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These are the events, news, and beers we don’t think you should miss this week.





Oktoberfest Celebration – Center of the Universe, Friday and Saturday

Don’t put away that lederhosen yet my little liebling. There is still a large amount of festing to be done up in Ashland as COTU rolls out the barrel for two days of fun. I’ve listed the events below but go here for the details on the food and of course the special Oktoberfest beers they’re rolling out.

Day 1: Friday, October 5th 4:00pm – 10:00pm 🔷

Friday, October 5th, the taproom will be transformed into a traditional German festhalle! Come grab a stein of our malty, refreshing Oktoberfest beer, throw on your lederhosen and dance the polka with ACCA (Shrine) Temple Sauerkrauts German Band who will be taking the biergarten stage for a day of nonstop German music, food and beer! Read on below for 2 Days of German fun. Prost!


🔹 The ACCA Temple Sauerkrauts – (Friday Only)

The ACCA (Shrine) Temple Sauerkrauts German Band are no stranger to the Richmond Oktoberfest scene! The Sauerkrauts, an all-volunteer band, have been playing together since 1977, with the proceeds from performances benefitting families of patients at the Shriners Childrens Hospital.

The Sauerkrauts will be playing from 4:00pm-9:00pm

🔸 The Low’n’Brows – (Saturday Only)

The The LOW’n’BROWS are a German “Oompah” Band out of Fredericksburg who have been playing professionally as a group for over 21 years specializing in polkas, waltzes and other traditional “hofbrauhaus” music. Their upbeat traditional German tunes are sure to delight those who enjoy singing and dancing of all ages!

The Low’n’Brows will be playing from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

🔹The Kings Park German Band – (Saturday Only)

The Kings Park German Band is an ensemble of musicians from the Kings Park Concert Band. The Kings Park Band was formed in 1965 with nine people, donated music, and a basement rehearsal room. It has grown to a full concert band of over 55 adults with a paid professional conductor. The dedicated volunteer members of the Kings Park Concert Band carry on the American community band tradition through the presentation of free public concerts. We are excited to have them here for our Oktoberfest celebration!

The Kings Park German Band will be playing from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

RVA is RED Night: Kickers vs Nashville – City Stadium, Saturday

The Richmond Kickers are one of Richmond’s underappreciated assets. Live professional soccer doesn’t exist in many towns and Richmond is lucky to have a team so involved in the community. Even more under the radar is that at every home game the Kickers are serving up great craft beers and the occasional cider. This Saturday, at 7PM at City Stadium is the last home game of the season and if you wear red you’ll get a ticket for a free beer or soda. I’m not saying you should take your kid and give them two bucks for their beer ticket so they can get a soda but you should totally do that.

2nd Anniversary Celebration – Three Notch’d Collab House Saturday

It seems like just yesterday you were a shiny face baby brewery in town. Now, look at you a big two years old and ready to take on the world or at least throw a party to celebrate.

It’s amazing how quickly 2 years has gone by! We’ve been extremely humbled to be able to collaborate with so many great people in making our beers and now it’s time to celebrate. We’ve got a fun day lined up for you RVA and we hope you’ll stop by and raise a glass with us. Saturday, October 6th from Noon-11pm we’ll have a number of great beers making their return along with the release of our 2nd Annual Staff Beer to commemorate the occasion. Check out the details below, save the date and spread the word:

~Live Music by Pat Keefe Duo @ 5pm
~Wood Fired Pizza from Pizza Nostra RVA 2-9pm
~Beer & Cheese Pairings w/ Truckle Cheesemongers
~Prize Pack Giveaways (Merch, Glassware, Gift Certificates)
~2nd Annual Staff Beer Release (details coming soon)…
~Special Re-Releases (From the RVA Collab House & Sour House)
~Games, Foosball, Darts, Arcades, Corn-Hole & more
~3 TV’s w/ College Football

It’s Our Fifth Bee Day: The Wooden Anniversary – Blue Bee Cider, Saturday & Sunday

Not beer obviously but you’ve got to give it up to the first urban cidery in Richmond. Happy Birthday little bee.

Blue Bee Cider is celebrating FIVE years of good times in Richmond, Va. It has gone by so fast!

No Cover!

Year five is the wooden anniversary year, so please join us for a jam-packed weekend that highlights smoke, fire, and cider made with barrels in one way or another.


Our friends at Smohk RVA will have an array of delicious smoked meat, veggie and apple dishes while blacksmith Cristy Walker from Primitive Events will offer micro-forging lessons making bottle openers throughout the day. Sign up in advance for forging lessons at this link –

Live music by Justin Golden from 1-3 p.m. and the Richmond Rounders old-time string band supergroup from 4-7 p.m.

But of course, it’s all about cider around here!

We will have small-batch collaboration flights while supplies last that include:
* The Compleat Cyder, a barrel-fermented collaboration with Virginia Museum of History & Culture
* Merlot barrel-aged Charred Ordinary, a collaboration with Early Mountain Vineyards
* Mill Race Bramble barrel-aged in an Ardent Craft Ales red sour barrel
* Gin barrel-aged Hewe’s Crab, a collaboration with Catoctin Creek
* Apple brandy barrel-aged Hopsap Shandy, a collaboration with Catoctin Creek

Additional new releases will be available beginning at noon as follows:
– Brandy, whiskey, gin, maple syrup, wine, sour beer, and cider barrels will be available in 5-gallon, 30-gallon and 59-gallon sizes. All kinds of uses, especially for home brewers.
– Cross Pollinate, a barrel-fermented collaboration with The Veil Brewing Co.
– Rye and maple syrup barrel-aged Hewe’s Crab, a collaboration with Reservoir Distillery and Back Creek Farms

NO COVER, Pay as you go. Advanced tickets only for blacksmith lessons.


The festivities continue with a special Bizarre Market — Bee Day Edition! Join us from 12-4 p.m. to browse the snuggly, sparkly, gifty goodness of 20 makers. Local. Handmade. Magic.

Blue Ribbon Virginia Craft Beer Fest – Virginia State Fair, Saturday

You know what goes well with beer? Funnel cake, footlong corndogs, and terrifying rides that just a week ago where on a trailer on I-95. Twenty different breweries will be offering samples of their beers. One beer will be a lower alcohol and the other will be one of their flagship beers.


Enjoy 4 ounce tastings from more than 20 independent, small and commercial breweries from all round Virginia. Virginia’s farm breweries will also be prominently featured. Each brewery will offer a sessionable beer, one with a lower alcohol content or an easier drinking version, and one of their flagship brews that defines their craft. Many include local and organic ingredients. Malt, honey and hops producers from Virginia will also be part of the Fest, demonstrating the direct tie to agriculture.

This event is a partnership between the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and State Fair of Virginia to celebrate the booming independent craft beer industry in the state and introduce a new audience to this unique agricultural product. Fest attendees will have the opportunity to interact with owners, brewers and representatives from throughout the commonwealth and enjoy their fantastic products while listening to live music. A combo ticket that includes admission to the fair and the beer festival are $30. Day of tickets are $25 and do not include admission.
Participating breweries (as of 7/16):

1781 Brewing Co.
Lickinghole Creek Crafty Brewery
6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company
Redbeard Brewing Company
Adventure Brewing
Rock Bottom Brewery
Steam Bell Beer Works
Ardent Craft Ales
Strangeways (Richmond & Fredericksburg locations)
Ballad Brewing
Swover Creek Farm Brewery
Bear Chase Brewing Company
The Vangaurd Brewpub and Distillery
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery
Black Narrows Brewing Company Hardywood Brewery
Brothers Craft Brewery
Bull Island Brewing Company
Coelacanth Brewing
Dirt Farm Brewing
Escutcheon Brewing Company
Kindred Spirit Brewing


Not content with being a beer giant Hardywood is taking a bite out of the cider apple.

Another promised brewery is heading our way, they promise.

Tabol Brewing aims for late October or early November opening in Richmond’s North Side – RTD

“We will have some tart beer. We will have some hoppy beer,” Caudle said. “We are going to do a little bit of most everything.

“The vast majority will be in the Saison, wild, funky, and tart realms, mostly using yeast cultures that we have forged ourselves,” he said. “We will still buy the occasional culture from various labs for certain types of beer, but our primary focus is going to be on these wild cultures.”


Return of 12 Parsecs Double IPA – Final Gravity, Friday

It’s back!! You remember Falconers Flight? They’re the hops that make this fan-favorite DIPA burst with citrus and pine aroma while tasting ever so smooth. How fast this 8% DIPA will go is hard to say…but it will definitely go quickly. Get your hands on some Crowlers before they’re gone.

Run The Gauntlet #9 – Castleburg, Friday

Our brewers were feeling a bit nostalgic for simpler times and classic Pacific Northwest hops so we’re pleased to announce the return of the Run the Gauntlet Pale Ale series with version 9! This true SMaSH (single malt and single hop) pale ale features a malty backbone of Golden Promise and the floral, earthy flavors and aromas of Willamette hops. Crisp, light, and crushable, you better be prepared to throw down with Run the Gauntlet Pale Ale #9!

This Ain’t Kentucky Release – Isley, Saturday

Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Porter
9.5% ABV | 19 IBUs

“The Bribe” soars to new heights! We poured gallon after gallon of our decadent oatmeal porter into locally sourced bourbon barrels…after opening the barrels, we found our beer had aged and melded perfectly with the sweet bourbon and toasty oak, taking on hints of vanilla, char, oak, leather, and sweet whiskey. The finished beer pours thick and heavy, with a creamy off-white head and a mild carbonation. It’s bourbon but…
”This Ain’t Kentucky!”

A crowd favorite, this high ABV brew will be available In-House and To-Go on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 12pm!

Rum Barrel Pumpkin Release – Hardywood, Saturday

It’s that time of the year again! Join us Saturday, October 6 from 1-10PM for Rum Barrel Pumpkin Release!

Hardywood Rum Barrel Pumpkin combines the nostalgic flavors and aromas of autumn with a soul warming, blackstrap molasses laced finish that can only be achieved through months of maturation in Carribean spiced rum barrels. Pleasantly mellow up front with a crescendo of pumpkin pie spice giving way to subtly sweet, lingering brown sugar and spiced rum notes. ABV 10.5%




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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