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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 4/9/19

Spring is in the air and beer is your mug. Life is good and here is a list of things to do and taste to make it better.





Legend 25th Anniversary Party – Saturday, Legend

The grand-daddy of all Virginia breweries turns 25. Let me put on my old-man glasses and tell you a story of a time before it was RVA, just plain ole Richmond. Well back then there were only one brewery and it were Legend by gum. (Yes my old man brain chooses to forget Richbrau.) Now you can’t swing a dead rat without hitting a brewery and where that rat lands up will spring a brewery called Dead Rat Brews. Times they be a changin.

We are honored to celebrate our anniversary with you! We invite you to join us on Saturday April 13th from 12-8 PM for live music, great food, and Virginia’s Original craft beer since 1994!*ADMISSION IS FREE* 🕺
Come enjoy the sunshine on Richmond’s favorite patio for this all ages, family friendly event! Don’t forget Fido 🐶– as dogs are allowed in the lot and beer garden!*MUSIC*
12-2pm The Remnants 🎼
2-3pm Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums🥁
3-4pm Wade Reynolds🎸
4-7pm Suggesting Rhythm⚡️*Food and Beer*
All food and drink will be provided by yours truly. Food and beer tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance with valid ID. 🍔🍺

We look forward to seeing you there, & THANK YOU for 25 years!

Triple Crossing 5 Year Anniversary – Fri thru Sunday, Triple Crossing

Here is one of those young whipper-snapper breweries that I was talking about above. It also happens to be my favorite brewery in town. All praise the juicy IPA. Join them at both (mainly the Fulton) location for some new beers, food and fun.

Triple Crossing turns 5!

4/12 – Fulton Bottle and Can Release:

1. Past is Prologue Mixed Culture Golden Ale with White Peaches 5% ABV
2. Jubilee Jubilaums Bier – Our 5th Year Anniversary Lager
3. Just to Get a Rep DIPA – Safety Team Collab
4. Space Falcon IPA
5. DDH Anniversary Falcon Smash IPA
6. More TBA!

4/13 – Party in Fulton with ZZQ, Cobra Cabana and a DJ with Bottle/Cans available at both locations

Plogging on the James – Saturday, Belle Isle & Väsen

Plogging is a fancy way of saying picking up trash when going out for a walk. This event has the added twist of prizes for most trash. Get to plogging you plogger of plogtown.


Väsen is excited to bring a little bit of Sweden to Richmond. On Saturday, April 13th, we’ll be out on Belle Isle doing our “Plogging” event. Last year was such a success that we are stoked to do it again this year.

What’s Plogging you say? It combines picking up trash and jogging…can you think of anything more Scandinavian?

We’ll have our Väsen-branded tent set up as a meeting spot at the entrance to the Belle Isle pedestrian bridge on Tredegar. We’ll have everything you’ll need to pick up trash as you jog along our cleanup route (see the map in our post below). It should take you less than an hour to do the whole route.

To sweeten the deal, we’re making this a competition. You’ll be able to Plog on a team of up to 3 people. At the end of the route, we’ll be weighing bags of trash, and the team with the most trash collected will win free merch and gift cards.

After we’re done, head back to the brewery for our afterparty and special drink discounts!

We’re hosting this event in collaboration with our friends at Keep Virginia Cozy and Triangle Rock Club – Richmond.

Kickers Viewing Party with Red Army – Saturday, Tabol Brewing

The Red Army stand in the corner of City Stadium during every home game and cause a ruckus. They’re a little more civilized during away games and will sit but there will be an occasional ruckus. A great way to introduce yourself if you find the game day experience a little intimidating. Kickoff is at 7.


Come hang with us at our first away watch party of the season! We will be hanging with the newest brewery in Richmond, Tabol! Food truck will be on site for dinner plans and you can bring in your own food as well. So come hang and watch the Kickers take on the nerds known as Lansing Ignite.



Grape Berry Tastee – Tuesday, Veil

This Tuesday, April 9th, is the debut of Grape Berry Tastee!! 🍇🍦🔵

Grape Berry Tastee is a smoothie style sour ale brewed with milk sugar, Concord grapes, and blackberries. 5.5% ABV. 1x case pp limit. $22.00+tax/4pack. 🍇🍦🔵

All this on TUESDAY!! 👀

Highpoint DIPA cans + DDH IPA X Release – Thursday, Ardent

We’ve got an extra special dual release coming this Thursday!

In cans: Highpoint DIPA
🍺 Our newest DIPA was brewed with Voss Kveik, a traditional Norwegian yeast that finishes clean and allows the hops to shine. Highpoint DIPA was triple dry hopped, predominantly with Galaxy and rounded out with Citra and El Dorado, for a tropical fruit aroma and flavors of pear and citrus. Fans of hazy DIPAs, this beer’s for you!

8% ABV • 7 IBU
On draft + 4 x 16 oz. cans

On tap: Double Dry Hopped IPA X
🍺 This special edition IPA X is double dry hopped with TWICE the standard amount of Citra and Mosaic hops, our favorite combination that provides huge citrus and tropical fruit notes in both aroma and flavor. Double Dry Hopped IPA X is a juicy beer that pours a cloudy, deep golden color, with super low bitterness and a silky soft mouthfeel.

7.1% ABV • 10 IBU
On draft + crowler/growler fills to go

Big Screen Brew Kolsch Release – Friday, Three Notched RVA Collab House

“Big Screen Brew” Kolsch
ABV: 5%
IBU: 18
Collaboration with The Byrd Theater

“Big Screen Brew” Kolsch was brewed in celebration of the 90th anniversary of The Byrd Theater. A Kolsch was chosen to reflect the type of beer one may have had in that time after enjoying a show at the theater. Three Notch’d Founding Brewmaster Dave Warwick and RVA Collab House Head Brewer Willey Broaddus will be present at a screening of “Beerfest” at The Byrd on May 7. “Big Screen Brew” will be available and there will be a presentation on the science of beer as part of the Science at The Byrd Series and an audience Q&A. Tickets can be purchased at The Byrd box office or online.

Cassiopeia Double IPA Release – Friday, Final Gravity

Though vain and boastful about her beauty in Greek mythology, Cassiopeia’s appeal is undeniable in Final Gravity’s newest Double IPA. Boasting delicate yet strong aromas of melon, coconut, pine, peach, and whispers of pineapple – Cassiopeia drinks with a smooth bitterness and additional notes of lemongrass and tangerine. Cashmere and Mosaic hops create a heavenly congregation of radiant flavors that are certain to captivate your senses. Available by glass, growler, and Crowler.




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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RVA Beer Explorer 5/21

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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