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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 3/26/19

Recover from St. Patrick’s Day drinking with a few beers or beer related events this week.





History on Tap: Women Making History, and Alcohol – Ardent, Wednesday

Beer and cider have a long history in the United States and women have played a dramatic role in that history. Learn about the all too often overlooked women that are part of our beverage history. This is a ticketed event. Buy your tickets here.

Although far too often unheralded, women have been at the forefront of alcohol production throughout history. In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, in partnership with Blue Bee Cider and Ardent Craft Ales, to take in an evening of history and historic beverages crafted from recipes in the museum’s collection.

Blue Bee Cider and Ardent Craft Ales will release Jane’s Persimmon, a collaboration made using an 18th-century cookbook kept by Virginians Jane (Randolph) Walke, her mother, Jane (Bolling) Randolph, and others. The original Jane’s Percimon Beer, released by Ardent Craft Ale in 2014, sold out in one evening and received national attention.

Blue Bee Cider will also present their Compleat Cyder, made from a recipe found in the 1742 edition of “The Compleat Housewife,” published in Virginia, and originally written by Eliza Smith in 1727, and Ardent Craft Ales will have an additional offering for guests.

Throughout the evening, representatives from Blue Bee Cider and Ardent Craft Ales will discuss their creations, and Dr. Sarah Meacham, author of “Every Home A Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake,” will discuss cider and making alcohol in colonial Virginia.

Each ticket includes three 6-oz. samples (additional samples available for purchase), snacks, and a commemorative glass to take home at the end of the evening.

Don’t miss this chance to sip history! Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. All guests must have a ticket. Event will be held inside the museum. No smoking or outside food or drink.

Back Roads (beer and) Celebration – Legend, Wednesday

Stories have been told over beers since beers were created. Listen to two excellent storytellers over a few Legend Beers including a special beer made for this event.

You’ve followed Bill Lohmann and Bob Brown’s travels across Virginia, and now it’s time to celebrate their dedication to telling the stories of the unique places and people that they’ve encountered along the way.

Join the Richmond Times Dispatch and WCVE for a pint of Back Roads Black Lager and get a sneak peek at a new documentary highlighting their travels, “Back Roads: People, Places and Pie Around Virginia.”

The film premieres on WCVE PBS on Thursday, March 28, and you’re invited to preview the film and share a toast with Bill and Bob the evening before.

We’ve partnered with Legend Brewing Company to bring you Back Roads Black Lager – a small batch Schwarzbier-style beer never before brewed at Legend. We’ll tap those kegs at the Back Roads (beer and) Celebration on Wednesday, March 27. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m., with the documentary preview starting at 6:30 p.m. REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

For the evening, Legend will feature more than one dish on their menu topped with gravy, and pie for dessert – gravy, pie and beer are the only fitting ways to celebrate Bill and Bob’s long-time Back Roads collaboration.

The event is free to attend, and all are welcome Bring your appetite for pie, your love of a good beer, and your curiosity about traveling and enjoying Virginia’s back roads. Please register in advance so that we can make sure that there will be enough pie in the kitchen!

Spring Chalkboard Sign Workshop – Strangeways, Thursday

If you’ve ever wanted to step up your chalkboard sign game this is your chance.

Join us on Thursday, March 28 at STRANGEWAYS BREWING for a festive spring chalkboard workshop! Come spend the evening with us and some hand-lettering tricks and creating your own chalkboard sign. Come out and enjoy delicious craft beers and chalk up a storm!

At this workshop you will learn a few basics of chalk lettering and take home your own permanent painted chalkboard sign. You will have several springy designs to choose from, including an Easter-themed board! Please note, we do not use stencils for this project, so each person will leave with a unique piece, but no previous experience is necessary. You will be guided through the process.

This workshop typically lasts 2-2.5 hours.

Casino Night – Hardywood, Saturday

Gambling isn’t legal in the commonwealth but you can pretend gamble and win Hardywood prizes. You get chips for free so don’t worry about losing your shirt, car, house, and dignity.

Join us for Casino Night at Hardywood! There will be horse racing, craps, roulette, and blackjack games. Play for free! Cash your chips in for a chance to win Hardywood prizes! Must be 21+ to play.

Fundraiser for RACC – Tabol Brewing, Sunday

Drink beers for the puppies and kitties. Then have one or two for all the full grown cats and dogs. Then have one for the random goats, pigs, and tortoises that show up at RACC. Then take an UBER home, you’ve had too much to drink but all the critter thank you.

Join Femme Forward to raise money for Richmond Animal Care & Control at Tabol Brewing in Northside. Tabol will be donating $1 per pour to RACC. More details to come!


Tiny Terminator Scottish Wee Heavy – Intermission, Friday


7.5% abv 18ibu
Scottish Wee Heavy. Caramel colored with a dominant malt forward sweetness and aroma.

Andromeda Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday


Andromeda Double IPA radiates a golden haze that emits the aroma of mango and pine with a surge of spiciness. Mosaic and Columbus hops provide a soft earthiness that revolves amongst orange and tropical flavors. This 8% ABV DIPA will be available by the glass, Growler, and Crowler.

BEEr Orange Blossom Honey Ale – Center of the Universe, Saturday

BEEr Orange Blossom Honey Ale is a graduate of Origin Beer Lab and developed by Ashley Ray. The beer is brewed with gallons of orange blossom honey which is then complimented by a generous portion of honey malt and 2-row barley. The result is a refreshing, brite, and delicious brew. This newer taproom favorite clocks in at 7.2% ABV.

BEEr will be available all over our distribution footprint, as well as at the brewery. It will be offered in 16oz 4pack cans as well as on draft.

COTU Celebrates BEEr

Bourbon Cru Release – Hardywood, Saturday

Bourbon Barrel Cru is brewed in the fashion of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Barrel Cru displays a rich mahogany hue with a medium body and brilliant clarity after months of barrel aging. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained bourbon whiskey barrels lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Barrel Cru. Almond, toffee and oaky vanilla give way to notes of dark cherries and raisins. Subtle hints of plum are greeted by caramel overtones for a smooth, robust and warming finish. 12% ABV. Available on draft and in 750mL bottles to go. $12.99 + tax.


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