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RVA Beer Explorer: 2017, Chicken, Ascension, Twisted

A flight of local beer happenings this week.





Veil Brewing Facebook

I haven’t heard of many brewery related New Year bashes but Veil Brewing Co. has a party planned.

Yo! We’re having a New Year’s Eve party and you’re all invited!

Saturday 12/31 8pm-1am, we will be hosting a dance party. DJs Billycrystalfingers and Chenchilla will be kicking the jamz all night.

We will have our own ball drop too at Midnight!

Continental Divide will be slinging food all night.

Come drink some rad beers and help us bring in the New Year. It’s going to be an amazing 2017!

**No cover charge**


Ardent Facebook

At the Hayes’ house on January 1st we welcome the New Year with many beers, friends, and an obscene amount of chili. I might have to look for an excuse to change our family tradition if Ardent does their New Year’s Brunch again with Mean Bird. The fried chicken will be your last “bad for you” food and you’ll get on those New Year’s resolutions on Monday.

The menu will pair our Fried Chicken & Veggie Bird with some brunch essentials, and Ardent will open a little early to sling their delicious beers & drink specials. The truck will be serving from 11am-3pm.


If you haven’t been to Triple Crossing‘s new spot in Fulton you should make the effort. It’s a very cool space with a ton of room and super kid friendly. They’ve even got comic books.

More importantly Triple Crossing has been knocking it out of the beer park with it’s limited run Lockout series. The latest is set to be released into the wild this Friday.

Ascensions DIPA. You will attribute the debut of this DIPA to mango. This beer is very mango forward and has a super soft mouth feel. Generous amounts of Citra, El Dorado and Simcoe were put into the latest Lockout Series. We are looking for 120 cases and will be available this Friday 12/30 in Fulton. Nectar and Knife DIPA will also be making its first appearance in 16 oz format Friday as well.


I obviously was ready for vacation since I was too lazy to post about a new brewery coming to Manchester. There’s a hole in our drinking hearts with the departure of Blue Bee Cider and it looks to be filled with beer.

Twisted Ales Facebook

Annie Tobey has the details in Style Weekly on Twisted Ales Brewery which hopes to open in May of 2017.

Price plans to focus first on hop-forward ales, including both West Coast and New England styles. “My favorite style is IPA,” he explains, “but I know that not everyone is into IPAs, so I will probably do some milder [versions].” He also plans to scale up his homebrew recipe for Blackberry Betty nut brown ale, a crowd-pleaser made with a nut-brown grain bill (the grains used to make the wort), blackberries and vanilla aged with bourbon oak spirals.

The Prices intend to distribute their beers, potentially with Brown Distributing.


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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.