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Tap Takeovers Return To Mekong With Firestone Walker Tonight

Maybe you’ve noticed or maybe you haven’t but it has been awhile since there was a beer event at Mekong. This was to be expected with the opening of The Answer Brewpub. Now that The Answer will be debuting their beers for first time next week, it is the perfect time for a return to where everything started. For this return, Mekong will host a tap takeover of Firestone Walker beers tonight Friday April 24th starting at 4pm.

Here is what will be on tap starting at 4pm:

Pivo Pils – Hoppy Pilsner
Pale 31 – Dry Hopped Pale Ale
Double Barrel Ale – British Pale Ale
Easy Jack – Session IPA
Union Jack IPA
Double Jack Double IPA
Wookey Jack – Black Rye IPA
Opal – Dry Hopped Saison
Stickee Monkee – Barrel Aged Quad
Parabola
Sucaba – Barrel Aged Barleywine
Helldorado (2014) – Barrel Aged Blonde Barleywine
Bretta Weisse – Wild/Funky Berliner Weisse

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

Mekong Restaurant
6004 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Commercial Taphouse Reopens As Part Of The Mekong Family Friday

After a little sprucing up, Commercial Taphouse will reopen their doors as part of the Mekong family tomorrow Friday October 10th starting at 4pm.  Here are some photos from last night’s media preview.

Commercial Taphouse
111 N Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220

Strangeways Presents The Fruits of Their Labor With Mekong Today

Strangeways Fruits of LaborJust in time for Labor Day, Strangeways is releasing two brand new beers, Still Life With Peaches Saison and Eternal Youth Biére d’Abricot,  today Thursday August 28th starting at 4pm. Along with their new beers, Strangeways will re-release two of their most popular beers, Wampus Cat Triple IPA and Überlin Berliner Weiss. There will also be bountiful fruit-inspired Curiosities emerging through the weekend.

Still Life With Peaches Saison
This is the story of a brewer who walks into the National Gallery of Art while in Washington D.C. for SAVOR to gain inspirational ideas for new beers to brew. As he admires the bountiful works of art, he settles into a calming bliss that leads effortlessly into a trance-like state of utter tranquility. His mind expands as he strolls and peruses the masterpieces before him. In time, he is lured to a painting that quietly yet assuredly speaks to him and, posthaste, he becomes infatuated with its display of simplicity coexisting with great detail. What better artist to settle on but one whose vision evoked the same response from great masters such as Matisse and Picasso, who remarked that Paul Cézanne “is the father of us all”. Still life artwork was prevalent in this French Post-Impressionist painter’s repertoire. The result of this inspiration is a Saison that blends a classic Saison DuPont yeast with yellow peaches added during fermentation. The elixir is then aged in oak barrels to enhance its complexity. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art”. -Cézanne
4.3% ABV~15 IBU

Eternal Youth Bière d’Abricot
In search of healing waters and gold, 16th century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon traveled to what is now Florida. Many have followed in his footsteps, as human kind perpetually seeks out magical potions to restore their youth. While consuming fresh, local beers such as Eternal Youth Bière d’Abricot will not turn time eternal, it may help one more effectively reflect on the good times experienced throughout life. And within these encapsulated memories, one can live in a certain utopia of Eternal Youth. This French farmhouse style incorporates a bière de grade yeast as well as apricots, which are purported to promote health and long life. Then this elixir of life is garded in oak barrels to execute complexity in this sessionable, late-summer delectation. Bathe in this fountain of juvenescence, and discover your Eternal Youth.
5.2% ABV~15 IBU

But wait, there’s more!  In addition to the releases at Strangeways, Mekong will have their own selection of Strange curiousities.

Here is what they will be tapping:

  • Überlin Berliner Weiss
  • To Peach His An — fresh Virginia peach Berliner Weisse
  • What Is Peach in German? — Strangeways sour peach variant
  • Heiss Señorita — Mango Tango Style; spicy mango Berliner Weiss
  • Still Life with Peaches — Wood Aged Belgian Style Saison with Peach
  • Put Some Peach on that Peach — amped up peach variant
  • Eternal Youth Biére d’Abricot — Wood Aged Biere de Garde with Apricot
  • Vaassup I’m Bruno! — Sour apricot blend
  • Wampus Cat Triple IPA

So head out and taste what An Mekong, Brandon Tolbert, and Mike Hiller have concocted in the lab.  Strangeways will have special hours of Noon to 9pm  Sunday and Monday for Labor Day weekend and will close out the “steal the vessel” special they’ve been running all month on Labor Day. 

Check for updates at Facebook events at both Strangeways and Mekong, here and here, respectively.

If You Need Me, I’ll Be At Mekong Drinking Cigar City Beer Tonight

Cigar City Brewing is coming to town tonight Thursday August 14th with a RV packed full of their ambassadors and a ton of their beers.

Their party bus will stop at Mekong to throw the largest Cigar City tap takeover Richmond has ever seen.  Mekong will tap twenty two beers in total with many of them debuting for the first time in the city.

Here are the beers to be tapped starting at 4pm:

Mekong Restaurant
6004 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Get More In Depth With These National Beer Expo Events

National Beer ExpoThe inaugural National Beer Expo will takeover Richmond next week from Tuesday July 15th to Sunday July 20th.  There are so many great events to choose from I had trouble even picking for myself which events to attend.  If you go to only one event, it has to be the Grand Tasting on Saturday July 19th with over 150 craft beers to sample; take look at the full list here.  VIP admission gets you in an hour earlier plus a few exclusive tastes for $50 versus $39.50 for general admission. Check out the main ticket page for combo options to save some money.

You can use the Pombe app to plan out your tasting.

If you want to go a bit more in depth, try on these events for size:

Tuesday July 15th

Ultimate Kickoff Party at Mekong — 5PM — $39

It’s the food you’ve come to love at Mekong with beers selected by An Bui. This is a no-brainer and a great deal at $39/person.  Here’s just a sampling of beers and appetizers to enjoy:

Beers
Triple Crossing/The Answer Brewpub Street Creds Double Session IPA (Mekong exclusive!)
Blue Mountain Hopwork Orange IPA
Boulevard Saison Brett
Three Brothers VA Wild Blend
Stillwater Gose Gone Wild
St Bernadus Extra 4
Strangeways Uberlin Berliner Weiss
Victory White Monkey

Heavy Appetizers
Crispy Spring Rolls
Soft Spring Rolls
Rocket Shrimps
Toasted Shrimps
Dumplings
Banh Xep
Goi Ga
Mekong Famous Wings

Wednesday July 16th

Collabeerate at the Jefferson Hotel — 6PM — $66

There is no menu just yet for this dinner at the Jefferson but I have never been disappointed by the dinners at TJ’s with Patrick Ehemann.  Diners will be in for a treat when Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory join him in the kitchen.

UPDATE: The menu is in and looks delicious.  Take a look.

MENU

Welcome
Collaborative Pin of Hardywood Asian Cream Ale Shandy
Passed Hors (chefs choice)

1st course
Hardywood Hoppy American Summer Wheat
Local Fluke Sashimi with Lychee-Jalapeno Granita, Ginger and Basil

2nd Course
Legend Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
Crispy Pastrami Pork Belly with Compressed Cantaloupe and Twice Cooked VA Peanuts, Arugula and Charred Shishito Vinaigrette

3rd Course
Ardent Craft Ales Honey Ginger Ale
Rice Crusted Mahi, with Charred Turnips, Radish, Bean Sprouts, and Basil in a Chili Pho Broth

4th Course
Isley Brewing Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter
Golden Angels Apiary Honey and Roasted Banana Gateaux

Craft “The Movie” at Capital Ale House Downtown — 8PM — $10

If I were not already attending dinner at the Jefferson, this movie would be my next pick for the night.  Yes, there is no beer included in the $10 ticket but at that price you can choose from any of Capital Ale House’s beer and learn about the people making the industry.

Take a look at the trailer.

Thursday July 17th

CRAFT at Virginia War Memorial — 5:30PM — $60

Enjoy the back drop of the Virginia War Memorial as you take part in this beer and food pairing event.  There will be 20+ small plate items, each paired with at least two delicious craft beers (25+ craft beers for your enjoyment). Your ticket purchase includes unlimited beer tastings and food.

Here are some of the more interesting beer from the list:

Allagash Golden Brett
Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine
Evil Twin Nomander Weisse
New Belgium Gruit
Lonerider Addies Revenge
Lost Rhino Genus Loci Brew
Strangeways Placebo Pils
Three Brothers Wild Virginia Blend
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash IPA

UPDATE: Here is the full menu with the chefs and their beer pairings.

MENU

Brookville Restaurant (Chef Harrison Keevil)
Chilled Gazpacho Shot
New Belgium Gruit

Mini Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Parkway Factory Girl IPA

Melon Salad
Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street Pale

Tomato & Duke’s Mayo Sammy
Sam Adams Tetravis

DeFazio’s Catering (Chef Joe DeFazio)
Arizona Rattle Snake Eggs: Jalapeño peppers stuffed with roasted garlic, cream cheese, and crispy pancetta and broiled
Smartmouth Rule G IPA & Lonerider Cowboy in Black IPA

Mini Rueben: Lean corned beef, layered with Russian dressing, sauerkraut, on rye bread.
Victory Wild Devil IPA

Pepperoni Rolls: Peasant style sweet dough stuffed with imported pepperonis and banana peppers sprinkled with sea salt and Romano cheese.
Evil Twin Nomader Weisse & Blue Mountain Local Species

Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad: Rigatoni pasta, tossed with roasted red and yellow peppers, bocconcini (small mozzarella bites) and toasted almonds, basil, flat leaf parsley, and Extra virgin olive oil.
Strangeways Placebo Pils & Devils Backbone Tectonic Barleywine

Scotch Egg: Hard-boiled egg wrapped in seasoned sausage, rolled in panko bread crumbs oven roasted. Served with basil aioli or hot sauce
Blue Mountain Sour Banshee & Terrapin Hi-5 IPA

Patina ( Chef Mike Ladesma)
Beer braised kalbi short ribs
Three Brothers Wild Virginia Blend & Legend Crim Dubbel

Local Berry Trifle
Sierra Nevada Single Hop Harvest

Smoked tomato crab compote crostini
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Watermelon salad with cured salami and feta
Boulevard Saison Brett & Lost Rhino Wandering Belgian

Savory Grain (Chef Sean Murphy)
Dry Rubbed & Grilled Chicken Wings, finished with Savory Grain’s signature house BBQ glaze
Triple Crossing Falcon Smash IPA & Hardywood Bohemian Pils

Marinated Kale Salad, marinated in a white balsamic berry vinaigrette, infused with Hardywood Virginia Blackberry; with pickled carrots, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese & toasted almonds
Hardywood Virginia Blackberry

Salted Caramel Popcorn & Peanut Clusters
Allagash Golden Brett & Maine Mean Old Tom

Shaved Beef Skewer, medium rare, with globe grape and bleu cheese crumbles
Wild Wolf Area 151 & Highland Razor Wit

Zucchini Beer Bread with honey butter
Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Tripel

Friday July 18th

Taco Throwdown — 5:30PM — $39.50

Love tacos? Love beer? Well, I guess you could say they go hand in hand.  Try these tacos on for size and wash them down with over 30 craft beers to sample.

Restaurants
Boka Tako Chorizo and onion on a toasted tortilla. topped with napa cabbage, farm cheese, fig ginger compote, chipotle vinaigrette , sage-goat crema, and a sweet soy drizzle.
Aramark  Fresh smoked bbq pork with a cilantro pesto flour tortilla and black beans, blue cheese and blackened slaw
Estilo Veggie Taco: roasted vegetables, fire roasted poblano, pepitas, pickled onion, cancha & crema
Mezzanine Tempura avocado taco with sweet chili and a braised short rib taco. Cabbage, salsa fresca and white sauce for both.
India K’Raja  Indian Veggie Taco: Fresh yellow corn tortillas stuffed with chickpeas & spinach filling topped onions, tomatoes and special India K’ Raja’s salsa.
Capital Ale House Fresh Rockfish grilled and topped with cilantro-lime slaw, pineapple salsa and Ancho chipotle sauce in a freshly fried tortilla
Culinard Saison Braised Pork Carnitas on Blue Corn Tortilla with Mango-Jicama Slaw and Queso Fresco
Casa Del Barco Pork Chili Verde Tacos, with Cotija Cheese, Grilled Cactus & Corn Salsa, Pickled Radish Salad
Savory Grain Crispy Pork Taco, Tossed in a Hoisin BBQ sauce and topped with an Asian Slaw
Cha Cha’s Cantina Chicken tacos with delicious chorizo & portabella, topped with sprinkled goat cheese. And of course lettuce & fresh pico!

Beers
Allagash James Bean
Dogfish Head Kvasir
Green Flash Road Warrior
Highland Little Hump
Starr Hill Soul Shine Belgian Pale
Strangeways Wake Up Before You Gose
Sweetwater Waterkeeper
Terrapin Rye Cubed
Wild Wolf Kick It Hunny

Saturday July 19th

Summer Harvest Lunch at Saison — 11AM — $45

Join Chef Adam Hall and Jay Bayer for an extraordinary local food and craft beer lunch as you prepare for the upcoming Walk-Around Grand Tasting just blocks away at the convention center.

Enjoy Saison’s own interpretation of New Southern Food, which arose from Adam and Jay’s travels through Central America and the Southern U.S. Saison has been garnering awesome reviews for the classic techniques they have applied to the creative dishes they turn out featuring seasonal flavors and cuisine that reflect both a traditional and modern culinary sensibility.

You will be able to enjoy this lunch and take a leisurely walk to the convention center for the Walk-Around Grand Tasting (ticket sold separately).

MENU

1st Course
Melon Gazpacho, Fried Okra, Squash Blossom, Chili Oil
Hitachino Nest Anbai Plum Weizen

2nd Course
House Tasso, Fried Shrimp, Grits, Tomato Gravy
Port City Derecho Common Ale

3rd Course
Habanero Fried Cornish Game Hen, Pickled Watermelon, Blue Basil
Off Color Apex Predator

4th Course
Honey Roasted Peaches, Graham Sable, Vanilla-Hefeweizen Sabayon
Epic Brainless on Raspberries 

Sunday July 20th

Virginia Brewers’ Brunch at Estilo — 10AM — $40

Join us at Estilo for a creative, multi-course brunch made from locally sourced ingredients and paired perfectly with a delicious flight of craft beers. You don’t have to be a champion to enjoy the adventurous comfort food and delicious libations you’ll gobble down in this sleek, indie-inspired establishment.

The “Brewer’s Brunch” will be a private event held at Estilo (7021 Three Chopt Rd. in the Village Shopping Center). The brunch will put two of Richmond’s favorite things together – BEER & BRUNCH! It will highlight the sweet & the savory side of Richmond’s favorite hungover breakfast treats while pairing all Virginia beers. A representative from each brewery will be present. 4oz. tastings of each brew are included in the brunch, and full size beers will be available for purchase.

MENU

Mocha Scone
Starr Hill Brewery – GAVA Joe, Belgian-style Espresso Stout

Omelet of cured chorizo, cilantro, goat cheese with a ginger hollandaise and potato latke
Strangeways Brewing  – Wake Me Up Before You Gose

Jalapeno breakfast sausage hushpuppy
O’Connor Brewing Co. – Spyhop Infused White India Pale Ale

Pecan bacon pancakes with blueberry butter
Three Brothers Brewing – Vicious Appetite Series Vol. 1, Eight Bells

American Craft Beer Week RVA 2014 Redux

Richmond will celebrate in a variety of ways this American Craft Beer Week (May 12 – 18).  Stay tuned as I will update this page as I get more information on different events.

Tuesday May 13th

Trivia Tuesday at Strangeways — 4PM

Collaboration Tap Takeover at Cask Cafe — 5PM

Celebrating the collaborative nature of the brewing community, Cask Cafe will tap an eclectic collection of collaboration beers.

Here are the beers expected to be tapped:

Crim Dubbel — Legend & Williamsburg Alwerks
Gentlemen’s Club — Cigar City& Widmer Bros
GAVA Joe — Terrapin & Starr Hill
Collaboration Not Litigation — Avery & Russian River
European Slaycation Belgian IPA — Greg Self (Whole Food’s Growler King) & Champion Brewing Company
Man Crush — Green Flash & Smartmouth
Devil’s Secret — Devils Backbone & Apocalypse
Good Morning Mekong — The Answer & Cigar City.

Pizza Tonight will be cooking up pizza at 5.

Perennial “Meet the Brewer” & Takeover at Brew — 6PM

Brew will host tap takeover with Perennial Artisan Ales out of St Louis, MO as part of their American Craft Beer Week celebration. Owners, Phil and Emily Wymore, will be on hand to talk about their beers.  Brew will raffle off a very special Perennial bottle with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.

Here are the beers on tap for the night:

Abraxas
Sump
17
Vermilion
Luna Mare
Regalia
Black Walnut Dunkel
Aria
Saison de Lis
Hommelbier
Heart of Gold
Dual Artisanship

Devils Backbone Mini Takeover at Bucket Trade — 5PM

Bucket Trade will have a trio of Devils Backbone beers on tap to celebrate the week.

Vienna Lager, 2012 Gold World Beer Cup and 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner, is a chestnut colored lager with a malty aroma and subtle toasty sweetness derived from a multi-stage mash. A pinch of noble hops gives this refreshing beer a clean finish. IBUs – 18, ABV – 4.9%

Striped Bass Pale Ale, Golden in color with a light body and pleasant hop bouquet of traditional German hops blended with the intense citrus of American hop varieties. 5.2% ABV 26 IBUs

Schwartzbier, Derived from recipes of medieval Germanic brewers, our Schwartz Bier embodies a millennium of refinement. This black bier gets its characteristically subtle roasted flavor by using the finest toasted malts. Lager yeast creates a quick & dry finish. 5.2% ABV 18 IBUs

Ale of Fergus, Scottish-style 60 shilling ale. Light brown in color, light to medium body with hints of toast and toffee in the finish. 4.0% ABV – 22 IBU

Devil’s Secret – collaboration with Apocalypse Ale Works

Wednesday May 14th

Goose Island vs Firestone Walker at Mekong — 5PM

Of course, you can go to Mekong any time this week to celebrate but Wednesday two breweries battle it out for supremacy.

Goose Island
Bourbon County Brand Stout
Bourbon County Barleywine
Sofie
Sofie Paradisi
Ogden Triple
Lolita

Firestone Walker
Parabola
17th Anniversary
Velvet Merkin
Double Jack
Wookey Jack
Union Jack

Thursday May 15th

Cheers to the Firkin Weekend with Hardywood at Station 2 — 5pm

Debut of Hardywood’s first sour beer — Rum Barrel Saison.

Perennial Takeover & Meet the Brewer at Mekong — 5PM

If you missed your chance at Brew, Phil Wymore will be at Mekong as they tap eleven of his beers.  Here’s what will be on for the night:

Abraxas – Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks
Sump – Imperial Coffee stout with Sump coffee beans
17 – Imperial Stout brewed with huge amounts of chocolate malts, cacao nibs, and mint leaves
Barrel Aged 17 – Imperial Stout aged Twelve months in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels with cacao nibs & mint leaves
Black Walnut Dunkel – chocolate brown German Dunkelweizen aged on Missouri‐grown black walnuts
Duel Artisanship – collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales – Experimental IPA with Brettanomyces
Heart of Gold – Wheatwine
Aria – Belgian Style Ale with Brettanomyces
Hommel Bier – Dry-hopped Belgian Pale
Saison de Lis – Belgian-style Saison brewed with chamomile flowers
RegaliaBrettanomyces Saison
Regalia with pear and ginger

UPDATE: Abraxas will be replaced with an Andall.

Friday May 16th

Richmond Beer Lovers 4th Anniversary at Hurleys Tavern — 6PM

Richmond Beer Lovers celebrate their 4th anniversary with a Hardywood tap takeover at Hurley’s Tavern.  Here are the beers on tap for the night:

Singel
Beaux-Arts Triple IPA (collab with Bluejacket)
Bourbon Barleywine
Sidamo
Gingerbread Stout
2013 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Raspberry Stout
Kristallweiss
Brian’s Barrel Blend #4
Bohemian Pils
Hoplar (cask conditioned pin)

Saturday May 17th

Nectar & Knife DIPA Release at Triple Crossing — Noon

Triple Crossing releases their latest beer fresh from their tanks:

As IPA lovers ourselves, one of our main goals when opening this place was to release a DIPA that would be a hop-head’s dream come true. We think Nectar and Knife is just that. This beer is dry hopped three separate times with over 18lbs of hops. It sits right around 8%ABV, is a deep golden color and finishes perfectly dry. Prepare your palette!

Oh, and in case you get hungry, we will be having Boka Tako out all day for grub. Come get some.

Goochland Quad Release at Lickinghole Creek — Noon

Lickinghole Creek will fill growlers of their tasty Goochland Quad from noon to sunset on the farm. With its rum-like flavor, it makes perfect sense that the next evolution of this beer will be after spending time in Flor de Cana Nicaraguan Rum Barrels. Flora De Cana is Spanish for sugarcane flower. Look for it in a couple months.

Midnight Brewery Second Anniversary — 1PM

Celebrate the end of the week with Midnight with three special cask pins, two food trucks, and live music:

We opened our doors May 2012. What a ride it has been so far! Come celebrate with us May 17th at the brewery. This will also be the end of American Craft Beer Week. What better way to celebrate than to keep it local. Really looking forward to this. Hope you are too. Cheers!

A Good Day In RVA at Hardywood — 2PM

A day full of live music and Hardywood beers.

 

Smartmouth and Green Flash Bring Their Man Crush To Mekong Tonight

Credit: Smartmouth

Credit: Smartmouth

Head over to Mekong tonight Wednesday April 16th at 5pm as Smartmouth and Green Flash unveil their collaboration, Man Crush Hoppy Saison. Brewed in at Smartmouth in Norfolk, VA, Man Crush is Green Flash’s first collaboration with a Virginia brewery before they open their Virginia Beach brewery sometime in 2015.

Brewers from both Smartmouth and Green Flash will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about their breweries or how they came up with this beer.

Other beers to be tapped for the night include:

Green Flash Green Bullet — Triple IPA
Green Flash Cedar Plank — American Pale Ale
Smartmouth Notch 9 — Double IPA
Smartmouth Cow Catcher — Milkstout

Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

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