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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

The last RVA Beer Explorer of 2018. We’ll be taking next week off but wish a hearty “CHEERS” to everyone.





Campers & Cans – Pizza & Beer Richmond, Thursday

Gingerbread houses are passé. All the cool kids are building gingerbread campers.

Charity Gingerbread Camper Building Contest for FeedMore

Love to use your imagination? Are you all about contributing to a great cause? Don’t mind getting a little sticky in the process? Yes, yes, yes? Then this is the perfect event for you and your steady-fingered friends! Pizza & Beer of Richmond and Hardywood have teamed up to raise some cans for our local food bank, FeedMore! With open voting from the public, the most creative designs will win awards, swag, and gift card prizes! Bringing in canned goods will get you extra voting power; 1 can = 1 extra voting ticket, with unlimited tickets available! Only 15 slots to sign up to build at the event so, first come-first served! Even if you aren’t building, be sure to attend and bring in some canned goods for your favorite local food bank (and to get more voting tix!) while enjoying some exclusive Hardywood brews at the one and only, Pizza & Beer of Richmond!

-Thurs, Dec 20th, 5pm-830pm
-@Pizza & Beer of Richmond
-5pm-6pm (BEER) 6pm-8pm (BUILD) 8-8:30pm (VOTE!)
-15 team slots with unlimited number of teammates
-Bring in any decorating tools and treats of your choice!!
-FREE Gingerbread Camper Kit to build!

Axe Throwing – Midnight Brewing, Thursday

After you’ve used your handy axe to cut down the Christmas Tree grab a beer and throw that axe at a target. Thursday’s 6-9PM. Must be 21. Fee required.

Elf! Teeny Tiny Petting Farm! + other festivities – Veil Brewing, Saturday

Stop in to pet a goat and stay to drink a few too many and laugh a little too much at Elf.

Tis the Season!

December 22nd we’ll be getting our festive in with our annual showing of ELF.

During the day we’ll have Teeny Tiny Petting Farm with all their baby animals, Intergalactic Taco and a new favorite friend, S’mores Amore, who makes the best s’mores! Come, bring your family, and wear a tacky Christmas sweater! Food and baby animals start at Noon.

ELF with popcorn from River City Kettle Corn starts at 8p.

T-Rexmas CaROARling in Lakeside! – Final Gravity, Saturday

Nothing says Christmas like a T-Rex. NOTHING.

Got an awesome inflatable dinosaur costume (any species will do) or want to DIY yourself (and your kids) into one? Meet us in the back parking lot of Final Gravity Brewing Co. for Christmas Ca-ROAR-ling around Lakeside Avenue. We’ll hit the Lakeside Farmer’s Holiday MarketLakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, Fire Station 5, SB’s Lakeside Love ShackVirginia BBQ Lakeside, and then back to Final Gravity for a brewski…roaring all the way! We KNOW you know someone (or you are that someone) who has a dinosaur costume and waiting for this opportunity to create a hi-ROAR-ious holiday scene in Lakeside so please SHARE! The more the merri-ROAR and we’ll have special perks for our ca-ROAR-lers! Meet no later than 11a and we’ll venture out at 11:15a!! Onlookers will have a front row seat of the shenanigans from the Final Gravity window! Roar-roar-roar-roar-roar—roar-roar-roar-roooooaar!!! #trexrva

Nakatomi Plaza Christmas Party Movie Night – Intermission, Saturday

If you recognize the name Nakatomi Plaza you’ll know why I picked this one

92% of you voted that this was a Christmas movie so we will be playing it!

Movie Plot: An officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
1988 – Rated R



Winter Warmer Release – Ardent, Thursday

Tis the season… for holiday beer!

Winter Warmer, brewed as a special pilot batch with mulling spices, was conceived as a collaboration with The Valentine. Due to inclement weather, we had to cancel our Court End Christmas appearance, so now we’re hosting a special tasting event right here at Ardent!

The Valentine is Richmond’s oldest museum, dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond stories, and they’ll be joining us for this small batch taproom release. Plus, proceeds generated from Winter Warmer sales will be donated to support the Valentine’s operations!

Winter Warmer was brewed with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice alongside honey malt and brown sugar. The malty residual sweetness is balanced by the addition of East Kent Golding, the quintessential English hop. Winter Warmer tastes like Christmas in a glass!

7.5% ABV
31 IBU
Draft only

Inconceivable! Release – Castleburg, Friday

OK, maybe we don’t have a giant, a Spaniard, or a genius but we do have this fantastic new GOLDEN SOUR WITH LIME, TART CHERRIES, and LACTOSE! We really swung for the fences on this concoction. Lactose and lime zest added to the boil give the beer a full body and limey citrus character while the cherries added to the fermenter bring in light, fruity goodness. Don’t worry, we saved the iocane powder for a battle of wits. We welcomes all challengers.

ABV 4.7%

Limited Release Lebowski Gift Pack – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Join us on Saturday, December 22nd for a Gift Pack release of Dudelike proportions! 🎳 We will be selling 100 Gift Packs beginning at 12pm and each will contain the following:

1x can El Duderino White Russian Stout
1x can The Donny Southern English Style Brown Ale
1x can The Jesus Imperial Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout
1x can The Jeffrey Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout

This will be the ONLY way to get The Jeffrey before Christmas. Gift Packs will be sold for $16 per 4 pack and limited to 3x 4 packs per person. Buckville Hootenanny will be playing some awesome Lebowski-inspired tunes from 4-7pm and The German Snack Shack food truck on site to fill your belly.


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