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Craft Beer Week Bowl Off – River City Roll, Wednesday

If you have a favorite brewery chances are you spend a good amount at the said brewery. If you’re a decent human you get to know the hardworking staff. This Wednesday you can cheer that staff on bowling victory at the brand new River City Roll, which combines bar, restaurant, and bowling alley.

In honor of Craft Beer Week, we’ll be hosting a brewery bowling tournament featuring local breweries. Each brewery featured will have a beer on a tap! Come in with your friends, share a local brew and cheer on your favorite local brewery.

The current lineup: Triple Crossing, Ardent, Hardywood, Center of the Universe, Stone, Three Notch’d and Väsen.

Tournament starts at 7:30pm; beers start flowing at 5:00pm.

Juicy Brews Summer Invitational – Triple Crossing Fulton, June 10th

This event isn’t until next month but tickets are on sale now. If you want to try unlimited pours from 32 of the best breweries you’ll need to get your tickets soon. This will sell out.

For our Juicy Brews Summer Craft Beer Invitational, we’ve pulled out all the stops. It’s our seventh festival, and our biggest one yet. On June 10th, 2018, come meet the brewers and try unlimited pours from 32 of the best breweries in the country. We’ll have food, beer, music, and exclusive merch and glassware from designer Sam Taylor.

Beers & Hymns – Strangeways, Friday

I’m by no means a religious man but I can certainly get behind a good hymn. Haven’t seen an event like this one.

Join local Lutherans for a celebration of traditional hymns. This is meant to be a celebration to bring people who enjoy uplifting music, community and beer together.

Open to the public, no tickets necessary. Come early to enjoy some of our strange brews!

 May Faire & Market – Champion Brewing, Saturday

It’s time to go medieval on your beer or rather with your beer. It’s a mini-renaissance fair in downtown RVA. Hit the link above to get the full list of music and vendors.

Join us Saturday, May 19th at Champion Brewing Company – RVA from 1 PM- 7PM for this indoor Renaissance Fair to celebrate the beauty of Spring. $5 Entry. Dress in your finest fae, elf, or historic garb and come out to see dancing, music, medieval style bards, amazing local vendors, fortune tellers, delicious food and more.

Get involved with the Spring Flower Communion: Bring flowers to celebrate Spring and give and share with others.

Jonny Z Fest – Hardywood Ownby Lane, Sunday

Jonny Z died in 2007 and a festival bringing the city together has been going every year since. This year is no different and there is something for everyone.

Join us and celebrate the creative spirit of Richmond during this fun, FREE, kid-friendly event benefitting ART 180! Hardywood and Chop Suey Books present a variety of children’s activities including a moon bounce, face painting, and various artworks. Vendors from Bizarre Market showcase local arts and crafts.

Drafts are flowing from 12-6PM with FREE live music all day!
Check back for lineup details!

Raffle drawings for great prizes from local businesses throughout the day, food trucks including Mean BirdGo Go Vegan Go and more!

AND, Studio Two Three will have their mobile printing studio parked near the bounce house and will be selling t-shirts for the event. If you have never screen printed but always want to learn how, this is your place to be!

Jon Zanin, known to countless adoring friends as Jonny Z, died in 2007 at the age of 26. Zanin is remembered as a creative and compassionate soul who loved to make art and music, and who was a friend to all and enemy to none, a champion for the underdog. The festival honors his legacy, celebrates his spirit, and promotes art, music, community and friendship.

Come add your own sparkle to the art- and merry-making…it won’t be the same without you!


Dominion Energy Riverrock, Sierra Nevada Partner on ‘Let’s Go RVA IPA’

I think I’d rather see a local brewer being partnered with but not going to get too worked up about it. I’m sure it’ll be a great beer and it’s a great festival.

Dominion Energy Riverrock, Sports Backers, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. have partnered to create ‘Let’s Go RVA IPA,’ a session IPA brewed exclusively for the three-day sports and music festival set for May 18-20 at Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar. The perfect complement to outdoor sports and fun, Let’s Go RVA IPA is light and refreshing, yet packed with hop flavor. Expect a burst of bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas, followed by a crisp finish that keeps you coming back for more. The name is based on the Sports Backers slogan ‘Let’s Go RVA!’ which is meant to inspire and motivate active living and celebrate the region’s outdoor recreation opportunities.
Let’s Go RVA IPA Facts and Figures
4.8% ABV 34 IBU
Grist: Pale, pilsner, oats, wheat
Hops: Magnum, Citra, El Dorado, Loral, Nelson Sauvin, Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon
“Part of what we love about Dominion Energy Riverrock is the balance of extreme and extremely accessible,” said Pat Hazlett, Event Team Manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “That’s what we wanted to capture in the Let’s Go RVA IPA we brewed exclusively for this year’s festival—a balanced, approachable IPA highlighting a few exceptional hop flavors and aromas. It’s a beer and a festival that anyone from an amateur to a pro can enjoy.”
Let’s Go RVA IPA will be available during Dominion Energy Riverrock as well as at the 5PT Adventure Film Festival presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on May 17 at The Broadberry. The film festival will feature an evening of inspirational adventure films followed by live music from the Larry Keel Experience. Sierra Nevada is donating a portion of beer sales during the 5PT Adventure Film Festival to rvaMORE, a local nonprofit whose mission is to enhance trail experiences through people, tools, and advocacy. Advance film festival tickets are on sale now for $10 and can be purchased online at
“Richmond has a vibrant arts, culture, dining, and craft beer scene, and we’re excited to work with Sierra Nevada to bring Let’s Go RVA IPA to this mix,” said Megan Schultz, event director for Dominion Energy Riverrock. “It will be a great addition to everything we’ve got to offer at Dominion Energy Riverrock and we look forward to kicking off the festival and celebrating with participants and spectators.”
In addition to the 5PT Adventure Film Festival, Let’s Go RVA IPA can also be found at various locations around Richmond, including Boulevard Burger and Brew, Capital Ale House (Main St. location), Colonial Kitchen & Market (New Kent), Dash In Dash Out, Fat Dragon, Heritage, Independence Golf Course, Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Kroger (14101 Midlothian Turnpike), Salisbury Country Club, Southern Railway Deli, Strawberry Street Café, The Caboose (Ashland), The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer, Toast, Whole Foods Market (11173 W. Broad Street), Wong Gonzalez, and Zzaam Fresh Korean Grill.


Weekly Four Can Release – Veil Brewing Co., Thursday

Rather than show off the four beers, I’m going to show this pretty cool shirt that they’ll have a limited quantity of at the release. Truer words have rarely been spoken.

~If You’re Drinking This It’s Too Late-9%-*revised recipe with a slight increase to the Citra portion* DIPA hopped with 65% Citra and 35% Vic Secret(approx 180-200x cases; $17+tax/4-pack; 2x cases/12x 4-packs pp)

~PRBLMS PRBLMS-11%-DDH TIPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Enigma(approx 170-190x cases; $19.50+tax/4-pack; 2x cases/12x 4-packs pp)

~Boss Man-8.7%-Sour DIPA with Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo(approx 100-110x cases; $17+tax/4-pack; 2x cases/12x 4-packs pp)

~Never Again-4.9%-Raspberry Gose(approx 180-200x cases; $17+tax/4-pack; 2x cases/12x 4-packs pp; **PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FRUIT IN THIS BEER AND THAT IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THESE CANS REMAIN COLD AT ALL TIMES.**)


We hope to see y’all this Tuesday May 15th when doors open at 4pm!

Vanilla Bean Brown Ale Release – Legend, Thursday

Legend still has one of the best brown ales in town. This week you try it with a hint of vanilla.

The second installment of our Brown Ale variation features flavors of molasses, caramel, and vanilla. 6% abv

Crasseux & Pint Of No Return Can Release – Hardywood both locations, Friday

CRASSEUX // 6% // Hardywood Crasseux is a Grisette displaying a golden straw-like color and a light, pillowy head. Notes of cantaloupe and honey dew come alive with classic spice notes from the saison yeast. Crisp lemon peel and tropical fruits take over in the finish. Available in Richmond, West Creek & Charlottesville. Draft + 4×16 oz. to go ($15).

PINT OF NO RETURN // 5.5% // Pursue your deepest urge in this new American Lager by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, The Happy Hour Guys and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. A paradox for the senses, Pint of No Return is a clean and crisp lager that pours as black as night with notes of toasted pecan, a mild hint of black currant and smooth roasted undertones. A portion of the sales from Pint of No Return will benefit Musicians On Call, supporting their vision of a world filled with the healing power of music. Proudly brewed in Richmond, Virginia for The Broadway Brews Project. Available in Richmond, West Creek & Charlottesville. Draft + 4×16 oz. to go ($16).

Looks Like Another Love TKO Citra DIPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

A popular beer returns.

We couldn’t let it go and neither should you. Love TKO returns to drip those beautiful flavors of Citra hops right from the glass onto your tongue. Savor those strong citrus and tropical flavors as you lose all thoughts and sense of time. Take control of the Love. Crowlers available.

As You Wish Release – Castleburg, Saturday

In their description, they discuss the royal wedding while totally ignoring where the name comes from. So I’ll give you my favorite Princess Bride quote that has nothing to do with love at all, “Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.” Also how did Castleburg not mention the second best quote of “Have fun stormin’ da castle”?

In honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding, (May 19, 2018), we present to you “As You Wish” an English Mild Ale.

The term mild originally meant young beer or ale, as opposed to stale, aged beer or ale. Perfect for our young couple on their wedding day! ABV 4.1%, IBU 15

Queen Elizabeth approved!


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