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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

Now that the long weekend is over is back to work but here are all the beer-related events you have to look forward to, so chin up.





Stone’s Throw Down in RVA – Brown’s Island, Saturday

This is the big beer event of the weekend without a doubt. A truly impressive list of bands will be joining thousands of folks on the island for a day/evening of fun as Stone Brewing celebrates another year here in Richmond.

Join us for our second annual music and craft beer festival on September 8 on Brown’s Island! This year’s show features:
– Drive-By Truckers 8:00 PM
– NO BS! Brass Band 6:30 PM
– Antibalas 5:05 PM
– Spooky Cool 2:30 PM
– Kenneka Cook 1:30 PM

Tickets are $20 between September 1 and up until the day of the event.

VIP tickets are sold out!

Bring your reusable water canteens, so please leave those plastic, single-serve bottles at home. There will be water stations throughout the festival for refills.

All ages are welcome and kids under 12 years of age are free. Stone’s Throw Down in RVA happens rain or shine.

All of this year’s Stone’s Throw Down in RVA proceeds will benefit four local organizations:
James River Association
Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
Venture Richmond

The Richmond Bluegrass Festival VI – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Saturday

A ton of Bluegrass for totally free a deal that can’t be beat. Six total bands and even a jam session where you can join in. Oh and beer, lots of beer.

Presenting our Sixth annual Richmond Bluegrass Festival! An all-day celebration of amazing Bluegrass music with mobile gourmet food vendors and unique beers on draft. Two stages (main stage, jam stage). Taking place at the Scott’s Addition Hardywood location on Ownby Lane.

This event is FREE, Family Friendly, and All Ages are welcome! The taps will begin flowing at 1PM. Live music begins at 2pm with The Hot Seats performing on the Jam stage!

2018 LINE UP!!
1-2:30 PM – jam area set up in our barrel room to start the day off. Bring an instrument and bust down
2:30-3:15 The Hot Seats (side stage)
3:15 – 4:15 River City Band (Main Stage)
4:30 – 5:30 Big Boss Combo (Main Stage)
5:45 – 6:45 Georgia Crackers (Main Stage)
7:00 – 8:15 The High and Wides (Main Stage)
8:30 – 9:45 The New Smokey Valley Boys (Main Stage)

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Seafood Boil – Isley, Saturday

For those few that don’t know a seafood boil is when you take all the creatures of the sea, potatoes, corn, sausage (sometimes), a bunch of spices, and throw it all in a giant pot to cook. It comes out delicious and you can enjoy it at Isley this weekend.

Saturday, September 8th, Isley Brewing Company will be hosting an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Seafood Boil with our good friends Jus Cukn’!

All you can eat Crawfish, Shrimp, Sausage, Potatoes, Corn and much more to pair with refreshing brews from Isley Brewing Company! Be sure to check out Lil Jimmy & The Robinsons as they pluck some strings and play some tunes out on our urban patio!

Sip & Escape – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Saturday

I’ve drunk beer and I’ve gone to an escape room but I’ve never done both at the exact same time. Color me intrigued.

Last Second Escape and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery are teaming up to bring you the newest drinking game! A mix between actual escape rooms and immersive logical puzzles with the best ending of all… CRAFT BEER!
Tickets for this event are $30 online ONLY at

Richmond Salon #1 – Champion Brewing, Monday

The Burke-Paine Society is a grassroots movement to restore civic discourse. We convene cross-partisan discussion groups and forge ties. Imagine that, a world where folks with different viewpoints can have a discussion without name-calling and/or sign bashing. They’re hosting their first discussion next Monday. Go there and be civil.


Dionysus Delight Saison Aged in Red Wine Barrels Release – Three Notch’d Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday and every Thursday for new beer releases from the RVA Collab House with Pint Specials from 4-7pm. Check out this week’s release from RVA Head Brewer Willey Broaddus:

“Dionysus Delight”
Saison aged in Red Wine Barrels
ABV: 6.6%
IBU: 30
Collaboration with O’Connor Brewing Co.

Brewed in collaboration with our friends from O’Connor Brewing Company out of Norfolk, VA. This traditional saison was aged in red wine barrels for several months after going through a mixed fermentation with both breweries preferred saison yeast strains. The result is a combination of a lot of flavors including farmhouse, wine, and oak.

Come the results of this excellent partnership!

Festbier Release – Ardent, Thursday

Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s Festbier season! 🍻 Our Festbier is a traditional German lager with a malty backbone and light hoppiness. Amber color and full body in the classic Marzen style, served in 1/2 liter mugs. Prost! #neverstoplagering

5.6% ABV • 22 IBU

Benny & The Fest Can Release – Hardywood (all locations), Friday

Hardywood Benny & the Fest is our take on a traditional Marzen lager. Malt forward with a light sweetness and dry finish, Benny & the Fest is a wonderfully crisp treat to pair with the cooler temperatures of fall. 5.8%. Available on drafts and in 16oz four packs to go in our Richmond, West Creek, and Charlottesville location, $15 + tax.

Carrot Cake Release – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Friday

2018 Carrot Cake Amber release.
We are also releasing a new batch of our Virginia Beer Cup, Gold Medal Winning Heir Apparent!
Food Truck: SandTopia Food truck


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