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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

The year has barely started and we’ve got a full slate of beer events heading your way. Drink up RVA.





The Spins featuring Moby’s Play – Triple Crossing (Foushee), Thursday

The Spin play an entire album while you sit and drink beer. Most of us live in an electronic music ruled by the shuffle button. This world, while diverse often misses out on what the artist was trying to convey. At the end of the album a few are given away and your odds of winning are pretty good.

The week the album is Moby’s Play.

‘Play’ was an outlier when it was released in 1999; an electronic album made with decades-old vocal samples, a last-ditch attempt by Moby to forge a successful music career. Thanks to licensing deals that put Play in movies and car commercials, it sneakily got more airplay than any electronic album before or since, and because of that, has become the most influential. Electronic music went from being the province of a few obsessives to being a global force thanks to Play’s mainstreaming of the genre.

Earl Grey Brown Ale release party – Ardent, Saturday

This would normally go below in our Drink This section but they added the word “party” to their announcement. They’re backing up the word with action.

Earl Grey Brown Ale is back! This annual tradition is a collaboration beer between Ardent Craft AlesPotter’s Craft Cider, and Champion Brewing Company, and we’re bringing it back for the 4th year in a row on Saturday, January 13.

For this release, we’re throwing an all-day party and showcasing our friends in Ardent’s taproom! In addition to Earl Grey Brown Ale and some of our other offerings, we’ll also have EIGHT guest taps pouring Potter’s ciders and Champion beers. Plus, River City Wood Fire Pizza will be here all day firing up their awesome pizzas!

Earl Grey Brown Ale starts with classic brown color and white, frothy head. The rich tea and citrus aromatics give way to easy-drinking mouthfeel and flavors of black tea and bergamot on top of a classic, malt-forward English brown ale. A light-bodied, mild brown ale with hints of Earl Grey tea. 6.5% ABV, 20 IBU

Jester King Tasting Room Remix!!! – The Veil Brewing Co., Saturday

Jester King is a well-known brewery out of Austin, Texas. This weekend they’ll be up here with a truckload of beers and setting up at Veil for a day of beer. Seriously, Jester King will 13 beers that you’ll likely never have a chance to get fresh off the tap without traveling to Texas. Veil won’t be slouching either, they’ll have 15 of their own beers. This is not a ticketed event so expect a Texas-sized crowd. Full details including beers being poured is on Facebook.

Rated “M” for Monday – Center of the Universe, Monday

The brewery and boardgame partnership continues with Center of the Universe on Mondays. The games they list fall into the “Adult Party Game” category but I’m sure you can bring something a little more serious have a nice big table and beers within easy reach.

MONDAYS SUCK! We can make your Monday suck a little less with our new event series M for Mondays. You can expect: Beer, adult coloring books (available with AND without swear words), more beer, board games not suitable for those under 17 or anyone with a weak heart, BEER, and making new friends with other people with questionable morals!

Here’s some of what you’ll get:
Cards Against Humanity: “A party game for horrible people”
That’s What She Said: “You’ll never see your friends the same way again”
Joking Hazard: “Compete with your friends and enemies to finish an awful three-panel comic”
Exploding Kittens: “It’s like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas and kittens that can kill you.”

Industry Night Yoga – Champion Brewing, Monday

Two events in a row that aren’t until next week. You can start talking about it now to your friends so that you can be the cool one telling them about the next “big thing”. Maybe they’ll be so impressed they’ll buy you a beer.

Every Monday at 5pm Champion Brewing Company – RVA will be hosting $12 yoga classes geared towards service industry folks. We’ll be focusing on mental and physical well being for service industry people who stand all day or night, with particular attention to your feet, legs and backs.

Beginners are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement or work out gear. BRING YOUR OWN MAT OR TOWEL.

To further show our appreciation to our brothers and sisters in the service industry, we’ll be offering a 20% discount for industry workers all night!

INVITE A FRIEND: This class is especially great for all bar, restaurant and kitchen workers, nurses and medical technicians, day care workers, retail workers, and any folks who spend their shift on their feet. 


RVA Draft Room Open – Facebook

Having someone serve you a beer is so, 2017. All the cool, beer kids are swiping cards and getting/paying for their beer by the ounce. RVA Draft Room opened over the weekend and features over 50 beer, wine, and cider taps. This definitely seems to be the trend started last year and continuing into 2018.

Haven’t been to a pour your own place yet? Here is the breakdown of the process: You show ID, get a card with a magnetic strip (giving them your credit card info. first), use card on a massive wall of taps to pour by the ounce, when done pay on your way out. There is a limit to how many ounces you can buy at a time. Exceed that amount and you’ll have to take to someone to get it re-upped.

Photo: RVA Draft Room Facebook

RVA Draft Room is located at 3300 West Cary Street.


Hardywood West End Edition Ribbon Cutting Opening Dates – RTD

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s new West Creek brewery and taproom in Goochland County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday with Governor Terry McAuliffe and hundreds of invited guests. We’re assuming our invite got lost in the mail.

The more exciting news is that the brewery will have a soft opening sometime mid-February and an official grand opening scheduled for April 6-8th.

The brewery will open with 35,000 barrels of annual brewing capacity and the ability to scale up as needed.

“We chose Virginia because we love the region. We love the energy, the enthusiasm, and we love the appreciation for finely crafted things,” Hardywood co-founder Patrick Murtaugh said.


Bohemian Pilsner Release – Ardent, Thursday

Bohemian Pilsner is a traditional Czech pilsner, brewed with a simple recipe of Czech floor malt, Saaz hops, and a Czech lager yeast. Bo Pils pours a clear golden color with soft mouthfeel, spicy hop notes, and clean finish.

4.8% ABV
27 IBU

Cherry Brown Ale Release – Legend, Thursday

The best beer Legend brews is their Brown Ale. To capitalize on the success of their much-beloved beer this year they’ll be releasing a series of limited edition beers that tweak the familiar ale. The first up in this series is a Cherry Brown Ale.

Return of Pablo’s Goodbye & 12 Parsecs – Final Gravity, Friday

Final Gravity usually has a release every Friday. This Friday is no different and we’ve got peppers a double IPA to wet your whistle.

Pablo’s Goodbye Stout with cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and habanero peppers makes its long-awaited return to the Final Gravity taps this week. A fresh batch of the popular 12 Parsecs DIPA brewed with Falconer’s Flight hops also makes a comeback. Catch both on draft and in Crowlers…but a very limited amount of Pablo’s Goodbye will be made available.

Run The Gauntlet Pale Ale #7-Lemon Drop Release – Castleburg, Saturday

A pale made with Lemon Drop Hops. I don’t know if I’ve ever had those. Will they make me pucker? Only one way to find out.




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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