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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.





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: 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


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.


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

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.