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Another great week in RVA if you want to try a new beer, play MarioKart, or head up to Ashland to party at the Center of the Universe.

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Who Karted?! Mario Kart Tournament – Champion Brewing, Wednesday

Champion RVA is teaming up with Tech Exchange RVA and Vinyl Conflict Record Store to bring you Who Karted?! Mario Kart 64 Tournament. Prizes for first and second place, as well as gobs of other games for free play all set to the soundtrack of DJ Devolved. So grab a cold one and test your skills on November 15th from 8-11.

(As of print time, no decision has been made in regards to whether or not to ban Oddjob as a playable character.)


Friendsgiving – Ardent, Thursday

Friendsgiving returns on Thursday, November 16! The third annual feast/food drive will feature dishes from some of your favorite chefs and restaurants around Richmond.

To reserve your seat, just donate 15 cans of food in the taproom starting right now up until the event. The food you donate will go directly to FeedMore to support their work feeding children, families, and seniors across Central Virginia through programs like Meals on Wheels, the Central Virginia Food Bank, the Mobile Pantry, and Kids Café. Here are items they can use the most: feedmore.org/images/uploads/Items_MostWanted-3.pdf. If you can’t donate food, we will ask a $15 entrance fee.


3 Day Bash to Celebrate 5 Years of Craft Beer – Center of the Universe, Friday- Sunday

At five years Center of the Universe can call itself one of the RVA Beer old-timers. Five years of great beer, expansion into new markets, the opening Origin Beer Lab, they show no sign of slowing down. To celebrate they’re planning a whole weekend of fun up in Ashland. Every day is packed with beer and beer related activities.

Day 1: Friday, November 17th

*The return of The Richard, our imperial IPA hopped up to the max! This “mistake brew” was the first brew we ever had on our system. We ended up boiling off 1/3 of the water, but hopped it like a full batch! The result is an ultra smooth, intensly aromatic West Coast meets East Coast IPA that makes it‘s return each year. The beer finished at 9.3% ABV with 85 IBU’s. It will be availabe on draft and to-go in growlers.

*We will also have live music from local favorite, The Tender, who opened up the brewery back in 2012 and have been coming back ever since. They pair perfectly with an ice cold beverage!

Day 2: Saturday, November 18th

*Oaky Pokey will be making its way back to the taps. We take our flagship IPA, Pocahoptas, and age it on white oak to deliver a creamy, tropical, and oaky flavor and aroma. The beer will be available on draft and to-go in growlers.

*Black Dawn, a one-off seasonal from 2016 will also be joining the party. This 7.5% black IPA is heavily hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Chinook which gives it a delicous orange and piny kick. The beer will be available on draft and to-go in growlers.

*Bee Generous Honey Ale is a graduate of Origin Beer Lab and developed by Ashley Ray. The beer is brewed with 5 gallons of orange blossom honey, which is then complimented by a generous portion of honey malt and 2-row barley. The result is a refreshing, brite, and delicious brew that clocks in at 6.2% ABV. The beer will be available on draft and to-go in growlers.

Cellared 750ml Bottle List for Sale – First come first serve
2014 Shut Up – 3 Cases
2015 Shut Up – 2.5 Cases
2015 Orange is the New Stout – 4 Cases
2016 Shut Up – 2 Cases
2016 Travesty – 5 Cases
2016 IV – 1 Case

Sold in Singles!
2016 Dos Duderinos Base – 10 Cases
2016 Dos Duderinos Wine Barrel – 10 Cases
2016 Dos Duderinos Bourbon – 9 Cases
2016 Dos Duderinos Coffe and Bourbon – 9 Cases
2016 Dos Duderino Coconut and Cocao Nib – 9 Cases

Day 3: Sunday, November 19th

*SATELLITE SUNDAY – Cheers to 5 years Satellites! To celebrate this feat, we will have Satellite pricing for Satellite Glasses for Satellite brewed beers!

*1-2 New release Satellite brews will be tapped. Details coming soon.

*Vintage bottle sale. We will be releasing stored away 750ml bombers all day Sunday. Items include 2015 and 2016 Shut Up. First some first serve!

*BEER, BINGO, and BLOODIES will be in full swing on Sunday. Grab a beer, get yourself a bingo card, and enjoy some intense BINGO action every hour on the hour for your chance to win prizes.


Games of Jokes, An Open Mic Comedy Battle – Castleburg, Saturday


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Twisted Crafts Ales announce distribution deal

From Twisted Craft Ales Facebook:

We are extremely excited to announce we have signed a partnership agreement with Virginia Craft Distribution Company to bring our Twisted Ales brand to the marketplace throughout Virginia! We are ramping up our production and expect to be in your favorite bars and restaurants in the weeks to come.


 Craft beer scene hopping in RVA, but has area reached saturation point? – ABC8

The article doesn’t really answer the question it poses in the headline but it does have interviews with Garden Grove Brewer Michael Brandt and Center of the Universe Brewing Company co-owner Chris Ray.

“Distributors are getting bogged down, their portfolios are getting huge. They’re realizing that adding another brewery to their portfolios doesn’t mean they’re going to sell more beer, it means they sell less of what they already have,” Ray said.

That’s why The big name domestic brands like Budweiser and Coors still dominate the beer aisle, Ray says the stout competition has forced them to run lean and mean with lots of new offerings.


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Hardywood Rum Barrel GBS Release – Hardywood Craft Brewery, Saturday

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout is an imperial milk stout brewed with vanilla beans, cinnamon, fresh baby Hawaiian ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms. In this limited variation, Gingerbread Stout is matured in Caribbean dark rum barrels that lend a smooth, distinctive character, emerging 12 weeks later as Rum Barrel GBS. Enrich your holiday season with notes of gingerbread spice, subtly sweet molasses and a hint of brown sugar all wrapped up in this festive libation that warms the palate and the soul. 10.6% ABV


https://tenemu.com/news/veil-brewing-co-releasing-never-backdown-frozen-frozen-ocean-ocean-crucial-taunt-tuesday/11/2017


The Return of Aragonia an English brown ale w/espresso – Twisted Craft Ales, Saturday

Aragonia is our English brown ale with espresso from Rostov’s plus caramel and chocolate notes. It’s a fan favorite at Twisted Ales!


New Lions Blonde Stout – Three Notch’d Collab House, Saturday

Poster by Bishop Bader posted to the Three Notch’d Collab House Facebook


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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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RVA Beer Explorer’s Last Call

The RVA Beer Explorer is sailing off into the sunset but hopefully, you’ll like its fuzzy replacement.

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The RVA Beer Explorer is throwing in his beer-soaked towel. The number of breweries and the beer scene of Richmond is awesome. Over the years for health reasons (nothing dramatic just self-realization about my intake) I’ve become less and less part of that awesome beer scene. As a result, I don’t have the passion needed to keep writing about beer every week so it’s time to say goodbye. RVAHub will continue to cover the big beer events and they’ll show up in their respective neighborhood areas or on the main site. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on some of the more unique events that pop-up.

Later today I’ll launch my new weekly post Critters of the Week. It will feature a picture and information about a wild animal spotted in the RVA area and an animal up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

To my loyal readers out there I thank you for spending time with me each week and putting up with my many, many typos.

 

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We’ve got the big Memorial Day weekend coming up which means for many an extra day to do stuff. Here is some of the stuff we think you should do.

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Richmond Kickers Red Army Watch Party – Wednesday, Tabol Brewing

The Richmond Kickers are our local professional soccer team and the Red Army is the group of passionate fans that are at every home game and even a few of the away ones. The team is playing in Florida against Orlando City but the Red Army has a seat at the Tabol for a viewing.

Come out and hang out with Red Army for mid week game. Also The Rivercity 93 podcast will being fan interviews after the game so be ready to have some fun! You can check out the podcast on Twitter @rivercity93


Meet the Candidates (Richmond Area) – Thursday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

I would probably like more of the politicians if I met them over a beer or two. This week there is a chance to do exactly that. Even if you can’t make this event be sure to read up on your candidates and VOTE.

This November, Virginia will vote on all 100 House of Delegates seats and all 40 Senate seats. On June 11, many districts will hold primary elections to choose the party candidates.

🍻Join Virginia NORML at Three Notch’d RVA Collab House and hear the candidates’ positions on marijuana policies and criminal justice, and how they would work towards achieving common-sense law reforms for a safer Commonwealth. Refreshments will be provided.

CANDIDATES 👩🏽‍💼👨🏻‍💼👩🏼‍💼👨🏾‍💼
All candidates are welcome to participate in this Virginia NORML event and share their marijuana policy positions. Kindly RSVP to ​[email protected]​ with your candidate or surrogate’s information.

SUPPORT OUR WORK💚💚
This event is free and open to the public. Virginia NORML relies on the generosity of grassroots support. Help make this a successful event with a donation via the “tickets” link.

VOTER REGISTRATION📝
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, May 20, 2019.

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, June 8, 2019


Capsoul Hop Crawl: Brewery Tour & Tasting – Friday, Väsen

After doing these weekly post for several years it’s pretty cool to see a new take on the traditional brewery tour. Bravo Capsoul Collective. The picture is from Veil but this week the Collective is at Vasen.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to visit a brewery with a group of people that share in not only your love of craft beer, but dope music, vibes and conversation, then this is the Hop Crawl for you.
Join us at the intersection of craft & culture as we tour some of Richmond’s best and highly sought out breweries.

Your ticket will include:
– 4 Sample Beers
– Private Tours
– Guided tastings
– Curated Musical Playlists by the Capsoul Collective
– Knowledgable Crawl Guide

And just because we like to level up your experience, all beer will be available for purchase at a special discounted price. You’ll also receive a complimentary Capsoul glass during the tasting and a band signifying you’re with the crew.

Follow us on @wearecapsoul to stay up to date.


Artisan & Craft Market + Beer Release – Saturday, Isley

I’m always a fan of shopping and drinking. One tends to increase the other.

Saturday, May 25th, we’ll be joined by local vendors for Isley’s Artisan & Craft Market!

Craft Beer – Craft Vendors – Local Food – and More!

Whether your treating yourself, getting something for the house, or picking up a gift for someone else, Isley Brewing Company is the place to be on May 25th! See you there!


Jonny Z Fest 2019 – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)

The yearly event to celebrate the life of Jonny Z is back.

JONNY Z FEST is in its 11th year, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of this beautiful day celebrating the life of Jonny Zanin, a much-loved community activist who we lost far too early. In keeping with Jonny’s boundless energy for connection and mobilization of the creative spirit, the festival features local musicians, interactive art booths, play areas and kids’ projects, an amazing raffle, and the Bizarre Market, of course. Jonny was a champion of the market and organized market events for several years. Free to attend!


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Open Mic – Wednesday, Castleburg

Got a song in your heart and you want to let it out? Now’s your chance.

Take the spotlight & show everyone how talented you are!

Bring your guitars, keyboards, voices, ideas and crew! This is a supportive community of artists, and nothing is unwelcome here.

Hosted by Chuck Parker

Signups start at 6:00 PM, and we will start promptly at 6:30 PM

Every artist will get up to 20 minutes to show their stuff.

AUDIENCE: It’s your job to clap loudly, and reward these artists with praise, to include tips! They are not being paid to be here, so please bring cash to show your support.

Castleburg’s Taproom has a stage, speakers, sound board, and two mics. If you need additional equipment, please bring it, but we’d like for the turnaround to be quick, so please try and use what we have.


Stone Brewing Richmond 3rd Anniversary – Saturday, Stone Brewing

The plans for the Stone Bistro seem to have vanished into the ether but the brewing facility and tasting room are going strong. Celebrate their third year in our fair city.

 

The Stone Brewing Tap Room – Richmond is turning three, and what better way to celebrate than pouring unique variations, vintage releases, barrel-aged brews and other amazing Stone-crafted beers? Saucy’s BBQ will provide the grub to pair with our epic beer list, and we’ll have live music from 12-6pm.

~~BREWHOUSE EXPERIENCE – 1pm – 6pm~~

Join our team for a behind-the-scenes look inside our brewing facility. This is a unique opportunity to hang out in the brewhouse and talk shop with our crew.

~~LIVE MUSIC~~
12:00pm – Addison Liming
3:15pm – Ol’ Riles Band

~~BEER LIST~~
Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
Chips
Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death
Stone Revengeful Spirit IPA
Beachwood / Stone BeachStone Brut IPA
Stone Barrel-Aged Milk Chocolate Porter
2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2013 Double Bastard Ale
2014 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA
Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager
Enter Night Pilsner
Stone Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison w/ Peach
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in White Wine Barrels
Stone Mission Warehouse Sour – Strawberry & Sour Cherry
Stone Water Lily Sour
Stone Wazzle Barrel-Aged Sour
Double Bastard – Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Stone Borreo Gose w/ Boysenberry
Stone Jovian Orbit Double IPA
Stone Millennial Decay
Stone Titanic Tartistry
Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse
Stone IPA
Stone Delicious IPA
Stone Tangerine Express IPA
Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA


Brewing in Richmond: A History Tour – Saturday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

Richmond has a long history of beer. Learn about Scott’s Addition’s role in that history on Saturday.

 

 

Big News! New Tour!
Join Richmond Historic Haunts for the first run of Brewing in Richmond: Over 300 Years of Fermenting by the Falls of the James.
Richmond’s brewing scene today is just the latest chapter of our city’s history with fermented beverages.
During this afternoon walk through Scott’s Addition we will talk up Richmond’s boozy history over some modern RVA brews with stops at Bingo Beer Co, Buskey Cider & Three Notch’d RVA Collab House.
Tickets include one drink per stop and some light bites as we kick things off at Bingo.
This first run will be limited to only 15 tickets, so don’t wait to get yours or they might be gone!
Tickets for this 21 and over event are $50 (plus a small service fee) and include the previously noted drinks, food, and gratuities. Guests are welcome to purchase extra drinks and food (where available) at their discretion. All guests should partake and enjoy responsibly.

 


RVA Taco Festival – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)

Taco cat is very pleased with this Sunday’s plan to serve up a bunch of tacos, beer and music.

 

In conjunction with RVA Taco Festival, we’re excited to announce RVA Taco Festival at Hardywood!

A food festival featuring everyone’s favorite food – the delicious and versatile taco.

We’ll have a variety of unique tacos from some of Richmond’s favorite food trucks and restaurants, Hardywood craft beers (including the return of Cream Ale with Salt & Lime!!!) and live music, all to benefit Safe Harbor!

FREE to attend, beer and tacos will be available for purchase.

PARTICIPATING VENDORS
Intergalactic Tacos
La Bête
Taco Club
Wigglestick Barbecue
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
RVA New York Style
The Irish Rover
Sammich
Gaucho
Mean Bird
Taqueria Panchito
Right On Time Mobile Diner
Happy_Arepas
The Hungry Turtle Food Truck
Dank Eats
RVA Street Foodies

DESSERT
King Of Pops – Richmond

BANDS
Weekend Plans
Fallen Roads
Grayling Skyy


Shine Farms Market & CSA Pick Up – Sunday, Vasen Brewing Company

Eat your veggies young man or no beer for you.

 

Shine is offering produce this spring at two market sites and through Community Supported Agriculture, known as CSA, shares. Shine practices regenerative agriculture with a no-till system, allowing the soil’s microbiology to thrive. Shine produces chemical free, no-spray, nutrient dense food.

SIGN UP for a CSA share: http://shine.farm

Shine Farms fresh markets and CSA pick-up sites May 11 through November 23 on:

Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm at Goatocado, 1823 West Main street, Richmond

Sundays 12:00pm – 3:00pm at Vasen, 3331 West Moore Street, Richmond

 


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