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As everyone recovers from Oktoberfest the events are light but the new beers are plentiful.





Skate and Destroy Night! – Hardywood Craft Brewery, Tuesday

Oktoberfest – Kabana Rooftop, Friday & Saturday

It’s officially fall which means Oktoberfest, pumpkin beers, and cool weather is among us! Join us for 2 days of local craft Oktoberfest beers, German bites, outdoor games, and specials all in the perfect outdoor space.

Featuring beer from:
Legend Brewing CompanyCenter of the Universe BrewingDevils Backbone Brewing Company and more!

Free entry
Walk ins welcome

4th Anniversary Farm Fest! – Lickinghole Creek Brewery, Friday

Lickinghole Creek is 4! Enjoy the good weather and celebrate with us. “Tremendous Machine” 12.6% Virginian Imperial Stout release weekend.

Jack Browns Invades Stone Brewing – Stone Brewing, Saturday

Jack Brown’s will be slinging burgers, fries, and Oreos from 11AM-9PM at the brewery.



Fall American Sour Blend Release – Ardent, Thursday

Ardent’s Fall American Sour Blend is made from sour blonde and sour red ales, aged independently in oak barrels for ten months, then blended together. This beer was derived from a mixed culture of house microbes and will continue to evolve as it ages in the bottle. Tart and complex with notes of stone fruit and hints of vanilla.

Gravitational Wave Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

Let this 8% DIPA wash over you and feel the rush of 100% Mosaic hops. But just as quickly as the tides turn, Gravitational Wave will move out. Crowlers available.

HopHyzer DIPA Collab Release w/ Ardent Craft Ales – Three Notched RVA Collab House, Saturday

“HopHyzer” – New England DIPA
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 18
Collaboration w/ Ardent Craft Ales

Percolator Southern English Brown Ale w/Coffee Debut w/Variants – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Welcome the newest member of the COTU seasonal family, Percolator! This Southern English Style Brown Ale has been infused with cold-pressed Lamplighter Coffee. This style of brown ale relies on crystal malts to drive the color which results in a smooth caramel flavor with notes of dark fruits, and of course, Coffee. There is little to no roastiness, making it drink more like a latte than a regular coffee. It sits at 7.0% ABV and has around 15 IBU’s.

Percolator will be available in 750ml bottles to go and on draft at the brewery. You can also find our newbie at your local drinking hole or favorite bottle shop!

Coffee Shop Variants will be available for flights only. Below is the list our breweries will be creating. Mouth water time…..




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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Wayback RVA — View in Mount Calvary Cemetery

A Then & Now photo essay of Richmond places from around the area.




Wayback RVA

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View in Mount Calvary Cemetery,
Richmond, Va.

Mount Calvary’s central layout takes the form of a cross, of which the base, shown in the postcard, is the Pizzini family plot.

Captain Andrew Pizzini was in the VMI Class of 1865 and participated in the Battle of New Market. After the war, he was president of Richmond’s Electrical Street Railways Light and Power Companies and was a leading proponent of the (then) New City Hall.

The Father Time statue that watches over Captain Pizzini has seen better days and seems to have lost the crutch on which he leaned.

(View in Mount Calvary Cemetery is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)



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Mayor Requests People Follow Social Distancing Rules or Parks Could Close

Folks are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors but do so in a responsible manner.




The rules are pretty basic. Don’t hang out in groups larger than 10 and maintain a distance of six feet from other people. These simple steps are needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As evidenced by these photos, people have not been following these rules.

Photo sent in anonymously

The Mayor spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon and reiterated these rules and urged residents to follow these rules.

Mayor Stoney stated, “If folks are at Texas Beach with a bunch of PBRs, then obviously we’re going to provide some guidance that they should disperse. That’s going to be happening throughout the city.” Stoney also pointed to sports such as basketball, soccer, and pickleball must cease since social distancing is impossible while engaging in such activity.

For now, police are going to be upping patrols and asking groups to disperse. If the problem persists the city will consider closing down the parks and taking other additional measures.



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Richmond Police Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

Preliminary investigation by RCHD and RPD has not determined any potential for close contact with Richmond residents during this time period.




Press Release from RPD:

The City of Richmond today is reporting its first known case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The affected employee is a female officer in the Richmond Police Department, who traveled to New York before the onset of her illness.

According to the Richmond City Health District, the officer, who is in her 40s, is now at home in isolation and is in stable condition.

Another co-worker who had been in close contact with the officer is under self-quarantine and is self-monitoring for symptoms.

Preliminary investigation by RCHD and RPD has not determined any potential for close contact with Richmond residents during this time period. However, RCHD and the RPD are reviewing and investigating any possible additional close contacts the officer may have had during the performance of her duties.

“My first concern is for her and her family and the extended family of her co-workers,” said Police Chief William Smith. “We have taken precautions to limit exposure to our staff and to the community we serve. It is extremely important that we all continue to do our part in controlling the spread of the virus through the recommended protocols.”

“Because we are seeing significant community spread it is not surprising to have a documented occurrence in the government workforce,” said Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City Health District, which serves the City of Richmond and Henrico County. “We continue to encourage members of our community to take every precaution to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19 to mitigate its impact on the residents of our region.”

“I truly appreciate the work that first responders do on the frontlines to keep our community safe during these uncertain times,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “We must do our part as well. We are safer and stronger at home.”



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