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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

If you want to take care of your Christmas shopping this weekend and drink good beers this RVA Beer Explorer is for you.





Champion Brew-HAHA! – Champion Brewing, Wednesday

Cry into your beer. Cry tears of joy from laughing too hard. Intentional comedy will be on display at the downtown brewery.

RVA Punk Night – Strangeways, Thursday

Vinyl Conflict and Strangeways are combining Wonder Twins power for an evening of Punk/Metal themed beers, Live Vinyl DJ’s, pop up shop of records and more!


Christkindlmarkt – Blue Bee Cider, Sunday

Yes, we realize it’s not beer but close enough for us. Any opportunity to get holiday shopping down while enjoying a fine adult beverage is a win-win for us and we think it will be for you as well.

Mark your calendars for the second annual Christkindlmarkt, hosted by Blue Bee Cider! This craft market will feature 12 local makers, brunch offerings, and beverages from Virginia’s original urban cidery.

Vendors include:

Maven Made – Beauty + apothecary goods
Norveda – Deodorant + apothecary goods
Hummingbird Gardens – Herb-infused salts + garden share program
Double Denim Dude – Pins, patches
Tintype RVA – Interactive on-site tin types
The Wild Wander – Gift wrapping, prints, scout badges
Ashleigh Lum Woodworking – Wooden goods, shelves, boxes
Love This – Ethical + sustainable accessories, clothes, jewelry 
Dayum This is My Jam – Jams + pickles
BEAR CERAMICS – Mugs + jewelry
D for Dolls – Felted dolls, pins, pencil toppers
Pan Natural Goods

Nate’s Bagels will also be on hand, serving up fresh bagels, spreads and breakfast sandwiches.

Join us!

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Thriller – Isley, Thursday

Way back in the day, they had these things called “music videos”. In the dawn of time, they only played on Friday nights. Those days are long gone but you can relive a little of the magic with a celebration of one of the best “music videos” ever.

Handmade Holiday 2017 – Hardywood,  Saturday & Sunday

I said it above getting your holiday shopping done while drinking is the only way to holiday shop. This event is the ultimate opportunity to snatch up that unique gift for one of your loved ones.

Handmade Holiday is back! Richmond Craft Mafia’s annual indie holiday craft show in Richmond, Virginia is filled with over 80 of the best local, regional, and national artists, makers and designers we can find.

This year’s market will be a TWO DAY event. We’re gonna shake up the mix of vendors each day, so be sure to come BOTH DAYS to get the most out of the show.

10 – 11 Sat. Dec. 2 Early bird shopping $5 cash entry  To benefit TheatreLAB
11a – 6p Sat. Dec. 2 and Sun. Dec. 3 FREE!!

Join us at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery the first weekend in December for the best holiday shopping in town! Invite all your friends!

Tapped and Wrapped – Veil Brewing, Friday

Our third drinking and shopping event. You have absolutely no reason to step foot in a local mall.


Richbrau revival: Long-gone brewery pioneer makes a comeback – Richmond

For a few years, I worked in Shockoe Slip and would frequently try the old Richbrau. It never impressed but I’m hopeful that new stewards of a great brand can bring it back to relevance and tastiness.

The effort is led by Matthew Mullett, a commercial real estate broker with Richmond-based Dodson Commercial, who with a group of investors secured the trademark to Richbrau last year.

“Richbrau is a brand that has deep roots in our city’s brewing history and deserves to be part of the world class craft beer scene being built here,” said Mullett.

The group is mulling potential locations for the revived brewery, four sites ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet in the Shockoe Bottom or Shockoe Slip area, Mullett said. Final site selection should occur by the first quarter 2018.


Double DIPA Release: Ill Technique & Infinite Loop – Final Gravity, Friday

On deck is our newest Double IPA – Infinite Loop, brewed with a sampling of Azacca, El Dorado, Mosaic, & Citra hops creating a delicious synchronal experience you’ll want to revisit again and again.

And we’ve cued up the return of Ill Technique – a hazy, fresh 8% DIPA brewed with Jarrylo and Citra hops – a mash-up of hard-core citrus mixed with the subtle smoothness of spice and pear. Straight up Juicy Fruit.

Power Variants – Ardent, Thursday

This Thursday, we’ll be releasing two new variants of Power: one aged in bourbon barrels, and the other aged in red wine barrels. 🤘Power is a Belgian Strong Ale brewed in collaboration with our friends from De Struise Brouwers in Belgium, and these two variants are both brand new!

This limited release, draft-only special won’t last long, so don’t miss out! Plus, Continental Divide Richmond will be here for food.

Triple ECC Collab Can Day – Triple Crossing Fulton, Friday

Triple Crossing has three beer coming out. These three collabs were made with Charles Towne FermentoryDancing Gnome Beer and Foam Brewers. As of this writing, they only had information on the first one.

First collab we will be releasing this Friday is a DDH 6% IPA we brewed with our friend Adam from Charles Towne Fermentory. Adam brought up his house ale yeast when visiting for East Coast Covenant and we blended that with our house strain for this IPA. The collab was aggressively hopped with Citra and El Dorado and one of the highest per bbl on an IPA we have done. Notes of bright peach, oranges and guava.




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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