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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

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

Post Clean-up Party (Two Locations)

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)

-Jamestown Trailhead (Williamsburg, VA)

-Four Mile Creek Trailhead (Henrico, VA)

-Indian Fields Tavern (Charles City, VA)

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:

For questions, please e-mail us at

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.


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:

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.





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 ​​ 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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