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It’s a short week but we’re not short on beer and beer-related events. Have a great Thanksgiving y’all.




The 12 Weeks of Dudemas – Black Heath Meadery, Next 12 Days

These glasses are so cool. Black Heath Meadery doesn’t have any pictures posted yet but fortunately, Style Weekly is on the ball and posted this picture. For the next 12 weeks swing by Black Heath Meadery and pick up one of these stellar pint glasses. The previous Style Weekly link has the full story and details on these pint glasses that could really tie a kitchen together. Above all, “Abide”.

Photo Credit: Style Weekly/Bill Cavender

Dark Daze – Veil Brewing, Friday

Lovers of the dark beers rejoice. This Friday is your day to shine. Hit the link for the full list of beer and costs.

Our 2nd annual Dark Daze will be on November 23rd, Black Friday🖤 We will have special hours of 12pm-10pm.

We will have 8-9 barrel aged bottles, 4 canned beers, and some limited vintage bottles available to-go. Special vintage draft offerings will be available as well as limited edition glassware and a shirt to commemorate the event.

No tickets for this one. First come, first served like our can releases.
We will announce full draft list, food vendor(s), and other special treats as we approach the event. Hope to see y’all there!

Black Friday Tacky Wrapping Party! – Intermission, Friday

I’ve managed to avoid doing any Black Friday shopping for about 30 years. This event might (it really won’t) change my mind. Those of you that brave the crowds can reward yourselves with a beer and get those presents wrapped in one stop.


Come grab a beer and wrap your Black Friday presents or presents you want to re-gift at our Black Friday Tacky Wrapping Paper Party!

Tacky Wrapping paper, Tape, and Scissors all provided!

Happy Hour from 1:00 – 2:00!

RVA Black Friday Local Market – Strangeways, Friday

In the previous event announcement, I discussed briefly my disdain for Black Friday. This event is another possible exception because it avoids the chaos that will be the mall or Carytown.

Join us on November 23rd from 1 – 6 PM for a pop-up Local RVA Market on Black Friday in our Brewery! All retailers will be small local businesses and a great opportunity to get a jump on stocking stuffers and Christmas presents!

Stangeways bundled swag gifts will be available and a special collaboration release!

Right On Time Mobile Diner will be joining us from 11 – 7 PM!

Fan Fall Bar Crawl! – The Fan, Saturday

You’ve done the family thing now it’s time to hang with some other beer lovers and hit three spots in the Fan.

Drinking for a great cause! We know you’ve lasted through Thanksgiving and braved Black Friday…So, on Small Business Saturday why not support a local charity, a local distributor, a local brewery and four local bar/restaurants!

The first 24 guest pay $10 to get an exclusive t-shirt and your first beer (limited quantities)! If you don’t get the shirt, you can still receive $5 Ardent core beers and also a $5 app pairing.

We’ll start Foo Dog: Asian Street Food at 5:30 PM. Drop your canned goods here to support Feed More and receive raffle tickets for a special drawing at the final stop!

– At 6:15 PM we’ll move to Home Team Grill in the Fan.
– At 7:00 PM onward to District 5.
– Finally, 7:45 we march to Pizza&BeerRva.

The sponsored Ardent Craft Ales beers at the stops are as follows:

– Foo Dog: Honey Ginger
– Home Team: Milk Stout and Petite Saison
– District 5: Pilsner and Hazy
– PBR: IPA X, Dark Rye and a special beer cocktail we’re calling
The Professor X!

Contact any of the parties involved, or Brown Distributing- Richmond, VA for further details. We can’t wait to see you all!


Raisin For Bee’in Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Braggot Release – Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, Friday


Join us this Friday for a Special Black Friday Tap That Release with our friends at Black Heath Meadery! This is the 2nd collaboration we’ve done here in RVA with this amazing group of folks and this one does not disappoint. Black Heath will also have some killer deals going on including the limited bottle release of one of their newest meads “Farmer’s Friend” which has a number of fresh berries added to it and some other releases happening at their taproom. Check out their Facebook page for more details:

Pint Specials on the new release from 3-7pm and we’ll have our Flagship Friday Happy Hour as normal til 7pm as well. Check out the release details from RVA Head Brewer Willey Broaddus:

“Raisin For Bee’in”
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Braggot
ABV: 8.7%
IBU: 25
Collaboration with Black Heath Meadery

A braggot is a combination of mead and beer, and we couldn’t think of better people to make this old style with a new flare than the mead masters of Black Heath Meadery. They have been our neighbors in Scott’s Addition for some time and we wanted to celebrate their new expansion with this delicious dessert braggot made with 200 lbs of honey. Don’t worry though, Black Heath is staying in the neighborhood, but they’ll have much more delicious mead coming our way!

Apple Brown Betty Release Party – Isley,  Friday

She’s back!
One of our most popular seasonal releases made with fresh pressed Blue Bee Cider apple juice returns to the taps on Black Friday, November 23!
Bring the family by for a couple brews!
Apple Brown Betty is a traditional English nut brown ale, with the addition of fresh pressed Blue Bee Cider apple juice, pre and post fermentation. Nutty, caramel sweet, buttery cinnamon, and apple are the prominent flavors, with mulling spices added during the boil for the Apple pie flavor profile. A light cider alcohol flavor comes through the sweet ale backbone and the Blue Bee Cider apples and spices are prominent in the aroma. Pours a rich, dark mahogany color with a cream colored head.

We will also be pouring Caramel Macchiato Porter as our Friday Infusion. What a great way to take a break from shopping or relax after all that shopping! So come by, rest your feet and enjoy a cold one!

2018 Shut Up Release Party – Center of the Universe, Friday

It’s that time of year again. The family is in town…Awkward conversations…Random tiffs…and lots, and lots, of noise. Time to take a minute for yourself, and take down a tall glass of SHUT UP! This year, Shut Up is an 11.5% ABV White Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels with cold brew coffee. After a long hibernation, the barrels are blended together to create a unique, complex, and robust libation suitable for an escape.

So on Black Friday, tell your in-laws you are hitting some stores, and cruise on over to the brewery for a little me time. We are opening early, at 12pm, so you can do you.

Take in the aromas & flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon as you savor the silky finish of this beer. Shut Up! will be available in 16oz 4pack cans to go and on draft all day.

COTU Celebrates Shut Up!

Come help us celebrate the release of this phenomenal white stout. We will have LIVE MUSIC from That Dog Bite from 3-6pm and Capitol Waffle Shop here with their delectable waffle creations!

Apple Brandy GBS Release – Hardywood, Saturday

We’re not done yet! Come out Saturday, November 24 to get this Barrel aged beauty!

Apple Brandy GBS
In this limited edition variant, our Gingerbread Stout blends in perfect harmony with the cinnamon kissed oak staves of the apple brandy barrels in which it was matured. This barrel aged imperial milk stout crescendos with notes of honey, chocolate and fragrant cinnamon. 10.4% ABV. Available in the Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville location on draft and in 750mL bottles to go! $17.99 + tax




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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RVA Beer Explorer 5/21

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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