YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Sunflowers are impressively tall flowers that aren’t too shabby to look at. A field of sunflowers are awe-inspiring.
The field above is at Lickinghole Creek Brewery and this weekend they’re sharing their sunflowers with the masses. They’re hosting their All You Can Pick Sunflower Weekend this weekend (7/29 – 7/31). Stop by the Farm during Tasting Room Hours (Fridays 5-9, Saturdays & Sundays 12-8) and pick sunflowers free of charge. This is a real life farm field so dress appropriately in long pants and closed toe shoes.
But that’s not all they’ll also be hosting their Batchelor’s Delight Release & Pirate Party II on Saturday which means after picking flowers you can pick yourself a nice rum barrel aged Belgian quad and hopefully you won’t have to pick yourself up off the floor.
BUNNIES ON MY BEER
I’ll be perfectly frank the only reason I’m posting this is that the label has bunny rabbits hopping around on it. The beer sounds tasty as well so it’ll be a win/win for those that head over to Ardent for their summer release of their “super limited, hoppy, fruity, farmhouse-style ale made with New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops“. Beer starts pouring in the taproom at noon so hop on over.
We’re just a little beer column trying to get by the best we can. Style Weekly is the big kid on the block and they’re devoting nearly all of this week’s issue to beer. If you’re only going to read one article may I humbly suggest you sit down with and with Gov. McAuliffe because he Sees No End in Sight for Virginia Beer.
How’s your goal of visiting all of Virginia’s breweries coming?
McAuliffe: They’re opening so fast, it’s making it hard even for an Irishman like me to get it done!
BEST JOB EVER
I really can’t argue with the Washingtonian Headline, Best Job Ever: The Smithsonian Is Hiring a Craft Beer Historian. With all the beer and self proclaimed beer experts in Richmond a local has to be a shoe-in right. It was nice knowing y’all I’ll write from my office in the Smithsonian Castle.
In other words, the Smithsonian needs a beer connoisseur whom they will PAY to travel and conduct “archival and field research.” The listing doesn’t say that one will be drinking copious amounts of delicious craft brews, but we can read between the lines.
RVA Beer Explorer’s Last Call
The RVA Beer Explorer is sailing off into the sunset but hopefully, you’ll like its fuzzy replacement.
The RVA Beer Explorer is throwing in his beer-soaked towel. The number of breweries and the beer scene of Richmond is awesome. Over the years for health reasons (nothing dramatic just self-realization about my intake) I’ve become less and less part of that awesome beer scene. As a result, I don’t have the passion needed to keep writing about beer every week so it’s time to say goodbye. RVAHub will continue to cover the big beer events and they’ll show up in their respective neighborhood areas or on the main site. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on some of the more unique events that pop-up.
Later today I’ll launch my new weekly post Critters of the Week. It will feature a picture and information about a wild animal spotted in the RVA area and an animal up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.
To my loyal readers out there I thank you for spending time with me each week and putting up with my many, many typos.
ONE LAST BEERSTAGRAM
RVA Beer Explorer 5/21
We’ve got the big Memorial Day weekend coming up which means for many an extra day to do stuff. Here is some of the stuff we think you should do.
GO DO THIS
Richmond Kickers Red Army Watch Party – Wednesday, Tabol Brewing
The Richmond Kickers are our local professional soccer team and the Red Army is the group of passionate fans that are at every home game and even a few of the away ones. The team is playing in Florida against Orlando City but the Red Army has a seat at the Tabol for a viewing.
Come out and hang out with Red Army for mid week game. Also The Rivercity 93 podcast will being fan interviews after the game so be ready to have some fun! You can check out the podcast on Twitter @rivercity93
Meet the Candidates (Richmond Area) – Thursday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House
I would probably like more of the politicians if I met them over a beer or two. This week there is a chance to do exactly that. Even if you can’t make this event be sure to read up on your candidates and VOTE.
This November, Virginia will vote on all 100 House of Delegates seats and all 40 Senate seats. On June 11, many districts will hold primary elections to choose the party candidates.
🍻Join Virginia NORML at Three Notch’d RVA Collab House and hear the candidates’ positions on marijuana policies and criminal justice, and how they would work towards achieving common-sense law reforms for a safer Commonwealth. Refreshments will be provided.
All candidates are welcome to participate in this Virginia NORML event and share their marijuana policy positions. Kindly RSVP to [email protected] with your candidate or surrogate’s information.
SUPPORT OUR WORK💚💚
This event is free and open to the public. Virginia NORML relies on the generosity of grassroots support. Help make this a successful event with a donation via the “tickets” link.
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, May 20, 2019.
Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
Deadline to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, June 8, 2019
Capsoul Hop Crawl: Brewery Tour & Tasting – Friday, Väsen
After doing these weekly post for several years it’s pretty cool to see a new take on the traditional brewery tour. Bravo Capsoul Collective. The picture is from Veil but this week the Collective is at Vasen.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit a brewery with a group of people that share in not only your love of craft beer, but dope music, vibes and conversation, then this is the Hop Crawl for you.
Join us at the intersection of craft & culture as we tour some of Richmond’s best and highly sought out breweries.
Your ticket will include:
– 4 Sample Beers
– Private Tours
– Guided tastings
– Curated Musical Playlists by the Capsoul Collective
– Knowledgable Crawl Guide
And just because we like to level up your experience, all beer will be available for purchase at a special discounted price. You’ll also receive a complimentary Capsoul glass during the tasting and a band signifying you’re with the crew.
Follow us on @wearecapsoul to stay up to date.
Artisan & Craft Market + Beer Release – Saturday, Isley
I’m always a fan of shopping and drinking. One tends to increase the other.
Saturday, May 25th, we’ll be joined by local vendors for Isley’s Artisan & Craft Market!
Craft Beer – Craft Vendors – Local Food – and More!
Whether your treating yourself, getting something for the house, or picking up a gift for someone else, Isley Brewing Company is the place to be on May 25th! See you there!
Jonny Z Fest 2019 – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
The yearly event to celebrate the life of Jonny Z is back.
JONNY Z FEST is in its 11th year, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of this beautiful day celebrating the life of Jonny Zanin, a much-loved community activist who we lost far too early. In keeping with Jonny’s boundless energy for connection and mobilization of the creative spirit, the festival features local musicians, interactive art booths, play areas and kids’ projects, an amazing raffle, and the Bizarre Market, of course. Jonny was a champion of the market and organized market events for several years. Free to attend!
RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 5/14
GO DO THIS
Open Mic – Wednesday, Castleburg
Got a song in your heart and you want to let it out? Now’s your chance.
Take the spotlight & show everyone how talented you are!
Bring your guitars, keyboards, voices, ideas and crew! This is a supportive community of artists, and nothing is unwelcome here.
Hosted by Chuck Parker
Signups start at 6:00 PM, and we will start promptly at 6:30 PM
Every artist will get up to 20 minutes to show their stuff.
AUDIENCE: It’s your job to clap loudly, and reward these artists with praise, to include tips! They are not being paid to be here, so please bring cash to show your support.
Castleburg’s Taproom has a stage, speakers, sound board, and two mics. If you need additional equipment, please bring it, but we’d like for the turnaround to be quick, so please try and use what we have.
Stone Brewing Richmond 3rd Anniversary – Saturday, Stone Brewing
The plans for the Stone Bistro seem to have vanished into the ether but the brewing facility and tasting room are going strong. Celebrate their third year in our fair city.
The Stone Brewing Tap Room – Richmond is turning three, and what better way to celebrate than pouring unique variations, vintage releases, barrel-aged brews and other amazing Stone-crafted beers? Saucy’s BBQ will provide the grub to pair with our epic beer list, and we’ll have live music from 12-6pm.
~~BREWHOUSE EXPERIENCE – 1pm – 6pm~~
Join our team for a behind-the-scenes look inside our brewing facility. This is a unique opportunity to hang out in the brewhouse and talk shop with our crew.
12:00pm – Addison Liming
3:15pm – Ol’ Riles Band
Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death
Stone Revengeful Spirit IPA
Beachwood / Stone BeachStone Brut IPA
Stone Barrel-Aged Milk Chocolate Porter
2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2013 Double Bastard Ale
2014 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA
Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager
Enter Night Pilsner
Stone Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison w/ Peach
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in White Wine Barrels
Stone Mission Warehouse Sour – Strawberry & Sour Cherry
Stone Water Lily Sour
Stone Wazzle Barrel-Aged Sour
Double Bastard – Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Stone Borreo Gose w/ Boysenberry
Stone Jovian Orbit Double IPA
Stone Millennial Decay
Stone Titanic Tartistry
Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse
Stone Delicious IPA
Stone Tangerine Express IPA
Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA
Brewing in Richmond: A History Tour – Saturday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House
Richmond has a long history of beer. Learn about Scott’s Addition’s role in that history on Saturday.
Big News! New Tour!
Join Richmond Historic Haunts for the first run of Brewing in Richmond: Over 300 Years of Fermenting by the Falls of the James.
Richmond’s brewing scene today is just the latest chapter of our city’s history with fermented beverages.
During this afternoon walk through Scott’s Addition we will talk up Richmond’s boozy history over some modern RVA brews with stops at Bingo Beer Co, Buskey Cider & Three Notch’d RVA Collab House.
Tickets include one drink per stop and some light bites as we kick things off at Bingo.
This first run will be limited to only 15 tickets, so don’t wait to get yours or they might be gone!
Tickets for this 21 and over event are $50 (plus a small service fee) and include the previously noted drinks, food, and gratuities. Guests are welcome to purchase extra drinks and food (where available) at their discretion. All guests should partake and enjoy responsibly.
RVA Taco Festival – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
Taco cat is very pleased with this Sunday’s plan to serve up a bunch of tacos, beer and music.
In conjunction with RVA Taco Festival, we’re excited to announce RVA Taco Festival at Hardywood!
A food festival featuring everyone’s favorite food – the delicious and versatile taco.
We’ll have a variety of unique tacos from some of Richmond’s favorite food trucks and restaurants, Hardywood craft beers (including the return of Cream Ale with Salt & Lime!!!) and live music, all to benefit Safe Harbor!
FREE to attend, beer and tacos will be available for purchase.
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
RVA New York Style
The Irish Rover
Right On Time Mobile Diner
The Hungry Turtle Food Truck
RVA Street Foodies
King Of Pops – Richmond
Shine Farms Market & CSA Pick Up – Sunday, Vasen Brewing Company
Eat your veggies young man or no beer for you.
Shine is offering produce this spring at two market sites and through Community Supported Agriculture, known as CSA, shares. Shine practices regenerative agriculture with a no-till system, allowing the soil’s microbiology to thrive. Shine produces chemical free, no-spray, nutrient dense food.
SIGN UP for a CSA share: http://shine.farm
Shine Farms fresh markets and CSA pick-up sites May 11 through November 23 on:
Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm at Goatocado, 1823 West Main street, Richmond
Sundays 12:00pm – 3:00pm at Vasen, 3331 West Moore Street, Richmond
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