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6th Annual St Patty’O Crawl w/ Bands, Bagpipes & Green Beverages – Southern Railway Taphouse, Saturday

And so it begins, the shilling of Irish culture for drunken amusement.  They’re trying to justify the use of St. Patty but they’ve never been more wrong and if you’re drinking green beverages you’re doing it seriously wrong. I’m well aware that my criticism will not prevent hundreds from showing up and having a good time.


It’s our 6th Annual St. Patty ‘O Party (we know it’s PADDY but it’s on our PATIO so that’s how we’ll spell it!) hosted by Melissa Chase & Jack from 103.7 Play and this year we’ve teamed up with ShipLock Brewing as well! If you’ve been before you already know it’s THE place to get lucky! This year we’ve got LIVE performances by The Austin Ferguson Band & DJ Ty Street from Va. Beach, plus East of Blue Ridge & Zack Artis, with our very own DJ Jay Woods mixing it up inside all day!


It’s FREE to get in all day so mark your calendar and come where the beer and the luck are plentiful!

Cap Trail Clean-Up & Celebration – Stone Brewing, Saturday

The special on beer is only for the first round but you really aren’t doing it for the beer you’re doing it for Mother Nature,  so get out there and help clean-up the human’s mess.




We’re back for another Cap Trail Clean-up! This time we will be assigning miles to volunteer groups to make sure we clean as much of the Trail as possible! Supplies and snacks will be provided by VCTF. We will have four starting locations for our teams:

-Great Shiplock Park: Richmond, VA
-Four Mile Creek Trailhead: Henrico, VA
-Indian Fields Tavern: Charles City County, VA
-Jamestown Settlement Trailhead: James City County, VA

Cleanup: 12pm-2pm
After Parties: 2pm-4pm

We will have two after party locations at Stone Brewing in Richmond and Billsburg Brewery in Williamsburg with special discounts for volunteers.

Billsburg Brewery
Food: Creekside Catering and Matchsticks BBQ
$1 off the $7 regularly priced pints

Stone Brewing
Food: Haulin’ Balls
$5 pints on Stone core beer selection

**the special prices are for the first round only

Southpaw Battle Coalition – Champion Brewing, Saturday

Southpaw Battle Coalition is Virginia’s premier emcee battle league. Until this moment I didn’t know that Virginia had a premier emcee battle league. Now you have an opportunity to check it ou this weekend.

Southpaw Battle Coalition takes over Champion Brewing Co. for the first time! w/ a return of old and the emergence of new talent, as Breeze The Poet returns against Habeeb. Henny L.O. faces off against J Morr. Robalu vs Jordan Bailey. Chance Fischer vs Face and King Fizzle vs Toiryan. It’s going to be crazy! Have some beers, Hear some bars! Have a great time in a great environment!

St. Patty’s Day Celebration – Kindred Spirit Brewing, Sunday

Again with the Patty but this time no justification. I will however still support any event with bagpipes.

The luck of the Irish is at Kindred Spirit Brewing. Put on your green and skip, hop, leap or run on over. Smok-N-Pigz will be cooking up all the favorites starting at 1pm. Damian Allen will take the stage at 2pm. Special Guest appearance by Justin Ingram playing the bagpipes.

St. Paddy’s Day with Cafe Rustika – Final Gravity, Sunday

See, that’s not so hard, St. Paddy.


Cafe Rustika returns to Final Gravity for Saint Patrick’s Day! Head chef, Sam George – who has perfected the German fare – can also bring the Irish game like no other. He will be onsite in the tasting room delivering authentic style Reubens and bangers & mash to accompany your Irish Goodbye Foreign Stout. Every ingredient is handmade at the restaurant and will be a gaelic experience you won’t want to miss!


Defenestrator Release – Ardent, Thursday

Defenestrator returns! This annual collaboration brewed with our friends from The Cask Cafe is one of our favorite projects of the year. #neverstoplagering

Defenestrator is a ruby brown doppelbock with a malty aroma and mild fruity notes. The clean, full-bodied mouthfeel complements the nutty flavor with malty, bready sweetness that finishes crisp for an easy-drinking, mellow doppelbock.

8.7% ABV • 22 IBU
Draft only + crowler/growler fills

Ancient Mariner Gose & Low Earth Orbit DIPA – Final Gravity, Friday

Hold the phones – IT’S A DOUBLE RELEASE!

Two delicious beers are hitting the taps this week:

1- Ancient Mariner Gose makes its long awaited return. Get caught by the spell of this refreshingly fruity brew with the perfect balance of tart and a tinge of saltiness. A rotating variety of exhilarating flavors including raspberry, blackberry, passionfruit, and mango will be offered (TBA). Enjoy by the glass – no Crowlers available. 4.5% ABV

2- After a heavy week, come experience a glass of Low Earth Orbit Double IPA with Apollo, Galaxy, and Citra hops. Refreshing flavors of passionfruit, grapefruit, and lime will elevate your spirit and lighten your mental load. Growler fills and Crowlers. 8% ABV

The Executioner (2019) Release – Castleburg, Friday

Back with blade in hand, The Executioner makes it’s long-awaited return to Castleburg with a new look for 2019. This year the dark, rich, chocolatey imperial porter was aged on black cherry puree and bourbon soaked oak chips for a healthy amount of time before having a ridiculous amount of cocoa nibs added. The result brings us a boozy chocolate covered dark cherry with hints of oak and subtle warming from the bourbon.

8.8% abv




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.



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.




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.

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.

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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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.


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.

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

Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
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.

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

King Of Pops – Richmond

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:

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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