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RVA Beer Explorer: Piggy, Pretty, New Sedona, Pass the Bottle

A small flight of what the Richmond beer scene has to offer this week.

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BOTTLED UP

A big step in any brewery is getting their beers into cans and bottles. This Saturday at noon, Garden Grove will be taking that step and hosting their First Ever Bottle Release. The beer they’ve chosen to bottle is ominously called “DEATH”. Will you be cheating death if you buy it or will you need to steal a friend’s to truly cheat death?

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“DEATH” is a 10% ABV unfiltered Belgian Style Ale made with VA-grown red wine grapes from the 2014 harvest, and aged over one year in red wine barrels. This extremely limited brew began fermentation before the taproom opened it’s doors in February 2015. The wine grapes used were grown by Head Brewer Michael Brandt using organic methods.

The brew’s name was inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s 1513 engraving “Knight, Death, and the Devil” and features a high quality reproduction of the work on it’s label.

SEDONA DOUBLE

Occasionally you find yourselves in the wilds of Henrico county and are craving a beer and not sure where to turn. Soon you’ll have an option in Sedona Taphouse. Richmond BizSense.com announced that Sedona will be going up in the NuckolsPlace Shopping Center at 5400 Wyndham Forest Way. This will be the second location in the Richmond area, fourth in Virginia and the seventh in the country. Cheers Henrico.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO THE CASK

The Cask Cafe has great beer and a limited menu. To offset that limitation they occasionally have a pop-up event feature local food all stars. On Wednesday the 27th you won’t be able to park in their parking lot but you’ll be able to dine on delicious pork. Mike Braune and Adam Hall will be smoking a whole pig and some sides to go along with. Not only that there will be special Ardent beers to wash it down. Details on the book of faces.

DON’T YOU LOOK PRETTY

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I’ve always thought Center of the Universe had a pretty nice setup. I have no learned that I have a pretty low bar for nice. They good folks in Ashland have stepped up the swank level to oh-la-la. A redesigned tasting room and a corporate space look great as you can see above. There will be an open house on for everyone to check it out. No idea if a red velvet rope will be in place, I tend to think not since they’re always so damn welcoming.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Downtown Rush Hour During COVID-19

Just a few shots from downtown at 8 AM on a Friday but most definitely not a normal Friday.

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Old Dominion Energy Building to Tumble Down on May 30th

And the walls will come tumbling down.

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Dominion Energy built a fancy new tower at 600 Canal Place. They’ve been slowing chipping away at the old building creatively labeled, One James River Plaza, located just across the street. Chipping away isn’t going to work for the entirety of the 21 story building.

The big show will be on May 30th when the office building will be imploded and it’ll come tumbling down.

The exact timing is unknown but it will be in the early morning hours and at least a one block are exclusion zone will be set-up.

Once the building is down and the area cleared the plans call for a new Dominion Energy building that would a mere 17 floors and connected with a skybridge. Those plans are not finalized at this point. For perspective, the new building at 600 Canal Place is 20 stories.

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GRTC bans unaccompanied minors, joyriding on buses during coronavirus outbreak

Minors going to/from work permitted to ride; all passengers are limited to a single one-way trip at a time; “joyriding” prohibited.

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Effective immediately, GRTC is banning unaccompanied minors from riding GRTC during the COVID-19 emergency. Solo minors in work uniforms or with their employee badges are permitted to ride GRTC to/from work. Until further notice, customers are not allowed to remain on-board a single bus beyond their one-way trip. No extended rides on a single vehicle will be allowed.

With the closure of schools and recent pleasant Spring weather, GRTC is experiencing an increase in riders – especially minors – riding GRTC in groups and for nonessential trips, counter to local, state, and federal guidance to limit travel only for essential purposes.

GRTC Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm says, “Immediately after suspending fares, our ridership jumped by several thousand trips a day. Some were kids out of school with energy to burn and some were people wanting to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. But some were budget-conscious people looking for employment, making trips to the grocery store, or going to the doctor. While overall daily ridership is still well below normal levels, we need to take additional measures for those who desperately need our service during this crisis.”

In addition to limited trips and restricted rides for minors and groups, passengers are asked to sit one passenger per row, except for families riding together. Passengers in violation of these temporary policies or otherwise disruptive to our service are subject to removal from the bus. Timm explains, “While it’s completely counter to our normal lives to beg people not to ride, that is exactly what we are doing. Serving the community’s very real and very essential mobility needs during this crisis is a juggling act. Please, save our service for those who need our service!”

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