RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 4/3/19

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 4/3/19

Sorry for the delay my beery friends but was in the mountains recharging the batteries.


Strangeways 6th Anniversary – Strangeways, Saturday

The strange little brewery that first took on the world of sours is celebrating its birthday this Saturday. Music and a bunch of new beers will be on tap.

Join us to celebrate our 6th Anniversary in RVA!

We’ll have 3 new beer releases! We’re bring back That’s My Jam, A-Bomb, Wake Me Up Before You Gose Hibiscus, and Wake Me Up Before You Gose 2014! ONLY ONE SIXTEL AVAILABLE OF EACH!

Also, we’ll be featuring a new release – Cloak of Feathers, our new Baltic Porter!

We’ll also have The Atkinsons band playing live Free from 1-4 PM and we’ll have a food truck court and Truckle Cheesemongers will be here with a specialty cheese pop-up!

Join us with your friends and family for a great day of fun!

Despot Day 2019 – Lickinghole Creek, Saturday

When Lickinghole Creek first came on the scene this was their first home run and its release had lines to rival that other brewery’s gingerbread beer. There are a ton more breweries in town but the loyalty to Despot remains.

Saturday, April 6th. 12-9pm All Day Festival

5 Variants available for 2019:
ENLIGHTENED Despot (14yr)
HIDE the Despot (23yr)
HUG the Despot (Vanilla)
AWAKEN the Despot (Coffee)
VIBE the Despot (NEW Variant: Coconut)

Live Music: Mighty Joshua, Calvin Presents, and more

Arcade Weekend – Hardywood, Saturday and Sunday

Bingo Brewing, COTU, Champion, and Strangeways all have video games and pinball machines. This weekend Hardywood is flexing its arcade muscles by bringing in 20 games and unlike the other joints these games will be on free play. The first year they did this there weren’t the other options so the lines to play were ridiculous. I don’t think that will be an issue this year.

Come one, come all, it’s a full weekend of pinball and arcade games at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Richmond!

20 different games will be on free play *all weekend long* in the new Barrel Room space.


Pithy in Pink Release – Ardent and Stone, Thursday (today)


🍻 We’re so excited for the release of Pithy in Pink, a Pink Boots Society white IPA with grapefruit and coriander!

👩‍👩‍👧‍👧 On International Women’s Day, we hosted some amazing women from all across Virginia to brew Pithy in Pink in collaboration with Stone Brewing Richmond and Pink Boots Society- Richmond Chapter, which helps to assist, inspire, and encourage women beer professionals through education.

Pegasus Double IPA – Final Gravity, Friday

Final Gravity’s newest Double IPA delivers a mystical blend of pineapple, citrus, and fresh pine that will send your tastebuds soaring. Much like the legend that everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring spring burst forth – you’ll indeed be inspired by the surge of flavor from the Falconer’s Flight hops emerging from the golden haze within your glass. Available by the glass, growler, and Crowler.

Upstate Swankey Collaboration Beer Release – Center of the Universe, Saturday

When Nathan Landers of Center of the Universe Brewing and Gabe Slagle of Fine Creek Brewing Company met a few weeks back, they got to talking… Fellow history buffs and brewers of fantastic beer, the guys decided to collaborate on a brew featuring a style long lost to the history books: The Albany Ale.

This collaboration beer, Upstate Swankey, is amber in color with delicate aromas of caramel, nuts, and light breadiness. The local malt sourced from Murphy & Rude Malting Co. is balanced by mild bitterness from old school Cluster hops, and the beer was fermented with London Ale Yeast. Clocking in at just over 7% ABV, this beer will make you see why Albany was once the epicenter of the brewing industry.

Upstate Swankey will be available at both breweries for a special limited release on Saturday, April 6th!

Isley Peach Sour – Isley, Saturday

Join us Saturday April 6 at Isley Brewing Company for a new beer release!

“Isley Peach Sour”
Peach infused Kettle Soured Blonde Ale
6.5% ABV | 10.5 IBUs

A simple blonde ale, soured in the kettle, and infused with a TON of fresh, yellow peach puree. A slight funk from the souring process, followed by the aroma and flavor of ripe, yellow peaches, and finishing with a solid, sour bite!




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