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RVA Beer Week 2015: Tap Takeovers, Pub Crawls, & Special Events

RVA Beer Week (November 1 – 8) is back for its sixth year. Here’s a word from Taste the Local:

It’s that time again, it’s RVA Beer Week! This is a celebration of our collective craft beer culture. Since 2010, when this week of events was first enacted, our craft scene has exploded! Back then we were on the low end of the national average at about a 5% craft beer share of our total collective beer market. Now however, we are booming! With some estimates hinting at a jump to 16% craft beer share in 2015, more than tripling where we were 5 short years ago.

Craft beer has become an integral part of our restaurants, festivals, and daily social life. Our area breweries have multiplied from 2 at the inception of RBW, to currently 14 area craft breweries pouring. The medals and awards for their amazing creations grow with each passing year. Our craft focused restaurants in town have won tons of accolades as well, and amazing growler stations and expanded bottle selections have opened at independent businesses and at local grocery stores. Even one of the most respected out-of-state craft power houses, Stone Brewing, has noticed Richmond. Choosing our fair city for their highly anticipated east coast location expansion! There is every indication that this is just the beginning of our cities craft beer renaissance, with an additional 7-9 RVA area breweries in planning that will debut to beer fans over the next year!

So help celebrate our collective passion and support our scene! Take the opportunity to introduce a friend to craft beer in Richmond. Go out and drink at your favorite brewery or restaurant. Buy something to share from a bottle shop or growler station. Join us and rally around our amazing beer town! Cheers!   

Sunday November 1st

Dark Side of Oz Vinyl Flight Night at Triple Crossing — 6PM

Dark Side of Oz at Triple Crossing 110115

Monday November 2nd

Third Annual RVA Brewers Parade — 6PM

RVA Brewers Parade 110215Last year, Richmond’s brewers split their time between between the Fan and Carytown. This year the third annual RVA Brewers Parade hits Shockoe.  You can meet up with all the breweries in town starting at 6pm at Southern Railways Taphouse.

Here is the complete route for the evening:

  • 6:00PM — Southern Railways-6pm
  • 7:30PM — Station 2
  • 8:30PM — On The Rox

Beers from all of the RVA breweries will be on tap at each location!

Tuesday November 3rd

RVA Beer Week Trivia at Jack Brown’s — 9PM

In honor of RVA Beer Week you have the chance to play Tuesday Night Trivia with Dylan AAANNND some of special guest stars from local RVA breweries Strangeways, Ardent, Lickinghole Creek, and Hardywood. They will be playing right along side of you to help with some RVA Beer Week Trivia.

Don’t miss the chance to hang out with some awesome people, and you may just walk away with some sweet beer swag! Check out our lineup:

Hardywood: Berliner Weisse & Rum Pumpkin
Strangeways: Room 237, & HAVOC – for the first time in RVA
Ardent: Virginia Common & The One
Lickinghole Creek: Short Pump Saison & Pumpkin Ain’t Easy

See ya soon!

Wednesday November 4th

Richmond Beer Lovers Happy Hour featuring Isley Brewing at Hurley’s Tavern — 5PM

Our next regular monthly RBL happy hour at Hurley’s Tavern is Wednesday, November 4th.   We’ll be celebrating RVA Beer Week with a tap invasion from Richmond’s own Isley Brewing Company.

Featured beers on tap from Isley will be:

Choosy Mother – Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter – 6.6% ABV, 19 IBU
Ruby Red Slippers – Grapefuit Session Pale Ale – 4.8% ABV, 40 IBU
Stunt Dubbel – Pumpkin Belgian Dubbel – 7% ABV, 22 IBU
Plane Jane Blueberry – Blueberry Belgian White Ale – 5.4% ABV, 16 IBU

*Hurley’s regularly features a stellar line-up of other craft beers on tap (total of 20) to choose from as well. 


Hurley’s Tavern
4028-J Cox Rd
Glen Allen, VA

Revenge of the Gingers at Sticky Rice RVA — 7PM

A night for the red heads! Featuring the first taste of Gingerbread Stout in Richmond and other Hardywood ginger beer variants on tap.


Beers on hand for the event will be:

Great Return with ginger
Berliner Weiss with ginger
Farmhouse Pumpkin
Ginger/Molasses Milk Stout (cask conditioned pin)

Thursday November 5th

Ardent Craft Ales Scott’s Addition Crawl — 5:30PM

Scotts Addition Crawl 110515Make your way around the neighborhood of Scott’s Addition in support of RVA BEER WEEK on Thursday, November 5. At every stop, we’ll offer special pins and kegs of our brews. The schedule is as follows beginning at the brewery:

5:30PM — Ardent Craft Ales – IPA with Citrus
6:30PM — Lunch. Supper! – Bourbon-Aged Dark Rye
7:30PM — Sabai – Saison with Peppers & Thai Basil
8:30PM — Fat Dragon – Bourbon-Aged Honey Ginger

Admission to event is free with tasters and full pours available for purchase along the way.

Friday November 6th

Heavy Seas Tap Takeover at 821 Cafe — 5PM

Unleash your inner pirate and devour some of Kate’s plates along with some Heavy Seas beers:

Stoop Sitter
Desert Island #4
Winter Storm
Greater Pumpkin
Cross Bones
Loose Cannon
Yule Tide Gingerbread
Weizen Doppelbock

Saturday November 7th

Wahoo Cup at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Noon

Wahoo Cup at LCCB 110715-cropThe UVA Club of Richmond and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery bring you the first annual WAHOO CUP Craft Brewers Invitational, pitting the top breweries in Richmond versus their colleagues from Charlottesville. The winning brew will be selected by beer fans and an all-star panel of judges.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Children of Fallen Patriots, a national charity providing scholarships to the families of soldiers killed in duty.

Head out to the farm for a day in the country with bands, activities for the kids and food for all. UVA Club members will have access to transportation out to Goochland and VIP tent on grounds.

Ticket Information for UVA Alumni

Join the Club for exclusive event discounts. Click Here

Participating Breweries Announced So Far
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
South Street Brewery
Champion Brewing Company
The Answer Brewpub
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Strangeways Brewing Company

Beer List

South Street – Hop Gothic
Three Notchd – Simcoe Tollen Rye IPA
Champion – Shower Beer

LCCB – Chocolate Decadence Imperial Stout
Strangeways – Roten Hell Pumpkin Sour
Answer – Larceny

Celebrity Judges
Kelli Lemon of 92.1
Jack Lauterback of 103.7
Terry Gates from UVA Basketball
Jay Burnham – The Voice of the Flying Squirels
Lee Graves – Virginia Beer Guy

Music (Times TBA):
Sturgeon City
Red Light Rodeo

Food Trucks
Fired Up Pizza
Jadean’s Smokin Six O

Two Year Birthday Party For The Cask Cafe

The Cask Cafe 2yr BdayThat’s right, the Cask Cafe is turning 2 years old and we’re celebrating by having a big ‘ole party in our parking lot. We’ve got a bunch of crazy kegs we’ll be tapping, a DJ and lot’s of hotdogs!

Sunday November 8th

Lumber Ladies Bar Crawl — 2PM

Celebrate women in the craft beer industry during RVA Beer Week by bar crawling around The Fan in Richmond!

Female brewery reps will be out WORKIN HARD (aka pounding beers to the face and having the best time ever) while wearing crocheted beers and flannel.

Lumber Ladies Bar Crawl 110815
Proceeds from brewery swag raffles at each stop donated to UnBoundRVA in honor of female entrepeuners, Carolyn and Ciara.

Come join us! This will be social media GOLD.
#lumberladiesbarcrawl #RVABeerWeek

American Craft Beer Week RVA 2015: Tap Takeovers

ACBW2015 Celebrate BannerThere will be a lot of tap takeovers as Richmond celebrates American Craft Beer Week (May 11 – 17). Here are just a few selections to get you through the week but you should definitely check out Annie Tobey’s take on the week’s celebrations on Richmond.com.

Monday May 11th

Tuesday May 12th

Hardywood TapTakeover & Steal The Glass at Blue Goat — 5PM

Blue Goat will feature four beers from one of their favorite Richmond breweries, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Here are the beers they will have pouring starting at 5pm:

Bourbon Cru
The Great Return
Sorachi Ace Dry Hopped Pils
2014 Gingerbread Stout.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to come hang out and drink some great beers with the folks from Hardywood!

The Blue Goat
5710 Grove Ave
Richmond, VA 23226

Wednesday May 13th

Strangeways Takeover At Rappahannock — 4PM
Celebrate the week with Strangeways and Rappahannock. They’ll have some glassware to steal and will be pouring these beers:

Woodbooger. 6%, A Belgian style brown ale brewed with coconut sugar and dark Belgian candi sugar, fermented with Belgian ale yeast and aged with bourbon vanilla beans

Überlin, 4.5%, Berliner Weiss style wheat ale. The taste is refreshing and tart with a lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness…

Still life of Peaches, 4.3%, 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.

Down a few dozen oysters while you’re at it.

Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E Grace St
Richmond, VA 23219

Thursday May 14th

Ballast Point Takeover at Bucket Trade — 4PM

Make your way down to Chester and enjoy these beers from Ballast Point:

Victory at Sea – Porter w/ Coffee & Vanilla
Even Keel – Session IPA
Habanero Sculpin – Spicy IPA
Grapefruit Sculpin – Grapefruity IPA
Dorado – Double IPA
Grunion – Pale Ale

The Bucket Trade
13131 Rivers Bend Blvd
Chester, VA 23836

Lickinghole Creek Takeover at Pig & Pearl — 4PM

UPDATE: This was originally scheduled for Monday night.

Continue your celebration of Kickoff American Craft Beer Week right with a fine selection of beers from Lickinghole Creek over at The Pig & Pearl.

Here is what they will have on starting at 4pm:

Magic Beaver Belgian Pale Ale
‘Til Sunset Session IPA
Goochland Quad
Illuminatos Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale
Supreme Leader Bourbon Barrel Spiced Imperial Stout

The Pig and Pearl
2053 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Heavy Seas Takeover at Commercial Taphouse — 4PM

Join the crew at Commercial Taphouse & Grill for an evening of extrAAARGHdinary brews from Heavy Seas Beer! There will be plenty to choose from with some year-round favorites, seasonals, and rarities from the Desert Island series. This will also mark the first tapping of Blackbeard’s Breakfast Bourbon Coffee Porter in Virginia.

Here is what they will be pouring starting at 4pm:

Blackbeard’s Breakfast Bourbon Coffee Porter (VA Debut)
Desert Island Scottish Ale
Desert Island Schwarzbier
Smooth Sail Summer Ale
Double Cannon DIPA
Loose Cannon IPA
Cross Bones Session IPA
Deep Six Robust English Porter

Commercial Taphouse & Grill
111 N Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220

Saturday May 16th

Strangeways Invades Lickinghole Creek’s Farm Brewery — Noon

Not satisfied with tap takeovers at restaurants, Strangeways will be taking over the taps at Lickinghole Creek with most unique farm-inspired beers:

Still Life With Peaches Saison 4.3% ABV | 15 IBU
Southern Heirloom Candy Roaster Squash Bock 5.5% ABV | 29 IBU
Eternal Youth Bière D’abricot 5.2% ABV | 15 IBU
Gourd Of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter 9.2% ABV | 18 IBU

Read the storied descriptions for these beers here.

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Dr.
Goochland, VA 23063

RVA Beer Week 2014: Tap Takeovers, Pub Crawls & Tappings

Join in on the yearly celebration of Richmond’s craft beer scene during RVA Beer Week (November 1 – 9).

All Week

The Cask Cafe Turns 1!

Join Cask in celebrating a phenomenal first year. Draft and growler specials, rare beer tappings, pub crawls, tap invasions and more!

Monday Nov 3rd — Brewer’s Parade 
Hardywood Rye Pumpkin
Ardent Craft Ales  VA Common
Strangeways Soledad
Triple Crossing Liberty or Death Porter
Lickinghole Creek Gentleman Farmer
Legend Winter White Ale

Tuesday. Nov 4
Tapping BFM Grand Cru aged in French Champaign Barrels!

Wednesday, Nov 5 — Brews Cruise

Thursday, Nov 6 — Lickinghole Creek Tap Invasion
VA Black Bear
Rosemary Saison
Goochland Quad

Monday November 3rd

RVA Brewers Parade — 5:30PM
Richmond’s local breweries have united in a show of support for restaurants in the Fan and Carytown for the second annual RVA Brewers Parade.  Want to join them? Meet up with the crew from Hardywood, LCCB, Midnight, Triple Crossing, and Extra Billy’s in the Fan starting at Postbellum. Meanwhile COTU, Ardent, Rusty Beaver, Strangeways, Isley, and Legend will hit the streets of Carytown starting at Weezie’s Kitchen. Each group will get started around 5:30 and stay at each location for about 30 minutes.

Here are the routes they will be taking before meeting back up at Cask to head over to Commercial Taphouse together:

The Fan
Joe’s Inn
Social 52

Weezie’s Kitchen
Can Can Brasserie
Mellow Mushroom
Daily Kitchen & Bar

Tuesday November 4th

Devils Backbone Takeover at Portrait House — 4PM
Portait House hosts a total tap takeover with Devils Backbone. They have helped change the landscape for Virginia beers since their opening in 2008. Each of Portrait’s 24 taps will be pouring a unique offering. Go sample some familiar beers, as well as ones not seen often in Richmond.

Vienna Lager
Gold Leaf Lager
Pear Lager
Schwartz Bier
8 Point IPA
Striped Bass Pale Ale
Pumpkin Hunter
Azrael Golden Strong Ale
Kilt Flasher Wee Heavy
Dark Abby
Turbo Cougar
Trail Angel
Spider Bite
Marsedon Quad
Dead Bear
1887 Stout
Ginger Lager
Skull Crushing Ape
Smokehaus Lager
Pilot Brau Pils
Ale of Fergus
3 Ridges Triple
Brew Ridge Hop Revival

They’ll also have 4 tickets to give away to the showing of The Big Lebowski at the Byrd Theater on Friday, November 7th hosted by Center of the Universe.

Portrait House
2907 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221

Wednesday November 5th

Honey Ginger Farewell Party at Ardent Craft Ales — 4PM

Get your Honey Ginger while you still can…

Brews Bike Cruise — 5:30PM

Join Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Legend Brewing Company, andSTRANGEWAYS BREWING for a Brews Cruise through Carytown and The Fan!

At 5:30pm, pick up a map at Agee’s Bicycles and cruise right over to Portrait House. Beers start pouring at 6:00pm.

6:30pm: Bike to 821 Cafe
7:15pm: Bike to Postbellum
8:00pm: Hit the last stop, Cask Cafe, for a chance to win some exclusive brewery swag!

Bike reflectors are required!

Biking Brews Cruise RVA Beer Week 2014-1


Thursday November 6th

Legend & Starr Hill Collaboration Celebration — 5:30PM

Legend Brewing Company & Starr Hill Brewing Company come together to release a collaboration beer called HooVale!

The beer gets its name from the urban legend that argues Charlottesville was the inspiration for Dr. Seuss’s children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Continental Divide Richmond will be cooking up some great and well paired specials as well as the classics.

Part of Legend’s “Urban Legend Series,” HooVale is a Spiced Holiday Ale. Also on Tap:
Legend Winter White
Legend Brown
Starr Hill Gava Joe Belgian Espresso Stout
Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale

Continental Divide Richmond
2501 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

AW Shucks Country Store Third Anniverary  with Three Brothers & Triple Crossing — 6PM


Friday November 7th

The Big LeBYRDski by Center of the Universe  at The Byrd — 7PM
Center of the Universe and The Byrd Theater Foundation present “The Big LeBRYDski.” There are a lot of ins, a lot of outs, and a lot of what have yous but all proceeds will benefit The Urban Achievers The Byrd Theater Foundation.

Will you watch The Big Lebowski at the Byrd Theater? Yes.
While having a beverage? El Duderino and other COTU brews.
Will the money you spend go to The Byrd Theater foundation? 100% – this is no ringer dudes.

The Big LeBYRDski

Date: November 7th
Time: Doors Open at 7:00pm
Movie starts at 8:00pm

$10 + applicable fees in advance through eventbrite here.
Advanced ticket sales will end at 12:00am on November 6.
$15 at the door starting at 7:00pm on November 6.

*Ticket includes admission into the theater as well a 1 beer token to be redeemed for a glass of El Duderino.


  • This is a 21 and up event. Only those with a VALID ID will be permitted into the building. No 8 year olds, dude. This goes for advance ticket sales as well. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Only a token can be redeemed for a glass of El Duderino. No cash sales. Other COTU beers will be available for purchase from the concession area.
  • No outside food or alcohol permitted.
  • The Byrd Theater only accepts cash. There is a cash machine in the building.
  • No refunds. No re-entry.
  • The Byrd Theater reserves the right to not serve intoxicated patrons. The Byrd Theater also reserves the right to remove from the premise any person who is causing a disturbance, without a refund.

Saturday November 8th

IPA All Day! at Ardent Craft Ales — Noon

Gingerbread Stout 2014 Release at Hardywood — 2PM

And now you can get it in a can…

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:

Luna Mare
Black Walnut Dunkel
Saison de Lis
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 Paradisi
Ogden Triple

Firestone Walker
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:

Beaux-Arts Triple IPA (collab with Bluejacket)
Bourbon Barleywine
Gingerbread Stout
2013 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Raspberry Stout
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.


Want A Tap Takeover This Week? How About Four?

I couldn’t help but interrupt my little vacation to bring you some cool tap takeovers happening around town this week.

Tuesday December 17th

Heavy Seas Mutiny on the Taps at Sedona Taphouse — 5PM

Join Virginia fleet captain Brian and sail the Heavy Seas over to Sedona Taphouse.  They will be tapping some fantastic brews as well as selling some vintage bottles. When your pillaging is done, you will have a new glass to add to your booty.

Here is the tap list for the night:

Plank II (2012)
Loose Cannon IPA
Small Craft Warning Uber Pils
Gold Golden Ale
Cutlass Amber Lager
Holy Sheet (2013)
CASK – Yule Tide
Plus bottles of Holy Sheet (2013), Below Decks (2012) and more!

Goose Island Takeover at On the Rox — 6PM

Head over to On the Rox to enjoy some Goose Island beers including the limited Bourbon County series.  There will be glasses to steal as well.

Bourbon County Stout
Bourbon County Barleywine
India Pale Ale

Bourbon County Coffee Stout

Wednesday December 18th

Devils Backbone Takeover To Benefit No Kid Hungry at Brew — 5PM

Brew will be tapping 10 Devils Backbone beers including the debut of one never tapped outside the brewpub as well as a special cask Vienna Lager. Warren Haskell from Devils Backbone will be on hand to talk all things Devils Backbone. Brew has chosen to donate one dollar of every glass of Devils Backbone beer ordered to No Kid Hungry.  They will also be accepting canned good donations as well. If you bring a canned good, you can get a ticket good for 50% off your first glass of Devils Backbone beer.

Here is the tap list with one or two more to be added soon:

Vulkaan (Oud Bruin aged on whiskey wood
Metro Berliner Weiss (with choice of 3 different house made syrups)
Vienna Lager
Eight Point IPA
Schwartz Bier
Dark Abby
Gold Leaf
Bavarian Dark Lager
Pub Ale
Ramsey’s Nitro Stout
Teddy Bear — cask conditioned pin of Vienna Lager with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon, think chocolate Teddy Grahams.

Thursday December 19th

Blue Mountain & Devils Backbone at Sedona Taphouse — 5PM

Sedona Taphouse’s second takeover of the week brings together Devils Backbone and Blue Mountain with eleven beers each including Marsedon, their collaboration quad which was brewed at both breweries.

Here’s what you’ll find on tap from each brewery:

Blue Mountain
Full Nelson
Export Stout
Foxy Mama
Cheer Beer
Lights Out
Long Winters Nap
Local Species
Dark Hollow
Marsedon – collab quad

Devils Backbone
Vienna Lager
Eight Point IPA
Dark Abby
Pear Lager
Marsedon – collab quad
Flor di luna jasmine
Berliner Metro Weiss
Mile Post 5
Betamax DIPA
Ramsey’s Draft Stout – Nitro

RVA Beer Week 2013: Tap Takeovers, Pub Crawls & Samplings

Friday November 1st

First Friday 5th Anniversary Screens ‘n’ Suds Party — Gallery 5 — 6 – 10PM
Friday will be the prelude to the Screens ‘n’ Suds Big Event on Saturday. Get a taste of what will be on tap and get your first peek at the month-long Screens ‘n’ Suds retrospective exhibit featuring every beautiful, beer-inspired print produced in their five-year history.

Blue Mountain Invasion & Steal the Glass — 821 Cafe — 7:30PM

Bourbon Barrel DIPA
Blue Reserve
Lights Out
Rip Rap Pale

Max’s Tavern Screens ‘n’ Suds After Party — 11pm-2am
After enjoying great beers and art at Gallery 5, check out the newest addition to the Richmond Beer Scene. Belgian themed Max’s Tavern has 24 taps and a huge bottle list of all Belgian and Belgian-style beers. Kitchen closes at midnight and last call is at 2am.

Legend Brewing Sampling — Olio- 630pm-830pm
Legend sampling featuring seasonal beers

Popkin Tavern-RVA Beer Week Kick Off event- 6pm-Close
Special tappings of various craft beers and a special wooden gravity cask tapping.

El Duderino Kickoff — Center of the Universe Brewery – 4PM
El Duderino is COTU’s highly anticipated White Russian Stout.

Saturday November 2nd
RVA Mustache Dash — Strangeways Brewing — 10:30AM – 3PM
5k run/walk and post party that pays tribute to the borderlands between the upper lip and nose. Participants are encouraged to have a mustache, real or fake. This run is 100% silly.

Beer, live music, food trucks, mustache awards and more. Ready, Set, Grow. http://www.rvamustachdash.com

Train Day Sampling — Caboose Wine and Cheeses of Ashland
Beer sampling featuring Center of the Universe Brewing

Day of the Dead Party — Casa Del Barco — 5PM-Close
Featuring Hardywood 2nd Anniversary Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel. Food and liquor specials as well.

High Gravity Fest — Popkin Tavern — 4PM
Popkin’s High Gravity Fest kicks off at 4pm. You know what else starts at 4pm? Beer school! So get there early and get some free tastes.

Alewerks Bourbon Porter 2012 (9%)
Avery Reverend (10.2%)
Bell’s Expedition 2012 (10.5%)
Bell’s Expedition 2013 (10.5%)
Brooklyn The Companion (10%)
Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon (12.5%)
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 2012 (12%)
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 2013 (12%)
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout 2012 (8%)
Founders Imperial Stout 2012 (10.5%)
Green Flash Double Stout (8.6%)
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12yr (8%)
JW Lees Harvest Ale (11.5%)
Nogne-O Sunturnbrew (11%) POPKIN EXCLUSIVE!
Nogne-O Imperial Stout (9%) POPKIN EXCLUSIVE!
Stone Imperial Russian Stout (10.5%)
Terrapin Reunion 2012 (8%)
Thornbridge Bracia (10%)

Sunday November 3rd

Southern Railways Autumn Bottom After Party — 5 – 10PM
SRT has a huge selection of Draft and Bottles craft beers as well as a delicious menu.

Monday November 4th

Carytown-RVA Brewers Parade- 5:30-10pm
The Richmond Area’s breweries will be bar crawling in Cary Town. Starting at the Portrait house- 5:30pm. Brewers and staff from Rusty Beaver, Hardywood, Legend, Midnight, Extra Billys’s, Strangeways, Center of the Universe, Isley Brewing, and Lickinghole Creek will be hitting 7 Carytown restaurants. Join the group and support Richmond beer.

Popkin Tavern — Big Lebowski COTU Tap takeover — 6PM-Close
Featuring the full line up of Center of the Universe beers including their newest El Duderino White Russian Stout.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover — Mekong – 5PM
Full line up of rare and delicious Firestone Walker beers from sunny California.

Some of these beers you might find on later in the week; others will be very rare and may not last the night.

Pale 31 – 4.9% California Pale Ale
Pivo Pilsner – 5.3% Hoppy Pils….Gold Metal GABF 2013
DBA(Double Pale Ale) – .5.0 % English Pale

Union Jack – 7.5% IPA
Double Jack – 9.5% Imperial IPA
Wookey Jack – 8.3 American Black Rye IPA

Walker Reserve Porter – 5.8% Robust Porter
Velvet Merlin – 5.5% Oatmeal Stout
Parabola – 13% Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Agrestic Ale -6.3% Sour Red Ale

Double DBA – 12% Barleywine
2013 Sucaba – 13% Barrel Aged Barleywine
Stickee Monkey – 13% English Barleywine

XVI – 13% Barrel-Aged Blend
XVII – 13.3% Barrel-Aged Blend
XIV (maybe)

2010 Black Xantus – 11% Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
*2012 Sucaba – 13% Barrel Aged Barleywine

Tuesday November 5th

Richmond Beer Lover Election Day Excursion- 5pm-8pm


Capital Ale House (All RVA Locations)- Finch Brewing STGN-5pm
Featuring 3+ beers on from Finch Brewing in Chicago. Buying a beer will allow you to keep the Finch glass it was poured in. Glassware available while supplys last.

Mellow Mushroom- Vote Legend Night-6pm
Election themed Legend night

Steal The Grunt Night — Popkin Tavern —  5pm
Strangeways Grunts and just like growlers only smaller and cuter. Get a grunt of your vary own to take home. Featuring a full selection of RVA’s own Strangeway Brewing on tap all evening.

Wednesday November 6th

UPDATE: Due to various issues, tonight’s pin crawl has been canceled but you can still get some delicious cask conditioned beers.  Commercial Taphouse will have a pin of Devils Backbone Wood Aged Kilt Flasher.  Nearby, Joe’s Inn will have a pin of Hardywood Second Anniversary Ale (tequila barrel aged tripel). 

3rd Annual RVA Pin Crawl — Commercial Taphouse, Cask, Social 52 — 5:30PM

3 Beercentic Locations each with its own special small batch pin (traditional hand-tapped, gravity-fed, casks that have gone through their secondary fermentation process in the vessel.) We will be walking from Cask to Commercial Taphouse to Social 52.

Heavy Seas Tap Takeover — Hurley’s Tavern –  5pm
Heavy Sea rep Brian Gearing will be available to talk to you about his delicious beers. 6 beers on tap and glassware while supplies last.

Barrel Aged Night — Joe’s Inn — 6:30PM
Special barrel aged beer tapped

Legend Brewing Thunderdome — Popkin Tavern — 5PM
Four beers enter, only one can win.

Thursday November 7th

Boathouse at Rocketts Landing- COTU Tap invasion-5pm-9pm

Boathouse at Sunday Park- Legend Tap Takeover-5pm-9pm

Friday November 8th

Things with Wood — The Camel  – 6PM

Featuring Hardywood:

Wild Turkey Russian Imperial Stout
Rum Pumpkin
Bourbon DIPA
Bourbon Cru

Todd Herrington’s solo album release for ‘Things’ starts at 9:30pm

COTU Beer Sampling — Corks & Kegs – 5:30-7:30PM
Sampling of the Center of The Universe beers with live jazz band.

Legend Pin Tapping — Joe’s Inn — 5:30PM
Special filled pin from Legend Brewery.

Popkin Tavern- Kick the Keg Night-6pm

Brews & Burlesque — Strangeways Brewery — 9PM

Join Those Freaking Weirdos as they take to the stage in, of all places, the tasting room of Strangeways Breing. Tickets available at www.tfwburleque.com

Saturday November 9th

Tours, Pins, and Music — Hardywood — 2PM
Offering tours on the hour (2, 3, 4 and 5pm) and a special line up of pins in honor of RVA Beer Week – music following will include My Darling Fury and the Awesome Few.

Craft Sausage Gorging Competition — Strangways Brewing –– 3PM
Strangeways teams up with Sausage Craft to have you contend against your fellow man to see how many Sausage Craft sausages you can shovel down for prizes and bragging rights.

$20 fee includes 5 Sausage Craft sausages with all the fixins (quickest to down 5 wins), a beer during competition and discount specials all day.  1st place receives a $100 Strangeways gift certificate, 2nd place will receive a $50 gift certificate and 3rd place will receive a $25 gift certificate. 

Rules and sign up available at www.strangewaysbrewing.com.

Bottom to Tap. Hardywood Park 3 Miler — 17th Street Farmers Market — 11AM
Presented by Shake and Bake Sports and benefiting the Enrichmond Foundation, the Bottom To Tap is the 3 Miler that starts at the bottom and ends at the tap! This casual run starts in Shockoe Bottom, goes through historic Church Hill and returns to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market for a great party. If you enjoy running and a party with Hardywood on tap, live music and gourmet local food trucks, register here:

Center of The Universe Barrel Aged Event — Mekong — 5PM
5 barrel aged Center of The Universe beers all on tap at the #1 Beer Bar.

Station 2’s Hardywood Hoppyness Day — 5PM

Goose Island Invasion Landing At Rappahannock Tonight

Goose Island Vintage Glass4Please turn your attention to the photo on the right.  This Goose Island vintage stemmed glass has been an object of my desire since my New Year’s Eve dinner at The Magpie last year.  Since that time, an opportunity to steal said glass had not presented itself until today.

This afternoon Tuesday July 30, Rappahannock will be the site of a Goose Island tap invasion and steal the glass night.  If you want one of these glasses as much as I do, you better get a move on; there are only 50 available.

Here is what  will be flowing Rappahannock’s taps for the night:

Sofie Paradisi — Sofie w/ grapefruit instead of orange peel
Pere Jacques
Pepe Nero
The Illinois — Imperial IPA

I’m hearing there will also be some Chi-town inspired dishes coming out of the kitchen.  Sounds like it will be a fun night. Beers will be tapped at 4pm.

Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E Grace St
Richmond, VA 23219

Sedona Taphouse Belgian Independence Day Glasses Still Available

Sedona Belgian Independence Glasses4

Somehow I missed that Sedona Taphouse had joined in on the Belgian Independence Day fun yesterday.  They were giving away the cool glasses pictured above but luckily they still have a few glasses left and will repeat the giveway tonight Thursday July 18th. 

Here are the earlier details from Sedona; they are already out of the tulip glasses so I crossed it out.

Tomorrow, Sedona Taphouse, Belgian Independence Day.

This one’s special.

Taplist (to be updated/added to):

Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Double White Ale
Ommegang/d’Achouffe Gnomegang
Brasserie d’Achouffe Biere de Soleil
Brasserie d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Liefmans Goudenband
Maredsous 10 (Tripel)

Now for the special part (for those still reading)…

We have a very, very, limited supply of stemmed Liefmans glasses, Maredsous chalices, Brasserie D’Achouffe Tulips, and Duvel Tulips to take home.

These will begin to be distributed at 5PM, SHARP, and special pours will be served in the appropriate glassware when you purchase your beer/glass. One per person, and when we run out, we’re out.

They’re really awesome btw…

Hope to see some out!

American Craft Beer Week RVA 2013: Tap Takeovers, Firkin Nights, & Tappings

There will be a lot of tap takeovers as Richmond celebrates American Craft Beer Week May 13 – 19.  I’m still in the process of gathering details on a lot of items but here is what I have so far.  As always, I recommend you bookmark this page to check back for updates.

Monday May 13th

Pins for the Win — 5pm

In lieu of the normal pin crawl, it seems Taste the Local is going for a more choose your own adventure type of night with Virginia beer pin tappings at three special locations.  All pins will be tapped at 5pm:

Update: Joe’s will tap thier pin at 6:30pm; this should make it easier on folks trying to enjoy all three pins.

5PM — Commercial Taphouse — Hardywood Belgian DIPA with Amarillo hops
6:30PM — Joe’s Inn in the Fan — Legend Hopfest with Centennial hops, sweet orange peel, & Reservoir bourbon chips. Filled by Matt & Ben.
5PM — The Camel — Three Brothers Oatmeal Stout with coffee & maple syrup

$2.50 Pints at Popkin

Every night of American Craft Beer Week, you will be able to enjoy $2.50 pints at Popkin Tavern all night long.

Parkway Brewing RVA Launch at Capital Ale House Innsbrook

Salem, Virginia’s Parkway Brewing will make their Richmond debut at Cap Ale Innsbrook with tappings of their Bridge Builder Blonde and Get Bent Mountain IPA.

New Belgium at Buffalo Wild Wings VA Center

Buffalo Wild Wings VA Center Commons location will be featuring New Belgium all week where they will have Rampant Imperial IPA, Ranger IPA, and Fat Tire on tap. 

Tuesday May 14th

Anchor 80’s Night at Station 2

Head over to Station 2 for 80’s music and costumes as they tap beers from Anchor Brewing, America’s first craft brewery.. Beers on draft will include:

Anchor Steam Beer (California Common)
Anchor Liberty Ale (American IPA)
Anchor Brekle’s Brown (American Brown Ale)
Anchor Summer Beer (American Pale Wheat Ale)

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Heavy Seas Night at Tarrant’s Cafe — 5PM

A night of Heavy Seas beers featuring Ellen Boucher’s firkin of Peg Leg Imperial Stout with cherry, vanilla, coconut, and coffee beans.

Tarrant’s will also be tapping the following Heavy Seas beers:

Black Canon IPA
Holy Sheet – Belgian Dubbel aged in Brandy barrels. Tarrant’s has two of the four kegs in Richmond.

Williamsburg Alewerks at Sedona Taphouse — 5PM

Head over to Midlothian as Sedona taps some Williamsburg Alewerks beers and take home a glass. 

Update: Alwerks’ head brewer Geoff Logan will be hanging out at Sedona tonight as they tap the following beers:

Coffeehouse Stout
Cafe Royale
Colonial Wheat
Drake Tail IPA
Chesepeake Pale Ale
Firkin of Coffeehouse Stout with cocoa

Flying Dog Tap Takeover at O’Banks — 5PM

O’Banks in Hanover  will host a tap takeover of Flying Dog beer featuring:

Green Tea Imperial Stout
Kujo Coffee Stout
Snake Dog IPA
Underdog Atlantic Lager
Woody Creek Belgian White

O’Banks Cafe
10392 Leadbetter Rd  
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 550-3888

Wednesday May 15th

Local Suds Night at Sine Irish Pub — 5PM

Register for this event here.

Devils Backbone Tap Invasion at Can Can — 5PM

Brewpub only releases plus a special firkin

Update: Devils Backbone is the featured brewery of the night at Can Can Brasserie.  They will have a special unfiltered Vienna Lager pin with cocoa nibs, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, Oak chips, and Czech Saaz hops. Here is their draft and bottle selection for the night:

Congo Pale Ale
Vienna Lager
Wood-Aged Kilt Flasher

Dark Abby
Eight Point IPA
Schwartz Bier
Striped Bass Pale Ale Cans!

Starr Hill ‘Steal the Glass’ at Capital Ale House — 6:30PM

Capital Ale House will feature Starr Hill for a Steal the Glass night at all of their locations with Grateful Pale and Whiter Shade of Pale on tap.  Meet brewer and owner Mark Thompson at the downtown location at 6:30. 

Thursday May 16th

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

Goose Island Night at Fat Dragon — 5pm

Richmond debut of Sofie Paradisi  along with the rest of the vintage ales

Friday May 17th

COTU Oak Battle at Mekong — 5pm

Center of the Universe taps some of their oak offerings Friday nigght at Mekong.

Oaky Pokey — Oak Aged Pocahoptus
Oak Aged Crazy Bet
Crazy Oaky Pokey

Meet The Brewers Night Goes Southside With Legend And Hardywood

Take a trip over to Southside Richmond for a couple of  “Meet the Brewer” events tonight Tuesday March 5th.

Head over to Bailey’s Southside to join the folks from Hardywood for a few beers starting at 5pm. Richmond Beer Lovers will be also be in the house for their happy hour meetup.  Join up with them to hear about their other events.  Beers for the night include:

Chocolate Heat
Bourbon Sidamo

Bailey’s Pub and Grille
11581 Robious Rd
Richmond, VA 23235

Meanwhile, Sedona Taphouse will be the site of a Legend Tap Invasion.  Enjoy a few beers, chat up the brewer and take home some glassware.  Beers for the night  include:

Brown Ale
Guardian Dog Dopplebock

Sedona Taphouse
15732 WC Main Street
Midlothian, VA 23113