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You’ll be shocked to know that a bunch of breweries have decided that Father’s Day is a good day to have beer and grilling related events.





Smörgåsbord: An RVA Food & Bev Vendors Pop Up Market – Väsen Brewing Company, Wednesday

There is a weekly food truck court at another brewery that gets all the attention so it’s nice to see one of the new kids stepping up the food game.

Vasen Brewing and Hatch Kitchen RVA present an evening of RVA’s best food and beverage companies!

The Lineup:
Ninja Kombucha
Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches
AR’s Ames’ Hot Southern Honey
MOTHER shrub
Taylor Made Chocolate
Papa Icky’s Health Drinks
Pulp Fiction RVA
Empanadas Market
Back Pocket Provisions
Bright Spot Coffee
Wild Earth Fermentation
Ellwood Thompson’s
Truckle Cheesemongers

Fourth Anniversary Block Party – Ardent, Saturday

The best way to celebrate is to close off the street and invite all your friends for music, beer, and food. That’s exactly what Ardent is doing for their 4th.

We’re so excited to celebrate our fourth anniversary with you, RVA! We’re shutting down Leigh Street to throw a massive block party featuring 25+ guest breweries, all your favorite Ardent beers, live music, and food trucks!

Guest taps will feature a variety of breweries from within Richmond, around Virginia, and out of state. We’ll announce specific breweries in the coming weeks, but trust us, you’re going to want to save the date.

Plus, we’ll be releasing a special anniversary beer to mark the occasion!

Best of all, our anniversary party is FREE to enter! Beverage tickets will cost $6 per pour, while food vendors will handle their own sales individually. We’ll also have soda, juice, and water available.

We’re going to keep the party going rain or shine! Kids & families welcome, 21+ to consume alcohol. No outside food, beverages, or coolers will be permitted. Friendly dogs are welcome as long as they remain leashed!

Father’s Day Keg ‘n’ Oyster Fest – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Sunday

If your Dad likes bivalves and beer head over to Hardywood.

Join us at our Richmond location for our annual Father’s Day Keg ‘n’ Oyster Fest presented in partnership with Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC, June 17 from 12-6PM!

Rappahannock will be serving raw oysters and their delicious crab cakes!
Hardywood Oyster Stout will be available on draft + 4/16oz cans to go!
+ family style seating under a shady tent in the 2408 lot!
Rappahannock oysters and crab cakes may run out before the end of the day, so be sure to arrive early! We’ll have some incredible food truck menus on site with a wide variety of menu options for the day. We hope you’ll take advantage of delicious offerings from the following vendors:
River City Wood Fire Pizza
Dank Eats
Curbside Creations Food Truck
Arroz RVA
Gelati Celesti Ice Cream

FREE live music by The Atkinsons and Red Light Rodeo

Community Tailgate Cook-Off – Isley, Sunday

Join forces with Dad and prove that you’re the best darn grilling team in RVA.

Along with a limited re-release of our popular #FastidiousFather 🍌🥜 Banana Peanut Butter Porter, we’ll be having a cook-off out on the patio!

Whether you want to team up with your Dad and compete for the cash prize, or treat him to a beer, food & live music, or even a massage, Isley Brewing Company will be the place to be on June 16th!

Cook-Off Teams will be competing for a cash prize and we’ll need plenty of help to vote for the best Tailgate creation!

We still have a few entry slots open, but time is running out! Email [email protected] to enter the Cook-Off!

$30 fee to enter into the customer-judged contest.

Maximum 10 participants – ISLEY will add $10 for ea. participant making the total potential winnings = $400!!!!
(Entry fee must be paid prior to event)

Each participant should prepare sample-sized offerings to be given to Isley guests, who will then vote on their favorite!

Isley will provide: Space for set up for each contestant. Participant will provide: Utensils, plates, napkins, heat source, and anything else you need to cook up your creation!

With each entry, let us know your "Grilling/Team name" or a business name as well as a logo if you would like us to include it on our promotion for the day.


Affordable Spa Services will also be on site at the brewery! Treat yourself and relax with a beer. Massages for $1/min!


Cook-Off (12-4)

Foodtruck: Freekin Rican (4-10)

Music: Chris Buerkley (2-5),
Obscurity Exchange (6:30-9:30)

4th Annual Dad’s Day Pig Out – Center of the Universe, Sunday

Not just bits of pig but entire pigs cooked near the brewery for your Dad’s dining pleasure. Hopefully, the sweet smokey smell has infused every square inch of the brewery. I’ve mentioned it before but since Grandpa Eddie’s will be out there I’ll mention it again, Grandpa Eddies has some of the best smoked wings in town. Give ’em a try.

Looking for something to do for Father’s Day? Look no further than the 4th Annual Dad’s Day Pig Out at Center of the Universe Brewing Company. Bring dad on out to the brewery on June 17th and show him that you really care. We will have whole pigs being cooked on site to accompany the delicious beverages and live music from The Royal We RVA! So come hungry. To make him feel really special, be sure to purchase a ticket in advance that includes a free beverage of his choice!

Grandpa Eddie’s GPE BBQ Mobile Kitchen will be on site with the most mouthwatering Alabama ribs & BBQ you can imagine and Gifted RVA is putting together a special edition Pit Masters Gift Box special for this event! Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt will be on site providing yummy froyo to cool you down.

Tickets are available at the brewery only, but will also be offered the day of. Food and drink will be available on a a la carte basis for anyone attending the brewery. Families and leashed dogs are welcome. Please visit or contact the brewery at 804.368.0299 for details.



Back when they opened Champion had talked about having food but it never came together. That’s changed now and they announced their new menu on Facebook on Monday:

Today is the big day! We’re proud to unveil our new menu, put together by our new kitchen commander Tom Hall, who you might have seen kicking around the Fancy Biscuit for the last couple of years. We’re all set to feed all your hungry little mouths tonight at Trivia Night at Champion Brewing Company Richmond, and every day moving forward. We’ll be opening for lunch soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more information for that. Dig in!

Bryant’s Cider Opens Roseland VA Tasting Room, Begins Richmond Distribution, Eyes Second Location in Richmond

If you’re a ciderhead give the following press release a read.

Bryant’s Cider officially opened to the public Memorial Day weekend. Bryant’s hand crafts a
different kind of hard cider, produced using fresh pressed local nelson county apples. Bryant’s only produces fully dry hard ciders with no added sugars, perfect for those who love cider but not all the sugar. The small batch ciders are crafted using traditional methods and incorporate natural carbonation.

The premium cider is non-filtered, non-pasteurized and uses no artificial ingredients.
Bryant’s stays true to its country roots while embracing its urban style. Bryant’s believes in
sustainable agriculture and preserving rural Virginia. Our Roseland VA farm, in the family since the 1850’s, offers scenic mountain views in a serene farm setting. We provide a true farm experience, on a working farm, while enjoying ciders in our dog friendly cider pasture.

Bryant’s Cider selected Richmond, Charlottesville and Lynchburg as the primary distribution
markets. Product will begin shipping early June. Bryant’s is currently working to identify a Richmond location for its satellite tasting room.

Bryant’s launched with three distinct products unlike anything currently available in the market:

  • Unicorn Fuel: A fully dry hard cider infused with Rosehips and Hibiscus. The Hibiscus brings a deep pink hue to the cider and a rich flavor while the Rose Hips offer a tart citrusy punch.
  • Brite Good: The flagship dry cider offers a refreshing apple aroma, rich flavor and a nice finish.
  • Chaider: Our refreshing cider infused with our own blend of Chai spices. The aroma of Cinnamon and Cardamom quickly take a back seat to the crisp Ginger taste.
  • Cucumber Habanero and Hell Hop ciders are in production for July release


One Drop Double IPA Returns – Final Gravity, Friday

Fresh off their medal grab at the 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup the Lakeside brewery is bringing back a favorite.

After being gone for 6 months, we thought we’d bring back one of your favorites. Revisit the refreshing citrus flavors of Lemondrop, Mosaic, and Citra hops and take a few Crowlers to go. Feel it in the One Drop.

Above the Salt – Castleburg, Friday

It’s time for everyone to Gose.

We are more than excited to introduce our first sour beer, Above the Salt. This light, tart ale is exactly what we want for a day at the pool. Crisp and refreshing, without being overly tart, this 50% wheat beer comes to us with an ABV of 4.7% and a perfect salinity level. Just don’t call us Salt Bae…

Fastidious Father – Isley, Saturday

Isley’s Peanut Butter Porter is one of their most popular beers and this weekend they’re releasing a variation that’s bananas.

We’ve been very careful with this one… You might even say “Fastidious”. Our Richmond-Famous Choosy Mother has found a companion. We present “Fastidious Father” Banana Peanut Butter Porter. We’ve taken the Peanut Butter variant of our Oatmeal Porter to another level with the addition of TEN POUNDS of bananas. The Choosy Mother that you know and love has been kicked up a notch with the flavor of fresh bananas, and the aroma of desserts from grandma’s kitchen table!

Same ABV, same IBU, but a completely different beverage experience. Enjoy! 6.6% ABV | 19 IBUs




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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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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