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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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RVA Beer Explorer: Holiday Movies, Covenant Festival, 10th Anniversary for COTU, Jurassic Pasties

If you’re like me you’re cold and grumpy maybe a beer will help.

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Holiday Movie Tuesday at Starr Hill
Tuesdays Through Christmas

Movies and beer just like I do at home but don’t have to struggle to pick something. It’s already picked for me.

We live for the holiday season, so we’re starting the celebrations early 🎁
Join us Tuesdays at 7PM for movies to put you in the spirit 🍺
11/1 👹 Krampus
11/8 🧳 Unaccompanied Minors
11/15 👚 Mean Girls & Drag Bingo
11/29 🐲 The Grinch
12/6 🚂 Jingle Jangle
12/13 🎁 Elf & Drag Bingo
12/20 🎅 The Christmas Chronicles
12/27 👩‍👩‍👧‍👧 A Bad Moms Christmas
Email [email protected] about reservations!


Covenant Festival at Triple Crossing (Fulton)
November 20th

Covenant to me sound ominous but it just means an “agreement or contract”. An agreement or contract put a bunch of beers in my face.

⟁ 2022 Covenant Festival Entry & Glass Announcement ⟁
It’s been three years since we all entered the Covenant, so it brings us great joy to return to our elegant display of well crafted beer and host this amazing festival with some world class brewers and friends here in Richmond.
COVENANT DETAILS ⤵️
⚔️ General Admission will begin at 12pm. Purchasing a ticket will yield you a custom Gold Foiled Covenant Glass that can be used through the duration of the event, as well as three (3) drink tickets.
⚔️ We will also offer early entry VIP tickets that will allow individuals to arrive and enter an hour before the event begins. VIP Session – $25 VIP Pack will grant you one hour early entry, a Gold Foiled Covenant Glass, and three (3) drink tickets.
⚔️ All VIP session tickets and glassware will be available at Will Call. No VIP Session will be sold day of event. Drink tickets are non-refundable.
🎟️ Tickets will go on sale November 5th, with early access to those individuals that are subscribed to our TC Can Drop Alerts. (More information coming)
🍺 Drink tickets will be $4 each. Each ticket will serve you a 4oz pour of beer. Two tickets can be exchanged for a 10oz pour. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase on site. Drink tickets are non-refundable.
⚔️ Since this is a per pour ticketed event, pours will not be guaranteed from each brewery.
🕚 The event will run from 11a to 5pm with a VIP session starting at 11am and General Admission at 12p. The entire Fulton Brewpub will be used for the Covenant Festival from 11-5PM and tickets will be exchanged for beer during this time. We will follow the event with Triple Crossing beers and normal service. Any left over tickets after 5pm can be exchanged for equal sized pours of Triple Crossing beer on draft that day.
🛻 Food trucks TBA
⚔️ Covenant glassware will be available for purchase on site.
👀 Keep your eyes peeled for the list of breweries. This bout to be wild.

10th Anniversary Celebration at Center of the Universe
November 18-20th

Seems just like yesterday that a brewery settled down in Ashland and I was nobody will got out that far for beer. Just add it to the extremely long list of things I’ve been wrong about over the years.

Happy Birthday to us! Help us celebrate 10 years of brewing beer and making memories all weekend long. The weekend is full of limited releases, live music, and eats from Legendary Provisions. Free to attend and open to all ages!
Friday 11/18
🎶 Live Music: 5:30 – 8:30 🎶
“Late Night @ Cookout”
🍺 Beer Release🍺
The Richard Imperial IPA – 9% Imperial IPA just like the first brew in 2012. Citrus and tropical fruit forward West Coast IPA with way too many hops!
Saturday 11/19
🎶 Live Music: 12:30 – 3:30 🎶
Chad’s Fault
🎶 Live Music: 5:00 – 8:00 🎶
Earth and Lunar Rendezvous
🍺 Beer Releases🍺
Decadent Duderino – 10% El Duderino aged for 10 months in Bourbon Barrels. Draft and 16oz 4-packs.
Great Scotch – 8.7% Strong Scotch Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Draft and Growler Fills.
Drunken’ Uncle – 9% Lemon Grass Tripel aged in Bourbon Barrels. Draft and Growler Fills.
Pińa Colada Whip – 8% Pineapple Whip aged in Rum Barrels. Draft and Growler Fills.
Sunday 11/20
🎶 Live Music: 2pm – 5pm 🎶
Something Shiny
🍺 Beer Release 🍺
Holiday Spiced Donny – 6.5% Donny Coffee Brown Ale infused with Gingerbread spices. Draft and 16oz 4-Packs

Jurassic Pasties III at Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
November 19th

Oh, you clever girl.


Dream…Fantasy…Destruction…Evolution of Tassel Twirling Adventure!
Burlesque finds a way. Hold onto your butts as Jurassic Pasties returns! This burlesque tribute to the franchise will feature the finest dinosaurs and your favorite characters.
Featuring:
Burton Quinn
Caramel Knowledge (Los Angeles)
Cece Dynamite (New Orleans)
Delilah Dentata (DC)
Ego Von Hubris
Ellie Quinn
Jim Dandy (DC)
London St. Juniper (DC)
Dino wrangler: Lolita Luxxe
Doors 6pm
Show 7pm
Ages 18 and up
$15 general admission
$20 day of show
$25 VIP (reserved front row seating, signed cast poster, and show themed gift bag)- limited to 20
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2410 Ownby Ln
Richmond VA 23220
The venue is accessible.
Parking: There is a small parking lot onsite of the venue, but it is limited currently due to construction. Parking is available on the street in a close radius.
Food and beverage availability: Hardywood has beer, cider, house red & house white wine, a gluten-reduced beer offering, locally-sourced kombucha, nitro coffee, and water. Hardywood has a pizza kitchen and light snacks.
By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to the zero-tolerance policy for any form of bullying or harassment which includes:
* No inappropriate or non-consensual physical contact;
* No unwelcome sexual advances or attention, whether indirect or explicit;
* No bullying, stalking, or following;
* No abusive or disrespectful language or physical conduct that reinforces social structures of domination related to race, place of origin, ancestry, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, body size, age, religion, family status, source of income, or beliefs.

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Triple Crossing Signs Deal with Sun to Produce Power

From Facebook.

Not to be all Captain Planet-like, but we thought it worthwhile to show off just how we plan to harvest the power of the sun going forward. The shot above shows our newly installed solar panel array that will take maximum advantage of the abundance of sunlight that spills onto our roof at Fulton, otherwise going completely unused.
With this new solar array, we plan to offset most of our electrical power needs going forward and move closer to being carbon neutral. While not an uncommon undertaking in the beer game, it’s given us a deeper respect for the stewards of our industry who have made deep commitments to sustainability for all the right reasons.



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RVA Beer Explorer: Veil Anniversary, Femmes the Rules, Gingerbread Houses, Pinpocalypse

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Veil’s Forest Hill 2nd Anniversary
November 12th

Okay I’ll forgive them for calling it Forest Hill when it’s really the Westover Hills Veil. Yes I know it sits on Forest Hill Avenue so both could be considered correct but gotta represent my hood. Westover Hills for lyfe.

Come say Happy Birthday to our NFK and Forest Hill locations at their 3rd and 2nd Anniversary parties happening all day Saturday November 12th! 🎂

It’s been quite a journey navigating these past few years with you all and we wanted to party hard and go big for this one. 🎊
We are going ALL out and bringing Marg’s Marg to you in cans at all locations this day! 🍹
🐿️ Forest Hill will have churros by @quechurrova starting at 3:00pm. DJ @nomycee will be spinning from 3:00-9:00pm. We will be releasing a new cider and Forest Hill’s House Foedre Beer as well!

@ytumama.mx will be offering a special taco in celebration of the occasion (SHRAMP, Avocado, Tomato, Lettuce, Bacon & Chipotle Dressing). We will even be hitting the cellar and pulling out some rare draft! 😈

Okay so definitely don’t miss this celebration of being open and together another year. We can’t wait to hang with y’all. Seriously

Femmes The Rules Comedy Show at Strangeways (Dabney Rd)
November 12th

Support a group of funny ladies and guys.

The show where men get interrupted! Hosted by Mary Jane French.
Doors at 7:30pm | Show at 8pm | Tickets $10 in advance / $15 at door


Better Housing Coalition’s Gingerbread House Challenge at Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
November 13th

I’m just bummed I can’t eat any of the architectural wonders on display.

If you’re a fan of festive craft beer, delightful desserts turned into architectural masterpieces and a jolly good time for all ages, ‘yule’ love this event!
The sixth annual Gingerbread House Challenge dares local businesses, nonprofits, student groups, artists, neighbors and mall Santas to form teams and literally display their holiday spirit and creativity by constructing a gingerbread house centered around the 2022 theme, “RVA Neighborhoods”.

Go ahead, kick start your holiday season, and join us for this family-friendly event! Entry is FREE; only a small donation is required to cast your vote in the People’s Choice award. A limited number of VIP event tickets are available now if you want some swag with your votes. VIP tickets are only sold in advance and sell out each year, so get yours today! 100% of proceeds will support BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality affordable housing.

A big “thank you,” to our Presenting sponsor Atlantic Union Bank for making this event possible.

Now don’t be a Scrooge, join the fun and support a great cause!

November Pinpocalypse: You Only Pinpocalypse Once at Center of the Universe
November 14th

I’m more of a pinball jester than a pinball wizard. If you’ve got the skills you can take home the cash.

Flipper Frenzy from 6:00PM-8:30PM start of last games.
$10 entry fee plus coin drop with 100% of the entry fee going to the top 4.
1st: 50%
2nd: 25%
3rd: 15%
4th: 10%
(Rounded to nearest dollar)
Warm-ups and registration start when the brewery opens at 4PM. The tournament will begin at 6PM and the last round will start no later than 8:30. It’s soooo totally okay to arrive late. If you arrive late you’ll just receive the minor penalty of a loss for each round completed (first player in queue is back in queue)* .
Games for the tournament (subject to change, bc we all know how pins can be!):
– Stranger Things
– Star Wars Premium
– Led Zeppelin Premium
– Alien
– Kiss (Bally)
– Black Knight Swords of Rage
– Godzilla Premium
– Hook
-Dungeons and Dragons
-Stars
-007 (presumably)
*as winners are determined by total wins minus total losses this is to avoid someone missing several rounds and being able to finish in the middle of the pack.

BEER NEWS

The VCU beer branding debacle is the impetus for this article.

The Battle Over Branded Brews – Inside Higher Ed

One athletic director, Mario Moccia of New Mexico State University, estimates that about 45 institutions have established a branded beer; he has been collecting collegiate beer cans since NMSU launched Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale in 2017.

Despite some benefits, not every institution has jumped at the opportunity to sell its own beer. In some cases, the sale of alcohol is still prohibited at university events, making it impossible to peddle the product to a key market. In others, critics have raised concerns about an institution lending its name to beer given the prevalence of underaged drinking and alcohol abuse.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Pizza/Puzzles/Pitchers, Hops in the Park, Latin Quarter, Gingerbread Stout

Deal with your Halloween hangover by getting back on that beer horse and girding your loins for the upcoming Christmas onslaught.

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Pizza, Puzzles & Pitchers at ACCA Shrine Center
November 4th

I’ve never heard of such a thing but I’m intrigued. Winning prizes for puzzling, drinking, and eating. If I had a bailiwick this would be in it.

Join us for the Acca Shriners 2nd Pizza, Puzzles & Pitchers event! The first one was so successful we have been asked to do another! On Friday, November 4th at 6:00PM teams of 4 people will compete to see who can complete a 300 piece puzzle, eat a large cheese pizza and consume their beverage first. Prizes for the first 3 teams to finish. Lots of fun. A great team building exercise. Spectators invited. This is a public event! Proceeds benefit Acca Shriners. Your entry fee is not considered a charitable donation. Find more information and print off the registration form found at the link below and send it in per the instructions. https://accashriners.com/acca…/pizza-puzzles-and-pitchers/

Hops in the Park at Henricus Park
November 5th

I was just in this park on Sunday and didn’t see one beer. Talk about poor or should I say pour timing.

The Henricus Foundation presents the eighth annual Hops in the Park, a national award-winning hops & harvest festival celebrating the long and rich history of brewing in Virginia! Hops in the Park features dozens of Virginia craft beers, brewing demos, farmers market, music, food, children’s activities, and of course – Virginia history.
All proceeds from Hops in the Park support Henricus Foundation’s Children’s Education Fund.
This event will be cashless so please remember to bring a credit/debit card.

Henricus will be pouring beer, cider, and mead from:
Ardent
Basic City Beer Company
Beales
Black Heath Meadery
Bold Rock Cider
Center of the Universe
Crazy Rooster
Dancing Kilt
Devils Backbone
Hardywood
Kindred Spirit
Legend Brewing
Lickinghole Creek C
Midnight
O’Connor
Steam Bell
Starr Hill
Three Leg Run
Trapezium


Latin Quarter RVA at Final Gravity
November 5th

I’ve never had a smashed plantain sandwich. I want to try a smashed plantain sandwich. I will go to Final Gravity on Saturday hopefully.

Latin Quarter RVA comes to Final Gravity for the first time with SMASHED PLANTAIN SANDWICHES! The packed menu has a flank steak sandwich, a roasted pork sandwich, a chicken sandwich, a Cubanita and even a Vegan option! Nachos and Salsa flights sweeten the deal. Come on out and give them a try!


Gingerbread Stout & Gingerbread Porter Release
November 5th

There is an eternal debate about whether the Christmas season starts before or after Thanksgiving. It really starts with the release of Gingerbread Stout.

It’s that time of year again! Gingerbread Stout season is here.
The Original Gingerbread Stout, 9.2% ABV, Imperial Milk Stout with Virginia Grown Hawaiian White Ginger and Local Wildflower Honey, 100 Rating BeerAdvocate Magazine, 2012 Bronze Medal, Herb and Spice Beer, World Beer Cup, Top 25 Milk Stout in the World, BeerAdvocate.com
Gingerbread Porter, 9.2% ABV, Imperial Porter with Local White Ginger and Local Wildflower Honey, Lactose Free
RVA Food: Hardywood Pizza Kitchen open 12-9:30pm + Curry in a Hurry
RVA Music: Out of Uniform at 6:30pm
WC Food: Arroz + Cheeseaggedon

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Quick HitCheck out our story on a special Capsoul release

HARDYWOOD MOVES ‘EVER FORWARD’ WITH LAUNCH OF BEER WITH VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is partnering with the Virginia National Guard Historical Foundation for a special release in time for Veterans Day. Ever Forward American Lager is a tribute to the thousands of soldiers and airmen of the Virginia National Guard.

During WWI, the Virginia-based 116th Infantry Regiment coined the phrase “Ever Forward” as a rallying cry during the fierce battle of the Meuse-Argonne. It has since become a touchpoint for National Guard soldiers across the Commonwealth. Hardywood is excited to create this opportunity to raise a glass to those who have served the state and the country with this exclusive beer. “Our focus at Hardywood has always been on Virginia, from the folks who join us in the taproom to the farmers we source ingredients from, so this seemed like a great partnership that builds on our strong Virginia foundation,” said Hardywood President Kate Lee.

The beer itself is a classic American craft lager, made with Virginia-grown and malted 2-row barley from Charlottesville’s Murphy and Rude Malting Company. This crisp and delicious craft beverage is a perfect way to celebrate over 400 years of service.

“We’re thrilled to partner up with Hardywood for the release of Ever Forward American Lager” says Jake Crocker, Executive Director of the Virginia National Guard Historical Foundation. “We’re excited to highlight four centuries of Virginia’s citizen soldiers while raising awareness of our foundation’s upcoming initiatives, including the Museum of The Virginia National Guard,” continued Crocker. Ever Forward will be released in time for Veterans Day on November 11th, with a release party in conjunction with the National Guard and the 116th Infantry Regiment on Friday, November 11th at the Hardywood West Creek location from 5-8pm.

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