RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

As we get ready for the 4th of July we present this week’s abbreviated beer news. For the record, I’m already at the pool beer in hand.


Fried Food Fest – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Yes a festival focused on fried food is a beautiful thing but that’s not all. There’s music and the only kind of race I’ll ever participate in a 0.0k. Yes, you’ll be tasked with running 0.0k.

AMERICA………. Heck yeah! 🇺🇸 July 4th weekend, come to the brewery and celebrate with us at the first ever Fried Food Festival! A Mr. America Contest, 0.0K Race, and fried food galore provided by 7 incredible food vendors (Mama J’sTwo Kings Concessions, LLCThe Return of the MacLunch and SupperOn the ROX & LB Concessions) will make for a day that you will NEVER forget! 2 amazing bands, The Atkinsons and The Articles, + a special beer release are the cherry on top to this Americana fueled day. This event will benefit Richmond Raceway Cares, an organization dedicated to assisting charities, causes and events in our community, focusing on youth, education and recreation.

***As always, this festival is completely FREE to attend, and our outdoor biergarten is family pet friendly (for friendly pets on leashes!)***

Join us for COTU’s first ever 0.0K Race. For the small fee of $25, you will get a custom shirt, fanny pack, finishing medal, free 16oz. adult beverage pour, and the satisfaction of knowing that you completed that race for your country. The race starts promptly at 1:00pm and ends at 1:01pm.

To sign up for the 0.0k race, please go to: https://goo.gl/4zWJSu

$10 from each race entry will go to Pink Ink Fund.

Dumb Waiter Record Release W/ Piranha Rama and Naked Pictures – Champion Brewing, Saturday

There are events that aren’t happening on Wednesday. Not very many but here’s another one.

Dumb Waiter will release their third album on JUJU records 7/7 at Champion Brewery. Critics in the band are saying such fantastic things about the upcoming release:

“A spilled cup of coffee on that book you were getting around to read.” – Sax player

“I liked them before they cleaned up their act.” – Sax player as well

“Chipped reeds, cracked sticks, dulled strings; forgotten riffs and misplaced picks. Sometimes you just gotta put your cleft foot forward.” – Sax player again

“Does anyone else have something to say about the release? It can’t all be Tristan…. no? Well I don’t know what to say. I guess I’ll just list everything he said about the record.” – guitar player

Check out a an exclusive stream of DANG via Fecking Bahamas here: http://feckingbahamas.com/exclusive-listen-to-dumb-waiters-latest-jazz-excursion-dang
JOING DUMB WAITER WILL BE Piranha Rama!!! and Naked Pictures !!!!
7/7/18 Music at 8PM $6

Fourth of July at Breweries


Join us in celebrating our freedom and the nation’s birthday from 2-10PM Wednesday, July 4th! We’ve got gourmet local food vendors, cold beer, and great local bands all leading up to fireworks over The Diamond!

Food Vendors:
Dank Eats
Arroz RVA
Smokie Joe’s BBQ
Gelati Celesti Ice Cream

Live Music to be performed outside (weather permitting)to get you moving:
Full Moon Fever – A Tribute to Tom Petty. 2 full sets to end the night!
The Flavor Project – Neo Soul/Hip Hop/Latin Funk
The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown– A musical powerhouse, dedicated to recreating the music of James Brown as accurately and as passionately as possible

Center of the Universe:

Happy America Day! We know you all probably have big Fireworks watching plans in the evening, so we decided to open a little early and give you a little kickstart to your 4th of July festivities! Come hang out, have a beer, enjoy some live music, and take some beer to go to your next stop!

3pm – 7pm – Paulo Franco Live!

Food Truck: Big Cups


River City Wood Fire Pizza will be cooking in the beer garden all day Wednesday July 4 🇺🇸 including a special pizza, featuring: apricot preserves, goat cheese, parmesan, smoked bacon, red pepper flakes & sea salt, finished with arugula and spicy honey after the fire. 🔥🍕

Plus, we’re expanding our hours for the Fourth of July holiday!

Tuesday, July 3: 4-10pm
Wednesday, July 4: 12-10pm


Kicking off our “First Responder’s Appreciation Month” with our Lager Release Party & 4th of July Celebration! 🎇 🇺🇸

Isley Brewing Company guests will enjoy a perfect view of the fireworks at The Diamond from our urban patio. (We encourage you to bring out your lawn chairs!)

We’re also excited as we will release our very FIRST lager that day!!!

The Lager Release & 4th of July Celebration will be accompanied by music throughout the day, patio games, food trucks and we’re also bringing back the Dunk Tank!

We will be open extended hours that day: Noon-End of fireworks 🎇

Live Music:
Justin Golden (2-5)
Daniel Schutt & Gordon Saxman Jones (6:30-9:30)

Food trucks:
The Return of the Mac
2nd Alarm Grill

Castleburg Brewery

What better way to celebrate our Independence than with good friends, beer, music and free hot dogs!! Let’s do the damn thing and have a blast! Doors open at 1:00 and the party doesn’t end until the fireworks start at the Diamond.

We will be offering Red, White & Blue Gose Beers throughout the day in half pours (8 oz) and pints (16 oz). No Crowler or Growler Fills.

RED 1:00-4:00 – Raspberries on Gose
WHITE 4:00-7:00 – Pineapple on Gose
BLUE 7:00-Close – Blueberries on Gose

In addition to brewing awesome beer for you, Karl will be grilling up some hot dogs for you, for free! (while supplies last)

From 5-8 PM we will have live music from The Analogue Republic. Hailing from Richmond Virginia, The Analogue Republic is an unconventional “power trio” merging blues, jazz, funk and rock to form a unique voice that pays tribute to its many influences. The group dishes out tight groove oriented music reminiscent of bands such as, Galactic, Lettuce and John Scofield. The guitar-centric project is headed up by Gary Titi who brings a jazz flavor with decidedly pop sensibilities. Kevin Gaines on the drums creates a solid driving rhythm section. The project is often a workshop of sorts, sometimes weaving in other instrumentalists to add to the sonic stew. Fans of accessible groove based jazz should appreciate what the band has to offer.

At the end of the night, you can enjoy the fireworks display from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, from our parking lot!


Local brewery news: Final Gravity expands; Steam Bell cans

Northside brewery readies for August opening


Smoked Farmhouse Release – Veil Brewing, Saturday

I don’t know if the farmhouse smoke was caused by fireworks since there is no information but what the heck it’s a new beer from a solid brewery.

Re-Release: Skylab, Rites of Spring, & Sunspots – Final Gravity, Friday

Three beers coming back to Lakeside on Friday.

Three of your favorites are returning this Friday to the Final Gravity taps:

Skylab Double IPA brewed with Galaxy hops – 8% ABV

Rites of Spring Ginger Honey Lager – 5.5% ABV

Sunspots IPA brewed with El Dorado, Amarillo, & Citra hops –
7% ABV




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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.