RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

You could drown in beer-related activities this week. We’re here to help you keep your head above water. Think of us as beer water wings.


Fried Food Fest Logo Contest – Center of the Universe, Open Now

Don’t get me wrong, the words Fried Food Fest have me excited but when advertising for Fried Food Fest don’t show me a picture of nachos.

Image from the logo contest page on COTU.

Now that we’ve got that minor rant out of the way hit that link above for full details on the contest and the event. The Fest will feature a 0.0 K race. That’s not a typo, you’ll be running or not running 0 kilometers. I love this.

Here are the dates you need to know:

  • Contest Opens: April 23rd
  • Contest Closes: May 14th
  • Top 5 Entries Announced: May 16th
  • Online Voting for 1st Place: May 16th – May 22nd
  • 1st Place Announced: May 23rd
  • 1st Place Prize: $200 cash
  • 2nd-5th Prize: $25 COTU Gift Card

Keep VA Cozy – Väsen Brewing, Thursday

I love a good cause and hate litter. I’m also a fan of beer so this looks to be right up my and like minded folks alley.

Let’s face it, no one wants to stumble into camp after a long days hike, or stroll through your favorite park and find it littered with trash and graffiti. Find out how this organization is doing all that it can to make sure that doesn’t happen! Just this past Earth Day they were able to pull over 250 pounds of trash out of the James River Park System!

So join us, grab a cold beer and learn how you can do your part to protect the places we all love! 10% of all purchases this evening will go do Keep VA Cozy and support their work around the state.

Follow what Keep Virginia Cozy is up to by liking their facebook page.

Beers, Burlesque, and Variety Show – Strangeways, Friday

I have yet to make it to one of this and I’m going to periodically post about them as a personal reminder to go check it out. It sounds like a blast.

Burlesque Right Meow has teamed up with Strangeways Brewing in Richmond to bring you a fabulous array of burlesque and variety! Prepare to be teased, pleased, amazed and entertained! Join us for an evening of burlesque, comedy, and circus arts while enjoying unique and delicious beverages crafted by Strangeways.

8th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival – Westchester Commons, Saturday

Twenty breweries will be gathered at the Westchester Commons this weekend and they’ll be more than happy to serve you a fine beer. Three bands and plenty of food options will make sure you’re not just drinking beer.

Tickets are $20 if you buy before the day of the event and are “all you can taste”. If you want a full pour you can buy a $6 ticket. If you’re feeling like Daddy Warbucks go for the $50 VIP ticket and get unlimited tastings, access to the VIP area, unlimited 12 oz domestic beers in VIP, private bathrooms, free lunch* served and snacks throughout the day.

Tickets are available online.

Punk In Drublic festival – Bon Secours Redskin Training Facility, Saturday

Friends are driving down from DC for this one and it’s actually from them that I found out about this festival? I’m trying to figure out how I haven’t heard about this until now. Eight hours of craft beer and punk music beat the heck out of most of the bands you get to hear at beer festivals. Tickets run $50 for your general admission and $100 for VUP (Very Unimportant Person) are available online.

Created from the mind and liver of NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike and named for NOFX’s classic Punk In Drublic album, which has sold over one million copies.

This Punk In Drublic festival date will feature up to four hours of craft beer tastings featuring over 100 craft beers, including some of California’s best and local favorites. Craft beer tastings are included with admission. Festival hours will be 1:00PM – 9:00 PM (VIP entry is noon). Complimentary tastings last until 4pm. After 4pm, we will have several types of beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks on hand to serve you drinks to purchase.

To celebrate Punk In Drublic, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, which will be available in cans only in the festival markets. This collaboration is a huge show of support by Stone, as it marks the first time ever that Stone has worked with a musician for a can release. This is a first-of-its-kind level of commitment from a brewery partner for a festival tour.

Mother’s Day – Veil Brewing, Sunday

Don’t forget Mom. The number of Mom’s that enjoy a good beer and they’d rather have that than whatever you picked up at Target with your kid in tow. Plus who doesn’t love a Teeny Tiny Petting Farm?

Join us as we celebrate all Mom’s on Sunday, May 13th! We will have some of the best local makers and artists with us. In addition to Veil beer, we will be serving iconic RdV wine and Champagne from Faniel and Fils. Head Chef Ian Hock of Codex (Norfolk, VA) will be bringing a great menu and Spottydog Ice Cream will be bringing the sweets! Teeny Tiny Petting Farm will be with us again so kids are welcomed! Come hang with us for this special day!

Here are the awesome Richmond makers and vendors with us from 1p-5p!
Bear Ceramics
Emily Warden Designs
Little Black Sheep Studio
Little Nomad
Riot + Revel
Rosewood with Richmond Conexiones
Sun + Selene
Free Maiden Studio

PS. May 13th is also the day our Annual Farmer’s Market in Scott’s Addition begins! See event page for more details. 


“50 of the Best New Breweries” by BeerAdvocate magazine picks Väsen Brewing Company

That’s not one of the 50 Best New Breweries in Richmond, although I expect we’ll have to have that contest soon, it’s one of the 50 Best New Breweries in the whole ding-dang continent. Nice job Väsen.

Photo: Beer Advocate

COTU Takes Home the Gold and Silver Medals in the 2018 World Beer Cup

From COTU:

Excited to announce that both COTU and Origin Beer Lab took home medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup! Center of the Universe won silver in category 16 for Session Pale Ale – is a 3.8% American Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic and Simcoe hops and balanced with a malt base of premium 2-row barley, flaked oats, and crystal 30.

Origin Beer Lab took home gold in category 87, Irish-Style Red Ale, for “The Bald Irishman.” This Irish-Style Red Ale is the charity beer brewed for our annual “St. Paddy’s Day Party for St. Baldrick’s” charity event. Organized by our amazing Satellites (“The El Balderinos”, the beer benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of The Bald Irishman” donated to the charity.


Autocorrect IPA Can Release – Hardywood Ownby Lane, Friday

I’d rather drink Hardywood’s Great Return than nearly any of their other beers so I’m definitely interested in this new IPA.

Autocorrect IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria, then dry hopped with El Dorado. This one is as hazy as our head brewer’s unique approach to spelling. When you need a quick fix, you can always rely on Autocorrect. 7.6% ABV

Hoppenheimer’s IPA Release – Legend, Monday (as in yesterday)

All IPA all the time.

This small batch IPA features a subdued malt background, allowing it’s fresh hop flavor to shine. Kettle hopped and dry hopped with Motueka and Calypso for a flavor profile of zingy citrus and tropical fruit (lemon-lime, tangerine, pineapple).
7.5% abv.

Return of 12 Parsecs Double IPA – Final Gravity, Friday

Did someone say IPA? Oh hey Final Gravity we knew you would show up to this IPA party and you’re packed some heat with a double IPA.

You’ve never heard of Falconers Flight? They’re the hops that made this fan-favorite DIPA burst with citrus and pine aroma while tasting ever so smooth. How fast this 8% DIPA will go is hard to say…but it will definitely go quickly. Get your hands on some crowlers before it’s gone.

Weissbier Release – Ardent, Thursday

Ardent is sending them out of the ballpark lately with these German style summer sipping beers. I expect their latest will continue the trend.

Weissbier is a traditional, German-style wheat beer brewed with 100% German wheat, malt, hops, and yeast. Weissbier pours a cloudy, deep golden color, with citrus and vanilla notes in the aroma and classic clove and banana character. The 50% wheat base provides a soft, creamy mouthfeel in this highly effervescent beer.

5.2% ABV • 16 IBU

Run The Gauntlet Pale Ale #8 – Castleburg, Saturday

Another non-IPA so you don’t think I’m an IPA elitist. (I still am but we can pretend.)

This Pale Ale is #8 in a series of 12 single malt, single hop pale ales. This was is brewed with Mandarina Bavaria hops. This German hop gives the pale ale tangerine and citrus aromas, with a pleasant fruity taste.





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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.