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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

All our picks this week are with the caveat, check the brewery’s Facebook or website for cancelations due to Hurricane Florence.





Pours and Pasties RVA – Strangeways, Friday

Burlesque and beer are a marriage made in heaven.

Burlesque Right Meow is back at STRANGEWAYS BREWING in Richmond with a new cast full of burlesque, circus arts, and comedy that’s sure to leave you teased and pleased all night long!

This month’s amazing line-up:
Bunny Vishus
Hannah Boone
Liz Barlow
Scarlet Starlet
Murphy Lawless
Sally Stardust
Hosted by Ego Von Hubris

Burlesque starts at 9pm, seating begins at 8:30pm

Tickets are just $10 in advance! $13 at the door

This show is for audiences 18+

Burlesque Right Meow is committed to producing fun, safe, and inclusive events that showcase the art of burlesque and variety. We have zero tolerance for harassment, bullying, and bigotry of any kind. Our productions are feminist, body positive spaces that celebrate people of all different body types and identities. Please be on board with this mission if you are attending our events!

Belle’s Of The Ball Side By Side Fundraiser – Champion Brewing, Friday

Richmond Drag Queens are coming to Champion Brewing to be the champions for Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth.

Come have fun with us as we raise money for Side by Side! Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. What better way to celebrate this mission than to come together, support our local Drag Queens, support our business allies, and raise money for this worthy organization!

– No cover charge
– 21+

Special thanks to our…
– Shanita Quit
– Jasmen Clitopatra
– Melanin Monroe
– Michelle Livigne
– Amber Saint Lexington
– DJ Ant Boogie
– Champion Brewing Company

**Please check out the Pride sketch comedy show, “Outburst: The Gay Agenda”, happening the following week. All proceeds go to Side by Side!

Pickled & Fermented Festival – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Calling some pickled means that someone has had too much to drink but it can also mean a wide range of tasty treats. Check them out and I’m sure more than a few Portlandia references this weekend up in Ashland.

Pickle Lovers and Fermented fiends unite! The Artisan Pickles club is hosting our 3rd Annual Pickled & Fermented festival – a celebration of all things pickled and fermented! We’re talking more than pickled cucumbers here – we don’t discriminate when it comes to pickled things. Pickled fruit, pickled veggies, hot sauce, kimchi, BEER, Kombucha… if it’s pickled or fermented, we’re celebrating it!

Join us at Center of the Universe Brewing Company for a day of pickle tastings, live music, a pickle themed beer and loads of pickle shenanigans!

Activities include:
– Announcement of our 2018 Pickle Competition Winners (enter here:
– Pickling and fermenting demonstrations from local chefs
– A pickle juice drinking competition
– Pickled and fermented food samplings
– Pickle themed craft vendors
– Little Gherkins area for kids
– Live music
– The return of Pickled Gose Ale
– All the pickle fun you could ever have in one setting

– The Carrot Top Farm
– Crazy Train Xpress
– Cultural Revivalists
– Dayum This is My Jam
– Eat Smart Now
– EPIC Pickles
– Farmstead Ferments
– GPE BBQ Mobile Kitchen
– Josh’s Jungle
– Kaitlin Ware Art and Design
– Matt’s Dirty Pickles
– Ninja Kombucha
– The Olive Oil Taproom-Midlothian, LLC
– Pipe It Up Pickle Co.
– UnMoo
– Village Garden
– Wild Earth Fermentation

$10 gets you a pickle pass (18 and under is free) for sampling all the delicious things and watching our demonstrations throughout the day. Once your pass has been stamped by our vendors, you can use it to vote for your favorite vendor. It’s also your entry into our drawing for an awesome prize!

EARLY BIRD TICKETS: $5 Early bird tickets are available for a limited time. Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out.

VIP TICKETS: VIP passes are also available for $50. VIP passes gets you access to the VIP tent with its own beer line, 3 beer tokens, and exclusive pickle tastings.

Scott’s Addition Pride Crawl – Scott’s Addition, Saturday

It appears every maker of booze of any sort is joining together this weekend to celebrate Pridefest week.

Kickoff Pridefest Week with VA Pride and OutRVA in the Scott’s Addition Beverage District on Saturday, Sept. 15. Join us at one of these participating locations with your Pride passport. After five punches, drop your passport off at the Richmond Triangle Players at the Robert B. Moss Theatre for a chance to win a gift certificate from your favorite spot.

Download your passport here:

Participating Locations:
Ardent Craft Ales
Black Heath Meadery
Bingo Beer Co
Blue Bee Cider
Buskey Cider
Courthouse Creek Cider
Isley Brewing Company
Reservoir Distillery
Richmond Triangle Players at the Robert B. Moss Theatre
The Veil Brewing Co.
Three Notch’d RVA Collab House
Väsen Brewing Company

Tennis Pop Up – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Sunday

I LOVE this event. Hopefully, there won’t be any umpire issues and everyone can get a fair shake at playing a little tennis.

Join Lobs & Lessons and the Richmond Tennis Association as we host our first ever Tennis Pop Up event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery! We will have 36′ courts setup with foam tennis balls and 23” racquets. Come join us for an afternoon of fun tennis activities and games for the whole family!



Sweet Potato & Sage Saison Release – Ardent, Thursday

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaack! The end of summer marks the return of our annual Sweet Potato and Sage Saison.

Sweet Potato and Sage is a dry, farmhouse-style saison. Earthy notes from the sweet potatoes are balanced by the fragrant aroma of fresh, local sage. This fall seasonal features a continental malt backbone and subtle hop presence in a well-rounded beer.

6.4% ABV • 28 IBU

Lost City IPA – Final Gravity, Thursday

Discover Final Gravity’s newest IPA with an abundance of citrus and tropical attributes from Lemon Drop, El Dorado, and Citra hops. Indulge in this mystical beverage of bliss before it quickly disappears. Crowlers available.

Return of Mos Eisley – Isley, Saturday

Mos Eisley
Brown Ale
6% abv | 30 IBUs

Mos Eisley Brown Ale is a traditional brown ale, inspired by the barren expanses of Tatooine. Brewed with a careful blend of roasted and caramel malts, it seeks to quench the thirsts of those who live in the shadows. English yeast and hops provide an eclectic flavor profile, while letting the dark flavors of the malt peek out from within. This one will quench the thirst of the Galaxies’ dark underbelly.

But Does It Makes Sense? Release – Hardywood, Saturday

BUT DOES IT MAKE SENSE? // 7.5% // NE-Style Double IPA with mosaic lupulin powder and Galaxy hops. Available on draft in our Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville taprooms and in 4x16oz cans to go. $15 + tax.

Join us from 4-10PM at Ownby Lane for fresh DIPA’s, good eats and FREE live music at 6PM! Saladworks* is here serving up the yummies!


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