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Halloween lands on a weekday this year so all the breweries are getting their spooky on this weekend. Have a ghoulish good time.




How To Halloween Makeup Workshop – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Wednesday

Aisthesis Productions will be at Hardywood to help you get ready for a spooky Halloween. They’ll be teaching their horror makeup secrets to the masses.

Aisthesis Productions How To Halloween Makeup Workshop
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Doors: 6:00 (grab a beer!)
Workshop: 6:30PM
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond Location)
All Ages (with adult supervision)

Purchase tickets through eventbrite

$30 | Includes workshop instruction + materials, 1 drink ticket, and take home instructional handouts for you to try at home.
$40 | All of the above PLUS a TO-GO makeup Kit with instructional handout so you can execute the most terrifying makeup on the block for Halloween!

2018 Manchester Harvest Festival – Legend Brewing, Saturday

On Saturday, October 27th from 12-8pm Legend Brewing Co. will be hosting our 2nd Annual Manchester Harvest Festival- with live music, food trucks, costume contests for children AND adults, and much more! This is a community event, for all ages, and *FREE* to attend!
You don’t want to miss this one!

Isley 5th Anniversary – Isley, Saturday

The first brewery in Scott’s Addition turns five. Join the folks at Isley to celebrate their pioneering spirit.

Cheers to 5 years of beers! 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

We are extremely excited to celebrate our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and the beer that has brought us all together! Save the date and bring your family and friends along for the party! 🎉 🎈

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, we’ll be partying out on the patio! DRINK limited edition beer releases & wine! TASTE delicious food from local vendors! DANCE to funky tunes by local bands! CELEBRATE with your favorite brewery in town!

Limited edition beer releases will include the fan-favorite BOOZY MOTHER!


Live Music:
The Obscurity Exchange
Pump House Blues

RSVP & stay tuned for more event news! 🍻
Event is FREE & family friendly

Scott’s Addition Halloween Booz Crawl! – Saturday, Scott’s Addition

We just go to one maker of alcohol to get in the Halloween spirit when you can go to ten?

You know that you still want to Trick or Treat, so we’ve come up with the perfect way for you to join in on the fun! Come to Scott’s Addition, the booziest neighborhood in RVA on Saturday, 10/27 from 3pm-11pm to try all of our awesome beers, ciders, meads, and whiskeys!

As an added bonus, pick up Booz Crawl cards at any of the locations during the event and get three unique stamps from any of the participating alcohol producers, and be entered to win a $25 gift card individually for each location.

Ardent Craft Ales
Black Heath Meadery
Blue Bee Cider
Buskey Cider
Courthouse Creek Cider
Isley Brewing Company
Reservoir Distillery
Three Notch’d RVA Collab House
Väsen Brewing Company
The Veil Brewing Co.

Barktoberfest – Strangeways, Saturday

The brewery has gone to the dogs and that’s a positive.

STRANGEWAYS BREWING is proud to once again support the animal rescue community with their annual fall dog event. Join us at the brewery for a fur filled day of fun with Barktoberfest on Saturday, October 27 starting at 12pm. This year the festival benefits Adopt RVA, a local 501c-3 umbrella group raising awareness and support to all the local rescue, shelter and adoption groups:
Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond
Henrico Humane Society
Richmond Animal League (RAL) and
Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC)
FETCH a Cure’s Pen Pal’s

FREE Event, donations accepted!
Family and Dog Friendly
Adoptable Dogs from multiple rescue organizations
Pet-related Vendors
36+ Beers to Choose From
Pet Contests for Best Costume and Best Trick
Stein Holding Contest for the Humans
FREE Parking
Food trucks from:
Hollywood Cheesesteaks
Freekin’ Rican – Puerto Rican Food Carts & Catering

Grab your friends (with and without fur), and head on over to STRANGEWAYS to support Adopt RVA. There’s plenty of room to relax and chill with your dog in our beer garden while enjoying RVA’s largest selection of fresh brewed beers and chowing down on some of Richmond’s yummiest food truck delights.

Let’s face it, teaming up with Adopt RVA was a natural fit. Dogs and cats are like beer. It’s hard to choose just ONE, and Strangeways features 36 beers on tap every day,

A suggested donation of $5+ will get you a sweet koozie while supplies last. All donations go directly to Adopt RVA

Dogs must be on leashes at all times and will not be allowed in the brewery. Please, only bring well-behaved, non-aggressive dogs who are dog-friendly and comfortable with crowds and kids.


Shockoe Stout – Brunswick Stew Festival, Lickinghole Creek, This week

The official release of Lickinghole Creek’s Shockoe Stout is right around the corner! Enrichmond’s Brunswick Stew and Stout festival on Saturday, October 27 from 11am-4pm in Shockoe Bottom will headline the beer, and it will hit the taproom and shelves in the week leading up to the festival.
The Shockoe Stout is a highly drinkable stout at 5.5ABV, giving it a lighter finish than typical darker fall beers. Virginia hops and red cedar are added in at the end of the brewing process, creating a fresh, wintery flavor. It’s a perfect beer for fall festivals and firepits, maintaining the richness you expect from Lickinghole Creek’s award-winning stouts.
Shockoe Stout will be available in four packs of 16 oz. cans from local retailers such as Ellwood Thompsons and Union Market, as well as throughout the state in Total Wine. It will be on tap in local restaurants and bars throughout the winter, especially in Shockoe Bottom, and in Lickinghole Creek’s Shockoe Bottom taproom.

Fall American Sour Blend release – Ardent, Thursday

Our next seasonal sour release is ready to go! We’ll be pouring glasses to enjoy in the taproom and selling bottles to go beginning Thursday, October 25.

Fall American Sour Blend is a copper colored, medium bodied blend of sour blonde ale and Brett IPA. This is a dry, balanced beer with light acidity and a funky characteristic from the Brettanomyces. Aged in neutral oak barrels, this complex blend will continue to age well in the bottle as long as you can hold off opening it.

6.7% ABV • 15 IBU

✔️ On draft
🍾 330 ml bottles

1 IN 7 Hazy IPA Release! – Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday and every Thursday for new beer releases from the RVA Collab House with Pint Specials from 4-7pm. Check out this week’s release from RVA Head Brewer Willey Broaddus:

“1 in 7”
Hazy IPA
ABV: 7%
IBU: 15
Collaboration with United Way

“1 in 7” Hazy IPA is bursting with citrusy, melon flavors from the heavy use of Amarillo hops. One hop, seven percent ABV. This beer was specifically designed to bring attention to those numbers. Our collaboration partner, United Way, is an organization focused on creating community-based solutions to strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life. One of those cornerstones is education, and 1 in 7 children do not have the resources to start school with proper literacy skills in the Richmond area. United Way works tirelessly to try to bring that number down to zero. Find out how you can help at

Star Castle DIPA & Astral Plane IPA – Final Gravity, Friday

TWO incredible beers release this week from Final Gravity!

Star Castle DIPA:
The defenses have been obliterated so there’s nothing standing in the way of you and this next level 8% Double IPA. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops, you’ll experience a quenching bouquet of tropical mango and citrus with a bit of spiciness to keep things interesting. This game moves quick, so don’t sleep on this one.

Astral Plane IPA:
Inside this ethereal new IPA, you’ll find an insane amount of Galaxy hops with the essence of clean citrus, passionfruit, and peach. Though it may seem mysterious – with the first sip, it’ll feel like you’ve known it from another life. Experience it for yourself by the glass, crowler, or growler…you’ll be together on the Astral Plane.




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: Unhappy Hour, Pups and Pints, Space Jam, Castleburg turns 6




Poe Museum Unhappy Hour
May 26th, 6 PM,

Music by the Embalmers, drinking, two cats and surrounded by Poeness.

Wasn’t last week at the #poemuseum #unhappyhour fun??? Wanna do it again??? Well now, YOU CAN!!! Your fave fezheads are getting back to the garden in just a few short weeks for the May Unhappy Hour on Thursday, May 26th starting at the civilzed hour of 6pm!!!
What craaaazy hi-jinks will we get up to? What new tricks will we have up our well-tailored yet tasteful sleeves? Will we be debuting some new tunes for you???
Only way to find out the answers to these mysteries is to come to the Unhappy Hour to see and hear for yourselves!!!

Pups & Pints Summer Kick Off with Väsen Brewing Benefitting RAL at Ellwood Thompson’s
May 26th, 5:30-7:30

Drink some beer, pet some dogs, graze on snacks, buy some groceries all in one convenient spot.

This season’s first Pups & Pints is going to be a big one as we celebrate the warm weather and longer days. We are ready to start summer a few weeks early on our patio with Väsen Brewing Company & RAL!

Be ready to steal the pint to raise money for Richmond Animal League while enjoying the company of your furry friends and the smooth melodies of Justin Golden.
Väsen will be joining us on the patio to talk about their beers & there may even be a few adoptable dogs there too if you’re looking to add a four-legged companion to your family!
Festivities will start at 5:30 and will include a dog treat raffle benefitting RAL, doggie pools, treats, beers, music & more!
Of course your friendly dogs are invited (and encouraged to come!). There will be a fair amount of dogs and activities happening on our patio, so please ensure your dog will not be over stimulated and reactive. We want this to be fun for everyone!

While this event is focused on beer & dogs, all ages are welcome to come hang out! We will have non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase as well, along with plenty of snacks and food throughout the store!

Cinema by the Creek: Space Jam! at Hardywood Westcreek
May 27th, 8-10 PM

Don’t worry it’s the old Space Jam! not that new abomination. That’s all Folks.

Cinema by the Creek is back for the 2022 season and we’re kicking things off with 90’s sports classic throwback, Space Jam.
Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny (Billy West) and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird (Larry Bird) and Charles Barkley (Charles Barkley) — so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan (Michael Jordan).
This is a free and family-friendly event! Join us on the West Creek lawn for a fun evening of an outdoor movie paired with a great beer!
WC FOOD TRUCK: 1. Smokery Pl.

Castleburg’s Sixth Anniversary!!
May 28th, 2-10 PM

This is a brewery I don’t give enough credit to. Their beer has steadily improved and they host a ton of local groups. Great to see them hit their 6th Anniversary.

We’re turning six!!! Come celebrate the entrance into this new year of Castleburg Brewery with us!

-We’re bringing back our Six Fingered Man Sour Ale w/ Blackberry and Lime! Get it? Six Year Anniversary? Six Fingered Man? We think we’re clever.
*Six Fingered Man is heavy on the malted wheat and a big helping of milk sugar giving this 3.3% ABV sour a full body. Our signature kettle souring technique and the addition of both blackberry and lime provides an approachable tartness and fruity finish. Prepare to… drink.*

-We will also have cider! Our friends over at Old Town Cidery of Winchester, VA will have their Pippin hard cider on! This cider is a single varietal of the Ablemarle Pippin, an apple grown by Thomas Jefferson. More of a fine wine, with a sharp, dry finish. 6.9% ABV

-Big Fundamental will be performing in the taproom at 7pm, with Midnite Taxi and Whitney & the Saying Goes


Seems like this would be a no-brainer but I guess it needs to be said out loud.

Maybe Don’t Use Serial Killers in Your Craft Beer Marketing – The TakeOut

Dahmer, Kemper, Gacy, and Ramirez collectively killed at least 80 people. The horrors they committed are only a generation behind us—Kemper is still alive in prison in California—and victims’ families are constantly retraumatized by the continued commodification of these killers’ likenesses. To take these figures’ legacies of violence, sanitize them, strip them of context, and turn a profit is to delegitimize the suffering they’ve caused.

Beyond these very good reasons to not use a serial killer’s face to sell any product, craft beer has all the more reason to avoid this kind of marketing. This is an industry that, exactly a year ago, experienced a large-scale reckoning where dozens of people came forward with stories of sexual misconduct and abuse. The Murder Box stands as a signal that, despite any progress made in the past year, there are still sections of the beer industry that remain untouched and unconcerned.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Burlesque, Crates, Summer Moon Music Fest, Sun Crushing




Burlesque Right Meow at Strangeways
May 13th, 9 PM, $12-$20

Kickoff your weekend watching beautiful folks kickoff their clothing.

Come out this Friday for another Pours and Pasties at Strangeways Brewing!

⬇️⬇️⬇️Tickets below ⬇️⬇️⬇️

CRATES at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 14th, 12-6 PM

If you’re a cool kid and have one of those record-playing thingies you need to head over to Fulton. You can get giant musical discs and beer.

CRATES is back at Triple Crossing- Fulton! Over 25 tables of records of all genres, DJ sets all day and of course, Beer. Admission is free.

8th Annual Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe
May 14th & 15th, 12-8 PM

There are a ton of bands. There has gotta be someone you like.

🎶🌛After a two year hiatus, Summer Moon Music Festival is back!!!🌛🎶

If you like live music, helping charitable organizations, or both, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.
This 2-Day long festival is a battle of the bands for charity and features 21 local bands who will be taking the stage to battle it out for their organization of choice. To accompany the bands, there will be food trucks and two draft beer stations, so you won’t have to worry about lines to get a delicious cold one.

We are excited to welcome the Summer Moon Music Festival back to our Biergarten, and with it comes our oh-so-refreshing Summer Moon Imperial Wheat Ale. Brewed with fresh lemon zest and hundreds of pounds of raspberries, this big beer brings tons of tangy fruit flavor!

Momma’s BBQ will be here all day Saturday, and Legendary Provisions and Freekin’ Rican will be here on Sunday. Come hungry, these trucks won’t let you down!

As always, this event is FREE, RAIN or SHINE event! Supervised, well behaved children and dogs on leashes are welcome to attend the festivities!

Suncrush Crushfest 2022 at Hardywood Westcreek
May 14th, 12-10 PM

Don’t try to actually crush the sun. First off it’s too far away and second, it’s way too hot. You’ll burn your fingers. The final reason for not crushing the sun is you don’t want to piss off Huitzilopochtli the Aztec God of war, sun, human sacrifice, and the patron of the city of Tenochtitlan.

Crushfest 2022 is back! Welcome warm weather and days spent outdoors with Suncrush at Hardywood West Creek Crushfest.
We will have a full day with:
🥏 Outdoor games
🚐 Food Trucks featuring Grandpa Eddie’s + Slideways + Dominion Dogs + Jiji Frozen Custard
🎤 Music all day
☀️Adaptive demos with Beyond Boundaries – learn more about this awesome non-profit here:
Music Line-Up
*Elby Brass: 12:30-1:30pm
*The Embalmers: 2-3pm
*Mother’s Little Helpers (Rolling Stones tribute): 3:30-4:30pm
*Green River (CCR tribute): 5-6pm
*Hot Legs (Tina Turner tribute): 6:30-7:30pm
*Sky Dog (Allman Brothers Tribute): 8-10pm
Hope to see you ready and #suncrushingit


Lilly Pad permit would limit live music volume, hours at Varina venue – Richmond BizSense

A provisional-use permit proposed for the restaurant and the larger Kingsland Marina would limit live music to certain hours and decibel levels, among other conditions that county staff is recommending after determining that the expanded restaurant had outgrown the parameters of a previous permit.

Three Notch’d Brewing to spill into adjacent space in Scott’s Addition – Richmond BizSense

Three Notch’d Brewing Co. is planning to expand its space at 2930 W. Broad St. to include the addition of a restaurant, according to documents filed with the city. The extra room came available after two adjacent spaces were recently left vacant by Red Goat Pizza and Richmond Wine Station.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Dandies, Burlesque, Mom, Ukraine

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and nothing says, “I love ya Ma” like hitting up a brewery.




Vagabond Dandies at Bingo Beer
May 5th, 7:30 PM

I know recommending anything beer, related taking place on Cinco de Mayo is a crapshoot. I’m confident that this is a solid bet and there won’t be anyone from Bingo dressed in culturally inappropriate garb.

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show at Center of the Universe
May 5th, 7-8:30 PM, $15 in advance, $20 at door

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is a bold statement. Head over and make sure they aren’t fibbing.

Greetings, true believers! Making May MARVELous, Ellie Quinn Presents has assembled a team of heroic and villainous burlesque performers to pay tribute to Earth’s Mightiest!
Diving into the deepest depths of nerdlesque, Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is going to offer a unique blend of storytelling with tantalizing performances by some of the most colorful characters. Aiming to tease, tantalize, and tremor every bone in your body, this will be one crossover event that will make you shout “excelsior”, all live in the round of the intimate COTU event space!

Ellie Quinn
Empress de Naste
Poppy la Fae
Santobella Spark
Scarlet Starlet
Center of the Universe Brewery
11293 Air Park Dr
Ashland VA 23005
Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm

Ages 21 and up

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door

Brunch for a Queen – Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood (Richmond)
May 1st, 12 PM, $15

This event is guaranteed to be a drag.

Celebrate the queens in your life with a Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood Richmond!
Expect a Sunday Funday filled with:
👑 Drag performances from Michelle Livigne and more
🍻 Ticket includes one drink
🍕 Brunch specials from the Hardywood Pizza Kitchen
🎟 Doors and brunch ordering start at 11am, show start at 12pm
🎉 Fun for all ages
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Free Mom Hugs. To learn more visit


How these Richmond craft breweries are supporting Ukraine through beer – RTD

After Russia invaded Ukraine, a Lviv craft brewery with the name of Pravda stopped making beer and started brewing Molotov cocktails.

Soon after, the brewer called on fellow brewers around the world to show solidarity with Ukraine by brewing one of Pravda’s beers for charity. Pravda, which is the Russian word for “truth,” made that possible by posting its recipes online.

Several Richmond craft breweries have joined the “Brew for Ukraine” initiative, which aims to raise money for humanitarian relief through sales of the beer and to call attention to the plight of Ukrainians.




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