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December Moon Market – Champion Brewing, Saturday

Shopping and drinking continue with the December Moon Market at Champion Brewing.

Celebrate Winter and the season of giving with us. Join us at Champion Brewing Company – RVA at 401 E . Grace St. on Saturday December 15, 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!


LCCB Craft Vendor Holiday Show – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Saturday

They don’t have a list of vendors but even if you don’t find a craft to buy you can always buy beer. That’s not a bad thing.

LCCB is hosting their 2nd craft vendor show of 2018! Come out to the Farm for some holiday shopping provided by local craft vendors and artists.

To reserve a table for this event contact [email protected]


Gingerbread House Competition – Strangeways, Saturday

From the looks of it, you’ll be building your masterpiece on location. Bring the creativity and take home the prize and show that you are truly the Frank Lloyd Wright of gingerbread construction.

Join Strangeways for our First Annual FREE Gingerbread House Competition!

December 13th at 7 PM! Strangeways prizes will be awarded for the team’s best Gingerbread House. Tacky Christmas Sweaters strongly encouraged (and extra points will be awarded for the most festive team). Please register your team by emailing [email protected] to reserve your house!

Seasonal beers available including our Gingerbread Gourd of Thunder and Tirami’zu Brew to help get you in the holiday spirit!


Used Barrel Sale – Center of the Universe, Saturday

More fun than a barrel of monkeys. Actually, if you don’t have a barrel for all your monkeys this is the perfect event for you.

It’s that time of year again! We have the following freshly dumped barrels for sale. All sales will take place on Saturday, December 15th starting at 12pm. We will not be taking any pre-orders or reservations for the barrels. They are being offered on a first come first serve basis. We will post once they are sold out.

Cost: $125 for 1 or $200 for 2 plus tax

(16) Apple Brandy Barrels
(16) Bourbon Barrels

How It Works:
1.) First come, first served. We will issue “tickets” at the door to ensure fairness
2.) Bring a friend and an appropriately sized vehicle. You must be able to load your barrels into your vehicle at the time of purchase
3.) No limits, but you must be able to take your barrels when paid for. (No holding!)


Pet Photos with Santa – Intermission Brewing, Saturday

Make a donation and bring your camera and you too could be that person that sends pictures of their dog to friends and family at Christmas.


The 5th Annual Brew-Ho-Ho! – Hardywood, Sunday

Book on over and talk about books.


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Grin Casket Series Ragged Branch Bourbon Barrel – Basic City Brewing, Thursday

This is a very limited release of single 500ml bottles. Our Base Grin Imperial Stout aged in Ragged Branch Bourbon Barrels. 10%ABV. Oh so tasty! great to drink now or to hold in your cellar. Don’t wait because it will be gone quick!

Life’s to short! Don’t wait to Grin!


Lip Service New England IPA Release! – Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, Friday

Join us every Friday for Tap That as we debut new beer releases every week with Pint Specials on the new release from 3-7pm. Check out this week’s release from RVA Head Brewer Willey Broaddus:

“Lip Service” New England IPA
ABV: 6.3%
IBU: 20
Collab w/ David Hunter & Friends

This is a New England IPA designed for the working man after a long day. “Lip Service”, named after the epic lip sync battle that took place after the first keg was tapped is a little more bitter and less ABV than a typical NEIPA to make it more approachable for everyone, “Lip Service” still provides that super soft mouthfeel and extreme juicy flavor regular NEIPA drinkers have fallen in love with. Brewed with Amarillo and Mosaic hops, this beer delivers a myriad of citrus, melon, and tropical fruit flavors.


Double Barrel GBS + Mega GBS Release – Hardywood, Saturday

Ending the GBS season with a bang, join us Saturday, December 15 for this double release!

Double Barrel GBS
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout first aged in Bowman’s Bourbon Barrels for eight glorious months and then in Grape Brandy Barrels for three months. Available at the Richmond, West Creek and Charlottesville locations on draft and in 750mL bottles to go! $24.99 + tax.

Mega GBS
Our Cassowary imperial milk stout with plenty of ginger, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla to make those cold winter nights that much more cozy! Available at the Richmond West Creek and Charlottesville location on DRAFT and COMPLETE SETS ONLY!


Return of 12 Parsecs Double IPA – Final Gravity, Saturday

It’s back for the holidays!! You remember Falconers Flight? They’re the hops that make this fan-favorite DIPA burst with citrus and pine aroma while tasting ever so smooth. How fast this 8% DIPA will go is hard to say…but it will definitely go quickly. Get your hands on some Crowlers before they’re gone.


2015 Stone Imperial Russian Stout tapping – Stone Brewing, Sunday

We’re firing up the wayback machine once again to bring you one of our favorite beers, 2015 Stone Imperial Russian Stout. Time has been good to this one, it’s smoother and more decadent than even we thought possible. As always with our archive kegs, quantities are limited, don’t sleep on it!


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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’s Last Call

The RVA Beer Explorer is sailing off into the sunset but hopefully, you’ll like its fuzzy replacement.

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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.

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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 ​[email protected]​ with your candidate or surrogate’s information.

SUPPORT OUR WORK💚💚
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.

VOTER REGISTRATION📝
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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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 5/14

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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.

~~BREWHOUSE EXPERIENCE – 1pm – 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.

~~LIVE MUSIC~~
12:00pm – Addison Liming
3:15pm – Ol’ Riles Band

~~BEER LIST~~
Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
Chips
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.

PARTICIPATING VENDORS
Intergalactic Tacos
La Bête
Taco Club
Wigglestick Barbecue
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
RVA New York Style
The Irish Rover
Sammich
Gaucho
Mean Bird
Taqueria Panchito
Right On Time Mobile Diner
Happy_Arepas
The Hungry Turtle Food Truck
Dank Eats
RVA Street Foodies

DESSERT
King Of Pops – Richmond

BANDS
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: http://shine.farm

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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