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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!




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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