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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

A sample of beer event that we think everyone should attend. Yes, we are the boss of you.





Tabletop Tuesday Game Night – Väsen, Tuesday

I haven’t done the research but I’m pretty sure the majority of breweries in town offer one night a week in which they cater to the board gamer. Since I’m a board gamer I think this is a good thing. Väsen is taking it a step further and letting your roll a die to see what you’re discount will be.

Every Tuesday is now Tabletop Tuesday at Väsen! Starting at 3pm, you can check out one of over 20 games from our bar. Each player will be given the chance to roll dice to unlock drink specials. The harder the game you play, the better chance you have at a bigger discount. It’s that simple!

Depending on the game you’re playing, you’ll be given the chance to roll 20-sided dice to score a discount on your tab, with the number you roll corresponding to a discount.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day – ISLEY Brewing Company, Wednesday-Saturday

It’s important not to judge other people’s beer choices. So I’ll just say that peanut butter is awesome, beer is awesome, but I don’t find peanut butter in my beer awesome. The closest I’ve come to liking it was in Charleston at Edmund Oast Brewing where they served up a Peanut Butter and Jelly that was amazing. Those that want to enjoy peanut butter in the beer and not travel to Charleston are in luck.

National Peanut Butter Day is January 24th, and to celebrate, ISLEY Brewing Company is celebrating starting January 20th with TWO extra special peanut butter craft beers. First is a peanut butter infusion of our Blueberry Plain Jane Belgian White Ale. Loyal ISLEY fans have been asking for “PB&J’s” for years, which blends the Blueberry Plain Jane with our Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Porter. This version does not include any of our porter, and the result is a lighter, slightly sweeter, and softer PB&J experience. Also releasing that day is “The Fastidious Father,” our Banana Peanut Butter Porter.

To make the day even more special, we will be taking entries into a special PEANUT BUTTER BAKE OFF with great ISLEY Prizes on the line. All you need to do is bring by your best baked good recipe using PEANUT BUTTER as an ingredient between 12:00-2:00pm on Saturday, January 20th. Please make at least 2 dozen tasting sized portions for judging, which will be voted on by ISLEY customers.

Third Thursday: HandsOn Richmond – Veil Brewing Co., Thursday

It’s not easy to give up your hard-earned money in the brewery business but that’s exactly what Veil does every Thursday. The tradition of supporting local non-profits continues in 2018.

It’s a new year of giving back to Richmond! We had a great time supporting so many different local nonprofits in 2017 and we are doing it again! Every Third Thursday we will be giving 15% of sales from the hours of 5p-8p to a chosen local nonprofit. Every beer purchased on that night makes a difference in the lives of others here in Richmond. Thank you for your support and for being “People at the Center of Change!”

To kick off our Third Thursday New Year, we’ve chosen HandsOn Greater Richmond as our first nonprofit for 2018! HandsOn Greater Richmond is the best place to start when looking for volunteer opportunities. If you go to their website,, plug in what kind of volunteer work you are interested in and HandsOn will team you up with a local need!  

Beers, Burlesque, & Variety show RVA – Strangeways, Friday


2018 COTU Wort Share – Center of the Universe, Saturday

If you’re a home-brewer and have a brilliant beer in mind for Center of the Universe get ready to back up your barroom boasting. They’re holding a contest in which they give you the wort and you come back with a beer to be judged. Do it right and they’ll do a run of your beer. You’ll be Beer-Famous. There are rules so hit that link above to make sure you don’t run afoul and your epic beer is discarded before even starting.

Are you a homebrewer in the Central Virginia area? We want to share our wort with you! We will be producing a batch of wort and giving it away so you can produce your own beer to be judged by COTU staff and special guests. The winning beer will then be produced as a one‐off on a production level to be distributed throughout the greater Richmond region.

Date: Saturday, January 20th

Time: Mash in at 9:00am. Brewers 21 and up welcome to attend. Closed toed shoes required. Wort sharing begins at 1:30pm.

Cost: $20 (includes the wort, brewers bucket, and lid)

RVA Bachata Sunday Social – Champion, Sunday

You never want to see me dance but others are good at it and should go drink beer and dance on Sunday.

Join us Sunday nights when RVA Bachata and Champion Brewing Company – RVA team up for our weekly bachata and salsa social. Two floors of dance space, great beer, pinball, board games, and more!

Dancing is from 4-8pm and is FREE! All ages welcome.

Start your dance week off right and come dance with us!


Betting on Manchester pays off for Twisted Ales Craft Brewing – RTD

I’ve been waiting 14 years for Manchester to take off like I’ve seen happen in Scott’s Addition. Still waiting but articles like this give me hope that the underappreciated area will soon see a serious revival.

All wasn’t certain as they sat in that parking lot: “We took a big bet on Manchester,” Debbi says. “It turns out it was a really good bet.”

Sherman thinks the building and the taproom attract locals and tourists alike, for the character, history and feel of the place: “Our taproom has a turn-of-the-century industrial vibe. The tap tower is a bit steampunk with pipes, pressure gauges, and an Edison bulb. The bar is topped with 20,000 pennies and fronted with tin ceiling panels and back-lit with colored light. The 120-year-old freight elevator has preserved graffiti left by members of a late-’70s Richmond-based band Single Bullet Theory. The original fire door and a door made of wood reclaimed from Secretariat’s barn are also fun features.”


Re-emergence of Private Idaho DIPA – Final Gravity Friday

It’s back and it’s hoppy and makes you happy. Head to Lakeside for this brew.

It’s been almost 4 months since we’ve stumbled upon this Final Gravity Double IPA unlike any other, but it surfaces again this week. Idaho 7, Simcoe, and Apollo hops fell into the water to bring you this alternate 8% DIPA that will put you into another state. Available in Crowlers.

Knight’s Watch, Chocolate Mint Stout – Castleburg Brewery, Saturday

Enjoy a Home Brew Collaboration, with Mike Crowley, and Castleburg Brewery and Taproom. This one is a Chocolate Milk Stout, with refreshing mint.




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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