RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

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.


New Growlers to Go owner looks to revamp offerings, delivery service


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




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