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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!





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.


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 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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