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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.

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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”

FOOTIE AND A BEER OR TWO

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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.


WE NEED TO TALK

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.

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Suspect Sought in West Clay Street Burglary

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the Jackson Ward neighborhood last month.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards. A photo of his distinctive pink and black sneakers is also attached.

 

Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Virginia attorney general announces plan to hire state’s first cannabis lawyer

“I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair and sensible system for dealing with cannabis,” Herring said in a statement.

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Attorney General Mark Herring says he plans to hire a lawyer dedicated to marijuana law now that the state has legalized the drug.

The new addition to his staff would serve as a subject-matter expert as the state’s new Cannabis Control Authority, which Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Monday, begins work developing regulations that will govern the legal marijuana market expected to open in 2024.

“I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair and sensible system for dealing with cannabis,” Herring said in a statement.

The announcement comes as Herring, a Democrat who was among the party’s earliest and loudest supporters of marijuana legalization, seeks reelection to his third term in office. He faces Republican Del. Jason Miyares, who voted against legislation that legalized marijuana possession.

Herring’s office said the new hire will provide advice on the new law to state agencies that deal with everything from taxation to healthcare.

Advocates, who have occasionally voiced frustration with the state’s Board of Pharmacy as it developed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program, said they hoped the additional legal expertise will make things smoother for the recreational marijuana market.

“It’s critical that the commonwealth have counsel available to state agencies who is well-versed in both state and federal cannabis policies,” said Jenn Michelle Pedini, executive director of Virginia NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.

Herring’s office says they’re looking for a lawyer with experience in business law, state and federal litigation, and “a strong knowledge of state and federal regulation of controlled substances.”

Under the legalization bill lawmakers passed earlier this year, employers can still refuse to hire or fire employees who use marijuana. A spokeswoman said the Office of the Attorney General does not conduct drug testing as a condition of employment.

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James River Park Trail Loop named one of America’s best running trails by Men’s Journal

Richmond’s trails were selected thanks to their top-notch views, rolling hills mixed in with a few steep climbs, creek and river crossings, and multiple access points and trailheads on either side of the river.

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The national health and fitness publication Men’s Journal recently published a list of the 15 best running trails in America, and the trails in Richmond’s James River Park System, including the North Bank and Buttermilk trails, were selected for the rankings, at number 11 overall.

Richmond’s trails were selected thanks to their top-notch views, rolling hills mixed in with a few steep climbs, creek and river crossings, and multiple access points and trailheads on either side of the river.

You can view the full list here.

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