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Pickles Get Their Time To Brine Saturday At Center Of The Universe

Pickled Fermented COTUCalling all pickle lovers! Get yourself over to Center of the Universe Brewing this Saturday May 14th for the Pickled & Fermented festival.

The festival will also feature a pickle themed beer: Pickle Gose Ale, COTU’s first foray into sour beer.

Pickle Lovers Unite! The Artisan Pickle Club is hosting Pickled & Fermented – a celebration of all things pickled and fermented! We’re talking more than pickled cucumbers here – we don’t discriminate when it comes to pickled things. Pickled fruit, pickled veggies, hot sauce, kimchi, BEER, Kombucha… if it’s pickled or fermented, we’re celebrating it!

Join us at Center of the Universe Brewing Company for a day of pickle tastings, live music from Ashland’s Buckeville Hootenany, a pickle themed beer and loads of pickle shenanigans! We will also be hosting the very first Best Pickle Competitions. We will be taking entries from Richmond Restaurants as well as home picklers for two pickle competitions:

Richmond’s Best Pickle Competition
The Artisan Pickle Club is soliciting entries from any restaurant in the Richmond Region to compete for best pickle.

Best Pickler Competition
If you love to pickle at home, this competition is for you! In addition to naming the best local pickle, they will be naming the best local pickler.

Categories for both include:
Savory Pickles
Sweet Pickles
Cabbage (Sauerkraut, Kimchi)
Drinkable Ferments (non-alcoholic)
Sourdough Bread

Center of the Universe Brewing
11293 Air Park Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

Five By Five: Berliner Weisses & Bands At Hardywood Tonight

Floret Duet tea blend (Credit: Hardywood)

Floret Duet tea blend (Credit: Hardywood)

Head over to Hardywood tonight Friday July 24th at 5pm as they pair up five bands with their Berliner Weiss and her four sisters. Tonight will also be the debut of two new Berliner variants — Cucumber Eve and Floret Duet.

Here are the descriptions of the sister Berliner Weiss on tap tonight:

  • Cucumbers Eve – Berliner loaded with 200lbs of cucumbers grown in Hanover County by our friends at Origins Farm
  • Floret Duet – Over a pound of Chamomile and Peach Blossom White Teas from CaryTown Teas lend a dynamic soft floral and tart fruit character to our Berliner
  • Blueberry Berliner Weisse – Berliner refermented on fresh blueberries from Swift Creek Berry Farm and Greenhouse
  • Passionfruit and Mosaic Berliner – In collaboration with Jay Bayer and James Kohler of Saison, inspired by the syrup designed for our 3rd anniversary, refermented with passion fruit and Mosaic hops.

Due to their limited nature, these beers will not be available for growler fills. So enjoy them while you can.

In addition, Hardywood will have five bands to provide the soundtrack to your evening:

  • Beat Awfuls (KY) — lo-fi indie punk with members of Viva Viva and Lady God (www.beatawfuls.com)
  • Jovontaes (KY) — surf rolls + howling chorused-out guitar (www.jovontaes.bandcamp.com)
  • Bummers Eve (OH) — punk fuzz from Cincinnati to RVA (www.bummerseve.bandcamp.com)
  • Christi (RVA) — rock n roll and scruffy punk (www.christi.bandcamp.com)
  • GT \\// (AL) — psychedelic anthemic thrill ride power trio (www.communicatingvessels.net/category/gt/)

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

UPDATE: Apparrently, there will be one more surprise Berliner variant and Pizza Tonight!

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, VA 23230