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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’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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