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RVA Beer Explorer: Run, Awards, Footie Beer, & Let’s Talk

A small flight of beer events and news that you should sample.




Ardent Craft Ale

  • 1st place – Darker European Beer, “Schwarzbier”
  • 3rd place – Smoked or Wood-Aged Beer, “Bourbon Barrel Aged Honey Ginger”

Castleburg Brewery and Taproom 

  • 2nd place –  American Blond and Brown Ale, “Bishop’s Brown Ale”

Final Gravity Brewing Company 

  • 1st place – American Amber Ale, “Fire Station 5″
  • 1st place – Double IPA, “Venus Rising”
  • 2nd place – Irish Stout, “Irish Goodbye”
  • 3rd place – Double IPA, “The Message”

 Garden Grove Brewing Company 

  • 2nd place – Strong Belgian Ale, “Death”

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

  • 3rd place – Belgian Blond and Saison, “Singel”

Legend Brewing Company

  • 1st place –  Smoked or Wood-Aged Beer, “Bourbon Barrel Brown”
  • 3rd place – American Blonde and Brown Ale, “Brown Ale”

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

  • 1st place – Strong Ale, “Virginia Black Bear”
  • 3rd place – Czech Lager, “Pony Pasture Pilsner”

Midnight Brewery 

  • 2nd place – British Dark Ale, “Not My Job”
  • 2nd place – Fruit Beer, “Watermelon Line Kolsch”

Steam Bell Beer Works 

  • 3rd place – Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer, “Tiramisu Stout”

Strangeways Brewing

  • 1st place –  Sour European Ale, “Uberlin Berliner Weisse”

The Answer

  • 1st place – Fruit Beer, “Mami Cereza”
  • 1st place – American IPA “Larceny”

Triple Crossing Brewing Company

  • 1st place –  Wild Yeast Specialty Beer, “Brett Saison Anniversary Ale”
  • 2nd place – Strong Ale, “Black Dolphin”



I hear that Wednesday is the new Friday. If I say something enough times it becomes true, right? It’s Happy Hour at City Stadium’s outdoor bar aka beer truck and a few tables, this Wednesday, August 17th.  There will be exclusive specials until 7 PM on over 15 craft beers (10 different breweries) on tap. Then at 7 PM you can turn your attention to the game as the Kickers take on long-time rivals Charleston Battery. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. with live music by 2-11 and and at least a couple RVA food trucks. Get your tickets online. If you want to get loud find the Red Army in Section O, they are a group of beer drinking loud mouths. I know because I’m one of them.


You should go to the Brewers Roundtable tonight and not just because it features our own Trevor Dickerson but because it’ll be informative and fun.



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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.