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Fine Creek Grand Opening And Castleburg Anniversary Also On Tap This Memorial Day Weekend

The sun being out this beautiful morning must be a sign of great things to come today Saturday May 27th. What is better than celebrating the anniversary or grand opening of a local brewery? How about celebrating a grand opening AND an anniversary?! That’s right, Richmond. Today is a twofer!!

First up, over in Powhatan, Fine Creek Brewing will open their doors to the public for the first time this weekend, May 27 -29, from noon to 7pm each day.

The pictures that I’ve seen of the taproom are simply stunning! Plus look at that tap list for the weekend!

Our subway tile backsplash acts as our rotating tap list, with illustrated icons and handlettered titles acting as a grid. . TAP LIST FOR OPENING WEEKEND Helles Lager Lemon Zest Cream Ale House Mixed Culture Grisette New Zealand Saison, Hopped with Wakatu and Moteuka Azacca, Citra, and Cascade Pale Ale Citra and Wakatu IPA Tractor Juice Belgian Double IPA Thai Tea Milk Stout . . . . . . #hophead #f52grams #beerstagram #instadaily #beerporn #brewoftheday #fromthebarrel #brewcrew #pursuitofportraits #beerpackaging #richmondbeer #instadrink #craftbeer #beerlover #drinks #illustration #beeradvocate #beersnob #barrelaged #bar #sourbeer #imbibe #imbibegram #winebarrel #logodesign #cheers #postthepeople Photo Credit: @tothefourthdesign

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I know a certain someone that will love the fact there is lemon zest in this cream ale. Also,thank you to the hand zesters!

Keep up to date with Fine Creek Brewing on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Fine Creek Brewing
2425 Robert E Lee Rd
Powhatan, VA 23139

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Credit: Castleburg Brewery

Next up, Castleburg Brewery celebrates their one year anniversary today May 27th from 1 to 10:30pm with the release of their Queen’s Garde:

Robust and malty, this rich Biere de Garde, “a beer which has been kept and lagered”, is a traditional artisanal ale brewed in early spring and kept in cool cellars. The Queen’s Garde personifies this tradition with its toasty character and sweet caramel notes.

In addition to nine other beers on tap, Castleburg will have music from The Killer B’s RVA (7-10pm) and food by RVA New York Style (2-8pm).

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

Castleburg Brewery and Taproom
1626 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23220

Kickoff American Craft Beer Week With Collaboration Beers At Three Notch’d RVA Collab House Today

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Credit: Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

Richmond, it is once again time to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 15 – 21). Three Notch’d RVA Collab House will be have something in store each day of the week but tonight’s kickoff will be something else. 3NB has been saving up some of their favorite RVA collaboration beers and will tap them today May 15th starting at 4pm.

Here are the beers you can expect to be flowing this afternoon:

  • There Will Be Braggot Tripel (Black Heath Meadery)
  • Bloom Gose w/ Passionfruit and Guava (Stefan Original)
  • Local Leann Dry Stout (The Local Irish Pub)
  • Whize Guys IPA (Whize Apparrel)
  • Heroes PrevALE Cream Ale (Connor’s Heroes)
  • Grassroots Gose w/ Lemongrass, Hibiscus & Ginger (Goatocado)
  • Last Call Imperial Brown Ale (Library of VA)
  • Daily Ration Belgian Table Beer (American Civil War Museum)
  • Let’s Brew This! IPA (Gather Scott’s Addtion)
  • “Falstaff’s Folly” English Brown Ale (Bard Unbound)
  • “Juicy J” IPA (Joey Johnson)
  • Route 33 Imperial Porter – Bourbon Barrel-Aging since Dec 16′ (Mary Morgan 3NB Hburg Headbrewer)

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

Three Notch’d Brewing Co RVA Collab House
2930 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Grapefruit, Orange, & Cherry Make Three Totally Tubular Radlers At Strangeways Today 

Credit: Strangeways Brewing

The unofficial bikers’ beer of summer returns threefold today May 11th at Strangeways.

Totally Tubular Radlers:
Apfelsine (Orange) 
Pampelmuse (Grapefruit)
Kirsche (Cherry)
3.2% ABV~20 IBU

Three thirst-quenching radlers rolling out together in one release! Originally brewed in honor of the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond in 2015, this style has been dubbed a hammock beer, a lawnmower beer, and a porch-swinging beer thanks to it’s easy-drinking characteristics and low ABV. This is one brew you can enjoy all.day.long.

The Radler style was invented in the Roaring 20’s by Bavarian Franz Xaver Kugler. The story goes that Kugler had arranged for the construction of a twelve mile bike trail through the forest from Munich straight to his establishment, in an attempt to improve business by catering to a post WWI emerging movement of recreational cycling amongst the working class. A good problem/bad problem arose when 13,000 cyclists descended upon his beer garden on a fine Saturday in June of 1922. While Kugler counted heads, he quickly surmised that he did not have enough beer to quench the thirst of all his patrons. Being a sharp businessman, the quick-thinking entrepreneur remembered he had several thousand cases of lemon soda in his cellar, a beverage that had proven a tough sell to the beer-loving Bavarian public. To save the day, while at the same time liquidate some virtually useless inventory, Kugler mixed his lager beer with the lemon soda. To further entice the cyclists to try his new creation, he dubbed the drink the Radler, which is Bavarian dialect for the German word Radfahrer, or cyclist in English. He whimsically told his customers he had developed the mixture to keep them upright on their bikes during their journey back to the city. Needless to say, it became a lasting tradition that carries on to this day in Germany. Prost and ride on!

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

Under Construction…

October? Yes, October. That was the last time I felt like putting any energy into this blog.

Why? It’s not really its fault but let’s blame 2016. For much of the year, it felt like talking about beer was silly considering there were much more important things than beer happening in the world. Honestly, I still feel that way sometimes. For six months, I have struggled with depression and let it stop me from sharing my love for Richmond, VA. It was all too easy to convince myself that the obstacles that kept me from writing were so insurmountable that it was better to quit all together. That was a mistake.

I’m going to do my best to change that today. Past readers should notice a new format to the site. What do you think? I’m not totally sold yet. There may be a few more changes down the line.

There is no telling what the future holds but for now here are some things to get you by.

Swine & Brine at Ardent Craft Ales — April 8th Noon to 6pm

Swine & Brine has moved to Saturday for its third year at Ardent. Ardent has done away with the previous years’ ticket costs and made this year free to enter. Food and beer tickets are $6 each though some food items may take multiple tickets. Check out this menu.

Food menu for Swine & Brine is up, check it out! This and more info on our Facebook (link in bio), website, and Untappd events.

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Oysters, pork, and beer! What more could you want?

Party for the Glorious People at Lickinghole Creek — April 8th Noon to 9pm

Goochland, Lickinghole Creek has you covered with a double release of Supreme Leader and Great Commander. Get over to the farm for these award winning beers.

Three Year Anniversary Party at Triple Crossing Foushee — April 15th Noon

Triple Crossing will celebrate the anniversary of their downtown location with a special edition of Clever Girl IPA double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic. In addition to their own beers, TC will have a few guest taps flowing.

Third Thursday at the Veil — April 20 4pm

Yes, their anniversary party sold out in no time flat but you can still toast to their success by checking out the Third Thursday event.

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Credit: The Veil Brewing Co

The Spins: Vinyl Listening Party with Gorillaz ‘Demon Days’ at Triple Crossing Foushee — April 27th 7pm

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Credit: Vinyl Me, Please

This listening party has me excited like nothing else before it.  For one, taking on record collecting as a new hobby became a comfort when all I could feel was sad and angry. Of course, I was buying a lot of blues early on. Joining Vinyl Me, Please was the best decisions I’ve made so far. I’ve wanted to attend one of these listening sessions for past records-of-the-month but the closest location, Starr Hill Brewing, was just too far on a Thursday night. I’m ecstatic to see that Triple Crossing will start hosting these with the Gorillaz “Demon Days” reissue.  They are even bringing back their Demon Days Hoppy Red Ale for this.

Oh yeah and the 27th also just so happens to be my 40th birthday. If that’s not a reason to celebrate then I don’t know. Let’s party, Richmond!

Sign up for the club and get $10 to use in their store through this link.

Thank you to my friends who have encouraged me even if they didn’t know how much I was hurting. Let’s just not call this a comeback….you know the rest.

Take it LL…..

Blue Bee Cider Summit Stables Grand Opening: The Most Scotts Addition-est Opening Ever Thru Collaborations

blue-bee-summit-stables-openingBlue Bee Cider reopens in their new Summit Stables location in Scotts Addition with a grand opening weekend celebration starting on Saturday October 15th.  You can get a preview Friday night with tickets to their soft opening event benefitting the EnRichmond Foundation’s beautification and maintenance of our city parks.

In addition to their normal lineup, Saturday will see the release of three new ciders:

Think that would be enough for an opening? You’d be wrong. This opening must be grand! To accomplish a grandness not often seen, Blue Bee went out to play with their other libation producing neighbors in Scotts Addition and came back with six collaborations that will be tapped at various times during the day:

  1. Ardent Craft Ales made “Smokin’ Mower”, a session blonde ale fermented with smoked Winesap and Stayman juice. Cellar team brought a bin of apples to Ardent and smoked them whole in ZZQ’s smoker with help from ZZQ and the Ardent team. We also fermented the smoked juice with a champagne yeast to dry and created the 2nd batch in two years of our smoked cider.
  2.  Black Heath Meadery made “Scott’s Edition”, a cyser fermented with Gold Rush juice and Virginia wildflower honey, with a generous addition of Bosc pear juice and Black Mission figs.
  3. The Veil Brewing Co, made “Boi Friendz”, a barrel-fermented Brett IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops fermented with 30% unpasteurized Gold Rush juice. One of the barrels previously held the Veil’s Jeune (single barrel spontaneously fermented ale) and the other was a first use Virginia red wine barrel.
  4. Isley Brewing Co, made “Apple Brown Betty”, the return of our 2014 collaboration – an English brown ale fermented with Grimes Golden juice.
  5. Reservoir Distillery provided one of their recently emptied barrels and helped us decide on what unique offering to age and which one of their barrels to use (rye, wheat, or bourbon). We chose our Harvest Ration (dessert cider fortified with brandy) in their rye whiskey barrel for over four months.
  6. Three Notch’d Brewing Co.‘s RVA Collab House made “Farm to Stable”, a gose fermented with Gold Rush juice. The collaboration combines the tropical notes and high acidity from Gold Rush apples with a tart and salty gose base.

The collaborations will be tapped at the following times:

1PM — Reservoir Distillery

2PM — Ardent Craft Ales

3PM — Black Heath Meadery
4PM — The Veil Brewing Co.

5PM — Three Notch’d Brewing Company RVA Collab House

6PM — Isley Brewing Company

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates on Blue Bee’s Grand Opening Weekend.

Blue Bee Cider
1320 Summit Avenue
Richmond, VA

Weekend Hit List With Kings Dominion, Lickinghole Creek, and Triple Crossing

It’s the second Saturday in Virginia Craft Beer Month and things are rolling by so quickly August will be done before you know it. Here are a few things to keep you busy this weekend.

BBQ & Brews Fest at Kings Dominion

Heading up for a day of fun at Kings Dominion? You have two more weekends to check out their BBQ & Brews Fest.

Here’s a look at breweries you’ll be able to sample over the next couple of weeks from 11am-8pm.

KD BBQ & Brews 2016 beers

Seven Region Oyster Saison Release at Lickinghole Creek

Oysters aren’t just for putting in stouts or porters anymore.

Galaxy So Hazy DIPA Release at Triple Crossing 

Triple Crossing and Hardywood did a collaboration and you can taste the results today.

Three Days To Celebrate Three Years Of Strangeways Brewing

Strangeways 3rd Birthday.jpgYou can start celebrating Strangeways Brewing’s third anniversary today!

We’re so excited to celebrate a fantastic and jam-packed 3 YEARS this weekend! Check out the festivities!:

FRIDAY: A Special Summer Sizzling Brews & Burlesque in our new A/C with Continental Divide Richmond on site! Tickets still available!

SATURDAY: Strangeways 3rd Anniversary Party & Release of 3 Wake Me Up Before You Goses with loads of games, special wildlife visitors, face painting, food trucks including Buz And Ned’s and King Of Pops – Richmond, free live music with Elana Lisa & The Hot Mess and Amy Henderson-Music & MORE! Click on the event for details!

SUNDAY: FREE live afternoon music with Kurt Crandall for Sunday Revival! Refresh with a flight of Totally Tubular Radlers!

We Open at 11am ALL 3 Days!!

THANK YOU to everyone for your support over the years and we can’t wait to party with you!

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