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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

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


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