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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.




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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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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