonight

Stone Brewing logoBy now you’ve heard that Stone Brewing has select Richmond as the home of their East Coast brewery and restaurant.  The facility won’t open its doors until 2016 but you can catch up with Stone’s brewmaster Mitch Steele as he makes a stop at Capital Ale House Downtown. Grab a seat in the music hall tonight Wednesday February 25th starting 6pm as he gives a short talk on IPAs.

Cap Ale will have eight Stone beers on tap for the occasion:

Stone IPA
Stone Go To IPA
Stone Delicious IPA
Arrogant Bastard
Stone Smoked Porter
Stone Stochasticity Quad
Stone Ruination IPA
Stone Bang Bang — bourbon barrel aged red ale

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

Capital Ale House
623 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219

Virginia Craft Beer Month & IPA Day Collide Thursday

Credit: Center of the Universe Brewing

Credit: Center of the Universe Brewing

Let me tell you, Virginia loves itself some hops.  There will be plenty of hops to go around as tomorrow Thursday, August 7th is National IPA Day.  Here are a few Virginia beer events around town to get your hop on:

Pocahoptus Yeast Study at Center of the Universe — 4PM I really love what COTU is doing here just wish I didn’t already have a conflict.  That’s four different Pocahoptases (Pocahopti?) for you to try:

IPA fans rejoice!  It is an entire day we are dedicating to our favorite India Pale Ale, Pocahoptas.  Ever wonder how much influence a yeast strain has on a beer?  Let us school you.  We did 3 different batches of Pocahoptas using 3 different yeast strains; London Ale, Pacific, and a Belgian Golden yeast strain.  You will be able to try all 3 and compare them to the ever delicious original Pocahoptas.  Don’t drag your feet!  5.2 gallons each.  Once its gone, its history!  Oh yeah, we will have a pin of Pocahoptas as well.  What’s in it?  Come in to find out.  LONG LIVE THE IPA!

COTU will also be tapping a cask conditioned pin of Pocohoptas.

Yipee-Ki-IPA Day at Strangeways — 4PM Strangeways will have six different IPAs on tap for their IPA Day party. In addition, they are running their “Steal the Vessel” promotion from now until Labor Day; so get your growler, grunt, or blue Ball jar while you can.

Here are the IPAs they will be tapping:

  • Cranberry Disintegration Barrel Aged IPA
  • Phantasmic East Coast IPA
  • Cherry Phantasmic East Coast IPA
  • Lemon Berry Phantasmic East Coast IPA
  • Peach Phantasmic East Coast IPA
  • Raspberry Phantasmic East Coast IPA

Virginia IPA Innvasion at Joe’s Inn — 5PM

Joe’s Inn will be tapping a small but impressive selection of Virginia IPAs. Their $6 burger is one of my favorites in town.  Try one of these IPAs with yours:

  • Ardent IPA
  • Blue Mountain Prizefighter
  • Hardywood Bourbon DIPA
  • Hardywood Great Return
  • Lickinghole Creek Til Sunset Session IPA
  • Starr Hill King of Hop Imperial IPA
  • Triple Crossing IPA
  • Potters Hopped Cider

You can find more details including addresses in the calendar here.

This Friday Lickinghole Creek is Open “Til Sunset”

Take in the scenery of Lickinghole Creek Friday June 20th as they release their latest beer, ‘Til Sunset Session IPA.

“Til Sunset” is more than just a beer; it also tells you just how long LCCB will be open any given night. So make sure you get there before sunset or you will miss it.   Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates.

Journey to Center of the Universe Brewing


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Center of the Universe Brewing in Ashland, VA.  Brothers Chris and Phil Ray along with head brewer Mike Killelea lead Edmond Medina (@va_beergeek; read his take here) and myself on a tour of the site with our first stop being the 60 seat tasting room with a freshly finished bar and one prototype tap handle. It’s a pretty awesome looking taphandle!

With the recently installed fermentors and bright tanks in place, the only thing that was missing from main brewhouse was their 15 barrel brew system. Although it was delivered the next morning, it will take some time to get it fully installed and tested.

Once COTU is up and running what type of beers can you expect to see from them.   I can’t tell you exactly but here are a few tidbits:

  • Hanover water quality perfect for delicate styles
  • German & English malts were have been received
  • Non filtered beers
  • Targeting four year round beers; pale ale & IPA (possibly West Coast style) vying for first two slots
  • Access to family farm to source hops, pumpkins, and maybe tomatoes. Yes, I’ve warmed to the idea of a tomato beer.
  • Homefront IPA for Chris Ray’s charity Hops for Heroes available Memorial Day 2013.  COTU joins Cigar City, Perennial Artisan Ales, Fremont, SlyFox, St. Arnold’s, and 21st Amendment breweries to make this a nationwide effort.  Proceeds from each beer goes to local Operation Homefront chapter.

At the end of the day, COTU has a lot going for them.  Chris and Phil have an endless amount of enthusiasm for taking their love of homebrewing to craft brewing.  Mike Killelea praised the brothers for their well developed homebrew recipes that we may see in some form. 

Center of the Universe Brewing will open their doors in November.  I encourage you to take a trip up and check them out.  For now, Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for announcements and pictures detailing their progress.

Happy National IPA Day Richmond!

Credit: Dušan Gavenda

If hops are your thing, you’ll be happy to know today Thursday, August 2nd is National IPA Day.  I don’t know when we started dedicating certain days to a particular style of beer; last year is the first mention of it I can remember.  Here are a few places around town you can go to get your hop on:

821 Cafe
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin
Terrapin Hop Karma
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Bells Two Hearted
After killing those, they have Troegs Perpetual IPA, Smuttynose Homunculus and Hardywood Belgian DIPA.

The Camel All Virginia
Alewerks Caledonia
Hardywood Belgian DIPA
O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA
Roanoke Railhouse IPA
Blue Mountain Full Nelson

Station 2 All Virginia
Alewerks Caledonia
Wolf Hills Troopers Alley IPA 135 IBUs!
Blue Mountain Full Nelson
Olde Richmond Batch #11

Mekong All Hardywood
Belgian DIPA
IPA aged on peaches
Serrano Pepper IPA (by Rachael & Friends)
Super Dank West Coast Extra Pale IPA (by Nick Danger & Friends)

Old Dominion Hop Mountain
Dogfish 90 Minute IPA
Avery IPA

Capital Ale House Midlothian
Wolf Hills Wolf Den
Wolf Hills Troopers Alley
Port City Monumental IPA
O’Connor El Guapo
O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA
Starr Hill Double Platinum
St George English IPA
Olde Richmond Batch #11
Legend Golden IPA
Blue Mountain Full Nelson

Whole Foods Short Pump
Founders Devil Dancer
Troegs Perpetual IPA

Legend Brewing
Golden IPA
Imperial IPA — Small Batch

I’ll try and add more places as I hear about them today.