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RVA Beer Explorer: Expanding Universe, Ardent Sixer, Stone Tour, Legendary Bike

A small flight of what the Richmond beer scene has to offer. Get the full pint at a brewery near you.

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EXPANDING UNIVERSE

Two weeks ago we mentioned Center of the Universe’s new upgraded tasting and meeting rooms. Well, that’s not the only change happening at COTU. Recently, Hanover county set aside $28,000 in grant funds to help the brewery up production by 50% with four new barrels, add a canning line, and help cover the cost of the previously mentioned remodel.

Photo: Ashley Ray

Photo: Ashley Ray

RTD has the full details.

“It really kind of eases the burden on us,” Ray said. “It’s nice to know Hanover County is committed to fostering its homegrown industry.”

LEGENDARY BIKE

Bikes are becoming more and more popular in Richmond. As their popularity grows so will Richmonder’s desire to modify and improve those same bikes. Legend posted the following bike improvement on Facebook and I’m extremely jealous.

Peejus (Pj Seay) got creative with his bike, here’s his original post:

“Since I’m not a big fan of handle bar mounted grip shifters, I came up with a solution. A piece of scrap handle bar was cut, the end scalloped to mate with the cantilever bar. Notches were cut in that so a screw clamp could be passed through to tighten this bar to the frame. The grip shifter was then installed as normal. Rubber boot removed so a seat post clamp could be fitted over. The clamp was milled out to accept a 3/8 × 16 nut and bolt. Grip shifter and mounting bar were then trimmed flush and a handlebar end insert installed to hold it in place. And of course, a well-used tap handle finishes it off.

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It’s impressive on three levels at least. Level one, it’s a bike with gearshift on the crossbar which immediately sends me back to my childhood. If it doesn’t have a banana seat and apehanger handlebars I’ll be slightly disappointed. Second level, a man with the nickname Peejus made the modification. Finally it’s a freaking tap handle for a gearshift. Cheers to you Peejus and your Legendary ride.

ARDENT SIXER

A bit of good news spotted on Ardent Facebook, looks like they’re getting closer to sending out six packs of bottle beer into the wild. IPA and Saison will be their first releases. This is good news for those of you who don’t travel with three growlers clanking around in your trunk. Now if they would only do cans so you can take them down to the river, to drink responsibly and carry your trash out, of course.

STONE TOUR

The Stone Brewery Richmond Edition has been up and running for awhile but only superstars, heads of state, and insiders have been given the tour. Starting on Tuesday they opened the brewery to the masses. By opened I mean tours are offered on a first come, first serve basis. There is limited space on each tour and you’ll have to leave your beer in the tasting room. Don’t worry I’ll watch it for you, trust me I certainly won’t take a sip while seeing the science that goes into the brewing process. We found out about this from Stone’s Instagram which seems slightly more active than their Facebook so consider that two tips for the price of one.

 

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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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Storm Rolls In

Alternative title: “Dumbass Stays on Floodwall too Long Gets Very Wet”. No camera gear or photographers were harmed in the taking of this photo.

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Yesterday a quick-moving storm rolled through Richmond.

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Must-See RVA! — Cokesbury Building

A look into the history of Richmond places that are still part of our landscape.

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April 2020
  • 415 East Grace Street
  • Built, 1921
  • Architects, Carneal & Johnston

Once there was this trendy little bookstore in the heart of the downtown shopping district.

[ADR] — Cokesbury Building in 1981

[ADR] — Cokesbury Building in 1981

This building was built for the Methodist Publishing House and designed by Garnett & Johnston. Its design clearly is related to the Mosby Store at the corner of Jefferson and Broad Streets, by Starrett & Van Vleck.

April 2020 — showing projecting cornice

April 2020 — showing projecting cornice

That design was, in turn, related to McKim, Mead & White’s Gorham Building in New York, a modernized version of an Italianate palazzo with an arcade at the base of the building and a heavy projecting cornice at the roof.

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April 2020

This design was felt to be a particularly successful blending of traditional and modern features, most appropriate for a modern shop.

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April 2020

The Cokesbury Building is designed carefully and well detailed. The first floor arcade was glazed fully, but is now closed partially.

April 2020

April 2020

The interior vaulted ceilings have been removed, but the building is otherwise well preserved. The reason for the popularity of this building type is seen easily. It is simple, dignified and impressive. [ADR]

(Richmond Times Dispatch) — Cokesbury Building in 1952

(Richmond Times-Dispatch) — Cokesbury Building in 1952

The Cokesbury Building, with the Cokesbury Bookstore on the first floor, was an outgrowth of the Methodist Episcopal Book Concern. Created in 1789, this organization was established to religious materials for the Methodist church. It would eventually expand to include books and religious supplies and rebranded as the Cokesbury Press in 1925. By 2012, there would be 57 Cokesbury Book Stores nationwide, one of which used to be on Grace Street.

April 2020

April 2020

But in that same year, Cokesbury announced the closure of their brick-and-mortar stores, and today they’re online only. The Grace Street location had long been abandoned by that point, having relocated to Tuckernuck Square shopping center in 1992. A loss, really. They were more than just religious books and often had unusual or hard to find titles, back in the days before Amazon.

Today, it’s the Cokesbury Building Apartments.

(Cokesbury Building is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


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  • [ADR] Architecture in Downtown Richmond. Robert Winthrop. 1982.

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Suspects Sought in Credit Card Fraud

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photo, who are suspected of using a stolen credit to make fraudulent purchases last week.

On Monday, March 30, the victim was notified that their card had been used at the Farm Fresh located in the 2300 block of East Main Street. Surveillance footage shows two females buying food and cigarettes worth over $400 with the victim’s card. They were last seen leaving the store in a silver convertible with a black top. A photo of the vehicle is attached.

Detectives determined the card was also used at the McDonald’s located in the 1800 block of East Broad Street.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to call First Precinct Detective J. Mitchell at (804) 646-0569 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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