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Independence Day 2015, Richmond Beer Style

Independence Day is on a Saturday this year so most likely many of you have today Friday July 3rd off. What ever your situation, Richmond breweries have you covered. Take a look at a few things going on this weekend.

Friday July 3rd

July 4th on July 3rd at Triple Crossing — Noon

Triple Crossing July 3rdJoin us a day early as we celebrate July 4th on July 3rd! We’ll be opening at noon on Friday and have events throughout the day, including Southern Charm BBQ Company and The Go Nowheres RVA playing tunes from 8-11p.

ZZQ Barbecue at Ardent Craft Ales — 5PM

First Friday of the month means ZZQ will be back slinging their Texas ‘cue at Ardent. If you’re in the mood for brisket, get there early because when it’s gone it’s gone for the night.

Saturday July 4th

Bay Day Blonde Release & BBQ Dinner  at The Answer Brewpub — Noon

Belle & James Pig Roast at Lickinghole Creek — Noon – 6PM

LCCB July 4th pig roastThere will be no shortage of barbecue this weekend. Head over to Goochland for a pig roast featuring some of the best heritage pigs around, Berkshire pigs.

Join LCCB and Belle and James for our FIRST ANNUAL PIG ROAST. Belle & James is bringing all their gear to roast two Mojo spiced whole Virginia hogs braised in Three Chopt Tripel on site! We are also tapping a keg of Enlightened Despot for this glorious event!

Tickets are only $15 plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite. Entry to the brewery is free, but you’ll need a ticket if you want to eat this unbelievable meal. Check it out:

Ticket covers food, all beverages are sold separately.

Main Course:

Mojo spiced whole Virginia hogs braised in Three Chopt Tripel on site

Fantastic Side Dishes:

Jalapeño Smoked Gouda mac n cheese

Bacon and Purple Corn Cornbread
Kale and Brussels Leaf Salad with Maple-Tahini Dressing
Braised Collard Greens
Apple-Fennel Slaw
Sweet Corn and Black Bean Relish
Ticket covers admission and food, all beverages are sold separately.

Fireworks Minutes From LCCB!

Goochland County will be hosting their annual Fireworks Display at the Goochland Sports Complex, which is less than 10 minutes from the brewery, and on your way home from LCCB if you’re traveling back to Richmond. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.


We’ve got 8 of the nicest Cornhole Boards around. Lots of opportunity for good old fashioned fun.


Velvet Devils (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Special Pin:

Rosemary & Cedar Saison (Tapping it at 1:00 p.m.)

Independence Day Celebration at Hardrywood — 3PM

Join us in celebrating our nation’s birthday, beginning at 3pm! Soul-rock and psych-pop all day from 5 RVA bands, great eats from a dozen of your favorite gourmet mobile food vendors, culminating in 4th of July fireworks over the Diamond.

Hardywood’s Independence Day Celebration will be open to the public, all ages with no entry fee. Bracelets will be available for people 21-years of age and over to purchase draft and cans.

**** **** **** ALL BEER TICKETS ARE $6 **** **** ****

Cash is encouraged at the event as we would love to serve everyone as quickly as possible! Tickets will be on sale during tasting room hours beginning Friday, June 26th. Get yours in advance!

Hardywood July42015


American Craft Beer Week RVA 2015: Taste The Local Cask Crawl Returns Tonight


ACBW 2015 tapThere will be a lot of events as Richmond celebrates American Craft Beer Week (May 11 – 17) but none are as beloved as a pub crawl.  Taste the Local has revived the cask crawl that has been so well received in years past for tonight Monday May 11th.

Head out and enjoy three special Virginia beer cask conditioned pin tappings at these locations:

5PM — Portrait House — Ardent Craft Ales Porter with CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus blend) and Jarillo hops
6PM — Cask — Hardywood Great Return with peaches
7PM — Commercial Taphouse  — Lickinghole Creek Imperial Brown with mangoes and habaneros

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

American Craft Beer Week RVA 2015: Festivals & Parties

Credit: Brewers Association

Credit: Brewers Association

American Craft Beer Week officially runs from May 11th to 17th but as in years past Richmond will start the party early.  Here are some details on festivals and parties happening during the week.  Bookmark this page and check back for updates.

Saturday May 9th

Virginia Hops and Barley Fest — Noon – 6PM

The fifth annual Virginia Hops & Barley Festival will feature over 30 Virginia craft beers.  Tickets are $20/person in advance or $25/person at door if available and include unlimited sampling of all the beers. VIP tickets are $50/person and include:

Specialty Collectable Glass
Tented Area
Complimentary Beverages
Private Restrooms

Order tickets here.

Take a look at the beer list:

Apocalyspe — Forest Adventure — Fredericksburg
Heavy Red Horsemen Backpack Wheat
Devil’s Secret Expedition IPA
Ardent — Richmond Bold Rock Cider — Nellysford
IPA VA Draft Apple
Saison Pear
Brothers Craft (3 Bros) — Harrisonburg Center of the Universe — Ashland
Great Outdoors Ray Ray’s Pale Ale
Hoptimization Monkey’s Uncle Tripel
Chaos Mountain — Callaway Devils Backbone — Lexington
Agents of Chaos Vienna Lager
Cocoborealis Trail Angel Weiss
Isley Brewing — Richmond Hardywood — Richmond
Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter Pils
Blueberry Plain Jane Hoplar
Lickinghole Creek — Goochland Legend — Richmond
Nuclear Nugget Oak Aged Brown
Til Sunset Utebier
O’Connor — Norfolk Midnight — Goochland
El Guapo New Beginning Kolsch
Great Dismal Black IPA Not My Job Brown
Starr Hill — Crozet Rusty Beaver — Ruther Glen
Soul Shine Roy’s Brown
King of Hop Bucktooth IPA
Sunken City — Hardy Strangeways — Richmond
Damn Lager Albino Monkey
Crooked Tree Cream Ale Uberlin
Extra Billy’s — Midlothian Triple Crossing — Richmond
Citra Ass Down Falcon Smash IPA

Check out the Facebook event here.

Historic Malvern Farm
288 Hugenot Trail
Midlothian, VA 23113

Science On Tap — 2 – 6PM

This should be interesting.

They will be featuring craft beers from your favorite breweries including:

Ardent Craft Ales
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Midnight Brewery
Strangeways Brewing
Triple Crossing Brewing Company

Richmond Beer Lovers 5th Anniversary at Hurley’s Tavern — 5PM

Richmond Beer Lovers will celebrate five years of good times with a nice lineup of beers over at Hurley’s Tavern:

Hardywood- Apple Brandy Milk Stout
Hardywood – Bourbon Cru
Hardywood – Walpurgisnacht
Ardent – Defenestrator
O’Connor – Lil SIPA
Kronenbourg – 1664 Blanc
Blue Mountain – Summer Haze
Brooklyn – Summer Ale
Devils Backbone – Trail Blazer
Sunken City – Crooked Road Cream Ale
Tripel Crossing – Black IPA
Three Brothers – Hoptimization
Alewerks – Drake Tail IPA
Stone – Imperial Russian Stout
Founders – Rubaeus
Lost Rhino – New River Pale Ale
DC Brau – Brau Pilsner
Midnight – Rockville Red

Hurley’s Tavern
4028-J Cox Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Saturday May 16th

Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge at Capital Ale Midlothian — Noon – 5PM

I will get more information on the beers but so far I’m excited by O’Connor’s “South by SouthWit” and Hardywood’s Mesquite Scotch Ale.

Join us on Saturday, May 16 as we host the Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge!

Nine Virgina breweries teamed up with Copper Fox Distillery to create nine new beers EXCLUSIVELY for the event. This beer isn’t just any beer, though. Each brewery created their beer using a special ingredient: Copper Fox’s Mesquite Smoked barley malt. The exciting new brews range in styles from Wit to Doppelbock, to Pale, Brown, and Porter and can’t be found anywhere else!

The event will be held from 12 pm – 5 pm in the spacious parking lot at Capital Ale House Midlothian. Live music will be provided by Notch 9, a Richmond based bluegrass and folk band. There will also be homemade BBQ and other fare to pair with the smoky ales.

For guests 21 and over, tickets are $20 and include the following:

– Entrance into the event
– A commemorative Copper Fox glass
– 9 taster tickets to sample every brew
– Opportunity to try some of Copper Fox’s whiskies and gins
– Live entertainment
– Opportunity to vote for your favorite brew with the chance to win a Barrel Kit from Copper Fox that you can use to age your own whisky

For guests under 21, non-taster tickets will be available for $5 and include entrance and live entertainment. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and entrance is free.

The Brewfest celebrates Virginia agriculture, Virginia brewers, and Virginia ingenuity, and highlights Copper Fox Distillery as one of America’s original modern-day craft maltsters. Come on out and support our local breweries!

Participating breweries include:
Adroit Theory Brewing Company
AleWerks Brewing Company
Center of the Universe Brewing
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Isley Brewing Company
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Midnight Brewery
O’Connor Brewing Co.
StGeorge BrewingCo
Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Midnight Brewery 3rd Anniversary — Noon – 10PM

Midnight will celebrate their anniversary by releasing Man Overboard! Belgian Tripel.

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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
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

Where Can You Find Waldo in Richmond? Whole Foods Short Pump Is The Place.

Whole Foods Short Pump is the place to be at 4:20 if you desire to have one of Lagunitas Brewing’s most sought after beers. Only released at select bars across the country, Waldo is described as the “dankest  and hoppiest beer ever brewed at Lagunitas.”

The last time this beer was tapped in Richmond was Strange Matter in 2012.

Whole Foods Short Pump
11173 W Broad St
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Allagash Tap Attack At The Answer Brewpub Tonight

Allagash corkAllagash Brewing is one of my favorite craft breweries around.  Even if it it just something as simple as Allagash White, I can’t really say there is a beer from them that I haven’t enjoyed. So you know I will be heading to The Answer Brewpub tonight Thursday April 16th as they tap a few year round favorite Allagash beers as well as some new rarities.

Here are the beers that will be on starting at 4pm:

White – Witbier
Curieux – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel
James Bean – Curieux with Cold Pressed Coffee Added
Currant Affair – Sour Dark Ale brewed with Currants
Golden Brett – American Wild Ale
Monmouth Red – Sour Red in Apple Brandy Barrels
Odyssey – Oak Aged Dark Wheat
Century Ale – Aged Brett Saison

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

The Answer Brewpub
6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Ardent Craft Ales: Tonight, Tomorrow, And Next Friday

Ardent Craft Ales is on a roll these days and its sure to increase with the weather getting nicer and their beautiful patio. Here are a few things you should try and check out.

Friday April 3rd

Head down to Station 2 tonight at 5pm as they tap a special cask conditioned pin of Sour Porter. This pin was created in the effort of duplicating a 150 year old recipe when porters were thought to be sour.

These other beers will be on tap as well:

Session IPL
IPA Batch #10
Touchstone Pale Wheat Ale (Triple Crossings collab)


Saturday April 4th

Go out and try their collaboration with Triple Crossing on the patio starting at noon.

Friday April 10th

Just go ahead and get your tickets for Swine & Brine already! Ardent’s first outdoor festival will feature  The Roosevelt, Metzger Bar and Butchery, Saison and ZZQ cooking and grilling whole hogs, a slew of other pork cuts, and sides. Rappahannock River Oysters will also join the festivities with their delicious oysters (I’m hoping for some fried!) and crab cakes.  King Of Pops – Richmond will be there with plenty of desserts to help cool down your Friday afternoon.

Tickets are $18/person and include two tickets redeemable for food or beer as well as a Swine & Brine t-shirt.

All beers and food items will cost one ticket ($5) with the exception of crab cakes from Rappahannock (2 tickets) and King of Pops who will accept cash or credit cards. Guests will be given two tickets as part of their admission, and can purchase additional tickets via cash or credit card at check-in or once inside the event. Free water will be provided at stations around the festival.

If all of this hasn’t gotten you excited, then maybe this list of fifteen beers will.

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Go ahead get your tickets here.