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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 3/19/19

Where to go and what to do in the world of #rvabeer this week and weekend!

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World Pediatric Project – Väsen, Wednesday

The World Pediatric Project is a global network linking worldwide pediatric surgical, diagnostic and preventative resources to heal critically ill children in developing countries. This is your chance to find out more or simply drink some beer and help a good cause.

Join World Pediatric Project’s Emerging Leaders Board for a fundraiser and networking night at Väsen Brewing Company on Wednesday, March 20th!

This event will feature live music from local musician Justin Golden along with drinks from our favorite philanthropic local brewery, Väsen Brewing Company

Is beer not your thing? Väsen also carries local Ninja Kombucha on tap as well as their wide selection of beers.

10% of all proceeds between 6 and 8pm will go towards our goal of helping children gain access to life-changing medical care. Together we can enact real change in the lives of children in need.


3rd Annual NFB Richmond Chapter Chili Cookoff – Strangeways, Saturday

If you think your chili has the muscle to win you could walk home with some cash and help the National Federation of the Blind. If you’ve just got a hankering for some chili and funky beers you’re also covered.

The National Federation of the Blind Richmond Chapter 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff. The chili cookoff is a fundraiser for the chapter held yearly. This year the NFB Richmond Chapter is partnering with Strangeways Brewing. Join us for chili, beer, and fun.

Each contestant must bring chili in a crockpot. All chilis must be named. Send your name and chili name to [email protected]
$10 Entry Fee for Contestants
Entry Deadline: March 16, 2019

Prizes: 1st Place—Cash
50/50 Raffle, Action Auction & Door Prize

Tickets: $7.00 in Advance or $10 Day of & at the Door
(Cash App $creoleking5 or Venmo: @Gerald-Meredith)


Spring Fest 2019 – Isley, Saturday

Always a great time to combine shopping and drinking.

Where the hops and the hip connect… imbibe…revel…nosh…and haggle….Because drinking beers and shopping just go together!

Join Isley Brewing Company and Scott’s Addition neighbors, Class And Trash, for a day of fun and shopping in the sun!

Beer Release, live music, vendors, and more! We’ll be celebrating the first Saturday of Spring out on our joint patio!


2nd Annual Southern Food Fest – Center of the Universe, Saturday

Homemade southern food and locally made beer in the South all just to the north of Richmond. If you’ve an old or new recipe that for pimento cheese, ham biscuits, pie, or cobbler there is only one day left to register. To compete in the Amateur Southern Dish Competition, please bring your dish in a disposable container labeled to the brewery with your name, the category entered, an email address, and phone number between Saturday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 20th during normal tap room hours. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote receiver in each category.

 

Grab your rolling pins, dust off the old family cookbooks, and call up your Great Aunt Sally for her secret ingredient list because Saturday, March 23rd marks the 2nd Annual Southern Food Festival and Amateur Southern Dish Competition! Incredible food vendors (Mama J’s, Jake’s Place, Early Bird Biscuit, Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs & BBQ, Capitol Waffle Shop and more!) will each show off their Southern Food Specialty with $3 small plates for you to savor while enjoying the festivities. Winners of the Amateur Southern Dish Competition will be announced and PRIZES awarded at the festival. 2 amazing bands (Buckville Hootenanny and Commonwealth Bluegrass Band) + 2 special beer releases will make this a day like no other.


Farmers Market – Stone Brewing, Sunday

Well the text says, “in addition to the vendors below” but there are no vendors listed.  We assume that either they’ll update it later or you can just head out for some Sunday surprise shopping and/or drinking.

Join us on Sunday, March 24th. for our first Farmer’s Market of the season at our Tap Room right here in RVA! In addition to the vendors below, we’ll have awesome beers on tap (as always) for you to sip while you shop. All ages welcome, 21+ to drink.


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Pineapple Guava Gose Release – Ardent, Thursday

🍍Pineapple Guava Gose is a tart, effervescent wheat beer featuring salt and coriander with a blend of pineapple and pink guava puree for a pink hue and juicy, tropical fruit flavor that complements the natural acidity in the gose style. 🍍

5.6% ABV • 4 IBU
Draft only + crowler/growler fills


Papaya Mandarin Sour Release – Väsen, Thursday

This Belgian-style fruited sour was brewed with our favorite strain of saison yeast and conditioned on hundreds of pounds of papaya and mandarin orange, along with a little lactose to provide some sweet balance to its significantly tart character. A big, dangerously smooth sour with a bit of saison spice and bold tropical flavors.


Dwarf Star Session IPA & 3 Mile Double IPA – Final Gravity, Friday

You all have been itching for another Session IPA and we’ve got a brand new hazy one on the horizon. Dwarf Star Session IPA was steeped with Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo which will make this 4.5% ABV brew full of citrus, floral, and tropical flavors – big taste yet easy drinking.

Also coming out this week is 3 Mile Double IPA with Jarrylo, Falconer’s Flight, and Citra hops. An homage to the Final Gravity Running Club’s 2nd Anniversary this week, 3 Mile boasts a flavorful bounty of grapefruit, pear, and passionfruit that will indeed refresh your senses and get you going.


Hopkeeper Release – Hardywood, Saturday


HOPKEEPER // DOUBLE IPA WITH VIRGINIA HONEY // 8.5% ABV

Hopkeeper is brewed with Virginia-grown malt from Copper Fox Distillery in Williamsburg, VA, and a touch of Virginia Honey. Our Double IPA is hop-forward and approachable with a proprietary blend of hops lending lush notes of juicy pineapple, fresh orange zest and citrus fruit.

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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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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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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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