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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

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend The Richmond Beer Way

Richmond, another Memorial Day weekend is upon us! Whether you’re just looking for a beer to take a cookout or if you’d rather leave the cooking to the professionals, I have your look at the days ahead.

Steal the Vessel at Strangeways — ALL WEEKEND

This actually started yesterday but I missed it earlier:

It’s the Thursday before a long holiday weekend. If you’re headed out of town or headed to a backyard barbeque, you need to stock up on the juice that keeps the party going. Lucky for you Steal the Vessel day has arrived. Purchase To-Go beer for a Growler, Grunt, Blue Ball mason jar, or CAN-ABLE Crowler, and receive the vessel for free every Thursday. Already have plenty? Bring back in your Strangeways glass for discounts on refills. For all you holiday travelers coming through RVA, stop by… we’ve extended Steal the Vessel for the entire holiday weekend. Take a little strange on vacation or home with you.

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Credit: Strangeways Brewing

Friday May 26th

Double Dry Hopped Clever Girl IPA Release at Triple Crossing Fulton — Noon

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Credit: Triple Crossing

She’s more lethal than ever. Double citra and double mosaic for an even heavier hop punch. Available for the first time ever in cans, this Friday in Fulton, 5/26. 4x 4packs per person limit.

Tomorrow's can release at Fulton starts at 12p. 4x4pk limit. Be careful, she's lethal.

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Saturday May 27th

Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe — Noon

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Credit: Center of the Universe Brewing

COTU has prepped the soundtrack for your weekend with their 5th annual Summer Moon Music Festival featuring two days of 13 local bands battling to support the charity of their choice. New to the festival this year is the addition of an acoustic stage to up the live music factor.

In addition to the regular lineup of beers, COTU will be pouring their Summer Moon Raspberry Lemonade Wheat Ale, a summer ale brewed with 600 pounds of fresh raspberries and the zest of 700 lemons.

Here are the bands playing for day one:

Main Stage

Acoustic Stage

ZZQ at Ardent Craft Ales — Noon

An extra long weekend deserves monstrous beef ribs from ZZQ.

Cuvée Peach Release at Hardywood — 1PM

I have been waiting very patiently for this beer to come out. Cuvee Peach is the newest addition to Hardywood’s barrel series line. Rather than beer from barrels aged the same amount of time, Hardywood has taken a blended barrel approach where their Peach Tripel was aged in chardonnay barrels anywhere from 10 weeks up to two years. Ethen Adams, Hardywood’s Wood Cellar Manager, explains more on that here.

Sunday May 28th

Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe — Noon

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Credit: Center of the Universe Brewing

The music continues for day two of COTU’s Summer Moon Festival.

Main Stage

Acoustic Stage

Lucy’s Burger Pop-up at Ardent Craft Ales — 1PM

Have a Sunday Funday and let Lucy’s and Ardent take care of the burgers and beer!

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.

In Richmond, Cinco de Mayo Means Lager For Beer 

Cinco de Mayo is this Friday May 5th.  In the beer world that means you drink lagers, specifically Mexican lagers.

Richmond, if you are looking for a local option, you are in luck because both Hardywood and the Veil will have events Friday evening featuring their own Mexican lagers starting at 4pm.

Wax Museum Vinyl Showcase + Blancoveza Draft Release at Hardywood

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Credit: Hardywood

It’s First Friday AND Cinco de Mayo! Our taproom opens at 4PM with a new draft-only beer, Blancoveza, a crisp and clean Mexican-style lager from our lead brewer, Kevin Storm. Beat the heat and kick off the weekend with a refreshing glass of this classic style!

Tonight’s entertainment (5PM) includes vinyl DJ’s and original artwork being created on the spot! Wax Museum is a curated audio-visual experience presented by some of RVA’s most established vinyl selectors in collaboration with Hardywood and NATIVES. It is a celebration of the analog beauty of record album culture in this hyper-digital era that we live in. This monthly event brings the public closer to classic creative soireé environments while also blending unique “flavors” of sound similar to the variety of brews on tap at Hardywood.

This month’s Artists On Location are Sarah Gossett (http://saragossett.com/home.html) and Chris Visionz. They will be painting live and delivering some interpretations of the hand selected tracks from the evening’s selectors:

Area Woman
Rattan
Mikemetic¬ – Afro-Latin Rhythmatics
The man behind RVA’s Afro Beta and Brazilica events digs in the crates to bring global dance rhythms that cross the electronic spectrum
Negrita – Swingin’ Jazz + Calypso
As RVA’s only mother-to-be on the turntables, Negrita will be deviating from her normal Cold Cruel Swirl, and will be bringing some swinging jazz and calypso sounds to the Hardywood soundsystem

Sammich will be here serving great eats all evening long!

Cinco de Mayo & Jackson Flavor can release at the Veil Brewing Co.

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Credit: The Veil Brewing Co

Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with us and Intergalactic Tacos. We will be releasing our Mexican Lager, Jackson Flavor in cans and on draft ($12+tax/4pack; approx 90-100 cases; 3x 4 packs per person). Intergalactic Tacos will be slinging tacos until they sell out. Open 4-10pm. Come Hang!

There are no limes required for these beers but no one will fault you if you feel like partying.

Cheers!

Celebrate Richmond Beer’s Renaissance At Hardywood’s Fifth Anniversary Saturday 

The renaissance of the Richmond beer scene start with the opening of Hardywood five years ago. Celebrate their success this Saturday October 22nd starting at 1pm.

Offering for the first time, the backbone of Trickery, Foolery & Ruse: Hardywood Cassowary!

Cloaked in black and crowned with vibrant color, the cassowary is the embodiment of prehistoric grace and primal ferocity. Our imperial milk stout is equally bold and unapologetically rich, presenting a balanced aroma of chocolate truffle and dark fruits followed by leather, toffee and almond that linger on the palate and earn the name Hardywood Cassowary; a graceful behemoth in the beer world. 11% ABV

Hardywood Cassowary will be available in 750mL bottles ONLY (no draft at this time). 4 bottle limit per guest! Here’s how it’s going to work:
·There will be a 4 bottle limit per person for this first time run.
·With this being a first release, we will plan for a line.
·At 11:45AM we will distribute tickets to the first 270 guests, reserving ticket holders an opportunity to purchase up to 4 bottles.
·The bottle sale will begin at 1PM when the brewery opens for service.
·You must be in line, in chronological order at 1PM to redeem your ticket for bottles.
·If bottles remain after the first 270 guests, we will continue to sell through at a 4 bottle limit per person until the last bottle is sold.

[Hardywood Cassowary WILL be returning both in bottles AND on draft in the future. Our brewers are working hard to make more of this beer available soon. STAY TUNED!]

In celebration of 5 years of collaboration with our friends at Brown Distributing- Richmond, VA, we’re showcasing the work of fellow brewers from around the state of Virginia! Here’s the list:

Ardent Craft Ales – New England IPA
Bold Rock Hard Cider – IPA (India Pressed Apple) 16oz. cans
Center of the Universe Brewing – Oktoberfest
Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Wood Bear
Isley Brewing Company – Choosy Mother
Kindred Spirit Brewing – Headspace
Legend Brewing Company – Ghost Rider
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Supreme Leader
Midnight Brewery – Purdy Mechanic IPA
Steam Bell Beer Works – Tiramisu Stout
STRANGEWAYS BREWING – Must Be Nice
The Answer Brewpub – Sailboat Worthy
Triple Crossing Brewing – Falcon Smash

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

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Ln
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Do The Georgie Porgie With Ardent Craft Ales & Center Of The Universe OnThe Quirk Hotel’s Rooftop To Celebrate Start Of Virginia Pride Month

Pride-Kickoff-eventGeorgie Porgie, Puddin’ and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

Or at least that’s how the nursery rhyme used to go but today Georgie Porgie has decided to stay. You can taste why as Ardent Craft Ales, Center of the Universe, Virginia Pride, and OutRVA celebrate the release of two collaborations beers, Georgie & Porgie, on the rooftop of the Quirk Hotel on Thursday September 1st from 6 – 9PM.

“Georgie” from Ardent is a mixed berry “pie” pale ale (4.7% ABV). “Porgie” from COTU is a chocolate “pudding” porter (5.7% ABV). Both beers will be released in limited edition 750ml bottles with inscriptions from each brewery that capture the sentiment:

Georgie and Porgie are two beers that represent the love we have for craft beer and for everyone who drinks it, no matter who they are and who they love.

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Ardent and COTU will have taproom releases of their respective beers on Saturday September 3rd. Visitors to the taprooms and Quirk’s rooftop will be able to enjoy the beers in special limited edition glassware created just for this collaboration.

Head over to the Facebook event for more information on the kickoff event. Richmond, let’s pack this rooftop!

Take a look at the official press release below for more information on the beers and other tasting events.

VIRGINIA PRIDE MONTH KICKS OFF WITH RELEASE PARTY AT QUIRK HOTEL AND RELEASE OF LOCAL LIMITED EDITION “GEORGIE” & “PORGIE” BEERS

VIRGINIA PRIDE, OUTRVA, ARDENT CRAFT ALES, AND CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE BREWING COLLABORATING TO HOST TASTING EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF PRIDE 2016

August 23, 2016 – RICHMOND, Virginia – Virginia Pride, OutRVA, Ardent Craft Ales, and Center of the Universe Brewing Company are excited to announce the upcoming release of their limited edition Pride 2016 beers “Georgie” and “Porgie” on Thursday, September 1 as well as a full line-up of tasting events throughout September in the Richmond area. This collaborative project was months in the making, with all four organizations and breweries coming together to make a playful, yet meaningful contribution to Pride Month. The resulting beers refer to the traditional nursery rhyme “Georgie Porgie” and not only lent ideas for the beers themselves but also was slightly adjusted from “ran away” to “decided to stay.” The statement on both bottles aptly captures the sentiment behind this project: “Georgie and Porgie are two beers that represent the love we have for craft beer and for everyone who drinks it, no matter who they are and who they love.”

Ardent’s “Georgie” beer is a Mixed Berry Pale Ale (4.7% abv) which represents the “pie” in the rhyme, and COTU’s “Porgie” beer is a Chocolate Pudding Porter (5.7% abv) which plays on the “pudding” line. Both beers will be available on draft throughout Richmond and in limited-edition 750 mL bottles. Please see the following list and descriptions of release events and supporting tastings throughout Pride 2016:

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1

PRIDE KICKOFF & RELEASE PARTY AT QUIRK HOTEL

This will be the official Pride Month kick-off party and the first opportunity to try “Georgie” and “Porgie” beers. Event begins at 6 p.m. at the Quirk Hotel rooftop with music from DJ Amy Alderman and food available from Quirk. Limited supply of Georgie Porgie glassware will be available with a donation to Virginia Pride. In addition, Quirk will donate $1 of every beer sold during the event to Virginia Pride and OutRVA. No cost for admission. After-party will be hosted at Barcode Restaurant & Bar located at 6 East Grace Street.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3

ARDENT & COTU TAPROOM RELEASE DAY

Both Ardent and COTU will simultaneously release the “Georgie” and “Porgie” beers on September 3 in their respective taprooms. Both taprooms will have the two beers on tap and bottle sales of both brews. Guests who visit Ardent and COTU on this day will be given limited edition “Georgie Porgie” glassware in support of Pride Month. Ardent’s event begins when they open at 12 p.m. and COTU will start at 1 p.m.

ADDITIONAL SEPTEMBER GEORGIE & PORGIE TASTING EVENTS

  • FR September 2 // The Caboose Tasting in Ashland. 4:30 p.m.
  • TH September 8 // Citizen Burger Bar Party. 5 p.m.
  • FRI September 9 // The Wink Sampling Event. 4 p.m.
  • TH September 15 // Station 2 Party, 5 p.m.; Pre-Pride Party at Babes, 8 p.m.
  • MO September 19 // Capital Alehouse Midlothian Party 4 p.m.
  • FR September 23 // District 5 Event, 5 p.m.
  • SA September 24 // Pridefest! 12-8 p.m.

ABOUT VIRGINIA PRIDE

Virginia Pride is a 501(c)(3) coalition-building organization that  strives to improve the lives of LGBT Virginians by creating visibility and promoting full human and civil rights through education, networking, and celebrations that advocate equality. PRIDEFEST 2016 presented by Virginia Pride will be held on September 24, 2016 from 12-8 p.m. on Browns Island in Richmond, VA. For more information, visit www.vapride.org

ABOUT OUTRVA

OutRVA is Richmond Region Tourism’s award-winning campaign that highlights the Richmond Region as a welcoming destination for LGBT travelers. At the center of the campaign are the OutRVA Insiders who share with potential visitors their favorite places in the region and represent the area’s vibrant LGBT community. Out stickers on store windows and doors throughout the region provide a visual way for travelers to connect with LGBT friendly businesses. OutRVA launched in 2014 and since then has garnered national media coverage—including The New York Times, Passport magazine, Out.com, Curve magazine. For more information, visit www.richmondisout.com.

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.

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