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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 FarmsZZQ, 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 Morehttps://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
Saison
Union Market
Tazza Kitchen
The Answer Brewpub
Ipanema Cafe
Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches
Don’t Look Back
Go Go Vegan Go
Southbound


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 DangerLottie 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!


BEER NEWS

https://richmondbizsense.com/2018/11/12/stone-brewing-asks-yet-another-delay-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?’ ”


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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.

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

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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!
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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.
SYNOPSIS:
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

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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

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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 ⬇️⬇️⬇️
https://m.bpt.me/event/5440421


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: https://www.beyondboundariesrva.org/
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

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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.

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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!

Assembling:
Andromeda
Catleesi
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
https://elliequinnpresents.square.site/

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 https://freemomhugs.org/

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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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