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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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Historic Slave Trail at Ancarrow’s Landing Closed for Bridge Work

The closure is to work on bridges.

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From RVA Trail Report

The Historic Slave Trail at Ancarrow’s Landing will be temporarily closed while the Trail Crew rebuilds the three worn bridges along the river. Please follow the detour signs during this time.

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Pipeline Update Work Continues

The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.

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From RVAH20:

Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.

Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.

Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.

Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.

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Carmela’s Turning Off Pizza Ovens for Good

Carmela has been serving up pizza in Shockoe Bottom for the past three years.

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Posted to Facebook yesterday:

To our dearest customers, after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you all for your support and love for Carmela’s pizza over the past 3 years!
We like to thank our whole Carmela’s team, past and present. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together and couldn’t have done it without your talent and great effort of everyone involved!!
We’re just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have opened such a beautiful pizzeria. This may not be a goodbye forever, but for now, it’s the right choice for our family.
Thank you again for the sweet memories and for allowing us to serve you RVALots of love,
Victor & Melinda
Carmela’s
Carmela’s was located on 3 N 17th Street.

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