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Prost! Oktoberfest at Hardywood West Creek Today!

Shaking the cobwebs off the blog just a today.


Credit: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood is hosting their first ever Oktoberfest at their West Creek location today Saturday October 5th starting at 1pm.  And judging from this video it looks like they are going all out. I mean look at that tent and that shirt!

I joked with Brian about cooking bratwursts at the festival but as it turns out my schedule will have me arriving late to the festivities. There would have been VIPA mustard.

So maybe don’t be like me and instead get there early.  The schedule above is jam packed with fun. Maybe save me a bit of the oak barrel beers?

So go out and hoist these steins.

For a safe way home, use the code HARDYWOODFEST19 for 50% off a Lyft ride. Maybe next year Hardywood will offer this code for to and from the festival.

Check out the Facebook event for more details and updates.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Hardywood West Creek)
820 Sanctuary Trail Dr
Richmond, VA 23238

Celebrate Thirteen Years of St Benedict’s Oktoberfest This Weekend


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

Two Times The Oktoberfest At Metzger This Sunday And Next

Between this Sunday and next, you will have two chances to celebrate Oktoberfest at Metzger Bar & Butchery down in Church Hill.

Head over tomorrow Sunday October 18th from 1 to 8PM as Metzger hosts an Oktoberfest block party complete with Fest-biers, Marzens, sausages and stein holding competitions. The event is free but if you buy tickets early on Eventbrite you will get a free Metzger Oktoberfest T-shirt. Beer and food tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each.

Metzger Oktoberfest

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

Next Sunday October 25th, Metzger will host an Oktoberfest beer dinner featuring Devils Backbone.  Take a look at the menu.


Nuremburger stuffed Napa Cabbage, goulash

Potato and Apple Soup, Quark, Speck
Berliner Metro Weiss

“Fish and Chips”
Olive oil poached Halibut, Potato Latke, Beer Batter Crunch, Malted Tartar Sauce
Dortmunder Lager

Short Rib Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, Zweigelt, Gingersnap

Vanilla Bean and Smoked Apple Cake, Sorrel Sorbet, Anglaise
Smoked Dunkel Weiss

Seatings for the dinner will start at 5pm and will be available throughout the night. Seats are $60/person and reservations can be made by calling Metzger at 804.325.3147.

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

Reconnect With Richmond Beer This Fall At Ardent, Center of the Universe, Lickinghole Creek, Hardywood, and Strangeways Today

Hello Richmond.

Sorry for the empty pages over the last month. It has been a busy one here as we completed our second and final move of the year. Sadly, I ended up missing most of Virginia Craft Beer Month but I’m sure you had a great time. I’ve seen the pictures. Now that I am a full fledged city resident, I am excited to reconnect with our breweries to see what they will be up to these coming fall months.

Let’s see what is in store this weekend.

Ardent Craft Ales

Sweet Potato & Sage Saison is back.

Hanover Oktoberfest & Das Bier Run at Center of the Universe 

COTU makes one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. You are missing out if you haven’t tried simmering bratwurst in it before grilling.

Also, I hope there are some of these smoked beers left because I missed out.

Maiden’s Adventure Release & Pumpkin Picking Party at Lickinghole Creek

Show LCCB some love this weekend as they go from summer into fall in one weekend.

Farmhouse Pumpkin & RVA IPA Release at Hardywood

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin

Brewed in the style of the farmhouse ales of Belgium’s southern countryside, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin utilizes a blend of rye, wheat and barley in the grain bill, earthy flavoring hops and a classic saison yeast. Ripe, flame roasted Virginia sugar pumpkins and brown sugar provide a hearty backbone to this 8.5% ABV beer. Freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon, whole Grenada nutmeg, whole Madagascar clove and whole allspice harmonize with pounds of freshly sliced organic ginger root.Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale incorporates local ingredients from Grandma’s Pumpkin’s of North Chesterfield, Ellwood Thompson’s, Sauer’s Spices and Penzeys Spice Company.

Hardywood RVA IPA

Our “community hopped IPA” is brewed exclusively with freshly harvested local hops, from the first bittering hop addition to the flavoring/aroma additions to a final wet hop addition, more than 300 pounds of local Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Glacier, Magnum, Nugget and Centennial hops were used in this 60-barrel batch of beer. Brewed just once a year when hops are at their peak freshness, RVA IPA is sure to go quickly!

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin and RVA IPA will be available in 750mL bottles, 4 packs and for growler fills at 2pm. Roundabound Pretzels,BoDillaz and Slideways Mobile Bistro on site through the day!

Join us for a special performance of the seminal Paul Simon album, Graceland, presented as RVA production company Spin, Spit & Swear‘s Cover To Cover at 7pm:


Gourd of Thunder Release at Strangeways

Strangeways Gourd of Thunder

Your favorite pumpkin brew is back- with one twist- it’s now available on draft and in 750 ml bottles.

Gourd of Thunder is a dark and gnarly Imperial Pumpkin Porter brewed with freshly picked local pumpkins that were ripened on the vine while continuously listening to heavy metal. The malty pumpkin backbone fuses robustly with a milky sugar creaminess. Bourbon vanilla beans lay down a rock-steady foundation that drives the cinnamon, ginger and clove spices through your skull. This brew does not merely mimic the flavor of a mortal pumpkin pie. Gourd of Thunder will cataclysmically blow your mind with its face-melting, high-voltage attitude. Headbangers Unite!

9.2% ABV | 18 IBU

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.


Tale of Two Oktoberfests This Weekend

Oktoberfest RVA 2013Summer has ended and the weather has started to cool off. You know what the means? It’s time for Oktoberfest.  But which fest should you go to? I have two that have peaked my interest for this weekend.

St Benedict’s Oktoberfest

There’s a lot to look forward to as St Benedict’s Oktoberfest enters it’s ninth year.  Possibly the most well attended Oktoberfest in the city, the festival starts 4pm today Friday, September 20th and runs all weekend.  Taste the Local put together a nice breakdown of the beer offerings:

LOTS OF BEER AT THIS YEARS ST BENEDICT! Some of these are in short supply so get there early!

Sunken City Sunktoberfest
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery Magic Beaver
Lickinghole Creek Craft Shortpump Saison

Franziskaner Hefe
Spaten Lager
Spaten Oktoberfest
Spaten Optimator
Sunner Kolsch

3 Brothers Tri Brathair Scottish Ale
3 Brothers & Devils Backbone Collaboration
Apocalypse Ale Works WET HOPPED HARVEST
Bold Rock VA
COTU Main Street Alt
COTU Oktoberfest
Devils Backbone O-Fest
Devils Backbone Reilly’s Red
Devils Backbone Vienna
Extra Billy’s Otis Brown
Extra Billy’s & Lickinghole Creek Collab Contiental Shift
Hardywood Fall Line Fest
Hardywood RVA IPA
Hardywood Singel
Legend Harvest IPA
Legend Hopfest
Legend Lager
Legend Oktoberfest
Midnight Kolsch
Midnight Mitternacht Oktoberfest
O’Connor Bells Beach Fall Saison
Roanoke Track One
Rusty Beaver Big Bad Brown
Starr Hill Pils
Strangeways Albino Monkey
Strangeways Woodbooger

Darkhorse Fore Smoked Stout
Darkhorse Perkulator Dopplebock
Finch Wet Hot Weiss
Goose Island Oktoberfest
Heavy Seas Black Cannon Black IPA
Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils
Oskar Blues Mamma’s Pils
Southern Tier 2XRye
Twisted Pine Anniversary Biships Elbow ESB
Victory Festbier
Victory Red ThunderWine Barrel Baltic
Victory Yakima Glory

Starr Hill Pumpkin Porter
Devils Backbone Ichibod Crandall
O’Connor Punkleweiss
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
Southern Tier Pumpking Imperial Pumpkin
Foothills Cottonwood Pumpkin
Heavyseas Greater Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin

You can get more information at St Benedict’s Oktoberfest Facebook page here and event listing here.

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest

Saturday September 21st, Capital Ale House is giving their 10th Oktoberfest a Virginia accent with fall beers from local breweries.  Here are the Virginia beers they will be tapping:

Center of the Universe
Main Street Alt


Devils Backbone
Ichibod Crandall

Special Rye Dopplebock (Capital Kick off)

Ümlaut Böktoberfest (Bourbon Barrel lagered Oktoberfest)- RVA Debut

Starr Hill
Boxcar Pumpkin Porter

Cap Ale’s fest runs from 11:30am to 10pm with two table seatings for VIP ticket holders.  Get more information at the Facebook event.

Get Ready Richmond! Capital Ale House’s Oktoberfest Returns September 21st

Cap Ale Oktoberfest logo 2013Yes, Richmond. It is getting to be that time of year. Oktoberfest! Here are the details on Capital Ale House’s event this year.

Prost Virginia! Capital Ale House Oktoberfest Returns September 21st and 28th

Virginia craft beers and German-style cuisine take center-stage at Capital Ale’s celebration in Downtown Richmond and Fredericksburg.

Richmond, VA (August 12, 2013) – Capital Ale House’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest returns to Downtown Richmond onSaturday, September 21st and to Downtown Fredericksburg on Saturday, September 28th, highlighting Virginia beers paired with traditional German food items. But food and drink isn’t all Oktoberfest has to offer – as each Capital Ale House location will have surrounding streets closed off as crowds listen to live musical performances, German dance groups and family-friendly Kinderplatz: a kids space with giant inflatables, face-painting, balloon animals and many other family features.

“We’re proud to offer something for everyone at Oktoberfest, and this year, we want to give our German celebration a Virginia accent,” said Matt Simmons, President of Capital Ale House. “2013 has been the year of Virginia beer and we support this growing industry by featuring an exceptional selection of local brews at this year’s Oktoberfest.”

Gates open at 11:30am and we will ceremoniously tap the keg at noon officially kicking off Oktoberfest celebrations. Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw will tap the keg in Fredericksburg. Cool Cow Comedy’s Rahmein Mostafavi will serve as MC at both events, keeping the crowd in stiches until the festival wraps up at 10pm. The Capital Ale House restaurant will remain open until 1:30am.

The festival has a $2 cover charge, with proceeds benefiting the Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society in Richmond and the Main Street Program in Fredericksburg. Each guest of legal drinking age can purchase a traditional 1-liter Capital Ale House stein for $3 (while supplies last), though guests are also welcome to bring their own stein. Families are welcome, though a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 21. VIP tables are available for groups of all sizes; please call Capital Ale House in advance for reservations. Free parking is available at both locations.

Choose from over 100 craft and imported brews, including Legend Brewing, Starr Hill Brewing, Devil’s Backbone Brewing, Hardywood Brewing, Center of the Universe Brewing, Blue Mountain Brewing, St. George Brewing, Strangeways Brewing and Bold Rock Cidery.

Menu items will include: giant pretzels with sweet mustard, bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerbraten and dumplings with ginger snap gravy, Jaegerschnitzel, roast chicken, German potato salad, red cabbage and sauerkraut as well as our regular menu offerings in the restaurant.

In observance of the 16-day Oktoberfest held each fall in Munich, Germany, Capital Ale House will celebrate (in-house at all 5 locations) for the entire 16 days with German food specials, dozens of German-style beers and exciting events.

For more information visit CapitalAleHouse.com.

Oktoberfests In and Out of Richmond This Weekend

Summer has ended and the weather has started to cool off. You know what the means? It’s time for Oktoberfest.  But which fest should you go to? I have three that have peaked my interest for this weekend.

St Benedict’s Oktoberfest

Entering it’s eighth year, this festival came to my attention las year but I was unable to attend.  That will change tonight.  The festival runs all weekend.  I look forward to trying some of the following featured beers:


Legend Oktoberfest Firkin
Mad Fox Imperial Red IPA
O’Connor Punkelweisse
Starr Hill All Access Belgian Strong
Heavy Seas Plank 2
Victory Alt


Starr Hill Love Firkin with fresh orange peel
Legend Weizenbock
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
Hardywood Belgian  DIPA

See the complete beer list for the weekend here.

Top of the Hops Beer Fest

Starr Hill and Beer Run present the 3rd Annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival in Charlottesville, VA Saturday September 22nd.  $40 ($45 at the gate) gets you unlimited sampling of over 150 craft beers from breweries such as Devils Backbone, Hardywood, Ommegang, Goose Island to name a few.  Tak a look at the breweries and their beers here.  Go here to buy tickets.

Mad Fox Hoppy Oktoberfest

Mad Fox Brewing in Falls Church has taken a different spin on Oktoberfest by celebrating hops Sunday September 23rd starting at 11am in their Biergarten.  If you need one beer to make the trek up, Mad Fox’s Orange Whip IPA is that beer.  They will also have their own Oktoberfest beer on tap and cask; I had the pleasure of having the cask version last night at Station 2.  You can see all of the beers they will have here.