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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. 




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.




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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RVA Beer Explorer 5/21

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.





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.

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.

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.


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.

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

Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
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.

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

King Of Pops – Richmond

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:

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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