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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

There is a ton to do in the RVA beer scene this weekend including checking out the new Northside brewery Tabol.




Longcat Comedy Hour – Castleburg Brewery, Wednesday

Some of the funniest things I’ve seen and heard have occurred over beers. More often than not the humor was unintentional. Intentional comedy is whole different kettle of fish and you can get your fill of beer and laughs this Wednesday.

Join us for the very first LONGCAT COMEDY HOUR, hosted by Mike Engle, and featuring Mu Cuzzo, and Brandon Beswick. An hour-long, Stand-Up Comedy Spectacular!

This is a FREE Event!

Remember to bring your growlers, because it’s also Half-Price Growler fills all night!

RVA Environmental Film Festival Showing – Väsen Brewing Co., Wednesday

Väsen continues to impress with their commitment to all things outdoor. This time they’re sponsoring and one of the hosts of the RVA Environmental Film Festival.

Väsen Brewing Company is proud to sponsor and host the RVA Environmental Film Festival.

Join us in our tasting room where we will be screening, “An American Ascent.”

The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the worlds most iconic peaks.

“An American Ascent” is a Wild Vision / Floating Point co-production. The film was produced and directed by George Potter & Andy Adkins and written by Andy Adkins & James Mills. It follows Expedition Denali, a project of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Speaker – Nathan Burrell, James River Park Superintendent.

FREE admission, ticket required.

A Night at the Hopera – Hardywood, Thursday

Get a bit of culture while enjoying a tasty beer or two.

Join us Thursday, February 7 from 4-9PM at the original Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for A Night at the Hopera! Virginia Opera will be taking over the tap room with highlights from Elixir of Love, Madama Butterfly, and more!

Drafts are flowing at 4PM, event doors open at 6:30pm – the arias and duets will begin at 7pm! There will be two sets of selections with an intermission to grab some more beer and food before settling in for the rest of the show.

Ita’s Food Truck will be on site serving the Puerto Rican inspired menu!

Tickets are only $10 and include a drink ticket.
Tickets are limited, so make sure you call the box office at 866.673.7282 or go online to today!

Thursday, Feb. 7th
Drafts are flowing at 4pm
Event doors open at 6:30pm. Get your seat!
Performance at 7pm
Tickets $10 include one drink ticket

Emo Night RVA – Bingo Brewing Co., Saturday

I was excited because I thought it said Emu Night but a bit of 90’s and 00’s emo, indie, pop punk sing-alongs could be almost as entertaining.

Emo Night RVA is reuniting, just like your favorite band. Join us for some 90’s and 00’s emo, indie, pop punk, and post hardcore sing-alongs.

Chocolate Fest – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Valentine’s Day looms on the horizon and you can get ready for the holiday over a beer.

Don’t wait until the last minute to go shopping for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day… Or better yet, why not celebrate early at the first ever COTU Chocolate Fest! This intimate setting will feature some of Richmond’s finest chocolatiers alongside handcrafted jewelry, artisan gifts, and flower arrangements in our Private Events room. Publix Aprons Cooking School Richmond will be here with a Cooking with Chocolate demonstration and will also provide a light menu for the day. Come see us as we celebrate the love of chocolate, beer, and the people we share them with!

We will also be releasing The Box of Chocolates Stout, an annual favorite, along with 5 delicious variants for some serious pre-Valentine’s Day fun.



Dunkel Release – Ardent, Thursday

Ardent’s Dunkel is a dark German-style lager with a malty, nutty aroma and light, smooth body. Dunkel features Munich malts that provide a deep amber color along with complex flavor and clean finish.

5.2% ABV • 24 IBU
Draft + crowler/growler fills

Above the Salt, with Blackberries – Castleburg, Friday

Oh yea! Our Above the Salt Gose with Blackberries. You know you want it.

Galaxian Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Saturday

Galaxy and Mosaic hops unite to send waves of citrus, blueberry and tropical fruit, targeting all your senses. Pace yourself, because at 8% ABV this Double IPA requires intense control. Be sure to use an opportunistic attack approach by scoring this new brew quickly by the glass and in Crowlers – it won’t be around very long.




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: Tour De Quy, Cream Ale, Pineapple Whip

It’s 4th of July Weekend and it looks like all the breweries are throwing in the event towel so the focus this week is on new releases and one special bike ride.




5th Annual Tour De Quy Bike Ride on the Capital Trail
July 1st, 9AM

I didn’t know Quy Pham but this is a wonderful way to honor the man.

On June 30, it will be 3 years since we lost our dear friend, Quy Pham. It’s difficult to find a proper way to honor the ones we miss but his friends felt we could do something to celebrate his memory. Join us in a ride from 4 Mile Creek Park on the Capital Trail starting at 9 am for a bike ride. All paces welcome and choose your own distance to ride.

A faster group of riders is planning to ride 55 miles total but feel free to shorten the route as needed and just have fun. There is a restaurant called Cul’s Courthouse Grille right on the trail across the street from the Charles City Courthouse. Stop in for lunch and beverages before heading back to 4 Mile Creek Park. If you make it to Charles City your ride will be around 38 miles.

Back at Final Gravity Brewing Co we will release #55 Hazy IPA also on Friday so stop in for a beer.

Cream Ale Release at all Hardywood locations
July 1st, 2-10PM

I hear that some folks like the cream ales. For those of you that have garbage tastebuds enjoy. I’ll be over here drinking my hazy, strawberry mango, blueberry, vanilla IPA with a hint of pine.

We’re excited to bring a special release back to our taprooms of Hardywood Cream Ale!

In 1935, Richmond, Virginia made beer history as the first place ever to sell canned beer, a cream ale from Krueger Brewing Company. A tribute to the original canned beer, Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style that embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks. Raise a can to RVA, where the canned beer revolution began!

WC Food Trucks: 1115 Mobile Kitchen
WC Music: Justin Trawick and the Common Good at 6pm
RVA Food: Hardywood Pizza Kitchen open 2-9:30pm
RVA Music: Three Chord Truth at 6pm

Pineapple Whip Release at Center of the Universe
July 2nd, 12PM

Pineapple is a tricky fruit when added to other things. It could be awesome or could be overly sweet. Head up 95 to see where this beer lands.

Join us for the release of a new found favorite, the Pineapple Whip! Like a tropical vacation for your mouth, this collaboration between Center of the Universe and Origin Beer Lab will take you on a flavor vacation with stops at Pineapple Island and Vanilla Bean Beach. Crack open a slice of paradise and get swept away!
16oz 4-Pack Cans and Draft Available
6.1% ABV


The beer news was an easy pick this week. What I found interesting was the comment on the Stone Bistro we were promised when Stone first announced their move to Richmond.

Stone Brewing execs speak out on pending acquisition by Sapporo – Richmond

Asked the latest regarding Stone’s bistro plans for Richmond, Monahan said the bistro was not in their immediate plans and pointed to a food trailer Stone recently began operating at the brewery as a food option.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Legend Brewing’s Birthday, Pig Out in Ashland, Kölsch in Fulton

It’s Father’s Day weekend and beer is always an option.




Legend Brewing’s 28th Anniversary
June 18th, 12-9PM

The Grandaddy of all Virginia breweries is celebrating this weekend. The Cashmere Jungle Lords are a pretty awesome way to start your day.

We are honored to celebrate our anniversary with you! We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 18th from 12-9 PM for live music, great food, and Virginia’s Original craft beer since 1994!
Come enjoy the sunshine on Richmond’s favorite patio for this all ages, family friendly event!
Don’t forget Fido 🐶- as dogs are allowed in the lot and beer garden!
12-2pm: The Cashmere Jungle Lords 🎼
2-3pm: Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums🥁
2:30pm: Wade Reynolds🎸
3-3:30pm: Dogtown Dance
4pm: Plaid Point Dancers
5-8pm Suggesting Rhythm⚡️
*Food and Beer*
Food and beer tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance with valid ID. 🍔🍺
We look forward to seeing you there, & THANK YOU for 28 years!

7th Annual Dad’s Day Pig Out at Center of the Universe
June 19th, 12-8 PM, Pay as you Go

Speaking as a Dad beer and bbq make a damn fine combination. Quite the bold statement I realize.

Who’s ready to pig out with dear ol’ dad? We’ve got food, we’ve got music, and you’ve got some of the biggest beer lovers out there– your dads!
🍗 Redemption BBQ will be on site all day grilling and smoking up some summer favorites.
🎶Moossa will be here playing some live tunes from 2-5.
👾 And don’t forget our arcade setup inside. If you need to beat the heat, bring some quarters and have some fun in our taproom!
🍺 Dads can steal the Brewski glass! Enjoy a free custom Brewski pint glass with each pour!
*Free admission and open to all ages.

Kölschfest at Triple Crossing Fulton
June 19th, 12-9 PM, $10

This event was a big hit last time and I’m sure it will be again. Space is limited so time your arrival carefully and/or be patient about a little wait time.

On the day, June 19th, you will make your way into our Fulton event space just beyond the double doors at the back of the tasting room. We will have one of our team members posted at the door to sell coasters, food tickets, provide information about how it all works, and to send you off into the wild to grab a seat at one of the tables after the purchase of one or many…probably many coasters.

Special Kölsch Festival coasters will be sold for $10.00/each and include 4 x 200ml Kölsch Stange pours. As you begin to empty your first of the day lager-like ale (brought to you with care by our staff in our incredibly difficult to source Kölsch wreaths or “Kranz”) you then have a choice to make.

If you place your empty Stange on the table and DO NOT cover your glass with your coaster, our servers will, without the need for any verbal exchange, bring you another fresh Kölsch pour and mark your coaster for each pour accordingly. Should you not want any further service between full pours, simply place your coaster on top of your glass, and our staff will know that you are for then at least, all done. Given the unique and highly efficient level of service this method provides, one can see that these coasters are important to the process and will be the only way you can partake in the festivities.

Some important notes:
-Only Kölsch will be poured in our event space for Kölsch Festival, other beers will be poured as normal in our tasting room.
-Kölsch Festival will operate on a first come, first serve basis. This will not be a ticketed event; your purchased coaster gets you 4 pours for $10.00.
-Additional coasters can be purchased throughout the festival (12pm-8pm).
-The festival will be limited to a capacity of ~ 150 people at any one time
-Food options/menu are still forthcoming.

That’s all for now, but rest assured, more details to follow in the coming week.


Some bullshit to report. How about the racist douchebags stay out of my favorite brewery? In fact, stay out of all the breweries and society in general until you learn that there is no place for you in this country.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Unhappy Hour, Pups and Pints, Space Jam, Castleburg turns 6




Poe Museum Unhappy Hour
May 26th, 6 PM,

Music by the Embalmers, drinking, two cats and surrounded by Poeness.

Wasn’t last week at the #poemuseum #unhappyhour fun??? Wanna do it again??? Well now, YOU CAN!!! Your fave fezheads are getting back to the garden in just a few short weeks for the May Unhappy Hour on Thursday, May 26th starting at the civilzed hour of 6pm!!!
What craaaazy hi-jinks will we get up to? What new tricks will we have up our well-tailored yet tasteful sleeves? Will we be debuting some new tunes for you???
Only way to find out the answers to these mysteries is to come to the Unhappy Hour to see and hear for yourselves!!!

Pups & Pints Summer Kick Off with Väsen Brewing Benefitting RAL at Ellwood Thompson’s
May 26th, 5:30-7:30

Drink some beer, pet some dogs, graze on snacks, buy some groceries all in one convenient spot.

This season’s first Pups & Pints is going to be a big one as we celebrate the warm weather and longer days. We are ready to start summer a few weeks early on our patio with Väsen Brewing Company & RAL!

Be ready to steal the pint to raise money for Richmond Animal League while enjoying the company of your furry friends and the smooth melodies of Justin Golden.
Väsen will be joining us on the patio to talk about their beers & there may even be a few adoptable dogs there too if you’re looking to add a four-legged companion to your family!
Festivities will start at 5:30 and will include a dog treat raffle benefitting RAL, doggie pools, treats, beers, music & more!
Of course your friendly dogs are invited (and encouraged to come!). There will be a fair amount of dogs and activities happening on our patio, so please ensure your dog will not be over stimulated and reactive. We want this to be fun for everyone!

While this event is focused on beer & dogs, all ages are welcome to come hang out! We will have non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase as well, along with plenty of snacks and food throughout the store!

Cinema by the Creek: Space Jam! at Hardywood Westcreek
May 27th, 8-10 PM

Don’t worry it’s the old Space Jam! not that new abomination. That’s all Folks.

Cinema by the Creek is back for the 2022 season and we’re kicking things off with 90’s sports classic throwback, Space Jam.
Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny (Billy West) and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird (Larry Bird) and Charles Barkley (Charles Barkley) — so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan (Michael Jordan).
This is a free and family-friendly event! Join us on the West Creek lawn for a fun evening of an outdoor movie paired with a great beer!
WC FOOD TRUCK: 1. Smokery Pl.

Castleburg’s Sixth Anniversary!!
May 28th, 2-10 PM

This is a brewery I don’t give enough credit to. Their beer has steadily improved and they host a ton of local groups. Great to see them hit their 6th Anniversary.

We’re turning six!!! Come celebrate the entrance into this new year of Castleburg Brewery with us!

-We’re bringing back our Six Fingered Man Sour Ale w/ Blackberry and Lime! Get it? Six Year Anniversary? Six Fingered Man? We think we’re clever.
*Six Fingered Man is heavy on the malted wheat and a big helping of milk sugar giving this 3.3% ABV sour a full body. Our signature kettle souring technique and the addition of both blackberry and lime provides an approachable tartness and fruity finish. Prepare to… drink.*

-We will also have cider! Our friends over at Old Town Cidery of Winchester, VA will have their Pippin hard cider on! This cider is a single varietal of the Ablemarle Pippin, an apple grown by Thomas Jefferson. More of a fine wine, with a sharp, dry finish. 6.9% ABV

-Big Fundamental will be performing in the taproom at 7pm, with Midnite Taxi and Whitney & the Saying Goes


Seems like this would be a no-brainer but I guess it needs to be said out loud.

Maybe Don’t Use Serial Killers in Your Craft Beer Marketing – The TakeOut

Dahmer, Kemper, Gacy, and Ramirez collectively killed at least 80 people. The horrors they committed are only a generation behind us—Kemper is still alive in prison in California—and victims’ families are constantly retraumatized by the continued commodification of these killers’ likenesses. To take these figures’ legacies of violence, sanitize them, strip them of context, and turn a profit is to delegitimize the suffering they’ve caused.

Beyond these very good reasons to not use a serial killer’s face to sell any product, craft beer has all the more reason to avoid this kind of marketing. This is an industry that, exactly a year ago, experienced a large-scale reckoning where dozens of people came forward with stories of sexual misconduct and abuse. The Murder Box stands as a signal that, despite any progress made in the past year, there are still sections of the beer industry that remain untouched and unconcerned.




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