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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

I’m not saying being around so many family members makes you want to drink but I will point out a good number of drinking options, just in case.





Pre-Turkey Run – Final Gravity, Wednesday

Make room for all the turkey and stuffing by running on Wednesday.

Get one last run in before you stuff your face on Thanksgiving. Take those work-out clothes with you to work and then duck out early for a 5:30p 3-miler around Lakeside. Visit the Final Gravity Running Club page for course details on Wednesday. When you return, you’ll get a snack, a bottle of water, a discount off your first beer, and will be entered into the FG raffle. Runs return to Thursdays at 6p next week. Come out and make new friends, be thankful for good beer, and remember “thighs before pies”.

**headlamps and reflective clothing are strongly encouraged**

Dunkel Beer Release party – Champion Brewing, Wednesday

This easily could have gone into the DRINK THIS category but I like to keep you guessing.

Pre-Thanksgiving DUNKEL release party, featuring live entertainment by:



Very excited to announce the release of Champion’s DUNKEL! Brewed with nearly 100% Munich malt and German hops. Aromas of bread crust and slight caramel. Rich malty, bready flavor balanced by low hop bitterness with a medium body and a clean, malty finish. 5.2 % ABV and 21 IBU

Thanksgiving Pre-Game: “Feeding Frenzy” DIPA Release & Trivia – Three Notch’d Collab House, Wednesday

Got family in town? Need a good reason to go out? We’ve got 3 for ya! Tap That comes early this week with the release of “Feeding Frenzy” DIPA done in collaboration with our friend John Reinhold from RVA Magazine. Also to keep things fun we have our weekly tradition of Trivia Night RVA @7pm (only $1 to play and always a good time, get your team ready and compete for glory!) and we’re extending our Tuesday ToGo Specials an extra day until 9pm. Stop in and grab a fresh pint at the RVA Collab House. Opening early at 1pm

Feeding Frenzy
collab w/ RVA Magazine
ABV: 7.9%
IBU: 25

Feeding Frenzy is a DIPA brewed in collaboration with RVA Magazine, releasing just in time for Thanksgiving! This IPA has a big, juicy hop character from a blend of Mosaic and Galaxy hops that add tropical flavors of mango and passionfruit, accompanied by a low bitterness

DARK DAZE – Veil Brewing, Friday

Friday November 24th 2017 aka Black Friday, we will be hosting our first annual Dark Daze!

Dark Daze is celebration of stouts and other dark, complex, malt forward beers.

We will have over 10 different dark beers on draft from us in addition to our other standard offerings. There will be no guest beers pouring.



At Veil’s Facebook event they list all the beers that will be available. Needless to say if you like dark beers you should be Scott’s Addition on Friday. It sure as heck beats being at the mall.

LCCB Goodwater Opening – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery Shockoe Edition, Friday

No details on what’s going down at the Goochland County Brewery’s foray into the city but we know they’ll officially be open on Black Friday, November 24th, from 12-9 PM and they’re located at 1717 East Franklin Street.

Original Gravity Black Friday Sale! – Original Gravity, Friday

For those of you that make your beer or know a loved one that makes beer this event is tailor-made for you and yours.

OG is celebrating our 6th Anniversary on Black Friday!!

If you know someone who’s wanted to get into home brewing, winemaking, coffee roasting, or cider making – you need to be here on the 24th to cash in on this one-day deal which has you saving 20% off ALL equipment, ingredients, and supplies. We have everything you need to make somebody’s holiday joyful and bright! You can even give the gift of a new hobby to yourself! Come on in and our knowledgable staff will guide you step-by-step on how to get started.


National Gingerbread Day – Hardywood, Today/Tuesday

In the continuing tradition of made-up “days” we present National Gingerbread Day. The only reason it’s getting a plug here is that Hardywood will be offering up two one-of-a-kind casks of Gingerbread Stout:

  • GBS w/ Coconut & Cocoa Nibs
  • GBS w/ coffee, cinnamon, vanilla & lactose (think “Latte GBS”!

Gingerbread Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter Release – Strangeways, Wednesday

Everywhere you look you see nothing but Gingerbread beers. I blame Hardywood. Strangeways, however, gets points for the best Gingerbread beer related image so far.

Gingerbread Oak Barrel Aged Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter : Available in 750ml bottles and draft

9.2 ABV | 18 IBU
Gourd of Thunder is a dark and gnarly Imperial Pumpkin Porter brewed with freshly picked local pumpkins that were ripened on the vine while continuously listening to heavy metal. The malty pumpkin backbone fuses robustly with a milky sugar creaminess. Bourbon vanilla beans lay down a rock-steady foundation that drives the cinnamon, ginger and clove spices through your skull. This brew does not merely mimic the flavor of a mortal pumpkin pie. Gourd of Thunder will cataclysmically blow your mind with its face-melting, high-voltage attitude. No live gingerbread men were harmed in the making of this beer.

Up All Night Coffee Porter Release – Isley, Wednesday

We’re bringing back our popular
Up All Night Coffee Porter, just in time for the holidays!

It will be on tap and available for crowler and growler fills to help ya stay UP ALL NIGHT and keep you motivated through the late-night holiday shopping!

This is a holiday release and will be on tap and available for growlers/crowlers for a limited time!

Hardywood Apple Brandy GBS Release – Hardywood, Saturday

You’ll only be able to get this beer at the brewery so if you’re trying to catch all the Gingerbread Beers you’ll be heading over that way this weekend.

In this limited edition variant, our Gingerbread Stout blends in perfect harmony with the cinnamon kissed oak staves of the apple brandy barrels in which it was matured. This barrel aged imperial milk stout crescendos with notes of honey, chocolate and fragrant cinnamon. Enjoy! 10.4% ABV

Shut Up Release – Center of the Universe, Friday

The world we live in is dominated by the IPA and currently, we’re neck deep in Gingerbread so it’s nice to see a Doppelbock out in the wild.

This year, Shut Up is a 10.2% Doppelbock aged in Napa Red Wine Barrels and Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. After a long hibernation, the barrels are blended together to create a unique, complex, and robust libation suitable for an escape.

A Doppelbock is a strong German Dark Lager that is full of dark chocolate flavors with only a slight roasty character. After aging, the beer picks up on the sweet red grapes, vanilla, and bourbon and creates a wonderfully decadent flavor explosion.

Bang Up To The Elephant (re-release) – Twisted Craft Ales, Friday

Join us for a Black Friday break and the re-release of Bang Up To The Elephant – a DIPA with grapefruit notes and 8.5% ABV.

Return of One Drop Double IPA – Final Gravity, Friday

Since you’re going to be in anyways for the 20% off Original Gravity Black Friday Sale!, we thought we’d bring back one of your favorites. Revisit the refreshing citrus flavors of Lemondrop, Mosaic, and Citra hops and take a few Crowlers to go. Feel it in the One Drop. 


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