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Pocahoptas IPA Under the Cap Instant Win Contest! – Wherever COTU is sold, August 6th – October 1st

Everybody enjoys free or discounted beer swag. Buy a pack of beer and you too might be a winner.

From August 6th until October 1st, check select 6-packs of Pocahotpas IPA for a disk for your chance to win prizes ranging from discounts on brewery swag to free hats to the grand price winner of “Brewer for a Day.” Specialty marked displays can be found all over the Metro Richmond and Northern Virginia areas. For specific locations, please email info(at)cotubrewing(dot)com.

GRAND PRIZE: Brewer for a Day Includes:

1) Recipe formulation with pre-production team.
2) Hands on brewing with the production team at Origin Beer Lab
3) Beer Naming Rights
4) Release party in your honor for you and 19 friends at Center of the Universe Brewing co.
5) Travel compensation based upon permanent address.


Vinyl Gravity: Heat Wave – Final Gravity, Friday

Get your weekend started right with a little music.

DJ Melissa Koch and DJ PJ Sykes return to the tap room to melt some records in the style of this hazy, humid season. Grab a cold beer, dab your forehead, and sink into the swelter of psych, dream pop, R&B, and other things perfect for late summer listening.


Thrash For Cash III Fundraiser – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Saturday

The skatepark located near Texas Beach was the result of hard work between skaters and the community. They’re continuing their work and taking the park to the next level and need a little cash to get it done.

Join RASA – Richmond Area Skateboard Alliance – for the 3rd Annual Thrash For Cash Fundraiser in support of continued construction at Texas Beach and our Skate After School program launching this fall.


Scott’s Addition Farmer’s Market – Veil Brewing Co., Sunday

Getting vegetables can be a drag. However, it’s much less of a drag when you’re doing it with a beer in your hand.

It’s happening again! We’ll be hosting 16+ farms and vendors for our annual Farmer’s Market in Scott’s Addition. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 1p-4p you’ll find some of the best we have in Richmond and beyond. We love our market and vendor friends and we hope you come spend your Sunday afternoons with us and them! The Farmer’s Market in Scott’s Addition starts Sunday, May 13th and will continue to the end of August!


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Oktoberfest Beer Release – Center of the Universe, Saturday

This event is for the release of this year’s Oktoberfest beer. 1/2 and Full Liter boots will be available for sale as we await our 2 Day Oktoberfest Celebration which will be taking place on October 5th & 6th. 🍻

This Marzen is in the style of traditional Munich fest biers. German Munich and Vienna malts are used to give the beer a slightly sweet and malty flavor with some toastiness. German Noble hops and the Czech yeast strain used give the beer the kind of nice, clean, easy-drinking quality you look for in an Oktoberfest. Golden to amber in color, we think this beer would be right at home in the festival tents of Munich. (Or Virginia.) Prost!


Bob’s Brew and Andrea’s Ale Can Release – Hardywood, Friday

Join us Friday, August 10 for #freshcanfriday release of Bob’s Brew and Andrea’s Ale in support of Ales for ALS! Food Truck TBA*. FREE live music by Truth Club / Floral Print / Naked Naps / Enenra kicks off at 6PM!

Since 2012, Ales for ALS has offered a proprietary blend of hops to over 100 American craft breweries, free of charge, in exchange for their participation in the Ales for ALS program. One dollar from every pint of Ales for ALS beer sold is donated directly to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by people living with ALS and their families, ALS TDI understands the urgent need to slow and stop this disease.


Brown Sugar Porter Beer Release – Intermission, Friday

“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”
― Andy Warhol

Brown Sugar Porter – Dark, roasty malt with a medium body and hints of molasses. 5.4% ABV

We will also be playing one of our favorite television shows starting at 4:00…”An American space Western drama television series which ran from 2002–2003, the series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.”

“The captain of Serenity and his first mate are veteran “Browncoats” of the Unification War, a failed attempt by the outlying worlds to resist the Alliance’s control.”

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass

(our licensing doesn’t allow us to say the name but we can hint at it a lot and you can guess it in the comments!)


Asteroids Double IPA Returns – Final Gravity, Friday

Asteroids is back and ready to send you into hyperspace with a triple hit of hops. Columbus, Mosaic, and Citra will blast you with flavors of summer fruits and florals with a punch of citrus. Crowlers available for the high score.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SUPPORT OUR WORK💚💚
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.

VOTER REGISTRATION📝
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.

~~BREWHOUSE EXPERIENCE – 1pm – 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.

~~LIVE MUSIC~~
12:00pm – Addison Liming
3:15pm – Ol’ Riles Band

~~BEER LIST~~
Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
Chips
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.

PARTICIPATING VENDORS
Intergalactic Tacos
La Bête
Taco Club
Wigglestick Barbecue
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
RVA New York Style
The Irish Rover
Sammich
Gaucho
Mean Bird
Taqueria Panchito
Right On Time Mobile Diner
Happy_Arepas
The Hungry Turtle Food Truck
Dank Eats
RVA Street Foodies

DESSERT
King Of Pops – Richmond

BANDS
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: http://shine.farm

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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