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American Craft Beer Week, RVA Style

American Craft Beer Week officially starts on May 14 and runs until May 20.   This year Richmond will start the party early Friday with Midnight Brewery’s open house and Capital Ale House Anniversary beer double tapping.  Here are some details on other events to consider checking out during the week.

Saturday May 12th

Virginia Hops and Barley Fest

The second annual Virginia Hops & Barley Festival will feature over 30 craft beers from from twelve Virginia breweries.  This will be your first chance to try beers from Blue Lab Brewing, Big Daddy’s Brewing, and Midnight Brewery. Take a look at the complete beer list here.  Tickets are $15/person in advance or $20/person at door if available and include unlimited sampling of all the beers. Order tickets here.

Check out the Facebook event here.


Pins available at the festival:

  • O’Connor Dreamsicle- Green Can Golden Ale infused with Organic OJ & Vanilla
  • Legend Golden IPA dry hopped with Citra hops
  • Hardywood Bourbon Cru & dry hopped  double IPA.

Monday May 14th

ACBW Firkin Crawl

Head out for a pub crawl featuring beers from Legend, Mad Fox, and Victory.

Weezie’s Kitchen (5:30pm)
Beer: Legend Golden/Brown Ale blend, dry hopped with Sorachi Ace.

3123 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

Commercial Taphouse (6:45pm)
Beer: Mad Fox ???? The exact beer from Mad Fox has not been decided but any beer from Mad Fox will be great.  I’m sort of hoping for their Orange Whip IPA.

111 N. Robinson St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Update: Looks like I’m getting a Mad Fox beer I’ve never had before!  Commercial Taphouse will be getting Mad Fox’s Broad Street IPA – 6.8% ABV aka Snap IPA, an American-style India Pale Ale that is brewed with 100% Centennial/CTZ hops from the Pacific Northwest and then dry-hopped with over 44lbs of Centennial/CTZ hops for an extra fresh hop punch. This beer has a fresh resiny herbal and citrusy grapefruit aroma that follows through to a tingling hoppy herbal bitterness in the finish. The British pale and German Vienna malts provide a biscuity malt sweetness that balances the hop bitterness.
Selba (8pm)
Beer: Victory Ranch R DIPA- 9% ABV DIPA with whole flower Centennial hops grown on Roy Farms in Yakima Valley.  Victory’s Ranch series is a rotating double IPA with hops sourced from one different farm for each batch.

2416 W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23220

For your convenience, I’ve created a map with all the locations on it here.

Tuesday May 15th

Pales…In Comparison

Head out to Joe’s Inn in the Fan for a tap takeover celebrating the American Pale Ale. Here are the featured pales:

Legend Pale Ale
Devils Backbone 4 Point w/ single experimental hop
Heavy Seas Pale
Dale’s Pale
Southern Tier Pale
Southern Tier HopSun
Victory Headwaters
O’Connor Norfolk Canyon
Sierra Nevada Pale

205 North Shields Ave
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 355-2282

Hardywood Park Beer Dinner at The Blue Goat

I don’t have a menu for this one yet but if you’ve ever eaten at The Blue Goat, you know this dinner is a great idea.  Cost for the dinner is $50/person plus tax and tip.  Reservations are required so call the restaurant at (804) 288-8875 to RSVP.  Dinner starts at 7:30pm

Breckenridge Steal the Glass Night at Capital Ale House

Breckenridge Brewery is probably one of my favorite Colorado breweries just because of their Vanilla Porter. If you’re heading to Cap Ale for the evening, I would make sure to get one of these glasses to go.

Wednesday May 16th

Beer Theater: Goose Island

Celebrate the triumphant return of Wine & Beer Westpark owner Matty Lake’s Beer Theater in the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall starting at 5:30pm. Settle in to the Music Hall for a skype tasting with brewmaster Brett Porter featuring Sofie, Matilda, Pere Jacques, 312, Honkers, and IPA.  Cost for the tasting is $10/person.  Read more over at Facebook event here.

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Acacia Midtown
At first, I was worried about this beer dinner and beer theater being on the same night.  Fortunately, this dinner is being structured such that you can come in anytime Wednesday night from 5:30 -9pm and get this meal.  Take a look at the menu.


1st Course

Local Raw Oyster with Radish, Mandarinquat & Chive, Fluke Crudo with Foie Gras and Meyer Lemon Emulsion, Sea Bass Ceviche Peruvian Style with Red Pepper Gelee

2nd Course

Hop Spiced Pork Pate, Roasted Barley Crust, Edible Flowers

3rd Course

Almond Crusted Grouper, “Moules Frites”


Pepe Nero
Corned Beef Brisket, Pumpernickel Gnocchi, Coriander Veal Jus

Cost for the dinner is $30/person excluding tax & gratuity.  Call (804) 562-0138 for reservations.

2601 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 562-0138

Thursday May 17th

O’Connor Firkin Night

There will be three firkins from O’Connor Brewing in town Thursday night.  Head over to Station 2 to get Rad Nun (Red Nun Red Ale infused with Raspberries) or Brutella (Great Dismal Black IPA infused with Peanut Butter, Nutella, Chopped Hazelnuts and Dry-roasted Peanuts.

Meanwhile, The Camel will have a pin of Xocolat, Great Dismal with organic fair trade cocoa and ground cinnamon.

Friday May 18th

Taste the Local Tasting at Once Upon a Vine South

Head over to  the  Once Upon a Vine off Forrest Hill Ave to meet Virginia brewers and taste their beers. Be prepared to have a great time.  Tasting runs from 5 – 8pm.

Once Upon A Vine South
2817 Hathaway Rd
Richmond, VA 23225

More Fun than a Barrel of Virginians

Head out to Mekong for a wood and barrel aged beer bonanza featuring beers from Legend, Hardywood Park, Heavy Seas, Mad Fox, and more.

Sunday May 20th

Final event for the week is the Richmond Food Cart Derby at Historic 17th Street Farmers Market. 20+ food cart vendors, beer, music, and more.  I’ll have more on this as the date gets closer but I’ll say now you want to go to this.  Check out the Facebook event here.

Craft Beer Seminars at Sedona Taphouse

Haven’t had a chance to check out Sedona Taphouse?  Me either, but that should change today. Sedona has been having beer seminars every Sunday since February. Sunday, March 25th at 1pm, Mike Killelea will be talking about the history as well as the bright future in store for Virginia breweries. Mike is the chairman of the VA Craft Brewers Guild as well as the head brewer at Legend Brewing.  The VCBG is responsible for leading the charge for the passing of SB604.  Due to their efforts, you will be able to enjoy a pint at your favorite VA brewery on July 1st. So head over to Midlothian and check out what he has to say and thank him for what the VCBG has done and will continue to do to promote Virginia beer.

Sedona Taphouse
15732 Wc Commons Way
Midlothian, VA, 23113
(804) 379-0037

Two Spicy Beer Events This Week

If your food and beer palate is spice inclined, I have two events for you to consider this week.

First off, The Empress is having another beer pairing  for Tasting Tuesday featuring mexican food.  Here’s a look at the menu.


Green chili – candied habaneros, micro cilantro, red jalapeno cornbread with Breckenridge Agave Wheat

Carne Asada Tamales with fresh crema and smoked poblano sauce with Dos XX Amber Ale

Baked smoked pork empanada , queso fresco, and cilantro sauce with Michelada (similar to a bloody mary) made with Pacifico

Marinated shrimp sopes (corn masa boat, grilled marinated shrimp) fennel salsa, roasted tomatillos with New Belgium Trippel

Black mole, braised chicken, yucca with Left Hand Fade to Black Chili Porter

Head to the Facebook event for more information here.

$25 per person
Vegetarian options available
Call for reservations 

The Empress
2043 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Next up, Can Can Brasserie is having a Cajun Beer/Cocktail Dinner this Thursday, March 8th. Here’s a look at the menu.

Dinner starts at 6:30pm and costs $45 including tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Head to the Facebook event for more information here.

Can Can Brasserie
3120 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7274

One Night at BlowToad…


Late Friday night, I decided to check out BlowToad to see if it was worth the hype. I am really glad I did.  As you can tell from the picture above, BlowToad has a diverse selection of craft beers on tap.  Most beers are available as 10 or 16oz pours.  One surprise I found was Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher, as it was only available in small quantities for the Richmond kick off. BlowToad also has a pretty sizable bottle collection right below the taps.

I was also pleasantly surprised that vegan cheese was an option for pizza.  I found my vegan cheese with pepperoni, black pepper sausage, and surry bacon to be quite tasty.  In talking with the staff, I came away with a couple of their future plans:

Beer Tasting Classes: Soon on Saturdays, BlowToad will offer two ounce pours of beers along with free pizza to participating guests.

Growler Fills: Look at the top of that pic again.  Yep, those are stainless steel growlers identical to Hardywood’s but with the BlowToad logo.  They have not set growler prices but expect to do so soon.

In the meantime, cozy up to the bar for a few brews and try the pizza.  Check out BlowToad’s Facebook page for updates.

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