RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

There is only so much beer time in the week. This is where you feel you should focus your efforts. Be the best beer guy/gal you can be.


Spice up your Mardi Gras! – Champion Brewing, Tuesday

Sugar Shack King Cake, cheap beer, and the SPICE Girls. Tell me what you want, what you really, really want. You want to go to this, is what you want, what you really, really want.

Come on down to Champion Brewery to celebrate Mardi Gras with Sugar Shack Donuts King Cakes and $4 beers!

The HI Richmond hostel will also be around to give information on their $2000 travel scholarships!

Spiceworld movie at 7 PM!

Sweethearts Dinner – Legend, Tuesday & Wednesday

A three-course meal with a pitcher of beer or bottle of wine sounds like a nice way to spend Valentine’s Day or tonight.

Anti-Valentines Part 2 – Center of the Universe, Wednesday

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all roses and sweet nothings.

Join us and Indo-Tibetan Kitchen on Wednesday, February 14th for more Anti-Valentines Day fun! Cards Against Humanity, tasty curry, and the dark and delicious Box of Chocolates tasting flight are all you need to make this Valentine’s Day one you won’t soon forget.

Taproom Valentine’s Dinner – Castleburg Brewery, Wednesday

Castleburg is way too small for a kitchen but they’re managing to put together a pretty nice looking dinner. Hit the link for the full menu.

Come join Die Küche at Castleburg Brewery and Taproom as we pair the sensational and well-designed craft beers from Castleburg Brewery with our elegant array of European inspired small plates. We will be journeying through the countryside of Ireland, England, France and Germany in a Four Course Taproom Dinner.

First Annual Chili Cook-off – Kindred Spirits, Sunday

A good chili is an art form. Spicy yet still having flavor is a skill that few can master. The debate of beans or no beans is eternal. Find out if locals have what it takes to impress your taste buds all while enjoying a tasty beverage.

RVA’s most talented chili chefs descend on KSB to win your hearts, minds and tummies with their finest chili creations! From mild to wild, and everything in between! Can you handle the heat???

Get Tickets At The Door:
Chili tasting & 1 KSB Beer = $15
Chili tasting & 2 KSB Beers = $20

All ages are welcome… but come hungry and thirsty!


Stone Sues Coors

Keystone seems to be rebranding themselves as keySTONE and Stone Brewing understandably is not pleased.

The wild and scientific nature of Ardent Craft Ales’ Sour production – RTD

The making of a sour ale is more science than my brain can handle. This article by Andy Garrigue helps but I’m still in awe of the process.

Erin Cochran, a scientist responsible for quality control at Ardent who modestly describes her work as handling “any lab-related stuff around here,” says “these bacteria prefer an anaerobic environment.”

And they are where the beers’ sour taste comes from. “Sour is a unique byproduct of the bacteria,” she says. “The bacteria spits out the acid that gives it the sour flavor.”


Valentine’s Day Standard Bitter Release – Ardent, Wednesday

Being bitter on Valentine’s Day isn’t bad, drinking bitter on Valentine’s Day is even better.

Feeling bitter this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got just the beer for you! Our Standard Bitter is an ultra drinkable beer clocking in at only 3.7% ABV.

Mild malt aroma, pale yellow color, and light carbonation are hallmarks of this classic British style. First Gold hops feature subtle notes of tangerine and orange marmalade, providing a moderate bitterness that is restrained to preserve a balanced, palatable ale.

3.7% ABV
27 IBU

Ad Astra Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

More fruity IPAs coming to your mouth from Lakeside

Brewed with Galaxy and Azacca hops, creating a timeless blend of grapefruit and mango with an earthy balance. Though immortality will not be gained by this brew, we know each of our patrons is meant for great things, so we toast unto you, friend…
You shall go to the stars.

Baltic Sunrise Release – Hardywood, Saturday

Local porter with local coffee that local will line-up for locally.

Hardywood Baltic Sunrise is conditioned on locally roasted coffee beans from Black Hand Coffee Company in Richmond, VA. Our Baltic Porter is an invigorating, full-bodied lager with a bold aroma of freshly brewed coffee preceding notes of bittersweet chocolate, hints of dark cherry, and a malty, smooth finish.
9.1% ABV

Raspberry Gose Release – Steam Bell Works, Saturday

Head out Midlothian way to get your raspberry beer. Sweet, tart, sour it has it all.

This Saturday, Steam Bell Beer Works will have the debut of our Gose Collection, with a Raspberry Gose! This variant has the tart acidity with the mild saltiness of a traditional Gose, all while presenting itself with a potent fruited nose of raspberry aroma. The clean finish on this well balanced Gose with all the sweet, tart, and sour characteristics make you just want another, and at a crisp 5.5% we say go for it! 





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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 and/or beer.