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RVA Beer Explorer

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

A sample of the beer offerings and events in the area that we think you shouldn’t miss.





Pub Theology – Ardent, Tuesday (tonight)

I’m not a religious guy but I’m certainly down with a casual conversation to learn about other folks views on the subject. If you feel the same way head to Ardent tonight.

Join us on Tuesday, August 21* at Ardent for Pub Theology. Bring a friend! Who do YOU want to share good conversation, good company, and good food/drink with this month?

*Please note: This is a change from our usual Tuesday!

Looking for good conversation about God in a non-traditional setting? Join us for Pub Theology. Plan to come for food, drink, and conversation! All viewpoints are welcome!

For more information about Pub Theology visit

Land of Saffron Paella Pop-Up! – Final Gravity, Thursday

Paella has a bit of something for everyone. If you’ve never tried it get out there for a taste treat.

Come experience fresh, authentic Spanish paella from Land of Saffron at Final Gravity! Grab a plate and a cold, craft beer and your Thursday night couldn’t get much better!

Chicken, shrimp, and mussel
Vegan w/ white truffle oil

Folk Festivale Release Party – Champion Brewing, Friday

Every year the Richmond Folk Festival works with a brewery to produce a special beer for the festival. For the third year in a row Champion Brewing is in charge of the producing the ale. Previously the beer has been an Oktoberfest variant this year things are more hoppy with a sessionable IPA. Get a taste on Friday.

Join us at Champion Brewing RVA on Friday August 24th for the release of our Folk Festivale Session IPA. Released for the Richmond Folk Festival, this light bodied IPA is perfect for hanging out with all your buddies and listening to great live music. Speaking of live music we’ll have The Whiskey Rebellion providing the tunes and 10% of bar sales will go to benefit The Richmond Folk Festival! So come on down, enjoy some brews and tunes on August 24th from 6-9pm! Cheers! 

2nd Annual Circle the Wagons BBQ Cook-Off & Concert – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Head up to Ashland for BBQ, music and beer. The event is free but as you’d expect you’ll pay for the eats and drinks.

Round up your friends, family, and neighbors for the 2nd Annual Circle the Wagons BBQ Cook-off and Concert benefiting Circles Ashland. 5 BBQ vendors, 2 awesome bands, and 1 great cause are all you need on a Summer Saturday. We are so excited that the whole EITMonline (Elliot In The Morning) crew will be back this year as our Celebrity Judges for the Pro BBQ Competition– Thanks Elliot! There will be 50/50 raffles, a great silent auction, and other unique items to raise money for this great cause as well as kids activities on site. As an added bonus, we are brewing up something special, just for the occasion!

Best in Show – Isley, Saturday

Bring your dog and celebrate all things dog.

Join us in celebrating NATIONAL DOG DAY (one day early) with Local Dog Vendors, a Seasonal Beer Release, Music, Outdoor Games & more!

Bring your furry friends to Isley and treat yourself to a cold brew!

Beer Release: Stunt Dubbel (pumpkin belgian dubbel)

Music: Brother Oliver: LIVE at Isley (Brother Oliver duo at 6:30)

Foodtruck: LOWCO Eatery

Dog Vendors:
Lucky Dogs Training and MORE LLC
RedRidge Pet Market
Paws and Claws Grooming
Lab Rescue LRCP


We didn’t travel to Charlottesville for this year Virginia Craft Brewers Fest but fortunately Richmond Magazine did and they’ve got the recap right here.


Pineapple Great Return Cans + Mamaw’s Mean Cobbler Draft – Hardywood, Friday

PINEAPPLE GREAT RETURN // 7.5% // We’ve added pineapple to our Great Return IPA to bring you a super juicy, warm weather favorite! Available in our Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville taproom on draft and in 4/16oz cans to go, $15 + tax!

MAMAW’S MEAN COBBLER // 8.2% // Mamaw’s Mean Cobbler is a delightful variation of our Peach Tripel with vanilla, cinnamon and milk sugar additions delivering the classic flavors of a southern-style peach cobbler baked fresh in grandma’s kitchen. Available in our Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville taproom on draft and growler fills to go only.

Proximity Project: Blackberry Sliced, The Grid, Mesa – Triple Crossing, Friday

Our oak fermented golden sour ale base refermented on a deliberate amount of Blackberry puree. Proximity Project Blackberry Sliced opens with a bright yet tart lactic blackberry aroma. Impressions of dark berry jam and pithy grapefruit oak culminate into a dry, tart baking spice finish.

The hop aromatics of Grid have the high probability of making your nose twitch with satisfaction. Soft bright tropical notes intersect with a small amount of dankness rounding it out. Notes of passionfruit, guava, mango and peaches. We doubled down on two of our favorite hop varietals Mosaic and Falconers flight for this return offering.

Mesa – Our Hoppy Table Beer featuring Cryo Simcoe at 4.5% ABV. Bright and citrus forward blonde ale and extremely palatable. The cryo provides a very bright, zippy and creamy mouthfeel with notes of pithy orange rind and citrus.

Space Force DIPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

Space Force Double IPA, Brandon Tolbert‘s first original Final Gravity brew, arrives on tap this Friday. Armed with an abundance of Mosaic and Galaxy hops – this DIPA is ready to battle it out with a bouquet of floral notes and citrus undertones. Crowlers available.


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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.