RVA Beer Explorer: Bigger Ardent, Trapezium Invasion, Madness, Beer Camera

RVA Beer Explorer: Bigger Ardent, Trapezium Invasion, Madness, Beer Camera

Sit down and take a sip of the local Richmond beer news.


Hey did you hear about Ardent getting bigger? We mean really, really big.

Ardent Craft Ales buys its building in Scott’s Addition, looks to expand upward


Trapezium is just down the road in Petersburg but it’s well worth the trip. If you’re too lazy or busy to make the trek their beers are becoming much more common up here in Richmond. In fact, I think it’s safe to say based on the events I found they’re making a concentrated push and I for one welcome our new Beer Overlords.

The Boathouse recently partnered with Trapezium Brewing Co. to develop a house beer for all three locations of The Boathouse, The Boathouse Oyster Ale. The beer will be featured for the first time at a pop-up Trapezium Beer Dinner at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, which will be held on Friday, March 24 from 6-9 p.m.

The Boathouse Beverage Director Michael Avery and the brewers of Trapezium developed the ale, a crisp and clean American blonde ale with a minimal hop presence. Trapezium has partnered with other restaurants in the past, but has never done an ongoing partnership like this one where they have designed a restaurant’s house beer as they have now done for The Boathouse.

The Boathouse Oyster Ale was developed by steeping The Boathouse Oyster shells in the beer, the signature oyster available at The Boathouse. The oyster flavor is savory and mildly briny, grown to achieve what The Boathouse believes is an ideal flavor profile for an oyster. Trapezium gets the shells and then cleans them and gives the shells a second life in the ale.

With the introduction of The Boathouse Oyster Ale to the menu at the three Boathouse locations, guests can now have a full circle dining experience enjoying The Boathouse Oyster while sipping on an ale that was made from oyster shells.


I’ve never down well in the March Madness office pool mainly because basketball isn’t my thing. There is however another bit of bracket fun that is my thing. It’s RVAMag’s RVA Beer Madness Championship Tournament. It’s a battle royale of local drinking holes. You’ve got to figure that The Answer is a heavy favorite but you never know what will happen when it comes down to random people voting. The first round is over and I’m frankly surprised that GWAR Bar was so easily knocked out.  I’ll continue to root for the underdogs like The Cask, Triple Crossing, and Final Gravity.


We’ve all heard of beer google but now you can have a chance to try on some beer cameras. This cool event combine the latest in photo taking machinery with beer making consumption. This is going down at the Triple Crossing Brewing on 113 South Foushee Street, Thursday the 25th.

We are meeting at Triple Crossing Brewery at 7:30 pm. Bring your friends over and come test the newest Olympus cameras and lenses during this event. Also, our friends from Richmond Camera will be there to help us answer questions and availability Olympus has multiple micro 4/3 cameras and quality lenses for any situation and including the fantastic new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II Lighting this time is provided by our partners at Light in Motion and modifiers by Elinchrom.

As usual, we are having models and lighting for you guys to try the cameras and lens. Don’t forget to bring your SD card, so you can take your images home. If you have an Olympus camera body and you want to only test lenses please bring your body.

We are having a giveaway at the event so don’t forget to get a ticket when you get there. Who knows, you might walk away with a brand new camera.




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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 and/or beer.