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Bourbon, Beer & BBQ – Ardent, Friday

The title sums it up quite well. A little bourbon, beer and a bunch of BBQ.

On Friday, October 19, join the ODU Alumni Richmond Chapter for an evening of fine bourbon, craft ales, and delicious BBQ. Enjoy a private guided tour and bourbon tasting at the popular new Reservoir Distillery, then walk just three blocks through Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association for a pint at Ardent Craft Ales and a BBQ buffet courtesy of Deep Run Roadhouse.

For just $25, guests will receive the private tour and tasting at Reservoir Distillery, a pint of beer and BBQ buffet at Ardent Craft Ales, and an ODU Alumni Association beer growler.

Sounds like a perfect Friday night to us. So, what are you waiting for? Register today at odualumni.org/events.


October Moon Market Self Care – Champion Brewing, Saturday

These little markets are a nice way to shop on a Saturday afternoon. Hit the link to see the list of over 25 vendors.

We are jumping in to crimson red leaves and golden creativity of Fall with the theme of SELF CARE!. Join us at Champion Brewing Company – RVA at 401 E . Grace St. on Saturday October 20, 2018 from 1 PM – 6 PM. At this market vendors will be offering massage, healing herbal remedies and crystals, luxe bath and body products, feminine care products, hand made botanicals, body positive fashion and more.


Cap Trail Clean-Up & Celebration – Stone Brewing, Saturday

The Capital Trail is a wonderful addition to our area. A connection all the way to Williamsburg that allows bikers a safe journey. It should be celebrated more often. This event combines a celebration and a little clean-up action.

Trail Clean-up Time
12pm-2pm

Post Clean-up Party (Two Locations)
2pm-5pm

Join us for a clean-up of the Virginia Capital Trail and a following celebration at two locations: Stone Brewing in Richmond and Billsburg Brewery in Williamsburg.

Four Starting Locations:
-Great Shiplock Park (Richmond, VA)
https://goo.gl/maps/FuCETT33a3S2

-Jamestown Trailhead (Williamsburg, VA)
https://goo.gl/maps/jLbdwZomi3P2

-Four Mile Creek Trailhead (Henrico, VA)
https://goo.gl/maps/ML9UoTYudvL2

-Indian Fields Tavern (Charles City, VA)
https://goo.gl/maps/vHH9g78Jfv12

Indian Fields Tavern will be hosting their Family Fall Funfest from 2-5pm after concluding the clean-up at their location.

Our amazing Trail Ambassadors will be at the event to help lead the clean-up efforts.

If interested in cleaning up the Trail, please RSVP for yourself or your group via this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/xri6JIKV1n3qQDN63

For questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]


RVA Rocks! Adult Rocking Painting and Meetup – Intermission, Saturday

If you’ve done any wandering around the city you’ve likely seen painted rocks. The rocks are there to provide a little joy. Often the rocks are painted by the RVA Rocks! group. Learn more and leave with your own painted rock at Intermission.

Come join us for an afternoon of painting rocks, meeting new and old friends and watching Enid create Mandalas in action.

RVA Rocks! – VA Official Page will bring paints, rocks, and supplies.

Enid will be demo’ing her mandala skills. Come and learn!


Support the Market! Shockoe Stout with Craft Vendors – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Saturday

The good folks at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery made a Shockoe Stout to celebrate and help out the 17th Street Famer’s Market. A portion of proceeds goes to the 17th Street Farmers Market. The market has been going through renovations for what seems like forever. The vendors have suffered.  This weekend Craft Vendors will be out at the brewery. Right now there are only three listed but hopefully, that list will grow.


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Imperial Milk Stout Release – Ardent, Thursday

This cooler weather means one thing: stout season! 🙌 Imperial Milk Stout returns on Thursday, available on draft and in bottles.

Our Imperial Milk Stout is bold and rich, featuring notes of chocolate and residual sweetness from the addition of lactose, balanced by a roasty base. This big, dark stout is silky smooth, with none of the boozy burn you might expect from a 10% stout. Perfect for cooler weather and longer nights.

10% ABV • 33 IBU

✔️ On draft
🍾 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles


Pumpkin Spiced Latte & PawPawportunity Wheat Ale – Three Notch’d Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday for a special Dual Release as we have 2 new beers to debut from the RVA Collab House with Pint Specials from 4-7pm on both beers. Check out this week’s releases from RVA Head Brewer Willey Broaddus:

“Pumpkin Spiced Latte”
Pumpkin Spiced Amber Ale Conditioned With Cold Brewed Coffee
ABV: 7.5%
IBU: 10
Collaboration with University of Richmond SPCS Beer Brewing Education Program

This Pumpkin Spiced Latte will hit the spot on those cool autumn days. Brewed in collaboration with the University of Richmond SPCS’s new Beer Brewing Education Program, this beer was chosen to show the students all sorts of brewing techniques. From obtaining locally sourced malt to formulating the amount of spice to add, and from prepping squash to be added in the boil to cleanly adding coffee to finished beer, all the old school techniques were brought out for this one. And the hard work paid off.

ALSO releasing is:

“PawPawportunity”
Wheat Ale with Pawpaw Fruit
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 15
Collaboration with Darden School of Brew

Introducing the 2nd release in this year’s set of Darden collaborations. “PawPawportunity” is a light wheat beer with a heavy set of locally picked pawpaw fruit added in. Pawpaws are fruit native to the Eastern United States and have a taste similar to banana, mango and cantaloupe. This refreshing beer is sure to quench any fruit lover’s thirst.


7th Anniversary Ale Release – Hardywood, Friday

Join us to celebrate our 7th Anniversary Friday, October 19th with the release of a fresh and juicy Imperial IPA! FREE live music and food trucks TBD!

7th Anniversary Ale
An Imperial IPA showcasing Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, and Motueka hops. 10.5% ABV. Available at the Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville location on draft and in four packs of 16oz cans to go!


Gold Foil Double IPA Returns – Final Gravity, Friday

Gold Foil DIPA made its debut at Final Gravity’s 2nd Anniversary in 2017 and will finally return this week. Pouring like liquid gold, this 8% beauty is enhanced with Lemondrop, Amarillo, and Apollo hops. It shines with notes of floral, orange, and grapefruit. Crowlers available.


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RVA Beer Explorer: Burlesque, JamPacked Beer Festival, Three Notch’d Kitchen Grand Opening

Once again the weather is cooling off for the weekend. Get out there and do stuff, this stuff right here.

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Pours and Pasties Burlesque & Variety Show at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
August 12th

Always a fan of burlesque and beer and I haven’t plugged this event in a while so here you go and you should go.

Burlesque Right Meow is back at Strangeways Brewing and ready to heat things up for this summer time show! This cast full of fabulous entertainers will excite and delight you all night long! Join us for a unforgettable evening of burlesque and variety while enjoying the unique and delicious craft brews of Strangeways!
This month’s spectacular performers:
Briiyana Jay
Darshe Dazzles
Francesca Lyn
Murphy Lawless
Poppy la Fae
Sally Stardust
Scarlet Starlet
With feature performer Jacqueline Boxxe from MD!
Hosted by Ego Von Hubris
***We ask that all patrons wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while not actively drinking. Disposable masks will be available***
Doors at 8:30pm, show at 9pm
Tickets are just $12 in advance, $15 at the door for general admission
**WE ARE NOW OFFERING VIP TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW!!! Do you want a guaranteed front row seat reserved for you at Pours and Pasties? VIP tickets are now available for $20! You can only get these in advance and just 10 are available so get them before they’re gone for the best seats in the house!**
Get your tickets at: https://BRMaug2022.bpt.me


JamPacked Craft Beer and Music Festival on Brown’s Island
August 13th

The website has more information when you scroll down.  I have not heard of the bands Lettuce, Spafford, Big Something, Magic Beans, and FeelFree but perhaps you have. They have an impressive list of 39 breweries. General Admission is $25 (day of price $35, no cash at the gate) and gives you access to music all day with food & beverage for purchase. Not a lot of food options only Shakedown Eats, Goatocado, 1115 Mobile Kitchen and JiJi Frozen Custard.

The JamPacked Craft Beer and Music Festival is committed to creating a waste-free event utilizing only recyclable materials and helping to create a great local experience in the Richmond market.


Three Notch’d Brewing RVA GRAND OPENING
August 12-14th

I stopped by the new restauranty side of Three Notch’d last week. It was solid. Nothing blew me away but definitely worth checking out and I’ll be back. The Pretzel Bites which I didn’t order, looked tasty are on special so it’s probably worth it just for that.

It’s finally here… our kitchen and FULL SERVICE BAR is finally open and ready for you! Come join us for our Grand Opening weekend!
WEEKEND SPECIALS:
$5 Pretzel Bites
$8 Bowman’s Whiskey Smash
$5 Beer Specials
FREE goodie bags for kids ft. coloring pages and more!

BEER NEWS

You might say trouble is bubbling up.

Carbon dioxide shortage brewing up trouble for breweries in central Virginia – NBC12

Gott said his bill for CO2 was more than he usually pays due to a shortage in carbon dioxide.

“Gasoline Fees, of course, fuel fees and the surcharges for the disruption of the CO2 supply was $743,” Gott said.

He said the disruption was due to one of the larger CO2 providers in the country running into a contamination issue last month.

Gott said now his supplier has to drive hundreds of miles for an ingredient that goes into what you drink and helps push your beer through the production process.

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RVA Beer Explorer: 804 Day, Alex Fest, Forever Summer Fest, Hop Harvest Fest

The end of summer is on the horizon take advantage of every beer minute.

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804 DAY – Celebrate RVA @ Buskey Cider!
August 4th

Happy 804 Day I hope Fixie Claus brings you a PBR and a knit cap. Yes, a cider event but there will be beer as well.

Celebrate RVA on #804Day! On Thursday, August 4th, aka 8/04 Day, Buskey Cider will be throwing the 6th Annual event, celebrating all that is Richmond!
🫐🍓🫐LIMITED RELEASE CIDER: We’ll be releasing a special batch of 804 Day Buskey Triple Berry Cider in collaboration with Agriberry! Made with blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Available on draft only for a limited time.
🍖 FOOD: Snag some delicious local barbecue from our friends at 191 Smokery. 5pm-8:30.
🍺 LOCAL BEERS: Enjoy 804 Day with pints of cider and select beers from around the 804 in the cidery to celebrate. Available from 5pm on.
>> Steam Bell Beerworks (Midlothian) – Extra Plenty Cucumber Gose
>> Väsen Brewing Company (Scott’s Addition, RVA) – Hefeweizen
>> Center of the Universe (Ashland) – Brewski Lager
🎨 ART: Create and take home your own 804 Day design! Materials provided.

Forever Summer Fest by Veil Brewing at ChildSavers 200 North 22nd Street
August 6th

Veil beers are great but if you go to the festival you might want to concentrate on non-RVA beers of which there are a ton.

We are beyond excited to welcome back Forever Summer Festival 2022!

After a long three-year break, we welcome you back to join us and our friends at ChildSavers, our annual local beneficiary for this annual charitable event.

All proceeds for this event will go to ChildSavers. For the kids. Visit www.childsavers.org for more information on this wonderful organization.

Forever Summer is an intimate festival that we bring to you where you can relax and enjoy great beer in one of the best overlooks our city has to offer. This event will be broken up into two sessions, A + B&C. There will be 175 tickets sold per each session. Everyone attendee will have the ability to taste each beer if desired.

Forever Summer Fest tickets are live! 🔊🌺🌺🌸🌸
https://www.eventbrite.com/…/forever-summer-festival…
What is included in ticket price:
🌸1x Forever Summer event tasting glass
🌺1x 3 oz. taste of each beer
🌸A festival map/menu card
🌺Special bottle of Starve: Exhibit E for take home only. The only way to receive this bottle is by attending Forever Summer.
LINE 🆙
Angry Chair, Cloudwater, Evil Twin, Other Half, Three Floyds, 3 Sons, Two Tides, Fidens, Root and Branch, American Solera, Bellwoods, Bissell Brothers, Bottle Logic, Cantillon, Cycle, de Garde, Fonta Flora, Half Acre, Hudson Valley, Jester King, J. Wakefield, Monkish, Ocelot, Oxbow, Pen Druid, Sante Adairius, Side Project, Drie Fonteinen, Suarez Family, The Answer, Trillium + MORE!
**Designated driver tickets are available at the door for $10. DD’s will receive a different color wrist band and any sampling from the festival while wearing this wrist band is grounds for removal from the festival.**

Alex Fest at Center of the Universe Brewing
August 6th

Cool cars, motorcycles, music and beer. Sounds like a pretty nice Saturday.

Get your engines ready! We’ve got live music, fast cars, and cold drinks right here at Center of the Universe! Alex Fest is bringing an awesome car and bike show to our lot. That, PLUS live music from some of our favorite bands PLUS food from Legendary Provisions food truck! You don’t want to miss this!
Band lineup…
Eric Tipton: 2-3
Crowded Minds: 3:30-4:30
Satellites and Friends: 5-6:30
Guntown (Alex Tribute band): 7-8

Hop Harvest Festival at Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
August 7th

I’ve always liked the long running tradition of Hardywood using local’s hops in a beer. Sunday is the day to turn your home hopwork in to Hardywood.

Join us for a celebration of the hop!
🟢 Bring in your homegrown hop vines for use in this year’s batch of RVA IPA and get a $5 Hardywood gift card
🟢 Pick fresh hops off the vine
🟢 Listen to tunes from Toad Head, Sincerely Iris, and Justin Trawick and the Common Good
🟢 Enjoy something delicious from the Hardywood Pizza Kitchen
*Original art from Tyler Thomas*

BEER NEWS

Bye-bye Legend Deck View

Plan for 13 and 17-story apartment towers could block iconic view of Richmond skyline – CBS 6

That view could soon change with the building of a new high-rise apartment.

Avery Hall Investors, a development company based in New York, has plans to build River’s Edge II, an apartment complex set to include more than 500 units, at 301 West Sixth Street.

Plans include one 13-story tower and one 17-story tower.

These plans differ from the original building plans that were proposed back in 2019, which were then approved by Richmond City Council in June of 2020. Those plans called for an 11-story tower with up to 350 units.

It’s not a done deal but we’ll see or not see in the future.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Beer Bourbon BBQ, Gingerbread Stout, Summer Can Crush, Comedy

The weather is supposed not be so hot this weekend so you’ll be sweaty when outside instead full drenched with major swamp-ass.

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – The Meadow Event Park
July 30th,

I’ve never been to this festival but I’m a super big fan of two of these things. Not a big fan of the way I-95 has been on weekends lately so attend at your own risk.

RICHMOND’s BIGGEST, BADDEST, BONE-IN, BBQ Fest is Back For More!!! This 13th Annual affair offers up all those pleasures that true Southerners live by – Beer, Bourbon, Barbecue, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits, Bluegrass, and Smoked Beasts! It’s a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbecue eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon.
– ALL NEW LOCATION! Farm Bureau Center at The Meadow Event Park – Same Location as the State Fair of Virginia!
– Each Guest Receives a Souvenir Glass to enjoy All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table.
– BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection from our vendors onsite – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and all the fixins’ you can imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
– The SHRINE OF SWINE is back! Enjoy whole hogs during each session. Pork worship at its finest!
– GAME IT: The Cochon Carnival is loaded with fun activities and games to keep everyone challenged. Connect four, giant jenga, cornhole, and so much more…
– Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South.
– DANCE: Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music on The Main Stage.
– SHOP: Browse brewerania, hot sauces, and BBQ accessories.
– and a few surprises.

Hardywood Christmas in July both locations
July 26-30th

I’ll be honest, a Gingerbread Stout when it’s 10,000 degrees outside doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. In fact there is a Gingerbread Stout sitting in my fridge right now. Don’t let my negativity prevent you from climbing aboard the gingerbread hype train.

What’s better than Christmas in July with a little GBS?
We will have a full week of select 2021 Gingerbread Stout variants on draft and specials on to-go bottles & cans. Missing some of your favorites from the holidays? Don’t wait to enjoy it!
Specials will be available at both locations while supplies lasts.

RVA | Summer Can Crush at Benchtop Brewing
July 30th

I’m not sure where they’re going to fit everybody because the taproom is small. I assume they’ll be taking over a sidestreet. I’ll let the pros worry about the logistics I’m just excited to see something happening in that part of town that’s not Basic City or Legend. Also, looks to be a good variety of beer to “crush”.

Mark your calendars for an epic summer event that will include only the most crushable cans from some of our favorite breweries, a special pop-up with Hamfish BBQ featuring a delicious menu + local vendors selling their goods!

☀️ 🅂🅄🄼🄼🄴🅁 🄲🄰🄽 🄲🅁🅄🅂🄷☀️
🗓️ 𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗗𝗔𝗬 | July 30
⏰ 𝟭𝟮 𝗽𝗺 – 𝟭𝟬 𝗽𝗺
📌 434 Hull St, Richmond, VA

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Our friends over at Reverie Distribution helped us select the crispiest and most crushable brews from some of our favorite 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦. We’ll have plenty of 𝘾𝘼𝙉𝙎 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝘾𝙍𝙐𝙎𝙃. Snag some DRINK TICKETS ($6.00 per ticket) and explore tasty brews from all over the Commonwealth + a few outsiders!
✅ Cans purchased during this event are for ON-SITE consumption only!
🍺 Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA) – 𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – American Lager

🍺Barrier Brewing Company (Oceanside, NY) – 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴 – American Lager

🍺 Casa Agria (Oxnard, CA) – 𝗟𝗮 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗮 – Japanese Rice Lager

🍺 Dutchess Ales (Wassaic, NY) – 𝗞𝗲𝘁𝘇𝗲𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – Helles

🍺 J. Wakefield (Miami, FL) – 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗮𝗸 – Dark Lager

🍺 Masthead Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH) – 𝗢𝗻𝗶 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗶 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – Japanese Rice Lager

🍺 Oxbow Brewing Company (Newcastle, ME) – 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – Lager

🍺 Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) – 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘁 – German Pilsner

🍺 Torch and Crown (NYC, NY) – 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗽 𝗕𝗲𝗲𝗿 – Citra American Lager

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Hamfish BBQ has crafted an insanely tasty menu he’ll share with our fans all day. This pop-up will run from 12 pm – 6 pm (or sold out).

☀️ 🅅🄴🄽🄳🄾🅁🅂
Plus, we’ll have a few talented local 𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗢𝗥𝗦 selling their goods from 12 pm – 5 pm.
🔸 Val’s Art Cavern
🔸 Peaceful Fringe
🔸 Rutitta
🔸 Kate Berinhout Art

Hearst Girls & Friends Comedy Show at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
July 30th

Everyone is funnier when you’ve had a couple beers.

Hearst Girls & Friends is back…and at a new venue!
Catch this comedy showcase featuring stand up from Patrice DeVeaux and Leila Youmans, plus Special Guest Heather Joyce.
All followed by a made-up-on-the-spot improvised monoscene with guest improviser Kathryn Michael. NICE.
Hosted by the Hearst Girls (Casey Michelle Neeley, Kiersten Anna, & Amber Hendrix).
See y’all soon! xoxo
Doors at 6:30 PM // Show at 7:00 PM
$10 // tickets online or at the door
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Please note: Masks are optional, but full vaccination is mandatory.

BEER NEWS

Looks like the Three Notch’d RVA Collab House expansion is up and running. I haven’t been by yet. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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