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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




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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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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