RVA Beer Explorer: Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer: Weekly Picks

What to do, drink, and know about the local beer scene this week.


Brews & Battle Stories – Center of the Universe, Wednesday

No snarky commentary on this one. Just a whole bunch of gratitude for all the veterans out there.

Our veteran community has a wealth of experience and wisdom to share. They’ve served and sacrificed in places civilians can only understand through books and movies. But Concerned Veterans for America is tapping into that knowledge through storytelling, conversation and civic engagement. Join CVA – Virginia for our Brews & Battle Stories series at Center of the Universe Brewing Company in Ashland, VA. Each new installment of Brews and Battle Stories will feature local veterans sharing their stories of service, their experiences in coming home and their life after taking off the uniform. Local veteran groups will also speak on behalf of their organizations and what they are doing to help.

Although this is an entirely free event to attend, an RSVP is required! Please follow the link to secure your spot-

Maymont Turtle Races – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Friday

The glitz and glamour of turtle racing is coming to Richmond. Hopefully, it won’t bring with it the seedy underbelly of turtle doping and high stakes gambling that often accompanies international turtle racing.

Drafts are flowing at 4PM and its off to the races at 5PM! Get in on #freshcanfriday with But Does It Make Sense? Can Release and place your bet on the fastest turtle! NYStyleFood Richmond is here serving their mobile menu!

Maymont and The Dooley Noted Society are partnering with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery to present exhilarating races between four of the turtles that call Maymont home, with heats at 6:45pm, 7:00pm and 7:15pm. This unique event is open to the public in conjunction with Hardywood’s canned beer release of “But Does It Make Sense?” and features live music by the local band, Night Idea kicking off at 6PM. Come out to support your favorite turtle team! All proceeds to benefit Maymont’s Adopt-an-Animal program.

Riverfront Beer Garden – Triple Crossing/Tredegar, Saturday

This is a great idea that I hope takes off. Basically, a legally sanctioned pop-up beer garden down by the river.

We’re excited to announce Richmond’s first outdoor pop-up beer garden at Historic Tredegar on the James. We’ll be pouring beer on the patio at Tredegar overlooking the James River and Brown’s Island from 12-8pm on Saturday, June 30th. Triple Crossing favorites like Falcon Smash IPA will be available alongside several other Triple Crossing beers and a brand new release just for the event. Food trucks will be set up on site for lunch or dinner and we’ll have a DJ spinning tunes all day. Come out and celebrate the beautiful RVA outdoors and welcome summer in style. A portion of all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar. This is a free event to attend and everything will be sold by the pour.


The Answer Brewpub and The Veil Brewing Co. have made glassware releases almost as sought after as the beers themselves – RTD

After years of glassware abuse, we finally had to have an intervention.  I’m proud to say that I’m two years clean on bringing new glassware into the house. That being said, every time I see a cool glass I have to fight the urge to throw my money and grab one. I’m not alone it appears.

Members on social media sites devote entire groups to what they have coined “proper” glassware (or the lesser used term “glass whales”); many will trade rare, highly prized beer for the chance to snag a favorite. Unlike seasonal beers, unique glasses are released only once — so the secondary market value for anyone who misses the release can be high.

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Smoked Blood Peach Sour Release – Väsen Brewing Company, Wednesday

The name sounds a little scary but I’m sure the beer is quite tasty.

Back by popular demand, we’re pumped to be dropping the second batch of our Smoked Blood Peach Sour….this time with DOUBLE the peaches!

This crisp, fruity, sour begins with a bold hit of peaches and citrus, followed by subtle smokiness and a hint of toffee.

Vapour Trail Double IPA Returns – Final Gravity, Friday

Yay to IPA.

Another smooth and hazy Double IPA returns to the taps at Final Gravity this week. Vapour Trail is brewed with Falconer’s Flight and Citra hops which bring the essence of grapefruit, floral, and tropical tones. It’ll soon fade away like voices in a hurricane so act quickly.

You Killed My Father, Prepare to DIePA – Castleburg, Friday

Yay to references to the greatest movie character seeking vengeance ever.

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die… is what we’d say if we were a badass Spaniard who dedicated his whole life to the study of the sword. But, since we’re simple beer people we’ll say this: You Killed My Father, Prepare To DIePA.

This 7.7% DIPA explodes with citrusy hop flavors. Packed with citra, comet, mandarina bavaria, and a bit of nugget this beer begged for some fruit so we added blood orange puree to the fermenter to kick the citrus up a notch. With huge citrus on the nose and big hoppy flavor, we know you’ll love this revenge.. we mean beer.

Monkey’s Uncle Lemongrass Tripel Release – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Put “monkey” in a beer name and I’m there, end of story.

Come celebrate the return of Monkey’s Uncle Lemongrass Tripel! Monkey’s Uncle is COTU’s take on a classic beer style from Belgium – the Tripel. Pilsner malt is the primary building block, providing a light crisp body and straw color. Small amounts of German Munich and Vienna malts add further color and sweetness. Belgian Candi Sugar and fresh lemongrass, added during the boil, contributes more fermentables and aromatics, while at the same time lightening the body further. Lightly hopped, this beer was fermented with a yeast strain originating from one of Belgium’s celebrated breweries.




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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.