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Beer Your Valentine, 2014

I know the snow has thrown everyone’s Valentine’s plans for a loop.  Don’t worry.  Here are several ideas for Friday, Saturday, and even next week.

Friday February 14th

Midnight Strawberry Stout Pin Tapping — 4PM

Looks like Midnight and AW Shucks will have you chocolate covered.

Will You Beer My Valentine? — 4:30PM

Head over to Bucket Trade and treat your love to a couple beer and dessert pairings:

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us and some great Valentine-y treats!

We will offer a Special Valentine Flight that includes:

– Bell’s Cherry Stout with a chocolate cherry stout cupcake that has cherry buttercream and chocolate stout fudge drizzle.

– Southern Tier’s Choklat with a chocolate stout cupcake filled with chocolate beer ganache and mint buttercream.

Plus we have plenty other delicious beers on tap and in bottle ready for a romantic evening in your belly!!!

Shakesbeer at Bardywood: The Love Scenes — 5PM

Bard Unbound returns to Hardywood this Valentine’s Day presenting the best of the Bard’s love scenes from the good, to the bad, to the lovely! This show is FREE and open to all ages!

February: Tis the season of the grand romantic gesture. So, instead of struggling with the usual choices of chocolate, flowers or a sappy card, let Shakesbeer at Bardywood give you a night like no other!

Bring your love, your friends or just yourself and watch Bard Unbound’s actors play some of Shakespeare’s greatest love scenes, paired with some of Hardywood’s greatest beers! (Hint -they’re all great!)

Not just for lovers, these scenes also present the “complicated” story, for ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’.

Romeo will share his share his sublime love for Juliet. Beatrice will reveal why she refuses to get married, and Benedick, his nonchalance about women. Rosalind (disguised as a boy) will test Orlando’s love for her…and more!

For those who want to make a grand personal gesture, at intermission an actor will be available to recite a Shakespeare sonnet and present a rose to your love (with a donation of $20 or more)!

Bard Unbound Actors:
Elisabeth Ashby
LaSean Greene
Cynde Liffick
Alana C. Smirh
Shanea N. Taylor

Our tasting room will open from 4-9PM, with live latin jazz from members of Bio Ritmo and Miramar beginning at 5PM. BardUnbound takes the stage at 7PM! Olio Cart VCU will be on site all night with gourmet sandwiches to pair with your favorite draft or canned beer.

What better way is there to begin your date night this February 14th?

Brews & Burlesque: Valentine’s Day Edition — 9PM

Those Freaking Weirdos is proud to host Brews & Burlesque, now on the second Friday of every month. STRANGEWAYS BREWING plays host to the only burlesque show in the known universe to take place within pastie-throwing distance of the brewing tanks.

See Dev L. Ish, Dante the Inferno, Melody Magpie and Moxie LaBouche in all their silly, sexy glory.

Each month will showcase a new local burlesquer. This month’s Nudie Newbie is Lea Loveless. Whiskey A Gogo Vaudeville Burlesque dancer will be our stage kitten

BUT WAIT, there’s more! We have a surprise planned for our loving fans, a type of burlesque never before seen in RVA (or possibly anywhere!), courtesy of Jen Coffin.

Plus Paris Creperie rva will be on hand serving up their amazing savory and sweet crepes.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door (cash or charge). http://www.tfwburlesque.com/buy/ Due to the popularity of this ticket, onlines sales are limited to 75; the remaining 25 will be sold at the door. Don’t delay!

21+ only

*Free off-street parking.*

Sound, lighting, pre-show & intermission mix set by DJ Jesse James Felice.

Saturday February 15th

Hop Deystroyer Party at Whole Foods Short Pump — Noon

For the love of hops, Whole Foods Short Pump is giving you all the flowers to drink with some excellently hoppy selections.  Here is what they will be tapping:

Ballast Point Sculpin — dry hopped cask conditioned pin
Bell’s Hopslam
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Stone Stochasticity Grapefruit Slam
Alewerks Bitter Valentine
Foothills Seeing Double

Hardywood Raspberry Stout Release — 2PM

The raspberry on the bottle kind of looks like an upside down heart:

Brewed with heaps of chocolate malt, cacao nibs, and local, late season red raspberries from Agriberry Farm, Hardywood Raspberry Stout captures the essence of a decadent raspberry truffle in liquid form. A beguiling ale, this stout’s enticing cocoa aromatics build to a flavorful crescendo of full bodied dark chocolate, subsiding with a pleasantly sweet, tart raspberry jam laced finish.

We’re celebrating Raspberry Stout release at 2pm (bottles, draft, food vendors) and with special Americana guests Andrew Leahey & the Homestead andThe Atkinsons.

2pm – Tasting room opens for Raspberry Stout bottles, draft, and food from Boka Tako TruckStation 2Phoenix Garden Vegetarian Restaurant and Super Fresh Carts.

Friday February 21st

Legend 20th Anniversary Imperial Brown Preview Firkin — 4:30PM

Legend previews their 20th Anniverary Imperial Brown Ale at Commercial Taphouse.  Try it first before the April release.

Design cred: Whitney Paul

Virginia Wine Expo’s Burger Blast — 5PM

Gourmet burgers with delicious Virginia craft beer and wine sounds like the perfect date night to me.  Read more about it here.

Saturday February 22nd

Mad Fox Brewing Barleywine Festival

This festival is in its fourth year and amazing time if you can make it out.

Check out the list here.

Will You Beer My Valentine?

Haven’t made plans for your Valentine celebration? Or just too busy like a lot of us.  No worries, I have a few ideas for you stretching into the next week.

Thursday February 14th

Dancing with Myself 80’s Dance Party

COTU invites you out to rock the casbah at their 80s dance party.  So break out that old prom-wear and get groovy.  Doors open at 4pm with dance starting at 5:30pm.  Head over to the Facebook event for more information.

The Savory Grain Opening

The Savory Grain will be open for the beer lovers on Valentine’s Day.  The menu over on Richmond.com features several dishes with beer used in the preparation.  I’m definitely going to have to check this place out soon.  Here is a little of what will be flowing from their 24 taps tonight:

Firestone Walker Union Jack
Allagash White
Allagash Dubbel
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
Dogfish Indian Brown
Left Hand Milk Stout

Guesses from menu item
COTU Main St Ale
Legend Brown
Hefeweizen (maybe Legend)

Fat Dragon Couples Menu

There are a few spots left to get in on this menu at Fat Dragon.  Take a look and call (804) 345-9888 to make reservations.

Fat Dragon VDay 2013 Menu

Sunday February 17th

Legend 19th Anniversary Party

Richmond’s oldest operating craft brewery celebrates nineteen years of production with a party starting at 2pm with  brewery tours all day and live music from Xtreme Groove at 6:30pm. General admission will cost $20 and include three food and beverage tickets. Under 21 admission is $12 (includes one food ticket). Admission for under 12 and designated drivers will be $5. Free admission for children under 5.  Extra food or beverage tickets will be $5 each.

Local Suds ‘Legend’ary Brew Tour

Take your love on a Sunday cruise to all of the Richmond area breweries tasting all along the way.  The tour culminates at Legend’s 19th Anniversary Party. Tickets for the tour are $47.50/person and include tastings at each stop as well as admission to Legend’s party. Go here to buy tickets or for more information.

Want to win tickets to the tour? Check out Local Suds’ Facebook page where they are giving away two tickets at 5pm tomorrow.

Tuesday February 19th

Beer & Charcuterie Pairing — The Room at Secco Wine Bar

As Secco celebrates FeBREWary, they invite you into The Room as Alexis Goldstein (Specialty Beverage) & Julia teach the basics of pairing various beer styles with a variety of cured meats.


Duvel (a beloved Belgian strong golden ale)
Prosciutto by Olli Salumeria

Ommegang BPA (a Belgian Pale Ale that balances delicious citrus & tropical fruit aromas with Cascade hops)
Secco’s house-made Country Pork Terrine w/ Bacon & Olives

Ommegang Rare Vos (an Amber Ale styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafes)
Wild Boar Salametto by Olli Salumeria

Ommegang Three Philosophers (a perfect quad with just a touch of Liefmans Kriek)
Secco’s house-made Chicken Liver Pate

Beer, meat and two sassy redheads… what’s not to love?  The Beer & Charcuterie Pairing class takes place from 6:30-8pm at The Room at Secco (2931 W. Cary St).  Tickets are $40/person and include food, drink, and loads of information. Email nicole@seccowinebar.com and reserve your spot today!

Saturday February 23rd

Mad Fox Brewing Barleywine Festival

This one is a ways out but I had so much fun last year that there was no way I couldn’t include it.  Not only do you get an amazing selection of at least 30 barleywines, but you get the top notch food. Here are the barleywines that caught my eye:

  • Mad Fox Headcracker English-style Barleywine 2012 Draught 8% ABV
  • Mad Fox Slobberknocker American-style Barleywine 2012 Draught 9% ABV
  • Mad Fox Oaked Slobberknocker American-style Barleywine 2011 Draught 9% ABV
  • 21st Amendment Lower DeBoom Barleywine 2012 Draught 10.5% ABV
  • Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale 2012 Draught 10.2% ABV
  • Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine 2012 Draught 10.2% ABV
  • Green Flash Barleywine 2011 Draught 10.9% ABV
  • Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine 2010 Draught 10% ABV
  • Heavy Seas Below Decks English-style Barleywine Cabernet Barrel-aged 2012 Cask 10% ABV
  • JW Lees Harvest Ale Draught 11.5% ABV
  • Legend Barleywine 2011 15.5% ABV
  • Rogue Old Crusty Barleywine 2011 Draught 11.5% ABV
  • Rogue Old Crusty Barleywine 2012 Draught 11.5% ABV
  • Uinta Anniversary Barleywine 2011 Draught 10.4%
  • Weyerbacher Insanity Ale 2011 Draught 11.1% ABV
  • Williamsburg Alewerks Grand Illumination American Barleywine 2011 Draught 11% ABV

Check out the rest of the list here.