RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

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Friendsgiving – Ardent, Thursday

You give a bit of canned food and you get super tasty non-canned food in return. Sounds too good to be true but it is. Head to Ardent to make your donation.

Happy Friendsgiving! 🍗

The fourth annual feast & food drive returns to Ardent Craft Ales on Thursday, November 15, featuring main dishes from Autumn Olive Farms& ZZQ, as well as side dishes and desserts from some of your favorite chefs and restaurants around RVA.

To reserve your plate, just donate 15 food items in the taproom anytime between now and the start of Friendsgiving. The food you donate will go directly to Feed More to support their work feeding children, families, and seniors across Central Virginia through programs like Meals on Wheels, the Central Virginia Food Bank, the Mobile Pantry, and Kids Café.

Need some help deciding what to give? Feed More recommends high fiber, low sugar, and low sodium foods. See this graphic for specific suggestions, including peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, and more: https://feedmore.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-FM-Most-Wanted-Items-8.5×11.pdf

If you’d prefer not to donate food, you can instead buy a $15 ticket to join the Friendsgiving fun, with 100% of ticket proceeds contributing to Feed More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-friendsgiving-at-ardent-tickets-52157524560

In addition to the feast, we will also be releasing our Barrel Aged Barleywine during this year’s Friendsgiving!

Great food, great beer, and great company, all for a great cause!

Main dishes:
ZZQ smoked turkey
Autumn Olive Farms pork shoulder

Side dishes:
Amuse Restaurant @ VMFA
Lucy’s Restaurant in Jackson Ward
Mean Bird
Union Market
Tazza Kitchen
The Answer Brewpub
Ipanema Cafe
Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches
Don’t Look Back
Go Go Vegan Go

2018 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally – Stone Brewing, Thursday

Do you have what it takes to impress the judges? If you do and win your brew will find its way into the tanks at Stone Brewing.

Since 2008, we’ve partnered with the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), to host a people’s choice–style homebrew competition.

Attendees have the opportunity to sample beer from dozens of homebrewers and vote on their favorites. After ten straight years in San Diego County, the Stone 2018 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally will make its East Coast debut at Stone Brewing – Richmond!

The winning recipe will be brewed in collaboration with Stone Brewing on a commercial scale and released via our global distribution network including all 50 states plus 40 countries. Additionally, the beer will be entered into the annual Great American Beer Festival® Pro-Am Competition in 2019.

Thanks to everyone who signed up as a competitor! To register as an attendee, details here: https://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-2018-homebrew-competition-aha-rally

Butchertown Burlesque – Hardywood, Friday

I’m not sure why burlesque and craft beers are such a good combination. I for one support this union and will continue to promote its existence.

Step back in time, begin the beguine, with Butchertown Burlesque!

Boom Boom Basics presents a vintage classic burlesque, nightlife experience to whisk show-goers away to a night of decadent celebration! Embark on a journey through the retro decades with LIVE jazz, blues and swing from Virginia-grown, and regional musical artists playing your tunes from the 1920s – 1950s, while stripteasing sirens tease and delight in an immersive, speakeasy setting.

Featuring the music stylings of The Judy Chops, and burlesque from Deanna Danger, Lottie Ellington and Lady Borgia!

Don your dapper hats and dancin’ shoes and join in the revelry, ’cause this Juke Joint is a hoppin’! Birthday & bachelorette party options available! Contact us at [email protected] for info & booking.

VIP doors 6:30pm
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

Stony Point Beer Festival – Stony Point Fashion Park, Saturday

The mall that many people in Richmond seem to forget about is calling attention to itself this weekend with beer. Everyone like beer right? Head across the river Richmond, you can do it, it’s nice on the Southside.

Join us for an amazing day of CRAFT BEER, Music, Sports, Food and Fun. The gates open at 11:00 AM so come early and stay late to enjoy all the day has to offer! Last call is 4:30 PM and taps will close at 5:00 PM.

Tickets for UNLIMITED sampling are only $20 in advance, or $30 at the door!

We will have craft brewers from all over the region sampling some of their award winning beers. They will be pouring some of your favorites as well as a sneak peek in to what will be on tap for 2019.

Live Music performance by Jack Ryan!

Please remember to drink responsibly…and plan ahead if you need a place to stay or a ride home for the evening.

This inaugural Beer Festival will feature Legend, Ardent, Lickinghole Creek, Kindred Spirit, Midnight, Vasen, Castleburg, Star Hill, Strangeways, Steam Bell, Intermission Beer Company and Devils Backbone!

Each beer station will be sponsored by a River City Sports & Social Club sporting event with prizes and awards from Stony Point Shops!

Buy your tickets today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stony-point-beer-festival-tickets-51218791785

November Moon Market – Champion Brewing, Saturday

These little markets pack a massive punch for their size. We went to one earlier this year and came home with all sorts of treasure including a jacket that is now firmly in my daughter’s clothing rotation.

Join us at Champion Brewing Company – RVA at 401 E . Grace St. on Saturday November 17, 2018 from 1 PM – 6 PM for loads of amazing vendors offering Richmond’s most unique crafts, art, jewelry, plants, apparel, tarot readings, herbal healing, magic craft supplies, vintage wear, housewares, plants and hand made botanical products!


Stone Brewing asks for yet another delay on Intermediate Terminal project

A Sudsy Ride – Richmond Magazine

The past few months have been a whirlwind for RVA Brew Crew founder Branden Whitten. In that short span of time she lost her marketing job, got married and became the owner of a 14-passenger bus, dubbed Lola, along with a craft beer tour business.

RVA Brew Crew, which launches to the public in mid-November, provides flexible itineraries to beer destinations that allow patrons to create custom experiences.

“I’ve always been a big supporter and fan of the craft beer scene here in Richmond,” says Whitten. “I love going on weekends, whether I’m with my husband, family or friends. The question is always, ‘Who’s going to be the designated driver?’ ”


Foggy Mountain Breakdown Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Tuesday

Foggy Mountain Breakdown brings you the classic combination of Citra and Mosaic, creating resonating notes of grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruits that will get stuck in your head like a favorite old tune. Brimming with a reliably adored assembly of hops, this Double IPA hits you with flavors that glow right from the glass.

Feliz Navidad Smoked Mexican Ale Release – Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday for a Special Charlottesville Collaboration Release with Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company. Every Thursday is Tap That Thurs and you can come in to try a new beer release and take advantage of draft specials until 7pm, see the details for this week’s release below:

“Feliz Navidad”
Smoked Mexican Ale
ABV. – 5.6%
IBU – 17
Cville Collaboration w/ Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co.

A collaboration for charity project with our friends at Devils Backbone. This light ale is brewed with beechwood smoked malt and a touch of lime zest. RVA Proceeds will benefit Feed More of Richmond.

Rye Barrel GBS Release – Hardywood, Saturday

Can’t have enough holiday cheer! Join us Saturday, November 17 for more!

Rye Barrel GBS
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout matured in Rye Barrels. Available at the Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville location on draft and in 750mL bottles to go. $17.99 + tax




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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.