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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.





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.


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 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.


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.



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.