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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.




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.




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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RVA Beer Explorer 5/21

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.





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.

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.

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.


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.

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

Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
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.

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

King Of Pops – Richmond

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:

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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