RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

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 www.yourunitedway.org.

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.




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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 and/or beer.