RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

It’s a new year for our intrepid beer explorer and this first week is heavy on the news.


Buy a Teacher a Beer Year 2019 – Castleburg, All Year

Every single teacher I know is a hard working underpaid quality person. They deserve a beer. Castleburg has created a way for me to give even the teachers I don’t hang out with a beer.

Let’s show some love to some of the hardest working, under paid, and most unappreciated individuals out there! For the entire year of 2019, when you visit Castleburg you will be able to purchase an additional beer designated for a teacher.

TEACHERS: Check out the board on the side bar to see if there are any available beers to be taken. Present your teacher ID, and BOOM, you get a beer!

Thank a teacher, buy them a beer!

Trivia Tuesday – Basic City Beer Co, Tuesday

Every brewery has a Trivia Night of some sort so I don’t cover them very often. Since I’ve never announced Basic City’s Trivia now is the time, well actually today is the day, 7 PM is the time. If your mind retains the trivial head to Manchester this evening.

Paulo Franco and The Freightliners – Legend, Friday

Just like the above post on trivia nearly every brewery has music on the weekends. The reason I’m highlighting Paulo is that he’s a buddy of mine and despite my bias, he’s a great musician to catch. Grab a beer and enjoy the show. Music kicks off at 8 PM.

Photo: Paulo Franco & Freightliners Facebook


Tabol Brewing Getting Closer

We don’t have a date yet on the Northside brewery Tabol Brewing but they paved their parking lot and are just waiting for a couple more inspections.

New Beer Blog to Check Out

American Beer Revolution hasn’t hit any Richmond breweries yet but it’s Virginia local and entertains. Plus in a bit of randomness, the creatorsWayne and Nadiya Kelly have a connection to my distant past. Wayne used to manage the Galaxy Hut up in Arlington which I had been known to frequent many years ago. Check it out. Below is their take on Blue Mountain.

Coffee company’s loss is Richmond cidery’s gain

Shiplock Brewing Now Open

Shiplock Brewing opened back in December and I haven’t done a RVA Beer Explorer since so now I’m giving you news that it isn’t very new. Shiplock moved into the totally not cursed location (115 south 15th) in Shockoe Bottom that previously was home to Stool Pigeons, Mayor Willy Mayo’s, and most recently 7 Hill Brewery. I haven’t heard one word about the place so if you’ve been let us know.


Smoke & Mirrors Smoked Porter Release! – Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, Thursday

“Smoke & Mirrors”
Smoked Porter
ABV: 6%
IBU: 20
Collab w/ Secret Sandwich Society

“Smoke & Mirrors” is the perfect smoked beer for any beginner in the style. We used Beechwood Smoked Barley from Germany to bring that light smoke sensation, bringing back memories of sitting around a fire on a cold winter’s night. That with equal parts chocolate, dark roast and caramel malts bring a smooth but complex beverage. Goldings hops from the UK give a subtle earthy aroma.

Also, be sure to check out Secret Sandwich Society on Friday for a Three Notch’d Tap Takeover featuring the new release! You’ve got to pair up their eats with this beer, it’s amazing. They are located at:

501 East Grace Street
Richmond, Virginia

Earl Grey Brown Ale Release – Ardent Craft Ales, Saturday

Earl Grey Brown Ale is back! This annual tradition is a collaboration beer between Ardent Craft Ales, Potter’s Craft Cider, and Champion Brewing Company, and we’re bringing it back for the 5th year in a row on Saturday, January 12.

For this release, we’re throwing an all-day party and showcasing our friends in Ardent’s taproom! In addition to Earl Grey Brown Ale and some of our other offerings, we’ll also feature guest taps pouring Potter’s ciders and Champion beers. Plus, River City Wood Fire Pizza will be here all day firing up their awesome pizzas!

Earl Grey Brown Ale starts with classic brown color and white, frothy head. The rich tea and citrus aromatics give way to easy-drinking mouthfeel and flavors of black tea and bergamot on top of a classic, malt-forward English brown ale. A light-bodied, mild brown ale with hints of Earl Grey tea.

6.5% ABV • 20 IBU
🍺Available on draft in the taproom
✔️Available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles to go

RUSE Release – Hardywood, Saturday

Patiently aged in red wine barrels, Hardywood Ruse unites port-like qualities with distinct dark chocolate and molasses characteristics, while oak and leather dominate the aromatics. Ruse offers a rich mouthfeel with a deceptively dry, tannic finish.

Return of Murder Hole Mango DIPA – Castleburg, Friday

An intensely hoppy, fairly strong Double IPA brewed with fresh mango makes this a very drinkable IPA. IBU’s are 100+ on this one!





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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 and/or beer.